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“Tallgrass” by Sandra Dallas. In the acknowledgments page of her poignant new novel, best-selling author of “The Persian Pickle Club” Sandra Dallas tells readers how her late father inspired the character of Loyal Stroud, a self-deprecating farmer with an unflappable moral core. Loyal’s teenage daughter, Rennie, who has mixed feelings about Tallgrass, the Japanese internment camp newly established at the edge of her tiny Colorado town, narrates the tale itself. Part thriller, part historical novel, Dallas has written a riveting exploration of the darkest, as well as the best parts, of the human heart.

“Labyrinth” by Kate Mosse. Two women, separated by eight centuries, share a special connection both to each other and to three sacred books that reveal the secret of the Holy Grail in this adventure novel. In the present, Alice Tanner, a volunteer at a French archaeological excavation, stumbles across the skeletal remains of two people in a cave, as well as a ring with an intricate labyrinth engraved on it. Interlinked with Alice’s story is that of 17-year-old Alais, newly married to a handsome chevalier and living in 13th-century Carcassonne. Sitting securely in the historical religious quest genre, Mosse’s fluently written third novel may tantalize the legions of “Da Vinci Code” devotees with its promise of revelation about Christianity’s truths.

“Uncommon Carriers” by John McPhee. What John McPhee’s books all have in common is that they are about real people in real places. Here, at his adventurous best, he is out and about with people who work in freight transportation. Over the past eight years, John McPhee has spent considerable time in the company of people who work in freight transportation. “Uncommon Carriers” is his sketchbook of them and of his journeys with them. Acutely attentive, he watches what an interstate truck driver, a railroad engineer, a towboat captain, and shipmasters do to conduct safely tens of thousands of tons of conveyance and cargo to their destinations. A pleasure to read, each of the seven chapters is an adventure waiting to be taken. (New in trade paper)

“Everyday Pasta” by Giada De Laurentiis. For New York Times’ best-selling author Giada De Laurentiis, pasta has always been one of the great pleasures of the table: it’s healthy and delicious; it can be light and delicate or rich and hearty; it’s readily available and easy to prepare. It’s everything you want in a meal. And, nothing satisfies a craving for Italian food quite like it! In “Everyday Pasta,” Giada De Laurentiis invites you to share her love of this versatile staple with more than a hundred brand-new recipes for pasta dishes, as well as for complementary sauces, salads and sides tempting enough to bring the whole family to the dinner table.

“Atherton: The House of Power” by Patrick Carman. From the creator of the “Land of Elyon” comes a riveting adventure set in an extraordinary satellite world, created as a refuge from a dying Earth, that begins to collapse and forever change the lives of its inhabitants. Edgar, a gifted climber, is a lonely boy scaling the perilous cliffs that separate the three realms of Atherton: a humble fig grove; a mysterious highland world of untold beauty and sinister secrets; and a vast wasteland where he must confront an unspeakable danger that could destroy the people of Atherton. When Edgar discovers a book, which contains the history of Atherton’s origins and ultimate apocalypse, his world, quite literally, begins to turn inside out. Carman delivers a strong environmental message, as well as a fluid and compelling fantasy and mystery. (Ages 8-12)


Compiled by manager Susan Beck at The Book Seller, 107 Mill St., Grass Valley, 272-2131. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. Ð 7 p.m.,; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Ð 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. Ð 4 p.m.

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