The Giving Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer ChiaveriniÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â PS 3553 .H473 G58 2012
â€œWhy do you give?â€ asks Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson Cooper inÂ The Giving Quilt, theÂ New York TimesÂ bestselling author Jennifer Chiaveriniâ€™s artful, inspiring novel that imagines what good would come from practicing the holiday spirit each and every day of the year.
At Elm Creek Manor, the week after Thanksgiving is â€œQuiltsgiving,â€ a time to commence a season of generosity. From near and far, quilters and aspiring quiltersâ€”a librarian, a teacher, a college student, and a quilt-shop clerk among themâ€”gather for a special winter session of quilt camp, to make quilts for Project Linus. (In real life, Chiaverini has long been active in this charitable organization, dedicated to providing handmade quilts and blankets to children in need.)
Each quilter, ever mindful that many of her neighbors, friends, and family members are struggling through difficult times, uses her creative gifts to alleviate their collective burden. As the week unfolds, the quilters respond to Sylviaâ€™s provocative question in ways as varied as the life experiences that drew them to Elm Creek Manor. Love and comfort are sewn into the warm, bright, beautiful quilts they stitch, and their stories collectively consider the strength of human connection and its rich rewards.
Featuring not only well-loved characters but also intriguing newcomers,Â The Giving QuiltÂ will remind us all: Giving from the heart blesses the giver as much as the recipient, and while giving may not always be easy, it is always worthwhile.
Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream by Dinesh D’SouzaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â E 908.3 .D76 2012
America as we know itâ€”wealthy, powerful, assertiveâ€”is not what Obama wants. He wants a smaller America, a poorer America, an America unable to exert its will, an America happy to be one power among many, an America in decline so that other nations might riseâ€”all in the name of global fairness. To Obama, the hated â€œone percentâ€ isnâ€™t just wealthy Americas; it is America itself. In Obamaâ€™s view, America needs to be taken down a notch.
That is the startling conclusion of bestselling author Dinesh Dâ€™Souza inÂ Obamaâ€™s America. Building on his previousÂ New York TimesÂ bestsellerÂ The Roots of Obamaâ€™s Rageâ€”which Newt Gingrich called â€œStunningâ€¦the most profound insight I have read in the last six yearsâ€â€”Dâ€™Souza shows how Obamaâ€™s goal to downsize America is in plain sight but ignored by everyone.
Dâ€™Souza lays out what Obama plans to do in a second administrationâ€”a makeover of America so drastic that the â€œshining city on a hillâ€ will become a shantytown in a rather dangerous global village. Arresting in its presentation and sobering in its conclusions,Â Obamaâ€™s AmericaÂ is essential reading for those who want to change Americaâ€™s course before itâ€™s too late.
The Secret Keeper: A Novel by Kate MortonÂ Â Â PR 9619.4 .M74 S43 2012
From theÂ New York TimesÂ and internationally bestselling author ofÂ The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden,Â andÂ The House at Riverton,Â a spellbinding new novel filled with mystery, thievery, murder, and enduring love.
During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothyâ€”her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.
Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothyâ€™s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothyâ€™s past.
Dorothyâ€™s story takes the reader from preâ€“WWII England through the blitz, to the â€™60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worldsâ€”Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmyâ€”who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined.Â The Secret KeeperÂ explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is toldâ€”in Mortonâ€™s signature styleâ€”against a backdrop of events that changed the world.