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Week of January 6, 2014

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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.

All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse - Historical Romance

January 7, 2014

After being stripped of his medical license and having his engagement broken off by his fiance, Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan accepts an invitation to join Dr. Hillerman's growing practice in the isolated Alaska Territory. Jeremiah and Hillerman's daughter, Gwyn, soon recognize a growing attraction to each other. But when rumors of Jeremiah's past begin to surface, they'll need more than love to face the threat of an uncertain future.

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler - Fiction

January 7, 2014

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle wants her hairdresser, Dorrie, a black single mom in her 30s, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen - Historical Romance

January 7, 2014

London dancing master Alec Valcourt moved his mother and sister to a remote village in Devonshire hoping for a fresh start. But upon his arrival, he is stunned to learn that Beaworthy is controlled by a wealthy widow who has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past. With the help of the widow’s spirited daughter, Julia, can Alec bring new life to this quiet village --- and to one woman’s hardened heart?

Dare to Love Again: The Heart of San Francisco, Book 2 by Julie Lessman - Historical Romance

January 7, 2014

When Allison McClare takes a notion to explore the wild Barbary Coast, she quickly discovers she's no match for the unsavory characters that haunt the dark streets. Detective Nick Barone would rather do almost anything than teach this petite socialite self-defense, but it seems he has little choice. Sparks fly every time the two meet until a grudging friendship develops into something deeper. But is he just a fraud, or the one who will let her dare to love again?

The Descent: Book Three of the Taker Trilogy by Alma Katsu - Supernatural Mystery

January 7, 2014

Alma Katsu’s The Taker trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion, bringing Lanore McIlvrae to a final encounter with Adair, her powerful nemesis. Dismayed by Adair’s otherworldly powers and afraid of his passionate temper, Lanore has run from him across time, even imprisoning him behind a wall for two centuries to save Jonathan, her eternal love. But instead of punishing her for her betrayal, Adair declared his love for Lanore once more and set her free.

Enemy of Mine: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor - Thriller/Adventure

January 7, 2014

A tentative peace between Israel and Palestine has been brokered by the United States. But the Taskforce gets wind of an assassination attempt on the American envoy sent to solidify the treaty and must devote every resource to saving his life. Taskforce operator Pike Logan and his partner, Jennifer Cahill, are charged with following the assassin’s flimsy trail through the Middle East, a trail that becomes more muddled at every turn.

Iscariot: A Novel of Judas by Tosca Lee - Historical Fiction

January 7, 2014

ISCARIOT is the story of Judas, from his tumultuous childhood to his emergence as the man known to the world as the betrayer of Jesus. But even more, it is a singular and surprising view into the life of Jesus that forces us to reexamine everything we thought we knew about the most famous --- and infamous --- religious icons in history.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson - Historical Fiction

April 2, 2013

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife but dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born and embarks upon a life that will be unusual. As she grows, she also dies --- repeatedly, in a variety of ways --- while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny?

A Match Made in Texas: A Novella Collection by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Carol Cox - Historical Romance

January 7, 2014

In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can't keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she's also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?

News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories by Jennifer Haigh - Fiction/Short Stories

January 7, 2014

Jennifer Haigh returns to the vividly imagined world of Bakerton, Pennsylvania, a coal-mining town that has been rocked by decades of painful transition. With a revolving cast of characters, these stories explore how our roots --- the families and places in which we are raised --- shape the people we eventually become.

No One to Trust: Hidden Identity, Book 1 by Lynette Eason - Mystery/Romance

January 7, 2014

Summer Abernathy wakes up one morning to find her husband missing, three men in her home intent on finding him, and the life she's been living based on a lie. The search for her husband --- and answers --- takes Summer ever deeper into a world of organized crime where people are used one moment and discarded the next. And with her deepest relationship of trust already shattered, Summer doesn't know who to believe.

Once Upon a Winter's Heart by Melody Carlson - Romance

January 7, 2014

Emma Burcelli concludes that love is officially dead when her grandfather Poppi suddenly passes, leaving her grandmother Nona devastated. To help out, Emma works in the family bookstore, which Nona insists must be decked out in sweetheart décor as Poppi would have done for Valentine's Day. Emma quickly learns to enjoy the task with the help of a handsome family friend, Lane Forester, who shows her that hanging hearts is much more fun when done to the tune of Dean Martin.

A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher - Romance

January 7, 2014

The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum, she thought it might save him. She never expected he would actually leave. Now, living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her Great Aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman surprisingly like herself.

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne - Biography

January 29, 2013

In this well-researched and highly entertaining biography, Paula Byrne gives us a Jane Austen many readers may not recognize: a woman who enjoyed black humor and was well aware of the political scene of her time. Byrne uses artifacts from Austen’s life as a starting point for her engaging chapters on the events that shaped Austen’s worldview and inspired some of the most beloved scenes and characters in all of English literature.

Rita Moreno: A Memoir by Rita Moreno - Memoir

January 7, 2014

In this luminous memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico  to Hollywood legend --- and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys. Here, for the first time, Rita reflects on her struggles to break through Hollywood’s racial and sexual barriers.

She Shall Be Praised: A Women of Hope Novel by Ginny Aiken - Historical Romance

January 7, 2014

Socialite Emma Crowell, the victim of a kidnapping, is found by local rancher Peter Lowery, who has no intention of abandoning his livelihood to take her back to civilization until the fall. However, he will provide food, shelter and safety, and in return he expects Emma to earn her keep. As Emma aspires to the picture of womanhood shown in the 31st chapter of Proverbs, Peter comes to realize that he may be underestimating the strength and character behind this woman's beauty.
Suspect by Robert Crais - Thriller

January 7, 2014

After a shocking assault killed his partner and nearly killed him, LAPD cop Scott James is an angry emotional wreck. Maggie is a German shepherd who survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives, but when she lost her handler to an IED, she developed PTSD similar to Scott's. They are each other's last chance, and their case takes them through the darkest moments of their personal hells. Can the two survive together?

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri - Historical Fiction

January 7, 2014

Growing up in a small rice-farming village in 1980s Iran, 11-year-old Saba Hafezi and her twin sister, Mahtab, are captivated by America. When her mother and sister disappear, Saba is certain that they have moved there without her. As she grows up, falls in and out of love, and struggles with the limited possibilities in post-revolutionary Iran, Saba envisions that there is another way for her story to unfold.

Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders - Fiction/Short Stories

January 7, 2014

The 10 stories in George Saunders’s latest collection demonstrate why he is considered a modern master of short fiction. From “Victory Lap,” the tale of an attempted abduction, to “The Semplica Girl Diaries,” in which families employ Asian women as live garden ornaments, Saunders’s gift for inventive plots and vivid detail, and his ability to home in on moments that quickly define character, have never been used to more stunning effect. Believe the hype.

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy - Fiction

February 12, 2013

When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger, a bad boy turned good, and her niece, Orla, Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.