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A Haunting Civil War Novel!

REDEMPTION FALLS
BY JOSEPH O'CONNOR
From the author of Star of the Sea comes a new novel that is both brutal and poetic. It is set post Civil War and centers around the western town of Redemption Falls to where a traumatized set of characters journey for various reasons.

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Getting a tax refund? Watch our for phishing scams!

Lately, you may have received an email claiming to be from the IRS, telling you that you have a refund coming. You are instructed to perhaps click on a link and provide all sorts of personal information, including your social security number. Some emails might imply that you could be in some sort of trouble if you don't comply.

 

These emails represent what are called "phishing" scams, in which con artists send out emails that appear to be from legitimate companies or organizations in order to get your personal information, especially your SSN. With this information, they can rob your identity, opening new lines of credit and sticking you with the bill. For more information about

Spook Country

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Spook Country by William Gibson

 

Hollis Henry, the former lead singer of a rock group "The Curfew" is trying to reinvent herself as a journalist for a secretive technology-focused magazine called Node. She has been sent to find Bobby Chombo, an elusive global-positioning-system expert.

 

An Irish Delight!

Taylor CoverAn Irish Country Doctor
By Patrick Taylor
A novel in the tradition of James Herriot, this charming book follows a young doctor's first months as a physician's assistant in rural Ireland. The story is filled with delightful scenes of country village life and the wit of the Irish. Highly recommended!

This Year You Write Your Novel

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This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley

Write every day for at least 90 minutes. Don't edit yourself. Avoid distractions. Study poetry. Oh, and write every day. No matter what. These and other practical, straightforward tips about writing a novel in one year are included in this slim, yet informative, book (less than 25,000 words, according to the author) from the author of more than two dozen fiction and non-fiction books, including an historical mystery series starring detective Easy Rawlins.

The Love of a Dog

Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen
Like a person, a dog that has held a special place in the lives of others will be remembered long after its natural life has ended. Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen is about one such dog. Beau, a black Labrador retriever that spent virtually all of his 15 years in the author's household, is lovingly and eloquently memorialized in this short book filled with black-and-white studio photographs of all kinds of irresistibly adorable dogs.

Mars to get near-miss

Refined orbital calculations brought good news for Martians, disappointment to scientists...

From the NASA/JPL Near-Earth Object Program Office -- January 9, 2008 -- Since our last update, we have received numerous tracking measurements of asteroid 2007 WD5 from four different observatories. These new data have led to a significant reduction in the position uncertainties during the asteroid's close approach to Mars on Jan. 30, 2008. As a result, the impact probability has dropped dramatically, to approximately 0.01 percent or 1 in 10,000 odds, effectively ruling out the possible collision with Mars. Our best estimate now is that 2007 WD5 will pass about 26,000 km from the planet's center (about 7 Mars radii from the surface) at around 12:00 UTC on Jan. 30th. With 99.7 PERCENT confidence, the pass should be no closer than 4000 km from the surface.

Just the Facts: Cleaner, Leaner and Greener

Here are several websites that might help with the resolve to be more organized and clutter-free with 2008.

Get Organized Now!
This website has abundant tips, articles, and e-courses, as well as a free weekly e-newsletter, to help you organize your home, office, and life.

Organized Home
A website with the motto: "Cut the clutter, speed your cleaning, and calm the chaos." Includes tips for room-by-room cleaning and organizing, green living, menu and meal planning, and much more.

Just the Facts: JANE AUSTEN FANS REJOICE

Jane Austen fans are looking forward to four months of Masterpiece on Sunday evenings devoted to adaptations of Jane Austen novels and an original biographical play.
January 13 Persuasion
January 20 Northanger Abbey
January 27 Mansfield Park
February 3 Miss Austen Regrets (an original biography)
February 10-24 Pride and Prejudice (3 2-hour episodes)
March 23 Emma
March 30-April 6 Sense and Sensibility (2 90-minute episodes)

True Janeites will enjoy a visit to the Republic of Pemberley and may even belong to the Jane Austen Society of North America.