The introduction of a budding Lee Child, riveting nonfiction set in Rwanda and Los Angeles, an affectionate tome that tugs at the heart strings, a follow-up to a beloved classic, and a fresh take on historical fiction–There truly is something for everyone in the second half of our picks for the Best Books of January.
We begin with the Jack Reacher-esque thriller, Orphan X, the first in a promising new series that Senior Editor Adrian Liang describes as “a deft high-wire act between the current-day deeds of former black-ops assassin Evan Smoak and fascinating flashbacks to the training Evan received as a young teen in the government’s secret Orphan Program.”
Bad News by Anjan Sundaram
Floodpath by Jon Wilkman
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and
Bridget Jones’s Diary, Senior Editor Adrian Liang says “this charming fish-out-of-water story will remind you why you’re a book lover.”
The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
Notes from a Small Island, Senior Editor Chris Schluep promises that
The Road to Little Dribbling is just as laugh-out-loud funny, if a bit more cynical.
The Longest Night by Andria Williams
Debut Spotlight this month is Andria Williams’s “wise, entertaining, and illuminating”
The Longest Night. With any luck, Editorial Director Sara Nelson hopes that this book heralds a new kind of historical novel: one that takes not a real-life character but an incident…and imagines the lives of the people who lived through it.”