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New Books at CHPL (March 2015)

Spring brides : a year of weddings novella collection
Rachel Hauck, Lenora Worth, and Meg Moseley.
FIC SPR
A March Bride by Rachel Hauck  Susanna Truitt (Once Upon a Prince) is three weeks from royalty. She’ll soon marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when the government insists she renounce her American citizenship before the wedding, coupled with the lack of involvement by family and friends, Susanna’s heart begins to doubt whether this marriage is God’s plan for her.  An April Bride by Lenora Worth  Bride-to-be Stella Carson cannot wait another day to marry soldier Marshall Henderson. But when Marshall returns home to Louisiana, it becomes clear to them both that he is not the man he used to be.  With only weeks until the wedding, Stella and Marshall must choose between a marriage built on the past and faith in long-ago love or a very different future than the one Stella imagined.  A May Bride by Meg Moseley  Ellie Martin, a country girl living in Atlanta, has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life, but she’s missing a key ingredient to her plans for the future: a groom. Then Ellie meets Gray Whitby—at a wedding of all places. But when Ellie jeopardizes her own future for the sake of her sister, Gray feels like he’ll always be second to Ellie’s family. Can Ellie and Gray find their own way together amidst the demands and perceptions of others, or will their romance end before it has truly begun?

The decision
Wanda Brunstetter.
F BRU
Moving from Pennsylvania, finding rewarding work, and leaving heartbreak behind is the best decision Jonah ever made. But is he ready to consider love again when he meets Elaine Schrock? Will his scarred heart mend when she chooses family loyalty over love?

A dangerous place
Jacqueline Winspear.
LP FIC WIN M
Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability, and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now, all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England  her aging father Frankie Dobbs is not getting any younger.  But on a ship bound for England, Maisie realizes she isn’tr eady to return. Against the wishes of the captain who warns her, “You will be alone in a most dangerous place, she disembarks in Gibraltar. Though she is on her own, Maisie is far from alone: the British garrison town is teeming with refugees fleeing a brutal civil war across the border in Spain.  Yet the danger is very real. Days after Maisie’s arrival, a photographer and member of Gibraltar’s Sephardic Jewish community, Sebastian Babayoff, is murdered, and Maisie becomes entangled in the case, drawing the attention of the British Secret Service. Under the suspicious eye of a British agent, Maisie is pulled deeper into political intrigue on “the Rock,” arguably Britain’s most important strategic territory, and renews an uneasy acquaintance in the process. At a crossroads between her past and her future, Maisie must choose a direction, knowing that England is, for her, an equally dangerous place, but in quite a different way.

ISIS : the state of terror
Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger.
320.567 STE
Drawing on their unusual access to intelligence sources, law enforcement, and groundbreaking research, two of America’s leading experts on violent extremism and terrorism explain the genesis, evolution, and implications of today’s most barbaric jihadist army, Islamic State, and how we can fight it.  Though terrorist groups are a fixture of contemporary politics and warfare, the world has never witnessed the degree of sheer brutality demonstrated by the group know as ISIS: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Its sadistic disregard for human life, sophisticated use of social media, acquisition of territory, and ability to attract foreign fighters, many from modern Western democracies, is unprecedented.   Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger analyze the tools ISIS uses both to frighten innocent citizens and lure new soldiers, including the “ghoulish pornography” of their pro-jihadi videos, the seductive appeal of jihadic chic, and its startling effective social media expertise. While this jihadi army poses a significant threat, our response must be carefully calibrated the authors warn  sending troops onto the battlefield could become the ideal recruiting tool, increasing ISIS’s ranks.  ISIS: The State of Terror offers practical ideas on potential government responses, most importantly, emphasizing that we must alter our present conceptions of terrorism and terrorists and react to the rapidly changing jihadi landscape, both online and off, as quickly as the terrorists do. As it lays out what our next move, as a country, as a government, as the world, should be, it offers a vital assessment of the future of counterterrorism and countering violent extremism.

Lights out!
Donald Bain.
LP FIC BAI M
Desperate to escape his loveless marriage and embark on a new life in Argentina with the beautiful Gina Ellanado, Canadian engineer Carlton Smythe devises an audacious money-making scheme. But to pull it off, he’ll need to do business with reputed local Mafia boss Dominick Martone. And that’s when things spiral wildly out of control.

Dog crazy : a novel of love lost and found
Meg Donohue.
FIC DON M
As a pet bereavement counselor, Maggie Brennan spends her days helping patients come to terms with losing their four-legged friends, but she’s struggling with major problems of her own and can’t seem to take her own advice. When she meets a woman who claims her dog is not dead, but missing, Maggie finds herself entangled in a mystery that will force her to face her biggest fear–and maybe just find new love along the way. A bighearted story and compelling mystery about the power of love, loss, and the dogs who save us — Provided by publisher.

King John and the road to Magna Carta
Stephen Church.
B JOHN, KING OF ENGLAND
King John (1166-1216) has long been seen as the epitome of bad kings. The son of the most charismatic couple of the middle ages, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and younger brother of the heroic crusader king, Richard the Lionheart, John lived much of his life in the shadow of his family. When in 1199 he became ruler of his family’s lands in England and France, John proved unequal to the task of keeping them together. Early in his reign he lost much of his continental possessions, and over the next decade would come perilously close to losing his English kingdom, too.  In King John, medieval historian Stephen Church argues that John’s reign, for all its failings, would prove to be a crucial turning point in English history. Though he was a masterful political manipulator, John’s traditional ideas of unchecked sovereign power were becoming increasingly unpopular among his subjects, resulting in frequent confrontations. Nor was he willing to tolerate any challenges to his authority. For six long years, John and the pope struggled over the appointment of the Archbishop of Canterbury, a clash that led to the king’s excommunication.  As king of England, John taxed his people heavily to fund his futile attempt to reconquer the lands lost to the king of France. The cost to his people of this failure was great, but it was greater still for John. In 1215, his subjects rose in rebellion against their king and forced upon him a new constitution by which he was to rule. In this authoritative biography, Church describes how it was that a king famous for his misrule gave rise to Magna Carta, the blueprint for good governance.

Wanted: dead or alive: a western duo
Ray Hogan.
LP FIC HOG W
In two western stories, two lone travelers have their plans change unexpectedly when they happen upon people in need of help — Provided by publisher.

My gallows hang high
Stone Wallace.
LP FIC WAL W
When a killer offers money for his family in exchange for his confession, Neville accepts the bargain and his fate…until the sheriff of Commercial City begins to question Neville’s guilt — Provided by publisher.

A fireproof home for the bride : a novel
Amy Scheibe.
FIC SCH
[Emmaline] Nelson and her sister Birdie grow up in the hard, cold, rural, Lutheran world of strict parents, strict milking times, and strict morals. Marriage is preordained, the groom practically predestined. Though it’s 1958, southern Minnesota did not see changing roles for women on the horizon. Caught in a time bubble between a world war and the ferment of the 1960s, Emmy doesn’t see that she has any say in her life, any choices at all. Only when Emmy’s fiancé shows his true colors and forces himself on her does she find the courage to act–falling instead for a forbidden Catholic boy, a boy whose family seems warm and encouraging after Nelson farm life.

Forgiveness 4 you
Ann Bauer.
FIC BAU
When former Catholic priest Gabriel McKenna provides meaningful comfort to advertising executive Madeline Murray, she conceives of a religion-free form of confession as a business, with Gabriel at the center.

The harder they come
T. Coraghessan Boyle.
FIC BOY
Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people: an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son’s paranoid, much older lover as they careen towards an explosive confrontation.  On a vacation cruise to Central America with his wife, seventy-year-old Sten Stensen unflinchingly kills a gun-wielding robber menacing a busload of senior tourists. The reluctant hero is relieved to return home to Fort Bragg, California, after the ordeal, only to find that his delusional son, Adam, has spiraled out of control.  Adam has become involved with Sara Hovarty Jennings, a hardened member of the Sovereign Citizens’ Movement, right-wing anarchists who refuse to acknowledge the laws and regulations of the state, considering them to be false and non-applicable. Adam’s  senior by some fifteen years, Sara becomes his protector and inamorata. As Adam’s mental state fractures, he becomes increasingly schizophrenic, a breakdown that leads him to shoot two people in separate instances. On the run, he takes to the woods, spurring the biggest manhunt in California history.

Killer gourmet
G. A. McKevett.
FIC MCK M
Plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid and her pals at the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency know a thing or two about fine dining. But when murder shows up on the menu, it’s time to go back to the kitchen. . .  When the Moonlight Magnolia gang learns their friends Ryan Stone and John Gibson are planning to open a chic new restaurant, they eagerly offer their input on everything from what dishes to serve to how many calories they should contain. But all Ryan and John can think about is how excited they are to have hired the temperamental but talented chef Baldwin Norwood. Too bad the only thing being sliced and diced in the kitchen is the chef himself. . .  As Savannah turns her attention from munchies to murder, she quickly realizes the cantankerous chef left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth, and any number of people could have whipped up a recipe for revenge. Could the jilted sous chef he stabbed in the back have done the same to him? Perhaps the loyal girlfriend he took for granted was finally fed up. Or maybe the business partner whose career he ruined had an appetite for blood. Savannah has her work cut out for her, and just when she thinks there couldn’t be any more suspects, she uncovers a plot more precarious than a perfect souffle…

Lacy eye
Jessica Treadway.
FIC TRE
Hanna and Joe send their awkward daughter Dawn off to college hoping that she will finally  come into her own.  When she brings her new boyfriend, Rud, to her sister’s wedding, her parents try to suppress their troubling impressions of him for Dawn’s sake. Not long after, Hanna and Joe suffer a savage attack at home, resulting in Joe’s death and Hanna’s severe injury and memory loss.   Rud is convicted of the crime, and the community speculates that Dawn may also have been involved. When Rud wins an appeal and Dawn returns to live in the family home, Hanna resolves to recall that traumatic night so she can testify in the retrial, exonerate her daughter, and keep her husband’s murderer in jail.   But as those memories resurface, Hanna faces the question of whether she knows her own daughter-and whether she ever did.

Life or death
Michael Robotham.
FIC ROB
Why would a man serving a long prison sentence escape the day before he’s due to be released? Audie was sentenced to ten years for a Texas robbery in which four people died, including two members of his own gang. Seven million dollars have never been recovered from the robbery, and everybody believes Audie knows where the money is. For a decade Audie has been beaten, stabbed, and threatened by inmates and guards, all desperate to know the secret. The day before he is due to be released, Audie suddenly vanishes. The hunt for Audie, and the money, is on. But Audie’s not running to save his own life–instead, he’s trying to save someone else. In what promises to be his most popular thriller yet, Michael Robotham has created the ultimate underdog hero, an honorable criminal shrouded in mystery and ready to lead readers on a remarkable chase — Provided by publisher.

The lost child
Caryl Phillips.
FIC PHI
A reimagining of Wuthering Heights traces the multigenerational forces that shape the lives of a young Heathcliff, the Brontë sisters and their brother.

Man at the helm : a novel
Nina Stibbe.
FIC STI
Born into a posh family, ten-year old Lizzie Vogel has lived a charmed life thus far, with a big sister who knows everything, a cute baby brother, and a full-time housekeeper who bakes jam tarts. But when, in 1970, Lizzie’s father abandons her mother and packs his ex-family off to the tiny village of Flatstone, life for the Vogels veers catastrophically off-course. The new neighbors disapprove of divorcees and fatherless children, and Lizzie’s theatrical mother provides constant grist for the gossip mill, letting the laundry pile up like Mount Sinai and spending her days drinking whiskey, popping pills and writing plays about how sad she is. Before long the family is shunned by village society. Deciding that only a  man at the helm  will restore order to their household, Lizzie and her sister take it upon themselves to secure a new husband for their mother. As the two girls make their way down a list of candidates that includes a charming con-artist, an idiotic vicar, and several married men, Lizzie confronts the downright craziness of grown-up love and learns that sometimes a family needs to veer catastrophically off-course in order to find true happiness.

Asylum : a mystery
Jeannette de Beauvoir.
FIC DEB M
Martine LeDuc is the director of PR for the mayor’s office in Montreal.  When four women are found brutally murdered and shockingly posed on park benches throughout the city over several months, Martine’s boss fears a PR disaster for the still busy tourist season, and Martine is now also tasked with acting as liaison between the mayor and the police department. The women were of varying ages, backgrounds and bodytypes and seemed to have nothing in common. Yet the macabre presentation of their bodies hints at a connection. Martine is paired with a young detective, Julian Fletcher, and together they dig deep into the city’s and the country’s past, only to uncover a dark secret dating back to the 1950s, when orphanages in Montreal and elsewhere were converted to asylums in order to gain more funding. The children were subjected to horrific experiments such as lobotomies, electroshock therapy, and psychotropic medication, and many of them died in the process. The survivors were supposedly compensated for their trauma by the government and the cases seem to have been settled. So who is bearing a grudge now, and why did these four women have to die?  Not until Martine finds herself imprisoned in the terrifying steam tunnels underneath the old asylum does she put the pieces together. And it is almost too late for her.. — Provided by publisher.

The cat, the devil, the last escape
Shirley Rousseau Murphy and Pat J.J. Murphy.
LP FIC MUR M
Brad Falon, one of Satan’s longtime puppets, orchestrated a deadly robbery and set up his old friend Morgan Blake to take the fall. Now, Morgan has been sentenced to life in prison, and his wife Becky and young daughter Sammie are devastated. Alone and afraid, in need of comfort and a friend, Sammie turns to Misto, the ghost cat.  Behind bars, her father Morgan makes fast friends with an old con named Lee Fontana who knows a few tricks about outwitting evil. They plan a wily escape to bring the real killer to justice and clear Morgan’s name for good. All it will take is outsmarting the Devil one more time…

Dynamite room
Jason Hewitt.
FIC HEW
It’s July 1940, and eleven-year-old Lydia has just run away from life as a child evacuee in Wales. She arrives in her English village, gas mask in tow, only to find it abandoned. Her family’s house is shuttered and empty, the windows covered by black-out blinds–but Lydia settles in, determined to wait there until they return.   Late that night he comes: a wounded soldier, gun in hand, heralding a full-blown German invasion. There are, the man explains, certain rules that Lydia must now follow. He says he won’t hurt Lydia, but she cannot leave the house.  As the unlikely pair coexists in the claustrophobic confines of the house, each becomes dependent on the other for survival. But when Lydia tries to uncover what brought the soldier to her door, she realizes that he knows more than he should about her family–and that he’s plotting something for them both.  Eerie, gripping, and piercingly sad, The Dynamite Room brings a strikingly original and contemporary resonance to the great tradition of war classics. It shrinks the global theater of history’s most devastating war to a game of cat and mouse played out in a single house–resulting in a moving portrait of war and how it affects soldiers and citizens alike.

A faith of her own
Kathleen Fuller.
FIC FUL
Jeremiah thought leaving Middlefield was the hardest thing he’d ever do. That was nothing compared to returning home. When Jeremiah left his Amish community to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian, he left more than just his faith behind–he walked away from his family and his childhood friend, Anna Mae. Now that he’s returned to help out his mentor and work in a Yankee veterinarian practice, Jeremiah must face his past–and the people he betrayed. Anna Mae had finally put the loss of Jeremiah and the broken vow between them behind her. Even though she supported her best friend’s pursuit of his dream, she never let on how his departure left her questioning her own place in the Amish world. With his return, new questions arise, along with feelings she’d never fully acknowledged before. As their rekindled friendship begins to turn into something more, Jeremiah and Anna Mae must examine their own faith and their relationship with each other and their families. With both of them torn between loyalty to their loved ones and being pulled in different directions, they must decide whether to heed God’s call, even if it means being apart forever — Provided by publisher.

Little Beach Street bakery
Jenny Colgan.
FIC COL
A quiet seaside resort. An abandoned shop. A small flat. This is what awaits Polly Waterford when she arrives at the Cornish coast, fleeing a ruined relationship.  To keep her mind off her troubles, Polly throws herself into her favorite hobby: making bread. But her relaxing weekend diversion quickly develops into a passion. As she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, each loaf becomes better than the last. Soon, Polly is working her magic with nuts and seeds, chocolate and sugar, and the local honey, courtesy of a handsome beekeeper.

The memory house
Linda Goodnight.
FIC GOO
Memories of motherhood and marriage are fresh for Julia Presley—though tragedy took away both years ago. Finding comfort in the routine of running the Peach Orchard Inn, she lets the historic, mysterious place fill the voids of love and family. No more pleasure of a man’s gentle kiss. No more joy in hearing a child call her Mommy. Life is calm, unchanging…until a stranger with a young boy and soul-deep secrets shows up in her Tennessee town and disrupts the loneliness of her world.   Julia suspects there’s more to Eli Donovan’s past than his motherless son, Alex. There’s a reason he’s chasing redemption and bent on earning it with a new beginning in Honey Ridge. Offering the guarded man work renovating the inn, she glimpses someone who—like her—has a heart in need of restoration. But with the chance discovery of a dusty stack of love letters buried within the lining of an old trunk, the long-dead ghosts of a Civil War romance envelop Julia and Eli, connecting them to the inn’s violent history and challenging them both to risk facing yesterday’s darkness for a future bright with hope and healing.

Kill me, darling
Mickey Spillane.
FIC SPI M
The course of true love never did run smooth for PI Mike Hammer. His secretary and partner Velda has walked out on him without explanation, and Mike is just surfacing from a four-month bender. But then an old cop turns up murdered, an old cop who once worked with Velda on the NYPD Vice Squad. What’s more, Mike’s pal Captain Pat Chambers has discovered that Velda is in Florida, the moll of gangster and drug runner Nolly Quinn.   Hammer hits the road and drives to Miami, where he enlists the help of a horse-faced newspaperman and a local police detective. But can they find Velda in time? And what is the connection between the murdered vice cop in Manhattan, and Mike’s ex turning gun moll in Florida?

The outcast of Spirit Ridge: a Keystone Ranch story
James C. Work.
LP FIC WOR W
Gradj, abandoned as an infant and believed dead, was rescued from his grave by some Plains Indians, who raised him as one of The People. As a youth, he is banished from the tribe when he interrupts a sacred ceremony and must find his own way in the world — Provided by publisher.

Kansas kid: a western duo
Lauran Paine.
LP FIC PAI W
In two western stories, when a stranger arrives in town, his actions will force people to choose between revenge and justice — Provided by publisher.

Caprock Range
Ed La Vanway.
LP FIC LAV W
Rufe Tolliver had to leave the Bar G Ranch because he didn’t want to be a hired gun-hand, but when he returned he would have to use his gun to rescue the woman he loved — Provided by publisher.

Trouble hunter
Fred Grove.
LP FIC GRO W
In a sudden ambush in a deserted valley, Walt Durand’s horse is shot out from under him, and he’s drawn into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse against four men who want nothing more than to kill him in cold blood — Provided by publisher.

Whiskers of the lion : an Amish-country mystery
P. L. Gaus.
FIC GAU M
In Whiskers of the Lion, Sheriff Bruce Robertson is charged with finding a young Amish woman on the run from a murderous drug ring so she can testify in federal court. Wrestling with a recurring childhood nightmare of a deadly lion, the Holmes County sheriff finds himself torn between allegiance to the legal system he upholds and the beliefs of the people he is sworn to protect — Provided by publisher.

Confess
Colleen Hoover.
FIC HOO
At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry. For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it. To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

The marriage charm
Linda Lael Miller.
LP FIC MIL
Melody Nolan has always been attracted to Spence Hogan, the local chief of police, but she’s convinced that Spence, a notorious charmer, isn’t exactly husband material. He’s a great cop who isn’t afraid of anything–except love–but there is something about Melody that his heart just can’t ignore — Provided by publisher.

Last days of the condor
James Grady.
FIC GRA
Look in the mirror, you’re nobody. You know pursuing the truth will get you killed. But you refuse to just fade away. You’ve been designated an enemy of the largest secret national security apparatus in America’s history. All assasins’ guns are aimed at you. You run for your life, branded with the code name you made iconic: Condor –Dust jacket.

Alan Turing : the enigma : the book that inspired the film The Imitation Game
Andrew Hodges   [with a foreword by Douglas Hofstadter and a new preface by the author].
B TURING, ALAN
A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution. Hodges tells how Turing’s revolutionary idea of 1936– the concept of a universal machine– laid the foundation for the modern computer. Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. This work was directly related to Turing’s leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. Despite his wartime service, Turing was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program– all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime.

Resilience : two sisters and a story of mental illness
Jessie Close with Pete Earley.
616.8 CLO
When the Close sisters were very young, their parents joined a cult called the MRA, or Moral Rearmament. The family was suddenly uprooted to a cult school in Switzerland and, ultimately, to the Belgian Congo … Shortly after the girls returned to the US for boarding school, Jessie first started to exhibit symptoms of severe bipolar disorder, … [embarking] on a series of destructive marriages as the condition worsened. Glenn was always by her side, going so far as to adopt Jessie’s daughter when Jessie was abandoned by the child’s father … Fifteen years and twelve years of sobriety later, Jessie is a stable and productive member of society. Glenn continues to be the major support in Jessie’s life — Provided by publisher.

ISIS : inside the army of terror
Michael Weiss, Hassan Hassan.
320.567 WEI
Syrian journalist Hassan Hassan and American analyst Michael Weiss explain how the  terrorists of ISIS evolved from a nearly defeated insurgent group into a jihadi army.  — From publisher’s description.

Nothing to lose
Angela Winters.
FIC WIN
This third entry in the author’s D.C. Series, about a trio of up-from-poverty friends who juggle careers, love, and family in the cutthroat political world of Washington, D.C., delivers a high-octane blend of intrigue and twisted morality, as her heroines lean on each other to  stay strong, stay focused, and make it in life.  Self-centered Sherise tries to manage the press for presidential candidate Jerry Northman, steady her rocky marriage, and hide a potentially disastrous fling  emotionally scarred Billie gets her legal mojo back at a firm that hires her bitter ex-husband as a consultant  and confused and angry Erica joins the White House campaign of her father, Jonah Nolan, a Pentagon powerbroker who won’t acknowledge his biracial daughter for fear of the political consequences. Each woman will do anything to get what she wants, for Billie, that is revenge  Sherise seeks forgiveness  and Erica wants a relationship with her father. The women are as fierce, smart, and as wicked as the ruthless rivals who try to use them. But the real treat here is the startling mirror their tale holds up to Washington, with its crowded cast of high- and low-minded achievers, nebulous politics, and messy motives.

No more good
Angela Winters.
FIC WIN
Behind the gilded doors of the Chase mansion lies a moneyed world of African-American royalty and family intrigue-where no price is too high to pay…Being appointed to the Board of his father’s empire means nothing to Carter Chase since his fiance, Avery, left him. Carter intends to use every resource-and compromise every moral-to find her and get her back. Carter’s brother, Michael, has a problem of his own. His relationship with his wife, Kimberly, has been strained ever since she exposed a shocking secret from his mother’s past. Now Kimberly’s own past could destroy her marriage-and the entire Chase legacy. Meanwhile, oldest daughter, Leigh Chase, is being wooed by a hot Hollywood star whose fast lifestyle places her in danger. And with youngest daughter, Haley, creating scandal after scandal, the family may be in hot water even their billions can’t buy them out of…

Lookaway, lookaway
Wilton Barnhardt.
LP FIC BAR
Jerene Jarvis Johnston and her husband Duke are exemplars of Charlotte, North Carolina’s high society, where old Southern money — and older Southern secrets — meet the new wealth of bankers, boom-era speculators, and carpetbagging social climbers. Steely and implacable, Jerene presides over her family’s legacy of paintings at the Mint Museum. Duke, the one-time college golden boy and descendant of a Confederate general, whose promising political career was mysteriously short-circuited, has settled into a comfortable semi-senescence as a Civil War re-enactor. Jerene’s brother Gaston is an infamously dissolute bestselling historical novelist who has never managed to begin his long-dreamed-of literary masterpiece, while their sister Dillard is a prisoner of unfortunate life decisions that have made her a near-recluse. The four Johnston children wander perpetually toward scandal and mishap: Annie, the smart but matrimonially reckless real estate maven  Bo, a minister at war with his congregation  Joshua, prone to a series of gay misadventures, and Jerilyn, damaged but dutiful to her expected role as debutante and eventual society bride. Jerene must prove tireless in preserving the family’s legacy, Duke’s fragile honor, and what’s left of the dwindling family fortune. She will stop at nothing to keep what she has — but is it too much to ask for one ounce of cooperation from her heedless family?

Letters from Skye
Jessica Brockmole.
LP FIC BRO
March 1912: Elspeth Dunn, a young poet on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, receives her first fan letter from student David Graham in America. Their correspondence blossoms into love — until World War I engulfs Europe. June 1940: As World War II begins Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, falls for an RAF pilot. When a bomb rocks Elspeth’s house, dislodging her hidden letters, Elspeth disappears. Only one letter remains to help Margaret find her mother . . .

These mortal remains
Milton T. Burton.
LP FIC BUR M
Sheriff Bo Handel knows Texas’s Caddo County inside and out, from the town drunks to the teen troublemakers. But when Toby, an African-American deputy and one of Bo’s best cops, is shot and left wounded on the side of the road, Bo’s eyes are opened to a side of his county that he’s never seen. A group of white supremacists are occupying a compound on the edge of town, and a few key members are determined to wreak havoc on those they hate.

The last girl
Jane Casey.
LP FIC CAS M
Vast wealth offers London defense attorney Philip Kennford a lot of things, but it doesn’t provide a happy marriage or good relationships with his twin daughters. And it does nothing to protect his family when someone brutally murders his wife and daughter in their home. When Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan arrives at the scene, the survivors — Philip and his second favorite daughter, Lydia — both claim to have seen nothing. But it’s clear to Maeve right away that this is an unhappy family accustomed to keeping secrets.

The Rathbones
Janice Clark.
LP FIC CLA
A gothic debut inspired by The Odyssey and Moby Dick traces a century of a once-prosperous seafaring dynasty in New England, where the 15-year-old heir to a crumbling ancestral mansion studies the secrets of Greek history and navigation before embarking on a voyage that reveals her family’s haunted history.

Songs of Willow Frost
Jamie Ford.
LP FIC FOR
It is the Great Depression. Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday — or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday — William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song. Determined to find Willow, and prove his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigates the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive, but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star. The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen.

Unspoken
Dee Henderson.
LP FIC HEN
Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history. A task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, and had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life. She’s never said a word — to the cops, to her doctors, to family — about those four years. A family legacy has now brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn’t find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years… Bryce Bishop doesn’t know her past. He only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather’s estate — and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her. But nothing else is working in his favor — she’s decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she’s willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She’s not giving him much of an opening to work with… Charlotte wants to trust Bryce. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved has only opened another chapter.

A murder in Tuscany
Christobel Kent.
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As Sandro Cellini comes to grips with the realities of life as a private detective, touting for business and following errant teenagers, an old case comes back to haunt him. Charming and ruthless Loni Meadows, the subject of a routine background check early in Sandro’s career, goes off the icy road in her car one night. The circumstances of her death seem less than accidental to Sandro – however inconvenient his suspicions might be.

Three can keep a secret: a Joe Gunther novel
Archer Mayor.
LP FIC MAY M
After Vermont is devastated by Hurricane Irene the police are taxed to their limits, leaving Joe Gunther of the VBI involved in an odd series of seemingly unrelated cases. An exposed seventeen-year-old gravesite reveals a coffin filled with rocks. A retired politician turns up dead at his nursing home. And a patient who calls herself The Governor has walked away from a state mental facility.

The bat
Jo Nesbo, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett.
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Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to simply observe a murder case of a minor Norwegian celebrity. As he is drawn deeper into the case, he realizes the psychopath killer is more dangerous than anyone thinks.

Tomorrow there will be apricots
Jessica Soffer.
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Lorca spends her life poring over cookbooks, making croissants and chocolat chaud, seeking out rare ingredients, all to earn the love of her distracted chef of a mother, who is now packing her off to boarding school. In one last effort to prove herself indispensable, Lorca resolves to track down the recipe for her mother’s ideal meal, an obscure Middle Eastern dish called masgouf. Victoria, grappling with her husband’s death, has been dreaming of the daughter they gave up forty years ago. An Iraqi Jewish immigrant who used to run a restaurant, she starts teaching cooking lessons  Lorca signs up. Together, they cook, but they also begin to suspect they are connected by more than their love of food. Soon, though, they must reckon with the past, the future, and the truth–whatever it might be.

Broadchurch
Erin Kelly, based on the TV Series by Chris Chibnall.
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In the sleepy British seaside town of Broadchurch, Detective Ellie Miller has just returned from vacation, only to learn that she’s been passed over for a promotion at work in favor of outsider Alec Hardy. He, escaping the spectacular failure of his last case, is having trouble finding his way into this tight-knit community wary of new faces. But professional rivalry aside, both detectives are about to receive some terrible news: 11-year-old Danny Latimer has been found murdered on the beach. For Ellie it’s a personal blow  Danny was her older son’s best friend. She can’t believe anyone in Broadchurch would ever have harmed him. But Alec considers everyone, even Danny’s parents, suspect in his death. It’s a living nightmare for everyone involved…even before the press arrive and start stirring up the secrets every town member keeps hidden behind closed doors. An intimate portrait of a town and the ordinary grievances that have slowly simmered for years before boiling over in an unthinkable crime, this remarkable adaptation of the hit television show Broadchurch tells the story of a shattered family, a reeling town, and the two imperfect detectives trying to bring them answers.

Five o’clock lightning : Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and the greatest baseball team in history, the 1927 New York Yankees
Harvey Frommer.
796.357 FRO
An entertaining read about the greatest baseball team, the 1927 New York Yankees, who beat up on American League rivals during the regular season and then swept the World Series. With verve, facts, and stories, Harvey Frommer evokes the Murderers’ Row of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Miller Huggins, Tony Lazerri, Bob Meusel, and more.

The American lady
Petra Durst-Benning   translated by Samuel Willcocks.
Tempestuous and beautiful Wanda Miles, daughter of Ruth and Stephen Miles (or so she thinks), aspires to more than the life of a debutante, but the trouble is she doesn’t know precisely what she wants. Then her aunt Marie, the family’s renowned glassblower, arrives from Lauscha, Germany, and Wanda decides that learning about her ancestry may hold the key to her future. When Marie accidentally reveals a long-held secret about Wanda’s parents, Wanda goes to Lauscha to unravel the truth. While Marie finds herself increasingly swept up in New York City’s bohemian social scene–catching the eye of a handsome young Italian in the process–Wanda explores a past she never knew in the village of her mother’s youth–and
begins to build a life that she never expected. –provided from Amazon.com.

When mockingbirds sing
Billy Coffey.
LP FIC COF
Leah is a child from away, isolated from peers by her stutter. Then she begins painting scenes that are epic in scope, brilliant in detail, and suffused with prophetic imagery. When the event foreshadowed in the first painting comes true, the town of Mattingly takes notice. Leah attributes her ability to an invisible friend. Her father, a psychologist, is falling apart over his inability to heal his daughter or his marriage. And the minister is unraveled by the notion that a child may be hearing from God more clearly than he does.

Cornish killing
Chrissie Loveday.
LP FIC LOV M
When Emma Peterson received an invitation from her friend Charlotte to stay with her in the Cornish cottage she just inherited, it seemed just what she needed after her boyfriend of eight years jilted her. But the isolated cottage was difficult to find, and when Emma finally arrived she found it was in complete disrepair. Worse, there was no sign of Charlotte, who should have arrived several days earlier. Emma soon realized that she’d been sucked into a deep, dark mystery, one that threatened her life and all she held dear.

Double deception
Chrissie Loveday.
LP FIC LOV
Who could she trust? Leaving behind her domineering father and life of luxury, Georgina Hetherington heads to Cornwall. But will secrecy and lies on both sides tear apart Georgie’s relationship with Jay, her first true love?

Butterfly Cove
Christina Skye.
LP FIC SKY
Maybe opposites don’t always attract. If they did, architect Olivia Sullivan would have run away with bad boy Rafe Russo when they were teenagers. Instead, Olivia has spent ten years dreaming up designs for a life that hasn’t gone the way she planned. Still reeling from her career’s implosion and her father’s death, Olivia thanks her lucky stars for the support of her three lifelong friends. But this good girl is through sitting on the sidelines. When Rafe returns to the beautiful Oregon coast where they grew up, her former flame ignites a new desire. Now Olivia must take a walk on the wild side to show the new deputy that in matters of love, being bad can feel very good.  Freshly back from Afghanistan, rugged ex-Marine and new deputy Rafe is done breaking laws and hearts. He’s always regretted leaving Olivia behind, but now she’s after adventure and he’d better proceed with caution. Because wanting her again might be easy, but fighting for a future together will be his biggest risk yet.

Rust : the longest war
Jonathan Waldman.
620.11 WAL
An environmental journalist traces the historical war against rust, revealing how rust-related damage costs more than all other natural disasters combined and how it is combated by industrial workers, the government, universities, and everyday people.

Respect : the life of Aretha Franklin
David Ritz.
B FRANKLIN, ARETHA
Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice. She found fame, fortune, and that remarkable voice in 1967 with  Respect  and a rapid-fire string of hits. Aretha turned the industry on its head by refueling pop with heavy soul. The Queen of Soul had survived, and arrived. –Dust jacket.

Life of St. Francois d’Assise.
B FRANCIS OF ASSISI, ST.
St. Francis of Assisi is one of the best-known and best-loved of all the saints. This classic work puts the him in the context of his historical setting and his spiritual influences. Inspired by a deep and simple love, Francis abandoned his fortune and chose to live simply. His love for Jesus Christ, his love for animals, and his love for nature continue to inspire many to this day.

99 : Wayne Gretzky: his game, his story
Al Strachan   assisted by Wayne Gretzky   foreword by Roy MacGregor.
B GRETZKY, WAYNE
From the time Wayne Gretzky began playing organized hockey at the age of six, his genius was evident. He scored one goal in his first season and 378 in his fifth. With the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s and later with the Los Angeles Kings, he was virtually unstoppable. He won nine Hart trophies as the leading scorer, and four Stanley Cups. Later, with the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers, he continued to show leadership, finesse, and grace both on and off the ice.  Based on thousands of hours of conversations with Gretzky, including new interviews, 99 details Gretzky’s move to L.A., his role as player and coach for Canada Cup and Olympic teams, and career highlights such as his greatest goal and greatest game. Gretzky also discusses with Strachan the challenges in his career–the truth about the gambling  scandal  and the behind-the-scenes negotiations before his trade to the St. Louis Blues.      In this revealing, insightful, and definitive biography, Al Strachan takes readers on a most remarkable journey and details the life of Wayne Gretzky as it has never been told before.

The pocket wife
Susan Crawford.
FIC CRA
A woman suffering from bipolar disorder cannot remember if she murdered her friend.

The bullet
Mary Louise Kelly.
FIC KEL
Caroline Cashion, a professor of French literature at Georgetown University, is stunned when an MRI reveals that she has a bullet lodged near the base of her skull. It makes no sense: she has never been shot. She has no entry wound. No scar. When she confronts her parents, they initially profess bewilderment. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth: she was adopted when she was three years old, after her real parents were murdered in cold blood. Caroline had been there the night of the attack, and she’d been hit by a single gunshot to the neck. Buried too deep among vital nerves and blood vessels, the surgeons had left it, and stitched up the traumatized little girl with the bullet still inside.  That was thirty-four years ago.  Now, Caroline returns to her hometown to learn whatever she can about who her parents were and why they died. Along the way she meets a cop who worked the case, who reveals that even after all these years, the police do not have enough evidence to nail their suspect. The killer is still at large.  Caroline is horrified–and in danger. Because the bullet in Caroline’s neck could identify the murderer…and he’ll do anything to keep it out of the police’s hands. Now Caroline will have to decide: run for her life, or stay and fight? — Provided by publisher.

Murder in hindsight
Anne Cleeland.
FIC CLE M
The victims are all criminals who eluded justice, until they ran afoul of an avenger whose modus operandi is a bullet to the back of the head. The key to the vigilante’s identity lies in connecting the cold cases to an event that may have triggered retribution after all these years.   Meanwhile, Doyle finds herself shadowed by a mysterious figure. After the man steps forward to rescue her from harm, she wonders why he is invested in protecting her. But when she learns he’s in contact with Acton’s nemesis, she fears she’s being used in a plot against her husband.   The stakes are high, and both Doyle and Acton must work independently to outwit the players’before their lives are brought crashing down like a house of cards!

Night night, sleep tight : a novel of suspense
Hallie Ephron.
FIC EPH M

Perfectly innocent
Tamra Lassiter.
FIC LAS M
Innocent or guilty? There’s nothing perfect about it. Phoebe Davidson is a good girl who’s been through some bad times. Her life changed forever when she learned that her husband was living a secret life. Now, six years later, she’s just going through the motions of her life, afraid to let anyone in. When a horrific crime occurs in her home, she meets Logan Matthews, a police detective working the case. When Phoebe herself is charged with the murder, can she trust Logan? Can she, and should she, let him into her life?

The listener
Rachel Basch.
FIC BAS
Malcolm Dowd is almost positive he recognizes the freshman who shows up for a session at his office in Baxter College’s Center for Behavioral Health, he just can’t place her. When suddenly she stands, takes off her wig, and reveals herself as Noah, the young man Malcolm had been treating months earlier, it marks the start of a relationship that will change them both.  After losing his wife at a young age, Malcolm dedicated himself to giving his two daughters the stable, predictable childhood he never had. But now nothing is predictable, not his young adult daughters, not himself, and certainly not Noah. Whether he’s attending class or rehearsing for the campus musical, Noah finds he’s often challenging everyone’s definition of gender. During the course of one semester, Noah’s and Malcolm’s lives become entwined in ways neither could ever have imagined.  Told alternately from Malcolm’s and Noah’s perspectives The Listener explores the ways in which we conceal and reveal our identities.

The half brother : a novel
Holly LeCraw.
FIC LEC
Fresh out of college and barely older than the students he teaches, Charlie longs to find his place in the rarefied world of Abbottsford. He is particularly drawn to the school chaplain, Preston Bankhead, and Preston’s beautiful daughter, May. Then Charlie’s younger half brother Nick arrives on campus … Teachers welcome him warmly, students stay late to talk after class, and May Bankhead proves susceptible to his magnetic draw. As Charlie sees the unmistakable connection between his first love and his half brother, he struggles with emotions far more complicated than mere jealousy

A reunion of ghosts
Judith Claire Mitchell.
FIC MIT
In the vein of such classic family sagas as Fall on Your Knees, A Reunion of Ghosts is the confessional of three sisters who have decided to kill themselves on the very last day of the 20th century  in it they tell the story of a family haunted by suicide ever since the sisters’ great-grandfather, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist, developed the first poison gas used in warfare and also the lethal agent used in the Third Reich’s gas chambers–inspired in part by the troubled life of Fritz Haber, Nobel Prize winner and inventor of mustard gas — Provided by publisher.

The animals : a novel / Christian Kiefer.
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Bill Reed manages a wildlife sanctuary in rural Idaho, caring for injured animals, raptors, a wolf, and his beloved bear, Majer, among them, that are unable to survive in the wild. Seemingly rid of his troubled past, Bill hopes to marry the local veterinarian and live a quiet life together, the promise of which is threatened when a childhood friend is released from prison. Suddenly forced to confront the secrets of his criminal youth, Bill battles fiercely to preserve the shelter that protects these wounded animals and to keep hidden his turbulent, even dangerous, history. Alternating between past and present, Christian Kiefer contrasts the wreckage of Bill’s crime-ridden years in Reno, Nevada, with the elusive promise of a peaceful future. In finely sculpted prose imaginatively at odds with the harsh, volatile world Kiefer evokes, The Animals builds powerfully toward the revelation of Bill’s defining betrayal, and the drastic lengths Bill goes to in order to escape the consequences.

Folly : a British murder set in the Cotswolds
Stella Cameron.
FIC CAM M
Following the breakdown of her marriage, Alex Duggins has returned to her picturesque hometown of Folly-on-Weir in the Cotswolds in order to start afresh. But you can’t outrun the past, as Alex is about to discover when she stumbles across a frosted corpse buried in the snow. The subsequent murder investigation threatens to unearth old secrets – including Alex’s own. As Folly-on-Weir braces for a chilling winter and Alex finds herself top of the police’s suspect list, she determines to clear her name and find the real murderer. But as she begins to peel back the layers of deception that have long-concealed one of the town’s darkest secrets, she herself becomes the target of a ruthless killer who has nothing left to lose. Will Alex be the next snow-covered body to be found in the beautiful hills above the town?

The strangler vine
M. J. Carter.
FIC CAR M
India, 1837: William Avery is a young soldier with few prospects except rotting away in campaigns in India  Jeremiah Blake is a secret political agent gone native, a genius at languages and disguises, disenchanted with the whole ethos of British rule, but who cannot resist the challenge of an unresolved mystery. What starts as a wild goose chase for this unlikely pair—trying to track down a missing writer who lifts the lid on Calcutta society becomes very much more sinister as Blake and Avery get sucked into the mysterious Thuggee cult and its even more ominous suppression.

The tapestry : a novel
Nancy Bilyeau.
FIC BIL
The next page-turner in the award-winning Joanna Stafford series takes place in the heart of the Tudor court, as the gutsy former novice risks everything to defy the most powerful men of her era.  After her priory in Dartford is closed–collateral damage in tyrannical King Henry VIII’s quest to overthrow the Catholic Church–Joanna resolves to live a quiet and honorable life weaving tapestries, shunning dangerous quests and conspiracies. Until she is summoned to Whitehall Palace, where her tapestry weaving has drawn the King’s attention.  Joanna is uncomfortable serving the King whom she has twice attempted to overthrow–unbeknownst to him. She fears for her life in a court bursting with hidden agendas and a casual disregard for the virtues she holds dear. And her suspicions are confirmed when an assassin attempts to kill her moments after arriving at Whitehall.  Struggling to stay ahead of her most formidable enemy yet, an unknown one, she becomes entangled in dangerous court politics. Her dear friend Catherine Howard is rumored to be one of the King’s mistresses. Joanna is determined to protect young, beautiful, naïve Catherine from becoming the King’s next wife and possibly, victim.  Set in a world of royal banquets and feasts, tournament jousts, ship voyages, and Tower Hill executions, this thrilling tale finds Joanna in her most dangerous situation yet, as she attempts to decide the life she wants to live: nun or wife, spy or subject, rebel or courtier. Joanna must finally choose her fate — Provided by publisher.

The Wednesday group
Sylvia True.
FIC TRU
As [five] women share never-before-uttered secrets and bond over painful truths, they work on coming to terms with their husbands’ addictions and developing healthy boundaries for themselves. Meanwhile, their outside lives become more and more intertwined, until, finally, a series of events forces each woman to face her own denial, betrayal, and uncertain future head-on –Amazon.com.

The world before us : a novel
Aislinn Hunter.
FIC HUN
Deep in the woods of northern England, somewhere between a dilapidated estate and an abandoned Victorian asylum, fifteen-year-old Jane Standen lived through a nightmare.  She was babysitting a sweet young girl named Lily, and in one fleeting moment, lost her. The little girl was never found, leaving her family and Jane devastated.   Twenty years later, Jane is an archivist at a small London museum that is about to close for lack of funding. As a final research project–an endeavor inspired in part by her painful past–Jane surveys the archives for information related to another missing person: a woman who disappeared over one hundred years ago in the same woods where Lily was lost. As Jane pieces moments in history together, a portrait of a fascinating group of people starts to unfurl. Inexplicably tied to the mysterious disappearance of long ago, Jane finds tender details of their lives at the country estate and in the asylum that are linked to her own heartbroken world, and their story from all those years ago may now help Jane find a way to move on.

The fifth heart
Dan Simmons.
FIC SIM M
In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams–member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover’s suicide appears to be more than it at first seemed  the suspected foul play may involve matters of national importance.  Holmes is currently on his Great Hiatus–his three-year absence after Reichenbach Falls during which time the people of London believe him to be deceased. Holmes has faked his own death because, through his powers of ratiocination, the great detective has come to the conclusion that he is a fictional character.  This leads to serious complications for James–for if his esteemed fellow investigator is merely a work of fiction, what does that make him? And what can the master storyteller do to fight against the sinister power — possibly named Moriarty — that may or may not be
controlling them from the shadows? — Provided by publisher.

Behind closed doors
Elizabeth Haynes.
FIC HAY M
Ten years ago, 15-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished while on a family holiday in Greece. Was she abducted, or did she run away from her severely dysfunctional family? Lou Smith worked the case as a police constable, and failing to find Scarlett has been one of the biggest regrets of her career. No one is more shocked than Lou to learn that Scarlett has unexpectedly been found during a Special Branch raid of a brothel in Briarstone.  Lou and her Major Crime team are already stretched working two troubling cases: nineteen-year-old Ian Palmer was found badly beaten  and soon after, bar owner Carl McVey was found half-buried in the woods, his Rolex and money gone. While Lou tries to establish the links between the two cases, DS Sam Hollands works with Special Branch to question Scarlett. What happened to her? Where has she been until now? How did she end up back here? And why is her family, with the exception of her emotionally fragile younger sister, Juliette, less than enthusiastic about her return?  When another brutal assault and homicide are linked to the McVey murder, Lou’s cases collide, and the clues all point in one terrifying direction. As the pressure and the danger mount, it becomes clear that the silent, secretive Scarlett holds the key to everything.
Daughter of the regiment / Stephanie Grace Whitson.
FIC WHI
As the mistress of her brother’s Missouri plantation, Miss Elizabeth Blair has learned to play her part as the perfect hostess – and to not ask questions about her brother Walker’s business affairs. When Walker’s political aspirations lead him to organize the Wildwood Guard in support of the Confederacy – and to offer his plantation as the center of operations – Libbie must gracefully manage a house with officers in residence and soldiers camped on the lawn. But she is truly put to the test as the war draws ever closer to her doorstep, and she must find a way to protect the people who depend on her.
Tanzania & Zanzibar.
916.7804 SHA
Tells you all the best things to do and places to visit in Tanzania and gives you more background on the country’s history and culture than any other guide.
The mystery of Lewis Carroll : discovering the whimsical, thoughtful and sometimes lonely man who created Alice in Wonderland / Jenny Woolf   [foreword by Edward Wakeling].
B CARROLL, LEWIS
A portrait of the author of  Alice in Wonderland  analyzes contradictory aspects of his character, tapping recently discovered sources to set Carroll’s life in the context of Victorian England, and assesses his financial difficulties and his relationship with the real Alice.
Becoming Steve Jobs : the evolution of a reckless upstart into a visionary leader / Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli.
B JOBS, STEVE
Based on the hugely popular cover story about Steve Jobs in Fast Company in May 2012, this is the behind the scenes account of how Steve Jobs arguably became the most famous and visionary CEO in history. Award-winning journalist Brent Schlender and veteran editor Rick Tetzeli have interviewed friends, industry insiders, and the people who knew Jobs best throughout his evolution as a CEO and leader. In addition Schlender, who knew Jobs personally for 25 years, has over 100 hours of interview tapes with Jobs to draw on, many hours of which have never before been transcribed — Provided by publisher.
It’s what I do : a photographer’s life of love and war / Lynsey Addario.
B ADDARIO, LYNSEY
Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making — not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself. Addario finds a way to travel with a purpose. She photographs the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war. Addario takes bravery for granted but she is not fearless. She uses her fear and it creates empathy  it is that feeling, that empathy, that is essential to her work. We see this clearly as she interviews rape victims in the Congo, or photographs a fallen soldier with whom she had been embedded in Iraq, or documents the tragic lives of starving Somali children. Lynsey takes us there and we begin to understand how getting to the hard truth trumps fear. As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boys’ club of a profession. Rather than choose between her personal life and her career, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance. In the man who will become her husband, she finds at last a real love to complement her work, not take away from it, and as a new mother, she gains an all the more intensely personal understanding of the fragility of life.  Read less
Chess not checkers : elevate your leadership game / Mark Miller.
650.4092 MIL
As organizations grow in volume and complexity, the demands on leadership change. The same old moves won’t cut it any more. In Chess Not Checkers, Mark Miller tells the story of Blake Brown, newly appointed CEO of a company troubled by poor performance and low morale. Nothing Blake learned from his previous roles seems to help him deal with the issues he now faces. The problem, his new mentor points out, is Blake is playing the wrong game.  The early days of an organization are like checkers: a quickly played game with mostly interchangeable pieces. Everybody, the leader included, does a little bit of everything  the pace is frenetic. But as the organization expands, you can’t just keep jumping from activity to activity. You have to think strategically, plan ahead, and leverage every employee’s specific talents—that’s chess. Leaders who continue to play checkers when the name of the game is chess lose.
The Blood telegram : Nixon, Kissinger, and a forgotten genocide / Gary J. Bass.
327.73 BAS
This magnificent history provides the first full account of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger’s secret support for Pakistan in 1971 as it committed shocking atrocities in Bangladesh – which led to war between India and Pakistan, shaped the fate of Asia, and left major strategic consequences for the world today.  — Back cover
Impulse / Dave Bara.
FIC BAR SF
Lieutenant Peter Cochrane of the Quantar Royal Navy believes he has his future clearly mapped out. It begins with his new assignment as an officer on Her Majesty’s Spaceship Starbound, a Lightship bound for deep space voyages of exploration. But everything changes when Peter is summoned to the office of his father, Grand Admiral Nathan Cochrane, and given devastating news: the death of a loved one. In a distant solar system, a mysterious and unprovoked attack upon Lightship Impulse resulted in the deaths of Peter’s former girlfriend and many of her shipmates. Now Peter’s plans are torn asunder as he is transferred to a Unified Space Navy ship under foreign command, en route to an unexpected destination, and surrounded almost entirely by strangers. To top it off, his superiors have given him secret orders that might force him to become a mutineer. The crisis at hand becomes a gateway to something much more when the ship’s Historian leads Peter and his shipmates into a galaxy of the unknown, of ancient technologies, age-old rivalries, new cultures, and unexpected romance. It’s an overwhelming responsibility for Peter, and one false step could plunge humanity into an apocalyptic interstellar war. –Publisher’s description.
Pillar to the sky / William R. Forstchen.
FIC FOR SF
A towering epic to rank with Douglas Preston’s Blasphemy and Michael Crichton’s Prey… Pandemic drought, skyrocketing oil prices, dwindling energy supplies and wars of water scarcity threaten the planet. Only four people can prevent global chaos. Gary Morgan–a brilliant, renegade scientist is pilloried by the scientific community for his belief in a space elevator: a pillar to the sky, which he believes will make space flight fast, simple and affordable. Eva Morgan–a brilliant and beautiful scientist of Ukranian descent, she has had a lifelong obsession to build a pillar to the sky, a vertiginous tower which would mine the power of the sun and supply humanity with cheap, limitless energy forever. Gunther Rothenberg–the ancient but revered rocket-scientist who labored at Peenemunda with von Braun to create the first rockets and continued on to build those of today. A legend, he has mentored Gary and Natalia for two decades, nurturing and encouraging their transcendent vision. Franklin Smith–the eccentric Silicon Valley billionaire who will champion their cause, wage war with Congress and government bureaucracy and most important, finance their herculean undertaking. This journey to the stars will not be easy–a tumultuous struggle filled with violence and heroism, love and death, spellbinding beauty and heartbreaking betrayal. The stakes could not be higher. Humanity’s salvation will hang in the balance — Provided by publisher.
Shadow / Will Elliott.
FIC ELL SF
Eric Albright was a luckless journalist living in London. He had a so-so life…until the day he opened a battered red door that appeared on the graffiti-covered wall of a local bridge, and entered Levaal, a magical world between worlds. A place populated by power damaged mages, stone giants, pit devils–and dragons, Levaal’s possible creators. It is also where the mad Lord Vous rules with an iron fist and is busy working on a scheme to turn himself into a god. War is coming to the land, and Eric and his newfound friends are caught in the thick of it. They are forced to flee from the Tormentors… and there are rumors that one of the great dragons has escaped its sky prison. Worse yet, Vous’s journey to godhood is almost complete, and a mysterious being called Shadow (who is not but looks remarkably like Eric) is wandering Levaal with great power but no purpose it yet understands… –Provided by publisher.
Read bottom up / Neel Shah and Skye Chatham.
FIC SHA
Madeline and Elliot meet at a New York City food event. Flirtation, online, ensues. A romance, potentially eternal, possibly doomed, begins.  And, like most things in life today, their early exchanges are very public, available to be scrutinized and interpreted by well-intentioned friends (aka amateur love doctors) who are a mere click away. Of course like all good email trails, this one reads from the bottom up.  Madeline and Elliot’s relationship unfolds through a series of thrilling, confounding, and funny exchanges with each other and with their best friends. The result is a brand new kind of modern romantic comedy, both in format and in content. Read Bottom Up is a brilliant, fresh portrait that captures how enchanting, exciting, and downright confusing falling in love twenty-first-century style can be.
I refuse / Per Petterson, Don Bartlett.
FIC PET
In his signature spare style, Petterson weaves a tale of two men whose accidental meeting one morning recalls their boyhood thirty-five years ago. Back then, Tommy was separated from his sisters after he stood up to their abusive father. Jim was by Tommy’s side through it all. But one winter night, a chance event on a frozen lake forever changed the balance of their friendship. Now Jim fishes alone on a bridge as Tommy drives by in a new Mercedes, and it’s clear their fortunes have reversed. Over the course of the day, the life of each man will be irrevocably altered. I Refuse is a powerful, unforgettable novel, and its publication is an event to be celebrated. –Amazon.
The perfume garden / Kate Lord Brown.
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High in the hills of Valencia, a forgotten house guards its secrets. Untouched since Franco’s forces tore through Spain in 1936, the whitewashed walls have crumbled, and the garden, laden with orange blossom, grows wild. Emma Temple is the first to unlock its doors in seventy years. Emma is London’s leading perfumier, but her blessed life has taken a difficult turn. Emma’s free-spirited mother, Liberty, who taught her the art of fragrance making, has just passed away. At the same time, Emma has separated from her long-time lover and business partner, Joe, whose baby she happens to be carrying. While Joe is in New York trying to sell his majority share in their company, Emma, guided by a series of letters and a key bequeathed to her in Liberty’s will, decides to leave her job and travel to Valencia, to the house her mother mysteriously purchased just before her death. Emma makes it her mission to restore the place to its former glory. But for her aging grandmother, Freya, a British nurse who stayed in Valencia during Spain’s devastating civil war, Emma’s new home evokes memories of a terrible secret, a part of her family’s past that until now has managed to stay hidden. With two beautifully interwoven narratives and a lush, atmospheric setting, The Perfume Garden is a dramatic, emotional debut that readers won’t soon forget — Provided by publisher.
Last one home [text (large print)] : a novel / Debbie Macomber.
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The Palmer sisters couldn’t be more different. Karen, the eldest, is the responsible one the one who got the grades, married the perfect guy, and has two wonderful, high-achieving children. Cassie is the rebellious one, who got pregnant right after high school and married the wrong man, despite her family’s misgivings. And Nicole is a free, creative spirit, who’s always been indulged and pampered as the baby of the family who could do no wrong. These differences were enough to drive the three sisters apart over the years, but their mother’s unexpected death makes them realize that she would have wanted them to repair old wounds and let bygones be bygones.
The judge of ages / John C. Wright.
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The year is 10,515 AD. The Hyades Armada, traveling at near lightspeed, will reach Earth in just four centuries to assess humanity’s value as slaves. For the last 8,000 years, two opposing factions have labored to meet the alien threat in very different ways. One of them is Ximen del Azarchel, immortal leader of the mutineers from the starship Hermetic and self-appointed Master of the World, who has allowed his followers to tamper continuously with the evolutionary destiny of Man, creating one bizarre race after another in an apparent search for a species the Hyades will find worthy of conquest. The other is Menelaus Montrose, the posthuman Judge of Ages, whose cryonic Tombs beneath the surface of Earth have preserved survivors from each epoch created by the Hermeticists. Montrose intends to thwart the alien invaders any way he can, and to remain alive long enough to be reunited with his bride Rania, who is on a seventy-millennia journey to confront the Hyades’ masters, tens of thousands of light-years away. Now, with the countdown to the Hyades’ arrival nearing its end, del Azarchel and Montrose square off for what is to be their final showdown for the fate of Earth, a battle of gunfire and cliometric calculus  powered armor and posthuman intelligence — Provided by publisher.
Jack London : an American life / Earle Labor.
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The bare outlines of his story suggest a classic rags-to-riches tale, but London the man was plagued by contradictions. He chronicled nature at its most savage, but wept helplessly at the deaths of his favorite animals. At his peak the highest paid writer in the United States, he was nevertheless forced to work under constant pressure for money. An irrepressibly optimistic crusader for social justice and a lover of humanity, he was also subject to spells of bitter invective, especially as his health declined. Branded by shortsighted critics as little more than a hack who produced a couple of memorable dog stories, he left behind a voluminous literary legacy, much of it ripe for rediscovery. In Jack London: An American Life, the noted Jack London scholar Earle Labor explores the brilliant and complicated novelist lost behind the myth — at once a hard-living globe-trotter and a man alive with ideas, whose passion for seeking new worlds to explore never waned until the day he died  –Amazon.com.
At the water’s edge : a novel / Sara Gruen.
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While her brother, Ellis, and his friend try to find the Loch Ness monster in an attempt to get back into her father’s good graces, Maddie is left on her own in World War II-era Scotland and experiences a social awakening.
Falling in love / Donna Leon.
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Attending a performance by a opera star he saved in Death at La Fenice, Brunetti learns that the singer is being stalked by an obsessed fan who subsequently attacks a fellow performer.
Inside the O’Briens : a novel / Lisa Genova.
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From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a powerful new novel that does for Huntington’s Disease what her debut Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s.  Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease.  Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing?   As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life  at risk  or learn their fate.  Praised for writing that  explores the resilience of the human spirit  (The San Francisco Chronicle), Lisa Genova has once again delivered a novel as powerful and unforgettable as the human insights at its core — Provided by publisher.
Return of the Thin Man [text (large print)] / by Dashiell Hammett   edited by Richard Layman and Julie M. Rivett.
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Crime writer Dashiell Hammett elevated the genre to true literature and The Thin Man was his last – and most successful – novel. Following the enormous success of the 1934 movie version, Hammett was commissioned to write stories for additional films. He wrote two full length novellas, pulling his classic characters retired PI Nick Charles and his former debutante wife Nora back into a deadly – and fully satisfying – game of cat and mouse.
Wild ran the rivers [text (large print)] : one family’s western odyssey / James D. Crownover.
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This is a story of pioneers, pirates and ponies, floods, earthquakes, a mysterious wilderness settlement and how the second generation of a Cherokee family found a home on the upper reaches of the Little Red River. Barely sixteen, Ruth Harris is captured with her brother Jerry and held prisoner on Pirate Island. With help from the New Madrid earthquakes, they flee through trackless wilderness and Jerry comes of age during their sojourn at Flee’s Settlement.
O’s little book of happiness / edited by O, The Oprah Magazine.
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A sprightly dose of practical and insightful inspiration, a sprinkling of feel-good science, and a bounty of joyful stories by great writers, O’s Little Book of Happiness features some of the best writing to have appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine over its fifteen year history. From an ode to the power of questions by Elizabeth Gilbert, a tribute to the animal who taught her everything by Jane Smiley, practical advice about boosting your bliss from Gretchen Rubin, a call to find playful joy in one’s life by Brene  Brown, a guide to trading stress for serenity by Shonda Rhimes, a moving glimpse inside the mind of Neil deGrasse Tyson, and much, much more, the editors at O. have combed through the magazine’s extensive archives to assemble this poignant and rousing collection — Provided by publisher.
Trisha’s table : my feel-good favorites for a balanced life / Trisha Yearwood with Beth Yearwood Bernard   foreword by Garth Brooks   photographs by Ben Fink.
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Hotly anticipated, and full of healthy twists on comfort food classics, Trisha’s Table is bestselling cookbook author and country mega-star Trisha Yearwood’s first cookbook since she slimmed down and debuted her wildly popular Food Network show,  Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.  Responding to an increased demand, Trisha shares how she has incorporated healthier cooking into her lifestyle without completely forgoing the induldgences she (and we all) love and crave. Trisha’s Table includes a balance of healthy versions of comfort food along with a smattering of indulgences. Whether slimmed down or  original,  Trisha’s recipes, such as Black Bean Quinoa, Slow Cooker Georgia Pulled Pork BBQ, and Chicken Tortilla Casserole, are always delicious. Each of the more than 100 recipes will appeal to Trisha’s huge southern fan base, while her fresh outlook on food and life (and her TV exposure) will also bring a new audience to this book — Provided by publisher.
Children of the stone : the healing power of music in a hard land / Sandy Tolan.
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It is an unlikely story. Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, a child from a Palestinian refugee camp, confronts an occupying army, gets an education, masters an instrument, dreams of something much bigger than himself, and then, through his charisma and persistence, inspires scores of others to work with him to make that dream real. The dream: a school to transform the lives of thousands of children–as Ramzi’s life was transformed–through music.     Musicians from all over the world came to help. Children of the Stone chronicles Ramzi’s journey–from stone thrower to music student to school founder–and shows how through his love of music he created something lasting and beautiful in a land torn by violence and war. This is a story about the power of music, first, but also about freedom and conflict, determination and vision. It’s a vivid portrait of life amid checkpoints and military occupation, a growing movement of nonviolent resistance, the prospects of musical collaboration across the Israeli-Palestinian divide, and the potential of music to help children everywhere see new possibilities for their lives.
Days of rage : America’s radical underground, the FBI, and the forgotten age of revolutionary violence / Bryan Burrough.
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From the bestselling author of Public Enemies and The Big Rich, an explosive account of the decade-long battle between the FBI and the homegrown revolutionary movements of the 1970s.
The arc of the swallow / S. J. Gazan.
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Biology Ph.D. candidate Marie Skov is devastated when, on the same day as her mother’s death, her mentor Kristian Storm apparently kills himself. Storm had been facing academic dishonesty charges, as well as heated criticism of his research on a vaccine for African children–that suggested the vaccine was causing more harm than it was preventing. Skov is skeptical that the death was a suicide. She knows Storm’s research on the vaccine was sound, and learns that his on-site work in Guinea-Bissau was marred by intimidation, sabotaged data, and the suspicious death of another scientist. She also learns that in his final days, Storm felt he was being followed by a blue Ford with tinted windows. Soon afterward, a blue Ford with tinted windows parks across from Skov’s home. The police have no interest in re-examining the official narrative. But Marhauge shares Skov’s desire for answers, and defies his superiors to help her investigate. They receive unlikely help from a Nobel Prize-winning rival of Storm’s, and find themselves on a perilous trail that leads to Big Pharma and the World Health Organization.
One mile under : a Ty Hauck novel / Andrew Gross.
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A pulse-pounding thriller from New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross, about a whitewater rafting guide who investigates a suspicious death and uncovers a multinational conspiracy — Provided by publisher.
The second sister / Marie Bostwick.
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Years of long workdays…as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey’s boss is entering the White House. But when her estranged older sister, Alice, unexpectedly dies, Lucy is drawn back to Nilson’s Bay, her small, close knit Wisconsin hometown. An accident in her teens left Alice mentally impaired, and she was content to stay in Nilson’s Bay. Lucy…got out and never looked back. Now,…Lucy has taken up temporary residence in her sister’s cottage, and begins to see the town, and Alice’s life, anew. — back cover.
Old Venus / edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
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This original anthology of all-new stories harkens back to the Golden Age of SF, when science fiction was filled with tales from our own solar system, at a time when no one knew what lay on the surface of our nearest galactic neighbors and speculation ran rampant. And though that old solar system was  disproved  in the 1960s, when space probes showed that the real worlds were very different from those of our imaginations, these linked anthologies take us back to the time when it still seemed possible that Mars was home to dying civilizations, and Venus was a steamy, swampy jungle world, with strange creatures lurking amidst the lush vegetation.  — Provided by publisher.
Voyage of the Basilisk : a memoir by Lady Trent / Marie Brennan.
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Iconoclastic scientist Isabella, Lady Trent of Scirland, embarks on a two-year global voyage, hoping to determine the relationships among the endless varieties of dragon.
Get your hopes up! : expect something good to happen to you every day / Joyce Meyer.
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Offers advice for readers to improve the quality of their lives by establishing a lasting sense of hope based on faith in God.
Compulsion / Allison Brennan.
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Investigative reporter Maxine Revere has a theory: that the five New York City murders for which Adam Bachman is being tried are just part of his killing spree. In probing the disappearance of a retired couple who vanished the prior summer, Max uncovers striking similarities to Bachman’s MO and develops a theory that Bachman wasn’t working alone.  Max wins a coveted pre-trial interview with the killer, whose disarming composure in the face of her questions is combined with uncomfortable knowledge of Max’s own past. She leaves the room convinced, but unable to prove, that Bachman knows exactly what happened to the missing couple. The D.A. wants nothing to jeopardize his case against Bachman and refuses to consider Max’s theory. With no physical evidence, Max has to rely on her own wits and investigative prowess to dig deep into Bachman’s past. The picture that Max puts together is far darker and more deadly than she ever imagined.  As Max gets closer to the truth, she doesn’t realize that she’s walking down a road that has been paved just for her. That every step she takes brings her one step closer to a brilliant, methodical sociopath who has been waiting for her to make just one small mistake.  And when she does, he’ll be there waiting. — Provided by publisher.
The children’s crusade / Ann Packer.
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Bill Blair finds the land by accident, three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of the family he has yet to create, Bill buys the property on a whim. In Penny Greenway he finds a suitable wife, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life seems compelling and answerable, and they marry and have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife, at a time when women chafed at the conventions imposed on them. She finds salvation in art, but the cost is high. Thirty years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence and all-too-familiar troubles force a reckoning with who they are, separately and together, and set off a struggle over the family’s future. One by one, the siblings take turns telling the story–Robert, a doctor like their father  Rebecca, a psychiatrist  Ryan, a schoolteacher  and James, the malcontent, the problem child, the only one who hasn’t settled down–their narratives interwoven with portraits of the family at crucial points in their history.
Adeline : a novel of Virginia Woolf / Norah Vincent.
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On April 18th, 1941, twenty-two days after Virginia Woolf went for a walk near her weekend house and never returned, her body was reclaimed from the River Ouse. For more than half a century, Woolf’s suicide has been attributed to alleged depression  bipolar disorder  her impaired mental state after two of her London apartments had been bombed during the Second World War’s brutal Blitz. With Adeline–a stunning and provocative reimagining of the events that brought Virginia Woolf to the riverbank–Norah Vincent posits connections not made before, offering us a dâenouement worthy of its protagonist. An ambitious work in the tradition of Woolf herself, Adeline audaciously explores the interior consciousness of the most interior of authors, from the summer she began working on To The Lighthouse through the winter she finished Between the Acts. Intellectually and emotionally disarming, Adeline–a vibrant portrait of the author and her social circle, the infamous Bloomsbury Group, and a window into the darkness that both inspired and doomed them all–is a masterpiece in its own right by one of our most brilliant and daring writers.  — Provided by publisher.
Academy street : a novel / Mary Costello.
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Tess Lohan is the kind of woman that we meet and fail to notice every day. A single mother. A nurse. A quiet woman, who nonetheless feels things acutely–a woman with tumultuous emotions and few people to share them with.  Academy Street is Mary Costello’s luminous portrait of a whole life. It follows Tess from her girlhood in western Ireland through her relocation to America and her life there, concluding with a moving reencounter with her Irish family after forty years of exile. The novel has a hypnotic pull and a steadily mounting emotional force. It speaks of disappointments but also of great joy. It shows how the signal events of the last half century affect the course of a life lived in New York City. — Provided by publisher.
The distant marvels / Chantel Acevedo.
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Maria Sirena tells stories. She does it for money—she was a favorite in the cigar factory where she worked as a lettora—and for love, spinning gossamer tales out of her own past for the benefit of friends, neighbors, and family. But now, like a modern-day Scheherazade, she will be asked to tell one last story so that eight women can keep both hope and themselves alive.   Cuba, 1963. Hurricane Flora, one of the deadliest hurricanes in recorded history, is bearing down on the island. Seven women have been forcibly evacuated from their homes and herded into the former governor’s mansion, where they are watched over by another woman, a young soldier of Castro’s new Cuba named Ofelia. Outside the storm is raging and the floodwaters are rising. In a single room on the top floor of the governor’s mansion, Maria Sirena begins to tell the incredible story of her childhood during Cuba’s Third War of Independence  of her father Augustin, a ferocious rebel  of her mother, Lulu, an astonishing woman who fought, loved, dreamed, and suffered as fiercely as her husband. Stories, however, have a way of taking on a life of their own, and transported by her story’s momentum, Maria Sirena will reveal more about herself than she or anyone ever expected.
Sisters of heart and snow / Margaret Dilloway.
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Rachel and Drew Snow may be sisters, but  their lives have followed completely different paths.  Married to a wonderful man and is a mother to two strong-minded teens, Rachel hasn’t returned to her childhood home since being kicked out by her strict father after an act of careless teenage rebellion. Drew, her younger sister, followed her passion for music but takes side jobs to make ends meet and longs for the stability that has always eluded her. Both sisters recall how close they were, but the distance between them seems more than they can bridge. When their deferential Japanese mother, Haruki, is diagnosed with dementia and gives Rachel power of attorney, Rachel’s domineering father, Killian becomes enraged.  In a rare moment of lucidity, Haruki asks Rachel for a book in her sewing room, and Rachel enlists her sister’s help in the search. The book-which tells the tale of real-life female samurai Tomoe Gozen, an epic saga of love, loss, and conflict during twelfth-century Japan-reveals truths about Drew and Rachel’s relationship that resonate across the centuries, connecting them in ways that turn their differences into assets — Provided by publisher.
The scent of murder / James O. Born.
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Two years after being tossed from the detective bureau for using questionable tactics while catching a child molester, deputy Tim Hallett’s life is finally on track. Assigned to a special K-9 unit with the best partner in the world, a Belgian Malinois named Rocky, Hallett has finally learned to balance police work with his family life. But that all changes in the heat of a Florida sugarcane field.   While searching for a kidnapper, Rocky locks onto the scent of a predator unlike anyone has ever seen. Or have they? The more Hallett digs, the closer he comes to his old issues when the case that ended his career as a detective appears to be the key to a series of kidnappings.   When the trail turns to murder, Hallett risks everything to catch the killer, even if it means clearing the child molester who drove him to violence and ruined his career. Along the way, Hallett and his partners learn the true meaning of loyalty and courage as their canine companions take police work to a new level and show that instinct means more than training.
Killer in the kitchen : a Murder she wrote mystery / Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain.
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Jessica may not know everything about food, but she knows what she likes–and she definitely likes the Leg & Claw restaurant. Opened last summer by young couple Brad and Marcie, the Leg & Claw is their dream come true, combining Marcie’s sunny personality with Brad’s deft hand in the kitchen. But now their dream is turning into a nightmare. Gâerard  Pepe  Leboeuf is a renowned New York City restaurateur who has a summer home in Cabot Cove. And now he’s decided to open two new restaurants there–in an old warehouse right next to the Leg & Claw. As Leboeuf and his crew renovate the warehouse, the people of Cabot Cove slowly come to the realization that the town’s newest celebrity may be more trouble than he’s worth. His  assistants  are little more than thugs, and the haughty Leboeuf is nowhere near as charming as he seems–leading to a nasty confrontation with Brad. So when Leboeuf is found dead with a knife planted in his chest, Brad naturally becomes suspect number one. But plenty of others had a motive to kill Pepe, and it’s up to Jessica to uncover who really added murder to the menu — Provided by publisher.
Martin Marten : a novel / Brian Doyle.
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Dave is fourteen years old, living with his family in a cabin on Oregon’s Mount Hood (or as Dave prefers to call it, like the Native Americans once did, Wy’east). He is entering high school, adulthood on the horizon not far off in distance, and contemplating a future away from his mother, father, and his precocious younger sister. And Dave is not the only one approaching adulthood and its freedoms on Wy’east that summer. Martin, a pine marten (a small animal of the deep woods, of the otter/mink family), is leaving his own mother and siblings and setting off on his own as well. As Martin and Dave’s paths cross on forest trails and rocky mountaintops, they and we witness the full, unknowable breadth and vast sweep of life, and the awe inspiring interconnectedness of the world and its many inhabitants, human and otherwise. Martin Marten is a coming of age tale like no other, told in Brian Doyle’s joyous, rollicking style — Provided by publisher.
Healthy pasta : the sexy, skinny, and smart way to eat your favorite food / Joseph Bastiniach and Tanya Bastianich Manuali.
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Having grown up with Lidia Bastianich as their mother, Tanya and Joe Bastianich are no strangers to great-tasting Italian cooking. Today, the siblings both have illustrious careers in the culinary world—writing cookbooks, running restaurants, hosting television shows—and yet they are still faced with the question that many of us encounter in the kitchen every day: how can we enjoy the pasta that we crave in a healthy and satisfying way?     Here, the brother and sister have paired up to give us that answer in 100 recipes, each under 500 calories per serving, that are as good for you as they are delectable. This wonderfully informative, easy-to-use cookbook provides simple ways to make pasta an integral part of a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle, even if you’re gluten-free.
It’s not over : getting beyond tolerance, defeating homophobia, and winning true equality / Michelangelo Signorile.
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Marriage equality has surged across the country. Closet doors have burst open in business, entertainment, and even major league sports. But as longtime advocate Michelangelo Signorile argues in his most provocative book yet, the excitement of such breathless change makes this moment more dangerous than ever. Puncturing the illusion that victory is now inevitable, Signorile marshals stinging evidence that an age-old hatred, homophobia, is still a basic fact of American life. He exposes the bigotry of the brewing religious conservative backlash against LGBT rights and challenges the complacency and hypocrisy of supposed allies in Washington, the media, and Hollywood. Not just a wake-up call, It’s Not Over is also a battle plan for the fights to come in the march toward equality. Signorile tells the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans who have refused to be merely tolerated, or worse, and are demanding full acceptance. And he documents signs of hope in schools and communities finding new ways to combat ignorance, bullying, and fear.
NYPD Red. 3 [text (large print)]/ James Patterson and Marshall Karp.
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When a billionaire’s chauffeur is brutally murdered and his son is abducted, NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan and his ex-girlfriend partner, Kylie MacDonald, realize that their own lives are becoming more threatened as they get closer to solving the case. 500,000 first printing.
William Shakespeare’s the phantom of menace : Star Wars part the first / Ian Doescher.
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A retelling of The Phantom Menace in iambic pentameter, the style of Shakespeare.
John Marshall : the chief justice who saved the nation / Harlow Giles Unger.
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A soul-stirring biography of John Marshall, the young Republic’s great chief justice who led the Supreme Court to power and brought law and order to the nation.  In the political turmoil that convulsed America after George Washington’s death, the surviving Founding Fathers went mad-literally pummeling each other in Congress and challenging one another to deadly duels in their quest for power. Out of the political intrigue, one man emerged to restore calm and dignity to the government: John Marshall. The longest-serving chief justice in American history, Marshall transformed the Supreme Court from an irrelevant appeals court into the powerful and controversial branch of government that Americans today either revere or despise.  Drawing on rare documents, Harlow Giles Unger shows how, with nine key decisions, Marshall rewrote the Constitution, reshaped government, and prevented Thomas Jefferson from turning tyrant. John Adams called his appointment of Marshall to chief justice his greatest gift to the nation and  the pride of my life.    — Provided by publisher.
James & Dolley Madison : America’s first power couple / Bruce Chadwick.
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This revealing new portrait of James and Dolley Madison introduces the reader to America’s first power couple. Using recently uncovered troves of letters at the University of Virginia, among other sources, historian Bruce Chadwick has been able to reconstruct the details of the Madisons’ personal and political lives. Based on this archive, the author argues that our fourth president–the architect of the Constitution–owed much of his success to the political savvy of his wife. And Dolley, through her many social skills, created the dynamic role of First Lady that we know today.  Within the new historical papers are remarkable stories of Dolley’s parties and her backdoor politicking. Chadwick argues that Madison was not a boring, average president–as other historians have characterized him–but a vibrant, tough leader–and a very successful commander in chief in the War of 1812. These documents also help to paint a searing portrait of the Madisons’ struggles with their irresponsible son and outline how their lifelong funding of his whims brought about their own demise.  Blending the personal and the political, this is a fascinating portrait of a couple whose life together contributed so much to the future course of our nation — Provided by publisher.
HTML and CSS : visual quickstart guide / Elizabeth Castro, Bruce Hyslop.
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This text takes an easy, visual approach to guiding the reader through the software & demonstrating procedures. It acts like a reference book with concise straightforward explanations.
Michelle Obama : a life / by Peter B. Slevin.
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A comprehensive portrait of the First Lady describes her working-class upbringing on Chicago’s South Side, her education at Princeton and Harvard during the racially charged 1980s, and her marriage to the future forty-fourth president.
The brothers : the road to an American tragedy / Masha Gessen.
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On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 264 others. In the ensuing manhunt, Tamerlan Tsarnaev died, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, was captured and ultimately charged on thirty federal counts. Yet long after the bombings and the terror they sowed, after all the testimony and debate, what we still haven’t learned is why. Why did the American Dream go so wrong for two immigrants? How did such a nightmare come to pass?
Mouthful of forevers / Clementine von Radics.
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Titled after the poem that burned up on Tumblr and has inspired wedding vows, paintings, songs, YouTube videos, and even tattoos among its fans, Mouthful of Forevers brings the first substantial collection of this gifted young poet’s work to the public.  Clementine von Radics writes of love, loss, and the uncertainties and beauties of life with a ravishing poetic voice and piercing bravura that speak directly not only to the sensibility of her generation, but to anyone who has ever been young.
Golden riders [text (large print)] / Ralph Cotton.
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Arizona Ranger Sam Burrack has a reputation for finishing what he sets out to do. He’d been on the trail of five gunmen for days. Then there were four. And he won’t stop until every one of the Golden Riders is behind bars or underground. Then a few escape from jail, and get word to gang leader Braxton Kane that his brother died at the hand of a lawman. Now Burrack is both hunter and hunted, and if he doesn’t live up to his reputation, he won’t live very long.
Flintlock [text (large print)] : gut-shot / by William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone.
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$10,000. That’s the bounty on the head of the most hated man in Texas – the man that Flintlock has been hired to guard. The crime was the brutal murder of a young school-teacher. The verdict was not guilty for lack of evidence. And the suspected killer’s first guard was murdered by a shotgun blast. What makes Flintlock believe in this man’s innocence? Call it gut instinct. Or call it maybe just a hankering for a fight. Because Flintlock knows that some very powerful and dangerous people are trying to make a man look guilty as sin. The only way for Flintlock to get the truth now is to go gunning for it – on a bad man’s blood-soaked killing ground.
Far as the eye can see [text (large print)] / by Robert Bausch.
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Civil War veteran Bobby Hale journeys into the Plains Wars-stricken American West, discovering a sense of purpose through his encounters with Native Americans and settlers who scrabble for peace and survival.
The dangerous land [text (large print)] : a Ralph Compton novel / Marcus Galloway.
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Frontier life is hard enough without having kids to worry about — especially for a widower like Paul Meakes. Still, he’s resolved to stay in the small Colorado town his son and daughter call home. So when his daughter is hit by a seemingly poisoned arrow during an Indian raid, Paul is determined to track them down and bring them to justice. But Paul soon discovers that the dangers of the West are far greater and more varied than he ever imagined.
Crow Creek Crossing [text (large print)] / by Charles G. West.
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Wyoming holds the promise of a bright future for newlyweds Cole and Ann Bonner. Alongside Ann’s sister, her husband, and their children, the young couple have braved the long, hard road across Nebraska in hopes of building a new life for themselves on a tract of land near Crow Creek Crossing. But their dreams of a fresh start are quickly cut short. While Cole is away in town, a gang of outlaws led by the vicious Slade Corbett raids the family homestead, leaving behind a smoking ruin and the mutilated bodies of everyone Cole holds dear. The horror and anguish are almost too much for him to bear and they transform this once easygoing young man into a grim avenger. With cold, merciless determination, Cole vows to track down every last member of the gang and make them pay in blood
The vendetta of Felipe Espinosa [text (large print)] / by Adam James Jones.
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1863. Civil War rages in the East. Unclaimed wealth beckons prospectors to the West. Far from and between it all, a gunman stalks the territories on a divine mission to kill American settlers. He would elude governors and armies, bounty hunters and posses, until his demise at the climax of a fierce high-country manhunt. By then, Felipe Espinosa had claimed more than thirty lives to quietly become one of the nation’s first serial killers and foreign terrorists.
MacCallister. the eagles legacy [text (large print)] : dry gulch ambush / by William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone.
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The Indians around Fort Laramie, Wyoming are peaceful. Or so it seemed — until killers ambush a detail of U.S. soldiers and an officer’s wife. One man flees the carnage and tells the story — his own story, an outright lie. When Duff MacCallister and a few brave men go after the attackers, they discover the officer’s wife is alive and in the merciless hands of the sadistic warrior Yellow Hawk. To free her, Duff touches off a fierce battle.
Shadow on the mesa [text (large print)] / by Lee Martin.
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When Wes Montana’s Arapaho mother is murdered, the hired gun discovers that his white father Ray Eastman, who abandoned them before Wes was born, is still alive and wealthy with a family — and may have ordered her death. Swearing vengeance, Wes yet finds himself on his father’s side in the middle of a range war fueled by Eastman’s unfaithful wife. As the war explodes, Wes Montana’s thirst for vengeance against his own father takes an unexpected turn.
Badlanders [text (large print)] / by David Robbins.
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When Alexander Jessup moves with his two daughters to the Badlands to run a ranch, he’s unprepared for the West’s deathly perils. But his daughter Edana is determined to manage the Diamond B. And it may be possible, thanks to ranch foreman Neal Bonner and his partner, Jericho, an expert gunman. But her sister, Isolda, has no interest in herding cows. She’s scheming to take over the Diamond B with the help of the worst criminals in the Badlands.
Lonnie Gentry [text (large print)] / by Peter Brandvold.
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Lonnie Gentry and his mother work hard on their remote Colorado mountain ranch. Now the thirteen-year-old must travel over perilous mountains to return money stolen by his mother’s outlaw boyfriend to a deputy U.S. marshal, joined by the daughter of a sheriff killed by the outlaws. The unlikely pair faces deadly threats along the way. It’s a man’s job. And it’s going to take a man — and the woman the man loves — to see it through.
Rough justice [text (large print)] : a Gideon Ryder novel / by Lyle Brandt.
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The Civil War may have ended, but division remains among its survivors. Some, like the Knights of the Rising Sun, want to halt progress in Texas by bullet, fire, and noose. The Secret Service sends Gideon Ryder to stop them. But as Ryder follows them from Corpus Christi to Jefferson, Texas, his mission proves more difficult than planned: the cowards only surface with sacks over their heads. To learn their identities, Ryder will have to get close enough to see under the hoods.
Unraveling : high hopes and missed opportunities in Iraq / Emma Sky.
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When Emma Sky volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, she had little idea what she was getting in to. Her assignment was only supposed to last three months. She went on to serve there longer than any other senior military or diplomatic figure, giving her an unrivaled perspective of the entire conflict.  As the representative of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Kirkuk in 2003 and then the political advisor to US General Odierno from 2007–2010, Sky was valued for her knowledge of the region and her outspoken voice. With sharp detail and tremendous empathy, Sky provides unique insights into the US military as well as the complexities, diversity, and evolution of Iraqi society. The Unraveling is an intimate insider’s portrait of how and why the Iraq adventure failed and contains a unique analysis of the course of the war. Highlighting how nothing that happened in Iraq after 2003 was inevitable, Sky exposes the failures of the policies of both Republicans and Democrats, and the lessons that must be learned about the limitations of power.
How to win at gambling : a step-by-step manual for winning money at more than 50 games variations! / Avery Cardoza.
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Offers rules, options, and instructions for popular games of chance such as poker, slots, bingo, and horseracing.
Twisted threads [text (large print)] / Lea Wait.
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After leaving a decade ago, Angie returns to her home town of Harbor Haven, Maine, and the grandmother who raised her following her mother’s disappearance. Her mother has been found, and now the question of her whereabouts has become a murder mystery. When another murder occurs, Angie discovers it may have ties to her mother’s cold case.
Black hole : how an idea abandoned by Newtonians, hated by Einstein, and gambled on by Hawking became loved / Marcia Bartusiak.
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For more than half a century, physicists and astronomers engaged in heated dispute over the possibility of black holes in the universe. The weirdly alien notion of a space-time abyss from which nothing escapes—not even light—seemed to confound all logic. This engrossing book tells the story of the fierce black hole debates and the contributions of Einstein and Hawking and other leading thinkers who completely altered our view of the universe.     Renowned science writer Marcia Bartusiak shows how the black hole helped revive Einstein’s greatest achievement, the general theory of relativity, after decades during which it had been pushed into the shadows. Not until astronomers discovered such surprising new phenomena as neutron stars and black holes did the once-sedate universe transform into an Einsteinian cosmos, filled with sources of titanic energy that can be understood only in the light of relativity. This book celebrates the hundredth anniversary of general relativity, uncovers how the black hole really got its name, and recounts the scientists’ frustrating, exhilarating, and at times humorous battles over the acceptance of one of history’s most dazzling ideas.
Paris red : a novel / Maureen Gibbon.
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Paris, 1862. A young girl in a threadbare dress and green boots, hungry for experience, meets the mysterious and wealthy artist Édouard Manet. The encounter will change her—and the art world—forever.  At seventeen, Victorine Meurent abandons her old life to become immersed in the Parisian society of dance halls and cafés, meeting writers and artists like Baudelaire and Alfred Stevens. As Manet’s model, Victorine explores a world of new possibilities and stirs the artist to push the boundaries of painting in his infamous portrait Olympia, which scandalizes even the most cosmopolitan city.  Manet becomes himself because of Victorine. But who does she become, that figure on the divan?
Get Fluffy [text (large print)] / Sparkle Abbey.
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Disgraced Texas beauty queen Melinda (Mel) Langston owns Laguna Beach’s Bow Wow Boutique. Mona Michaels, Mel’s most despised client, owns a star dog, Fluffy, who is worth millions. When Mona is found whacked in the head with Fluffy’s daytime Emmy, everyone wants Fluffy. But someone won’t stop at murder to get the pooch … Secrets. Blackmail. Mel tackles the case like a dog with a bone. But can she dig up the truth before the killer buries her?
Desperate housedogs [text (large print)] / Sparkle Abbey.
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When Caro Lamont, psychologist turned pet therapist, makes a house call in posh southern California to help Kevin Blackstone with his two misbehaving German Shepherds, she expects frantic dogs, a frantic dog owner, even frantic neighbors. What she doesn’t expect is that two hours later the police will find Kevin dead, and as the last person to see him alive she is a person of interest, at least according to Homicide Detective Judd Malone.
Murder by gravity [text (large print)] : the coffin quilt / Barbara Graham.
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Snow before Halloween shocks the residents of tiny Park County, Tennessee. Sheriff Tony Abernathy is dealing with a multitude of minor issues when a charter pilot claims his passenger jumped without a parachute. After riding mules into the wilderness to collect the body, Tony and his deputy must travel to North Carolina to notify the widow. As the sheriff, Tony hates Halloween. Even so he never expected a valuable coffin and the body inside to go missing.
A biscuit, a casket [text (large print)] / Liz Mugavero.
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The small town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut, has wholeheartedly embraced Kristan  Stan  Connor’s organic pet treat business. As Halloween approaches, Stan is asked to cater a doggie costume party at Happy Cow Dairy Farm. Happy Cow specializes in organic dairy products, and farmers Hal and Emmalee Hoffman have opened up the farm for parties, complete with a  haunted  corn maze. When Hal’s lifeless body is found in the maze, the police suspect Emmalee, but Stan soon learns the dairy farmer had plenty of enemies.
Kitty kitty bang bang [text (large print)] / Sparkle Abbey.
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When Caro Lamont’s friend and neighbor, Kitty Bardot, is found gunned down on the Pacific Coast Highway, the police seem ready to call the well-loved Hollywood publicist a road-rage casualty. But when catty tidbits of information start to surface, Caro is determined to get to the bottom of who killed Kitty.
Redo your room : 50 bedroom DIYs you can do in a weekend / writer and stylist: Jessica D’Argenio Waller   editors: Jacque Alberta and Karen Bokram.
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Presents fifty low-cost room makeovers which can be completed in one weekend, including transforming an old headboard with fabric, sewing a vintage silk scarf quilt, and creating a hanging handbag organizer.
What’s math got to do with it? : how teachers and parents can transform mathematics learning and inspire success / Jo Boaler.
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Featuring all the important advice and suggestions in the original edition of What’s Math Got to Do with It?, this revised edition is now updated with new research on the brain and mathematics that is revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of learning and potential.  As always Jo Boaler presents research findings through practical ideas that can be used in classrooms and homes. The new What’s Math Got to Do with It? prepares teachers and parents for the Common Core, shares Boaler’s work on ways to teach mathematics for a “growth mindset,” and includes a range of advice to inspire teachers and parents to give their students the best mathematical experience possible.

Reading Buddies Storytimes (3 Days a Week)

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays ~ 10:30 – 11:00images

Open to children ages 2-5.

Enjoy stories, crafts, songs, and games with Children’s Librarian Erica Perry. New meeting times on Monday and Friday!