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12/26/2022: Books to look forward to in 2023, from Moira Macdonald at The Seattle Times

Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic.
Making a January list of “books to look forward to” is a hopeless task; there will be hundreds and hundreds of books out in the new year, each of them potentially thrilling to somebody. But here’s a representative list of just a few that caught my eye. Here’s hoping all of us find plenty of good reading in 2023! Her column is here.

Books: 
Age of Vice: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593328798
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 3rd, 2023

Moira: A ton of buzz surrounds this novel, already sold in 20 countries and set for an FX television adaptation. Taking place in contemporary New Delhi, it’s both crime drama and family saga, with a wealthy, corrupt family at its center.


Spare Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9780593593806
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Published: Random House - January 10th, 2023

Moira: Like everyone won’t be talking about this one. Let’s hope that Harry hasn’t blurted everything out in his Netflix series already.


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Pat in the City: My Life of Fashion, Style, and Breaking All the Rules Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780063048324
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Published: Dey Street Books - February 14th, 2023

Moira: Now in her 70s, the influential costume designer behind “Sex and the City” and “The Devil Wears Prada” looks back on a lifetime of style.


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A Living Remedy: A Memoir Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063031616
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Published: Ecco - April 4th, 2023

Moira: The author of the elegant memoir “All You Can Ever Know” returns with a second book, writing about the illness and death of her adoptive parents during the pandemic, and about class, inequality and grief.


All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226370
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Published: Catapult - October 15th, 2019

Staff recommended.


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Romantic Comedy: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590948
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Published: Random House - April 4th, 2023

Moira: Not sure why this one isn’t coming out for Valentine’s Day? The slyly funny Sittenfeld, whose previous novels include “Rodham” and “Eligible,” here spins a love story involving a late-night-TV sketch writer and a pop star.


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The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385534260
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Published: Doubleday - April 18th, 2023

Moira: I couldn’t put down Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” a few years back; now he’s back with another potentially mesmerizing nonfiction saga — an 18th-century tale of shipwreck and survival.


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

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Small Mercies: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780062129482
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Published: Harper - April 25th, 2023

Moira: Lehane, whose mesmerizing crime novels have inspired numerous movies (“Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone,” “Shutter Island”), is back with a stand-alone thriller set in 1974 in south Boston, where a young woman has gone missing and a young man is found dead.


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The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece: A novel Cover Image
By Tom Hanks, R. Sikoryak (Illustrator)
$32.50
ISBN: 9780525655596
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Published: Knopf - May 9th, 2023

Moira: Apparently the Oscar-winning actor is a pretty good writer too? This novel is about the making of a superhero film and the comic books that inspired it — and includes a book-within-the-book bonus of three comics created by Hanks.


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Yellowface: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063250833
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Published: William Morrow - May 16th, 2023

Moira: A new-author sensation isn’t who she says she is — or the race she implies that she is — in this highly anticipated, timely novel from bestselling fantasy author Kuang.


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King: A Life Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374279295
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 16th, 2023

Moira: Eig, author of “Ali: A Life” and “Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig,” writes the first new major biography of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in decades — and the first to include recently declassified FBI files.


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Sing Her Down: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374608484
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Published: MCD - May 23rd, 2023

Moira: I loved Pochoda’s elegant, tough L.A. noir “These Women” two years ago. Her latest is described as a feminist Western thriller, in which two unexpectedly freed cellmates pursue each other — and the truth about their crimes.


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Crook Manifesto: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385545150
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Doubleday - July 18th, 2023

Moira: I hadn’t realized that Whitehead’s terrific 2021 heist novel, “Harlem Shuffle,” was the first of a trilogy. The second, set in the early 1970s, continues the story of furniture store owner Ray Carney, who’s determined to stay on the straight and narrow — but it’s not easy.


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Family Lore: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063207264
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Published: Ecco - August 1st, 2023

Moira: Acevedo, who won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature with her novel “The Poet X,” here makes her debut in fiction for adults with a family saga of Dominican American sisters, one of whom has the gift of knowing when people will die.


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Learned by Heart Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316564434
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 29th, 2023

Moira: The Irish-born Donoghue is perhaps best known for “Room,” but her historical novels (“The Wonder,” “Frog Music”) are a joy. This one’s set in the early 19th century in York, where two girls at boarding school fall dangerously in love.