Adjustments: A Novel by Will Willingham

Gift Guide Book Suggestion #6 Book Summary: By turns thoughtful and hilarious (even, inexplicably, both at the same time), this deeply Midwestern book quietly unfolds a vision for how to navigate in a world where we can’t always resolve things. It begins with an old man’s call to the insurance company to get a minor house repair covered. Once the adjuster shows up, a journey both tender and tough is set in motion. These men need each other in ways it will take time to discover. To complicate matters, the adjuster also needs (and is needed by) his aged landlady…

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Aye-Aye Gets Lucky – Endangered & Misunderstood Book 1 by Terri Tatchell

Gift Guide Book Suggestion #5 Book Summary: Join endangered and misunderstood AYE-AYE on his quest to win back the hearts of the people of Madagascar after his mischievous pranks get him banned from his favorite village and labeled bad luck. Luckily for AYE-AYE, he meets a new friend who shows him first-hand how unpleasant being scared can feel. Armed with a little empathy and compassion, it doesn’t take AYE-AYE long to figure out that being kind and helpful is the best way to turn his luck around forever. On the surface “Aye-Aye Gets Lucky” is about a misunderstood lemur finding…

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Heart to Beat by Brian Lima MD

Gift Guide Book Suggestion #4 Book Summary: Success is not reserved for the smartest or most talented—it’s earned by those who want it the most. Heart conquers all and the triumphant always go all in, never settling for anything less than their best effort. As a leading heart transplant surgeon, Dr. Brian Lima’s life story is a testament to that mantra. He’s living proof that slow and steady still wins the race, and that the American Dream is alive and well. He persevered through countless challenges growing up in a Cuban immigrant family and defied the odds every step of…

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Rosa by Barbara de la Cuesta

Book Summary “There were little sins and big sins, and if you committed too many little sins you were more likely to go on to the big ones. Some sins you did in your mind and then, sometimes, you went on to let yourself fall into them.” Darkly witty and compulsively readable, Barbara de la Cuesta’s novella lets us into the private life and secret thoughts of Rosa, an undocumented home health aide grappling with menopause and her unruly body, unexpected romance, grown children who alternately worry her and fill her with pride, and how life is confronting her with…

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Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall

Gift Guide Book Suggestion #2   Book Summary: Gravedigger Volke Savan wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he’ll take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma. So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already…

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The Baseball by James Flerlage

Gift Guide Book Suggestion #1 Know a baseball or sports fan in your life? The Baseball by James Flerlage might be the prefect gift. Book Summary: Landon Myers is a retired pediatric oncologist who spends his days diagnosing the ills of his young grandchildren’s stuffed animals while scheming up new ways to spend time with the older ones. When his thirteen-year-old granddaughter Lucy discovers an old Major League Baseball while cleaning his cellar, he faces the difficult task of exposing a family secret that has lain dormant for the past forty years. Over a long lunch with Lucy, Landon reveals…

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Here Are 50 Ways To Spend Your Weekend If Youre Bored, Lonely, And Restless

By Hatice Yardım These hobbies from Ask Reddit are perfect for spicing up boring weekends. By Hatice Yardım 1. Soap carving allows you to create delicate art easily, all you need is a bar of soap and a soap carving knife (you can get one for cheap). 2. Magnet fishing, just need a big magnet tied to a length of rope and a river or lake to fish in. 3. Starter supplies for cross stitching cost about $10 and it takes less than half an hour to understand the basics. 4. Cardistry and card tricks. Buy a few decks of…

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Supreme Court set to hear arguments on DACA

(CNN)The fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children will be on the line Tuesday, when the Supreme Court hears arguments on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Immigrant advocates and DACA recipients from across the country have descended on the steps of the Supreme Court Tuesday morning. Under gloomy, cold weather, people donned ponchos and waited in line to get a chance to briefly watch the arguments when they begin at 10 a.m. ET. One of the plantiffs in the case, Antonio, was first in line in front of…

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Humans can land on Mars by 2035, NASA chief says

This October 2019 photo made available by NASA shows InSight’s heat probe digging into the surface of Mars. On Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, NASA says the drilling device has penetrated three-quarters of an inch (2 centimeters) over the past week, after hitting a snag seven months ago. While just a baby step, scientists are thrilled with the progress. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP) In April, Bridenstine said before lawmakers that NASA astronauts could be on the Red Planet by 2033, pushing up the timeframe, Fox 2 previously reported. “We can move up the Mars landing by moving up the moon landing (to…

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Graham Brown Questions for Max Davine

1. Which book (or other media) would you say is your largest influence? That’s really a difficult question because I’m constantly finding new influences in books I’m reading. I usually default to something like the Count of Monte Cristo or something but… that’s a tough question. 2. What part of the book was the most difficult to write? Understanding Mary enough to step into her skin was extremely difficult. Plus having to work her internal dialogue into a clipped prose that works for readers. It was a huge challenge. I’ve never done so many rewrites, other than Off The Map.…

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