And, the January titles begin with a novel I've been waiting to read, Sarah Addison Allen's First Frost. Allen brings back the Waverley women from Garden Spells. As autumn arrives in Bascom, North Carolina, the Waverley women grow restless. When an unexpected visitor arrives, it becomes even more difficult for them to remain levelheaded. Everything should improve after the first frost of the season, but can the women make it until then? (Release date is Jan. 20.)
The next debut, Brooke Davis' Lost & Found, sounds as if it will tug at the heartstrings. Millie Bird is seven years old when she's left in the underwear of a local store. In the past seven years, Agatha Pantha has maintained a strict daily schedule, and hasn't spoken to another human being. At eighty-seven, Karl escapes from a nursing home. United at a fateful moment, the three embark on a road trip to find Millie's mother in a story "about the wisdom of the very young, the mischief of the very old, and the magic that happens along the way." (Release date is Jan. 22.)
Mike Greenberg, the co-host of ESPN's Mike and Mike follows up his New York Times bestseller with My Father's Wives. Jonathan Sweetwater appears to have anything, but he never had a relationship with his father. When he discovers evidence that his marriage may not be as perfect as he thought, he decides to track down his father's five ex-wives to learn about the man he never knew. (Release date is Jan. 20.)
The Telegraph UK called Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen's The Rabbit Back Literature Society "Twin Peaks meets the Brothers Grimm". It's a novel about a highly contagious book virus, a secretive literary society, and a disappearing author. Renowned children's author Laura White has only ever invited nine people to join "The Rabbit Back Literature Society", an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. When Ella, a young literature teacher is selected, she discovers the Society isn't what it seems. What is this mysterious ritual known as "The Game"? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Ella is uncovering disturbing secrets that have been buried. (Release date is Jan. 20.)
The Unquiet Dead is Ausma Zehanat Khan's crime fiction debut. Detective Esa Khattak, a veteran of Toronto's police force and a Muslim, is in the midst of his evening prayers when he receives a call asking that he and his partner investigate the death of a local man who fell off a cliff. Drayton's death doesn't seem to warrant a police investigation by a team that handles minority-sensitive cases, but he may not have been the upstanding Canadian citizen he appeared to be. He may have been a Bosnian war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995. If that's true, any number of people could have had reason to kill the man. (Release date is Jan. 13.)
The release says, "Where does a person's story begin? In Greer Macallister's The Magician's Lie, the reader ponders this very question as an early 20th century female illusionist is given one night to convince a local policeman that she is not a murderer. As the Amazing Arden recounts the years that led up to her husband's untimely death, you will be left wondering - is she telling the truth? Or is this simply a tale of smoke and mirrors, designed to lull a small town copinto a false sense of security so that Arden can escape?" Macallister's debut is called "Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus." (Release date is Jan. 13.)
New York Times bestselling author Wes Moore brings us The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters. Moore tells stories from the front lines of recent history. He was a combat officer in Afghanistan, a White House fellow, a Wall Street banker during the financial crisis. Now he shares the lessons he learned along the way. (Release date is Jan. 13.)
Is that enough for today? I hope there's something here you want to read. And, there's another terrific pile of books for tomorrow.