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Have You Heard About... Prep and Landing

…the elves who make sure everything is ready for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve? The elite Prep and Landing unit has the task of making sure everything will run smoothly when the big guy arrives – everyone is asleep, the child is on the Nice list, cookies and milk are provided, and all of the other details. Without them going ahead to take care of things, Santa would never have time to reach every house in one night.

Have You Heard About... Christmas with Southern Living 2011

… the best ideas of the 2011 holidays? Christmas with Southern Living 2011 has something for everyone’s budget, including decorating, entertaining and lots of new food goodies to try.

Have You Heard About... Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite

… what happens when you mix a classical favorite with great jazz? Anna Harwell Celenza and Don Tate bring the story to life in Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite.

Have You Heard About... Plain Promise

… Sadie, the Amish widow, and Kade, the multi millionaire? In Plain Promise* by Beth Wiseman, Sadie rents a small cottage to Kade who is trying to figure out why he’s not happy being so rich. Being Amish, Sadie has a lifestyle that is very foreign to Kade and vice-versa.

Have You Heard About... It Gets Better

… the project to inspire hope for kids and teens who are harassed because they are (or people assume they are) gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender?

Have You Heard About... Tooth Fairy 2

… Larry the Cable Guy in a pink tutu? Larry the Cable Guy plays Larry Guthrie, a bumbling but loveable guy who is trying to win his girl, Brooke, back from Beau, who’s running for mayor. In Tooth Fairy 2, Larry lets slip that there is no tooth fairy. Big mistake.

Have You Heard About... Hex Appeal

… the hottest hexes money can buy? Hex Appeal, edited by P. N. Elrod, brings together nine stories by some of the top urban fantasy authors of our time. From the University of Oklahoma to London’s Nightside, an intriguing collection of vampires, zombies, witches, wizards, demons, and other supernatural creatures deal with spells to help and hurt them.

Have You Heard About... Babel

… the second album from Mumford and Sons? For bonafide Mumford and Sons fans, this second album was a long time coming after Sigh No More debuted in early 2010. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this rousing indie-folk quartet from London, it’s time to give Sigh No More a listen. Go ahead. I’ll wait!

Have You Heard About... My Mother Was Nuts

… Laverne DeFazio from TV’s Laverne & Shirley? In the new biography, My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall, you get a quirky look at Penny Marshall as she struggled to grow up in what she considered a very crazy, yet normal family. As in a lot of celebrity biographies, you hear about the dysfunctional family life, the drugs and the famous people.

Have You Heard About... Seraphina

… life in a city in the great country of Goredd? Rachel Hartman’s novel, Seraphina, follows the title character as she struggles with identity and prejudice in an alternate Middle Ages. The kingdom of Goredd has had an uneasy peace with dragons for nearly forty years.

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