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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The following reviews, interviews, and features are running on beginning Wednesday, November 26th.

Also mentioned in newsletter opener, which can be read here:
MOCKINGBIRD: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles Shields
by Greg Mortenson
THE FIXER UPPER by Mary Kay Andrews

Reviews and Excerpts
KNIT TWO: A Friday Night Knitting Club Novel, by Kate Jacobs (Fiction)
The sequel to the New York Times bestseller THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB returns to Walker and Daughter, the Manhattan knitting store founded by Georgia Walker and her young daughter, Dakota. Dakota is now an 18-year-old freshman at NYU, running the little yarn shop part-time with help from the members of the Friday Night Knitting Club. Reviewed by Norah Piehl and excerpted.

A CEDAR COVE CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber (Fiction)
A CEDAR COVE CHRISTMAS has all the elements necessary for a heartwarming Yuletide story. Debbie Macomber
's latest holiday treat is set in the storybook village of Cedar Cove, where a single, pregnant and abandoned young woman is sure to find the encouragement, acceptance and love that she needs on this very special Christmas Eve. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.

BLOOD MEMORY by Margaret Coel (Mystery)
Investigative reporter Catherine McLeod
's recent coverage of the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes filing a claim for 27 million acres of their ancestral lands has made her the target for assassination. Her investigation uncovers a conspiracy involving her ex-husband's wealthy family and state politicians. And as Catherine unravels the truth, she discovers some startling facts about her own heritage, making her would-be killer all the more desperate to find her. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

AMERICAN LION: Andrew Jackson in the White House, by Jon Meacham (Biography)
Newsweek editor Jon Meacham has produced a stirring account of the life of Andrew Jackson, whose belief in the sovereignty of the people and determination to exercise the full powers of his office laid the foundation of the modern presidency. Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.

THE PRIVATE PATIENT: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery, by P. D. James (Mystery)
P. D. James
's 14th Adam Dalgliesh mystery is a suspenseful tale that brings the Detective Inspector into the realm of plastic surgeons and murder. As the bodies pile up, he and his team push full-speed ahead to find the killer before someone else loses his or her life. Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum.

A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS by Greg Kincaid (Fiction)
In this heartwarming holiday story, farmer George McCray's developmentally disabled 20-year-old son Todd wishes to adopt a dog just for the holidays. His request triggers a domino effect upon the community that just might qualify as a Christmas miracle. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

THE SWEET IN-BETWEEN by Sheri Reynolds (Fiction)
In this poignant book, 17-year-old Kenny Lugo lives in a world of hurt, with her father in prison and her mother dead. Some describe breast-binding Kenny as "gender confused," adding to her feeling as an outcast. But despite her trials, she manages to uncover life-affirming insights and hope. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

ENVY THE NIGHT by Michael Koryta (Thriller)
In this first stand-alone novel from the critically acclaimed Edgar Award finalist, Michael Koryta fulfills his early promise with a dark and mature novel of a young man trying to escape his past. Family secrets, mob hitmen and a father
's shadowy legacy combine to make ENVY THE NIGHT Koryta's most compelling thriller yet. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

There's one gift that's perfect for everyone on your holiday list --- a book! Yes, everyone has people who are readers on their lists, which makes shopping for them easy. But beyond these kindred spirits, there's a book that can match just about any recipient's interests, even if reading is not their true passion. That is why we are going to be sharing 45 reasons why a book makes a perfect gift, counting down from today until Christmas Day, December 25th. Check back and see why we think this is the gift you want to give --- and, oh yes, receive!

Need ideas for holiday gift-giving (and getting)? Check out these "reader perfect" suggestions in 13 categories. There's something for everyone on your list. Let the shopping begin!

The holiday season is upon us! At it's time for us to share the spirit of the season with our Holiday Basket of Cheer Contest. As you begin your holiday shopping, we want to remind you that books make affordable, personal and wonderful gifts for EVERYONE on your list --- and are a nice way to treat yourself as well!

From November 7th through January 5th we will spotlight a different title or collection of titles, and readers will have the chance to win one of five holiday baskets filled with winter-themed items as well as two copies of the featured book(s). Why two? One is to keep, of course, and one is for someone on your holiday gift list. We will also include festive wrapping paper to make the gift-giving hassle-free. Click here for all the contest details.

This Week's Basket:
SILVER BELLS by Fern Michaels, JoAnn Ross, Mary Burton and Judy Duarte
In this holiday collection featuring New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Fern Michaels, the perfect holiday recipe includes two parts rekindled romance, one part danger and a pinch of renewal that yields renewed holiday spirit for all. Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller.

CANDY CANE MURDER by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine and Leslie Meier
(Romance) (Mystery)
Now Available in Paperback
The holidays can be murder. CANDY CANE MURDER, a festive collection of three mystery novellas by some of the top cozy writers, is as comforting as a steaming cup of hot chocolate on a bitter cold day. So pour yourself a cup, sit down by the fire and try to solve these holiday-themed whodunits. Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller.

CHRISTMAS AT SEA PINES COTTAGE by Sally Smith O'Rourke (Fiction)
An introverted young man and his Golden Retriever puppy lead a solitary life in a small cottage on Cape Fear, North Carolina, until the day they rescue a young woman from the raging sea and their lives are forever changed. Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller.

A CHRISTMAS PASSAGE by David Saperstein and George Samerjan (Fiction) After their Christmas Eve flight to Asheville, North Carolina is grounded due to snow, a group of strangers join together for an incredible and harrowing ride through the Great Smoky Mountains that will change their lives forever. Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller.

New in Paperback

's roundup of New in Paperback titles includes THE APPEAL, John Grisham's first legal thriller since 2005's THE BROKER; A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, Khaled Hosseini's follow-up to the runaway bestseller THE KITE RUNNER, which tells the story of two remarkable women who endure persecution and violence; THE VENETIAN BETRAYAL by Steve Berry, a Cotton Malone thriller that finds the former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer in search of one of history's greatest unsolved mysteries: the location of Alexander the Great's final resting place; T IS FOR TRESPASS, the 20th novel in Sue Grafton's legendary alphabet mystery series starring private investigator Kinsey Millhone; THE SECRET BETWEEN US, an unforgettable story from Barbara Delinsky about making bad choices for the right reasons and the terrible consequences of a lie gone wrong; THE BOSS by Stan Pottinger, an unsettling and bold work of fiction set in the high-stakes, no-holds-barred world of oil exploration; and LOSING IT, Valerie Bertinelli's frank account of her acting career, marriage and very public struggle with her weight.

Author Talk
Kate Jacobs
KNIT TWO is Kate Jacobs
's third novel and the sequel to her 2007 bestseller and book club favorite THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB. In this interview, Jacobs fills us in on what Dakota and other frequenters of Walker and Daughter yarn shop have been up to in the five years that have passed between the books' storylines, and explains how much of herself, her family and her personal life infuse each of her characters. She also shares her thoughts on the resurgence in popularity of knitting, discusses the inherent connections among this traditional pastime with food and friendship --- which are common threads in all her novels --- and reveals what she hopes readers will take away from her work.

Suspense/Thriller Feature
KISS by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy (Suspense)
On Sale January 7, 2009
After a car accident puts Shauna McAllister in a coma and wipes out six months of her memory, she returns to her childhood home to recover, but her arrival is fraught with confusion. Her estranged father, a senator bidding on the White House, and her abusive stepmother blame Shauna for the tragedy, which has left her beloved brother severely brain damaged.

-Click here to read fast facts about Ted Dekker and Erin Healy.

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