New Large Print Books Received in December 2010 as of 1/17/2011

Non-Fiction

Note regarding Sex/Profanity/Violence (S/P/V) ratings:  Books with the note "***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***" have not yet been reviewed to determine S/P/V content. The default "heavy" ratings may not accurately reflect the books' actual content. Please contact us for more information.

ENGLISH FICTION

1022 EVERGREEN PLACE
Author: MACOMBER, DEBBIE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: CEDAR COVE 10

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Cedar Cove firefighter Mack McAfee is in love with his neighbor, single mom Mary Jo Wyse, whose baby he helped deliver. But the two fear the baby's birth father will want custody. Meanwhile Mary Jo finds a stash of World War II love letters and seeks the writer. Bestseller. 2010.

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AS HUSBANDS GO
Author: ISAACS, SUSAN
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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Susan B. Anthony Rabinowitz Gersten is a beautiful woman married to handsome, successful Park Avenue plastic surgeon Dr. Jonah Gersten, who clearly adores both her and their four-year-old triplets. But when Jonah's body is found in the Upper East Side apartment of "escort" Dorinda Dillon, Susie is overwhelmed. It's bad enough to know your husband's been murdered, but even worse when you're universally pitied because of the sleaze factor. None of it makes sense to Susie. With help from her tough-talking Grandma Ethel, who flies in from Miami, she takes on her snooty in-laws, her husband's partners, and the NYPD. She wants to know if the person arrested for the homicide is the actual perp, or just an easy mark for a prosecutor who hates the word "unsolved". Above all, she needs to know that her life with Jonah was no lie. 2010. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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BEYOND SUMMER
Author: WINGATE, LISA
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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When soon-to-be college student Tam Lambert learns that her family's finances are collapsing, the privileged life she's known is forever changed. Tam and her family must move to a tiny house owned by her father's company, Householders, in the Dallas neighborhood of Blue Sky Hill. Shasta Reid-Williams and her husband have just purchased their first home in Blue Sky Hill, and it's the perfect place to raise her children. Even better is having a great neighbor like Tam, who lives across the street. When news of a corrupt mortgage scheme breaks, and Blue Sky Hill neighbors realize they could soon lose their homes, new friendships and old loyalties are tested. And two young women will discover the strength and maturity to do the impossible. 2010. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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BLIND CONTESSA'S NEW MACHINE
Author: WALLACE, CAREY
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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In the early 1800s, young Italian contessa Carolina Fantoni realizes she is going blind shortly before she marries the town's most sought-after bachelor. Her parents and fiance don't believe her. The only one who understands is her friend Turri, an eccentric local inventor. As darkness erases her world, Carolina creates a vivid dreaming life. Desperate to communicate with her, Turri invents a peculiar machine for her: the world's first typewriter. His gift ignites a passionate love affair that will change both of their lives forever. 2010. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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BODY WORK
Author: PARETSKY, SARA
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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The Body Artist allows her audience to use her naked body as a canvas for their impromptu illustrations. V.I. Warshawski watches as people step forward to make their mark. One woman's sketch triggers a violent outburst from a man at a nearby table. Quickly subdued, the man - an Iraqi war vet - leaves the club. Days later, the woman is shot outside the club. She dies in V.I.'s arms and the police move quickly to arrest the angry vet. V.I. is hired by the vet's family to clear his name and her investigation takes her from the North Side of Chicago to the far reaches of the Gulf War. 2010. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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BORDEN CHANTRY
Author: L'AMOUR, LOUIS
S/P/V: Some profanity;
Reading level: Adult

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A mysterious gunman goes on the rampage, killing men in cold blood. Borden Chantry, who has reluctantly taken on the job of town marshal, is hard pressed to find the murderer in a town where shootings are an everyday occurrence. Some strong language. 1977.

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BURY YOUR DEAD
Author: PENNY, LOUISE
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to Quebec City to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian's quest for the remains of Samuel de Champlain ends in murder. Meanwhile, he is receiving disquieting letters from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder. As past and present collide, Gamache must relive the terrible event of his own past before he can bury his dead. 2010. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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CALL ME MRS. MIRACLE
Author: MACOMBER, DEBBIE
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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Mrs. Miracle on 34th Street. While working in the toy department of a family-run department store in New York City, Mrs. Miracle seizes the opportunity to connect Holly, who is searching for the perfect robot for her nephew, with Jake, the owner's son. 2010. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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CHRISTMAS ODYSSEY
Author: PERRY, ANNE
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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Ten days before Christmas, wealthy James Wentworth feels not joy but grief. His reckless son, Lucien, has been lured into a deadly world of drugs and wild passion. Wentworth's only hope is his old friend Henry Rathbone, who volunteers to search for the prodigal son. Rathbone is aided by Squeaky Robinson, a reformed brothel-keeper, and Crow, a mysterious slum doctor who turns no one away. Slowly this odd trio gathers clues - about Lucien's mad infatuation with a beautiful woman named Sadie, and about Shadwell, the ruthless man who owns her. 2010. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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COMING BACK
Author: MULLER, MARCIA
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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In "Locked In" San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. Now, she wants everything to go back to normal, but realizes that it may not be possible to return to her old life. Her husband is impatient with her refusal to accept help and some of her colleagues doubt her abilities after the accident. But when Sharon's friend from physical therapy goes missing, she must call upon those closest to her to find out the truth behind the disappearance. 2010. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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COURTSHIP OF CAROL SOMMARS
Author: MACOMBER, DEBBIE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

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Two fifteen-year-old friends unite their single parents. Bestseller. 1990.

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FALLING FOR RACHEL
Author: ROBERTS, NORA
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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Zackary Muldoon meets Manhattan public defender Rachel Stanislaski, who is handling his stepbrother's case. 1993. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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FOOLS RUSH IN: WEDDINGS BY BELLA, BOOK 1
Author: THOMPSON, JANICE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

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Bella Rossi has just inherited her family's wedding planning business. Determined not to let them down, Bella kicks things off with a "Boot-Scoot'n" wedding that would make any Texan proud. There's only one catch: as an Italian-American, she's a country music numbskull. She lucks out when a misunderstanding leads her to the D.J. (and man) of her dreams, and everything starts falling into place. But with a family like hers, there are no guarantees. Can the perfect Texas wedding survive her crazy family? And will Bella ever get to plan her own perfect wedding day? 2010.

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FREDERICA
Author: HEYER, GEORGETTE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

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A 37-year-old bachelor, much the man-about-town in Regency London, falls for a pretty woman who considers herself on the shelf at 24. The woman's two brothers and the family dog add complications. 1965.

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GINGERBREAD COOKIE MURDER
Author: FLUKE, JOANNE
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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Trilogy of holiday short stories. "Gingerbread Cookie Murder": Hannah Swensen finds her neighbor dead on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of cookies. "The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies": When a holiday production's star falls to his death during the final act, Jaine Austen must figure out if one of his jealous lovers is capable of murder. "Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots": Lucy Stone senses foul play when she discovers the body of Rick Juergens, whose five-year-old son disappeared. Crumbs from a gingerbread cookie set Lucy on the killer's trail. 2010. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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HAPPY EVER AFTER, THE BRIDE QUARTET, BOOK 4
Author: ROBERTS, NORA
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity;
Reading level: Adult

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Connecticut wedding planner Parker Brown falls in love with her brother's irksome friend, mechanic Malcolm Kavanaugh. Malcolm wonders whether they could possibly be good for each other, but Parker wants the man she loves. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

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INVINCIBLE
Author: JOHNSTON, JOAN
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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Bella Benedict is dying and she wants to give her five children what she once had: a marriage of passion. Max Benedict works for the CIA. When he's asked to investigate a threat against the president, he doesn't think twice about accepting - until he hears who he'll be working with. FBI Special Agent Kristin Lassiter is under investigation and on the verge of losing everything. When Bella approaches her with the offer to pay her mounting debts, she's tempted to accept. But Bella wants Kristin to win the heart of her son Max, the very man who destroyed Kristin years ago. A man unaware he fathered her nine-year-old daughter. 2010. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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JUNKYARD DOGS
Author: JOHNSON, CRAIG, 1961-
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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Missing body parts and dead developers are only the beginning when Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire finds himself in the throes of a modern-day range war. It's a volatile new economy in Durant when the owners of a multi-million dollar development of ranchettes want to get rid of the adjacent Stewart junkyard. The notorious Stewart clan is an adventure unto itself and, when conflicts erupt, Walt, Dog, Henry Standing Bear and deputies Santiago and Victoria find themselves in a small town that feels like a high plains pressure cooker. 2010. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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LOVING
Author: STEEL, DANIELLE
S/P/V: Some sex; Some profanity;
Reading level: Adult

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The lovely nineteen-year-old daughter of a successful but imprudent author has everything her father's money can buy. After he dies, leaving her penniless, she samples four husbands in her search for the love she has never known. 1980.

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PAINTED LADIES
Author: PARKER, ROBERT B.
S/P/V: Some profanity;
Reading level: Adult
Series: SPENSER NOVEL 38

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Art scholar Ashton Prince hires Boston PI Spenser to protect him during the exchange of ransom money for a stolen painting. After the swap goes horribly wrong, Spenser investigates Prince and the history behind the heist. Some strong language. 2010.

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PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE
Author: BENDER, AIMEE
S/P/V: Some profanity;
Reading level: Adult

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On her ninth birthday, Rose realizes she can taste her mother's emotions baked into a slice of cake. Eating becomes agonizing for Rose as she uncovers everyone's feelings. But she learns in adulthood to put her ability to good use. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

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PORTOBELLO
Author: RENDELL, RUTH
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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Walking to the shops of Notting Hill one day, fifty-year-old art gallery owner Eugene Wren discovers an envelope on the street bulging with cash. Instead of going to the police or keeping the money for himself, Wren hatches a plan to find the money's rightful owner. He composes a notice and posts it on a lamppost near his home. This seemingly harmless act creates a chain of events that links Wren to some unsavory characters, upsetting not only his life but that of his fiance - and it delivers consequences that will change them all. 2010. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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REVERSAL
Author: CONNELLY, MICHAEL
S/P/V: Some violence
Reading level: Adult
Series: HARRY BOSCH 16

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Attorney Mickey Haller agrees to reprosecute convicted child murderer Jason Jessup when the DA's office allows Haller's ex-wife Maggie McPherson and half brother detective Harry Bosch to assist. After spending twenty-four years in prison, Jessup has been exonerated by DNA evidence - but Haller is convinced he's guilty. Some violence. Bestseller. 2010.

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RING
Author: STEEL, DANIELLE
S/P/V: Some profanity;
Reading level: Adult

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Supposedly based on an actual incident in the author's own family, this novel tells of a rich German woman, the breathtaking beauty Kassandra von Gotthard, who falls in love with a Jewish writer, Dolff Stern. Their happiness is short-lived for the Nazis soon murder Stern, causing Kassandra to take her own life. Some strong language. 1980.

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SECRET DUKE
Author: BEVERLEY, JO
S/P/V: Heavy sex;
Reading level: Adult

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England, 1760s. Bella Barstowe escapes a degrading kidnapping with assistance from mysterious Captain Rose, but her family shuns her as a ruined woman. When she inherits money she moves to London, learns who masterminded her abduction, and turns to Captain Rose for help. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.

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SECRET KEPT
Author: ROSNAY, TATIANA DE
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Melanie's birthday: a weekend by the sea where they spent happy childhood summers. It had been over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased. But the trip reminds Melanie of something deeply disturbing about their last island summer. Suddenly, the past comes swinging back at both siblings, burdened with a dark truth about their mother, Clarisse. Trapped in the wake of a shocking family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and his troubled relationships with his own children. 2009. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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STONE CREEK CHRISTMAS
Author: MILLER, LINDA LAEL
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: STONE CREEK

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Stone Creek's veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan has a magical rapport with animals but no special man in her life--until she meets widowed Tanner Quinn. Globetrotting Tanner, who is in town overseeing the construction of Olivia's new clinic, needs a nudge to provide more of a family environment for his daughter. 2008.

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TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN: WHISPERING MOUNTAIN TRILOGY, BOOK 3
Author: THOMAS, JODI
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Some violence
Reading level: Adult
Series: WHISPERING MOUNTAIN 3

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Texas, 1856. Widow Jessie Barton and her young daughters arrive from Chicago to ask rancher Teagen McMurray for refuge. Jessie, pretending to be her husband, has corresponded with Teagen for years. But Teagen wants no female encumbrances. Sequel to Texas Princess (RC 65729). Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2008.

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ENGLISH NON-FICTION

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LET'S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME
Author: CALDWELL, GAIL, 1951-
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

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The author, a Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic for the Boston Globe, pens a memoir about her friendship with columnist Caroline Knapp. Describes their mutual enjoyment of sports, dogs, and life after alcohol. Also discusses Knapp's diagnosis of lung cancer at age forty- two and the last weeks they shared. 2010.

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WASHINGTON: A LIFE
Author: CHERNOW, RON
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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This biography of George Washington is a portrait of a canny political genius who knew how to inspire people. This portrait takes in his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president. 2010. ***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***

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