Here are some books that have crossed our desks recently.

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HARDBACK

"THIRTEEN HALLOWS," by Michael Scott and Colette Freddman, Tor/Forge, $24.99, 400 pages (f)

In this first installment of a new fantasy series, there are the 13 ancient and powerful treasures called Hallows that the Keepers have guarded for decades. Keepers are now being murdered in present-day London as the Hallows are stolen. When Sarah Miller, 22, helps defend an old woman — one of the Keepers — being attacked by two men, she becomes entwined in the mystical battle to keep the Hallows safe.

"GIRL HUNTER: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time," by Georgina Pellgrini, Da Capo Press, $24, 248 pages (nf)

In the this part-memoir, part cookbook, culinary school graduate Georgia Pellegrini comes face to face with her meat as she explores the best ways to hunt and cook.

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More hardbacks recently released:

"COVERT WARRIORS: A Presidential Agent Novel," by W.E.B. Griffin and William B. Butterworth IV (f): A U.S. Emabassy SUV in Mexico is stopped, three people killed and a fourth kidnapped. Charley Castillo and his group of "retired" spies have their doubts about who is to blame when they investigate and find themselves between the U.S. and Russian governments.

"CAT TELLING TALES: A Joe Grey Mystery," by Shirley Rousseau Murphy (f): In this 17th installment, feline P.I. Joe Grey helps humans and animals find answers to the mystery of a house that burned down, killing a woman and leaving a 12-year-old homeless.

"WINTER TOWN," by Stephen Emond (f): Lucy comes back to see her divorced father each winter and sees her childhood friends, including Ivy League bound Evan. The story picks up during their senior year. After a series of rebellious behaviors by Lucy, they try to salvage their relationship.

"THE LEADERLESS REVOLUTION: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century," by Carne Ross (nf): A look at recent movements, like Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party, and how individuals and groups — not just the government — can take steps to create lasting solutions.

"ARROWS OF THE NIGHT: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq," by Richard Bonin (nf): A producer at "60 Minutes" looks at Ahmad Chalabi's attempts to overthrow Saddam Hussein and his possible involvement in the wars in the Middle East.

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PAPERBACK

"BIG MIRACLE," by Tom Rose, St. Martin's Press, $14.99, 336 pages (nf)

Television reporter and producer Tom Rose covered the 1988 rescue of whales trapped under Arctic ice in Alaska as biologists, oil companies, activitists, Eskimos, businessmen and military officers worked together to save the whales. The movie based on the event is scheduled for a Feb. 3 release.

"THE DEAD WITNESS: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories," edited by Michael Sims, Walker and Company, $20, 680 pages (f)

A collection of nearly two dozen detective stories from the 19th and 20th centuries, including those by Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle and Mark Twain.

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More paperbacks recently released:

"BEST MUSIC WRITING 2011," edited by Alex Ross and Daphne Carr (nf): Alex Ross, the New Yorker music critic, is the guest editor of this year's compilation of more than two dozen articles, essays, profiles, blogs and profiles from the constantly changing landscape of music.

"LADY ALMINA AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBY: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle," by Lady Fiona Carnarvon, The Countess of Carnarvon (nf): Lady Almina married into the Carnarvon family and presided over Highclere, while winning over high society.

"THE HOUSE OF TYNEFORD," by Natasha Solomons (f): Faced with the uncertainty of war, 19-year-old Elise Landau, a Jew, leaves her family in Vienna to work as a parlor maid in England that results in unexpected friendships, losses and love.

"UNDERGROUND TIME," by Delphine de Vigan (f): The story of the lonely lives of two people in a big city was translated from French.

"MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY," by Robert Barclay (f): Chelsea Enright unexpectedly inherits her grandmother's cabin in the Adirondacks and is startled by the secrets she discovers in her grandmother's diaries.

"ISLAND OF WINGS," by Karin Altenberg (f): It's 1830 when a minister and his pregnant wife sail to an island off of Scotland — a move that will test them and their relationship.

"ENDANGERED," by Pamela Beason (f): When a young boy is lost in the Utah wilderness and a search ensues, biologist Sam Westin tries to help find him before the cougars she helped rehabilitate and release do.

"MASTERS OF THE NONSENSEVERSE: A Get Fuzzy Collection," by Darby Conley (f): A 128-page book with Get Fuzzy comics.

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REPRINTS

"THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY: Coast to Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate," by Michael Wallis (nf); "SARGE: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver," by Scott Stossel (nf); "FAB: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney," by Howard Sounes (nf); "TOXIC TALK," by Bill Press (nf); "LEADING MINDS: An Anatomy of Leadership," by Howard Garner with Emma Laskin (nf); "FULL SPECTRUM CAREER POWER: How the Color of Your Performance Affects the Color of Your Parachute," by E.R. Haas and Kent C. Madson; "GIVE IT UP: My Year of Learning to Live Better with Less," by Mary Carlomagno (nf); "CAIRO TRILOGY," by Naguib Mahfouz (f); "ONE SUMMER," by David Baldacci (f); "TRADER OF SECRETS: A Paul Madriani Novel," by Steve Martini (f)