Displaying articles for: December 2012

Bad Ass Brides and Texas-Sized Romance

The holiday season is winding down! For the last month, you've been focused solely on what to get for everyone on your holiday shopping list, finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones, cooking the holiday meals, wrapping the presents, and making sure everything on the todo list gets done. Exhausting, isn't it? Well, I have news for you. It's nearly over, and that means you can take a breath and take a little time for yourself. And I have some great book selections to help you do just that!

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The hustle and bustle of Christmas…

Let’s face it.  You’re busy this time of year.  You love the holiday season, but you’ve got shopping to do, parties to attend (more shopping for clothes to wear to those parties) and the decorations to put up, gifts to wrap. And then there’s planning for that big Christmas feast you’re going to prepare this year.

 

In between it all, you’re driving around town, singing to the Christmas carols on the radio. (Come on. I can’t be the only one who does this.) And you take in as many holiday movies as I can.

 

But that doesn’t satisfy a booklover’s soul. No, the only thing that does that is, well, you guessed it.

 

Books.

 

You love holiday-themed romances—I mean who doesn’t? But you don’t always have time to read when you’ve got so much to do. No worries. I believe I’ve found two holiday gems—novellas, in fact—that I think you’ll enjoy, and add to your holiday cheer.

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July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).