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Shakira

I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when I will give my heart.

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Shakira

Stephen Covey

Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you.

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Stephen Covey

October 23, 2020

Among the amusing things that I am finding as I go through boxes of paperwork here at the house are forever stamps from the post office. I have found sheets of them in random boxes; I must have started buying them when they were first issued in 2007. Last night, I sent mail with Gregory Peck stamps from 2011. I should seek out stamp collectors. I also have found so much correspondence from when we started our first website; I am going to do something with it for Bookreporter's 25th anniversary next summer.

I have been enjoying virtual author events these past few weeks. I find myself going through the event list that we share in each newsletter and logging on to watch many of them.

Rose Carlyle, author of The Girl in the Mirror

Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of her twin sister Summer’s seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband, Adam. Called to Thailand to help her sister sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris nurtures her own secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything changes. When she makes it to land, Iris allows herself to be swept up by Adam, who assumes that she is Summer. With her sister gone, Iris is one step closer to the hundred-million-dollar inheritance left by her manipulative father. On the edge of being exposed, how far will she go to ensure no one discovers the truth? And just what did happen to Summer on the yacht?

Donna VanLiere, author of The Christmas Table

In June 1972, John Creighton determines to build his wife, Joan, a kitchen table. His largest project to date had been picture frames, but he promises to have the table ready for Thanksgiving dinner. Inspired to put something delicious on the table, Joan turns to her mother’s recipes she had given to Joan when she and John married. In June 2012, Lauren Mabrey discovers she’s pregnant. On a visit to the local furniture builder, she finds a table that he bought at a garage sale but has recently refinished. Once home, a drawer is discovered under the table that contains a stack of recipe cards. Personal notes have been written on each one from the mother to her daughter. In a strange way, Lauren feels connected to them and wants to make the mother proud.

H. W. Brands, author of The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom

John Brown was a charismatic and deeply religious man who heard the God of the Old Testament speaking to him, telling him to destroy slavery by any means. When Congress opened Kansas territory to slavery in 1854, Brown raised a band of followers to wage war. His men tore pro-slavery settlers from their homes and hacked them to death with broadswords. Brown’s violence pointed ambitious Illinois lawyer and former officeholder Abraham Lincoln toward a different solution to slavery: politics. Lincoln spoke cautiously and dreamed big, plotting his path back to Washington and perhaps to the White House. Yet his caution could not protect him from the vortex of violence Brown had set in motion.

V.E. Schwab, author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

France, 1714. In a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever --- and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

Don DeLillo, author of The Silence

It is Super Bowl Sunday in the year 2022. Five people, dinner, an apartment on the east side of Manhattan. The retired physics professor and her husband and her former student waiting for the couple who will join them from what becomes a dramatic flight from Paris. The conversation ranges from a survey telescope in North-central Chile to a favorite brand of bourbon to Einstein’s 1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity. Then something happens, and the digital connections that have transformed our lives are severed. What follows is a dazzling and profoundly moving conversation about what makes us human.

Alice Hoffman, author of Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic

Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift, and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back. When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters.

Editorial Content for A Dog's Perfect Christmas

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Kate Ayers

Okay, be honest. Who doesn’t love a puppy? And at Christmas, how could a surprise fur ball be a bad thing? Read More

Teaser

The problems fracturing the Goss family as Christmas approaches are hardly unique, though perhaps they are handling them a little differently than most people might. But then a true emergency arises, one with the potential to ruin not only Christmas, but everything holding the family together. Is the arrival of a lost puppy yet another in the string of calamities facing them, or could the little canine be just what they all need?

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The problems fracturing the Goss family as Christmas approaches are hardly unique, though perhaps they are handling them a little differently than most people might. But then a true emergency arises, one with the potential to ruin not only Christmas, but everything holding the family together. Is the arrival of a lost puppy yet another in the string of calamities facing them, or could the little canine be just what they all need?

About the Book

The perfect, feel-good holiday gift from W. Bruce Cameron, the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the A Dog's Purpose series.

The problems fracturing the Goss family as Christmas approaches are hardly unique, though perhaps they are handling them a little differently than most people might. But then a true emergency arises, one with the potential to ruin not only Christmas, but everything holding the family together.

Is the arrival of a lost puppy yet another in the string of calamities facing them, or could the little canine be just what they all need?

A DOG’S PERFECT CHRISTMAS is a beautiful, poignant, delightful tale of what can happen when family members open their hearts to new possibilities. You’ll find love and tears and laughter --- the ideal holiday read.

Audiobook available, read by Ann Marie Lee