Understanding this, the newly widowed Jacqueline Kennedy and her brother-in-law Robert approved a series of oral histories about John Kennedy and his presidency. In September 1964, Mrs. Kennedy sat down with Arthur Schlesinger Jr. for seven interviews.

"Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy" by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

An oral history can provide a unique perspective into a particular time and place, but it also gives rare insight into the person being interviewed. Understanding this, the newly widowed Jacqueline Kennedy and her brother-in-law Robert approved a series of oral histories about John Kennedy and his presidency. In September 1964, Mrs. Kennedy sat down with Arthur Schlesinger Jr. for seven interviews, which spanned her marriage and her years in the White House. On the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's inauguration, these interviews were released. "Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy" is packaged with the CDs of each interview, as well as the complete text.

"Death Comes to Pemberley" by P.D. James

It has been six years since Elizabeth Bennet married Mr. Darcy and settled into his magnificent estate. Their two sons are healthy and happy, the Bennets and the Bingleys are doing well and plans are under way for the Darcy's annual ball. All that changes, though, when Lydia, Elizabeth's disgraced sister, bangs on the door crying hysterically that her husband, Wickham, has been murdered. Mystery maven P.D. James adds her own inimitable ending to Jane Austen's classic story in "Death Comes to Pemberley.”

"Murder in Mount Holly" by Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux' latest novel was actually published in Great Britain in 1969. "Murder in Mount Holly" is a short, farcical piece protesting the Vietnam War, but it still resonates today. It concerns college student Herbie Gneiss, who quits school in order to support his widowed mother. His job at Kant-Brake, a company that manufactures war toys for kids, brings him in contact with Mr. Gibbon, a veteran of three wars. In short order, Herbie is drafted and Mr. Gibbon falls in love with Mrs. Gneiss. Wanting to do something patriotic in honor of her son, Mrs. Gneiss, Mr. Gibbon and their landlady, Mrs. Ball, decide to rob a local trust company, which is managed by a small, dark man they are convinced is a communist.

"Soft Target" by Stephen Hunter

Minnesota's famed America, the Mall, is chockfull of holiday shoppers on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when a dozen terrorists break loose, killing Santa Claus and herding 1,000 hostages into the mall's center court. As luck would have it, former Marine sniper Ray Cruz is among those hostages, and he quickly falls back on his training to look for weak spots and opportunities. Meanwhile, a SWAT team gathers on the mall roof, eager to bring a swift end to the situation, while Douglas Obobo, head of the State Police, wants to negotiate. Stephen Hunter's "Soft Target" is an explosive read.

"Confessions of a Tarot Reader" byJane Stern

You may be familiar with Jane Stern, the pleasant voiced woman who, along with her husband Michael, talks about great places to eat on NPR's "The Splendid Table" every Sunday afternoon. Stern has other talents as well: She is a fourth generation tarot card reader –– an avocation she gravitated to in her teens. Despite the fact that using the cards to tell fortunes has been debunked for years, Stern takes us into the world and meaning of the 22 major arcana cards in "Confessions of a Tarot Reader.”

"The Whoopie Pie Book" by Claire Ptak

Hoping to knock out cupcakes as the current treat of choice, Whoopie Pies are making a comeback. These tasty cake sandwiches have been around since the '20s and are usually credited to Amish women who created the icing-filled treats for their husbands' lunchboxes. Pastry chef Claire Ptak offers "60 irresistible recipes" for the delicious cakes with wonderful fillings in "The Whoopie Pie Book."