With the promise of vaccines in 2021, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Still, the holidays during the second wave of the deadly Covid-19 virus will be limiting our family gatherings this year. So, it's a good time to distract ourselves with a few new books, isn't it? ORB's core and guest reviewers offer you their insights on poetry by Montreal's Carolyne Van Der Meer, a lovely changing-of-age debut novel by Wendy Burton, the latest Melissa Yi crime novel and the second novel by ORB's core reviewer Jim Napier. Enjoy! Stay safe! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a very Happy New Year!