December 2016 Adult Top 10 Picks

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  1. Books for Living
    by Will Schwalbe
    Knopf
    Dec 27, 2016
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Hardcover
    Books for Living
    by Will Schwalbe
    Knopf
    Dec 27, 2016
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Hardcover
    From the author of the beloved New York Times best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.


    Why is it that we read? Is it to pass time? To learn something new? To escape from reality? For Will Schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also to make sense of the world, to become a better person, and to find the answers to the big (and small) questions about how to live his life. In this delightful celebration of reading, Schwalbe invites us along on his quest for books that speak to the specific challenges of living in our modern world, with all its noise and distractions. In each chapter, he discusses a particular book—what brought him to it (or vice versa), the people in his life he associates with it, and how it became a part of his understanding of himself in the world. These books span centuries and genres (from classic works of adult and children’s literature to contemporary thrillers and even cookbooks), and each one relates to the questions and concerns we all share. Throughout, Schwalbe focuses on the way certain books can help us honor those we’ve loved and lost, and also figure out how to live each day more fully. Rich with stories and recommendations, Books for Living is a treasure for everyone who loves books and loves to hear the answer to the question: “What are you reading?”
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  2. Small Admissions
    by Amy Poeppel
    Atria/Emily Bestler Books
    Dec 27, 2016
    FICTION / Women
    Hardcover
    Small Admissions
    by Amy Poeppel
    Atria/Emily Bestler Books
    Dec 27, 2016
    FICTION / Women
    Hardcover
    People’s Book of the Week

    The Devil Wears Prada meets Primates of Park Avenue.” —The New York Times

    “Perfect for fans of Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep.”—Booklist

    Top 6 Books You Need to Read—BuzzFeed

    Best Books to Give Every Book Lover on Your List—Town and Country

    One admission can change your life...forever.

    When ambitious grad student Kate Pearson’s handsome French “almost fiancé” ditches her, she definitely does not roll with the punches, despite the best efforts of family and friends. It seems that nothing will get Kate out of pajamas and back into the world.

    Miraculously, one cringe-worthy job interview leads to a position in the admissions department at the revered Hudson Day School. Kate’s instantly thrown into a highly competitive and occasionally absurd culture, where she interviews all types of children: suitable, wildly unsuitable, charming, loathsome, ingratiating, or spoiled beyond all measure. And then there are the Park Avenue parents who refuse to take no for an answer.

    As Kate begins to learn there’s no room for self-pity or nonsense during the height of admissions season or life itself, her sister and friends find themselves keeping secrets, dropping bombshells, and arguing with each other about how to keep Kate on her feet. Meanwhile, Kate seems to be doing very nicely, thank you, and is even beginning to find out that her broken heart is very much on the mend. Welcome to the world of Small Admissions.
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  3. The Twilight Wife
    by A.J. Banner 'Canada'
    Touchstone
    Dec 27, 2016
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Paperback
    The Twilight Wife
    by A.J. Banner 'Canada'
    Touchstone
    Dec 27, 2016
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Paperback
    A USA TODAY AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BESTSELLER!

    From the bestselling author of The Good Neighbor and After Nightfall, comes a dazzling new novel of psychological suspense in the vein of The Woman in the Window and The Wife Between Us that questions just how much we can trust the people around us.

    Thirty-four-year-old marine biologist Kyra Winthrop remembers nothing about the diving accident that left her with a complex form of memory loss. With only brief flashes of the last few years of her life, her world has narrowed to a few close friendships on the island where she lives with her devoted husband, Jacob.

    But all is not what it seems. Kyra begins to have visions—or are they memories?—of a rocky marriage, broken promises, and cryptic relationships with the island residents, whom she believes to be her friends.

    As Kyra races to uncover her past, the truth becomes a terrifying nightmare. A twisty, immersive thriller, The Twilight Wife will keep readers enthralled through the final, shocking twist.
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  4. Kill the Next One
    by Federico Axat
    Mulholland Books
    Dec 13, 2016
    FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological
    Hardcover
    Kill the Next One
    by Federico Axat
    Mulholland Books
    Dec 13, 2016
    FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological
    Hardcover
    An audacious psychological thriller where nothing is what it seems.

    Ted McKay had it all: a beautiful wife, two daughters, a high-paying job. But after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor he finds himself with a gun to his temple, ready to pull the trigger. Then the doorbell rings.

    A stranger makes him a proposition: why not kill two deserving men before dying? The first target is a criminal, and the second is a man with terminal cancer who, like Ted, wants to die. After executing these kills, Ted will become someone else's next target, like a kind of suicidal daisy chain. Ted understands the stranger's logic: it's easier for a victim's family to deal with a murder than with a suicide.

    However, as Ted commits the murders, the crime scenes strike him as odd. The targets know him by name and possess familiar mementos. Even more bizarrely, Ted recognizes locations and men he shouldn't know. As Ted's mind begins to crack, dark secrets from his past seep through the fissures.

    Kill the Next One is an immersive psychological thriller from an exciting new voice.

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  5. In Sunlight or In Shadow
    by Lawrence Block
    Pegasus Books
    Dec 06, 2016
    FICTION / Anthologies
    Hardcover
    In Sunlight or In Shadow
    by Lawrence Block
    Pegasus Books
    Dec 06, 2016
    FICTION / Anthologies
    Hardcover
    "Edward Hopper is surely the greatest American narrative painter. His work bears special resonance for writers and readers, and yet his paintings never tell a story so much as they invite viewers to find for themselves the untold stories within."

    So says Lawrence Block, who has invited seventeen outstanding writers to join him in an unprecedented anthology of brand-new stories: In Sunlight or In Shadow. The results are remarkable and range across all genres, wedding literary excellence to storytelling savvy.

    Contributors include Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Olen Butler, Michael Connelly, Megan Abbott, Craig Ferguson, Nicholas Christopher, Jill D. Block, Joe R. Lansdale, Justin Scott, Kris Nelscott, Warren Moore, Jonathan Santlofer, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, and Lawrence Block himself. Even Gail Levin, Hopper’s biographer and compiler of his catalogue raisonée, appears with her own first work of fiction, providing a true account of art theft on a grand scale and told in the voice of the country preacher who perpetrated the crime.

    In a beautifully produced anthology as befits such a collection of acclaimed authors, each story is illustrated with a quality full-color reproduction of the painting that inspired it.
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  6. The Gardens of Consolation
    by Parisa Reza
    Europa Editions
    Dec 16, 2016
    FICTION / Literary
    Paperback
    The Gardens of Consolation
    by Parisa Reza
    Europa Editions
    Dec 16, 2016
    FICTION / Literary
    Paperback
    A Publisher's Weekly Best Book of 2016

    Parisa Reza has written a powerful love story filled with scenes of hope and heartbreak centered around an Iranian woman named Talla, "a formidable and hard-to-forget heroine (Publisher's Weekly)," whose pursuit for a better life runs with the backdrop of a rapidly changing Iran.

    In the early 1920s, in the remote village of Ghamsar, Talla and Sardar, two teenagers dreaming of a better life, fall in love and marry. Sardar brings his young bride with him across the mountains to the suburbs of Tehran, where the couple settles down and builds a home. From the outskirts of the capital city, they will watch as the Qajar dynasty falls and Reza Khan rises to power as Reza Shah Pahlavi.

    Into this family of illiterate shepherds is born Bahram, a boy whose brilliance and intellectual promise are apparent from a very young age. Through his education, Bahram will become a fervent follower of reformer Mohammad Mosaddegh and will participate first-hand in his country's political and social upheavals.
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  7. The Ice Beneath Her
    by Camilla Grebe
    Ballantine Books
    Dec 27, 2016
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Hardcover
    The Ice Beneath Her
    by Camilla Grebe
    Ballantine Books
    Dec 27, 2016
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Hardcover
    Acclaimed Swedish author Camilla Grebe makes her solo American debut with a psychological thriller as cunning in its twists as it is captivating in its storytelling—for fans of the celebrated crime fiction of Camilla Läckberg, Jo Nesbø, Ruth Ware, and Fiona Barton.

    Winter’s chill has descended on Stockholm as police arrive at the scene of a shocking murder. An unidentified woman lies beheaded in a posh suburban home—a brutal crime made all the more disturbing by its uncanny resemblance to an unsolved killing ten years earlier. But this time there’s a suspect: the charismatic and controversial chain-store CEO Jesper Orre, who owns the home but is nowhere to be found.

    To homicide detectives Peter Lindgren and Manfred Olsson, nothing about the suave, high-profile businessman—including a playboy reputation and rumors of financial misdeeds—suggests he conceals the dark heart and twisted mind of a cold-blooded killer. In search of a motive, Lindgren and Olsson turn to the brilliant criminal profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön. Once a valued police asset, now marooned in unhappy retirement and a crumbling marriage, she’s eager to exercise her keen skills again—and offer the detectives a window into the secret soul of Jesper Orre.

    But they’re not the only ones searching. Two months before, Emma Bohman, a young clerk at Orre’s company, chanced to meet the charming chief executive, and romance swiftly bloomed. Almost as quickly as the passionate affair ignited, it was over when Orre inexplicably disappeared. One staggering misfortune after another followed, leaving Emma certain that her runaway lover was to blame and transforming her confusion and heartbreak into anger.

    Now, pursuing the same mysterious man for different reasons, Emma and the police are destined to cross paths in a chilling dance of obsession, vengeance, madness, and love gone hellishly wrong.

    Praise for The Ice Beneath Her


    Exceptional.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    “Impressive . . . a tour de force that lifts its author to the front rank among the increasingly crowded field of Nordic noir.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    The Ice Beneath Her deserves to be called a page-turner—I read it in one sitting! The narrative is fast-paced and the twists superb.”—Cecilia Ekbäck, bestselling author of Wolf Winter
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  8. The Feast of All Souls
    by Simon Bestwick
    Solaris
    Dec 06, 2016
    FICTION / Horror
    Paperback
    The Feast of All Souls
    by Simon Bestwick
    Solaris
    Dec 06, 2016
    FICTION / Horror
    Paperback
    Alice’s house stands at a gateway between worlds. Now something has awoken on the other side - and she's in its way...

    378 Collarmill Road looks like an ordinary house. But sometimes, the world outside the windows isn’t the one you expect to see. And sometimes you’ll turn around and find you’re not alone.

    The suburb of Crawbeck, on a hill outside the English city of Manchester, overlooks the woodlands of Browton Vale. Alice Collier was happy here, once, but following the end of her marriage and loss of her daughter, she’s come back to pick up the threads of her life.

    John Revell, an old flame of Alice’s, reluctantly comes to her aid when the house begins to reveal its secrets. The hill on which it sits is a place of legends – of Old Harry, the Beast of Crawbeck, of the Virgin of the Height and of the mysterious Red Man – and home to the secrets of the shadowy Arodias Thorne.

    And now Alice and John stand between him and rest of our world...
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  9. Last Year
    by Robert Charles Wilson 'Canada'
    Tor Books
    Dec 06, 2016
    FICTION / Science Fiction / Time Travel
    Hardcover
    Last Year
    by Robert Charles Wilson 'Canada'
    Tor Books
    Dec 06, 2016
    FICTION / Science Fiction / Time Travel
    Hardcover

    Two events made September 1st a memorable day for Jesse Cullum. First, he lost a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Second, he saved the life of President Ulysses S. Grant.

    In the near future of Robert Charles Wilson'sLast Year, the technology exists to open doorways into the past--but not our past, not exactly. Each "past" is effectively an alternate world, identical to ours but only up to the date on which we access it. And a given "past" can only be reached once. After a passageway is open, it's the only road to that particular past; once closed, it can't be reopened.

    A passageway has been opened to a version of late 19th-century Ohio. It's been in operation for most of a decade, but it's no secret, on either side of time. A small city has grown up around it to entertain visitors from our time, and many locals earn a good living catering to them. But like all such operations, it has a shelf life; as the "natives" become more sophisticated, their version of the "past" grows less attractive as a destination.

    Jesse Cullum is a native. And he knows the passageway will be closing soon. He's fallen in love with a woman from our time, and he means to follow her back--no matter whose secrets he has to expose in order to do it.

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  10. Out of Bounds
    by Val McDermid
    Atlantic Monthly Press
    Dec 16, 2016
    FICTION / Thrillers / General
    Hardcover
    Out of Bounds
    by Val McDermid
    Atlantic Monthly Press
    Dec 16, 2016
    FICTION / Thrillers / General
    Hardcover
    ?McDermid excels in putting the reader at the center of the action . . . A tightly paced mystery . . . My bones tell me we haven’t seen the last of Inspector Pirie?or at least I hope not.” ?Janet Napolitano,Los Angeles Times onThe Skeleton Road

    Internationally bestselling author Val McDermid is one of our finest crime writers, whose gripping, impeccably plotted novels have garnered millions of readers worldwide. In her latest,Out of Bounds, she delivers a riveting cold case novel featuring detective Karen Pirie.

    When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from twenty-two years before. Finding the answer to the cold case should be straightforward. But it’s as twisted as the DNA helix itself.

    Meanwhile, Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another mystery that she has no business investigating, a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems.

    An enthralling, twisty read,Out of Bounds reaffirms Val McDermid’s place as one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business.

    ?McDermid melds the political thriller with the police procedural for an intense novel that . . . feels both intensely personal and global . . . Karen . . . once again proves herself a formidable character worthy of her own series.”?Associated Press onThe Skeleton Road
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