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The new books to keep you captivated this holiday season

Dazzling debuts, long-awaited sequels and stirring memoirs – discover the absorbing books to delve into as the holiday season approaches. By KATIE BERRINGTON

Lifestyle

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

In this beguiling and beautifully penned follow-up to her acclaimed bestseller Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi writes a powerful novel about a Ghanaian family living in modern Alabama. It follows their experiences with the hard realities of immigration, promising to be a “searing story of love, loss and redemption, and the myriad ways we try to rebuild our lives from the rubble of our collective past”.

What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez

Bestselling author Sigrid Nunez returns with a novel about life, death and connection. The plot centers around a protagonist who realizes that all the people she meets have something in common: the need to talk about themselves. As such, she tries to truly listen and pay attention, while imagining what they are going through. However, when an old friend comes to her with an astounding request, she is drawn into an intense experience of her own.

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

Whip-smart writer of love and romance Dolly Alderton makes her fiction debut with a funny and tender exploration of the ways we are living now. Successful food writer Nina is in her early thirties when she starts a relationship with the enthralling Max, which is lucky, as life elsewhere seems to have become a nostalgic and constant reminder of time passing – whether it’s through fading friendships or family issues.

Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval, with foreword by Wes Anderson

The vibrant Instagram trend takes literary form this season, transporting the unique and instantly recognizable aesthetic of Wes Anderson’s movies to the page. Traveling to every continent, the book brings to life the extraordinary stories behind some of the world’s most idiosyncratic and interesting locations. Get ready to fall down a rabbit hole of eccentric allure.

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

In the year of another election, the former POTUS publishes a deeply personal account in the riveting first volume of his presidential memoirs. The story of his “improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world” begins with his early political education, that historic victory in November 2008 and some landmark moments in his first term as the 44th president of the United States.

Nights When Nothing Happened by Simon Han

Simon Han makes a stunning debut with this novel set in a wealthy suburb of Dallas, where Liang and Patty Cheng have recently immigrated from China. When the couple is finally secure enough in the lives they have built, they decide to have a second child and to send for their first – who has been staying with his grandparents in China – to join them in the US. But when worrying behavior emerges from their young daughter Annabel, the community starts to turn against them, and secrets of the past threaten to emerge.

The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories by Danielle Evans

The long-awaited follow-up from Danielle Evans finally arrives, a whole decade after she made her electric debut with Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. With her characteristically perceptive and incisive dissections, these seven evocative stories zone in on specific moments in her characters’ lives – from love and lust to grief – that speak to wider issues of race, culture and truths of American history.

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

Following 2011’s Ready Player One (which subsequently inspired the Steven Spielberg blockbuster of the same name), Ernest Cline’s much-anticipated sci-fi sequel lands this winter. Propelling fans into his futuristic virtual universe once again, it is expected to be as exciting and action-packed as the original.

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