OK, I'm revealing a secret here. When I first started Treasures in My Closet, they really were in my closet. Not anymore. Over the years, I've received more and more books. Now, they're actually on the floor in my middle room. I'm not changing the title to Treasures in My Middle Room, though. But, this is what it looks like at the moment. They had been in nice piles until I had to move all the books. Then, a few of the piles collapsed. But, I can still find the piles with forthcoming books.
So here's the second part of the February releases.
Han Kang's novel, The Vegetarian, is translated from Korean. It's the story of a woman who has a dream that changes her life, and that of her husband. She renounces eating meat in a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed. Her decision is an act of subversion, that leads to scandal, abuse and estrangement. (Release date is Feb. 2.)
Ausma Zehanat Khan's The Language of Secrets takes readers into the investigation of a local Muslim terrorist cell in Canada. INSET, Canada's federal intelligence agency has been investigating it for months, but one of their informants is killed at the cell's training camp. Detective Esa Khattack's police department is called to investigate the murder, and his partner, Rachel Getty, goes undercover into the ultra-conservative mosque. (Release date is Feb. 2.)
Stephen Le's 100 Million Years of Food is one of the few nonfiction titles on the February pile. Le, a biological anthropologist, explains how the foods of different regions developed through centuries, showing how our diets and lifestyles have transformed over millions of of years of history, and how we can return to a sustainable, healthier way of eating and living. (Release date is Feb. 2.)
Yann Martel, the author of Life of Pi, brings us The High Mountains of Portugal. It's part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable, as it covers 100 years of searches for answers in Portugal, beginning with the discovery of an old journal in 1904. (Release date is Feb. 2.)
Try Not to Breathe is Holly Seddon's fiction debut, a thriller with twists and turns. Alex Dale's destructive habits cost her a marriage and a journalism career. Only her routine of running and forgettable work keeps her going. And, then she discovers Amy Stevenson, the survivor of a brutal attack, who has been in a coma for fifteen years. What starts as Alex' story as a reporter turns into a personal obsession. How do you solve a crime when the only witness is locked in silence? (Release date is Feb. 23.)
In her latest novel, Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys takes readers back to 1945, as thousands of refugees from East Prussia try to reach freedom. Four of them are teenagers, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff. It's a story inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, but a little-known story. (Release date is Feb. 2.)
If you like inventive novels about time travel, you might want to try John Wray's The Lost Time Accidents. Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest family secret, Waldemar "Waldy" Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he's been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn as Waldy tries desperately to get back. Now, he has to deal with the legacy of his great-grandfather's fatal pursuit of the hidden nature of time. (Release date is Feb. 9.)
There are a number of literary novels here, a number of debuts. Where are the mysteries? The cozy ones won't arrive until mid-January. I guess that leaves novels about the mysteries of life. I have to be honest and say some of these won't even make my "hope to read" calendar. But, there certainly are books for every taste in the two days of Treasures in My Closet. Is there a book or two that excites you?