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Laurens van der Post

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.

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Laurens van der Post

Week of December 26, 2016

Paperback releases for the week of December 26th include SWEET TOMORROWS, the conclusion to Debbie Macomber’s beloved Rose Harbor series, set in the picturesque town of Cedar Cove; DARKNESS by Karen Robards, the heart-pumping and nail-biting tale of a brilliant ornithologist trapped on the remote Attu Island in Alaska, fighting for her life --- and that of a handsome stranger --- before they’re swallowed up in darkness forever; THE HANGING GIRL, book six in Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q mystery series, featuring Detective Carl Mørck and his enigmatic assistants, Assad and Rose; and GONE AGAIN by James Grippando, in which Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck takes on his first death-row client since THE PARDON in a case as twisty as it is shocking.

Week of December 19, 2016

Paperback releases for the week of December 19th include the continuation of two long-running adventure series: ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE ENIGMA, a new Jason Bourne novel by Eric Van Lustbader, and BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's latest thriller featuring Gideon Crew, who embarks on his most dangerous and high-stakes assignment yet...because failure will mean nothing short of the end of humankind on earth.

Week of December 12, 2016

Paperback releases for the week of December 12th include EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD by Ian Rankin, which finds John Rebus coming out of retirement...to save his nemesis; MARLENE, C. W. Gortner's biographical novel of one of the most glamorous and alluring legends of Hollywood’s golden age, Marlene Dietrich; STORIES I TELL MYSELF, Juan F. Thompson's personal account of his father, Hunter S. Thompson, and of their getting to know each other during their 41 fraught years together; and THE LOVERS by Rod Nordland, the story of a young couple willing to risk everything for love that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about women’s rights in the Muslim world.

December 5, 2016

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Week of December 5, 2016

Paperback releases for the week of December 5th include FAMILY JEWELS, yet another thrilling installment in Stuart Woods' Stone Barrington series; THE LITTLE RED CHAIRS, Edan O'Brien's first novel in 10 years, about one woman's struggle to reclaim a life shattered by betrayal; THE ABSOLUTION, the mesmerizing finale to Jonathan Holt's Carnivia Trilogy, following THE ABOMINATION and THE ABDUCTION; and BROWSINGS by Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda, a collection of 50 of his witty and wide-ranging reflections on literary journalism, book collecting, and the writers he loves.

George Clason

If I set for myself a task, be it so trifling, I shall see it through. How else shall I have confidence in myself to do important things?

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George Clason

Tim Fargo

It is better to know what to fear than to say “no fear.”

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Tim Fargo

Khalil Gibran

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of the oceans.

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Khalil Gibran

December 2, 2016

What a great Thanksgiving weekend we had. I cooked like mad on Wednesday, ate and entertained on Thursday, and from there I had three days with zero agenda and lots of leftovers (though somehow we still managed to cook two additional special dinners that weekend when my eyes crossed thinking about turkey).

There was lots of time for reading, as well as relaxing. First up was THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS, a novel by Laurie Frankel, which will be published on January 24th. It’s a story about family, and how far a family will go to take care of each other, especially when they are hiding a secret. Claude is the youngest of five boys in the Walsh-Adams family. As a very young child, he makes it clear that he is happier wearing girls clothes and considers himself to be a girl. His parents, Rosie and Penn, know the path that Claude has chosen will be a difficult one, but they decide as a family to do what it takes to keep Claude’s wishes, even if it means keeping the true origins of their now-girl Poppy a family secret. And then one day, the secret is told; from there, their world that they carefully constructed implodes.