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Win 10 Copies of A QUILT FOR CHRISTMAS by Sandra Dallas for Your Group

We're giving four groups the chance to win 10 copies of New York Times bestselling author Sandra Dallas's A QUILT FOR CHRISTMAS, a story set during the Civil War in which a woman makes a quilt for her husband and learns about love, grief, forgiveness and healing. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, October 14th at noon ET.

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HOW TO BUILD A GIRL
by Caitlin Moran

It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, 14, decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde --- fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer. By 16, she’s smoking cigarettes, getting drunk and working for a music paper. She’s writing pornographic letters to rock stars, having all the kinds of sex with all the kinds of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less. But what happens when Johanna realizes she’s built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters and a head full of paperbacks enough to build a girl after all?

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GUTENBERG'S APPRENTICE
by Alix Christie

Johann Gutenberg has devised a revolutionary method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. Johann Fust is financing Gutenberg’s workshop and orders his adopted son, Peter, to become Gutenberg’s apprentice. As Peter’s skill grows, so, too, does his admiration for Gutenberg and his dedication to their daring venture: copies of the Holy Bible. But mechanical difficulties and the crushing power of the Catholic Church threaten their work.

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Book Cover ArtTHE GARDEN OF LETTERS
by Alyson Richman

When Mussolini's Fascist regime strikes her family in Verona, Elodie Bertolotti is drawn into the burgeoning resistance movement by Luca, a young and impassioned bookseller. As the occupation looms, she discovers that her unique musical talents, and her courage, have the power to save lives. Upon arriving in Portofino months later, Elodie is a frightened and exhausted girl. She is given sanctuary by a young doctor named Angelo Rosselli, a man with painful secrets of his own, haunted by guilt and remorse.

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