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Your Shelf Life: 5 Books to Read in January

A curated list of this month's top reads

By Angela Carone

Brad Ricca’s Mrs. Sherlock Holmes tells the true story of a female detective on the hunt for a missing girl in New York during the early 1900s. It’s a suspenseful and empowering story of a woman brave enough to step into the male-dominated world of law enforcement.

Debut novelist Emily Fridlund’s 14-year-old heroine lives with her parents in an abandoned commune in Minnesota. History of Wolves charts her family loyalties and sexual awakening.

From the Booker Prize–winning author of The White Tiger comes Selection Day, a story of two brothers from a Mumbai slum pressured into becoming cricket stars. Aravind Adiga’s heartwarming coming-of-age story plays out against the social struggles of modern-day India.

Kayla Rae Whitaker’s The Animators is about two best girlfriends and creative partners who make animated films. The novel explores the jealousies of friendship and the intricacies of life as an artist.

Mary Miller’s hilarious and honest short story collection Always Happy Hour includes sixteen stories about smart, hard-living women making poor choices.

Your Shelf Life: 5 Books to Read in January

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