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How did your life collide with the headlines in 2007?
Iraq, the subprime crisis, Facebook, immigration, oil prices - 2007 had no shortage of hefty headlines. We'd like to hear about how these and other major news events of the past year affected you. Where did your life collide with the news in 2007?

What's your holiday performance story?
The office talent show, the neighborhood caroling posse, the school pageant ... At holiday time we often sing, dance, and dress as shepherds. Did you bloom in the warmth of your audience's adulation, or freeze up like the snowman you'd rather be building? Did your holiday performance change your life or that of someone close to you?

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Book Recommendations from Russ Lawrence and Nancy Olson
Nancy Olson of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, North Carolina

With by Donald Harington
"It might be the best novel I've read this year so far, and the years almost over." It starts as a grit lit story, the disturbing abduction of a young child. It ends up being a survival story with a lot of natural and some supernatural help. It is a fabulous incredible novel. I hope everybody in the world reads it."

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, due out in 2005
"He's a great favorite of mine. He is such an elegant writer and I was intrigued by his writing -- it was so subtle that I'm still processing it. It's a rather horrifying plot about clones who are raised to donate organs. It's heavy duty."

Runaway: Stories by Alice Munro
High Country Fall: A Deborah Knott Mystery by Margaret Maron
Another Son of Man by Tim McLaurin
Hannah Coulter: A Novel by Wendell Berry
"A beautiful story of a woman's life, told by her."
The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life by Pat Conroy
Hallellujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes By Maya Angelou
Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader by Jan Karon and Martha McIntosh
Sweet Stuff: Karen Barker's American Desserts by Karen Barker

Russ Lawrence of Chapter One Bookstore in Hamilton, Montana

The Know It All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A. J. Jacobs
Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2 by Annie Proulx
The Darling by Russell Banks
Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes; translation by Edith Grossman
Wolf Tracks on the Welcome Mat by Paul Zarzyski
"He's a Montana Poet. He performs regularly at the National Cowboy Poetry gathering. But he's not your typical cowboy poet."

Other Mystery Writers Russ Recommends
P.D. James
C.J. Box
Peter Bowen
Janet Evanovich

Chapter One Book Store
Quail Ridge Books & Music

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