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The Book Nook

by Nina Ulloa


Whether you treasure fiction or nonfiction or relish in short stories, business, biographies, politics, sports, mystery or fantasy, books still inspire minds and imaginations of the young and mature reader. Below are some selections that might entice you to enjoy a hot cup of chocolate and some holiday cookies in front of a roaring fire with a good book! Very different reads for the diverse tastes of many readers. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

FICTION
  1. INDECENT EXPOSURE by Stuart Woods Rekindling a romance with an old girlfriend who is now secretary of state exposes the New York lawyer Stone Barrington to unwanted attention.
  2. LOVE STORY by Karen Kingsbury How John and Elizabeth Baxter fell in love.
  3. NO MIDDLE NAME by Lee Child Delacorte A complete collection of Jack Reacher stories.
  4. ORIGIN by Dan Brown A symbiology professor goes on a perilous quest with a beautiful museum director.
  5. UNCOMMON TYPE by Tom Hanks Seventeen short stories, each incorporating a typewriter, by the Academy Award winning actor.
NON FICTION
  1. LEONARDO DA VINCI by Walter Isaacson Simon & Schuster A biography of the Italian Renaissance polymath which connects his work in various disciplines.
  2. KILLING ENGLAND by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard Holt Major events and battles during the Revolutionary War are told from several perspectives.
  3. GRANT by Ron Chernow Penguin Press A biography of the Union general of the Civil War and two- term president of the United States.
  4. ENDURANCE by Scott Kelly Knopf A memoir by the retired astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station.
  5. WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE WINE by Gabrielle Union Dey St. Essays by the actress and activist on love, step-parenting and living beyond personal tragedy.
HARD COVER ADVICE & MISCELLANEOUS
  1. THE WISDOM OF SUNDAYS by Oprah Winfrey Flatiron Books Now, for the first time, the aha moments of inspiration and soul-expanding insight that have enlightened millions on the three-time Emmy Award-winning Super Soul Sunday are collected in The Wisdom of Sundays, a beautiful, charitable, deeply-affecting book.
  2. FOOD CAN FIX IT by Mehmet Oz with Ted Spiker Scribner Improve your life through your diet with a friendly, non-punishing, and completely authoritative approach to harnessing the healing power of food from Dr. Mehmet Oz, America’s #1 authority on health and well-being.
  3. THE END OF ALZHEIMER'S by Dale Bredesen Avery A groundbreaking plan to prevent and reverse Alzheimer’s Disease that fundamentally changes how we understand cognitive decline.
  4. CAPITAL GAINES by Chip Gaines Thomas Nelson The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of 4 in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge, even if it didn’t quite work out as planned. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step.
  5. RHETT AND LINK'S BOOK OF MYTHICALITY by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal Crown/Archetype From the YouTube superstars and creators of Good Mythical Morning comes the ultimate guide to living a “Mythical” life, featuring stories and photos from their lifelong friendship, as well as awesomely illustrated guides, charts, and activities aimed at laughing more, learning more, and never taking yourself too seriously.
CHILDREN’S BOOKS
  1. THROUGH YOUR EYES by Ainsley Earhardt. Illustrated by Ji-Hyuk Kim Aladdin A mother learns life lessons from her daughter.
  2. EVERYTHING IS MAMA by Jimmy Fallon. Illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez Feiwel and Friends To baby animals learning new words, Mama is everything.
  3. THE WAR I FINALLY WON by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Dial Ada keeps overcoming obstacles during World War II
  4. THE PURLOINING OF PRINCE OLEOMARGARINE by Mark Twain and Philip Stead. Illustrated by Erin Stead Doubleday Notes from Mark Twain's archives form the basis of a fairy tale about Johnny, a poor boy who must rescue a prince.
  5. THE BOOK OF DUST: LA BELLE SAUVAGE by Philip Pullman Knopf Malcolm finds a secret message about a substance known as Dust in the first volume of a trilogy that starts before the beginning of "His Dark Materials."