THIS WEEK IN DECEMBER

  1. Wednesday Jan 18 KRISTIN BAILEY INTRODUCES NEW KIDS BOOK WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18; 6:30 PM KRISTIN BAILEY, author of Legacy of the Clockwork Key, will introduce her new children’s novel, The Silver Gate, which is set in the medieval era of lords and serfs. We meet 13-year old Elric, who...
  2. Friday Jan 20 CHRIS BOHJALIAN INTRODUCES HIS NEW NOVEL FRIDAY, JANUARY 20; 7 PM Bestselling author CHRIS BOHJALIAN will introduce his new novel, The Sleepwalker………..and what a spine-tingling novel it is! He plunges the reader into a frightening and fascinating world that lies somewhere between dreams and reality. This...
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HOT BOOKS

  • EL PASO by Winston Groom This is a book to settle in with on long winter nights. El Paso will transport you to the times of the 1916 Mexican Revolution and the vicious border wars set in the harsh deserts and mountains of northern Mexico.. A railroad tycoon, known at the Colonel, is pulled into the conflict when two and a half million dollars in "beef on the hoof" are raided from his ranch. Believing that Pancho Villa stole the cattle, he hopes to gather a group of men brave enough to hunt down Villa and bring him to justice. If you like your stories with an historical background and filled with heroes, villains, shootouts, rescues, and even a bullfight, this is the epic for you. Winston Groom has also written Forrest Gump.
  • SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult You know you're in for a compelling, "straight from the headlines" type of theme when you pick up one of Jodi's books. This one will be right at the top of the list. Her story takes on the challenging subjects of prejudice, race, justice, compassion, and privilege. We meet Ruth, a competent African-American labor & delivery nurse, who is caring for a newborn baby when she is told by her superiors that the baby's parents, who are white supremacists, demand that she not touch their baby. When the baby goes into cardiac arrest, and Ruth is the only one in the nursery, she is faced with the dilemma of following orders or intervening. It's a page turner from then on!
  • THE MAGNOLIA STORY by Chip and Joanna Gaines If you haven't met Chip and Joanna, this book will introduce them to you. This married couple is taking the TV world by storm with their show on HGTV's Fixer Upper.. Their specialty is remodeling houses and turning these fixer-uppers into stunning homes. Joanna is the lead designer and Chip handles construction. If you are in the mood to do some remodeling in your own home, you're sure to get inspiration from them.
  • COOKING FOR JEFFREY by Ina Garten This is a sure-fire winner! The recipes are Ina's husband's favorites and they are immensely appealing. If you're like me, you'll want to try Ina's Tarragon Shrimp Salad, Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken, Parmesan Roasted Zucchini,Moroccan Grilled Lamb Chops, Spaghetti Squash with Garlic & Parmesan, and Chocolate Creme Brulee. With this cookbook in your kitchen, you're sure to have meals that solicit a RAVE review.
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KRISTIN BAILEY INTRODUCES NEW KIDS BOOK

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18; 6:30 PM

KRISTIN BAILEY, author of Legacy of the Clockwork Key, will introduce her new children’s novel, The Silver Gate, which is set in the medieval era of lords and serfs. We meet 13-year old Elric, who is a shepherd, and his 11-year old sister, Wynn. Wynn had been born with developmental delays, and so the village folk determined she must be a changling left by the evil fairies to cause havoc in their village. According to them, she must be abandoned in the woods. However the mother and baby secretly leave the village and live alone for eleven years in a hut that was filled with their laughter and song. However when the mother dies, Elric takes it upon himself to be Wynn’s protector and seek a suitable home for them far away from the village. As they go on this quest they encounter many difficulties and dangers, but Wynn always sees good in their circumstances, maybe because she is guided by a mysterious song taught to her by her mother that promises to lead her to a place beyond a silver gate where she will find acceptance, safety, and happiness. KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS

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