December 2009 Books on CD

 True Blue by David Baldacci

A former Washington D.C. police cop out to prove herself and a young lawyer from a prestigious law firm meet after he discovers the dead body of a female partner at the firm. As they investigate the death, they start uncovering surprising secrets from both the private and public world of the nation’s capital–and what began as a fairly routine homicide takes a terrifying and unexpected turn into something complex, diabolical, and possibly lethal.

 Rainwater by Sandra Brown

In the midst of the Great Depression, Ella Barron strenuously works to keep her Texas boardinghouse up and running. Between cooking, cleaning, and caring for her misbehaving child, Ella struggles to get by. However, the enigmatic David Rainwater shows up out-of-the-blue, looking for room and board, Ella happily takes him in. But when Conrad Ellis and his gang of hoods threaten violence, Ella and Rainwater are put to the test.

You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs takes a hilarious look at the holiday season and how it can bring out the best and worst in people. Filled with nostalgia, Burroughs covers a plethora of past and present Christmas happenings.

 Ford County by John Grisham

A collection of short stories based in Ford County, Mississippi– the setting of the author’s debut novel, A Time to Kill.

 Knit the  Season by Kate Jacobs

Dakota Walker spends the Christmas holidays with her Gran in Scotland–accompanied by her father, her grandparents, and her mother’s best friend, Catherine. Join them as they share a trove of happy memories about Christmases past with Dakota’s mom, Georgia Walker–from Georgia’s childhood to her blissful time as a doting new mom.

 A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor

A wealthy and depressed man bound for Christmas in Hawaii is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota. He arrives just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard. During his stay, he reaches an epiphany worthy of the season and resolves to simplify his life.

 Under the Dome by Stephen King

The small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine, is faced with a big dilemma when it is mysteriously sealed off by an invisible and completely impenetrable force field. With cars and airplanes exploding on contact, the force field has completely isolated the townspeople from the outside world. Now, Iraq war vet Dale Barbara and a group of the town’s more sensible citizens must overcome the tyrannical rule of Big Jim Rennie, a politician bent on controlling everything within the Dome.

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

The story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds — Mexico and the United States in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s — and whose search for identity takes readers to the heart of the twentieth century’s most tumultuous events.

 I, Alex Cross by  James Patterson

During a family reunion, Detective Alex Cross receives word that a close relative has been brutally murdered. Determined to catch the culprit, Cross joins forces with his lover, Detective Brianna Stone, and pursues the case all the way to the seediest sections of Washington’s underbelly.

 Sarah’s Key by Tatiana Rosnay

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.

 Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge, a retired teacher, deplores the changes taking place in her little town of Crosby, Maine.

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