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A snow country Christmas / Linda Lael Miller.

It's a Christmas affair to remember as a Hollywood mogul discovers his inner cowboy--and the woman of his dreams--amid the rugged beauty of Wyoming. Raine McCall would take snow-covered mountains over a star-studded premiere any day. But when hotshot movie executive Mick Branson arranges dinner on Christmas Eve to discuss a work opportunity, she's intrigued--by the offer and the man. She's a no-makeup, no-frills single mom, who's happy with her quiet life. Sharing chili cheeseburgers and sizzling kisses with Mick is sure heating up her holiday, but country girl and power player don't mix. It's not just work that's brought Mick back to Mustang Creek. Since he first visited to oversee a documentary, free-spirited graphic designer Raine has been in his head. Her approach to life is as unconventional as her quirky holiday ornaments. Their attraction is undeniable--and so are their differences. Putting down roots in the Wild West wasn't in the script. But there are some Christmas gifts you can't walk away from, even when they turn your whole world upside down.


Fairytale : a novel / Danielle Steel.

Fairytale : a novel / Danielle Steel.
Deeply in love, Christophe and Joy Lammenais built Chateau Lammenais into a small but renowned Napa Valley winery and an idyllic home where they raised their beloved daughter, Camille, who takes on increasing responsibilities for the estate they all treasure. But after Joy's early death from breast cancer just after Camille's graduation from Stanford, a lonely Christophe soon falls prey to the machinations of a sophisticate from his native France--who moves, with her two reprobate sons, to consolidate her power over Camille and the property when Christophe is killed in a plane crash. With a French fairy godmother on the scene, however, the son of a neighboring vintner to assist, and a grand Harvest Ball on the horizon, lovely Camille may make some potent magic of her own.


Endurance : a year in space, a lifetime of discovery / Scott Kelly.

Endurance : a year in space, a lifetime of discovery / Scott Kelly.
A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station, a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home; an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on another mission, his twin brother's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space.


Mind game : a novel / Iris Johansen.

Mind Game takes Jane MacGuire back to Scotland where she continues her search for the treasure she's been chasing for years. But now she's being plagued by dreams of a girl in danger. Who is this girl, and what is she trying to tell Jane? And will Jane figure it out before it's too late -- for her and the mysterious young woman? Things are further complicated when Seth Caleb comes back into Jane's life. This time he's the one in trouble, and Jane will find herself pulled unexpectedly into his world as she fights to save him.


The big 5 : five simple things you can do to live a longer, healthier life / Dr. Sanjiv Chopra with David Fisher.

The big 5 : five simple things you can do to live a longer, healthier life / Dr. Sanjiv Chopra with David Fisher.
Few books can make the promise of this one, if listeners adopt these five simple, virtually free behaviors, they will live a longer and healthier life, guaranteed.


Uncommon type : some stories / Tom Hanks.

Uncommon type : some stories / Tom Hanks.
A collection of 17 short stores by two-time Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks. A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life.


The stolen marriage : a novel / Diane Chamberlain.

The stolen marriage : a novel / Diane Chamberlain.
In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess's new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out. Feeling alone and adrift, Tess turns to the one person who seems to understand her, a local medium who gives her hope but seems to know more than he's letting on. When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry's wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing the young victims. Yet at home, Henry's actions grow more alarming by the day.


Deep freeze / John Sandford.

Deep freeze /  John Sandford.
Twenty-year class reunions are a time for memories, good, bad, and--as Virgil Flowers is about to find out--deadly. A woman's death may be connected to a high school class of twenty years ago.


The wisdom of Sundays : life-changing insights from super soul conversations / Oprah Winfrey.

The wisdom of Sundays : life-changing insights from super soul conversations / Oprah Winfrey.
Organized into ten chapters, each one representing a powerful step in Oprah's own spiritual journey and introduced with an intimate, personal essay by Oprah herself, this book features selections from the most meaningful conversations between Oprah and some of today's most-admired thought-leaders.


Beneath a scarlet sky : a novel / Mark Sullivan.

Beneath a scarlet sky : a novel / Mark Sullivan.
Based on a true story, this novel tells the story of Pino Lella, a normal Italian teenager wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier. After Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler's left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich's most mysterious and powerful commanders. Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior, and for the life he dreams they will one day share.


The ninth hour : a novel / Alice McDermott.

The ninth hour : a novel / Alice McDermott.
On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. In the aftermath of the fire that follows, the aging nun Sister St. Savior appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his pregnant widow. In early twentieth century Catholic Brooklyn, decorum, superstition, and shame collude to erase the man's brief existence. His suicide, although never spoken of, reverberates through many lives across multiple generations, testing the limits and demands of love and sacrifice, forgiveness and forgetfulness.


The purpose driven life : what on earth am I here for? / Rick Warren.

The purpose driven life : what on earth am I here for? / Rick Warren.
Dr. Rick Warren lectures on spiritual growth and Christianity.


We were eight years in power : an American tragedy / Ta-Nehisi Coates.

We were eight years in power : an American tragedy / Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates presents an annotated collection of new and previously published essays on the Obama era, including an interview with the president himself.


Code girls : the untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II / Liza Mundy.

Code girls : the untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II / Liza Mundy.
The astonishing, untold story of the young American women who cracked key Axis codes, helping to secure Allied victory and revolutionizing the field of cryptanalysis. Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.


Adventures in Odyssey Volume 63 : Up in the air : 6 stories on true friendship and reconciliation / Focus On The Family presents.

Adventures in Odyssey Volume 63 : Up in the air : 6 stories on true friendship and reconciliation / Focus On The Family presents.
Things are definitely up in the air in Odyssey. First, Wooton Bassett returns from his honeymoon with two problems. Penny is missing and he's lost his memory. While Whit, Connie, and Jason try to help Wooton find Penny, Buck Oliver rescues Jules from a crash course of disaster. And a mystery is solved only after Emily and Matthew's friendship is threatened. 6 stories on true friendship & reconciliation.


Unbelievable : my front-row seat to the craziest campaign in American history / Katy Tur.

The NBC journalist who covered and took fire from Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history.


It : how churches and leaders can get it and keep it / Craig Groeschel.

It : how churches and leaders can get it and keep it / Craig Groeschel.
Craig Groeschel, founder of LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK), witnessed a powerful presence from God that he calls It at work in many churches. What is this transformational force? How can you and your ministry get and keep it? Combining in-your-face honesty with off-the-wall humor, this lively book tells how any believer can obtain It.


Lucky penny / Catherine Anderson.

When Colorado marshal David Paxton gets a letter from a stranger claiming to be his wife and pleading with him to come for her and his daughter, he dutifully responds and finds himself with a ready made family.


Merry and bright : a novel / Debbie Macomber.

Merry and bright : a novel / Debbie Macomber.
Between her full-time job and taking care of her family, it's been a long year for Merry, and her social life has all but disappeared. Trying to get her to take a break from the responsibilities of everyday life, her mother and brother make her an online dating profile, and the matches start rolling in. Intrigued by their similar interests, she starts chatting with a charming stranger, and their exchanges soon become the brightest part of her day. But everything turns upside down when they finally meet in person.


God is for real : and he longs to answer your most difficult questions / Todd Burpo with David Drury.

God is for real : and he longs to answer your most difficult questions / Todd Burpo with David Drury.
People are tired of pat answers offered up in churchy language explaining away their questions; we want the down-and-dirty truth. What bothers us about life and faith is real and gritty. We need a plainspoken voice to offer God's answers to difficult struggles and painful doubts. Todd helps articulate the questions people have, then gives them relevant biblical wisdom for taking their next steps in faith.


The rules of magic / Alice Hoffman.

The rules of magic /  Alice Hoffman.
Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.


Grant / Ron Chernow.

Grant /  Ron Chernow.
Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman, fond of drinking to excess; or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War; or as a credulous and hapless president whose tenure came to symbolize the worst excesses of the Gilded Age. These stereotypes don't come close to capturing adequately his spirit and the sheer magnitude of his monumental accomplishments. A biographer at the height of his powers, Chernow has produced a portrait of Grant that is a masterpiece, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.


Serafina and the twisted staff / Robert Beatty.

Serafina and the twisted staff /  Robert Beatty.
In 1899, when an evil threatens all the humans and animals of the Blue Ridge Mountains, twelve-year-old Serafina, rat catcher for the Biltmore estate and the daughter of a shapeshifting mountain lion, must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that awaits her.


Bored and brilliant : how spacing out can unlock your most productive and creative self / Manoush Zomorodi.

Bored and brilliant : how spacing out can unlock your most productive and creative self / Manoush Zomorodi.
Journalist Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC Studio's Note to Self podcast, seeks to help people find equilibrium in the new digital ecosystem. She explores why putting greater emphasis on doing nothing is vital in an age of constant notifications and digital distractions, and explains the connection between boredom and original thinking.


Of mess and moxie : wrangling delight out of this wild and glorious life / Jen Hatmaker.

Of mess and moxie : wrangling delight out of this wild and glorious life / Jen Hatmaker.
Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. She laughs at the days to come is how the ancient wisdom writings put it. Jen parlays her own triumphs and tragedies into a sigh of relief for all normal, fierce women everywhere who, like her, sometimes hide in the car eating crackers but also want to get back up and get back out, to live undaunted 'in the moment' no matter what the moments hold.


Watch out for the big girls 3 / J.M. Benjamin.

Starrshma Fields is officially back on the scene, with the intent of returning to the head of the Double Gs organization with a new game plan. After a close call, she is all too eager to put into motion the plan she conjured up while in custody at the Clark County Jail. However, she is clueless as to all that has been going on while she's been out of the loop. With so much going on, the Double Gs still operate on the highest level, executing their missions to ensure that their grip on the corporate, political, and underworld remain firm. New alliances are made and new orders are rendered. If you're a major player in the Las Vegas area, you still need to watch out for the big girls better known as the Double Gs!


Hustling on the down low / M.T. Pope.

Two kingpins, one gay and one straight, try to be the lone man atop the totem pole, no matter the cost or how far they must sink.


The one I've waited for / Mary B. Morrison.

Now that she's happily married-for-security, there's nothing Mercedes Crystal won't do to hold on to what she's got. She didn't sweat it when her rich businessman husband had a down-and-dirty ego-boosting affair. But she's not going to stand for him falling in love with luscious Arizona Remington-or Arizona unleashing all kinds of shenanigans to keep him. And Mercedes' take-no-prisoners ways are just what her siblings need to take down all those out to game them. Gorgeous Devereaux Crystal has the hottest show on television that demands the majority of her time. She's in-love with her financially challenged fiance but is tiring of supporting him. Before she walks down the aisle, Mercedes convinces Devereaux to do a background check on Phoenix. The discovery is devastating. Devereaux knows she has to let Phoenix go and she'll need every weapon imaginable not to take him back. Now with her mother and sisters at her back, Devereaux is flipping the script and turning betrayal into beneficial options. And as the scandalous fallouts threaten all the Crystal women's futures-including sister, Alexis, whose lies are catching up with her, the baby girl, Sandara, whose children's father demand part of her newfound fortune, and matriarch Blake, who's struggling to grab her own happy ending--their bond will be tested past its limits.


The boss / Aya De León.

Tyesha Couvillier will never forget the rip-offs and brutal treatment she endured as a sex worker. So as the new director of the groundbreaking Lower East Side Women's Health Clinic, she'll take on the Ukranian mob and corrupt strip club bosses to stop local exotic dancers from being pressured into selling sex. And if she and her crew can pull off an elaborate heist, the evidence they steal could upend this vicious game--and give exploited women a chance at justice. But suddenly Tyesha's traumatic past and high-drama family are back on the scene--and turning up the heat to explosive. With a notorious celebrity ex-lover out to win back her heart, and a drug kingpin from her Chicago past in the mix, crucial scams go dead-wrong, and buried secrets bring wrenching betrayal. Now this fiercely compassionate beauty must gamble on tricks she never dared to protect those she loves--and survive to carry on the fight.


Between lost and found / Shelly Stratton.

Janelle Marshall's life is finally going according to plan. Her perfect, upscale career--and her perfect, successful boyfriend--will make her future as secure and predictable as her childhood never was. And with luck, Little Bill, the grandfather who raised her will someday understand why she'd rather play it safe than be impulsive. But just when she should be happiest, she gets a distressing call: Little Bill has gone missing. Now Janelle must go to the one place she's long avoided--the tiny mountain town of Mammoth Falls, South Dakota.


Cold flash / Carrie H. Johnson.

Muriel doesn't have the option to cool her life down to manageable chaos. She's juggling a high pressure job, her extended family, and a deepening romance with Calvin, an advocate for troubled youth. And with heroin deaths epidemic throughout Philly, she's got her hands full stopping a related killing spree that's taking out gang members and innocent victims alike. But soon Calvin's unofficial search for the drug's source raises the stakes on the case dangerously higher--and brings it tragically close to home. Now, with both her reputation and her family in the crosshairs, Muriel will have to aim for justice more merciless than duty--and risk suffering the most chilling of consequences.


 

 

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