We’ve finally made it out of 2016 — a
year that was just plain rough in the eyes of many — and into 2017. The New Year brings more than potential, party horns, and resolutions, though. The months ahead promise a ton of awesome new books as well, especially for nonfiction fans. If you’ve resolved to read more, prepare for options galore.
January’s titles are extremely varied, but you’ll notice some common trends. With the transition to a new president on the horizon, multiple
books tackle the Obama family’s legacy, the incoming administration, and burning political issues. Don’t worry if you need a break from all things politics, though. There’s more to read, from moving memoirs to riveting true crime stories to fresh examinations of historical figures.
It’s almost hard to know where to begin, because the exciting titles coming in January extend well beyond those on this list. Since you can’t read everything, I had to narrow it down, as hard as that was. If the quality of books coming out this year is any indication, 2017 is going to be a good one.
Below are 17 books coming out in January, so get ready to start the New Year off right.
'The Art of the Affair' by Catherine Lacey, Forsyth Harmon (Jan. 3; Bloomsbury USA) Click here to buy.
Author Catherine Lacey explores scandalous liaisons in
The Art of the Affair: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence. With illustrations by Forsyth Harmon, the book untangles the complicated love lives of some of art’s biggest names, including Frida Kahlo, Ernest Hemingway, and Coco Chanel, among others. If you have a weakness for gossip, you won’t be able to resist. 'Mrs. Sherlock Holmes' by Brad Ricca (Jan. 3; St. Martin’s Press) 'Letters to a Young Muslim' by Omar Saif Ghobash (Jan. 3; Picador) Click here to buy.
Ambassador of the UAE to Russia Omar Saif Ghobash passes on wisdom to his son and readers in
. He shines a light on a religion that often gets a bad rap, discussing what it means to be a “good Muslim,” the impact of extremism and terror, and the struggles of Muslims all over the world. Letters to a Young Muslim 'A Consequential President' by Michael D’Antonio (Jan. 3; Thomas Dunne Books) 'The Meaning of Michelle,' Edited by Veronica Chambers (Jan. 10; St. Martin’s Press) 'The Trump Survival Guide' by Gene Stone (Jan. 10; Dey Street Books) 'Audacity' by Jonathan Chait (Jan. 17; Custom House) 'Tears We Cannot Stop' by Michael Eric Dyson (Jan. 17; St. Martin’s Press) 'My Life, My Love, My Legacy' by Coretta Scott King (Jan. 17; Henry Holt and Co.) Click here to buy.
Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t alone in accomplishing extraordinary things. We get to hear Coretta Scott King’s incredible story, as told to the Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, in
. The book covers her childhood in the Deep South, her life at the center of the civil rights movement with her husband, and her long-time advocacy. My Life, My Love, My Legacy 'Unbound' by Steph Jagger (Jan. 24; Harper Wave) Click here to buy.
Writer Steph Jagger recounts a life-changing adventure in
. After leaving the corporate world behind, selling most of her belongings, and taking on the mission of skiing ski 4 million vertical feet in a year, Jagger traveled to five continents and nine countries, pushing herself to her emotional and physical limits. This inspiring memoir reflects on subjects like success, love, and life. Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery 'A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea' by Melissa Fleming (Jan. 24; Flatiron Books) 'Dust Bowl Girls' by Lydia Reeder (Jan. 24; Algonquin Books) Click here to buy. centers on a coach and a college team looking for hope in the midst of the Great Depression. Written by Lydia Reeder,the story follows the group as they join together and try to improve their lives. With a great underdog story, you don’t have to be a history or sports enthusiast to enjoy it. Dust Bowl Girls: A Team's Quest for Basketball Glory 'Rise' by Cara Brookins (Jan. 24; St. Martin’s Press) Click here to buy.
Cara Brookins reconstructs her life and family after an abusive marriage in
. Her memoir tells how she and her four kids managed to build a home with just a small loan, YouTube how-to videos, and a heavy dose of determination. Their powerful story is one of rebirth and resilience. Rise: How a House Built a Family 'The Mistress of Paris' by Catherine Hewitt (Jan. 24; Thomas Dunne Books) 'The Actual One' by Isy Suttie (Jan. 31; Harper Perennial) 'The Blood of Emmett Till' by Timothy B. Tyson (Jan. 31; Simon & Schuster) Click here to buy.
You may remember the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till from your high school history class, but Timothy B. Tyson digs deeper. Using court transcripts, accounts from those involved, and recently uncovered documents, he revisits the horrific case.
provides insight on how the hate crime impacted the civil rights movement. The Blood of Emmett Till 'Bears in the Streets' by Lisa Dickey (Jan. 31; St. Martin’s Press) Click here to buy.
Lisa Dickey explores a fascinating and relevant country in
. Crossing the nation, she meets colorful characters in 11 different cities, and then returns twice over the years to see how their lives have changed. Her journeys give her a window into how Russians’ thoughts on a variety of topics, not to mention some very unique experiences. Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys across a Changing Russia