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February Roundup: 6 New Books to Add to Your 2022 Reading List

Uncanon Books is tracking diverse new titles that come out every month. Here’s a quick list of some BIPOC/LGBT+ books released in February 2022 that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

1. Love Marriage

Monica Ali


Virago, Little, Brown Book Group, Hachette

‘Yasmin Ghorami has a lot to be grateful for: a loving family, a fledgling career in medicine, and a charming, handsome fiancée, fellow doctor Joe Sangster. But as the wedding day draws closer and Yasmin’s parents get to know Joe’s firebrand feminist mother, both families must confront the unravelling of long-held secrets, lies and betrayals. As Yasmin dismantles her own assumptions about the people she holds most dear, she’s also forced to ask herself what she really wants in a relationship and what a ‘love marriage’ actually means.’

2. Black Cake

Charmaine Wilkerson


Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House

‘Everyone wants to discover what they're made of...Juggling lives and crossing continents, Black Cake is the extraordinary story of how the inheritance of secrets, betrayal and memories can shape a family for generations.’

3. Mona

Pola Oloixarac


Serpent’s Tail, Profile Books Ltd

‘Mona is a Peruvian writer based on a Californian campus, open-eyed and sardonic, a connoisseur of marijuana and prescription pills. Now she is stuck in the company of her competitors, who arrive from Japan, France, Armenia, Iran and Colombia. The writers do what writers do: exchange flattery, nurse envy and private resentments, stab rivals in the back and go to bed together. But all the while, Mona keeps stumbling across traces of violence on her body, the origins of which she can't - or won't - remember.’

4. Brown Girls

Daphne Palasi Andreades


Fourth Estate, HarperCollins

‘A fiercely poetic coming-of-age novel following a group of young women of colour in Queens, New York. In this bold debut told in a uniquely lyrical voice, Daphne Palasi Andreades paints a stunning collective portrait of the journey from girlhood to adulthood, set against a backdrop of race, class, and marginalisation in America today. Brown Girls is an unforgettable love letter to women of colour everywhere from a daring new writer.’

5. When We Were Birds

Ayanna Lloyd Banwo


Hamish Hamilton, Penguin General, Penguin Random House

‘Rich with magic and wisdom, When We Were Birds is an exuberant masterpiece that conjures and mesmerises on every line. Ayanna Lloyd Banwo weaves an unforgettable story of loss and renewal, darkness and light; a triumphant reckoning with a grief that runs back generations and a defiant, joyful affirmation of hope.’

6. In Sensorium



Harper, HarperCollins US

‘Focusing their gaze on our most primordial sense, writer and perfumer Tanaïs weaves a brilliant and expansive memoir, a reckoning that offers a critical, alternate history of South Asia from an American Bangladeshi Muslim femme perspective. From stories of their childhood in the South, Midwest, and New York; to transcendent experiences with lovers, psychedelics, and fragrances; to trips home to their motherland, Tanaïs builds a universe of memories and scent: a sensorium.’

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