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  1. Claustrophobic, Reese Reed
    $9.99

    Reese Reed enjoys telling a good tale, and in this one, we're reminded that even the most perfect marriage comes with challenges. Your beloved might snore, root for the wrong football team, or maybe he’s the newly appointed Santa Claus. Talk about compromising! Jessica Christmas wishes she would have read the mysterious contract she signed before marrying Kris Kringle. They’re young, head over heels in love, and who would turn down immortality? Not these love birds! Kris is kind, selfless and although he has an allegiance to a secretive society of “Elders," he is the love of Jessica’s life. Soon after their vows, the honeymoon comes to a screeching halt when Jessica and Kris realize that immortality comes with a startling price. The rollercoaster doesn’t stop there! Aska, their Elder chaperone, soon explains that they’re going to be stationed at the North Pole.

    Although the newly appointed Mr. and Mrs. Claus are excited (after the initial shock has worn off) to bring the world the joy of Christmas, they have plenty of obstacles to overcome. Many are obstacles any couple can relate to, some like getting over the fear of reindeer flight are a little more out there. Claustrophobic makes you feel connected to Jessica and Kris to the very end. It’s fanciful and it’s definitely an interesting new twist on a story we all thought we knew. Reese Reed keeps this tale short, and although there isn’t a lot of background on those mysterious “Elders,” it’s a story that’s hard to put down. You don’t have to be a Christmas fanatic to enjoy Claustrophobic, but don’t be surprised to find yourself humming “Jingle Bells” before it’s all over.

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  2. Red, Reese Reed
    $13.99

    Red is author Reese Reed's third fictional work, and after reading it, you'll hope it isn't her last! This is a fast -paced story with a modern twist on a few all-too-familiar fairytales. We ride an emotional rollercoaster with Jennifer, the quick witted heroine, as she overcomes the death of her mother, leaving for college, and a good Samaritan trip gone haywire. Jennifer must figure out who the true monsters are in this strange new world of friendly dwarves, strange creatures, and an ominous wolf. Red is a perfect weekend read that you won't be able to put down, and it includes an unexpected twist that will have you hoping for a sequel.

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  3. Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
    $15.00

    Truman Capote’s first novel is a story of almost supernatural intensity and inventiveness, an audacious foray into the mind of a sensitive boy as he seeks out the grown-up enigmas of love and death in the ghostly landscape of the deep South.

    At the age of twelve, Joel Knox is summoned to meet the father who abandoned him at birth. But when Joel arrives at the decaying mansion in Skully’s Landing, his father is nowhere in sight. What he finds instead is a sullen stepmother who delights in killing birds; an uncle with the face—and heart—of a debauched child; and a fearsome little girl named Idabel who may offer him the closest thing he has ever known to love.

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  4. Music for Chameleons by Truman Capote
    $15.00

    In these gems of reportage Truman Capote takes true stories and real people and renders them with the stylistic brio we expect from great fiction. Here we encounter an exquisitely preserved Creole aristocrat sipping absinthe in her Martinique salon; an enigmatic killer who sends his victims announcements of their forthcoming demise; and a proper Connecticut householder with a ruinous obsession for a twelve-year-old he has never met. And we meet Capote himself, who, whether he is smoking with his cleaning lady or trading sexual gossip with Marilyn Monroe, remains of the most elegant, malicious, yet compassionate writers to train his eye on the social fauna of his time.

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  5. The American Gypsy by Ken Percival
    $19.97

    Peter Richards is The American Gypsy. He struggles to find his identity as a widower. His home reminds him of his late wife and their dreams to travel the world as retirees. Every hour in his day presents one barrier after another until he has no choice but to succumb. He loses his job and the last connection to his past.

    He travels to Europe where he meets a woman much like his high school sweetheart. He makes one pledge. He plans to live life with new love and let his memories pass. The decision places him in the middle of the Conigli Corrente. It is Oronci Italy’s world famous fertility festival. He attains celebrity in less than desirable circumstances but it is the one event that places his life in a new trajectory.

    The heiress, Gemma Asaros spends her fortune as she pleases. At 79 years old, she ignores the setbacks in life. Her pragmatic style and quick wit creates a series of problems for her and her associates. She gravitates among three communities, Sacramento, Pueblo and Atlanta. They share a deep-rooted problem that Gemma plans to address. It is a perspective that she gained after her husband’s early demise to colon cancer. She carries the burden of outliving precious people in her life. She comes to recognize that she can balance her instinct for self-preservation with common good.

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  6. The Man Who Planted Trees (Harcover) by Jean Giono
    $19.95

    In 1910 while hiking through the wild lavender in a windswept, desolate valley in Provence, a man comes across a shepherd called Elzéard Bouffier. Staying with him, he watches Elzéard sorting and then planting hundreds of acorns as he walks through the wilderness.

    Ten years later, after the war, he visits the shepherd again and sees the young forest he has created spreading slowly over the valley. Elzéard's solitary, silent work continues and the narrator returns year after year to see the miracle he is gradually creating: a verdant, green landscape that is a testament to one man's creative instinct.

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  7. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
    $9.99

    While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer. This hilarious novel chronicles Scott's freshman year, as he decides that high school would be a lot less overwhelming if it came with a survival manual. Here Scott records his first year of bullies, romance, honors, classes, and brotherhood.

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  8. The Man Who Planted Trees (Paperback) by Jean Giono
    $10.00

    In 1910 while hiking through the wild lavender in a windswept, desolate valley in Provence, a man comes across a shepherd called Elzéard Bouffier. Staying with him, he watches Elzéard sorting and then planting hundreds of acorns as he walks through the wilderness.

    Ten years later, after the war, he visits the shepherd again and sees the young forest he has created spreading slowly over the valley. Elzéard's solitary, silent work continues and the narrator returns year after year to see the miracle he is gradually creating: a verdant, green landscape that is a testament to one man's creative instinct.

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  9. A Bubba on Polecat Bay and Stories of Other Incorrigible Characters by Elmo D. Ziebach
    $19.95

    Duck hunting, deer hunting, turkey hunting, or fishing, if any of these endeavors are going on there probably is a Bubba involved. South Alabama has always been a haven for Bubba types. These fellows spend their entire lives climbing in and out of boats or traveling to hunting camps. They all have the same thing in common: given the opportunity they will do some dumb stuff while pursuing their sport. The Mobile Bay Causeway, one of the locations for a few of the stories lying within these pages, has seen its share of dumb stuff over the years, but Bubbas aren't confined to that wonderful strip of dredged mud, no they can be found in many locals throughout the south. Included within these pages are stories about a few of these Bubbas, both the Causeway variety like the ones on Polecat Bay, and their hillbilly counterparts from upstate a ways.

    The stories are all true as best as I can remember and what I could not remember, heck, I just made up.

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  10. The Complete Stories of Truman Capote
    $26.00

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    Most readers know Truman Capote as the author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, or they remember his notorious social life and wild and witty public appearances. But he was also the author of superb short tales that were as elegant as they were heartfelt, as compassionate as they were grotesque. Now on the occasion of what would hae been his eightieth birthday, Random House presents the first collection that includes all of Capote's short fiction--a volume that confirms his status as one of the masters of this form. 

    Among the selections are "A Tree of Night," in which an innocent student, sitting on a train beside a slatternly woman and her deaf-mute companion, enters a seductive nightmare that brings back the deepest fears of childhood . . . "House of Flowers," the inspiration for a beloved Broadway musical, which tells of a superstitious prostitute who learns to love in a way no one else can ever understand . . . the holiday perennial "A Christmas Memory," adapted into a classic made-for-TV movie . . . and "The Bargainn," Capote's melanchy, never-before-published 1950 story about a suburban housewife's shifting fortunes.

    From the gothic South to the chic East Coast, from rural children to aging urban sophisticates, all the unforgettable places and people of Capote’s oeuvre are captured in this compendium. The Complete Stories of Truman Capote restores its author to a place above mere celebrity, to the highest levels of American letters.

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