10 Great Books To Read This January


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.

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani (available January 9)
"The baby is dead." Where, you might wonder, does a novel go after opening with a sentence like that? Straight to the top of the best-seller lists, of course. At least, such was the case with Leila Slimani's novel about a murderous nanny when it was released in France last year under the title La Chanson Douce (The Lullaby), and it's not hard to believe that a similar event will occur upon the book's American launch. Lest you think Slimani's book is merely a lurid page-turner based on its subject matter, think again. Slimani instead uses this most horrific of narrative foundations—murdered children—to explore commonly experienced issues like imbalances in power, breaches in trust, and tensions surrounding class and race. In doing so, she has created a truly chilling story that promises to leave you questioning all your long-held thoughts on motherhood and the different prices paid as women try to achieve something resembling domestic bliss.