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Great books for a "Cold Winter’s Night"

Why not take advantage of the opportunity to read more with the upcoming long, cold nights? Here are just a few suggestions to keep your blood pumping.

The Winter Sister by Megan Collins is an atmospheric story that weaves together a suspenseful plot along with a captivating character study of a family going through hard emotional times. A sister’s disappearance years ago comes back into question as uncovered secrets re-emerge. Novelist Elizabeth Berg is known for stories of comfort and the true power of community celebrating the cycles of life. Night of Miracles is another heartfelt, affirming tale that will leave the reader inspired and hopeful.

To extend the holiday spirit, you may want to try Marley by Jon Clinch, a wonderfully crafted retelling of the classic A Christmas Carol that illuminates this cherished story to spellbinding effect. In this version, Jacob Marley, business partner to Ebenezer Scrooge is very much alive but they are destined to clash in an unforgettable reckoning setting the stage for his ghostly return.

There’s a new Lucy Stone mystery by prolific author Leslie Meier called Invitation Only Murder. Cozy with a sometimes serious edge, she is a delight to read from start to finish. This time, Lucy arrives on a private island in Maine owned by an eccentric billionaire to cover an unconventional celebration. Tragedy strikes and a sinister plot unfolds.

For a little bit of inspiration try The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World by Lewis Hyde. Whether you write, paint, sing, compose or act, this book is a brilliant, life-changing defense of the value of creative labor and an essential book for anyone who has ever given or received a work of art.

Joe Hill has a new collection of 13 compelling new stories in Full Throttle including two written with Stephen King (the author’s father). He is able to push the envelope of conventions to new extremes and dissects timeless human struggles in tales of supernatural suspense.

Read all about the extraordinary life and career of superstar Elton John in his new autobiography aptly titled Me. From his childhood as a shy boy in the London suburbs with dreams of pop stardom to the realization of those goals, friendships with the likes of Freddie Mercury and John Lennon and the darker side of drug addiction and suicide attempts this memoir will take you on an intimate journey with a living legend.

There are plenty more enchanting reads to help you get through a cold winter’s night. Go out and explore the shelves of your local bookstore or library and get cozy with a good book!