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For Fans of Pulse-Pounding Thrillers
For the Eternal Optimist THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg (Random House) For fans of A Man Called Ove comes an emotionally powerful novel about three people who each lose the one they love most, only to find second chances where they least expect them.
For the Lover of Galaxies, Far, Far Away… WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S THE FORCE DOTH AWAKEN: Star Wars Part the Seventh by Ian Doescher (Quirk Books) The story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, but you’ll be convinced it was written by the Bard.
For the Serial Book Clubber EXIT WEST: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead) “I was swept away by this gorgeous, otherworldly novel and I’m so excited to offer it as our second selection for Book Club Central, as I’m convinced every reader will feel the same.” —Sarah Jessica Parker
For Readers Looking for a Notable Book STAY WITH ME: A Novel by Ayobami Adebayo (Knopf) In the spirit of Chris Cleave’s Little Bee and Emma Donoghue’s Room, this unforgettable novel set in Nigeria gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage—and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.
For the One Who Goes Home for the Holidays SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornak (Berkley) “Hornak’s wry, masterful portrayal of a family in crisis is filled with flawed and funny characters who will capture—and break—your heart.” —Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse and The Address
For the Romantic at Heart THE LITTLE FRENCH BISTRO: A Novel by Nina George (Crown) From the internationally bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop, an extraordinary novel about self-discovery and new beginnings.
For Readers Who Like Intelligent Suspense ORIGIN: A Novel by Dan Brown (Doubleday) Dan Brown interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture into this new novel which thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind’s two most enduring questions, and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.
For Readers Whose Families are as Crazy as a Three-Ring Circus THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN by Ellen Marie Wiseman (Kensington) A daring novel about the devastating power of family secrets—beginning in the lurid world of a Depression-era traveling circus and coming full circle in the transformative 1950s.
BONFIRE: A Novel by Krysten Ritter (Crown Archetype) From actress, producer, and writer Krysten Ritter comes a psychological suspense novel about a woman forced to confront her past in the wake of small-town corruption.
For that Friend from the Suburbs LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press) “I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting. With brilliance and beauty, Celeste Ng dissects a microcosm of American society just when we need to see it beneath the microscope.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and Leaving Time
For Readers Who Like Their Fiction Bite-Sized UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories by Tom Hanks (Knopf) A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.
For Readers Who Want Award Winners LINCOLN IN THE BARDO: A Novel by George Saunders (Random House) From the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. Winner of the Man Booker Prize.
For Readers Who Like a Little Crime with Their Christmas THE USUAL SANTAS: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers by Peter Lovesey Contributions by Mick Herron, Cara Black, Stuart Neville, and more (Soho Press) Sixteen delightful holiday-themed short stories by some of your favorite authors, published just in time for the holidays.
For Fans of Space Humor ARTEMIS: A Novel by Andy Weir (Crown) The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new science-fiction thriller—a heist story set on the moon.
For the One Who Enjoys a Good Saga A COLUMN OF FIRE by Ken Follett (Viking) As Europe erupts, can one young spy protect his queen? International bestselling author Ken Follett takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with his magnificent new epic.
For Readers Who Don’t Know Jack THE MIDNIGHT LINE: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child (Delacorte Press) A gripping new powerhouse thriller featuring Jack Reacher as he travels from a lowlife bar on the sad side of small town to a dirtblown crossroads in the middle of nowhere, encountering bikers, cops, and crooks as he uncovers powerful forces guarding a vast criminal enterprise.
For the History Buff Who Seeks to Understand the Past
For Readers Who Are True to Themselves BRAVING THE WILDERNESS: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown (Random House) A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Daring Greatly.
For the Armchair Adventurer ENDURANCE: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly (Knopf) A stunning, personal memoir from the astronaut and modern-day hero who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station—a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come.
For Home Cooks, Bakers, and Discriminating Foodies SWEET: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh (Ten Speed Press) A collection of over 110 recipes for sweets, baked goods, and confections from the superstar chef.
For the Historian in Us All GRANT by Ron Chernow (Penguin Press) “A stupendous new biography . . . Fascinating and immensely readable . . . put Grant on your must-read list.” —BookPage
For Cooks with Busy Lives Who Don’t Want to Sacrifice Flavor or Quality SMITTEN KITCHEN EVERY DAY: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman (Knopf) More than one hundred impossible-to-resist recipes— almost all of them brand-new, plus a few favorites from her website—that will make you want to stop what you’re doing right now and cook.
For Readers Interested in Presidential Politics WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World) The National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath” (Kirkus Reviews)— including the election of Donald Trump.
For the Literary Hostess with the Mostess
THE VIETNAM WAR: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns (Knopf) From the award-winning historian and filmmakers of The Civil War, Baseball, The War, The Roosevelts, and others: a vivid, uniquely powerful history of the conflict that tore America apart—the companion volume to the major, multipart PBS film.
WOMEN’S LIBATION!: Cocktails to Celebrate a Woman’s Right to Booze by Merrily Grashin (Plume) “Finally, a celebration of strong women and strong cocktails! How rare is the book that will educate you on authors, artists, philosophers, revolutionaries, and make you a better host?” —Stephanie Danler, New York Times bestselling author of Sweetbitter
For Those Who Like to Eat Naughty and Nice
For Lovers of the American West
FOOD SWINGS: 125+ Recipes to Enjoy Your Life of Virtue & Vice by Jessica Seinfeld (Ballantine Books) A collection of more than 125 delectable recipes from Ginger Salmon with Sesame Cucumbers to Chocolate Fudge Cake that reflect the way we really eat: sometimes healthy, sometimes indulgent— delicious, either way!
For the Music Fan Who Loves the Sound of Silence WHAT IS IT ALL BUT LUMINOUS: Notes from an Underground Man by Art Garfunkel (Knopf) From the golden-haired, curly-headed half of Simon & Garfunkel—a memoir (of sorts): artful, moving, lyrical; the making of a musician; the evolution of a man, a portrait of a life-long friendship and collaboration that became one of the most successful singing duos of their time.
AMERICAN WOLF: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee (Crown) The intimate story of O-Six, the fabled Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.
For the Animal Lover Who Already Has Too Many Cat Books NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC THE PHOTO ARK: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals by Joel Sartore; Foreword by Harrison Ford (National Geographic) A lifelong project by photographer Joel Sartore to make portraits of the world’s animals—especially those that are endangered. His powerful message, conveyed with humor, compassion, and art: to know these animals is to save them.
For Anglophiles and Royal Obsessives THE CROWN: The Official Companion, Volume 1 by Robert Lacey (Crown Archetype) The true story behind the popular Netflix drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, featuring additional historical background and exclusive images.
For Fans Who Love Everything John Green
For the Kids Who Love Taco Tuesdays!
TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green (Dutton Books for Young Readers) Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
DRAGONS LOVE TACOS 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin; Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri (Dial) Our dragons’ favorite snack is in danger of going extinct in this laugh-out-loud, timetraveling sequel to the New York Times bestseller Dragons Love Tacos.
For Readers Ready to Dive into the Next Adventure THE BOOK OF DUST: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (Knopf Books for Young Readers) Renowned storyteller Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play a part.
For Readers Who Like a Little Sixteen Candles With Their Helping of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy GORK, THE TEENAGE DRAGON by Gabe Hudson (Knopf) A love story, a fantasy, and a coming-of-age story, Gork the Teenage Dragon is a wildly comic, beautifully imagined, and deeply heartfelt debut novel that shows us just how human a dragon can be.
For Readers Who Believe in Unicorns UNI THE UNICORN AND THE DREAM COME TRUE by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; Illustrated by Brigette Barrager (Random House Books for Young Readers) Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to revive this world glowing with possibility and hope that is the stuff of childhood fantasies.
For Your Book Lovers That Dig Reading! LITTLE EXCAVATOR by Anna Dewdney (Viking Books for Young Readers) What could possibly be as appealing as Anna Dewdney’s llamas? Anna Dewdney’s trucks!
For Readers Who Are Always Ready for a Little Friendly Competition MR. LEMONCELLO’S GREAT LIBRARY RACE by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Books for Young Readers) Filled will brand new puzzles and more games and nonstop action then ever before, this electifyingly fast-paced read will have gamers and readers alike racing to the finish line, because like Mr. Lemoncello’s commericals say, Is it fun? . . . Hello it’s Lemoncello!
For Every Reader, This is a Universal Life Lesson on Kindness
For New Parents Wishing to Introduce Their Children to the World Around Them
WONDER by R. J. Palacio (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers) In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing narrative full of heart and hope. R. J. Palacio has called her novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship.
HERE WE ARE: Notes For Living On Plant Earth by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel Books) Oliver Jeffers, arguably the most influential creator of picture books today, offers a rare personal look inside his own hopes and expectations for his child— and in doing so gifts children and parents everywhere with a gently sweet and humorous missive about our world and those who call it home.
For Those Who Wish Their Video Game Worlds Would Come to Life THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE NIGHTMARE KING by Max Brallier; Illustrated by Douglas Holgate (Viking Books for Young Readers) “A perfect example of what an illustrated novel can and should be.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review of The Last Kids on Earth
For the Little Feminist in Us All SHE PERSISTED: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton; Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger (Philomel Books) Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists, and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably, and without fail, persisted.
For Aspiring Young Chefs MASTERCHEF JUNIOR COOKBOOK by MasterChef Junior (Clarkson Potter) From the popular television competition show, a cookbook of 100 recipes from the first five seasons, technique sidebars, and 130 color photographs.
For Those Who Like Their Downton Abbey with a Bit of Magic GILDED CAGE by Vic James (Del Rey) A darkly fantastical debut set in modern-day Britain, where curiously gifted aristocrats reign— and commoners are doomed to serve them.
For the Binge Reader with a Penchant for the Peculiar MISS PEREGRINE’S PECULIAR CHILDREN BOXED SET by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) This three-book set contains the complete Miss Peregrine trilogy: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City, and Library of Souls, complete with eerie vintage photographs in trade paperback format.
For Minecrafters Who Can Back Away from the Screen MINECRAFT: THE ISLAND: A Novel by Max Brooks (Del Rey) In the tradition of iconic adventures like Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, the author of World War Z tells the story of a hero—stranded in the world of Minecraft—who must unravel the secrets of a mysterious island in order to survive.
Published on Dec 4, 2017
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