Now Read This: The Week’s Best New Books, January 28th Edition

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The Best Of L.A.

Railtown 

Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
(Vintage, paperback, $15)
By Walter Mosley
One of L.A.’s most iconic crime writers delivers a paperback edition of the twelfth book in the Easy Rawlins series. In this installment, the acclaimed detective bounces back from a brush with death to investigate the Sunset Strip in all of its hippiedom.
Out: January 28

The Best Of The West

The Days 

I Shall Be Near To You
(Crown, hardcover, $24)
By Erin Lindsay McCabe
This UC Santa Cruz-educated writer and California native cuts her teeth on historical fiction with her first novel, which tells the story of a wife who disguises herself as a man to fight alongside her husband in the Civil War. The book is based in fact, drawing upon the letters of one female soldier in particular, though the author calls it a tribute to the 200-plus women who fought in said war while impersonating men.
Out: January 28

The Best Of The Rest

Carthage 

The Last Enchantments
(St. Martin’s, hardcover, $25)
By Charles Finch
Foreign backdrop? Check. Impassioned affair? Check. Enthralling prose? Double check. Finch tells the tale of college grad William Baker, who heads to Oxford for a relaxing, unsurprising year off—or so he thinks. Between befriending a colorful cast of characters and meeting the mysterious Sophie, Baker gets caught up in love, loss, and the expatriate life.
Out: January 28

Doctor Who 

Still Life with Bread Crumbs
(Random House, hardcover, $26)
By Anna Quindlan
Quindlan, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Rise and Shine, Blessings, and A Short Guide to a Happy Life, returns with this poignant and funny novel about photographer Rebecca Winter, whose floundering career sent her running for the hills (that is to say, out of the city and into the middle of nowhere). It’s there that she finds love where she least expects it.
Out: January 28

Doctor Who 

Silence Once Begun
(Pantheon, hardcover, $24)
By Jesse Ball
In Jesse Ball’s second novel, his eponymous narrator (the epitome of art imitating life) becomes fascinated by the case of thread salesman and alleged kidnapper Oda Sotatsu, who turns himself in to police after eight people vanish from their homes. Sotatsu maintains a vow of silence through an interrogation and impending execution when journalist Ball steps in, uncovering a complicated web of deception, honor, and heartache.
Out: January 28

Doctor Who 

The Wedding Bees: A Novel of Honey, Love and Manners
(William Morrow Paperbacks, paperback, $15)
By Sarah-Kate Lynch
This Chocolat-esque tale is out in paperback today and tells the story of Sugar Wallace, whose honey bees determine her next steps in life. After the hive’s queen crawls across a map and settles atop New York, Sugar picks up and moves to the city and embarks on a journey of self-discovery—no matter how much she tries to fight it.
Out: January 28

Doctor Who 

My Life in Middlemarch
(Crown, hardcover, $25)
By Rebecca Mead
Mead, who writes for the New Yorker, first fell in love with George Eliot’s Middlemarch as a young girl living in an English town. Through school, moving to a new country, and several love affairs, she read and reread Eliot’s tour de force. In this memoir, she reflects upon the ways in which great literature can define our lives and aid us in making sense of our own stories.
Out: January 28

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