Might we recommend…6 new books to read this December

Might we recommend…6 new books to read this December

From a new spin on “Little Women” to a visual tour of Vienna, here’s what we’re looking out for this December.

“Dead Astronauts,” by Jeff VanderMeer
Available Dec. 3
Dystopia reigns in Jeff VanderMeer’s latest foray into a world destroyed by climate change and late-stage capitalism. Orbiting in the same universe as his popular novel “Borne,” “Dead Astronauts” follows three astronauts who contend with the company that brought ruin on the planet. A move that will excite fans eager to see the fantastical elements of the novel come to life, AMC studios has already acquired the new release, along with “Borne” and “The Strange Bird,” for television.

“Alice Adams: Portrait of a Writer,” by Carol Sklenicka
Available Dec. 3
Biographer Carol Sklenicka, author of “Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life,” traces the career of writer Alice Adams, tying together her work and personal struggles with the social movements happening at the time she was creating her most well-known pieces.

“Meg and Jo,” by Virginia Kantra
Available Dec. 3
Arriving just in time for the Greta Gerwig blockbuster adaptation, Virginia Kantra’s “Meg and Jo” draws inspiration from Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.” Set in a contemporary landscape, the novel imagines the March sisters as denizens of the present day, with Jo writing in New York City and Meg (and her budding family) residing in a subdivision.

“The Modern Witchcraft Guide to Magickal Herbs,” by Judy Ann Nock
Available Dec. 10
Suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike, “The Modern Witchcraft Guide to Magickal Herbs” serves as a helpful manual for those who wish to learn more about herbs and how they may be used in spells. The book fits into the series “Modern Witchcraft,” which provides texts that explore topics such as tarot, love spells and “natural magick.” 

“Vienna. A Portrait of a City,” by Christian Brandstatter, Andreas J. Hirsch, Hans-Michael Koetzle
Available Dec. 30
Culling photographs that span 175 years, this handsome coffee table book binds together a visual tour of Vienna’s art-soaked history. Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and more populate pages focused on the fin de siècle, while more recent photograph subjects represent the former imperial city in its modern incarnation.

“Such a Fun Age,” by Kiley Reid
Available Dec. 31
Author Kiley Reid’s debut finds its protagonist, a young Black woman named Emira, the victim of a snap racist judgement by a security guard who accuses her of kidnapping the white child she is babysitting. The incident sets off a string of events that stress different aspects of Emira’s life, bringing her past and present together in unexpected ways.