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The 12 Books Of Christmas

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1. A Crazy Adventure

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In The Unimaginable, 28-year-old Jessica Gregory, feeling adrift after the death of her mother, decides to turn her world around by moving across the globe to teach English in Thailand. There she gets a part-time job at a local bar and grill, and meets Grant Flynn, who’s reeling from a past tragedy and sailing aimlessly around the world to deal with his grief. When Grant offers her a position crewing on his boat, she jumps at the chance. After all, it’s the adventure of a lifetime with the guy she’s developing feelings for—what could go wrong?

2. A Bucket List

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After she's diagnosed with breast cancer, forty-nine-year old Tess sets forth on a mission to complete her TO-DO List before, what she's sure is, her impending death. Tess is aided on her quest by narrator, Grace, who lends the story its most brilliant elements: subtle magical realism and deep psychological complexity. Is Grace an imaginary friend, guardian angel, or a part of Tess that knows better than she? The Resurrection of Tess Blessing is moving and hilarious as hell.

3. A Delicious Career

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In A Second Bite at the Apple, Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food. Not with eating it--though she does that too--but with writing about the wonders of the gastronomic world, from obscure fruit hybrids to organic farming techniques. Stacking muffins for the Wild Yeast Bakery isn't going to win her any James Beard awards, but soon Sydney is writing the market's weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of putting her love life into deep freeze, she's even dating again. Then Sydney gets a shot at the story, one that could either make her career or burn it to a crisp--along with her relationship and her reputation...

4. A New Outlook on Life

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Freddie was raised on faith. It’s in her blood. Yet when she loses her husband of many years, she can’t quite bring herself to seek solace from the Almighty. Freddie finds a kinship with her grandmother, Anna, who is known only through photographs and letters. She seems so different –strong, yet remote. This kinship makes Freddie see that she has been shaped by forces she doesn’t directly experience, which reminds her about the true basis of faith. In What is Found, What is Lost, Freddie faces a family crisis that forces her to confront the same questions she’s asked all her life: What does it mean to believe in God? And does God even care?

5. A Lovely Surprise

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Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back in The Rosie Effect, the sequel to New York Times bestselling novel The Rosie Project. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because— surprise!—Rosie is pregnant. As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research and servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most.

6. Some Inspirational Humor

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Do you want to get to know funny lady Amy Poehler, the genius behind characters on Saturday Night Live, in movies like Blades of Glory and Baby Mama, and on the hit show Parks and Recreation? Look no further than Yes Please. Full of stories, lists, poetry, photographs, mantras and advice, Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.

7. A Story About Marriage

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Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger.When Douglas’s wife Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce, the timing couldn’t be worse. Hoping to encourage her son’s artistic interests, Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family, and she can’t bring herself to cancel. Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with his son.

8. Magical Powers

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Inspired by the classic song, The Look of Love is utterly enchanting.Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, a mysterious greeting card arrives, specifying that Jane must identify the six types of love before the full moon following her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences. When Jane falls for a science writer who doesn’t believe in love, she fears that her fate is sealed.

9. Some Sisterly Bonding

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Lizzy and Jane tells the story of two sisters bonding in the wake of their mother's death, cancer, and career changes. When her mother died, Elizabeth fled home and the overwhelming sense of pain and loss. But fifteen years later, with no other escapes available, she now returns. Brimming with desperation and dread, Elizabeth finds herself in the unlikeliest of places, in Seattle by her sister Jane’s side as she undergoes chemotherapy. As her new life takes the form of care, cookery, and classic literature, Elizabeth is forced to reimagine her future and reevaluate her past. But can a New York City chef with a painful history settle down with the family she once abandoned . . . and make peace with the sister who once abandoned her?

10. Intergalactic Travels

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The Book of Strange New Things begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling. While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival.

11. A Crazy Family

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Hello From the Gillespies follows a far from perfect family as they try to keep themselves together. For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself—she tells the truth. The Gillespies are not event close to the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. When Angela is taken away from them in a most unexpected manner, the Gillespies pull together—and pull themselves together—in wonderfully surprising ways.

12. A New Beginning

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After an elementary school shooting devastates the tight-knit community of Stillwater Bay, Jennifer finds herself struggling to acclimate back into her normal life as perfect-stay-at-home mom and committee organizer. Meanwhile, Jennifer’s best friend, Mayor Charlotte Stone, struggles to keep town together and calm. In Stillwater Rising, the friends find themselves at a crossroads and their relationship is put to the ultimate test when they have to weigh their own interests against the friendship.

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