December 2019 Adult Top 10 Picks

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  1. To Be Taught, If Fortunate
    by Becky Chambers
    Hodder & Stoughton
    Dec 24, 2019
    FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Exploration
    Hardcover
    To Be Taught, If Fortunate
    by Becky Chambers
    Hodder & Stoughton
    Dec 24, 2019
    FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Exploration
    Hardcover

    Adriane is one such explorer. As an astronaut on an extrasolar research vessel, she and her fellow crewmates sleep between worlds, and wake up each time with different features. Her experience is one of fluid body and stable mind, and of a unique perspective on the passage of time. Back on Earth, society changes dramatically from decade to decade, as it always does. Ariadne may awaken to find that support for space exploration back home has waned, or that her country of birth no longer exists, or that a cult has arisen around their cosmic findings, only to dissolve once more by the next waking. But the moods of Earth have little bearing on their mission: to explore, to study, and to send their learnings home.

    Carrying all the trademarks of her other beloved works, including brilliant writing, fantastic world-building and exceptional, diverse characters, Becky's first book outside of the Wayfarer's series is sure to capture the imagination readers all over the world.

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  2. This Is Going to Hurt
    by Adam Kay
    Little, Brown Spark
    Dec 03, 2019
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Hardcover
    This Is Going to Hurt
    by Adam Kay
    Little, Brown Spark
    Dec 03, 2019
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Hardcover
    Bestselling author Adam Kay channels Henry Marsh and David Sedaris to tell us the "darkly funny" (The New Yorker) -- and sometimes horrifying -- truth about life and work in a hospital.

    Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships. Welcome to the life of a first-year doctor.

    Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former medical resident Adam Kay's This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the front lines of medicine.

    Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking by turns, this is everything you wanted to know -- and more than a few things you didn't -- about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.
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  3. Just Watch Me
    by Jeff Lindsay
    Dutton
    Dec 03, 2019
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Hardcover
    Just Watch Me
    by Jeff Lindsay
    Dutton
    Dec 03, 2019
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Hardcover
    A masterful thief plots an impossible crime—stealing the Iranian Crown Jewels.

    From the author of the wildly successful Dexter series comes a new, mesmerizing bad guy we can root for: Riley Wolfe. He’s a master thief, expert at disguise, and not averse to violence when it’s needed. It’s no accident, though, that Riley targets the wealthiest 0.1 percent and is willing to kill them when they’re in his way: he despises the degenerate and immoral rich and loves stealing their undeserved and unearned valuables.

    In this series launch, Riley aims for an extraordinary target in a heist that will make history. Riley will try to steal the Crown Jewels of Iran. Yes, these jewels are worth billions, but the true attraction for grabbing them comes down to one simple fact: it can’t be done. Stealing these jewels is absolutely impossible. The collection is guarded by space-age electronics and two teams of heavily armed mercenaries. No one could even think of getting past the airtight security and hope to get away alive, let alone with even a single diamond from the Imperial Collection.

    No one but Riley Wolfe. He’s always liked a challenge.

    But this challenge may be more than even he can handle. Aside from the impenetrable security, Riley is also pursued by a brilliant and relentless cop who is barely a step behind him.

    With the aid of his sometime ally, a beautiful woman who is a master art forger, Riley Wolfe goes for the prize that will either make him a legend—or, more likely, leave him dead.
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  4. Meg and Jo
    by Virginia Kantra
    Berkley
    Dec 03, 2019
    FICTION / Women
    Paperback
    Meg and Jo
    by Virginia Kantra
    Berkley
    Dec 03, 2019
    FICTION / Women
    Paperback
    The timeless classic Little Women inspired this heartwarming modern tale of four sisters from New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra.

    The March sisters—reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy, and shy Beth—have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook and secret food blogger.

    Meg appears to have the life she always planned—the handsome husband, the adorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision. But sometimes getting everything you’ve ever wanted isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

    When their mother’s illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they’ll rediscover what really matters.

    One thing’s for sure—they’ll need the strength of family and the power of sisterhood to remake their lives and reimagine their dreams.
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  5. The Glittering Hour
    by Iona Grey
    Thomas Dunne Books
    Dec 10, 2019
    FICTION / Romance / Historical / 20th Century
    Hardcover
    The Glittering Hour
    by Iona Grey
    Thomas Dunne Books
    Dec 10, 2019
    FICTION / Romance / Historical / 20th Century
    Hardcover

    Award-winning author Iona Grey's next unforgettable historical about true love found and lost and the secrets we keep from one another

    Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying on just the right side of scandal, all while running from the life her parents would choose for her.

    Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina's orbit one night and can never let her go even while knowing someone of her stature could never end up with someone of his. Except Selina falls hard for Lawrence, envisioning a life of true happiness. But when tragedy strikes, Selina finds herself choosing what's safe over what's right.

    Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches, Iona Grey'sThe Glittering Hour is an epic novel of passion, heartache and loss.

    "An absorbing tale of love, loss, and the ties that bind... A sweeping historical saga that captures the desires and dilemmas of the heart." —Booklist

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  6. Now You See Them
    by Elly Griffiths
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Dec 03, 2019
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
    Hardcover
    Now You See Them
    by Elly Griffiths
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Dec 03, 2019
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
    Hardcover
    The fifth book in the Magic Men series,Now You See Them is a wild mystery with detective Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto, as they investigate a string of presumed kidnappings in the swinging 1960s.

    The new decade is going well for Edgar Stephens and his good friend the magician Max Mephisto. Edgar is happily married, with children, and promoted to Superintendent. Max has found fame and stardom in America, though is now back in England for a funeral, and a prospective movie job. Edgar’s new wife, though—former detective Emma—is restless and frustrated at home, knowing she was the best detective on the team.

    But when an investigation into a string of disappearing girls begins, Emma sees her chance to get back in the action. She begins her own hunt, determined to prove, once and for all that she’s better than the boys. Though she’s not the only one working toward that goal—there’s a new woman on the force, and she’s determined to make detective. When two more girls go missing, both with ties to the group, the stakes climb ever higher, and Max finds himself drawn into his own search.

    Who will find the girls first? And will they get there in time?
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  7. The Book of Science and Antiquities
    by Thomas Keneally
    Atria Books
    Dec 10, 2019
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    The Book of Science and Antiquities
    by Thomas Keneally
    Atria Books
    Dec 10, 2019
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    Thomas Keneally, the bestselling author of The Daughters of Mars and Schindler’s List, returns with an exquisite exploration of community and country, love and morality, taking place in both prehistoric and modern Australia.

    An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Shelby Apple is obsessed with reimagining the full story of the Learned Man—a prehistoric man whose remains are believed to be the link between Africa and ancient Australia. From Vietnam to northern Africa and the Australian Outback, Shelby searches for understanding of this enigmatic man from the ancient past, unaware that the two men share a great deal in common.

    Some 40,000 years in the past, the Learned Man has made his home alongside other members of his tribe. Complex and deeply introspective, he reveres tradition, loyalty, and respect for his ancestors. Willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good, the Learned Man cannot conceive that a man millennia later could relate to him in heart and feeling.

    In this “meditation on last things, but still electric with life, passion and appetite” (The Australian), Thomas Keneally weaves an extraordinary dual narrative that effortlessly transports you around the world and across time, offering “a hymn to idealism and to human development” (Sydney Morning Herald).
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  8. How The Dead Speak
    by Val McDermid
    Atlantic Monthly Press
    Dec 03, 2019
    FICTION / Thrillers / General
    Hardcover
    How The Dead Speak
    by Val McDermid
    Atlantic Monthly Press
    Dec 03, 2019
    FICTION / Thrillers / General
    Hardcover

    Val McDermid is an award-winning, crime-writing powerhouse, and now she returns to her explosive, thrilling series featuring psychological profiler Tony Hill and ex-DCI Carol Jordan in her latestHow The Dead Speak

    With Tony behind bars and Carol finally out of road as a cop, he’s finding unexpected outlets for his talents in jail and she’s joined forces with a small informal group of lawyers and forensics experts looking into suspected miscarriages of justice. But they’re doing it without each other; being in the same room at visiting hour is too painful to contemplate. Meanwhile, construction is suddenly halted on the redevelopment of an orphanage after dozens of skeletons are found buried in the grounds. Forensic examination reveals they date from between twenty and forty years ago, when the nuns were running their repressive regime. But then a different set of skeletons are discovered in a far corner, young men from as recent as ten years ago.

    When newly promoted DI Paula McIntyre discovers that one of the male skeletons is that of a killer who is supposedly alive and behind bars—and the subject of one of Carol’s miscarriage investigations—it brings Tony and Carol irresistibly into each other’s orbit once again. A shocking, masterfully plotted novel that will leave readers breathless,How The Dead Speak is McDermid at her best and a can’t miss read long-time fans and new readers alike.

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  9. Trace of Evil
    by Alice Blanchard
    Minotaur Books
    Dec 03, 2019
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
    Hardcover
    Trace of Evil
    by Alice Blanchard
    Minotaur Books
    Dec 03, 2019
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
    Hardcover

    From Alice Blanchard, the author of theNew York TimesNotable mystery novelDarkness Peering comesTrace of Evil, first in an evocative new series about a small New York town, its deeply held secrets, and the woman determined to uncover them, no matter what the cost.

    There’s something wicked in Burning Lake…

    Natalie Lockhart is a rookie detective in Burning Lake, New York, an isolated town known for its dark past. Tasked with uncovering the whereabouts of nine missing transients who have disappeared over the years, Natalie wrestles with the town’s troubled history – and the scars left by her sister’s unsolved murder years ago.

    Then Daisy Buckner, a beloved schoolteacher, is found dead on her kitchen floor, and a suspect immediately comes to mind. But it’s not that simple. The suspect is in a coma, collapsed only hours after the teacher’s death, and it turns out Daisy had secrets of her own. Natalie knows there is more to the case, but as the investigation deepens, even she cannot predict the far-reaching consequences – for the victim, for the missing of Burning Lake, and for herself.

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  10. The Thank-You Project
    by Nancy Davis Kho
    Running Press Adult
    Dec 03, 2019
    SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Happiness
    Hardcover
    The Thank-You Project
    by Nancy Davis Kho
    Running Press Adult
    Dec 03, 2019
    SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Happiness
    Hardcover
    Gratitude and happiness go hand-in-hand -- and The Thank-You Project provides an easy-to-follow approach for creating more of both.

    Who helped you become the person you are today? As Nancy Davis Kho approached a milestone birthday, she decided to answer that question by sending thank-you letters to the many people who had influenced her, helped her, and inspired her over the years: family, friends, mentors, teachers, co-workers, even a couple of former friends and exes. While her recipients always seemed genuinely pleased to read the letters, what Nancy never expected was the profound and positive effect the process would have on her. As it turns out, emerging research proves that actively appreciating the formative people in your life, past and present, can lead to a lasting increase in your happiness levels--and The Thank-you Project offers a charming, entertaining roadmap to see, say and savor your way there.
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