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A Matter of Course (affiliate link)
Wedding Bells Bundle: Four Fun Romantic Comedies (affiliate link)
Sometimes the best gifts are unexpected…
Since the death of her military husband two years ago, single mom Christine White has struggled to get by. By throwing herself into her work as a Chicago copywriter, she’s managed to keep food on the table but has gradually lost sight of what really matters, like building a bond with her four-year-old son. When Christine’s best friend insists she spend Christmas in Vermont so she can get her life in order, Christine initially resists. Little does she know she’s in for a memorable holiday that will reignite her faith and reawaken her heart.
Sylvia Plath: A Biography (affiliate link)
Sylvia Plath is widely recognized as one of the outstanding poets of the 20th century.
Her Collected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize posthumously in 1982, nearly twenty years after her death. Her only published novel, The Bell Jar, has become a modern classic.
Because Plath drew so heavily on her own experiences in both her poetry and her fiction, the outlines of her life are familiar to readers. In her determination to be both wife and mother on the one hand, and teacher and writer on the other, Plath tried simultaneously to fulfil and to fight the conventions that bound women in the 1950s.
In this biography, the first to draw on unpublished journals and letters recently made available, Linda Wagner-Martin examines the ironies and contradictions of Sylvia Plath’s life, as well as her remarkable achievements.
Enchanted Island Mysteries : Serena & Grant (affiliate link)
Burn District 1 (affiliate link)
What do you do when the world as you know it ends? Run!
A perfect life slides into horror after a trusting neighbor whispers a warning, and Mike and Laura Davis’s world crumbles. Dreams and goals come to an abrupt end, but a new existence awaits in the future. First, they must find a safe place.
While the government shuts down around them, Mike and Laura hide out in the Arizona desert with family and friends. Looting becomes a way of life. Soon, strangers arrive at their encampment with news from the outside and it doesn’t sound good. How long do they have before they must run again?
Plague Ship: Sci-Fi Novel (affiliate link)
Mammoth (affiliate link)
The discovery of a perfectly preserved frozen mammoth in the Canadian wilderness gives wealthy visionary Howard Christian the opportunity of a lifetime: to clone it. But what really piques Christian’s curiosity is what he finds next to the mammoth: a metal box—and the mummified body of a man wearing a watch.
Working to discover the box’s purpose and clone the mammoth, a top physicist and an elephant veterinarian will be flung thousands of years into the past and back again—bringing a baby mammoth along for the ride—in this “imaginative and engaging” adventure that shows “Varley . . . in top form” (San Francisco Chronicle).
Weekend Warriors (Sisterhood Book 1) (affiliate link)
The Inspector Thanet Mysteries Volume Two: Close Her Eyes, Last Seen Alive, and Dead on Arrival (affiliate link)
Det.Inspector Luke Thanet may be a family man with a soft heart and bad back, but he also has a bloodhound’s nose for murder. With Sgt. Mike Lineham at his side, no case is too tough, in these mysteries from the “dependably pleasing” Dorothy Simpson (Boston Globe).
Close Her Eyes: When a teenage girl from a strict fundamentalist religious order goes missing, her parents insist that the investigation of her disappearance be left in the hands of God. But when Charity Pritchard is found murdered, Inspector Thanet and Sergeant Lineham vow to tear off the church’s veil of secrecy to reveal her killer.
The Widow and the Highlander (Tales from the Highlands Book 1) (affiliate link)
She needs to be protected. He’ll take on the job…for a price.
Christina MacKinnon is secretly relieved to be a widow. She is equally desperate to distance herself from the clan of her dead husband, but as the heir to his estate—one she needs in order to support her siblings—she must first stave off both the advances and threats of the man next in line to inherit. It seems the only person she can turn to is a nearby stranger who seems inclined to help her. But he has a request….
Freshly returned from the war, Lachlan Kincaid has one aim: to see justice served to the MacKinnons for betraying his family years ago and depriving him of his inheritance. While biding his time at a nearby inn, he discovers the death of the MacKinnon laird—whose widow has inherited everything. The way to accomplish his goal is becoming more evident, but the path is murkier than he could have foreseen.
We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young: Ia Drang—The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam (affiliate link)
How these Americans persevered—sacrificing themselves for their comrades and never giving up—creates a vivid portrait of war at its most devastating and inspiring.
The Picts: A History (affiliate link)
A British historian explores the mysterious Scottish culture of the Iron Age and Early Middle Ages whose enigmatic symbols adorn standing stones.
The Picts were an ancient nation who ruled most of northern and eastern Scotland during the Dark Ages. Despite their historical importance, they remain shrouded in myth and misconception. Absorbed by the kingdom of the Scots in the ninth century, they lost their unique identity, their language and their vibrant artistic culture. Among their few surviving traces are standing stones decorated with incredible skill and covered with enigmatic symbols.
The Pictish Stones offer some of the few remaining clues to the powerful and gifted people who bequeathed no chronicles to tell the sagas of their kings and heroes. In this book, Medieval historian Tim Clarkson pieces together the evidence to tell the story of this mysterious people from their emergence in Roman times to their eventual disappearance.
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