Improvement by Joan Silber

The notable author Silber creates yet another artfully structured new novel in which stories of a multitude of characters ricochet in cunning ways, crossing generations and continents. One gets to know different characters closely by the end of this fascinating contemporary story.

Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia

Cristina Garcia’s new novel is cleverly structured, swerving from emotional to appalling. This book has echoes of WG Sebald, but its vivid, surprising images of wartime Berlin are Garcia’s own.

Special Envoy by Jean Echenoz

Translated from French by Sam Taylor, this droll and sophisticated spy novel by Jean Echenoz features a nearly retired French spymaster General Bourgeaud and his sidekick, Paul Objat. The unwinding of this tale offers many delights, including Echenoz’s well-rendered cast of characters and his weave of ironic asides.

The Demon Crown: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins

The 13th novel in the Sigma Force series, this one proves that the author can consistently deliver thrilling adventure tales. Weaving historical and scientific facts with a heart-racing fictional plot, this book will get you addicted to the story.

Jane on the Brain by Wendy Jones

The author combines psychology, neuroscience and literature in this book, offering a compelling study of social intelligence. You don’t have to love Mr Darcy to enjoy this book, but chances are you will eventually after reading this book.

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Book two in the Winternight Trilogy is here finally. This latest novel by Arden’s latest novel continues Vasilisa’s magical story set in an alluring Russia.

They Know Not What They Do by Jussi Valtonen

Translated by Kristian London, this Scandinavian thriller is the perfect read for long winter nights. Winner of the 2014 Finlandia Prize, They Know Not What They Do weaves family drama and high stakes with chilling results.

Nasty Women edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding

A collection of essays from 23 feminist writers, this book explores diverse, relevant topics in the wake of Trump’s election. Whether you read one essay at a time or devour Nasty Women in one sitting, it will encourage critical thinking about the U.S. for years to come.