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Week of January 6, 2014

Releases for the week of January 6th include A WEEK IN WINTER, the late Maeve Binchy's final novel; TENTH OF DECEMBER, a short story collection from George Saunders and a National Book Award finalist; THE DESCENT, the conclusion to Alma Katsu's The Taker trilogy; and LIFE AFTER LIFE, Kate Atkinson's vision of the first half of the 20th century as witnessed --- and lived --- by one woman.

Julie Kibler, author of Calling Me Home

In CALLING ME HOME by Julie Kibler, 89-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her 30s, to drop everything to drive Isabelle from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.

Curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, she agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.