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Book Reviews November 2017


Christmas at Carnton,by Tamera Alexander, is a novel set amid war and the fading dream of the Confederacy. A wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas — and sacrificial love. Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her 6-year-old son. A chance meeting with Captain Jake Winston, a revered Confederate sharpshooter, offers another opportunity — and friendship. But can Aletta trust this man? With the historic Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee, as its backdrop, this is a story of hope and faith restored at Christmas.




Drinks: A User’s Guide, by Adam McDowell, demystifies the art of ordering, preparing, and serving wine, beer and cocktails so you can drink like a boss every time. You’ll learn how to equip and stock a home bar, make a flawless martini, order wine, choose a delicious sparkling wine,and buy Scotch for the boss – and for yourself. Whether you’re hosting a cocktail party, attending a business lunch, or relaxing with friends at the local brewery pub, you’ll gain the confidence to know exactly what you love to drink and serve. Bottoms up.




Create 12 months of masterpieces, one sticker at a time. Adapted from the Paint by Sticker book series, it’s a calendar and an arts-and-crafts project in one. The Paint by Sticker Calendar includes 12 gorgeous images ready to be filled in and 24 pages of stickers. Outdoor scenes, like a woodpecker on a tree branch or a lighthouse in Maine. Masterpieces, like “Mona Lisa” and “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” To bring these images to life, find the numbered stickers and place them in the correct spaces. An activity that prompts engaging play for all ages, it makes a perfect gift.




Wildly into the Dark: Typewriter Poems and the Rattlings of a Curious Mind is the most intimate and eclectic poetry collection yet from bestselling author and online sensation Tyler Knott Gregson. With loyal fans around the world and across the Internet, the author is reinventing poetry for a new generation, using Instagram and Tumblr to reach readers where they are. Filled with vivid photographs and even more vivid emotions, Wildly Into the Dark is a must-have for longtime fans as well as newcomers to Tyler’s unique brand of passionate, intimate, and playful words and images.




Celebrate all things geeky, from right-on book recommendations (like The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin) to clever life hacks (use binder clips to organize cables and cords). From pop culture quizzes (Who did Peter Jackson call the “biggest Tolkien fan I’ve ever met”?) to fun facts about history’s most heroic nerds (like Octavia Butler, author of Kindred, the first science fiction novel written by a black woman). Brimming over with factoids, photos, quotables, and more, A Year of Nerd Trivia Page-A-Day Calendar is a smashing gift for pub quiz devotees and whizzes at pop culture, history, and tech.




All hail Princess Peppa! There’s so much to do at Peppa’s royal residence. Children are invited to explore the castle’s many majestic rooms in Peppa Pig’s Pop-Up Princess Castle, with press-out figures of Princess Peppa, Prince George, and their family and friends. After entering through the working gate, they’ll want to peek into Peppa’s closet and read the mini storybook telling all about Peppa’s day at the castle. It’s a Peppa fairy tale come true.

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