Your February
Reading List

This month’s new releases range from historical fiction to the origin story of Silicon Valley

February 2023 reading list
February 2023 reading list

Are you reading more in 2023? We hope so. If you're looking for something good to page through, we've got a handful of solid options for you. February's recommended books offer some unique escapes to take you out of your ordinary day-to-day vibe and into impressive worlds and mildly dangerous adventures.


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Victory City

By: Salman Rushdie
Out: Feb. 7

His first novel since being attacked on stage at the Chautauqua Festival last August, Salman Rushdie's Victory City is being hailed as a masterpiece by critics. The fantastical story recounts the tale of a sorceress and poet named Pampa Kampana, who dreams a whole civilization into existence from magic seeds. Through divine intervention, Pampa lives for more than two centuries, witnessing the city's many victories and defeats. It's a grand story, but one that Rushdie tells well.

$24.99 at Amazon

Up With the Sun

By: Thomas Mallon
Out: Feb. 7

One part murder mystery, one part showbiz history, Thomas Mallon's fictionalized account of the life and untimely death of Broadway actor Dick Kallman is an engaging portrayal of a closeted celebrity hungry for success. The name-dropping novel has a Hitchcockian vibe, where our anti-hero reinvents himself as an antiques dealer, until he meets a violent end in his artifact-stuffed Upper East Side townhouse.

$25.20 at Amazon

Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World

By: Malcolm Harris
Out: Feb. 14

Malcom Harris's Palo Alto is touted as the first comprehensive history of Silicon Valley. He examines how and why Northern California evolved in the particular, consequential way it did—and how it ended up reshaping the world. Harris tries to understand the outsized impact this seemingly small suburb has on technology and society as a whole. My interest is certainly piqued.

$32.40 at Amazon

Tenacious Beasts

By: Christopher J. Preston
Out: Feb. 21

If you haven't already heard, more than 900 species have been wiped off the planet since industrialization. That's not great news. But there's a lot of effort going into protecting endangered species and their natural habitats. Some, of course, are more successful than others. Christopher J. Preston's new book takes a look at a host of memorable efforts in this department across a host of landscapes and ecosystems. It's both engaging and encouraging.

$29.95 at Amazon

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