The 7 Best Books of January

It took 2017 long enough, but it’s finally here. January is the time when we can reflect on the good things that happened last year — there must have been at least two, right? — and make some resolutions that we’ll keep, if, you know, we feel like it. If you have some downtime this month, consider checking out some of January's new books, including a biography of one of America’s greatest soul singers, a re-imagining of a Mark Twain classic, and a new thriller from the king of Scottish crime fiction.