8 Hot New Books to Curl Up With by the Fire

There’s nothing like a good book when it turns cold out. While classics by Dickens, Proust and all-around holiday whisperer J.K. Rowling could never be passé aside a roaring fire, the restless mind reels for new adventure, especially when cooped up indoors. Here is a rundown of this year’s best-reviewed fare to keep you cozily captivated throughout the season. 


Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz, Harper

Sherlock Holmes may well be the most quintessential fireplace reading of all time. This new work from internationally acclaimed (and Conan-Doyle-estate-sanctioned) author, Anthony Horowitz, explores the after events of archrivals Holmes and Moriarty’s fateful face-off at Reichenbach Falls. Fiendishly brilliant and darkly fascinating, it is the perfect intellectual page-turner for a night in.  Amazon, $14

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Simon & Schuster

From acclaimed, award-winning author Anthony Doerr comes this runaway bestseller of the interwoven lives of a young German boy and blind French girl during the occupation of France in WWII. Full of sprawling, magnificent prose and exquisite storytelling, it extols the magic of childhood while exploring the thin line between morality and survival in war-torn times.  Amazon, $16

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, Random House

Those waiting for the January 11 return of GIRLS can indulge in Dunham’s wry, observational humor through this series of essays that explores the adventures and misadventures of the author’s youth, chronicling a variety of topics from her affinity for green summer camp shorts to appearing naked on television. Well curated and deeply personal, it offers a nuanced, painfully intimate, voyeur's trip into Dunham's rich interior world.  Amazon, $17

We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel by Matthew Thomas, Simon & Schuster

The much-hyped New York Times best-selling debut novel from Matthew Thomas follows the gritty lives of a multi-generational Irish-American family in Queens. Full of heart and rife with masterfully crafted, intimately observed characters, this poignant and moving saga will not disappoint.  Amazon, $17

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, Riverhead

Named best book of the year by more than 13 publications including Time and Newsweek, this epic work of fiction explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late '70s and years of Jamaican conflict thereafter. Ambitious in scope and deftly crafted, the story spans decades across multiple continents and is narrated by several different characters, a testament to James’ adept and prolific storytelling skill.  Amazon, $19

I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short, Harper

Quick-witted and wise, you’ll laugh; you’ll cry. You’ll want to stand up and do the full Three Amigos salute. A whirlwind journey through the beloved comedian’s path from Hollywood-obsessed Canadian kid to world-famous funny man, Short’s life story in his own, unpretentious and hilarious voice is uproariously funny and at times heartbreaking.  Amazon, $17

Landline by Rainbow Rowell, St. Martin’s Press

From the New York Times best-selling author of Eleanor & Park comes a heart-felt Christmas tale of love, magic and troubled marriage. Propelled by a supernatural inciting incident in the way of a magic telephone that allows the lead character to call her husband in the past, the story takes on an It’s a Wonderful Life vibe with a modern, romantic twist.  Amazon, $15

The History of Rock ’n’ Roll In Ten Songs by Greil Marcus, Yale University Press

Eschewing many an iconic moment for less well-known fare, this inventive take on the pop-culture essay visits 10 songs recorded between 1956 and 2008. Songs, the author suggests, that capture the very soul of rock. Marcus’ picks are an unexpected and delightful rabbit hole of music revelry that weaves together past and present into a veritable love letter to rock 'n' roll itself.  Amazon, $19


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