Top Reads | December Starred Reviews

The top reads from our December issue, ranging across mystery, romance, fiction, science fiction, horror, arts, science, and social science. 









Goldberg, Lee. Dream Town. Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. 

Kemper, Donovan. The Busy Body. John Scognamiglio Bks.: Kensington. 

McDonough, Patrice. Murder by Lamplight. Kensington. 

Raybourn, Deanna. A Grave Robbery. Berkley. 

Swierczynski, Duane. California Bear. Mulholland. 


May, Elizabeth. To Cage a God. DAW. 

Nethercott, GennaRose. Fifty Beasts To Break Your Heart: And Other Stories. Vintage. 

Utomi, Moses Ose. The Truth of the Aleke.


Ariel, Myah. When I Think of You. Berkley. 

Dade, Olivia. At First Spite. Avon. 

Hazelwood, Ali. Bride. Berkley. 

Hogle, Sarah. Old Flames and New Fortunes. Putnam.

Khawaja, Alina. Maya’s Laws of Love. Mira: Harlequin. 

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth. Simply the Best. Avon. 


McGregor, Tim. Eynhallow. Raw Dog Screaming. 


Stamm, Peter. The Archive of Feelings. Other Pr.

Vardiashvili, Leo. Hard by a Great Forest. Riverhead.


Altergott, Rick. Blessed Be. Fantagraphics. 

Matsumoto, Taiyo. Tokyo These Days, Vol. 1. Viz Media. 

Millar, Mark (text) & Pepe Larraz (illus.). Big Game. Image Comics. 


Aping, Norbert. Charlie Chaplin and the Nazis: The Long German Campaign Against the Artist. McFarland. 

Freestone, Clare & others (text) & Yevonde Philone Middleton (photos). Yevonde: Life and Colour. National Portrait Gallery. 

Karger, Dave. 50 Oscar Nights: Iconic Stars & Filmmakers on Their Career-Defining Wins. Running Pr. 

Madu, Zito. The Minotaur at Calle Lanza. Belt. 

Park, Benjamin E. American Zion: A New History of Mormonism. Liveright: Norton.

Piper, Brian & others. Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers. New Orleans Museum of Art. 


Burke, Jill. How To Be a Renaissance Woman: The Untold History of Beauty & Female Creativity. Pegasus. 

Ghaziani, Amin. Long Live Queer Nightlife: How the Closing of Gay Bars Sparked a Revolution. Princeton Univ. 

Holm, Melinda Lee (text) & Rohan Daniel Eason (illus.). Your Tarot Guide: Learn To Navigate Life with the Help of the Cards. Ryland Peters & Small. 

Hunt, Amber. Crimes of the Centuries: The Cases That Changed Us. Union Square. 

Luna, Bri. Blood Sex Magic: Everyday Magic for the Modern Mystic. HarperOne. 

White, Elizabeth B. & Joanna Sliwa. The Counterfeit Countess: The Jewish Woman Who Rescued Thousands of Poles During the Holocaust. S. & S. 

Winter, Molly Roden. More: A Memoir of Open Marriage. Doubleday. 


Ben-Ishay, Melissa. Come Hungry: Salads, Meals, and Sweets for People Who Live To Eat. Morrow Cookbooks. 

Halpern, Paul. The Allure of the Multiverse: Extra Dimensions, Other Worlds, and Parallel Universes. Basic. 

Lee, Jessica J. Dispersals: On Plants, Borders, and Belonging. Catapult. 

Pashman, Dan. Anything’s Pastable: 81 Inventive Pasta Recipes for Saucy People. Morrow Cookbooks. 

Wilkinson, Crystal. Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts: Stories and Recipes from Five Generations of Black Country Cooks. Clarkson Potter. 


Greenwell, Stacey & G. Edward Evans. Library Programs and Services: The Fundamentals, 9th ed. Bloomsbury Libraries Unlimited. 

Guo, Qian. Food Cultures of China: Recipes, Customs, and Issues. Bloomsbury Academic. 

Managing Crises in the Academic Library: Past, Present, and Future. Association of College & Research Libraries. 

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