If You Like Inspirational Historical Fiction

…and like strong characters, light romance, and prefer audio format, try these:

The mountain between us by Charles Martin

Shoot the moon by Billie Letts

Miss Julia speaks her mind: a novel by Ann B. Ross

Two more options that are available in print:

Big Stone Gap: a novel by Adriana Trigiani

Gold of kings: a novel by Davis Bunn

As well as the authors Jan Karon, Karen Kingsbury, Beverly Lewis and Fannie Flagg.

Bone-chilling Listens in the Summer Heat!

Nothing beats having a good bone-chilling, spine-tingling audiobook to listen to while you bask in the sun! If the warm temperature lulls you to sleep, the suspense of the book will keep you on edge!

The snowman by Jo Nesbø; translated by Don Bartlett

Last snow by Eric Van Lustbader

Before the frost by Henning Mankell; translated by Ebba Segerberg

Terminal freeze by Lincoln Child

Ice run: an Alex McKnight mystery by Steve Hamilton

Winterkill by C.J. Box, Ray Gautreau

Gardening Step by Step

Gardening step by step by Phil Clayton, Jenny Hendy, Colin Crosbie, Jo Whittingham — This book runs the gamut of things you might want to know how to do in your garden. From designing to planting to maintenance, it's all included here. The section on pruning is extensive and includes color photographs showing just how to go about it for various type of plants. Both beginning gardeners and those with more experience will certainly find something of interest here.

Babies, Pets, & Allergies

A recent study of 565 children  by Ganesa Wegienka, an epidemiologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit indicates if during their first year, children (birth through 12 months) are exposed to pets, they are less likely to develop pet allergies.  

According to Dr. Wegienka, exposure to pets after that first year of growth has little impact on a child's proclivity towards pet allergies.

Road Trip Music

Taking a road trip with the family this summer? Need some tunes to entertain the little ones? Here are some great CDs for the car ride this summer:

Car songs: songs to sing anywhere by Dennis Buck

Songs for the car

Here comes science by They Might Be Giants

City kid! by Joanie Leeds

Kidz bop 19 by Kidz Bop Kids

Disney Pixar buddy songs by Mollin, Fred

Lightning McQueen's fast tracks: revved up road tunes inspired by Disney Pixar Cars

Yellow bus by Justin Roberts

That's How

Parents, how many times a day do you hear "Why?" or "How?" How many different ways can you answer that? Author Christopher Niemann tries to help you answer those questions with his new picture book, That's How. Here, many questions about how things work are answered in a simple, straightforward way. Kids of all ages will enjoy discovering how things work! If you are looking for more stories to answer those never ending whys and hows, check out childrens question and answer stories.

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