The best ebooks to read in February


Good e-Reader continues to chronicle the best eBooks you should seriously check out. There are a ton of great titles coming out, throughout the month. We’re focusing on a small portion of the books that we think will sell very well on all major online platforms, such as Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Google Books.

Good choice of e-reader – The glass hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (February 15)

The new book by Eleven station Author Emily St. John Mandel focuses on a pair of estranged siblings, Vincent and Paul, whose messy lives lead to Vincent’s mysterious disappearance from a ship off the coast of North Africa. Questions of who was responsible and how it all happened haunt this literary stunner.

Since his asylum claim was denied, Danny, who traveled from Sri Lanka to Australia, has tried to stay under the radar. But when he hears about a murder – and realizes he may hold a key to the case – he must weigh the risks of exposing his undocumented status to the authorities. Adiga, the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel “The White Tiger”, brings to life the precarious circumstances and impossible choices that immigrants face in his new book.

It’s 1996, and Wayne’s painfully lonely narrator is enrolled in Columbia’s Master of Fine Arts program, where he finds solace in a surprisingly intense friendship with fellow student Billy. When he offers Billy the opportunity to live rent-free in his apartment, the relationship becomes a melting pot, driven by questions of power, class and masculinity.

Two fathers, one from Israel and one from Palestine, are bound by their mutual grief: Rami’s teenage daughter was killed by a suicide bomber, and Bassam’s daughter, 10, was shot dead by police after leaving a candy shop. McCann, who won the National Book Award for his 2009 novel, “Let the Great World Spin,” draws on men’s stories for this novel, which follows their friendship and common efforts to bring peace.

Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham (February 4)

Located in the mid-1990s in Lagos, Tola Rotimi Abraham’s Black sunday focuses on twins Bibike and Ariyike, whose family is in turmoil after their father made a bad financial decision that resulted in the loss of their home. Living with their grandmother in the wake of the family tragedy, the once close sisters begin to separate in this poignant start.

This debut novel from the publisher of The Paris Review follows a baseball team, the Los Angeles Lions, and the great denouement of its star outfielder, Jason Goodyear. Set during a spring training drive in the Arizona desert, it features an original cast – Goodyear’s ex-wife, a sports reporter hoping for a juicy story, the team’s groupies and even the organist of the stadium.

This first novel tells the story of Claude, a young black man born on the South Side of Chicago and raised by his grandmother. As tensions between the police and his neighborhood escalate, he avoids getting involved, hoping that once he leaves town for college, he can forge a new identity.

Growing up in Nigeria, Adunni – the teenage heroine of Daré’s first novel – longs for an education, but her plans are canceled after her father sells her to an older man. She eventually escapes marriage and travels to Lagos, where she works for a wealthy family and encounters even more punitive setbacks. Despite what she endures, this is the brave story of a woman asserting her own voice.

Miller sets out to detail the misogynistic and antiquated culture of magazines printed in the 1990s as she traces her path from a young editorial assistant at GQ to the first female literary editor at Esquire. His relationship with writer David Foster Wallace – both professional and personal – takes up much of the book.

Paris Belle Epoque comes to life in this biography of a pioneering French doctor, Samuel Jean Pozzi, who was the subject of one of John Singer Sargent’s most famous paintings. Barnes, the author of “The Sense of an Ending” and other beloved books, sketches his subject’s life in fascinating detail, including entanglements with Henry James, Oscar Wilde, and Sarah Bernhardt.

In Taylor’s first novel, Wallace – a shy African-American college student at a Midwestern college – feels out of place and is left alone. But several clashes dismantle his defenses and irritate him, forcing him to reckon with his desires.

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley (February 4)

Imagine if The sorority of travel pants were more about a shared journal. At Clare Pooley’s The Authenticity project, six strangers each write their own honest stories in one notebook. Originally retrieved by an elderly man and left behind in a series of local gathering places, the notebook takes on a life of its own as it allows those who write in it to lay bare their souls, anonymously.

The Resisters, by Gish Jen (February 4)

In her latest novel, Jen imagines a future Watch State called AutoAmerica, where you are either a Netter, with a nice house, income, and other luxuries, or a Surplus. Gwen, who comes from a Surplus family, is an incredible baseball talent. When news of her talent is known, she must decide whether to give up her caste and her way of life.

Saint X, by Alexis Schaitkin (February 18)

Years have passed, but Claire is still haunted by the unsolved murder of her sister. After bumping into one of the first defendants, she fits into his life – under a fake ID – in the hope of solving the mystery. “Saint X” is already shaping up to be one of the the thrillers of 2020.

Weather by Jenny Offill (February 11th)

Department of Speculation author Jenny Offill returns this year with Time, the story of a real librarian who became a fake psychiatrist and podcast communications manager. As she tries to allay the fears of foreign netizens, Lizzie realizes that her own loved ones may slowly exceed her ability to help.

When We Were Vikings, by Andrew David MacDonald

This book is a tender, funny, and utterly original novel about a Viking-obsessed young woman named Zelda, who is on the verge of becoming the hero of her own legend. Zelda’s development challenges make her story all the more inspiring, and her tribe – made up of herself and her older brother, Gert – are as loyal as they can be.


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