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In a nation obsessed with weight, Mireille Guiliano's book, "French Women Don't Get Fat," is bound to be read by many. Guiliano describes her own battle with weight early in her life, and goes on to share the secrets of eating well and with great pleasure while controlling weight. Many fine recipes are included.

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New Books on Tape are here for those who have been waiting!

"Drama City," written by George Pelecanos, narrated by J.D. Jackson. Lorenzo Brown is out of jail, working at a good job, and wanting desperately to stay clean. Just when he needs his parole officer, Rachel Lopez, her life is crumbling around her.

"The Sugar Camp Quilt," written by Jennifer Chiaverini, narrated by Christina Moore. Dorothea Granger was happy to make her uncle a unique quilt. After his violent death, she learns that the quilt contains clues for the Underground Railroad. Will she continue her stitching?

"Hard Truth," written by Nevada Barr and narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. Only three days into her new job as district ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, three young girls go missing. Anna and her new husband, Sheriff Paul Davidson, must solve the mystery.

"In the Company of Cheerful Ladies," written by Alexander McCall Smith, narrated by Lisette Lecat. Both Mma Ramotswe and her new husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, have plenty on their minds. One of the apprentices has run away, the case load is busy, and an intruder has entered Mma's home.

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," written by Jonathan Safran Foer, narrated by various actors. Oskar Schell's father was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. His father left behind a key, and while Oskar looks for the lock, he finds out more than he might want to know.

"Boogaloo on Second Avenue," written by Mark Kurlansky, narrated by George Guidall. In the midst of gentrification of his Lower East Side neighborhood in Manhattan, Nathan Seltzer struggles to maintain his independent copy shop and his relationship with a sexy German woman.

"Miss Julia's School of Beauty," written by Ann B. Ross, narrated by Cynthia Darlow. The elegant and graceful Miss Julia helps Hazel Marie when she takes on the task of advising the contestants for Miss Abbot County Sheriff's Department beauty contest.

"Saturday," written by Ian McEwan, narrated by Steven Crossley. A minor accident that happens in a crowd of protesters turns tragic for neurosurgeon Henry Perowne and the man he must save.

"The Serpent on the Crown," written by Elizabeth Peters, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. With the Great War over and the world at peace, Amelia Peabody returns to her work in the Valley of the Kings. Trouble quickly finds Amelia and she must return a cursed relic to its grave.


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