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Anticipated Reads - Winter '23

Anticipated Reads Winter2023

Adult Nonfiction

  • Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning by Liz Cheney [Dec.]
    A first-hand account of the Jan. 6 attack on Congress and the subsequent investigation by the Congressional Select Committee into how it happened.
  • Rental Person Who Does Nothing: A Memoir by Shoji Morimoto [Jan.]
    Shoji Morimoto was constantly being told by his boss, "It makes no difference whether you're here or not," and that his presence contributed nothing to the company. Morimoto began to wonder whether a person who "does nothing" could still have actual value and a place in the world. Perhaps he could turn "doing nothing" into a service?
  • Washington on Foot by William Bonstra [Jan.]
    This essential walking tour guide includes architectural illustrations and fascinating information on the city’s history and culture. It highlights details, large and small, that one might miss when not on foot.

Adult Fiction

  • Come and Get It by Kiely Reid [Jan.]
    From the bestselling author of Such a Fun Age comes a fresh and provocative story about a residential assistant and her messy entanglement with a professor and three unruly students.
  • The Fury by Alex Michaelides [Jan.]
    A reclusive former actress invites friends to celebrate Easter on her private Greek island — with the festivities disrupted by murder.
  • Second Chances in New Port Stephen by TJ Alexander [Dec.]
    A playful and sweet second-chance romance sends trans comedian Eli Ward to his parents' Florida home for Christmas — a visit he's dreading. An unexpected bright spot comes in the form of restaurant manager Nick Wu.
  • What Feasts at Night by T. Kingfisher [Feb.]
    Having survived the awful events at the Usher Mansion featured in Kingfisher's What Moves the Dead, retired soldier Alex Easton now heads to their family hunting lodge — and does not find peace of mind.
  • The Women by Kristin Hannah [Feb.]
    Good-girl nursing student Frances "Frankie" McGrath joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows her brother to Vietnam but finds herself overwhelmed by the chaos and destruction of war, as well as the unexpected trauma of coming home to a changed and politically divided America.

Children's Fiction

  • Are You Big? by Mo Willems [Feb.]
    A simple question that sends readers to the far reaches of the universe.
  • Break by Kayla Miller [Jan.]
    Olive is leaving her friends and their exciting vacation plans behind to visit her dad at his new apartment in the city. This latest installment of the Click series is an emotional story about the power of second chances and how the fear of missing out can lead to missing out on what is right in front of you.
  • Finally Heard by Kelly Yang [Feb.]
    In this sequel to Finally Seen, ten-year-old Lina wants to create a viral video to help her mom's business, but as she navigates the world of likes and views with her two best friends, Lina must find the courage to stay true to her authentic self.
  • Hippos Remain Calm by Sandra Boynton [Dec.]
    This sequel to Hippos Go Berserk has been 45 years in the making. A cozy day at home turns out unexpectedly when the titular hippos wander outside and are met with surprise followed by surprise.
  • Mercy Watson Is Missing! By Kate DiCamillo [Dec.]
    Every favorite character from DiCamillo’s bestselling Mercy Watson books makes an appearance in this extended, riotously funny series crescendo.
  • Mission Manhattan by James Ponti [Feb.]
    In this fifth installment of the City Spies series, the spies head to the Big Apple when a credible threat is made to a young climate activist who is scheduled to speak in front of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly.

Teen Fiction

  • All This Twisted Glory by Taherah Mafi [Feb.]
    Explosive third book in the bestselling This Woven Kingdom series. As the long-lost heir to the Jinn throne, Alizeh has finally found her people— and she might've found her crown. Cyrus, the mercurial ruler of Tulan, has offered her his kingdom in a twisted exchange: one that would begin with their marriage and end with his murder.
  • If Only I Had Told Her by Laura Nowlin [Feb.]
    Fans of Colleen Hoover and Jenny Han will enjoy this love story brimming with truth, tragedy and the unexpected bonds that heal us as told through three different perspectives.
  • Ruthless Vows by Rebecca Ross [Dec.]
    The epic conclusion to the romantic and beautifully written story that started in the popular Divine Rivals.
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