February Book Mail

It is unbelievably the end of February. I feel like this month absolutely flew by. Luckily, it did so while delivering some book mail along the way. I received a book I pre-ordered more than a year ago along with some of my most anticipated February releases and more!

Physical Books

The Evidence of Things Not Seen by James Baldwin

Synopsis: Over twenty-two months in 1979 and 1981 nearly two dozen children were unspeakably murdered in Atlanta despite national attention and outcry; they were all Black. James Baldwin investigated these murders, the Black administration in Atlanta, and Wayne Williams, the Black man tried for the crimes.

Publication Date: January 17, 2023

I received a gifted copy from the publisher, Henry Holt & Co.

Our Share of Night by Mariana Enriquez

Synopsis: A woman’s mysterious death puts her husband and son on a collision course with her demonic family in the first novel to be translated into English by the International Booker Prize–shortlisted author of The Dangers of Smoking in Bed.

Publication Date: February 7, 2023

I received a gifted copy from the publisher, Hogarth/Random House.

The House of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson

Synopsis: “A triumph of historical fiction” (The Washington Post) set in 1950s Philadelphia and Washington, DC, that explores what it means to be a woman and a mother, and how much one is willing to sacrifice to achieve her greatest goal.

Publication Date: February 7, 2023

Thank you to my friend @book.lover.laura for sending me her extra copy!

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones

Synopsis: December 12th, 2019, Jade returns to the rural lake town of Proofrock the same day as convicted Indigenous serial killer Dark Mill South escapes into town to complete his revenge killings, in this riveting sequel to My Heart Is a Chainsaw.

Publication Date: February 7, 2023

Not the Plan by Gia De Cadenet

Synopsis: An ambitious chief of staff risks her career and her heart when she falls hard for her new colleague in this steamy workplace romance from the author of Getting His Game Back.

Publication Date: February 7, 2023

I received an advance reader’s copy from the publisher, Random House.

Device Free Weekend by Sean Doolittle

Synopsis: Seven friends, one eccentric billionaire, an all-expenses paid reunion on a private island with one catch: no phones, tablets or laptops allowed. It’ll be a weekend to remember–for those who make it out alive.

Publication Date: February 28, 2023

I received an advance reader’s copy from the publisher, Grand Central Publishing.

Wandering Souls by Cecile Pin

Synopsis: A boldly imagined debut novel about three Vietnamese siblings who seek refuge in the UK, expanding into a luminous meditation on ancestry and love.

Publication Date: March 21, 2023

I received an advance reader’s copy from the publisher, Henry Holt & Co.

It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism by Bernie Sanders

Synopsis: Reflecting on our turbulent times, Senator Bernie Sanders takes on the billionaire class and speaks blunt truths about our country’s failure to address the destructive nature of a system that is fueled by uncontrolled greed and rigidly committed to prioritizing corporate profits over the needs of ordinary Americans. Sanders argues that unfettered capitalism is to blame for an unprecedented level of income and wealth inequality, is undermining our democracy, and is destroying our planet. It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism presents a vision that extends beyond the promises of past campaigns to reveal what would be possible if the political revolution took place, if we would finally recognize that economic rights are human rights, and if we would work to create a society that provides a decent standard of living for all. 

Publication Date: February 21, 2023

I received an advance reader’s copy from the publisher, Random House.

Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice by Cristina Rivera Garza

Synopsis: In luminous, poetic prose, Rivera Garza tells a singular yet universally resonant story: that of a spirited, wondrously hopeful young woman who tried to survive in a world of increasingly normalized gendered violence. Following her decision to recover her sister’s case file, Rivera Garza traces the history of Liliana’s life, from her early romance with a handsome but possessive and short-tempered man, to that exhilarating final summer of 1990 when Liliana loved, thought, and traveled more widely and freely than she ever had before. Through this remarkable and genre-defying memoir, Rivera Garza confronts the trauma of losing her sister and examines from multiple angles how this tragedy continues to shape who she is—and what she fights for—today

Publication Date: February 28, 2023

I received an advance reader’s copy from the publisher, Random House.

Empress of the Nile: The Daredevil Archaeologist Who Saved Egypt’s Ancient Temples from Destruction by Lynne Olson

Synopsis: In the 1960s, the world’s attention was focused on a nail-biting race against time: Fifty countries contributed nearly a billion dollars to save a dozen ancient Egyptian temples, built during the height of the pharaohs’ rule, from drowning in the floodwaters of the massive new Aswan High Dam. But the extensive press coverage at the time overlooked the gutsy French archaeologist who made it all happen. Without the intervention of Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt, the temples would now be at the bottom of a vast reservoir. A willful real-life version of Indiana Jones, Desroches-Noblecourt refused to be cowed by anyone or anything.

Publication Date: February 28, 2023

I received an advance reader’s copy from the publisher, Random House.

I See You, Survivor: Life Inside (and Outside) the Totally F*cked-Up Troubled Teen Industry by Liz Ianelli with Bret Witter

Synopsis: It’s called the Troubled Teen Industry and it is massive. Parents and the government spend a billion dollars a year for what amounts to institutionalized abuse. This is one survivor’s story and her fight for justice.

Publication Date: August 29, 2023

I received an advance reader’s copy from the publisher, Hachette Books.

Scenes from My Life: A Memoir by Michael K. Williams with Jon Sternfeld

Synopsis: A “gripping, revelatory” (NPR) memoir of hard-won success, struggles with addiction, and a lifelong mission to give back—from the late iconic actor beloved for his roles in The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, and Lovecraft Country. Imbued with poignance and raw honesty, Scenes from My Life is the story of a performer who gave his all to everything he did—in his own voice, in his own words, as only he could.

Publication Date: August 23, 2022

I received an advance reader’s copy from the publisher, Random House.

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin

Synopsis: Throughout her career, Toni Tipton-Martin has shed new light on the history, breadth, and depth of African American cuisine. She’s introduced us to black cooks, some long forgotten, who established much of what’s considered to be our national cuisine. In Jubilee, Tipton-Martin brings these masters into our kitchens. Through recipes and stories, we cook along with these pioneering figures, from enslaved chefs to middle- and upper-class writers and entrepreneurs

Publication Date: November 5, 2019

I received an advance reader’s copy from the publisher, Random House.

NetGalley Approvals

Twelve Hours in Manhattan by Maan Gabriel

Synopsis: Bianca Maria Curtis is at the brink of losing it all when she meets Eric at a bar in Manhattan. Eric, as it turns out, is the famous Korean drama celebrity Park Hyun Min, and he’s in town for one night to escape the pressures of fame. From walking along Fifth Avenue to eating ice cream at Serendipity to sharing tender moments on top of the Empire State building, sparks fly as Bianca and Eric spend twelve magical hours far away from their respective lives. As the clock strikes the twelfth hour, Bianca returns back to the life she detests to face a tragedy that will test her strength and resolve—and the only thing she has to keep going is the memory of a man she loves in secret from a world away.

Publication Date: April 18, 2023

I received an e-galley from the publisher, She Writes Press.

Warrior Girl Unearthed

Synopsis: Perry Firekeeper-Birch has always known who she is – the laidback twin, the troublemaker, the best fisher on Sugar Island. Her aspirations won’t ever take her far from home, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. But as the rising number of missing Indigenous women starts circling closer to home, as her family becomes embroiled in a high-profile murder investigation, and as greedy grave robbers seek to profit off of what belongs to her Anishinaabe tribe, Perry begins to question everything.

Publication Date: May 2, 2023

I received an e-galley from the publisher, Macmillan Children’s Publishing.

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