Here are some books that have crossed our desks recently.
"HUCK: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family — and a Whole Town — About Hope and Happy Endings," by Janet Elder, Broadway, $21 (nf)
Michael was 4 when his relentless campaign for a dog began. But his parents, Janet and Rich, were steadfast; bringing a dog into their fast-paced New York City lives was utterly impractical.
However, a chance happening leads Janet to reconsider, a decision then hastened by a diagnosis of breast cancer. On Thanksgiving weekend, soon after the grueling months of treatments are over, Huck, a sweet, mischievous, red-haired, toy poodle joins the family.
A few months later, Janet receives the dreaded phone call: Huck has slipped through the backyard fence and run away. The family races home to search for their lost puppy. Moved by the family's plight, strangers — from schoolchildren to townspeople to the police lieutenant — join the search, one that proves to be an unyielding test of determination and faith.
"AND THEN THERE WAS ONE," by Patricia Gussin, Oceanview Publishing, $25.95 (f)
Nine years ago, Katie and Scott Monroe were blessed beyond their wildest dreams with identical triplets, Sammie, Alex and Jackie. Three beautiful daughters and two adoring parents formed the picture-perfect party of five.
But this tight-knit family unravels when the three little girls go to a movie, but only one emerges from the darkness of the theater. How could Sammie and Alex vanish without a trace? Plunged into the abyss of a parent's worst fear, Katie and Scott hang by a thread-waiting, worrying, not knowing and confronting the terrifying realization that the kidnapping may not have been a random act.
More hardbacks recently released:
"Moonlight Mile," by Dennis Lehane (f): Return of married private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. "Crown of Dust," by Mary Volmer (f): When a young girl disguised as a boy strikes gold in a wild outpost during the California gold rush, the brutal realities of the Wild West affect her find. "Tapping the Source: Using the Master Key System for Abundance and Happiness," by William Gladstone, Richard Greninger, and John Selby (nf).
"God's Guest List," by Debbie Macomber (nf): Macomber's response to the bucket list — what if we let God invite people into our lives according to his will? "The Huckleberry Murders," by Patrick F. McManus (f): A Sheriff Bo Tully mystery. "Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery and the Genius of the Royal Society," edited by Bill Bryson (nf): Contributions from Royal Society scientists include a diverse range of subjects, from metaphysics to nuclear physics, climate change and the cosmological principle that guides "Star Trek."
"The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence," by Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin (nf). "Walks on the Beach," by Sandy Gingras (nf): Gingras talks about her "beach philosophy," combined with water color illustrations and inspirational messages. "Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution," by Charles Rappleye (nf): Morris' controversial efforts not only funded the Revolutionary war, they established the fledgling United States as an economically self-sustaining entity that are still reflected in modern-day federal financing, many of which have been incorrectly attributed to Alexander Hamilton.
"Born to Bark: My Adventures with an Irrepressible and Unforgettable Dog," by Stanley Coren (nf): Memoir about the author's dog, Flint. "Beginner's Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life," by Kate Braestrup (nf): Braetrup, a chaplain, explains what prayer is and explores the many ways that we can pray.
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