10 Must-Read New Books Out This Week

Including a new novel from the author of The Silver Linings Playbook.

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New titles from V. Castro, Katherine Dunn, N.K. Jemisin, and more hit store shelves this week.

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Shani’s winter break was turned upside down when she hit May with her mom’s car. Luckily, May was fine — but after that, Shani just couldn’t shake her. It all leads up to the night when they find themselves snowed in together... on Christmas Eve, no less.
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All eyes are on fan-favorite Aliens character PFC Jenette Vasquez in this tie-in novel from Goddess of Filth author V. Castro. The new book finally gives readers a glimpse of Vasquez’s backstory — and the two children she was forced to leave back on Earth.
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One year after Jack broke Ellie’s heart, the two women are thrown back into one another’s orbit. Sparks are still flying, but there’s one big problem standing in their way: Ellie is planning a marriage of convenience to Jack’s brother, Andrew.
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Toad is the posthumous, highly-anticipated novel from the author of Geek Love. The story follows Sally, a recluse who spends her days caring for her goldfish and languishing over the past. As she reminisces, Sally treats readers to profiles of her friends and their foibles.
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The Islands, a collection of short fiction from Quint author Dionne Irving, revolves around Jamaican women living in the United States, Panama, France, and elsewhere.
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N.K. Jemisin’s highly anticipated follow-up to The City We Became picks up with New York City’s human avatars as they face off against a xenophobic mayoral candidate backed by their old enemy, the Woman in White.
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A Restless Truth is the second entry in Freya Marske’s Last Binding trilogy, a queer, historical fantasy series. Here, Robin’s sister, Maud, finds herself caught up in a murder mystery on an Atlantic steamship bound for America.
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Folks in Majestic, Pennsylvania are still reeling from a mass shooting that claimed the lives of their friends and neighbors when Lucas — who was widowed in the attack — forges a tentative bond with the shooter’s teenaged brother.
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In this historical fantasy novel set in WWII-era Chicago, a comedian finds her “Showstopper” — a magical joke with transcendent effects on women in the audience.
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When Debby finds a bracelet belonging to her cousin Kari’s late mother, she sets off a chain of events that causes Kari to become haunted by both her mother’s ghost and an evil spirit.
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