10 Best New Books for December 2016

Whether you’re looking for gifts to buy for your loved ones or just want to curl up in bed with a book, this holiday season is filled with great reads. These 10 titles have been hand-picked by Indigo’s team of book-buying experts. Happy reading!

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1. 99: Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky

In 99: Stories of the Game, Wayne Gretzky looks back on the last 99 years and recounts the NHL’s most memorable moments. Warm, straightforward and intimate, these are stories of friendship and rivalry, high and lows, role players and superstars, and it’s one of the holiday’s must-read books.

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2. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humour, and energy found in his songs. This is a book for winners and losers, workers and dreamers, lovers and loners, or anyone who has ever been baptized in the river of rock and roll.

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3. Canada by Mike Myers

Mike Myers is the man behind some of comedy’s most memorable characters, but as he says, “No description of me is truly complete without saying I’m a Canadian.” His new book is part memoir, part history and pure comedy cold. If anyone is going to tell you what makes Canada Canada and Canadians Canadians, it has to be Mike Myers.

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4. The Whistler by John Grisham

From one of the most popular authors in the world comes this high-stakes ride through the darkest corners of Florida. We expect our judges to be people of integrity, but what happens when one of them bends the law and takes a bribe? As a lawyer inches closer and closer to the truth, she learns it could be dangerous—if not deadly.

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5. Appetites by Anthony Bourdain

As a chef and chronicler of food and culture on CNN’s Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain has made a profession of understanding the appetites of others. Appetites, his first cookbook in more than ten years, boils down decades of cooking and globe-trotting to a breezy repertoire of personal favorites—dishes that everyone can cook!

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6. A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition by George R. R. Martin

Published in celebration of the 20th anniversary of George R. R. Martin’s landmark series, this special edition of A Game of Thrones features gorgeous full-page artwork and black-and-white illustrations in every chapter. Now the mystery, romance, brutality and adventure of this mammoth cultural phenomenon comes to life like never before!

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7. Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

From acclaimed author Dennis Lehane comes this epic tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition Era—now a film starring Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning and Zoe Saldana. Meticulously researched and artfully told, Live by Night is the riveting story of one man’s rise from petty Boston thief to the Gulf Coast’s most successful rum runner.

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8. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

In this essay collection, the star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes stories from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again. This is the novel equivalent of a cozy night in catching up with your best friend!

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9. Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten

Celebrity chef Ina Garten loves cooking for the people she loves—particularly her husband, Jeffrey. From mouthwatering lunches to elegant dinners, here are the recipes Ina has tested over and over again, so you too can serve them to the people you love!

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10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

You don’t have to be a fan of Harry Potter to know that this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf! J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a feat of imagination and adventure.

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