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Jason Sweeney

The tracks of the L Train are the manly stubble on the ruggedly handsome face of Chicago.

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Jason Sweeney

November 2014

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us --- though the blustery weather this past week has certainly made it easier. As we near Thanksgiving, we at FaithfulReader.com feel fortunate that we have so much to be thankful for, including family, friends, colleagues and, of course, books! Though the season provides the perfect opportunity to show gratitude to the people around us, it’s also important to take time for prayer and self-contemplation. Fortunately, the Thanksgiving holiday break gives us just the right amount of time to refresh and regroup before diving into the hectic month of December. Although the coming months may be your busiest of the year, do take time to relax and enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons --- along with a book or two!

November 25, 2014

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of November 24th and December 1st that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.

November 25, 2014

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book to consider as a holiday gift selection. Read more about it, and enter our Holiday Cheer Contest by Wednesday, November 26th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of DOLLBABY by Laura Lane McNeal, which is now in stores. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

November 2014

Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: "he" is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann

November 2014

In 50 poems, Christine Heppermann confronts society head on. Using fairy tale characters and tropes, POISONED APPLES explores how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies and their friends. The poems range from contemporary retellings to first-person accounts set within the original tales, and from deadly funny to deadly serious. Complemented throughout with black-and-white photographs from up-and-coming artists, this is a stunning and sophisticated book to be treasured, shared, and paged through again and again.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery

2014 Christmas Books Roundup

With the holidays right around the corner, we are pleased to present our annual Christmas Books Roundup. This year, we feature a mix of fiction and nonfiction titles that truly capture the spirit of the season. They include SNOWFALL, a romantic novella from Shelley Shepard Gray's Days of Redemption series; SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT, a riveting collection of two Christmas Eve stories featuring some of Colleen Coble's most famous characters; and BELIEVE, a Christmastime booklet focusing on the joy that comes with celebrating our savior. Feel free to take time to enjoy these books with family and friends, especially during this hectic time of year. And if you’re stuck for gift ideas, we’re sure our list will offer some wonderful suggestions for those closest to you --- and maybe even yourself!

Kim Vogel Sawyer, author of When Mercy Rains

Suzanne Zimmerman was only 17 and pregnant when her shamed mother quietly sent her away from their Old Order Mennonite community in Kansas. Now, nearly 20 years later, an unexpected letter arrives from Kansas. Her brother asks her to bring her nursing abilities home and care for their ailing mother. His request requires that Suzanne face a family that may not have forgiven her and a strict faith community. It also means seeing Paul Aldrich, her first love.

American Sniper