1. Drawing Blood by Molly Crabapple (Dec. 1; Harper)
This highly anticipated memoir from a renowned artist and journalist, Drawing Blood stretches from 9/11 to the Occupy Movement, detailing the roaring flavors of Crabapple's life. After going to Europe and the Near East post-high school graduation, Crabapple returns to New York to take on a series of odd jobs as she explores her art. When she eventually lands a job at the famous nightclub The Box, she experiences first-hand the class divide between the Wall Street demographic and entertainers, so when the 2008 crash arrives, she is able to transform her experiences into her signature blend of art and storytelling.
2. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton (Dec. 1; Penguin Books)
3. On Cats by Charles Bukowski (Dec. 1; Ecco)
Acclaimed writer Charles Bukowski turns his signature eye on the world of felines. A series of essays and poems all about cats, Bukowski's classic funny and frank tone becomes, at times, even endearing as he explores and honors the majestic creatures and our relationship with them.
4. The Blizzard by Vladimir Sorokin (Dec. 1; Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
5. The Age of Reinvention by Karine Tuil (Dec. 1; Atria Books)
We've been on our edge of our seat for this one. First published in France in 2013 where it was given a standing ovation (it was even a finalist for France's prestigious Prix Goncourt prize), this book is sure to wow U.S. readers. The Age of Reinvention tells the darkly riveting tale of successful Manhattan attorney Samir Tahar. From humble beginnings as a poor Tunisian immigrant in Paris, Samir decides to do anything it takes to "cut through the bars of his social jail cell." At law school, he befriends Samuel Baron, but when they're torn apart by mutual love for Nina, Samir steals Sam's identity and flees to New York, while Sam is left seething in France. Decades later, the love triangle is reunited and absorbed by the war on terror.
6. Like Family by Paolo Giordano (Dec. 1; Paula Dorman Books)
7. Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind by Anne Charnock (December 1; 47North)
Acclaimed science-fiction author Anne Charnock combines history, art, and sci-fi in this spinning novel that encompasses 15th century Italy, the present-day, and the 22nd century. In 15th century Italy, Paolo Uccello teaches his daughter, Antonia, to paint and she creates a masterful portrait of her mother. In present-day, a man is hired to duplicate a Paolo Uccello painting, leading him and his daughter to go to China and escape a tragic past. In the 22nd century, a painting is discovered, rumored to be the work of Antonia Uccello, shut out from history for centuries because of her gender. As the novel churns, the three storylines converge into a dark mystery.
8. Médicis Daughter by Sophie Perinot (Dec. 1; Thomas Dunne Books)
Set in Winter of 1564, this page-turner of a historical fiction follows Princess Marguerite de Valois (known as Princess Margot) upon her arrival to the French court, where secrets, suitors, and scheming are all on the menu. Trapped in the shadow of her powerful mother, Queen Catherine de Médicis, Margot is resigned to her position as a marriage-pawn. But when her wedding disintegrates into the one of the most violent events in French history, the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, Margot must take her life into her own hands.
9. His Right Hand by Mette Ivie Harrison (December 1; Soho Crime)
The sequel to the controversial and acclaimed mystery The Bishop's Wife, this book is a murder mystery set in the tight-knit Mormon community of Draper, Utah. When Carl Ashby, a prominent member of the community, is murdered on church property and the autopsy reveals that he was biologically female, bishop's wife Linda Wallheim finds herself wrapped up in a murder investigation that simultaneously exposes transphobic issues within the LDS community.
10. The Merman by Carl-Johan Vallgren (Dec. 7; Pegasus)
11. The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley (Dec. 8; Simon and Schuster)
12. Paradise City by Elizabeth Day (December 8; Bloomsbury USA)
Originally published in the U.K. in May, Paradise City has already amazed readers abroad. The book tells the stories of four characters, linked together in Paradise City. Howard Pink is a successful businessman whose teenage daughter went missing 15 years ago. Working in a hotel that Howard frequents is Beatrice Kizza, who fled from Uganda for its anti-homosexuality laws. Esme Reade is an ambitious tabloid reporter, set on getting an exclusive interview with Howard. Carol Hetherington is a widow who spies on her neighbors and makes a surprising discovery. An emotional story fueled by its characters and the potency of a city.