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10 Great Books To Read This January

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Because it’s too cold to do anything but read

Hello, hi. It is cold out. (Okay, maybe it's not cold where you are, although probably it is, because you made better life choices than the rest of us human-popsicles. IDK.) Anyway. You know what is a good thing to do in the cold? Read. It is good because it does not require that you go outside, or even get out of bed! Both these things are part of why I love to read. And so, if staying in bed under the covers also sounds good to you, then let me help you by recommending some books to keep your mind busy while you await the spring thaw.

Here, then, are 10 great books coming out this month, all perfect for hunkering down with and forgetting the snowy hellscape just outside your window.

Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby (available January 9)
This book pulses with the sticky heat of summer and sex and power and desire. It's quiet, but insistent, that pulse, and you'll find yourself responding to its movement as you read Hoby's sharply observed debut novel, which centers around the intersecting lives of three people living in New York—a very secular trinity, indeed. There's no need to worry yourself with anything so reductive as what this book is about, exactly, because it's about everything important: infatuation and loneliness, the way in which art and life are impossibly serious and superficial all at once. It's about wants and needs and dead ends and new beginnings, and it's about Hoby masterfully spinning a sometimes deliriously beautiful, sometimes tragic tale of ambition and currency and lust and sloth. It's about New York in the summer. It's about being alive.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.

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