16 Must-Read Books for February 2013
A novel of life during (future) wartime, a scholarly decoding of Jane Austen, historical fiction set in a Mexican border town and more captivating reads.
O, The Oprah Magazine |
January 28, 2013
The setting of Manil Suri's provocative and fearless new novel is the near future in Mumbai, a city that has been decimated by ongoing war between India and Pakistan, and is now run by warring Hindu and Muslim hoodlums.
From the first chapter of Charles Dubow's smart, sensuous, and moving debut novel, Indiscretion, betrayal and heartbreak seem inevitable.
Rebecca Madden, the shy narrator of Aria Beth Sloss's sharply imagined debut novel is ignored by her classmates at Windridge, until Alexandra Carrington, the beautiful and brash new girl, plucks Rebecca out of obscurity to be her best friend.
Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde serves up a sly portrait of a city where "everyone else's stories [fall] like fresh soot from the skyscrapers above."
To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan's iconic feminist manifesto, The Feminine Mystique, W.W. Norton is releasing a commemorative edition, with a new introduction by New York Times columnist Gail Collins and an afterword by best-selling author Anna Quindlen.
A writer pulls himself up by his bookstraps.
A witty homage to pubs and bars and the regulars who call them home, (appropriately) written by the drinks columnist for The New York Times Magazine.
An Austen devotee penetrates the intricate riddles embedded in the timeless writer's fiction.
From one of the culinary world's rising stars, a picaresque tale of a Chinese-American kid's obsession with hip-hop, Charles Barkley, and the perfect soup dumpling.
A wildly imaginative historical novel set in the Mexican border town of Corazón de la Fuente, with a nod to the shenanigans of a true-life con artist.
The true story of a New York journalist who forms a support group with five other widows, and how together they venture back into life.
In this stylishly gritty and fast-paced thriller, a career criminal is summoned from his off-the-grid hiding place to assist in an Atlantic City casino robbery that goes awry.
The grave robbers and evil scientists who helped inspire the writing of a horror masterpiece, and the woman behind the curtain.
A fictionalized glimpse into the partnership between the novelist and her artist companion, who team up to solve a murder on an island in the Bay of Fundy.
Timed to the 100th anniversary of Rosa Parks's birth, an unexpected take on a seminal figure of the American civil rights movement.
A lyrical and poetic novel about the adverse ramifications of a little white lie that follows its teller throughout his life.' '