December 2018 Adult Top 10 Picks

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  1. Once Upon a River
    by Diane Setterfield
    Bond Street Books
    Dec 04, 2018
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
    Hardcover
    Once Upon a River
    by Diane Setterfield
    Bond Street Books
    Dec 04, 2018
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
    Hardcover
    From bestselling author Diane Setterfield, a new mystery as gorgeous, spellbinding and addictively readable as her blockbuster debut The Thirteenth Tale.

    Solstice is a time of dreaming, a time of stories and a time of magic.

    On a dark, misty night in the small English village of Radcot, locals gather at the Swan Inn to cap their day with drinks and lore. The 600-year-old pub is a famed hub for storytellers, but the patrons cannot know that their evening will be stranger than any tale they could weave. Into the inn bursts a mysterious man, sopping and bloodied and carrying an unconscious four-year-old girl. But before he can explain who he and the child are, and how they came to be injured, he collapses.

    Upriver, two families are searching desperately for their missing daughters. Alice Armstrong has been missing for twenty-four hours, ever since her mother's suicide. And Amelia Vaughan vanished without a trace two years prior. When the families learn of the lost little girl at the Swan Inn, each wonders if their child has at last been found. But identifying the child may not be as easy as it seems.

    Once Upon a River is a miracle of a novel, a tale of love and family, of secrets and betrayal, and of the transformative power of storytelling.
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  2. A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy
    by Alex White
    Orbit
    Dec 11, 2018
    FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
    Paperback
    A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy
    by Alex White
    Orbit
    Dec 11, 2018
    FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
    Paperback
    The greatest dangers hide the brightest treasures in this bold, planet-hopping science fiction adventure series.

    The crew of the legendary Capricious are rich enough to retire in comfort for the rest of their days, but none of it matters if the galaxy is still in danger.

    Nilah and Boots, the ship's newest crew-members hear the word of a mysterious cult that may have links back to an ancient and all-powerful magic. To find it, hot-headed Nilah will have to go undercover and find the source of their power without revealing her true identity. Meanwhile, Boots is forced to confront the one person she'd hoped never to see again: her old, turn-coat treasure-hunting partner.

    The Salvagers
    A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe
    A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy
    The Worst of All Possible Worlds
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  3. A Murdered Peace
    by Candace Robb
    Pegasus Books
    Dec 11, 2018
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
    Hardcover
    A Murdered Peace
    by Candace Robb
    Pegasus Books
    Dec 11, 2018
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
    Hardcover
    It is deep winter in York, 1400, the ground frozen, the short days dimmed with the smoke from countless fires, the sun, when it shines, low in the sky. It is rumored that the Epiphany Uprising, meant to relieve the realm of the Henry the usurper and return King Richard to the throne has, instead, spelled his doom. As long as Richard lives, he is a threat to Henry. So, too, the nobles behind the plot. The ringleaders have been caught, some slaughtered as they fled west by folk loyal to Henry, and the king’s men now search the towns for survivors.

    A perilous time, made worse for Kate Clifford by the disappearance of Berend, her cook and confidante, shortly after Christmas. Her niece saw his departure in a dream—he said he was honor bound to leave. Honor bound—to a former lord? One of the nobles who led the uprising? Is he alive? She is hardly consoled when Berend reappears, wounded, secretive, denying any connection to the uprising, but refusing to explain himself. When he is accused of brutally murdering a spice seller in the city, Kate discovers a chest of jewels in his possession. Some of the jewels belong to her old friend Lady Margery, wanted by the king for her husband’s part in the uprising. For the sake of their long friendship, and the love she and her wards bear for him, Kate wants to believe his innocence. So, too, does Sir Elric. And he has the powerful backing of the Earl of Westmoreland. All she need do is confide in him. If only she trusted her heart.

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  4. North of Dawn
    by Nuruddin Farah
    Riverhead Books
    Dec 04, 2018
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    North of Dawn
    by Nuruddin Farah
    Riverhead Books
    Dec 04, 2018
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    A couple's tranquil life abroad is irrevocably transformed by the arrival of their son's widow and children, in the latest from Somalia's most celebrated novelist.

    For decades, Gacalo and Mugdi have lived in Oslo, where they've led a peaceful, largely assimilated life and raised two children. Their beloved son, Dhaqaneh, however, is driven by feelings of alienation to jihadism in Somalia, where he kills himself in a suicide attack. The couple reluctantly offers a haven to his family. But on arrival in Oslo, their daughter-in-law cloaks herself even more deeply in religion, while her children hunger for the freedoms of
    their new homeland, a rift that will have lifealtering consequences for the entire family.

    Set against the backdrop of real events, North of Dawn is a provocative, devastating story of love, loyalty, and national identity that asks whether it is ever possible to escape a legacy of violence--and if so, at what cost.
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  5. Broken Ground
    by Val McDermid
    Atlantic Monthly Press
    Dec 04, 2018
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
    Hardcover
    Broken Ground
    by Val McDermid
    Atlantic Monthly Press
    Dec 04, 2018
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
    Hardcover

    Internationally bestselling author Val McDermid is one of our finest crime writers, and her gripping, masterfully plotted novels have garnered millions of readers from around the globe. InBroken Ground, cold case detective Karen Pirie faces her hardest challenge yet.

    Six feet under in a Highland peat bog lies Alice Somerville’s inheritance, buried by her grandfather at the end of World War II. But when Alice finally uncovers it, she finds an unwanted surprise—a body with a bullet hole between the eyes. Meanwhile, DCI Pirie is called in to unravel a case where nothing is quite as it seems. And as she gets closer to the truth, it becomes clear that not everyone shares her desire for justice. Or even the idea of what justice is.

    An engrossing, twisty thriller,Broken Ground reaffirms Val McDermid’s place as one of the best crime writers of her generation.

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  6. A Star-Wheeled Sky
    by Brad R. Torgersen
    Baen
    Dec 04, 2018
    FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
    Paperback
    A Star-Wheeled Sky
    by Brad R. Torgersen
    Baen
    Dec 04, 2018
    FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
    Paperback
    ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK

    THE WAYPOINT TO ULTIMATE POWER!

    Over a millennium in the past, humans fleeing Earth in slower-than-light vessels discovered the Waywork, an abandoned alien superhighway system that allows instantaneous travel from star to star. The problem: there are a finite number of Waypoint nodes—and the burgeoning population of humans is hemmed in as a result. Furthermore, humanity is divided into contending Starstates. One of the strongest is based on an oligarchy ruling families, but still mostly democratic. The other is a totalitarian nightmare. War seems inevitable.

    Now a new Waypoint appears. Might it lead to the long-lost creators of the Waywork? If so, there may be knowledge and technology that will tip the balance in the coming war.

    Three people race to make it to the new Waypoint—and beyond. These include Wyodreth Antagean, the reluctant son of an interstellar shipping magnate, Lady Garsina Oswight, the daring daughter of a royal family, and Zuri Mikton, a disgraced flag officer seeking redemption. They are facing an implacable foe in Golsubril Vex, a merciless, but highly effective, autocrat from the Waywork’s most brutal regime. Vex is determined to control the new Waypoint and whatever revelation or power lies on the other side.

    Now humanity’s fate—to live in freedom or endless dictatorship—depends on just what that revelation might be. And who gets there first.

    About Chaplain's War:

    "Torgersen mixes the spiritual aspects of the book with subtlety, integrating questions about God and faith into the story organically. The result is thought provoking questions arising as part of an entertaining story . . . Torgersen [also] doesn't shy away from conflict, violence, or space battles."—Futures Past and Present

    "Solid hard SF with the frisson of well thought through action. Much to enjoy!"—Gregory Benford, multiple Nebula award-winning creator of the Galactic Center saga

    About Brad R. Torgersen:

    "Brad Torgersen can write something technical and complex, yet still give it real emotional depth. He's one of the most talented authors I've ever read."—Larry Correia

    "Brad R. Torgersen shows why he's going to be a power in this field for years to come."—Mike Resnick

    "Brad Torgersen is a writer who's done a lot and come up the hard way... and the depth of his writing shows it, especially in understanding the nuts and bolts of technology and the souls of those who use it." —L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
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  7. The Three Secret Cities
    by Matthew Reilly
    Gallery Books
    Dec 04, 2018
    FICTION / Action & Adventure
    Hardcover
    The Three Secret Cities
    by Matthew Reilly
    Gallery Books
    Dec 04, 2018
    FICTION / Action & Adventure
    Hardcover
    The thrilling new novel featuring Jack West, Jr. from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Matthew Reilly!

    A shadow world behind the real world

    When Jack West, Jr. won the Great Games, he threw the four legendary kingdoms into turmoil.

    A world with its own history, rules and prisons

    Now these dark forces are coming after Jack...in ruthless fashion.

    That is reaching into our world...explosively

    With the end of all things rapidly approaching, Jack must find the Three Secret Cities, three incredible lost cities of legend.

    It’s an impossible task by any reckoning, but Jack must do it while he is being hunted...by the greatest hunters in history.
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  8. Say What You Mean
    by Oren Jay Sofer
    Shambhala
    Dec 11, 2018
    SELF-HELP / Communication & Social Skills
    Paperback
    Say What You Mean
    by Oren Jay Sofer
    Shambhala
    Dec 11, 2018
    SELF-HELP / Communication & Social Skills
    Paperback
    Find your voice, speak your truth, listen deeply—a guide to more meaningful and mindful conversations.

    We spend so much of our lives talking to each other, but how much are we simply running on automatic—relying on old habits and hoping for the best? Are we able to truly hear others and speak our mind in a clear and kind way, without needing to get defensive or go on the attack? In this groundbreaking synthesis of mindfulness, somatics, and Nonviolent Communication, Oren Jay Sofer offers simple yet powerful practices to develop healthy, effective, and satisfying ways of communicating.

    The techniques in Say What You Mean will help you to:
    · Feel confident during conversation
    · Stay focused on what really matters in an interaction
    · Listen for the authentic concerns behind what others say
    · Reduce anxiety before and during difficult conversations
    · Find nourishment in day-to-day interactions
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  9. Cook90
    by David Tamarkin
    Little, Brown and Company
    Dec 11, 2018
    COOKING / Essays & Narratives
    Hardcover
    Cook90
    by David Tamarkin
    Little, Brown and Company
    Dec 11, 2018
    COOKING / Essays & Narratives
    Hardcover
    Challenge yourself to cook 90 simple meals in a month, and reboot the way you eat, cook, and feel--from the editors of Epicurious, the web's most trusted recipe site.

    Can you COOK90?

    It's easier than you think. For 30 days, challenge yourself to cook every meal--and you'll transform the way you eat and feel.

    The 150,000+ people who take the COOK90 challenge every year know that cooking for yourself is one of the most satisfying, effective, and easy ways to improve your wellbeing.

    With expert support from the editors of Epicurious, the web's most trusted recipe site, you'll say goodbye to pricey takeout, crummy pizza delivery, and fast food that's no good for you. And you'll say hello to all the benefits of home cooking: healthier and more delicious meals, a fatter wallet, a clearer mind, and sharper skills.

    With more than 100 recipes, strategies, and four weeks of meal plans for every way of eating, you can save time, money, and sanity with a simple promise: I will not rely on restaurants, roommates, Cups o'Noodles, or my family to feed myself. Instead, enjoy meals like:
    • Baked Feta with Chickpeas and Greens
    • Steak Soba Salad
    • Braised Rotisserie Chicken with Bacon, Tomatoes, and Kale
    • Start your day with Perfect 7-Minute Eggs or Cocoa Oats with Yogurt, Honey, and Hazelnuts
    • And end it with a Cinnamon-Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie or Salted Almond Apple Crisp.
    And you'll do it all without upending your life. By repurposing leftovers and planning ahead, you make cooking work for your schedule, not the other way around.

    Take the COOK90 challenge, and become a better, faster, healthier, happier cook.
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