Serving Clovis, Portales and the Surrounding Communities

On the shelves — Oct. 12

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Public Library

The Hogan That Great-Grandfather Built by Nancy Flood was written by a teacher on the Navajo Reservation who explores the traditional dwelling that the Navajo people built of earth, water, and wood that still dot the high deserts of the American Southwest.

Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo by Nancy Flood combines narrative poems, dynamic text, and exciting action shots to portray the dawn-to-dusk events of a Navajo rodeo, including the riders and ropers, horses and bulls, and photos of young rodeo participants.

Both of the above books were given by Carolyn Toliver in memory of Barbara Burrage.

Henry Ford: Father of the Auto Industry by Josh Gregory was given by Carolyn Toliver in memory of Sammy Chandler.

Readers will learn how the Ford Motor company began selling its Model T in 1908 and grew to be the largest automobile manufacturer in the world, changing forever the way we travel and pioneering the principles of mass production that keep costs lows and wages high.

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris returns to Midnight, Texas, a dried-up town with many empty buildings, one traffic light, a diner, a pawnshop, and one new resident with secrets of his own who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private.

Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption by Claire Diaz-Oriz is the emotional story of one restless woman seeking something who entered an orphanage and met a ten-year-old boy seeking someone on one day that would change the course of both of their lives forever.

The Painter by Peter Heller is set in New Mexico where artist, fisherman, and homespun philosopher Jim Stegner tries to outrun his past, search for peace, and create a meaningful life by building on the losses he has suffered and the lessons they have taught him.

The King of Clovis: Norman Petty, American Music Legend by Frank Blanas takes a look into the life of a fascinating man whose behind-the-scenes genius jumpstarted the careers of many of the greatest artists of early rock ’n’ roll in the face of widespread industry corruption and in the shadow of a menacing industry octopus.

Portales Public Library

The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter: Nicholas Drummond, a new FBI agent in New York, is called to investigate a stabbing of a man named John Pearce on Wall Street with his partner Mike Caine. As Pearce dies, he tells the agents that “The key is in the lock.”

It soon becomes clear that the crime is much more than just a random stabbing; Pearce, who was a naval historian and an antiquities dealer, was also known as “The Messenger,” a title that Drummond and Caine cannot find any information on.

As they try to figure out what key and what lock Pearce was referring to, and just who “The Messenger” was, they delve into secrets dating back to World War I, secrets that pit them against Manfred Havelock, a man obsessed with recovering the lost key for his own devices.

The only person that may know where to look is Pearce's son Adam, who has gone missing, and Drummond and Caine race to find Adam and stop Havelock before it is too late.

The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen: Allie Girard has spent years trying to put the past behind her, living a normal life while concealing her secret of being able to read people's memories.

When she was a child, her name was Teresa Casali, the daughter of a mob boss who exploited her unusual gift to maintain control in his line of work, exposing her to the horrors of mankind.

Desperate to escape such a life, Teresa runs away. She meets Andre Mandak, a man who offers her a second chance by placing her in witness protection.

This allows Teresa to disappear and start over as Allie, and Mandak helps her further by teaching her how to control her ability, before disappearing from her life. Allie knows that Mandak cannot truly be trusted and will return one day to use her ability for his own benefit, and now, years later, she finds herself on the run yet again when her identity is compromised and her secret is revealed.

But this time, Allie refuses to be the victim; instead, she's determined to use her ability to fight back.

Best to Laugh by Lorna Landvick: Candy is a 20-something, half-Korean, half-Norwegian recent college graduate from Minneapolis who, by subletting her cousin's apartment, has the opportunity to move to Los Angeles.

She isn't sure what to do, but once she gets to LA, she moves from temp job to temp job before realizing that she wants to go into a career in comedy.

Candy misses the grandmother back in Minneapolis who raised her, but she finds an interesting surrogate family in the residents of Peyton Hall, the two-story apartment complex that Candy moves into.

As she spends time with her neighbors and listens to their gossip and their stories of success and failure with fame, she strives to make it to the stage herself, and making her comedy dreams come true.