5 Hot New Titles for December

5 Hot New Titles for December

Check out these five popular adult titles that have hit the shelves this month. To see more fresh titles, check out our recent arrivals page.

While fear and sickness spread, magic takes their place in Year One by Nora RobertsYear One by Nora Roberts

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world's population was gone. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And, as the power of science and technology recedes, magic rises up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in tunnels beneath the river or in the ones you know and love the most. As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and, with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. (catalog summary)

Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
Take one step forward and two steps back with
Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back. Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There's only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn't necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments. With a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter—a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was—was Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family. (catalog summary)

Enchantress in Numbers: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini

Learn about the daughter of a poet who was also a master of numbers in Enchantress in Numbers: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
New York Times-bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini illuminates the fascinating life of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace—Lord Byron's daughter, the world's first computer programmer and a woman whose exceptional contributions to science and technology have been too long unsung. (catalog summary)


The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir by Maude JulienA terrifying but inspiring life story from The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir by Maude Julien
Maude Julien's parents were fanatics who believed it was their sacred duty to turn her into the ultimate survivor—raising her in isolation, tyrannizing her childhood, and subjecting her to endless drills designed to "eliminate weakness." Maude learned to hold an electric fence for minutes without flinching and to sit perfectly still in a rat-infested cellar all night long (her mother sewed bells onto her clothes that would give her away if she moved). She endured a life without heat, hot water, adequate food, friendship, or any kind of affectionate treatment. But Maude's parents could not rule her inner life. Befriending the animals on the lonely estate as well as the characters in the novels she read in secret, young Maude nurtured in herself the compassion and love that her parents forbid as weaknesses. And, when after more than a decade, an outsider managed to penetrate her family's paranoid world, Maude seized her opportunity. (catalog summary)

Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired
Dive into visual short stories with Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired
Any number of artists have produced evocative work, paintings that could trigger a literary response. But none come to mind who could equal Hopper in turning out canvas after canvas. If no single artist could take Hopper's place, how about a full palette of them? Suppose each author was invited to select a painting from the whole panoply of visual art—from the cave drawings at Lascaux to a contemporary abstract canvas on which the paint has barely dried. With artists ranging from Art Frahm and Norman Rockwell to Magritte and Clifford Still, the impressive concept goes on to include Thomas Pluck, Sarah Weinman, David Morrell, Craig Ferguson, Joe R. Lansdale, Jill D. Block, Justin Scott, Jonathan Santlofer, Gail Levin, Nicholas Christopher, and Lee Child, with each story accompanied in color by the work of art that inspired it. (catalog summary)