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New Books Calendar: February 2022

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best February 2022 books

Looking for the best new books to read in February?  You’ve come to the right place! Our New Books Calendar is your guide to all the hottest new releases.  From romance novels to mystery thrillers, we’ve got you covered.  So what are you waiting for? Start browsing browse the list, mark your calendars, and prepare for a month of great reading!

 

FEBRUARY 1ST

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ROMANCE 

Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Following Written in the Stars and Hang the Moon, Lambda Literary Award winner and national bestselling author Alexandria Bellefleur pens another steamy queer rom-com about former best friends who might be each other’s second chance at love.

Lease on Love by Falon Ballard

Beach Read meets The Flatshare in this warmly funny and delightfully sharp debut rom-com about a down-on-her-luck young woman who turns an innocent mix-up between a dating app and a roommate app into a new chance at love.

Ramón and Julieta by Alana Quintana Albertson

When fate and tacos bring Ramón and Julieta together on the Day of the Dead, the star-crossed pair must make a choice: accept the bitter food rivalry that drives them apart or surrender to a love that consumes them.

LITERARY FICTION 

Mercy Street by Jennifer Haigh

The highly anticipated new novel by acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Haigh—“a gifted chronicler of the human condition” (Washington Post Book World)—is a tense, riveting story about the disparate lives that intersect at a woman’s clinic in Boston.

Don’t Cry for Me by Daniel Black

A black father makes amends with his gay son through letters written on his deathbed in this wise and penetrating novel of empathy and forgiveness, for fans of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Robert Jones Jr., and Alice Walker

Free Love by Tessa Hadley

From Tessa Hadley, the bestselling author of Late in the Day and The Past—“one of the greatest stylists alive” (Washington Post)—an enthralling novel that skillfully portrays the dissolution of a family in 1960s England.

What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris

A coming-of-age novel told from the perspective of eleven-year-old KB, as she and her sister try, over the course of a summer, to make sense of their new life with their estranged grandfather after the death of their father and disappearance of their mother

Other People’s Clothes by Calla Henkel

Two American ex-pats obsessed with the Amanda Knox trial find themselves at the nexus of murder and celebrity in glittering late-aughts Berlin in this “hugely entertaining” (The New York Times) debut with a wicked sense of humor.

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

A riveting tale about a Black classical musician whose family heirloom violin is stolen on the eve of the most prestigious classical music competition in the world.

Vladimir by Julia May Jonas

A provocative, razor-sharp, and timely debut novel about a beloved English professor facing a slew of accusations against her professor husband by former students—a situation that becomes more complicated when she herself develops an obsession of her own…

NOVELS ABOUT FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP

The Liz Taylor Ring by Brenda Janowitz

Loosely inspired by the real-life relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and the Krupp diamond he gifted her as a symbol of their love, a sweeping multi-generational novel from the author of The Grace Kelly Dress about three siblings, the family heirloom that divides them, and the long-buried secret that forces them to question everything they thought they knew about their parents’ epic love story. For fans of Jane Green and Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Black Girls Must Be Magic by Jayne Allen

In this highly anticipated second installment in the Black Girls Must Die Exhausted series, Tabitha Walker copes with more of life’s challenges and a happy surprise—a baby—with a little help and lots of love from friends old and new.

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

In this moving debut novel, two estranged siblings must set aside their differences to deal with their mother’s death and her hidden past—a journey of discovery that takes them from the Caribbean to London to California and ends with her famous black cake.

HOME AND GARDEN 

150 Best Tiny Interior Ideas by Francesc Zamora

From the 150 Best series, a gorgeous collection of inspiring design ideas for transforming tiny interiors into beautiful and inviting living spaces.

Plants Are My Favorite People by Alessia Resta

The plant influencer behind Apartment Botanist proves that anyone can be a plant parent, no matter where you live, how small your space is, or how busy you are.

HISTORICAL FICTION 

Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Cantor

USA Today bestselling author Jillian Cantor reimagines and expands on the literary classic The Great Gatsby in this atmospheric historical novel with echoes of Big Little Lies, told in three women’s alternating voices.

The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk, Translated by Jennifer Croft 

The Nobel Prize-winner’s richest, most sweeping and ambitious novel yet follows the comet-like rise and fall of a mysterious, Messianic religious leader as he blazes his way across eighteenth-century Europe.

The Pages by Hugo Hamilton

An entirely original novel in which a book—Joseph Roth’s masterpiece Rebellion—narrates its own astonishing life story, from 1930s Germany to the present day, at the heart of a gripping mystery.

The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

A stunning new novel that reimagines the unexplained 11-day disappearance of Agatha Christie that captivated the world.

THRILLERS AND MYSTERIES

Woman Last Seen by Adele Parks

When two unconnected happily married women vanish, the investigation becomes a voyeuristic look at toxic relationships and dark desires. Number One Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks’ sizzling new novel is a darkly compelling, utterly engrossing read that unsettles as it entertains…

Marion Lane and the Deadly Rose by T.A. Willberg

A sequel to the Amazon Editor’s Pick, MARION LANE AND THE MIDNIGHT MURDER, the lady detective-in-training Marion Lane returns to solve a new case when a serial killer with an unusual calling card is on the loose in London in MARION LANE AND THE DEADLY ROSE.

Catch Her When She Falls by Allison Buccola

In this “thoroughly propulsive” (Kimberly McCreight) debut thriller, a young woman questions everything she thought she knew about the shocking murder that changed her life when she was in high school.

Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano

From Edgar-Award nominee Elle Cosimano, comes Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead—the hilarious and heart-pounding followup to Finlay Donovan is Killing It.

SCI-FI FANTASY 

The Violence by Delilah S. Dawson

A mysterious plague that causes random bouts of violence is sweeping the nation. Now three generations of women must navigate their chilling new reality in this moving exploration of identity, cycles of abuse, and hope.

STORY COLLECTIONS

Black Joy by Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts

A timely collection of deeply personal, uplifting, and powerful essays that celebrate the redemptive strength of Black joy—in the vein of Black Girls Rock, You Are Your Best Thing, and I Really Needed This Today.

FEBRUARY 8TH

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HISTORICAL FICTION 

The Great Mrs. Elias by Barbara Chase-Riboud

The author of the award-winning Sally Hemings now brings to life Hannah Elias, one of the richest black women in America in the early 1900s, in this mesmerizing novel swirling with atmosphere and steeped in history.

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

Foreverland by Heather Havrilesky

An illuminating, poignant, and savagely funny examination of modern marriage from Ask Polly advice columnist Heather Havrilesky

Home/Land by Rebecca Mead

A moving reflection on the complicated nature of home and homeland, and the heartache and adventure of leaving an adopted country in order to return to your native land

SELF-HELP

Tired as F*ck by Caroline Dooner

Blending memoir and blistering social observations, the author of The F*ck It Diet looks back at her desperate attempts to heal her hunger, anxiety, and imperfections through extreme diets, culty self-help methods, and melodramatic bargains with the universe.

ANTHOLOGY

Champagne for One by Rebekah Iliff

A delightful spotlight on how to own being alone, perfect as a gift to a friend or as a treat to your solitary self.

THRILLERS AND MYSTERIES

Shadows of Pecan Hollow by Caroline Frost

Set in Texas in the 1970s and 90s, Shadows of Pecan Hollow is a literary debut about a fierce woman and the partner-in-crime she can’t escape, perfect for readers of Where the Crawdads Sing and Valentine.

Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow

From bestselling YA author Bethany C. Morrow comes a new suspense novel, in the vein of Get Out meets My Sister the Serial Killer, about a young calculating Black girl who manipulates her way into the lives of her Black best friend’s white wealthy adopted family; but as she spends more time with the Whitmans, she begins to suspect she may not be the only one with ulterior motives….

YOUNG ADULT

Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions by Navdeep Singh Dhillon

For fans of Sandhya Menon and Adam Silvera, a prom-night romantic-comedy romp about a Sikh teen’s search for love and identity.

Mirror Girls by Kelly McWilliams

A thrilling gothic horror novel about biracial twin sisters separated at birth, perfect for fans of Lovecraft Country and The Vanishing Half

FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP 

Love & Saffron by Kim Fay

In the vein of the classic 84, Charing Cross Road and Meet Me at the Museum, this witty and tender novel follows two women in 1960s America as they discover that food really does connect us all, and that friendship and laughter are the best medicine.

Red Thread of Fate by Lyn Liao Butler

In the wake of a tragedy and fueled by guilt from a secret she’s kept for years, a woman discovers how delicate the thread that binds family is in this powerful novel by Lyn Liao Butler.

With Love from London by Sarah Jio

A librarian inherits a bookshop from her estranged mother, leading her halfway across the world on a journey of self-discovery that transcends time and honors the unbreakable bonds of love and family.

Very Cold People by Sarah Manguso

The much-anticipated debut novel from the author of 300 Arguments: a shattering account of growing up and out of the suffocating constraints of small-town America.

The Arc by Tory Henwood Hoen

For fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sally Rooney, and Rebecca Serle, The Arc is a smart, high concept love story that asks: is it possible to optimize our most intimate relationships?

Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors

For readers of Modern Lovers and Conversations with Friends, an addictive, humorous, and poignant debut novel about the shock waves caused by one couple’s impulsive marriage.

When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O’Neill

A spellbinding story about two girls whose friendship is so intense it not only threatens to destroy them, it changes the trajectory of history.

COZY MYSTERIES 

Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala

Death at a beauty pageant turns Tita Rosie’s Kitchen upside down in the latest entry of this witty and humorous cozy mystery series.

ROMANCE

Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher

A fake relationship between a magicless witch and a wolf shifter turns to more in the start of a bewitching new paranormal rom-com series.

Houston, We Have a Problema by Gwendolyn Zepeda

Readers of Honey Girl and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill will fall in love with this smart, vivacious, and laugh-out-loud novel about a superstitious young woman who is looking for love in all the wrong places.

LITERARY FICTION

A Very Nice Girl by Imogen Crimp

For readers of Sweetbitter and Luster, a razor-sharp debut novel about an ambitious young opera singer caught between devotion to her craft and an all-consuming affair with an older man.

Nobody’s Magic by Destiny O. Birdsong

This novel, told in three parts, is a searing meditation on grief, female strength, and self‑discovery set against a backdrop of complicated social and racial histories. Nobody’s Magic is a testament to the power of family—the ones you’re born in and the ones you choose. And in these three narratives, among the yearning and loss, each of these women may find a seed of hope for the future.

FEBRUARY 15TH

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR 

The Naked Don’t Fear the Water by Matthieu Aikins

In this extraordinary book, an acclaimed young war reporter chronicles a dangerous journey on the smuggler’s road to Europe, accompanying his friend, an Afghan refugee, in search of a better future.

THRILLERS & SUSPENSE

The Cage by Bonnie Kistler

Combining the propulsive narrative drive of The Firm with the psychological complexity of The Silent Patient, a gripping and original thriller about two professional women—colleagues at an international fashion conglomerate—who enter an elevator together . . . but only one is alive when they reach the ground floor.

The End of Getting Lost by Robin Kirman

A psychologically suspenseful, cunning love story following a young dancer unable to recall the last year of her life after suffering a head injury on her honeymoon, revealing an intimate portrait of love’s powers—as well as its dangers.

FANTASY 

A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross

House of Earth and Blood meets The Witch’s Heart in Rebecca Ross’s brilliant first adult fantasy, set on the magical Isle of Cadence where two childhood enemies must team up to discover why girls are going missing from their clan.

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

From Marlon James, author of the bestselling National Book Award finalist Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the second book in the Dark Star trilogy, his African Game of Thrones.

Part adventure tale, part chronicle of an indomitable woman who bows to no man, it is a fascinating novel that explores power, personality, and the places where they overlap.

DYSTOPIAN 

The Last Wild Horses by Maja Lunde, Translated by Diane Oatley

Translated into 36 languages, winner of the Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize, and the most successful Norwegian author of her generation, Maja Lunde returns with a heart-wrenching tale, set in the distant past and the dystopian future, about extinction and survival, family and hope.

LITERARY FICTION 

Chilean Poet by Alejandro Zambra, Translated by Megan McDowell

The internationally acclaimed author, heralded as one of the most important writers of his generation, returns with the most substantial work of his career: an emotionally captivating, very funny novel about fathers and sons, ambition and failure, and the many forms of family.

The Boy with a Bird in His Chest by Emme Lund

“A modern coming-of-age full of love, desperation, heartache, and magic” (Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize–winning author) about “the ways in which family, grief, love, queerness, and vulnerability all intersect” (Kristen Arnett, New York Times bestselling author). Perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Thirty Names of Night.

The Selfless Act of Breathing by JJ Bola

A heartbreaking, lyrical story for all of those who have fantasized about escaping their daily lives and starting over.

Pure Colour by Sheila Heti

The world is failing to remain a world. It is coming apart. The ice cubes are melting. Species are dying. People, too—of different things. But what if this world is just a first draft, made by some great artist in order to be destroyed?

FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP

How to Find Your Way Home by Katy Regan

What if the person you thought you’d lost forever walked back into your life?

A warm, life-affirming novel about what happens when a sister discovers that the brother she hasn’t seen in more than a decade is homeless, and in reconnecting with him learns the true meaning of belonging, from the author of Little Big Love.

ROMANCE

One Night on the Island by Josie Silver

From the New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December…When a double-booking at a remote one-room cabin accidentally throws two solace-seekers together, it feels like a cruel twist of fate. But what if it’s fate of a different kind?

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY 

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas 

Sarah J. Maas’s groundbreaking Crescent City series continues with the second installment, following the #1 New York Times bestseller House of Earth and Blood.

The Great Witch of Brittany by Louisa Morgan

Return to the world of A Secret History of Witches with the bewitching tale of Ursule Orchière and her discovery of magical abilities that will not only change the course of her life but every generation that comes after her.

Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham

From New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author Daniel Abraham, co-author of The Expanse, comes a monumental epic fantasy trilogy that unfolds within the walls of a single great city, over the course of one tumultuous year, where every story matters, and the fate of the city is woven from them all.

FEBRUARY 22ND

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THRILLERS & MYSTERIES

Fake by Erica Katz

From the author of The Boys’ Club, a gripping novel set in the high-stakes world of art forgery that moves across the globe, from the trendy art galleries of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood to the high-flying international art fairs of Hong Kong.

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List comes a new locked room mystery, set in a Paris apartment building in which every resident has something to hide…

No Second Chances by Rio Youers

From the acclaimed author of Lola on Fire comes a blistering novel of action, intrigue, and suspense about a down-and-out actor suspected of killing his wife, a wannabe starlet new to the L.A. scene, and the vengeful drug dealer they both dare to cross.

Tripping Arcadia by Kit Mayquist

From debut author Kit Mayquist, a propulsive and atmospheric modern Gothic with all the splendor of The Great Gatsby… and all the secrets, lies, and darkness that opulence can hide.

This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel

From the USA Today bestselling and Edgar-nominated author of Darling Rose Gold comes a dark, thrilling novel about two sisters—one trapped in the clutches of a cult, the other in a web of her own lies—and the lengths they will go to save each other.

The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart

A locked-room murder mystery set at a hotel for time travelers—in which a detective must solve an impossible crime even as her own sanity crumbles—from the author of The Warehouse

Wish You Were Gone by Kieran Scott

For fans of the Netflix hit original series Dead to Me comes “a captivating thriller” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author) about what happens when the death of a husband and father isn’t the tragedy everyone believes.

The Harbor by Katrine Engberg

From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Butterfly House, called “brazen and original” by The Toronto Star, comes a timely, suspenseful, and darkly original new novel about a missing child and the web of lies that has threatened his life—and may prevent him from ever being found.

Beneath the Stairs by Jennifer Fawcett

In this spine-tingling, atmospheric debut for fans of Jennifer McMahon, Simone St. James, and Chris Bohjalian, a woman returns to her hometown after her childhood friend attempts suicide at a local haunted house—the same place where a traumatic incident shattered their lives twenty years ago.

COZY MYSTERIES 

A Deadly Bone to Pick by Peggy Rothschild

When Molly Madison, dog-wrangler extraordinaire, stumbles upon a murder in her new hometown, she must track down a killer to save the day. 

HISTORICAL FICTION

The School of Mirrors by Eva Stachniak

A scintillating, gorgeously written historical novel about a mother and a daughter in eighteenth-century France, beginning with decadence and palace intrigue at Versailles and ending in an explosive new era of revolution.

The Irishman’s Daughter by V.S. Alexander

Set in the wild, romantic, northwest coast of Ireland during the mid-19th century, The Irishman’s Daughter pits Briana, her father, and sister, against a reckless English landlord and a plague that will kill and displace millions of Irish people.

Carolina Built by Kianna Alexander

A vivid and moving novel based on the incredible life of real estate magnate Josephine N. Leary—a previously untold story of passion, perseverance, and building a legacy after emancipation in North Carolina.

FANTASY 

The Symmetry of Stars by Alex Myers

From the author of 2020’s astonishing The Story of Silence comes another retelling of a chivalric legend, full of magic, myth and self-discovery.

Scorpica by G.R. Macallister

A centuries-long peace is shattered in a matriarchal society when a decade passes without a single girl being born in this sweeping epic fantasy that’s perfect for fans of Robin Hobb and Circe.

BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS

Sentence by Daniel Genis

A memoir of a decade in prison by a well-educated young addict known as the “Apologetic Bandit”.  

Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? by Séamas O’Reilly

A heartwarming and hilarious family memoir of growing up as one of eleven siblings raised by a single dad in Northern Ireland at the end of the Troubles.

NONFICTION 

Life Between the Tides by Adam Nicolson

Adam Nicholson explores the marine life inhabiting seashore rockpools with a scientist’s curiosity and a poet’s wonder in this beautifully illustrated book.

SHORT STORIES

Life Without Children by Roddy Doyle

A brilliantly warm and witty portrait of our pandemic lives, told in ten heartrending short stories, from the Booker Prize–winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP 

The Secret Love Letters of Olivia Moretti by Jennifer Probst

A secret romance sends three estranged sisters to the Amalfi Coast to follow clues about their mother’s past, and challenges them to a whole new future, in this emotional novel from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

From the best-selling, award-winning author of The Buddha in the Attic and When the Emperor Was Divine comes a novel about what happens to a group of obsessed recreational swimmers when a crack appears at the bottom of their local pool—a tour de force of economy, precision, and emotional power.

Wildcat by Amelia Morris

An uproariously funny, surprisingly touching story of one woman’s journey through motherhood and female friendship, in a society that plays fast and loose with information.

Would I Lie to You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal

In this “total page-turner,” wife and mother Faiza is about to find what happens when you have your dream life and are about to lose it… but only if you’re caught (Sarah Pearse, New York Times bestselling author of The Sanatorium).

ROMANCE

I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson

A chance to rewrite their ending is worth the risk in this swoony romantic comedy from Kosoko Jackson.

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake

A clever and steamy queer romantic comedy about taking chances and accepting love—with all its complications—by debut author Ashley Herring Blake.

LITERARY FICTION 

When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East by Quan Barry

From the acclaimed author of We Ride Upon Sticks, a luminous novel that moves across a windswept Mongolia, as estranged twin brothers make a journey of duty, conflict, and renewed understanding

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