Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For January, we’re looking at a gender and culture-swapped retelling of Pride and Prejudice, a series of intense crime thrillers, and a history of the Rough Riders, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Spanish-American War.
Sonali Dev’s Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors (2019)
Pride and Prejudice retellings that transport the action to another time and place are perennial favorites, but this book does more than just transfer the action to a different setting (modern-day California). In this version, the cold, proud, but decent Darcy character is the woman (Indian-American neurosurgeon Trisha) and the impoverished scrappy Elizabeth character is the man (chef DJ). Complications ensue.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Indira Ganesan and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
M.J. Arlidge’s Helen Grace series (2014-present)
We’ve recently acquired the first 4 books in this acclaimed series, which follows Southampton Detective Inspector Helen Grace. Definitely not for everyone, but if you like dark, edgy, gritty crime thrillers, these books will be right up your alley. The Helen Grace series balances the protagonist’s work investigating serial murders with her complicated personal life.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Ann Cleeves and Karin Slaughter.
Clay Risen’s The Crowded Hour (2019)
Theodore Roosevelt’s famous Rough Riders is one of the better-known military units in American history. This new book, written by New York Times op-editor Clay Risen, draws on extensive research to craft a chronicle of the Rough Riders, biographies of the Rough Riders, and a history of both the Spanish-American War and the impact that conflict had on America’s place in world affairs.
Recommended for those who enjoy nonfiction/military history/late 19th century American history.
What’s your favorite new-ish books? What books are you buzzing about these days? Have you read any of these books? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information about any of these items.