|A Place for Miss Snow: A Regency Romance, Jennifer Moore
Miss Diana Snow is everything a British chaperone should be–she finds satisfaction in order and depends wholly upon the rules of decorum as she negotiates the isle of Greece with her young charge. But Miss Snow’s prim and proper exterior masks a disquieting past: orphaned and alone in the world, she has only her stiff upper lip to rely upon. When a brief encounter with a handsome stranger challenges her rules of propriety, Diana is unwittingly drawn into an adventure that will turn her ordered world upside down. Alexandros Metaxas is a Greek spy working to recruit individuals to the cause of revolution. His mission seems to be going perfectly until he encounters Diana Snow, a captivating–if slightly cold–beauty. When their paths cross again, the ill-fated reunion threatens all Alex has been fighting for. But more importantly, it places Diana’s life in jeopardy. there is only one way to save her: they must put themselves at the mercy of the most powerful pirate family in the Mediterranean. Soon, Diana is plunged into a fantastic world of gypsy curses, blood feuds, and unexpected romance. But when a bitter vendetta places her in mortal danger, will she have the courage to fight for life and love?
|A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
|Out Lawyered, Clair M. Poulson
Saxon Cartwright is a small-town lawyer driven by a deeply personal need to see justice served. Years ago, the incompetence of a prosecuting attorney allowed his sister’s murderer to walk free. Now, Saxon is faced with the task of prosecuting a case eerily reminiscent of that long-ago trial, and he’s determined to make the murderer pay. But there’s one person standing in his way: Malcom Glazebrook, a ruthless and experienced defense lawyer whose wealthy clients are paying him handsomely to do whatever it takes to keep their son out of prison. The case should be open and shut, but a series of shocking murders have claimed the lives of both a juror and a key witness for the prosecution. Now, beautiful elementary school teacher Wyanne Grice–an unwitting observer of the juror’s murder–is Saxon’s only hope. As they work together to uncover the truth, Saxon and Wyanne are undeniably drawn to one another. But when threats to Wyanne’s life escalate, it seems that someone might go to dangerous lengths to keep her from talking. With the court date fast approaching, will Saxon be able to out-lawyer his courtroom nemesis, win the case, and steal a certain woman’s heart?
|Are We Smart Enough to Know how Smart Animals Are?, Frans de Waal
What separates your mind from that of an animal? Is it the ability to design tools; a sense of self; or the grasp of past and future? In recent decades these claims have eroded, or even been disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence, offering a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head by revealing how smart animals really are, and how we’ve underestimated their abilities for too long.
|Goldilocks and the Water Bears: The Search for Life in the Universe, Louisa Preston
Ultimately, we need to figure out what is next for humanity. Our logical move is to break free of the confines of the Earth and colonise another body in the Solar System, such as the Moon or Mars. How and when will we do this? Or is it all just science fiction? These questions, in a nutshell, make up the core of astrobiology–the study of the origins and evolution and biology of life elsewhere in the universe, and the search for it. This book is an accessible introduction to this most fascinating of all the astro-sciences–are we alone in the Universe?
|The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings that Make Surprising Sense, Daniel Menaker
Inspired by the author’s tenure at “The New Yorker,” a collection of whimsical, revelatory errors foraged from the wilds of everyday English includes entries ranging from “exit Jesus” and “doggy-dog world” to “for all intensive purposes” and “dairy airs.”
|Hallelujah, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
“This Christmas concert features Broadway star Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Anything Goes, Bonnie and Clyde) and renowned British screen actor Martin Jarvis. In this performance, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square present the story of George Frideric Handel’s life in an inspiring celebration of song. The story of Handel’s struggle to write his most famous oratorio, Messiah, celebrates freed debtors, charitable giving, rescued children, and the Messiah’s mission to save God’s children from spiritual death. The music includes some of the most beloved Christmas songs, such as “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “Joy to the World.” Guest soloists from the Metropolitan Opera also thrill audiences with their rendition of “For unto Us a Child Is Born,” from Handel’s Messiah. This performance brings the listener closer to the true meaning of Christmas with a Christ-centered focus and a thrilling display of talent for the whole family to enjoy.” – Amazon
|Wonderland, Sarah McLachlan
Grammy winning singer Sarah McLachlan returns with her third Christmas album, Wonderland. She lends her ethereal voice to classic carols like “Silver Bells” and “O Come All Ye Faithful,” as well as lesser known songs like Randy Newman’s “Snow.”
|Finding Christmas, GENTRI
“Two years in the making, this Christmas album began with a show-stopping performance of GENTRI s arrangement of Silent Night before an audience of 8,000 in Salt Lake City. The buzz that was generated by that first performance of their Christmas material has led to their highly anticipated full-length Christmas album. The 12-track album (3 previously released and 9 new songs) features classics like The First Noel, O Holy Night, and, of course, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, all arranged and produced in GENTRI s sweepingly epic and joyful style. The title track, Finding Christmas, is a poignant original song, a reminder of the deeper meaning in this time of year. This album will help you feel the true joy of Christmas, a joy that comes from celebrating the love and peace of the season.” – Amazon