A septuagenarian model. A Parisian ‘it’ girl confronting middle age. A woman reenacting rom-com meet-cutes in real life. They’re all featured in some of December’s best new books, which we’ll be reading during some much-needed refueling breaks in between holiday gatherings.
Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters (Dec. 3)
Evie Summers is tasked with convincing her film agency’s biggest client to write the romantic-comedy screenplay he owes producers. How? By reenacting iconic rom-com scenes in public to make him believe in romantic whimsy. From spilling orange juice on a cute stranger to leaving her phone number in books all over London to see who calls, she’s determined to prove she can meet a man the way Sally met Harry.
The Clergyman’s Wife by Molly Greeley (Dec. 3)
Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and written from the point of view of Charlotte Collins, a friend of Elizabeth Bennet’s, The Clergyman’s Wife sees Charlotte reckoning with her unhappy marriage when she meets a local farmer who makes her feel appreciated, heard and seen for the first time.
Body Love Every Day by Kelly LeVeque (Dec. 30)
In her second book, celebrity nutritionist LeVeque (who’s worked with Jennifer Garner and Jessica Alba) shares her science-based “it’s not a diet” approach to clean eating, weight loss and wellness, centered on what she calls the Fab Four: protein, fat, fiber and greens. She suggests easy-to-follow plans for all kinds of eaters, from carnivores to vegans.
Napkin Finance: Build Your Wealth in 30 Seconds or Less by Tina Hay (Dec. 30)
Two-thirds of Americans can’t pass a basic financial literacy test, and nine in ten believe personal finance should become a required high school course. That’s why Hay invented her Napkin Finance method, which takes seemingly overwhelming topics—like budgeting, investments and retirement accounts—and streamlines them to make them easier to understand. Think of her book as a crash course in personal finance.
F*ck No!: How to Stop Saying Yes When You Can't, You Shouldn't or You Just Don't Want To by Sarah Knight (Dec. 31)
Knight’s first book, The Life-Changing Art of Not Giving a F*ck, was all about caring less and getting more. Her second is about learning to you say no with confidence—and without guilt, fear or regret. It’s necessary reading for people pleasers, overachievers, pushovers and anyone who’s susceptible to feeling FOMO.
Older, But Better, But Older by Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas (Dec. 31)
From the best-selling authors of How to Be Parisian, Older, but Better, but Older is about the way these two impossibly chic French women feel about getting older as it relates to style, love and life in general. Think meditations on when a 30-year-old guy arrives at a party and doesn’t even glance at you, or when you wake up feeling great…and then everyone tells you how tired you look.
A Woman Makes a Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty and Success by Maye Musk (Dec. 31)
At 31, Musk was a single mother of three (including SpaceX’s Elon Musk) struggling to make ends meet. Forty years later, at 71, she’s a renowned model and Instagram sensation. Her candid memoir charts her rise to fame and includes stories about dealing with weight issues as a plus-size model and overcoming ageism.