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On the shelves — Sept. 21

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Public Library

Wash Day by Eve Bunting was given by Lincoln-Jackson Family Center in memory of Ruby Romero.

In this heartwarming story set in 1889, young Lizzie helps her grandmother with the family wash, even though she would rather have a tea party with her dolls and a friend; but after a job well done, a wonderful surprise makes her day just about perfect.

American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom by Katrina Fried was given by Dr. James B. Moss in memory of Paige Smith.

This book takes us into the classrooms of fifty extraordinary educators whose creative and unconventional methods are transforming the lives and futures of their students.

The New Living Translation Study Bible was given by Dr. James B. Moss in memory of Dr. Herbert Bergstrom.

Created by a team of today’s top Bible scholars, this comprehensive reference work features study notes, maps, charts, illustrations, book introductions, and other tools to help readers focus on the meaning and message of the Scriptures.

Arena Legacy: The Heritage of American Rodeo by Richard Rattenbury was given by Dr. James B. Moss in memory of Benny Fulgham.

Through lavish illustrations, colorful photographs, and absorbing text, this engaging history of rodeo traces the long trajectory of America’s truly Western sport from its roots in vaquero culture to the big-business competitions of the present day.

The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver reintroduces forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme, who must untangle a web of clues to find a serial killer who tattoos cryptic messages on his victims with poison ink, resulting in a slow and painful death.

Growing Up Duggar: It’s All About Relationships by Jana Duggar shares the core beliefs of four sisters in a family of 19 children that helped them to navigate the difficult stage of adolescence, maintain open communication with their parents, deal with peer pressure, and develop their own personal faith and beliefs.

Portales Public Library

Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman: With over 30 years of experience as a detective, Peter Decker is ready to leave his job with the LAPD for a quieter life in upstate New York with his wife Rina Lazarus, both of them looking forward to being closer to their children, grandchildren, and foster son, Gabe.

But as Rina quickly adjusts to life away from the big city, Peter does not feel fulfilled in his new job at the Greenbury Police Department, and he does not get along with his new partner, young Harvard graduate Tyler McAdams.

Just when Peter begins to regret moving, he is called to investigate a crime at a mausoleum, where the panels have been replaced with forged pieces. Then a visiting scholar is killed at a liberal arts college, and as Peter and Tyler dig into the death and explore the school, they uncover secrets and connections to seemingly unrelated cold cases and thefts, and they must hurry to find the killer before another crime is committed.

The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith: In this debut novel, Katy Simpson Smith follows three generations of one family in coastal North Carolina.

First, Asa is a widower and the owner of a small plantation who gives his only daughter, Helen, a slave for her 10th birthday.

Helen and Moll become very close, and as they grow up, Helen eventually takes over the running of the plantation from Asa. However, she meets and falls in love with John, a former pirate and Continental soldier in the Revolution, despite her father’s disapproval of the match.

Moll is married off to a stranger and has a son, Davy, whom she loves and is determined to protect, despite the restrictions of slavery. Years later, Helen has died, leaving John alone with their daughter Tabitha, who at 10 years old only knows her mother through her father’s stories. When Tabitha gets yellow fever, John takes her on a voyage to Bermuda, turning to his first love, the sea, in the hope that he can save his daughter.

Israel: Is It Good for the Jews? by Richard Cohen: In this personal view into Jewish history, veteran The Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen began his research by wondering whether the recreation of the nation of Israel was a mistake, going on to answer his own question by looking into his own past and the past of Israel and the Jews.

From the promise of God in the Bible to protect and bless the Jews to the Holocaust and the aftermath that followed World War II, Cohen writes about his love for the nation’s history and people.

Cohen also addresses his family ties to Nazi-occupied Poland, and writes about Poland, the Middle East and pieces from his own life growing up, concluding with his predictions about the future of Israel.

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