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Fiction: Comfort and Joy by India Knight

Cover of Comfort and JoyFollowing Clara through three Christmases, from 2009-2011, Comfort & Joy gifts its readers with all of the humor of dysfunctional families who mean well, a mother-in-law that wears see-through nightgowns, and the ever changing dynamics between husbands and wives. Every year Clara wants to make Christmas perfect, and while throwing a messy family together with wildly different neighbors does not equate to the perfection Clara hopes for, she does create holiday magic without sugarcoating the realities and imperfections of life. In the same vein as Bridget Jones’ Diary, India Knight explores the chaos of Christmas with all of the love, warmth, and anxiety that comes with the holiday season.

Staff Pick: Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne

Rebel YellA boring math teacher morphs into a war hero whose valor and daring bring him international acclaim. Stonewall Jackson is the stuff of spy novels: a tough warrior and tender lover, famous yet intensely private. In Rebel Yell, S. C. Gywnne paints a vivid portrait of Jackson from an orphan to a legendary general mourned by the North and South alike at his death.

Fiction: Six-Guns and Slay Bells: A Creepy Cowboy Christmas

Six Guns and Slay Bells book coverMost holiday stories seek to warm your heart, but those who would rather have their blood chilled needn’t feel left out. For merry-making that is somewhat off the beaten path, try a mix of seasonal paranormal stories set in the Old West. Six-Guns and Slay Bells: A Creepy Cowboy Christmas, presented by Western Fictioneers, plays with yuletide fear in selections such as “Christmas Wraiths” by Douglas Hirt and L. J. Washburn’s “A Creature Was Stirring”. Well-known authors Robert Randisi and James Reasoner raise the stakes with “Sheriff Santa and the Ghost of Two Gun Jim” and “Presents for One and All”. Hauntings, shootouts, monsters, and snake-oil salesmen combine to make this Christmas gathering one you won’t easily forget.

New: Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

 

New: Mystery Books

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A High-End Finish by Kate Carlisle
Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart by Christopher Fowler
A New York Christmas by Anne Perry

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Woman with a Gun by Phillip Margolin
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes edited by Laurie R. King
Perfect Sins by Jo Bannister

New: Thrillers and Suspense

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The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson
Chain of Events by Fredrik T. Olsson
For the Dead by Timothy Hallinan

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Wicked Ways by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush
My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
Playing Saint by Zachary Bartels

Music: Talking is Hard by Walk the Moon

Cover of Talking is HardIn their second full album, Talking is Hard, Walk the Moon has created a conglomeration of electropop and contemporary indie rock. While mimicking the same positivity and dance beats evident in their self-titled first album, the band of four explores the spectrum of their sound, allowing some tracks to lean further toward the rock genre while others, such as “Aquaman,” to fall into a smooth 1980’s sound. The twelve tracks are distinctly different from one another, but they work cohesively, sharing catchy choruses, sharp lyrics, and a similar fast-paced energy. This lively CD is for the listener looking for something to brighten his or her day.

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