As snowstorms and brisk winds keep many of us indoors this February, might we recommend picking up some of our most anticipated paperback releases this month? These ten titles are wide-ranging in their content and style, so you are guaranteed to find something up your alley. Whether you are in the mood for a pulse-pounding romantic thriller or a poignant story of self-revelation, these books are sure to appeal, whichever direction the wind blows you. Grab your favorite blanket, pour yourself a cup of hot tea, and get ready to get cozy!
A sharp and sexy coming of age story, ASTRID SEES ALL is a portrait of the glittering, seamy underbelly of the 1980s East Village. Twenty-two-year-old Phoebe is devastated by her father’s death but returns to New York to be with her best friend, Carmen, and chase down Ivan, an older man who once wronged her. Under the name Astrid the Star Girl, Phoebe begins telling fortunes at a night club while plotting revenge; that is, until Carmen goes missing and Phoebe will go as far as it takes to find her.
This “vivid portrait of a seedy, edgy, artsy, and seething New York City that will never exist again” (Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author)—the glittering, decadent downtown club scene of the 1980s—follows a smart, vulnerable young woman as she takes a deep dive into her dark side. Essential reading for fans of Sweetbitter, Fleabag, and books by Patti Smith.
New York, 1984: Twenty-two-year-old Phoebe Hayes is a young woman in search of excitement and adventure. But the recent death of her father has so devastated her that her mother wants her to remain home in Baltimore to recover. Phoebe wants to return to New York, not only to chase the glamorous life she so desperately craves but also to confront Ivan, the older man who wronged her.
With her best friend Carmen, she escapes to the East Village, disappearing into an underworld haunted by artists, It Girls, and lost souls trying to party their pain away. Carmen juggles her junkie-poet boyfriend and a sexy painter while, as Astrid the Star Girl, Phoebe tells fortunes in a nightclub and plots her revenge on Ivan. When the intoxicating brew of sex, drugs, and self-destruction leads Phoebe to betray her friend, Carmen disappears, and Phoebe begins an unstoppable descent into darkness.
“A new wave coming-of-age story, Astrid Sees All is a blast from the past” (Stewart O’Nan, author of The Speed Queen) about female friendship, sex, romance, and what it’s like to be a young woman searching for an identity.
After a lifetime of disappointing romantic relationships, single mother and statistics expert Jess Davis doesn’t believe in dating; that is, until she hears about GeneticAlly, a new DNA-based matchmaking company. But when Jess receives a 98 percent match with the company founder—and a stuck-up acquaintance—River Peña, Jess knows it won’t work out. Still, the company offers to pays her to parade around as part of a new “Diamond” pairing. And the more dates she goes on with River in this charming romantic comedy, the more she begins to doubt her assumptions.
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“Writing duo and reigning romance queens Christina Lauren are back with The Soulmate Equation, their most ambitious book to date.” —PopSugar
“A sexy, science-filled, and surprising romance full of warmth and wit.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Chosen as a best pick by Bustle, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly, E! Online, PopSugar, BuzzFeed, Goodreads, Country Living, The Pioneer Woman, Woman’s World, Bookish, Bookreporter, Frolic, and more!
The New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners returns with a witty and effervescent novel about what happens when two people with everything on the line are thrown together by science—or is it fate? Perfect for fans of The Rosie Project and One Plus One.
Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but no amount of number crunching can convince her to step back into the dating world. After all, her father was never around, her hard-partying mother disappeared when she was six, and her ex decided he wasn’t “father material” before her daughter was even born. Jess holds her loved ones close but working constantly to stay afloat is hard...and lonely.
But then Jess hears about GeneticAlly, a buzzy new DNA-based matchmaking company that’s predicted to change dating forever. Finding a soulmate through DNA? The reliability of numbers: This Jess understands.
At least she thought she did, until her test shows an unheard-of 98 percent compatibility with another subject in the database: GeneticAlly’s founder, Dr. River Peña. This is one number she can’t wrap her head around, because she already knows Dr. Peña. The stuck-up, stubborn man is without a doubt not her soulmate. But GeneticAlly has a proposition: Get ‘to know him and we’ll pay you. Jess—who is barely making ends meet—is in no position to turn it down, despite her skepticism about the project and her dislike for River. As the pair are dragged from one event to the next as the “Diamond” pairing that could launch GeneticAlly’s valuation sky-high, Jess begins to realize that there might be more to the scientist—and the science behind a soulmate—than she thought.
“Laugh-out-loud, sweet, charming, and humorous” (Library Journal, starred review), The Soulmate Equation proves that the delicate balance between fate and choice can never be calculated.
From New York Times bestselling author Sister Souljah comes the sequel to Winter Santiaga’s much-beloved first adventure, THE COLDEST WINTER EVER. Winter has served her time and is now determined to get revenge, redeem her father, and win back Midnight. But Simone, Winter’s one-time friend, is out to get Winter. Despite the danger, Winter refuses to back down, certain that she survived anything given where she came from. Passionate, funny, shocking, and shameless, LIFE AFTER DEATH will satisfy old and new fans alike.
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The long-anticipated sequel to Sister Souljah’s million copy New York Times bestseller The Coldest Winter Ever.
Winter Santiaga hit time served. Still stunning, still pretty, still bold, still loves her father more than any man in the world, still got her hustle and high fashion flow. She’s eager to pay back her enemies, rebuild her father’s empire, reset his crown, and ultimately to snatch Midnight back into her life no matter which bitch had him while she was locked up. But Winter is not the only one with revenge on her mind. Simone, Winter’s young business partner and friend, is locked and loaded and Winter is her target. Will she blow Winter’s head off? Can Winter dodge the bullets? Or will at least one bullet blast Winter into another world? Either way Winter is fearless. Hell is the same as any hood and certainly the Brooklyn hood she grew up in. That’s what Winter thinks.
A heartwarming, heart-burning, passionate, sexual, comical, and completely original adventure is about to happen in real time—raw, shocking, soulful, and shameless. True fans won’t let Winter travel alone on this amazing journey.
Sasha Marcus’s reputation is in ruins, despite her previous success as a wellness influencer. Exiled from the internet by men’s rights protestors and trolls, Sasha has no one left but her best friend, a struggling actor named Dyson. He suggests she revive her brand by becoming the spokesperson for his new business: a rehabilitation center for men that rids them of their toxic masculinity. But as Sasha delves into the dark core of the program, she begins to realize that she may not understand Dyson’s true agenda.
“Darkly funny and glitteringly satirical, The Atmospherians unforgettably takes aim at wokeness, wellness, and toxic masculinity.” —Esquire
This “edgy, addictive” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) satire about two best friends who form The Atmosphere—a cult designed to reform problematic men—is “a book to be devoured” (Vanity Fair).
Sasha Marcus was once the epitome of contemporary success: an internet sensation, social media darling, and a creator of a high-profile wellness brand for women. But a confrontation with an abusive troll has taken a horrifying turn, and now she’s at rock bottom: canceled and doxxed online, isolated in her apartment while men’s rights protestors rage outside.
Sasha confides in her oldest childhood friend, Dyson—a failed actor with a history of body issues—who hatches a plan for her to restore her reputation by becoming the face of his new business venture, The Atmosphere: a rehabilitation community for men. Based in an abandoned summer camp and billed as a workshop for job training, it is actually a rigorous program designed to rid men of their toxic masculinity. Sasha has little choice but to accept. But what horrors await her as the resident female leader of a crew of washed up, desperate men? And what exactly does Dyson want?
Explosive, dazzling, and wickedly funny, The Atmospherians is “a book written with this exact cultural moment in mind” (Oprah Daily).
In this inspirational and heartbreaking tale, a cohort of strangers comes together for one final, transformative experience. When Mark receives a fatal diagnosis, he plans a cross-country trip that will end in him driving off a cliff. But as his journey in a junky bus commences, he collects other loners along for the ride: a bipolar neo-hippie, a coder with a heart defect, and a young woman bullied for her weight. They may be driving toward their deaths, but together they will come to terms with more than they ever thought possible.
The Breakfast Club meets The Silver Linings Playbook in this powerful, provocative, and heartfelt novel about twelve strangers who come together to make the most of their final days, from New York Times bestselling and award-winning author J. Michael Straczynski.
Mark Antonelli, a failed young writer looking down the barrel at thirty, is planning a cross-country road trip. He buys a beat-up old tour bus. He hires a young army vet to drive it. He puts out an ad for others to join him along the way. But this will be a road trip like no other: His passengers are all fellow disheartened souls who have decided that this will be their final journey—upon arrival in San Francisco, they will find a cliff with an amazing view of the ocean at sunset, hit the gas, and drive out of this world.
The unlikely companions include a young woman with a chronic pain sensory disorder and another who was relentlessly bullied at school for her size; a bipolar, party-loving neo-hippie; a gentle coder with a literal hole in his heart and blue skin; and a poet dreaming of a better world beyond this one. We get to know them through access to their texts, emails, voicemails, and the daily journal entries they write as the price of admission for this trip.
By turns tragic, funny, quirky, charming, and deeply moving, Together We Will Go explores the decisions that brings these characters together, and the relationships that grow between them, with some discovering love and affection for the first time. But as they cross state lines and complications to the initial plan arise, it becomes clear that this is a novel as much about the will to live as it is the choice to end it. The final, unforgettable moments as they hurtle toward the outcomes awaiting them will be remembered for a lifetime.
The seventh book in bestselling novelist Janet Evanovich’s sexy and pulse-pounding Fox and O’Hare series, THE BOUNTY finds FBI agent Kate and international con man Nick facing their darkest villain yet. The Brotherhood, a dangerous international organization with Nazi ties is determined to find a lost train, loaded with billions in Nazi gold. To find the fortune first, Kate and Nick must turn to their fathers, the two men who taught them everything they know, for help—no matter how much they may not want to.
In the latest instant New York Times bestseller in the Fox O’Hare series, FBI agent Kate O’Hare and charming criminal Nick Fox race against time to uncover a buried train filled with Nazi gold—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.
Straight as an arrow special agent Kate O’Hare and international criminal Nick Fox have brought down some of the biggest bad guys out there. But now they face their most dangerous foe yet—a vast, shadowy international organization known only as the Brotherhood.
Directly descended from the Vatican Bank priests who served Hitler during World War II, the Brotherhood is on a frantic search for a lost train loaded with $30 billion in Nazi gold, untouched for over seventy-five years somewhere in the mountains of Eastern Europe.
Kate and Nick know that there is only one man who can find the fortune and bring down the Brotherhood—the same man who taught Nick everything he knows—his father, Quentin. As the stakes get higher, they must also rely on Kate’s own father, Jake, who shares his daughter’s grit and stubbornness. Too bad they can never agree on anything.
From a remote monastery in the Swiss Alps to the lawless desert of the Western Sahara, Kate, Nick, and the two men who made them who they are today must crisscross the world in a desperate scramble to stop their deadliest foe in the biggest adventure of their lives.
Adventurous professor Shay is shocked that after marrying Italian businessman Senna, he moves them to a gaudy vacation home on the beaches of Madagascar. Soon, Shay has become the uncomfortable head of the estate’s household, negotiating her American childhood with her ancestral connection to Africa. As Shay delves into the heart of the African countryside, she must face the hauntings of a colonial past as she tries to keep herself and her marriage together. RED ISLAND HOUSE is a captivating and perceptive tale of self-discovery by National Book Award nominee Andrea Lee.
From National Book Award–nominated writer Andrea Lee comes Red Island House, a travel epic that opens a window on the mysterious African island of Madagascar, and on the dangers of life and love in paradise, as seen through the eyes of a Black American heroine.
“People do mysterious things when they think they have found paradise,” reflects Shay, the heroine of Red Island House. When Shay, an intrepid Black American professor, marries Senna, a brash Italian businessman, she doesn’t imagine that her life’s greatest adventure will carry her far beyond their home in Milan: to an idyllic stretch of beach in Madagascar where Senna builds a flamboyant vacation villa. Before she knows it, she becomes the reluctant mistress of a sprawling household, caught between her privileged American upbringing and her connection to the continent of her ancestors. So begins Shay’s journey into the heart of a remote African country. Can she keep her identity and her marriage intact amid the wild beauty and the lingering colonial sins of this mysterious world that both captivates and destroys foreigners?
A mesmerizing, powerful tale of travel and self-discovery that evokes Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, Red Island House showcases an extraordinary literary voice and gorgeously depicts a lush and unknown world.
Physics prodigy Sophie Jones is years away from uncovering some of the universe’s core mysteries. But when Sophie meets Jake and falls deeply in love, she finds there is more to life than trying to demystify it. Years later, when her life undergoes a devastating change, Sophie returns to her studies, determined to pick up where she left off. This time, she has a purpose: to prove a world in which true love wins out, despite all odds. THE LOVE PROOF is a unique, heart-wrenching novel perfect for fans of THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE.
In this “captivating, heartfelt, and utterly unique tale” (Emily Giffin, author of The Lies That Bind), a brilliant physicist studying the nature of time embarks on an unforgettable and life-changing journey to prove that those we love are always connected to us.
Sophie Jones is a physics prodigy on track to unlock the secrets of the universe. When she meets Jake Kristopher during their first week at Yale they instantly feel a deep connection, as if they’ve known each other before. Slowly, their love lures Sophie away from school.
When a shocking development forces Sophie into a new reality, she returns to physics to make sense of her world. She grapples with life’s big questions, including how to cope with unexpected change and loss. Inspired by her connection with Jake, Sophie throws herself into her studies, determined to prove that true loves belong together.
“Fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife will be blown away by Madeleine Henry’s The Love Proof” (PopSugar), a story of lasting connection, time, and intuition. It explores the course that perfect love can take between imperfect people and urges us to listen to our hearts rather than our heads.
It’s 1978 in Kabul and Sitara is the privileged daughter of the Afghani president’s right-hand man. When Sitara is ten, the communists stage a coup, taking over the country and killing Sitara’s whole family. Sitara survives only by being smuggled out by guard Shair. Years later, Sitara has been adopted by an American diplomat and has become a surgeon. But Shair’s unexpected appearance in her exam room sends her into a spiral of rage and a need for answers that leads her back to Kabul, now being torn apart by a corrupt government and the Taliban.
Vivian Howe, novelist and mother of three, is killed in a hit-and-run near her home on Nantucket. Once she reaches the Beyond, she’s given the opportunity to watch what happens on Earth for one more summer and has three “nudges” she can use to change outcomes as they occur. But with all of her children going through personal crises, her murder still unsolved, and her unpublished book housing a secret she wants hidden, it’s going to be hard for her to decide how to use those nudges and let go of her life on earth.
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