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“The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations”

By Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond – accidental country girl, award-winning blogger, Food Network personality and No. 1 New York Times bestselling author – presents “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays,” a fantastic collection of recipes, photos, and homespun humor to help you celebrate all through the year.

Drummond shows you how to ring in your favorite holidays with inspired menus for breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners, parties, deliveries and feasts, accompanied by fun instructions and hundreds of her signature step-by-step photos.

“After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse”

By Charlaine Harris

“Dead Ever After” marked the end of the Sookie Stackhouse novels – a series that garnered millions of fans and spawned the hit HBO television show “True Blood.” It also stoked a hunger that will never die – a hunger to know what happened next.

With characters arranged alphabetically – from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli – bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs.

“Blue Angel (Blue is the Warmest Color)”

By Julie Maroh

The original graphic novel adapted into the film “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

In this tender, bittersweet, full-color graphic novel, a young woman named Clementine discovers herself and the elusive magic of love when she meets a confident blue-haired girl named Emma: a lesbian love story for the ages that bristles with the energy of youth and rebellion and the eternal light of desire.

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“One Summer: America, 1927”

By Bill Bryson

One of the most-admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country – a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth and yes, Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly) and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer.

“Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses”

By James Dean

Pete the Cat is back in New York Times best-selling author James Dean’s picture book “Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses.” Pete the Cat wakes up feeling grumpy – nothing seems to be going his way. But with the help of some magic sunglasses, Pete learns that a good mood has been inside him all along. Readers will love watching Pete take his positive outlook and transform a grumpy day into an awesome day!

“Twisted stitches: 30 Corrupt Cross Stitch and Embroidery Designs”

By Phil Davison

For crafters who like their stitching with a twist, this book provides original designs with a wicked spin, and reworks cute craft imagery, including genuine vintage embroidery motifs, so that they cross over to the dark side.

Think pretty rose bouquets with a gun poking out, a cute row of ducklings followed by a fox chomping on the straggler, or an old-fashioned teddy bear with a stake through the heart. The book contains 30 original cross stitch and embroidery designs, including pictures, cards, pillows and accessories.

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“Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living”

By Nick Offerman

“Parks and Recreation” actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat and much more in his first book.

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman – who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Ron Swanson from “Parks and Recreation”?

“My Story”

By Elizabeth Smart

For the first time, 10 years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime

On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape.

“Mr. Wuffles!”

By David Wiesner

In a near wordless masterpiece that could only have been devised by David Wiesner, a cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn’t care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He’s much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens – but the ship wasn’t designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, the aliens are in deep trouble.

When the space visitors dodge the cat and take shelter behind the radiator to repair the damage, they make a host of insect friends.

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“How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad!”

By Jane Yolen

R-O-A-R! What happens when little dinosaurs get mad? And how do they calm down?

Brimming with humor, this sparkling new book handles a timeless children’s topic with wit and wisdom. Romp and stomp! Roar and slam! Almost everyone gets angry. But how can young dinosaurs also learn to calm down, take a time out and behave?

The award-winning team of Yolen and Teague have created a fun, engaging book sure to help children handle anger and frustration. Readers will laugh at the antics of an Afrovenator’s tantrum and a storming Pachyrhinosaurus.

“Gone (Michael Bennett)”

By James Patterson

A crime lord has declared war on America. Only Detective Michael Bennett knows why.

Manuel Perrine doesn’t fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit.

Detective Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the U.S. ever to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him.

“Help for the Haunted: A Novel”

By John Searles

It begins with a call one snowy February night. Lying in her bed, young Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall.

This is not the first late-night call they have received, since her mother and father have an uncommon occupation: helping “haunted souls” find peace.

And yet something in Sylvie senses that this call is different from the others, especially when they are lured to the old church on the outskirts of town. Once there, her parents disappear, one after the other, behind the church’s red door, leaving Sylvie alone in the car.