Serving Clovis, Portales and the Surrounding Communities

On the shelves — Dec. 5

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“Taste of Home Casseroles” was given by Shelley Barnett in honor of Lorene Billinglsey.

This collection of 440 one-pot recipes serves up tantalizing, versatile, economical and easy-to-prepare comfort food straight from the kitchens of Taste of Home readers who share generations of cherished family recipes.

“A Nose for Justice” by Rita Mae Brown begins a tail-wagging series involving Mags Rogers who arrives at her great Aunt’s sprawling Nevada ranch accompanied by her dachshund Baxter, only to encounter a pipe bomber, a string of local murders, and human bones buried in the barn.

“Murder City: Cuidad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields” by Charles Bowden presents a devastating chronicle of a city in collapse where violence infects every level of society and where the line between the government and the cartels has never existed.

“Her Daughter’s Dream” by Francine Rivers delivers a rich and deeply moving story about the silent sorrows that can tear a family apart and the grace and forgiveness that can heal even the deepest wounds.

“The Treatment Trap: How the Overuse of Medical Care is Wrecking Your Health and What You Can Do to Prevent It” by Rosemary Gibson exposes the wasteful practices that have become routine among too many doctors and hospitals as people from all walks of life have undergone tests, surgery, and other procedures that made them worse off than before.

“Santa Fe Edge” by Stuart Woods moves from the seamy prisons of Mexico to the glamorous movie sets of Los Angeles to the exclusive resorts of Santa Fe as Ed Eagle and his team of private detectives seek for answers to a ruthless murder in a golfer’s hacienda.

“Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History” by S.C. Gwynne offers a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West.

Portales Public Library

“Tortilla Sun” by Jennifer Cervantes. Twelve year-old Izzy is determined to figure out the missing words to a partially obscured phrase “Because … magic,” that she finds marked on a beat-up baseball. Could her father have written the words? Does this old ball have secrets to tell?

Izzy learns she will be spending the summer with her grandmother in New Mexico before she can learn more. When she arrives in the rustic adobe village, Izzy finds herself in a place where her nana plucks magic herbs in the moonlight and the wind whispers secrets.

Is all that Izzy has been searching for held in this strange place? Izzy finds herself on an adventure to connect the hidden pieces of her past with a belly full of homemade tortillas, the help of new friends, and a cat who thinks she’s a dog.

“Painted Ladies” by Robert B. Parker. Spenser accepts his latest case: to provide protection during a ransom exchange — money for a stolen painting when he is called upon by the Hammond Museum and renowned art scholar Dr. Ashton Prince.

When Spenser fails to protect his client and is unable to recover the valuable painting, the case becomes personal. Spenser enters into a daring game of cat-and-mouse with the thieves after being convinced that Ashton Prince played a bigger role than just ransom delivery boy. This just might be a game that Spenser doesn’t come out of alive.

“Finding Family” by Tonya Bolden. Never knowing her parents, Delana has been raised by Grandpa, who doesn’t say much, and Aunt Tilley, who says plenty — just not what Delana wants to hear. Delana is kept from doing much of anything after listening to Aunt Tilley’s wild family stories and reading her Book of Bewares. Everything turns topsy-turvy in Delana’s world when Aunt Tilley dies. Delana’s pent-up curiosities start to come out and she begins to unravel her aunt’s fictions and draws out her mysterious grandpa. She’ll discover more than a few surprises and she just might find her rightful home — in a place she hadn’t thought to look.