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10 Excellent December Books

  • NONFICTION

    THE SABOTEUR

    DEC. 5, 2017

HISTORY

THE SABOTEUR

by Paul Kix

A winner: the stories are fascinating, the pages nearly turn themselves, and La Rochefoucauld is a true hero. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ELMET

    DEC. 5, 2017

FICTION

ELMET

by Fiona Mozley

Mozley’s instantaneous success—this debut landed straight on the 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist—is a response to the... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SPY OF THE FIRST PERSON

    DEC. 5, 2017

FICTION

SPY OF THE FIRST PERSON

by Sam Shepard

The story is modest, the poetry superb. A most worthy valediction. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BEAU DEATH

    DEC. 5, 2017

FICTION

BEAU DEATH

by Peter Lovesey

Through it all, Lovesey moves from one dexterously nested puzzle to the next with all the confidence of a magician who knows... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE

    DEC. 5, 2017

HISTORY

THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE

by Daniel Ellsberg

Especially timely given the recent saber-rattling not from Russia but North Korea and given the apparent proliferation of... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE YEARS, MONTHS, DAYS

    DEC. 5, 2017

FICTION

THE YEARS, MONTHS, DAYS

by Yan Lianke ; translated by Carlos Rojas

Inspired, one imagines, by the terrible headlines of famine, climate change, and simple uncertainty; Yan draws on the... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    2018 YOUNG EXPLORER'S ADVENTURE GUIDE

    DEC. 1, 2017

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

2018 YOUNG EXPLORER'S ADVENTURE GUIDE

edited by Corie Weaver & Sean Weaver

This stellar collection will appeal to both teens and grown-ups who dream of future worlds. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    FOOLISH HEARTS

    DEC. 5, 2017

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

FOOLISH HEARTS

by Emma Mills

The course of true love never did run smooth, but in the case of these two lovers, the journey is worth your while. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    INSIDIOUS INTENT

    DEC. 5, 2017

FICTION

INSIDIOUS INTENT

by Val McDermid

McDermid keeps all three of these pots simmering, raising the heat in agonizingly tiny increments, until she’s ready for a... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    EXACT THINKING IN DEMENTED TIMES

    DEC. 5, 2017

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

EXACT THINKING IN DEMENTED TIMES

by Karl Sigmund

Many readers will agree that we are currently living in “demented times,” and Sigmund adeptly lays out a history that has... Full review >

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