Moonlight Mile, Dennis Lehane's long-awaited addition to (and probable end of) the Patrick Kenzie/Angie Gennaro series. I am not in the least objective when it comes to Lehane's work- I love it unreservedly (and he deserves every bit of that unreserve), so you might discount it when I say that this book is flat-out wonderful. But you shouldn't discount it, because I'm right- it is wonderful- dark, tense, and beautifully written. I'm not going to talk about the plot, because almost anything I say could be a spoiler, but I will say that it picks up years after the action from Gone, Baby Gone. I don't know where Lehane will go next, but wherever it is, I will follow.
Full Dark, No Stars, which is a book of long short stories (or perhaps they're short novelettes). I didn't have time to read more than a few pages of the first story, 1922, but I'm hooked already.
Crystal Bowersox's new CD, Farmer's Daughter. Last season (as anyone who read the blog back then knows), Crystal became my all-time favorite American Idol contestant (surpassing previous faves Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks). Crystal's gritty, hard-life vocals and persona translate pretty well to her new CD, which features eight of her original songs. The CD as a whole, is more Smokey Bar Music than I want to listen to in a single setting, but individual songs (Farmer's Daughter, Holy Toledo, Mine All Mine, and Mason) will quickly enter my personal permanent music rotation. And just to be clear- there's nothing wrong with any of the songs, I'm just more of a Ballad Girl (unless I'm on the treadmill, at which time I lean toward disco). It's a good collection, and I hope it sells well for her.
Chocolate Dipped Caramel Pecan Bars, which I am making right now. I'll let you know how they come out. My guess is that they're going to be mega-yummy.