It doesn’t make any difference if you’re a Democrat, Republican or Independent, George W. Bush’s memoir, Decision Points, is a NY Times bestseller that makes a compelling read. Bush presents his reasoning for decisions made during his life and presidency while reviewing modern, American history.
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Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner had one of her novels made into a movie, In Her Shoes. It is the love/hate story of two sisters, wild Maggie and dependable Rose, who are brought together by a long lost relative for a happy ending.
Rosemary and Thyme is a British television series. The title and soft soundtrack allude to the Simon and Garfunkel song, “Scarborough Fair,” which was inspired by a traditional English ballad. Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme are professional gardeners and amateur detectives solving crimes in the beautiful, English countryside. Enjoy!
Politically Correct Holiday Stories by James Finn Garner puts a new spin on the holidays. Rudolph, the nasal, empowered reindeer, negotiates better working conditions from Santa. Then there is “’Twas the night before Solstice and all through the co-op not a creature was messing the calm status quo up.” Happy holidays!
The love of jazz is woven through Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. The story of a Japanese girl and a Chinese boy’s secret friendship during Seattle’s WWII Japanese relocation process is told from a modern, older man’s perspective as well as through his memories.
Sam and Hadley West are recovering from the death of their son – Sam by an Alaskan adventure and Hadley by painting. The Letters by Luanne Rice is the story of their separation and how, through intimate letters, the couple saves their marriage from divorce.
In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents they Protect is by Ronald Kessler. This nonfiction book presents facts, interesting tidbits and the concerns of agents who try to provide quality security service to our presidents.
Donna S. of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Read My Pins by Madeleine Albright:
Madeleine Albright served as the United States Ambassador at the United Nations for four years and then another four years as Secretary of State in the Clinton administration. Ms. Albright’s decorative broaches were often used to send subtle diplomatic messages – a serpent, a jovial ladybug, a bluebird, a joyful sunburst etc… Read My Pins is a biographical photo essay of Madeleine Albright and her many broaches. Fans of both global political gossip and jewelry will enjoy this book.
In Twenty Wishes, Debbie Macomber returns to her Blossom Street series. Four widows make life fulfillment wishlists. The women then change their lives, for the better, when they act on making their wishes come true. It is a hopeful story with a happy ending.