Best New Books for Winter Reads
Whether you’re looking for a new read to escape into on a cold and windy day, or you need a gift idea for that bookish friend or relative, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best new books for winter, from celebrity tell-all essays to WWII historical fiction to modern poetry to a suspenseful thriller. Happy holidays, and happy reading!
6 New Books for Winter Reads
HAVE I TOLD YOU THIS ALREADY? by LAUREN GRAHAM
If there is a Gilmore Girls-sized hole in your life, this one is for you. Actress and essayist Lauren Graham (aka speed-talking Lorelei Gilmore and the mom in The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers) is back with another book of essays filled with her signature sense of humour and personal stories. It includes essays about stuffing her bra for work, shoplifting by accident, being in a long-term relationship with New York City, and more.
IN THE UPPER COUNTRY by KAI THOMAS
This compelling debut from Afro-Canadian, Ottawa-based author Kai Thomas is one of the season’s must-read books for winter 2022. It provides a complex and unique glimpse into the expansive territory that is North America back in the 1800s—travelling from a Canadian town at the end of the Underground Railroad to the Indigenous nations around the Great Lakes to Virginia to Michigan—all through the interconnected stories of two women.
THE BANDIT QUEENS: A NOVEL by PARINA SHROFF
Parina Shroff’s debut novel tells the story of a young Indian woman who (falsely) earns a reputation for killing her husband and before she knows it, all the local women in the village are turning to her for help getting rid of their husbands. It is a thought-provoking look into the intricacies of friendships among women—plus it’ll make you laugh.
AND YET: POEMS by KATE BAER
If you’re looking for a small dose of storytelling each day, a collection of poetry might be just the thing you need. Kate Baer’s second full-length book of poetry explores her hallmark themes of friendship, love, motherhood, and loss. They are short, snappy, and relatable—for example, one meditates on ambition, another putting away baby clothes, another about being a ghost of a woman by the end of the day.
HOLD MY GIRL by CHARLENE CARR
In this page-turner, one woman joyfully brings home her miracle baby after years of trying, and another mourns the loss of her baby at birth. Ten months later, they receive a call that turns their lives upside down: their eggs were accidently switched during their IVF procedures. The novel follows the custody battle that ensues, exploring themes of motherhood, race, and loss.
ANGELS OF THE RESISTANCE by NOELLE SALAZAR
Inspired by true events, this historical novel drops readers into the war-torn Netherlands in 1940, amidst the devastating bombings and the terrifying Nazi invasion. In Angels of the Resistance, bestselling author Noelle Salazar taps into the lesser-known history of women’s participation in the war by telling the story of two courageous teenage girls who join the Dutch resistance as deadly snipers.