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New Books for the First Tuesday of February!

Happy Tuesday, book friends! I hope you had a good weekend and read something that made your heart and brain happy. We have reached the part of the new year where so many of the 2023 books I was anticipating are now coming out and I am trying to keep up with them. They are zipping to my TBR like little book bees! (T-Bee-R, lol.)

At the top of my list to acquire today are Skull Water by Heinz Insu Fenkl, Eastbound by Maylis De Kerangal, and The Swifts: A Dictionary of Scoundrels by Beth Lincoln. You can hear about some more of the fabulous books coming out today on this week’s (400th!) episode of All the Books! Danika and I talked about some of the books we’re excited about this week, including Big Swiss, VenCo, and Our Share of Night.

Today I am doing a round-up of several exciting titles from the first Tuesday of February 2023. Below, you’ll find titles (loosely) broken up into several categories, to make it easier for your browsing convenience. I hope you have fun with it! And as with each first Tuesday newsletter, I am putting asterisks *** next to the books that I have had the chance to read and loved.

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cover of B.F.F.: A Memoir of Friendship Lost and Found by Christie Tate; green with yellow font

Biography and Memoir

B.F.F.: A Memoir of Friendship Lost and Found by Christie Tate

Drawing Breath: Essays on Writing, the Body, and Loss by Gayle Brandeis

The Critic’s Daughter: A Memoir by Priscilla Gilman 

Hijab Butch Blues: A Memoir by Lamya H

Never Far from Home: My Journey from Brooklyn to Hip Hop, Microsoft, and the Law by Bruce Jackson

My What If Year: A Memoir by Alisha Fernandez Miranda

Choosing Family: A Memoir of Queer Motherhood and Black Resistance by Francesca T. Royster

cover of VenCo by Cherie Dimaline; black with purple and white font, and several yellow birds flying around the letters


Big Swiss by Jen Beagin ***

Skull Water by Heinz Insu Fenkl

VenCo by Cherie Dimaline ***

A Spell of Good Things by Ayòbámi Adébáyò

My Nemesis by Charmaine Craig

Eastbound by Maylis De Kerangal, Jessica Moore (translator)

One Month of You by Suzanne Ewart

Deceit by Yuri Felsen, Bryan Karetnyk (translator)

The Promise of a Normal Life by Rebecca Kaiser Gibson

It’s the End of the World My Love by Alla Gorbunova

Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes 

cover of Hungry Ghosts by Kevin Jared Hosein; illustration of green fields near blue water with black palm trees and human figures dotting the landscape

Hungry Ghosts by Kevin Jared Hosein

Black Foam by Haji Jabir, Sawad Hussain and Marcia Lynx Qualey (translators)

The House of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson

Endpapers by Jennifer Savran Kelly

Up With the Sun by Thomas Mallon

Western Lane by Chetna Maroo

Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall

The Birthday Party by Laurent Mauvignier, Daniel Levin Becker (translator)

When Trying to Return Home: Stories by Jennifer Maritza McCauley

The Love Scribe by Amy Meyerson

Call and Response: Stories by Gothataone Moeng

Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo Moyes

City of Blows by Tim Blake Nelson

What Napoleon Could Not Do by DK Nnuro

cover of Victory City by Salman Rushdie; illustration of an ancient desert town

Victory City by Salman Rushdie

Brutes by Dizz Tate

The Incredible Events in Women’s Cell Number 3 by Kira Yarmysh, Arch Tait (translator)

Middle Grade

Akim Aliu: Dreamer by Akim Aliu, Greg Anderson Elysée, Karen De la Vega and Marcus Williams (illustrators)

The Pearl Hunter by Miya T. Beck

Opportunity Knocks by Sara Farizan

Rick Riordan Presents Winston Chu vs. the Whimsies by Stacey Lee

The Swifts: A Dictionary of Scoundrels by Beth Lincoln 

Mystery and Thriller

Such Pretty Flowers by K. L. Cerra

The Sanctuary by Katrine Engberg

Six Sweets Under by Sarah Fox

cover of Black Dove by Colin McAdam; paiting of several gflowers, leaves, and butterflies, with blood splatter on one of the flowers

Black Dove by Colin McAdam

Last Seen in Lapaz (An Emma Djan Investigation) by Kwei Quartey

Double the Lies by Patricia Raybon

The House Guest by Hank Phillippi Ryan 

Cold People by Tom Rob Smith


The Black Guy Dies First: Black Horror Cinema from Fodder to Oscar by Robin R. Means Coleman and Mark H. Harris

Lives of the Wives: Five Literary Marriages by Carmela Ciuraru 

The Wise Hours: A Journey into the Wild and Secret World of Owls by Miriam Darlington

When Broadway Was Black: The Triumphant Story of the All-Black Musical that Changed the World by Caseen Gaines

Dinner with the President: Food, Politics, and a History of Breaking Bread at the White House by Alex Prud’homme

Culture: The Story of Us, From Cave Art to K-Pop by Martin Puchner 

cover of I Know Who You Are: How an Amateur DNA Sleuth Unmasked the Golden State Killer and Changed Crime Fighting Forever by Barbara Rae-Venter; photo of the killer's eyes and a house sitting under the night sky

I Know Who You Are: How an Amateur DNA Sleuth Unmasked the Golden State Killer and Changed Crime Fighting Forever by Barbara Rae-Venter 

The Poetics of Wrongness by Rachel Zucker


Village by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs


Not Your Ex’s Hexes by April Asher

Just My Type by Falon Ballard

Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror

Our Share of Night by Mariana Enríquez,  Pablo Gerardo Camacho  (Illustrator),  Megan McDowell  (Translator)***

The Spite House by Johnny Compton

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones***

Wild Massive by Scotto Moore

Pod by Laline Paull

The Cradle of Ice (Moon Fall, 2) by James Rollins 

cover of Don't Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones; orange with black font and a big metal hook ripping a hole in the middle

Young Adult

Out of Character by Jenna Miller

The Long Run by James Acker

Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood

Come Home Safe by Brian G. Buckmire

NerdCrush by Alisha Emrich

This Time It’s Real by Ann Liang

Seven Faceless Saints by M.K. Lobb

These Infinite Threads by Tahereh Mafi

Boy in a White Room by Karl Olsberg

Afterglow (Golden Boys) by Phil Stamper

cover of Daughters of Oduma by Moses Ose Utomi; illustration of a young Black woman in a white tank top turning to face the front

This One’s for You by Kate Sweeney

Daughters of Oduma by Moses Ose Utomi

The Severed Thread by Leslie Vedder 

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faded calico on a bookscase surrounded by more books and bookcases; photo by Liberty Hardy

This week: I’m currently reading The Centre by Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi and The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride. Outside of books, I watched Everything Everywhere All at Once, and I loved it. It was the kind of supreme weirdness that my brain craves. The song stuck in my head right now is “Just Wanna Rock” by Lil Uzi Vert, ever since Jayson Tatum posted a video of his son Deuce bopping along to it. And of course, here’s a cat photo: You’re not imagining it — Millay is totally judging you.

That’s it for me today, friends. I am sending you love and good wishes for whatever is happening in your life right now. Thank you, as always, for joining me each week as I rave about books! See you next week. – XO, Liberty ❤️