Fiona Davis’s recommendations for a Merry Holiday of good food for the brain. Of course, LOOK is delighted to include the New York Times bestselling author’s latest historical novel, The Lions of Fifth Avenue, as one of our picks for the year.

 

The Lions of Fifth Avenue: A Novel by Fiona Davis
A series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces.

 

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
An epic story about a woman who is given immortality, but in exchange, will never be remembered by another human being. It’s the perfect book to settle in with in front of a roaring fire.

 

The Plaza by Julie Satow
A history of the infamous New York City hotel, from construction to current day, written by an award-winning New York Times journalist. This one reads like a novel, full of behind-the-scenes, fascinating stories about its owners, residents, guests, and staff.

 

Luster by Raven Leilani
The assured, brilliant prose of this novel belies the fact that it’s written by a debut author who only recently hit her 30s. I devoured this tale of a love triangle that addresses complicated topics like love, lust, race, and the wisdom that comes from living a messy life.

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