February paperback picks

Feb 6, 2012 at 11:17 a.m. ET

Jen of "Devourer of Books" shares six new books for February and tells us which ones are brand new to paperback.

New books for February

What Happened to Hannah
by Mary Kay McComas What happened to Hannah cover
Feb. 7

When Hannah Benson ran away from her family as a teenager, she didn't expect to come back. Unfortunately, now that 20 years have passed, the death of Hannah's mother and sister has left her as the sole guardian of her 15-year-old niece.

In an attempt to create a happy home for the girl, Hannah must confront her painful past -- including a number of distressing secrets. Fans of Kristin Hannah and Kristina Riggle will enjoy McComas's vivid depiction of the love and hate which can plague a family in equal amounts.

The Possibility of You cover

The Possibility of You
by Pamela Redmond
Feb. 28

An Irish nanny in 1916, a 19-year-old discovering a secret family in 1976, a present-day journalist searching for the woman who gave her away -- all three women, in Pamela Redmond's The Possibility of You, are connected by the reality and complexities of unexpected pregnancies, and the ensuing search for family and connection.

Told by the three women in alternating chapters, Redmond's beautifully-written novel explores the choices women make and the way decisions can influence lives for generations to come.

Worth the wait -- new to paperback

The Naked Mom: A Modern Mom's Fearless Revelations, Savvy Advice, and Soulful Reflections
by The Naked Mom: A Modern Mom's Fearless Revelations, Savvy Advice, and Soulful Reflections coverBrooke Burke
Feb. 7

Dancing with the Stars winner, co-host and mother of four, Brooke Burke, shares a behind-the-scenes view of life as a celebrity mom in The Naked Mom. Readers will be surprised by just how much her life resembles their own, especially when Burke gets real about the difficulties of balancing work and motherhood.

This is not a guide to perfect mothering, but an authentic discussion of the struggles we all face -- the reality that there is not a perfect formula.

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels -- A Love Story
by Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels – a Love Story cover
Feb. 14

Every month Ree Drummond's popular blog, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, receives some 20 million page views. Drummond is particularly well known for her cooking and recipes but visitors are also familiar with her ranching family. Particularly the husband she calls Marlboro Man, a man who wooed her away from the big city and back to Oklahoma and a life on a working cattle ranch. It is their courtship and Drummond's adaptation to her new life that is the focus of her memoir, The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels.

Fans of the blog will be interested to learn Ree and Marlboro Man's full story, but even if you've never visited Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, their beautifully romantic story is well worth reading.

Other People We Married: Stories
by Emma Straub Other People We Married: Stories cover
Feb. 7

In Other People We Married, Emma Straub has created a series of brilliant stories of love, hope and transformation. Straub has a talent for making characters just flawed enough to be beautifully authentic, without devolving into overly-quirky.

Reading Other People We Married is often like peeking into the lives of your friends and colleagues as they struggle to determine who they are and reconcile with who they thought they would be.

Save Me Save Me cover
by Lisa Scottoline
Feb. 14

Volunteering as a lunch mom allows Rose McKenna to keep an eye on her sweet, shy third-grader, Melly, who, with her facial birthmark, is tormented by a bully named Amanda. Just when Rose is finally determined to intervene, there is an explosion in the kitchen.

Suddenly, Rose must choose between running to the bathroom to rescue her daughter or ushering Melly's persecutor to safety. The decision she makes will seriously impact both her life and her standing in the community.

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