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5 Great Books to Read in January 2018

New year, new book list.
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Whether or not "reading more" was written into your New Year's resolutions, these books are sure to help you kick off 2018 on the right foot.

1. The Big-Deal Novel: King Zeno


Set in New Orleans around the birth of the Jazz Age, this eclectic novel by Nathaniel Rich (he wrote Odds Against Tomorrow) chronicles the convergence of three distinct lives—those of a cop, a gang leader, and a trumpet player—as they navigate a musical revolution, an exotic flu, and a bloodthirsty murderer. This offbeat crime thriller operates much like the music it showcases: backboned by a common storyline, the three characters live out their own experiences while also rhythmically intersecting.

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2. The Biography: Jackie, Janet, and Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill


The family of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has been thoroughly documented, but in this new book from J. Randy Taraborrelli, the focus is on the former first lady and her relationship with her mother, Janet Auchincloss, and sister, Lee Radziwill, and is set against an American legacy of ambition, decadence, and luxury.

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3. The YA Book For All Ages: Layover


From Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer, the screenwriters that brought us Step Up, comes the story of a rebellious crew of stepsiblings reacting to their parent’s divorce by embarking on a cellphone-less trip to Disneyland. The three stepsiblings navigate together their frustration over their parents' relationship as well as their own romances, while a nonlinear plot gives us a look into how this well-to-do family fell apart.

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4. The Coffee Table Book: Ferrari Under The Skin


Whether or not you have a penchant for cars, you won’t, ahem, speed through any pages in this stunning hardback. In addition to glossy images of the world’s most luxurious vehicles, Ferrari offers an intimate look into the brand’s founder, Enzo Ferrari, his vision for the company, his master models, technical drawings, and reveals the meticulous dedication with which the brand was crafted. The next best thing comes with keys.

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5. The Classic: Little Women


Louisa May Alcott’s classic about the cozy, tumultuous lives of four young women and their candid mother during the American Civil War opens on Christmas Eve and explores how, in the glaring absence of men, the strong character of the girls’ mother carries them from girlhood into womanhood. And keep a lookout for the new television miniseries version, starring Maya Hawke.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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