Stephanie recommended books that are great to curl up with in case of a snowstorm, like The Song of Achilles, Cloud Atlas, The Writing Class, and The Malice of Fortune. She also rhapsodised about George Saunders, especially his new collection, Tenth of December.
Sally recommended some of her favorite forthcoming books of 2013, saving her highest praise for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. (This isn't yet available to put on hold, but keep your eyes peeled--it's going to be big!) She also loved The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout (author of Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge) and Benediction by Kent Haruf, the third book to visit his fictional town of Holt, Colorado that first appeared in Plainsong and then Eventide. To round things out, she also recommends two new books set in the South: The Little Way of Ruthie Leming by Rod Dreher and The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley.