Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney
Russell and Corrine Calloway, the couple who anchored McInerney’s Brightness Falls (1992), are seemingly thriving. Corrine’s passionate post-9/11 affair, chronicled in The Good Life (2006), is over, and they navigate Manhattan’s fevered social whirl as if they’re born to it—when, in truth, they can barely afford it.
A Torch against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
The sequel to Tahir’s best-selling An Ember in the Ashes (2015) finds Elias and Laia on the run from Elias’ mother—aka the unspeakably evil Commandant—and the vapid but vicious Emperor Marcus. Their destination: the Kauf Prison, where they hope to free Laia’s brother, who knows the secret of serric steel, which just might save Laia’s people, the Scholars, from extinction by the Empire.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Over the course of his previous five novels, Whitehead (Zone One, 2011) has conducted an imaginative, droll, and eviscerating inquiry into the blurred divide between American mythology and American history, especially the camouflaged truth about racism.
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Cat and her family move to foggy, windy Bahía de la Luna for her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis, since the new climate will be better for her health. Though she’s initially distraught, Cat eventually settles in, but her next-door neighbor Carlos, who won’t shut up about the ghosts that visit their town, is a constant thorn in her side.
Diane Arbus by Arthur Lubow
So enthralling and unnerving is the story of Diane Arbus and her transgressive photographs of “freaks,” eccentrics, the mentally disabled, transvestites, and nudists, journalist Lubow devoted a dozen years to this exacting and inclusive biography, seeking to achieve “all the detail and clarity that [Arbus] prized in her photographs.”