Winter Books We're Buzzing About

12 new books we love.
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True Confections by Katharine Weber

This novel is like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for grownups. Alice, the ex-wife of a candy factory heir, tells the story of Zip’s Candies, a famous family-owned brand (known for Little Sammies, Tigermelts, and Mumbo Jumbo’s) that is falling apart. Can she find a way to preserve the business and hand it over to her children, the next generation of Ziplinskys? Buy it at Amazon.
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Thank Heaven by Leslie Caron

Hollywood icon Caron writes about her remarkable life in this autobiography. From her childhood with her American mother and French father in occupied France to her early success as a young ballerina; to meeting Gene Kelly and her years in Hollywood; to her alcoholism and depression; and finally her recovery, Caron offers an illuminating account of her career. Buy it at Amazon.
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Cleaving by Julie Powell

This funny-and smartly timed-memoir from the author of Julie and Julia finds writer Julie Powell on a new culinary adventure. When her marriage is challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery. What starts as an apprenticeship in a New Jersey butcher shop turns into an international expedition in search of butchers around the world. Buy it at Amazon.
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Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

Gilbert struck literary gold with her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love. Her latest outing starts where that book left off, with the author head over heels for Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who’d been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government, which-after unexpectedly detaining Felipe at an American border crossing-gave the couple a choice: they could either get married or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the country again. Here, Gilbert tackles her fears about marriage with the help of historical research, interviews and much personal reflection. Buy it at Amazon.
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Prizes: The Selected Stories of Janet Frame

Featuring the authors best short stories, this book includes pieces that were written over four decades, including stories from her debut collection, The Lagoon and Other Stories. Buy it at Amazon.
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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Just in time for New Year’s resolutions comes Rubin’s memoir of the year she spent trying to get happy. Each month, she pursued different resolutions: get more sleep, quit nagging her husband, sing in the morning, start a blog, imitate a spiritual master. We’re happy Rubin’s done the hard work for us, sharing practical advice, sharp insight and humor about finding one’s bliss But it at Amazon.
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The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale

It is 1752 and 17-year-old Agnes Trussel arrives in London pregnant with an unwanted child. Lost and frightened, she finds herself at the home of Mr J. Blacklock, a brooding fireworks maker who hires Agnes as an apprentice. As she learns to make rockets, portfires and fiery rain, she slowly gains his trust and joins his quest to make the most spectacular fireworks the world has ever seen. Buy it at Amazon.
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Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Young CeeCee is in trouble. For years she’s been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille, the crown-wearing lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire Ohio town. When Camille’s life comes to a tragic end, a previously unknown Great Aunt Tootie comes to CeeCee’s rescue and whisks her away to Savannah, where she’s catapulted into a perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricities, one that appears to be run entirely by women. Buy it at Amazon.
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The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

From the acclaimed author of _The Historian_comes a haunting novel of art and obsession. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art, his only words on the subject are: "I did it for her." Psychiatrist Andrew Marlow prides himself on being able to make even a stone talk, but he gets nowhere with Oliver. Desperate to understand the secret that torments this genius, he embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism. Buy it at Amazon.
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Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy

This refreshing take on meat-eating won’t make you feel bad about your love of filet mignon. Rather than explain why we shouldn’t eat meat, Joy’s book explains why we do eat meat, and thus how we can make more informed choices as citizens and consumers. Buy it at Amazon.
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The Listener

When Dr. Harrison, the distinguished and steadfast head of a post-WW II asylum, meets the charismatic and brilliant Bertram Reiner-diagnosed with a severe case of Battle Fatigue-he finds the most challenging patient of his career. Their sessions leave the doctor slipping into frightening existence that renders the boundaries between sanity and insanity disquietingly burred. When Harrison discovers that Bertram is having an affair with Matilda, the head nurse, who he himself has feelings for, his own yearnings threaten to throw his sanity into the balance. Buy it at Amazon.
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Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog by Lisa Scottoline

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Scottoline shines in this hilarious collection of essays on motherhood, love, men and more. Here’s how she feels about Spanx, for example: "I squeezed into them and they transformed my lower body into a cylinder. There were no saddlebags where God intended, and I didn’t have buttocks, I had buttock. I became the cardboard in the roll of toilet paper." Want more great reads? Click here.

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