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December 2023 MassBook List

This month the challenge is “A book published in 2023” Here is a book from each month of this year except December. And, if you’re looking for more, come on into the library and check out our New Book shelves.

Spare by Prince Harry

by Prince Harry

The book is Prince Harry’s account of his life to date. The title, a reference to the aristocratic adage that an “heir and a spare” were needed to ensure that the inheritance remained in the family if anything happened to the heir. He begins near the end, describing a meeting with his father and brother to discuss his plan to step back from his royal role, then focusing on his education, his time in the British Army, and his relationship with his family and with his wife, Meghan. (Jan)

Victory City by Salman Rushdie

Victory City
by Salman Rushdie

In the wake of an insignificant battle between two long-forgotten kingdoms in fourteenth-century southern India, a nine-year-old girl has a divine encounter that will change the course of history. After witnessing the death of her mother, the grief-stricken Pampa Kampana becomes a vessel for the goddess Parvati, who begins to speak out of the girl’s mouth. (Feb)

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

Hello Beautiful
by Ann Napolitano

A homage to Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic, Little Women, Hello Beautiful is the story of four sisters contending with life and loss, love, death and forgiveness, and finding different ways to cope with hardship. (March)

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder by David Grann

On January 28, 1742, a ramshackle vessel of patched-together wood and cloth washed up on the coast of Brazil. Inside were thirty emaciated men, barely alive, and they had an extraordinary tale to tell. A mesmerizing story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. (April)

Toda la verdad de mis mentiras / Elísabet Benavent

Toda la verdad de mis mentiras
Elísabet Benavent

¿Puede mantenerse una amistad a pesar de las mentiras? Una despedida de soltera en autocaravana. Un grupo de amigos…y muchos secretos. (May)

Yellowface by R. F. Kuang

by RF Kuang

After the death of her literary rival in a freak accident, author June Hayward steals her just-finished masterpiece, sending it to her agent as her own work, but as emerging evidence threatens her success, she discovers how far she’ll go to keep what she thinks she deserves. (May)

Zero Days by Ruth Ware

Zero Days
by Ruth Ware

Hired by companies to break into buildings and hack security systems, Jack and her husband, Gabe, are the best penetration specialists in the business. But after a routine assignment goes horribly wrong, Jack arrives home to find her husband dead. To add to her horror, the police are closing in on their suspect–her. Suddenly on the run and quickly running out of options, Jack must decide who she can trust as she circles closer to the real killer. (June)

Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong

Immortal Longings
by Chloe Gong

Every year, thousands in the kingdom of Talin will flock to its capital twin cities, San-Er, where the palace hosts a set of games. For those confident enough in their ability to jump between bodies, competitors across San-Er fight to the death to win unimaginable riches. Princess Calla Tuoleimi lurks in hiding. Five years ago, a massacre killed her parents and left the palace of Er empty…and she was the one who did it. If she enters and wins, she gets her opportunity to even some scores. But, before the games close, Calla will have to decide what she’s playing for. (July)

The Invisible Hour by Alice Hoffman

The Invisible Hour
by Alice Hoffman

One brilliant June day when Mia Jacob can no longer see a way to survive, the power of words, The Scarlet Letter, saves her. As a girl Mia fell in love with a book. Now as a young woman she falls in love with a brilliant writer as she makes her way back in time. But what if Nathaniel Hawthorne never wrote The Scarlet Letter? And what if Mia Jacob never found it on the day she planned to die? (August)

Of Time and Turtles by Sy Montgomery

Of Time and Turtles
by Sy Montgomery

When acclaimed naturalist Sy Montgomery and wildlife artist Matt Patterson arrive at Turtle Rescue League, they are greeted by hundreds of turtles recovering from injury and illness. Endangered by cars and highways, pollution and poachers, these turtles–with wounds so severe that even veterinarians would have dismissed them as fatal–are given a second chance at life. The League’s founders, Natasha and Alexxia, live by one motto: Never give up on a turtle. But why turtles? What is it about them that inspires such devotion? (September)

Making it So by Patrick Stewart

Making it So
by Patrick Stewart

From his acclaimed stage triumphs to his legendary onscreen work in the Star Trek and X-Men franchises, Sir Patrick Stewart has captivated audiences around the world and across multiple generations with his indelible command of stage and screen. Now, he presents his long-awaited memoir, Making It So, a revealing portrait of an artist whose astonishing life–from his humble beginnings in Yorkshire, England, to the heights of Hollywood and worldwide acclaim–proves a story as exuberant, definitive, and enduring as the author himself (October)

My Name is Barbra by Barbra Streisand

My Name is Barbara
by Barbara Streisand

The long-awaited memoir by the superstar of stage, screen, recordings, and television. (November)