8 Books We Can't Wait to Read in December

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2018 has been an excellent year for new books, and December’s offerings are no exception. Here are eight new titles with which to close out the year.

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Cover: William Morrow; Background: Twenty20


Am I Dying?! By Christopher Kelly and Marc Eisenberg 

Kelly and Eisenberg are cardiologists. Their book reviews dozens of symptoms and offers advice on when to chill out, make a doctor’s appointment or go to the hospital. Aka: It’s ideal for hypochondriacs. Buy the book

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Cover: Harper; Background: Twenty20


Half of What You Hear by Kristyn Kusek Lewis 

After losing her job at the White House, a woman moves her family to her husband’s affluent (and gossip-y) hometown, where she finds that fitting in is almost as hard as figuring out who’s hiding what about their lives. Buy the book

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Cover: Adams Media; Background: Twenty20


The Witch’s Book of Self-Care by Arin Murphy-Hiscock 

In this day and age, self-care is necessary. Murphy-Hiscock approaches it from a supernatural angle, offering advice for pampering your body, mind and spirit with spells, meditations and mantras. Buy the book

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Cover: Grand Central Life & Style; Background: Twenty20


The Clean Plate by Gwyneth Paltrow 

With more than 100 healthy recipes (think: turkey meatball pho and butternut squash tacos) and tips for healthy living, Goop’s new book emphasizes taking care of your body without sacrificing a ton of time and energy. Buy the book

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Cover: Atria; Background: Twenty20


The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone 

Concerning two engineers who reunite after a years-long estrangement to troubleshoot a glitchy (murderous?) computer program, Boone’s (Zero Day) latest is like if The Shining were written in the time of Amazon Alexa. Buy the book

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Cover: Grand Central Publishing; Background: Twenty20


Into the Night by Sarah Bailey 

After the shocking murder of a promising actor, a brilliant detective and her closed-off partner have to put aside their differences to figure out who among the victim's friends and family is telling the truth—and who may be the killerBuy the book

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Cover: Viking; Background: Twenty20


You Are a Badass Every Day by Jen Sincero

The latest installment in Sincero’s You Are a Badass series is jam-packed with solutions for powering through obstacles and overcoming doubts that hold you back from greatness. Buy the book

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Cover: Atria; Background: Twenty20


Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

A group of people are gathered at an inn along the Thames when a severely wounded stranger shows up holding a dead child. A few hours later the girl comes back to life, leaving everyone to figure out who she is and how she got there. Buy the book

sarah stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...