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February New Releases We're Excited For!

February is coming after what already feels like a five-month long year. Hopefully these new releases we'll help you look forward to the next month as it did with us!

Here are our Fiction and Nonfiction New Releases! 

Cahokia Jazz by Francis Spufford

Written as though Cahokia, the ancient indigenous city, had lived on and become a thriving, modern metropolis, this novel promises jazzy mystery and a noir detective antihero of the best kind. 

Out February 6th!

Alphabetical Diaries by Sheila Heti

I know, it sounds super odd (but consider the source): Heti put sentences in 10 years worth of her journals in alphabetical order and edited them. What’s left is a profound treatise on art, love, and writing…and I can’t wait. 

Out February 6th!

Fourteen Days: A Collaborative Novel by The Authors Guild

Another concept album, this novel is about tenants in an NYC apartment building during the beginning of the lockdown. The surprise is that each character is written by a different famous author: Celeste Ng, Tommy Orange, Dave Eggers--let’s go! 

Out February 6th!

The Book of Love by Kelly Link

Link, known for her short stories, returns with a magical realist novel about kids who’ve died but can come back if they perform magical tasks. Includes angry supernatural beings, an underestimated high school school music teacher, and karaoke. 

Out February 13th!

A Map of Future Ruins: On Borders and Belonging by Lauren Markham

This amalgam of reportage, history, memoir, and essay argues that the way we talk about migration and refugees, today and historically, affects the way future emigrations will occur. How has our nostalgia shaped today’s fortified borders? 

Out February 13th!

Slow Noodles: A Cambodian Memoir of Love, Loss, and Family Recipes by Chantha Nguon

Nguon writes about her life as a Cambodian refugee after Pol Pot’s genocide, losing everything, and doing anything she could to stay alive. She finds hope in recreating her mother’s recipes. This harrowing memoir is a testament to culinary heritage. 

Out February 20th!

The American Daughters by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

I’m not usually one for historical fiction, but I love Ruffin, so I’m really excited for this novel about an enslaved girl who joins an underground sisterhood working to rebel against the Confederates. His descriptions of mid-1800s New Orleans are supposed to be sublime.

Out February 27th!

Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange 

Though it picks up where his first novel, There There, left off, it can be read as a stand alone examination of what it means to be indigenous today, specifically as an urban Native American. And yes, if you were wondering, I still have a crush on this author.  

Out February 27th!

Grief Is for People by Sloane Crosley

I loved her earlier essay collections--think Sedaris, but not whiney or a gay man--and am looking forward to her more serious new memoir about the suicide of a close friend. A dark topic but sharp and witty writing. 

Out February 27th!

Here are our Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Children's New Releases!

A Whisper of Poison by Jess Lourey

I’m not usually a fan of Sci-Fi but it’s a pretty book so I must book it up. I’m defiantly loving the trend of sprayed edges; my wallet isn’t though. 

Out February 6th!

If Only I Had Told Her by Laura Nowlin

The sequel to If He Had Been with Me which I read earlier this year and was able to read this one early as well both wrecked me so I can’t wait for people to get their hands on it.  

Out February 6th!

Who We Are in Real Life by Victoria Koops

A YA romance with a strong message behind it. 

Out February 6th!

Cranky by Phuc Tran, illustrated by Pete Oswald

Who doesn’t want to read a children’s book about a cranky crane truck, this one looks really cute. Also, I am a big fan of the illustrator's work.  

Out February 6th!

Waverider: A Graphic Novel (Amulet #9) by Kazu Kibuishi 

I started reading this when I was in elementary school, this one is volume 9 and I can’t wait to check it out!   

Out February 6th!

My Thoughts Have Wings by Maggie Smith, illustrated by Leanna Hatch

It has a bunny on the cover so I shall read. 

Out February 13th!

Viewfinder by Christine D U Chung and Salwa Majoka

Just by judging by the cover, I really like the art.

Out February 13th!

A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal


Out February 20th!

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while so I'm excited to see this is a paperback now and it’s a pretty one at that. 

Out February 27th!

Where the Dark Stands Still by A B Poranek 

I’m in my romantasy era, so I must read it.  

Out February 27th!


Despite spending decades on the East Coast, Llalan--our book buyer--remains a stalwart Midwesterner. And although she has an MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College in Boston, she prefers the life of a Bookstore Lady. Llalan loves literary fiction, nature writing, and craft beer.

Jordan, our YA, middle grade, and children's book buyer, has a fraternal twin sister. She has never been on an airplane--the farthest she has ever traveled was New Jersey by train. She is an avid K-Pop Collector and owns over 500 K-Pop albums!

Interested in buying? Check out the list here!