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Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s important to set aside a little time for self-care and curl up with a good book and a cup of tea (or glass of wine, we won’t judge). But what book, specifically, should you curl up with? We’d suggest one of these seven new releases about everything from small town murder mysteries to the ins and outs of planning an over-the-top Southern wedding.

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1. Bright Burning Things: A Novel by Lisa Harding

Sonya used to be an actress who attended glamorous parties and dated handsome men. Somewhere along the way, though, things took a turn. Haunted by her failed career and lingering trauma from her childhood, Sonya fell deep into an alcoholic abyss. The only thing stopping her from completely losing it was her son, Tommy. Suddenly, she’s forced to make a choice: Give up drinking or lose Tommy forever. Harding’s second novel (after 2018’s Harvesting) is about an addict’s attempt at rehabilitation and the limits of redemption.

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2. Royal Trivia: Your Guide to the Modern British Royal Family by Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito

Think you know everything there is to know about Princess Diana? Can you name all the Queen’s corgis? Do you remember every detail of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress? Meet your new best friend: Royal Trivia: Your Guide to the Modern British Royal Family. Written by PureWow’s own Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito, cohosts of the Royally Obsessed podcast, the trivia book includes Qs about every major player in the modern British monarchy, including the iconic fashions of Lady Di, landmark wedding celebrations like Meghan and Harry’s, royal births and more.

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3. A History of Wild Places: A Novel by Shea Ernshaw

Strange job alert: Travis gets hired by families as a last resort in an attempt to find their missing relatives, requiring only a single object to find the person who has vanished. When he takes on the case of Maggie St. James, a well-known author of dark, macabre children's books, he's led to a place many believed to be only a legend. This reclusive community called Pastoral was founded in the 1970s by like-minded people searching for a simpler way of life. By all accounts, the commune shouldn't exist anymore, and soon after Travis stumbles upon it...he disappears. Years later, Theo, a lifelong member of Pastoral, discovers Travis's abandoned truck beyond the border of the community. Unraveling the mystery of what happened reveals secrets that prove that this perfect, isolated world isn't as safe as they believed.

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4. Without a Hitch by Mary Hollis Huddleston and Asher Fogle Paul

Over-the-top Southern weddings take center stage in this witty romp about unlucky-in-love 20-something Lottie, who lands a new career as a wedding planner at a top-tier boutique event firm. As she navigates the cutthroat world of extravagant Southern weddings, Lottie rises through the ranks while being forced to discover what she'll risk for love and how far she'll go to find herself. Inspired by real events in the authors’ lives, Without a Hitch touches on planning your ex’s wedding, facing your fears and realizing that the happy ending you want isn’t always the happy ending you get.

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5. The Replacement Wife by Darby Kane

In a nice, quiet town in Pennsylvania, Elisa is a mom and wife who is convinced that her brother-in-law is a murderer. Josh, said brother in law, has one dead wife, one missing fiancée and already has a new girlfriend, whom Elisa wants to protect. Searching for clues means investigating her own family…and she doesn't like what she finds. But when she becomes friends with Josh's new girlfriend, she begins to wonder if Josh is actually innocent and her recollection of past events is skewed. As her search continues, struggles with mental health and gaslighting ensure that you’re left wondering until the very last pages.

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6. The Ballerinas by Rachel Kapelke-Dale 

With echoes of Black Swan and part Luckiest Girl Alive, The Ballerinas centers on Delphine, a woman who abandoned her prestigious soloist spot at the Paris Opera Ballet for a new life in St. Petersburg—taking with her a secret that could upend the lives of her best friends, fellow dancers Lindsay and Margaux. Now 36, Delphine returns to her former home to choreograph the ballet that will kickstart the next phase of her career and hopefully make things right with her friends. But she quickly discovers that things have changed while she's been away...and some secrets can't stay buried forever.

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7. Coloring the Zodiac by Christina Haberkern

Looking for a gift for your astrology-obsessed sister? Buy this book. In it, illustrator Haberkern shares more than 40 pages of beautiful, intricate, fun-to-color pages all relating to—you guessed it—the zodiac. And honestly, even if you’re not that into astrology, adult coloring books are just a delightful way to de-stress.

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