The One Bag Traveler recommends Gear, Destinations and Adventures. Anticipating lengthy holiday or winter-weather travel delays? Then you should have some exciting titles on hand to make long waits fly by. New Books to Read This Winter Here are some of the best new books to read this travel season, whether you’re a paperback person
A New York Times bestseller from the author of the wildly popular Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng’s new novel Little Fires Everywhere tells the tale of a suburban family, a Chinese immigrant mother, and a custody battle that divides an entire town in the late 90s.
What People Are Saying: “Witnessing these two families as they commingle and clash is an utterly engrossing, often heartbreaking, deeply empathetic experience, not unlike watching a neighbor’s house burn.” –The New York Times
“I am loving Little Fires Everywhere. Maybe my favorite novel I’ve read this year.”—John Green
At the peak of the Cuban Thaw talks between Havana and Washington, D.C., a cash-strapped war veteran in Key West agrees to sail a Cuban-American exile and his granddaughter back to the island. They aim to retrieve the millions he hid during Castro’s revolution—but the stakes are as high as the reward.
What People Are Saying: “The Cuban Affair offers romance, adventure and an astute and amusing look at today’s Cuban communist police state.” –The Washington Times
Looking for a page-turning trilogy of books to read? The first of three upcoming novels, City of Brass takes readers to 18th-century Cairo and beyond, where a con woman’s faux healing and palm-reading powers send her on a perilous journey to a fantasy world.
What People Are Saying: “An extravagant feast of a book—spicy and bloody, dizzyingly magical, and still, somehow, utterly believable.” – National Book Award Finalist Laini Taylor
Former Daily Show comedian John Hodgman takes readers on a lighthearted and self-deprecating journey of laughs through the foothills of Western Massachusetts where he grew up, along the rugged coastlines of rural Maine where he vacationed, and to the corners of his mind to ponder middle age and life’s oddities.
What People Are Saying: “Sharp, silly, and sensitive, Vacationland is a literary selfie of a concerned citizen storyteller—one in which the oldest slice of the United States does a little inelegant photobombing.” —NPR
The winner of the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Power is a timely dystopian story about teenage girls who suddenly acquire the ability to produce electrical charges, turning the tables on young men who must now heed warnings to protect themselves.
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman
Long after writing The Golden Compass and its two accompanying His Dark Materials installments, Philip Pullman is again getting rave reviews for a new companion trilogy of fantasy novels: The Book of Dust. The first installment, La Belle Sauvage, suits young adults and older ones alike with tales of good and evil that incorporate witches, daemons, prophecies, and the aurora borealis.
What People Are Saying: “Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them.” —The Washington Post
Icelandic author Olaf Olafsson’s newest novel binds the stories of three women—a mother, a former lover, and a comatose patient—through the New York neurologist they all influence. The suspenseful drama is both a family tale and a love story about life and death, making it a universal page-turner.
What People Are Saying: “A remarkably tender, touching exploration of a man’s emotional journey to reconcile the past with the present.” —Booklist
Travel from modern-day New York to 70s-era Chile and Brazil in this love story between an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant and an American human rights lawyer. Each are challenged with helping the other through the winters of their lives.
What People Are Saying: “Passion, humor, and wisdom that transcend politics.” –The Washington Post