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Exploring everything from mother-daughter relationships to aspiring rappers and mysterious bowling balls, here are nine books we highly suggest getting your hands on this month.

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cover: william morrow; background: twenty20

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Nine college friends meet up for a New Year’s getaway at a remote estate on 50,000 acres in the Scottish Highlands. After a blizzard cuts them off from the outside world, one of them disappears. Dun dun dun…

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

A famous painter abruptly upends her own privileged life by shooting her husband—and then refusing to speak. Enter a renowned criminal psychotherapist, whose drive to get her to talk takes over his life.

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The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin

In 2079, a 102-year-old poet looks back on her childhood and the years she and her three siblings essentially raised each other. A sweeping family saga for fans of Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings.

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Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken

A woman is discovered unconscious in a Massachusetts cemetery. Her only possessions? A bowling ball, a candlepin and 15 pounds of gold. Bowlaway charts three generations of her unconventional family’s lives.

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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

The latest from best-selling YA author Thomas (The Hate U Give) tells the story of a 16-year-old determined to become the greatest rapper of all time, and doubles as a love letter to hip-hop.

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Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani

Based on her popular TED Talk, Reshma Saujani’s third book is a self-help gem, packed with suggestions about how to live without the fear of not being good enough. Ditching the idea of perfection in favor of living more authentically? We’re in.

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Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

In this timely novel, a family embarks on a road trip from New York City to the former Apache territory in Arizona as a modern-day immigration crisis rages on America’s southwestern border.

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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

Mother-daughter relationships are at the center of this powerful debut novel about three grown sisters reckoning with their family’s troubled past.

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The Art of Leaving by Ayelet Tsabari

Award-winning Israeli writer Tsabari’s father died when she was nine years old. His passing, her grief and the subsequent search for identity make up the essays in this intimate memoir.

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