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On the shelves — Nov. 2

These books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library:

Otter Out of Water, by Kathy-jo Wargin was given by Scott and Annette Hulder in memory of Bob O’Brien. In this rollicking story, a playful otter follows two children to their home where he eats popcorn for lunch, swings on the curtains, and encounters the ranger who reminds everyone that this otter belongs in the water.

How to Babysit a Grandpa, by Jean Reagan was given by Scott and Annette Hulder in memory of Gary Robinson. This warm, humorous picture book celebrates the one-of-a-kind bond between child and grandparent as a little boy provides instructions for being a good grandpa-sitter, including how to play with a grandpa, things to do on a walk, and snacks grandpas like to eat.

— Summaries by library staff

These books are available at the Portales Public Library:

Yes Please, by Amy Poehler: She is one of today’s most renowned comediennes, and in her first book, Poehler writes a brutally honest, and funny, memoir that includes bits of advice, essays, poetry and photographs. She addresses her parents and her childhood growing up in a suburb of Boston, her years at Boston College and her decision to pursue comedy and acting, her time on the improvisation comedy team the Upright Citizens Brigade, and her career as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live.” She writes about her friends and cast mates, such as Seth Meyer — who writes one of the book’s chapters as a favor — and Tina Fey, Poehler’s best friend since 1993, and her two sons, Archie and Abel Arnett, whom she dedicated the book to. She also discusses her current starring role on “Parks and Recreation.” Throughout the three separate parts of the book, titled “Say Whatever You Want,” “Do Whatever You Like,” and “Be Whoever You Are,” Poehler is at times both light and hard on herself, yet she maintains her signature witty humor at every turn.

Lizzie & Jane, by Katharine Reay: Fifteen years ago, Elizabeth left her childhood home of Seattle after her mother’s death to become a chef in New York, dreaming of running her own restaurant someday. Her sister Jane stayed in Seattle to raise a family, and over the years, the two sisters grew apart, each living on opposite sides of the country and coping with their loss on their own. But when Elizabeth starts to lose her touch with cooking, and feels threatened by the new celebrity chef brought on to help save her restaurant, she decides to go back home to Seattle for a much needed break, where Jane is now battling cancer and ongoing chemotherapy treatments. As she cares for the sister she hasn’t seen in 15 years — the same sister that left Elizabeth to care for their dying mother all those years ago — Elizabeth re-evaluates her life, both past and present, and works on rebuilding her relationship with Jane, while also finding interest in Jane’s coworker Nick.

An Island Christmas, by Nancy Thayer: As Christmas approaches, Felicia travels back to her family’s home for the holiday to marry her boyfriend Archie. Although Felicia wants nothing more than to be Archie’s wife, the details of the wedding were not her decision. From the lights and decorations to her red and white satin wedding dress, the ceremony was planned to the tastes of her mother, Jilly. But the wedding itself is not the only thing Jilly is focused on; she’s also worried that Archie may not be the right man for her daughter. As the days go by and the wedding gets closer, Jilly schemes to try to set Felicia up with her neighbor Steven Hardy, a nice stockbroker that Jilly feels might be a better match for Felicia than Archie. But her plans — and the wedding — may end up in disaster.

— Summaries by library staff