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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.


EDIBLE STORIES: A Novel in Sixteen Parts," by Mark Kurlansky, Riverhead Trade, $16 (f)

In these linked stories, Mark Kurlansky reveals the bond that can hold people together, tear them apart or make them become vegan: food. Through muffins or hot dogs, an indigenous Alaskan fish soup, a bean curd Thanksgiving turkey or potentially toxic cr?e brulee, a rotating cast of characters learns how to honor the past, how to realize they're not in love with someone any more and how to forgive.

More paperbacks recently released:

"In Search of Powder: A Story of America's Disappearing Ski Bum," by Jeremy Evans (nf): Chronicling how ski bums, people who reject materialism, take risks, follow their own paths, are endangered by rising real estate costs, an immigrant workforce and corporate-owned resorts. "You'll Lose the Baby Weight (and Other Lies About Pregnancy and Childbirth)" by Dawn Meehan (nf humor).

"Cartels and Combinations," by Mike McPheters (f): The foundations of Mexico's drug cartels are exposed as traffickers breach American borders to snatch a young woman whose family refuses to give up. "Montana Glory," by R.C. Ryan (f): Single mom Riley Mason has an explosive secret, but when she falls in love with one of the McCord family, that secret threatens to destroy the McCords and their legacy.


"The Vertigo Years: Europe, 1900-1914," by Philipp Blom (nf). "They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany," by Patrick K. O'Donnell (nf). "American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane," by Walter Isaacson (nf).

— compiled by Kari Morandi