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Fight off the chill of winter with these heartwarming fiction and nonfiction titles.


What the Heart Knows

An undercover investigator travels to her former reservation after being gone for 13 years to look into illegal activities in a casino. However, her own secrets are brought under scrutiny when she encounters a former lover to whom she bore a child.


At Home in Mitford

A rector, through small acts of kindness and love, battles the loneliness buried beneath his cheerful exterior. Under the watchful eye of his secretary, he slowly realizes he is falling in love with one of his neighbors. This simple love story is made much more entertaining by the cast of quirky characters that populate the rector's small town.


84, Charing Cross Road.
PS3515.A4853 Z54 1970

Helene Hanff and Frank Doel corresponded by mail for twenty years after Hanff contacted Doel's book store about some obscure classics. A professional relationship evolved into something more between Helen and not only Doel, but also other shop staff. This true story has a bittersweet ending, but paints a heartfelt and intimate portrait of a long-distance friendship.


The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Precious Ramotswe, after a tumultuous childhood and marriage, becomes the first female private detective in Botswana. The cases she takes on demonstrate both the beauty and danger present in Botswana and Africa, and through the characters' various problems, explore some of the political and social issues people in Botswana face.


The Little Prince

A prince from an asteroid tells the narrator stories about his journeys through space. He meets various characters on his travels, all of whom have something to teach him. He learns about greed, conceit, work, love, and the human condition.


The Endless Steppe: Growing up in Siberia
PS3558.A77 Z464 1968x

In 1941 Esther Hautzig and her upper-class family were arrested and taken from their home in Poland to live in Siberia. Esther recalls the horrors her family was subjected to, and her own experience adjusting to and eventually falling in love with the steppe.


Mama's Bank Account

This charming story about an immigrant Norwegian family living in San Francisco inspired a play, a film, a long-running television series, and a Broadway musical. The simple family is led through struggle, sorrow, and happiness by a strong matriarch.


The Secret Life of Bees

Fourteen-year-old Lily Owens' mother is killed accidentally one afternoon. In her grief, Lily turns for comfort to the bees that visit her room. After an incident that lands both of them in jail, Lily and her "stand-in mother" flee to South Carolina to search for a better life.


Letters of a Woman Homesteader
F761 .S8 1988x

A young widowed mother, tired of life as a laundress, accepts an offer to move to a ranch in Wyoming. In this collection of letters, she describes her experiences on the ranch, painting a vivid picture of life in the West.