January ’23 Nonfiction Releases

New year, same us. You already know that this list is procured with the love and attention of a proud bookworm.

Ghost Music by An Yu

Ghost Music is set in contemporary Beijing, exploring themes of loss and disappointment. Song Yan has given up on her career as a concert pianist, longing for a child with a husband who rebuffs her desires. When her mother-in-law comes to stay, this story becomes about two women bonding the mysteries of existence within a magic-realism and real setting. It’s a short read but is so powerful for its depictions of human empathy and the complexity of relationships.

Small World by Laura Zigman

Small World is the latest novel from Laura Zigman, whose writing style is emotionally-anchored and poetic. When one divorced sister invites another to move in order to start over, they join the neighbour social networking site ‘Small World.’ This book explores post-divorce relationships. It is also very raw and relatable to adapting with great lifestyle changes.

Spare by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

Spare is the highly anticipated memoir which promises define the experiences of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. There’s a lot of press leading up to this launch, with many interviews, articles, and documentaries to watch prior to this release. Now, we’re not really into tabloids but this book is said to be one of the bestsellers of the year.

The Survivalists by Kashana Cauley

Kashana Cauley’s new novel, The Survivalists, follows a lawyer’s experience into the underground world of doomsday preppers. You might’ve seen the TV shows, but this is a paperbound rollercoaster of emotions and realisations about anxiety. As the lawyer is also grieving the loss of her mother, this book is layered and complex, very much humanistic and relatable to how we’d react to such excessive survivalists.

Decent People by De’Shawn Charles Winslow.

The author of In West Mills returns with a new novel set in the same community, Decent People. It’s 1976 and three secretive siblings have been shot in the still-segregated town of West Mills, North Carolina. The authorities don’t have a sense of urgency about the crime, but someone has a lot of questions for which she expects answers — Jo Wright, freshly back home from NYC and ready to take matters into her own hands.



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