From Our Friends at BookSparks
Winter is coming, and you know what that means—plenty of holiday treats to celebrate the cold weather! We’ve paired 13 of our favorite festive drinks with books that are perfect for curling up with by the fire, or for taking your mind off the crazy holiday schedules. So grab a mug and tuck in!
The Last Dreamer by Barbara Solomon Josselsohn
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Hot Cocoa is the perfect sugary drink to pair with this sweet read! Iliana Passing doesn’t regret giving up her journalism career to raise a family… but what if she hadn’t traded her job for errands and carpools fifteen years ago? Ready to start writing again, Iliana discovers that former teen TV heartthrob of her youth, Jeff Downs, is living nearby, and Iliana is sure she’s found her story. But as the two grow closer, Iliana must decide if she’s willing to risk her present day life for a past teen fantasy.
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
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Combat the chilly weather—and this chilling book—with a big mug of mulled wine to keep you warm. When a seemingly innocent and unrelated group of people play a role in a devastating event on New Year’s Eve, 1976 in Central Park, a detective attempts to solve a mystery that will reverberate through the core of the community. Along the way there will be betrayal, forgiveness, truth and rock ‘n’ roll in this novel that explores what makes life worth living.
The Crescent Spy by Michael Wallace
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It’s 9 o’clock at night and time to brew yourself another pot of coffee, because the conclusion to this book can’t wait until tomorrow! Josephine Breaux is a talented young reporter writing under a man’s name when she is arrested and accused of spying for the Confederate army, despite her claims that she is loyal to the Union. But unbeknownst to Josephine, President Lincoln has an important job for her in the dangerous city of New Orleans… and if she succeeds, she’ll save thousands of lives and bring the war to a grinding halt.
Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern
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What’s a better cozy holiday combination than a blanket, a steaming cup of peppermint tea and a possible love story? Rose Levenson has a fifty-fifty shot of inheriting the genetic mutation for Huntington’s disease that is killing her mother, and when she turns eighteen, Rose will have the choice of getting tested for the devastating degenerative condition. But what if Rose doesn’t want to know when and how she is going to die? When she forms a connection with a boy whose genetic pool is similarly flawed, and with an opportunity to continue to pursue her dream of ballet, Rose will have to decide if loving—and possibly losing—is worth breaking all of her own rules.
Ask Him Why by Catherine Ryan Hyde
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Spill the hot (green) tea on secrets with this next read that will have you at the edge of your seat. Ruth and her younger brother Aubrey are teenagers when Joseph, their older brother and hero, is shipped off to Iraq. But when Joseph returns home almost four months later after being dishonorably discharged, their world is turned upside down. The siblings are convinced Joseph has good reason for refusing to go on duty, but when horrific details about their brother’s discharge comes to light, Joseph disappears. For years to come, Ruth and Aubrey find themselves torn between their love for their brother and the media’s obsessive judgment as they wonder if their family will ever be whole again.
Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell
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For a woman as classy as Clementine Churchill, it’s time to break out the champagne. Winston Churchill said himself that winning World War II would have been “impossible without her." For the first time since the biography written by her daughter, comes this incredibly insightful and informative account of Clementine’s life and marriage to husband Winston Churchill and her relationship with the Roosevelt’s.
All In Her Head by Sunny Mera
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Hot toddies are known for easing an array of illnesses, but it took a lot more than a wintertime drink to ease Sunny Mera’s symptoms. After a rocky childhood, Sunny is about to get the life she’s always wanted. She’s married, buying a house, a graduate student and has a baby on the way. But when Sunny experiences orgasmic labor while giving birth to her daughter, a rare and bizarre psychological phenomena, she is plagued by delusions and paranoia, and relies on her friends, family and doctors to keep her grounded in love, truth, and the real world.
Boys in the Trees: A Memoir by Carly Simon
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Eggnog and this remarkable new memoir are the winter treats you’ve been craving all year. Carly Simon has had an interesting life: daughter of the co-founder of Simon & Schuster and first artist to receive a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award for her song “Let the River Run." Simon has had some extraordinary accomplishments. Recalling her childhood, which was filled with culture and music but also with secrets that would rip her family apart, you won’t be able to put down this story of love, loss, family and art.
Whistling Women by Kelly Romo
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Put that apple cider on ice and head to the 1935 world fair for a trip you won’t forget! When life went horribly wrong for Addie Bates fifteen years ago, she fled San Diego for the Sleepy Valley Nudist Colony and hid from the crime that destroyed her life. But when her fellow residents decide to travel to San Diego for the 1935 world fair, Addie is faced with worst and best case scenario: being reunited with Wavey, her estranged sister. But it’s not easy to overlook fifteen years of family secrets, and as Addie reconnects with her sister, the sacrifices made to reunite the family will have lasting consequences.
The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
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Order yourself a Syllabub at the local tavern and let this book cast a spell on you. During the raw winter of 1692 Massachusetts, a minister’s daughter began to convulse and scream. Less than a year later, panic had spread like the plague and 20 people were dead. Historically and psychologically thrilling, this fantastical account of the Salem Witch Trials—America’s first great mystery—will chill you to the bone.
Blonde Eskimo by Kristen Hunt
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A Vanilla Bean Frappuccino –50% chilly adventure and 50% pure love—is the frothy drink will make you feel like you’ve dropped straight into this next novel. Neiva Ellis always suspected that the people in Spirit, Alaska were keeping secrets: she just never thought it was anything quite like this. Catapulted into a mystical world during an Eskimo rite of passage ceremony on her seventeenth birthday, Neiva watches as real life and ancient Eskimo legends collide. Then, when an evil force awakens and threatens all Neiva holds dear, she will need the help of her friends and a mysterious masked stranger to save the town… and maybe even all of humanity.
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories by Stephen King
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A Moscow Mule is a hardcore treat not to be taken lightly, just like Stephen King’s thrilling new book of short stories. A master storyteller and short fiction writer, King’s most recent assembly of stories focus on morality, guilt and the afterlife in this can’t-miss collection. Eerie and compelling, these stories will have you excited to turn the page and afraid to turn out the lights.
The Black Velvet Coat by Jill G. Hall
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The Black Velvet Coat will transport you to the days of Hitchcock, so grab a Warm Old Fashioned from the bar on the way there. Twenty-eight-year-old Anne McFarland is living in San Francisco and struggling. Determined to perform her one-woman show, no one believes she can succeed: including Anne herself. But when she finds a key in the pocket of a thrift shop coat that belonged to young, desperate heiress Sylvia Van Dam fifty years earlier, almost magical things begin to happen, and Anne’s newly sparked creativity helps to produce her best work yet. As Anne and Sylvia are finally brought together through the coat, they will help one another face their fears and realize their true potential.