By: Cecilia Ekbäck
Survival in 18th century northern Sweden is tenuous for the settlers in the shadow of Blackåsen mountain. It is the coldest winter in living memory. Wolves have attacked humans, including Ericksson -- or have they? Maja believes a human is responsible for Ericksson's death. The author perfectly captures the harsh living conditions of the time period in this intriguing book.
By: Graeme Simsion
Don Tillman is a professor of genetics at an Australian university. In the hopes of finding a suitable mate, Don develops a scientific questionnaire which he calls the Wife Project. Unexpectedly, however, he finds himself drawn to Rosie, who, according to all quantitative evidence, is unsuitable as a potential mate. The audiobook version of this book is absolutely delightful and laugh-out-loud funny.
By: Rainbow Rowell
Georgie and Neal have been married for fifteen years and have two young daughters. With Christmas approaching, sitcom writer Georgie has an unexpected opportunity to create a new television show, something she has always dreamed of doing. The problem is that she and her family are planning to spend Christmas in Nebraska with Neal's mother. When she tells Neal that she can't go, Georgie knows that her marriage is in trouble. Neal leaves for Nebraska without her, and Georgie looks back on their relationship, desperately trying to find a way to mend the rift between them. She gets some unexpected help from a rotary dial phone.
By: Willy Peter Reese, Stefan Schmitz, Michael Hofmann, Max Hastings
Willy Reese was a twenty-year-old bank clerk when he was drafted into the German army and sent to the Eastern Front. The German infantry endured horrendous conditions in Russia. There were forced to scavenge for their own food much of the time. Their uniforms were inadequate for the brutal Russian winters. Frostbite was a common problem. Reese was not a member of the Nazi party; his loyalty belonged to his fellow soldiers. Reese's diary illuminates the brutality of the conflict in the east and the atrocities committed by each side. He was killed at the age of twenty-three.
By: Andie Mitchell
As a child, Andie Mitchell used food to combat her loneliness. Her mother worked three jobs to help support the family, often leaving young Andie alone. While a college student at UMass Amherst, Andie stepped on the scale and decided that it was time to change her life. In the course of a year, she lost 135 pounds. Even when the weight came off, however, Andie found that her insecurities and anxieties did not disappear. She battled an extreme fear of regaining weight which kept her exercising compulsively and obsessing about every food choice. With therapy, Andie finally found a way to make peace with food.