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Holiday Cheer 2021

At, we've been celebrating the holiday season in style with our Holiday Cheer Contests and Feature. As our gift to you, we've been spotlighting a book and giving five lucky readers a chance to win it.

Although the contests have ended, we encourage you to take a look at this year's featured titles. These are books you'll want to read during the holidays --- and throughout the new year as well!

Kirthana Ramisetti, author of Dava Shastri's Last Day

Dava Shastri has always lived with her sterling reputation in mind. However, a brain cancer diagnosis at the age of 70 changes everything, and Dava decides to take her death into her own hands. Summoning her four adult children to her private island, she discloses shocking news: in addition to having a terminal illness, she has arranged for the news of her death to break early, so she can read her obituaries. Dava expects to read articles lauding her philanthropic work. Instead, her "death" reveals two devastating secrets, truths she thought she had buried forever. In the time she has left, Dava must come to terms with the decisions that have led to this moment --- and make peace with those closest to her before it's too late.

Week of September 26, 2022

Paperback releases for the week of September 26th include Anthony Doerr's CLOUD CUCKOO LAND, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds of peril, who find resilience, hope and a book; SMILE, the extraordinary story of Sarah Ruhl's 10-year medical and metaphysical odyssey that brought her physical, creative, emotional and spiritual healing; DEAR SANTA, a nostalgic novel from the queen of Christmas stories, Debbie Macomber, which revolves around a special holiday wish list that brings about hope, love and second chances; BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY by   Qian Julie Wang, the moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world;   and THE DOOMSDAY MOTHER, in which bestselling true crime author John Glatt recounts the twisted tale of Lori Vallow, accused of having her two children murdered to start a new life with her new husband, doomsday prepper Chad Daybell.