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Oogy by Larry Levin

Oogy

The story of Oogy is perfect for any animal lover who enjoys reading about the different ways animals, in this case Oogy, teach us humans many life lessons. While the story is mixed with challenges and humor, the reader cannot help but be inspired by the family’s love for this dog and, of course vice versa. The other wonderful thing about this book is that it is easy to read in varying time intervals without having to keep reading to find out what happens next in the way a suspense novel would require. It is more akin to a collection of short stories, all about the adventures of Oogy. A very enjoyable, heartwarming read which mixes in some humor as well as insight into the workings of a real family and how each relates to the family pet.

The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner

The Neighbor

Detective D.D. Warren is called in to investigate the disappearance of Sandra Jones. Sandra is married, has a four-year-old daughter, and teaches 6th grade Social Studies in South Boston where she and her family live. Her husband Jason is a successful reporter. Their lives seem ideal until Sandra disappears during the night. Jason finds her purse and keys on the kitchen counter and their daughter sleeping in her room. Nothing seems disturbed. All of her personal belongings are still in the house. None of this makes sense. Where would she go? Why would she leave her little girl? Jason becomes an instant suspect when he refuses to answer questions about his wife’s disappearance. As Detective Warren looks further into the investigation, she discovers that the couple’s life together was not so perfect after all.

The Neighbor has a wickedly twisted storyline and a shocking conclusion.

This is the third book in the "Detective D. D. Warren Series."

Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

Reporter Camille Preaker goes back to her hometown of Wind Gap to investigate the murder of one little girl and the disappearance of another. She stays in her childhood home with her mother, stepfather and half-sister, Amma. Missing is little sister Marian who died as a child. Camille has a contentious relationship with her mother and almost no connection with the rest of the family. On this journey she will come to know her half-sister better although what she discovers will unsettle her. Camille also manages to unearth the murderer’s true identity while busy unwrapping the dark layers of her past.

The author writes about deeply disturbed characters as if she knows them intimately. This is a very dark story that will keep you riveted.

Dogs of Christmas

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New York Times Bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron has done it again—and just in time for the holidays too! "The Dogs of Christmas" tells the story of rescue dogs and the people who love them.

Josh Michaels has never ever had a dog in his life when his neighbor Ryan drops off his dog "Loose" while he leaves for a family emergency out of town. "Loose" is really "Lucy" who is pregnant and expecting her puppies any day. Contacting both the nearest vet and animal shelter Josh insists he cannot keep the dog or the puppies and needs advice and help. Kerrie the animal shelter volunteer quickly helps Josh out and when the puppies arrive…well who doesn't love a puppy?

Josh, Lucy, and her puppies quickly form a family bond. Its Christmas time and the holidays have been a difficult time for Josh, but with the puppies he once again discovers the spirit of the season. Watching the puppies grow day by day, Josh can't imagine life without them. Can Josh really handle keeping five puppies or can he find it in his heart to give them up to adoptive families? Trouble arises when Kerrie discovers that Ryan wasn't Lucy’s real owner but a dog thief! She believes Josh will do the right thing and but can Josh really make that call to reunite Lucy with her rightful owner?

This is a great book, a quick read and the perfect present for anyone who has ever owned a dog or rescued a dog from a dog shelter. Happy Holidays!

Cook This, Not That! : Kitchen Survival Guide by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding

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David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding say the best way to lose weight is by cooking at home.

A list of kitchen tools, cookware, pantry staples, and kitchen tips are listed to help you prepare to cook at home. Once you are set to cook, you are provided with recipes from breakfast, American classics, to dessert. The recipes use foods that "target belly fat-by keeping you full of smart, healthy choices that keep your resting metabolism revving and never let you go hungry."

The book also has breakdowns of the best and worst of fat, meat, carb and dairy products.

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