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'Tis the Season for Christmas Music

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'Tis the season for new Christmas music releases! Every year around November is when artists across all genres start releasing their Christmas compilations. For the most part, most Christmas releases feature a mix of classic songs as well as a few winter and holiday originals. What’s nice about Christmas music is with so many artists now putting out Christmas albums there’s something for everyone. This year have been a lot of great new releases, so unless you’re Ebenezer Scrooge, check out some Christmas music and spread some Christmas cheer.

Kelly Clarkson Wrapped in RedWrapped in Red is Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson's first Christmas compliation. This is a good CD is you are looking to hear some classic songs like Silent Night, Run Run Rudolph or Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, but also good if you are looking for some new classics as well. The first single of the album, titled Underneath the Tree is a great upbeat, festive addition to the Christmas season.

Home for Christmas Susan Boyle

In 2010 Susan Boyle released her first seasonal effort The Gift. This year she is back with another Christmas release, Home for Christmas. The album featuring Susan Boyle's favorite classic Christmas songs including Little Drummer Boy, The Christmas Song, and a very special recording of O Come, All Ye Faithful featuring Elvis Presley. This album will delight fans of the Scottish singer who rose to fame after an inspring performance on Britain's Got Talent.

NOW Christmas

What do Nat King Cole, Justin Bieber, Bing Crosby and Bruce Springsteen all have in common? If you guessed that they are all featured on NOW Christmas you'd be right. This is the prefect collection because it has a bit of everything, classic songs including "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" from Gene Autry and newer songs like Happy Christmas (War is Over) by Maroon 5. This is the latest edition in the successful NOW Christmas series.

If you’ve checked these out and still have room for more Christmas music, also available at the Library are Christmas is Here by Brandon Heath, Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends by Joshua Bell, A Mary Christmas by Mary J. Blige, Buon Natale: The Christmas Album by Il Volo, A Christmas Album by Bright Eyes, Home for Christmas – Live from Dublin by Celtic Woman, A Family Christmas by Piano Guys and finally for something completely out there Duck the Halls – A Robertson Family Christmas (and yes there are quacking ducks on the CD).

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

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A House in the SkyA House in the Sky By Amanda LindhoutOne book that is getting a lot of buzz is a memoir by Canmore resident, and journalist Amanda Lindhout. In August 2008 Lindhout was abducted and held hostage for 15 months. At the time, her abduction was in the news and her plight became a political debate about whether the governments should pay ransoms for citizens held hostage in foreign countries. A House in the Sky, is Amanda's memoir about what she experienced during those months.

A House in the Sky starts with Amanda's childhood living in Sylvan Lake with her mom and brothers. As a young girl she becomes fascinated by the exotic places and pictures found in old copies of National Geographic magazines. What started as a means of escape from a less than perfect home life, becomes a passion for travelling that takes Amanda throughout the world.

It is during her travels that Amanda becomes a freelance journalist and decides to travel to Somalia. In Somalia, while on her way to visit a refugee camp Amanda and four others are taken hostage by a group of fundamentalists. For 460 days Amanda endures horrific conditions and both physical and mental abuse at the hands of her captors.

The book is about more than just the abuse suffered by Amanda; it's about her spirit to survive and not give into the despair of her situation. Throughout her ordeal and in the years that have followed, Lindhout maintains her belief in the goodness of people. She writes about her feelings now towards the people that abused her and she expresses an understanding for their actions. That stayed with me after I finished this book and it's why I couldn't pull myself away from her story.

Through the non-profit organization that she founded, Amanda Lindhout has worked to improve conditions in Somalia epecially in the area of education for women. And despite everything she has been through, she has even gone back to Somalia to do humanitarian work. A remarkable woman and a remarkable book.

A House in the Sky will be released in September and you can currently place holds on both the book and bookCD.