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Your Shelf Life: 5 Books to Read in December

A curated list of this month's top reads


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The great nonfiction writer Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short) profiles two groundbreaking psychologists to explore how human beings make decisions and trust their guts in The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds.

Novelist Siri Hustvedt’s new collection of philosophical essays on art, feminism, and neuroscience is elliptically titled A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women.

A fiction anthology for art lovers, In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper includes work from writers like Lee Child and Stephen King, responding to Hopper’s melancholic, noirish worlds.

Fans of this month’s new Star Wars film will appreciate a gift-wrapped copy of The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It includes storyboards, sketches, and concept paintings for the film.

Another feast for the eyes is The Art of Beatrix Potter, a lovely ode to the creative vision behind The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

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