15 Must-Read Books in January

January 2017: the dawn of Trump's America, and a bumper month for books. These two facts aren't entirely unrelated.

New year, new must-read list; January is a jam-packed month for publishing and, by necessity, any list only skims the surface of the fascinating offerings of early 2017. As I sorted through the piles of galleys I received with the shadow of the inauguration looming over me, it was hard not to favor books with themes that resonated; immigration and the heavy weight of dark national histories.


Dark at the Crossing, Elliot Ackerman

A novel story about migration, Syria, and chaos in the new Middle East, with an Aleppo setpiece by Iraq War vet and Syria war correspondent Ackerman, is as pertinent as it gets.