Books to Read in January 2018

There are days when a Netflix binge is perfectly acceptable. But there are also days when nothing but an interesting book will do. When you find yourself in need of a good read, check out these titles.

Fiction

Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward

This award-winning, emotionally stirring novel, spans three generations, telling the stories of a biracial family’s difficult life. The characters are rich and the themes more poignant than ever.

Together at Midnight | Jennifer Castle

Kindness is theme of this YA novel written from the perspective of the main characters as well as the people they meet along the way. It’s a feel-good read full of romance and secrets that will inspire readers to be more conscientious of others.

Non-Fiction

Promise Me, Dad | Joe Biden

Family. Friends. Faith. Future. These things collide in a pivotal year for former Vice President Joe Biden, which is chronicled in this intimate memoir. It’s a moving journey about finding balance between political and patriarchal responsibilities as his son is battling brain cancer.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI | David Grann

You won’t want to put this true-crime thriller down once you start it. It’s got everything that you might expect in a fictional story—greed, murder, lawlessness—yet it’s completely true. Years of research and evidence present the plight of the Osage Indian Nation after oil was discovered on their land in fascinating, detective-form detail.

Poetry

Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 | Frank Bidart

Delve deep into the collection of award-winning poet Frank Bidart, as he exercises demons, explores love and sexuality, and deals with loss.

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners | Saomi Shihab Nye

Preorder this highly anticipated collection of nearly 100 original poems written by Nye, so you have it as soon as it becomes available in 2018. The book is celebrates diverse lives, asks tough questions, offers encouragement, and inspires empathy.

What other books would you recommend to readers? Share the titles by commenting below.

Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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