In This Issue

This week, we review Haruki Murakami's Novelist as a Vocation, 11 "lively" essays first published in Japan in 2015, as what he calls "records of undelivered speeches" about life as a novelist. With reflections and more than 75 recipes from the chef, "home cooks can savor the stories and the tastes that Holland so lovingly shares" in Tanya Holland's California Soul. And The Luminaries is a "chilling, gripping contemporary fantasy" by Susan Dennard, set in a heavily forested--and haunted--town. Plus so many more!

And for those looking for some inspiration and encouragement as we head into the New Year, we have a few books to get you started.

--Jennifer M. Brown, senior editor, Shelf Awareness
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