New Books for December 2023


Book Cover of Please Tell Me by Mike OmerPlease Tell Me by Mike Omer ~ Connecting with an eight-year-old kidnapping victim named Kathy, child therapist Robin Hart is unsettled when it seems Kathy is playacting real unsolved murders and must unlock the secrets in Kathy’s brain and stop a serial killer before he strikes again.





Book Cover for The Kingdom of Sweets: a Novel of the Nutcracker by Erika JohansenThe Kingdom of Sweets: a Novel of the Nutcracker by Erika Johansen ~ Light and dark-this is the destiny placed upon Natasha and Clara, the birthright bestowed by their godfather, the mysterious sorcerer Drosselmeyer. Clara, the favorite, grows into beauty and ease, while Natasha is cursed to live in her sister’s shadow. But one fateful Christmas Eve, Natasha gets her chance at revenge. For Drosselmeyer has brought the Nutcracker, an enchanted present that offers entry into a deceptively beautiful world: the Kingdom of Sweets. In this land of snow and sugar, Natasha is presented with a power far greater than Drosselmeyer: the Sugar Plum Fairy, who is also full of gifts . . . and dreadful bargains. As Natasha uncovers the dark destiny laid before her birth, she must reckon with powers both earthly and magical, and decide to which world she truly belongs.


Book Cover for Robert B. Parker's Broken Trust by Mike LupicaRobert B. Parker’s Broken Trust by Mike Lupica ~ When the beautiful wife of a brilliant scientist, whose groundbreaking work with lithium has made him a billionaire, asks him to look into her husband’s past due to his recent paranoia and violent behavior, Spenser makes a discovery that causes him to question his own views on morality.




Book Cover for The Watchmaker's Hand by Jeffery DeaverThe Watchmaker’s Hand by Jeffery Deaver ~ When a New York City construction crane mysteriously collapses, causing mass destruction and injury, Rhyme and Sachs are on the case. A political group claims responsibility for the sabotage and threatens another attack in twenty-four hours, unless its demands are met…Then a clue reveals to Rhyme that his nemesis, known as the Watchmaker, has come to town to fulfill his promise of murdering the criminalist.






Book Cover for the Art of Upcycling: Creative Ways to Make Something Beautiful Out of Trash, Thrifted Finds and Everyday Recyclables by Emma FossThe art of upcycling : creative ways to make something beautiful out of trash, thrifted finds and everyday recyclables by Emma Foss ~ Discover a trove of upcycling ideas and inspiration, with this collection of projects from upcycling influencer Emma Foss. She shares detailed, step-by-step tutorials to teach you essential upcycling techniques so you can create something out of nothing. Through these creative projects, you’ll develop skills in basic woodworking, reupholstery, painting, papier-mâché and so much more. 


Book Cover for Material World: The Six Raw Materials That Shape Modern Civilization by Ed ConwayMaterial world : the six raw materials that shape modern civilization by Ed Conway ~ The story of civilization from an entirely new vantage point–the six raw materials that have shaped and will continue to shape humanity’s destiny. Sand, iron, salt, oil, copper and lithium: The struggle for these fundamental materials has created empires, razed civilizations, and fed our ingenuity and our greed for thousands of years.




Book Cover for The Core of an Onion: Peeling the rarest common food by Mark KurlanskyThe core of an onion : peeling the rarest common food–featuring more than 100 historical recipes by Mark Kurlansky ~ Including twenty-five recipes from around the world, The Core of an Onion shares the secrets to celebrated Parisian chef Alain Senderens’s onion soup eaten to cure late-night drunkenness; Hemingway’s raw onion and peanut butter sandwich; and the Gibson, a debonair gin martini garnished with a pickled onion. Just as the smell of sautéed onions will lure anyone to the kitchen, The Core of an Onion is sure to draw readers into their savory stories at first taste.




Book Cover for Make Money Move: a Guide to Financial Wellness by Lauren SimmonsMake money move : a guide to financial wellness by Lauren Simmons ~ Simmons brings a fresh perspective to personal finance: she is a young African American woman with an understanding of how to increase wealth and an awareness of generational and cultural barriers–such an income inequity–that can hold people back from taking financial risks. In her warm, down-to-earth voice, Simmons makes confusing topics easy to understand. She breaks down the pros and cons of buying stocks and Treasuries, explains how to maximize your 401K opportunities even in challenging economic times, advises how to grapple with student loans, and helps you break family cycles when dealing (or not) with debt.





Book Cover for The Hunting Moon by Susan DennardThe Hunting Moon by Susan Dennard ~ Winnie Wednesday has gotten everything she thought she wanted. She passed the deadly hunter trials, her family has been welcomed back into the Luminaries, and overnight, she has become a local celebrity. The Girl Who Jumped. The Girl Who Got Bitten. Unfortunately, it all feels wrong. For one, nobody will believe her about the new nightmare called the Whisperer that’s killing hunters each night.




Book Cover for Wren Martin Ruins It All by Amanda DeWittWren Martin Ruins It All by Amanda DeWitt ~ Now that Wren Martin is student council president (on a technicality, but hey, it counts) he’s going to fix Rapture High. His first order of business: abolish the school’s annual Valentine’s Day dance, a drain on the school’s resources and general social nightmare—especially when you’re asexual. 




Book Cover for The Way I Am Now by Amber SmithThe Way I Am Now by Amber Smith ~ Eden and Josh reunite as Eden’s rape case goes to trial, testing the strength of their relationship amidst the challenges of college life and Eden’s pursuit of justice.





Book Cover for Loveboat Forever by Abigail Hing WenLoveboat Forever by Abigail Hing Wen ~ In desperate need of a new image, seventeen-year-old music prodigy Pearl Wong attends Chien Tan, the Taipei summer program, but instead enters an extravagant world where there’s more awaiting her than she ever could’ve imagined–like a romantic entanglement with a mysterious suitor.


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