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Holiday Season Books available to Trade

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

These seasonal books are all available for swapping right now:

Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark . When Catherine Dornan’s husband Tom is diagnosed with leukemia, she and their two young sons travel with him to New York during the holiday season for a lifesaving operation. On Christmas Eve, Catherine takes the boys to see Rockefeller Center’s famous Christmas tree, where seven-year-old Brian notices a woman taking his mother’s wallet. A St. Christopher medal tucked inside the wallet saved his grandfather’s life in World War II, and Brian believes with all his heart that it will protect his father now. Impulsively, Brian follows the thief into the subway, and the most dangerous adventure of his young life begins….   See other suspense books currently available for swapping.

Christmas Letters by Kathleen Paul, Darlene Mindrup, Rebecca Germany, Susan Downs. Four couples discover love when their letters cross the battlefronts of World War II. Joan and Drake surrender to The Forces of Love. Joyce captures The Missing Peace of romance in a Normandy hospital. Mitsu finds that Christmas Always Comes to those who hope. And Betsy and Kevin experience an Engagement of the HeartSee other Christian Fiction selections currently available for swapping.
The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory. It was a white Christmas Eve, when Cleveland Amory, self-confessed curmudgeon and confirmed dog-owner, found himself standing in a deserted alley trying to rescue a dirty, injured, starving, decidedly unfriendly cat.  What followed is the enchanting story of Amory, who undergoes the transition from a life of independence to a life of being cat-owned. With glimpses of Amory’s cat’s memorable meetings with notables such as George C. Scott and Cary Grant, and fascinating tidbits about the history of cats, this is an irresistible book for cat-lovers and non-cat-lovers alike.  See other books about Animal Care and Pets currently available for swapping.

Too Many Holidays by Angela Shelf Medearis This year, Sharie’s mother wants their family to celebrate Kwanzaa. And she has to work on a project with Caitlin, who insists on studying her family’s Greek Christmas. Hannah, Sharie’s best friend, invites her over for Hanukkah. All Sharie wants is to celebrate Christmas, just like she’s always done. But her holidays are being ruined — and fast! Will Sharie find a way for everyone — including herself — to have a merry season? Browse other books for age 9-12 currently available for swapping.

Christmas in My Heart by Joe Wheeler.  Open up these precious treasuries of classic stories to rediscover what makes Christmas so special.  These stories (from master storytellers such as Pearl S. Buck, Madeleine L’Engle, Taylor Caldwell, and O. Henry) share the spark of Christmas in all of us–the caring, the sharing, and the love. Read them once, to loved ones or in peaceful solitude, and they will forever become a part of your family’s Christmas traditions.

Dear Librarian; Printable Gift Certificates

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Dear Librarian-  I love the new Gift Certificate pictures!  I have seven buddies I’d like to give gift certificates to, and I want to use a different message and picture for each card.  But I can’t seem to save the card I am working on and add another – every time I finish one card and click Discard to start over, it throws away my design!  There has to be a better way to do this.  — Donder

Dear Dondy,
We’re sorry you are having this experience!  Yes, the template can save only one design at a time, so what you need to do is buy the giftcodes (purchase 7 gift certificates) in the Kiosk and then come back to the Gift Certificate page and make the cards, applying a gift code to each one. Once you’ve created a card and it has a code, you will be able to re-generate it from the list in your Receipts link in your account.  In other words, you can save your design by applying a gift code to it and printing it or sending it as an eCard.

We hope that helps.  Please give our warmest regards to your “deer” buddies, and be careful on those icy roofs!


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Book Suggestions for the Holidays

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Holiday tales… each one available to request right now!

Skipping Christmas Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas…this year, celebrating seems like too much effort. They decide that just this once, they’ll skip the holidays, and spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful holiday season.  But they soon learn that skipping the holidays has consequences they didn’t bargain for…  A modern Christmas classic, Skipping Christmas is a hilarious look at the mayhem and madness that have become ingrained in our holiday tradition.

The Power of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel Prize- winning author, gives us these eight stories, one for each night of Hanukkah.  Publisher’s Weekly said that this collection “can enrich readers of all faiths, all ages, with its descriptions of the miraculous power of light over evil.” Why not start a tradition in your own family of reading these stories aloud each year?

Christmas Ghosts Can’t get enough ghosts?  If Scrooge’s three ghosts just leave you wanting more hauntings for your holidays, then here are some ghostly tales for you! This collection includes twenty-seven original stories, featuring Mercedes Lackey, John Betancourt, Judith Tarr and other favorites.

It’s Kwanzaa Time! Here’s a Lift-the-Flap book to introduce your littlest ones to this holiday of unity, togetherness, and creativity. For Reading Level ages 4-8.

Santa Baby... Three Christmas tales from three bestselling authors, in one book…Jennifer Crusie‘s shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real life spy game, in the arms of a sexy secret agent…Lori Foster delivers a steamy office romance of two coworkers with a lot of secrets (and fantasies!) between them planning a Christmas party side by side…Carly Phillips‘ “mistletoe moment” begins when a no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss meets his twin instead…

Dear Members,

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

When I was very young, my parents would often take us on vacation up north to visit my grandparents and other relatives.  The favorite topic of conversation on the drive up was whether there would be enough snow for sledding down the hills.  Well, it was my favorite topic of conversation, anyway!  I couldn’t wait to go sledding, and every year I spent the whole long car ride wishing and wishing for snow.

Nowadays, I still like snow…I like to watch it fall, from inside a warm house!   When it’s snowing, I am perfectly content sitting in a comfortable chair beside the fireplace reading a good book.  Sometimes I wonder where that kid went, the one who loved to rush down the hills, but then I am reassured by looking at my own kids, who still love snow and sledding and everything about Christmas.   We grownups grumble about holiday shopping and all the hassles of the season, but for the kids it is still pure magic.

So while you’re feeling stressed this holiday season and asking yourself whether all the effort is worth it,  take a moment to remember why we do it – because the holidays (whichever one you celebrate at this time of year) bring family together, make memories that last a lifetime, and let us “old folks” relive a little of that magic from our childhoods.

On behalf of the entire PBS team, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday and a terrific New Year!

and the PaperBackSwap Team