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On the shelves - Feb. 19


February 19, 2017

The following books are available for checkout at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold by Margaret Atwood Felix casts Felix as a real-life version of Shakespeare's Prospero in a funny and heartwarming tale of revenge and redemption. After treachery forces him into a backwoods exile, he is haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, then finds revenge in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. There Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney depicts a love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur. It's the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. On a walk taking her over 10 miles around New York, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, all while reviewing a life filled with excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak.

The Rising by Heather Graham tenders a thrilling sci-fi story of football hero Alex Chin and brilliant Samantha Dixon, high school seniors with bright futures. Within twenty-four hours their world turns upside down - Alex lands in the hospital, his doctor and parents are murdered, and now the attackers are after him. Desperate to stay ahead, Alex and Samantha race to find why he is being hunted and how it ties in with the real, and secret, reason he was adopted.

The Lose Your Belly Diet by Travis Stork, M.D. is built around a very clear, research-based concept: eating food that nourishes and protects the microbes in your gut paves the way for weight loss, a slimmer middle, and better overall health. All the bases are covered - how to dramatically improve your own gut health with the food you eat, support your body's beneficial bacteria, avoid unnecessary antibiotics, and change the way you think about dirt and germs.

A Wretched and Precarious Situation by David Welky shares a remarkable true story from one of the world's most inhospitable places. When the amateur Crocker Island Expedition set out in 1913 to explore the mysterious peaks northwest of Greenland's ice fields, they faced a brutal polar climate, food shortages, isolation, a fatal boating accident, a drunken sea captain, disease, dissention, and a horrific crime. Some discovered inner reserves and talents, some realized the importance of loved ones they left behind, and some psychologically disintegrated.

Mini Homes by House & Home presents a wildly unique selection of tiny and creatively daring examples of homes in a variety of locations: on the water, embedded in a hillside, and in a forest surrounded by fauna. Showcased are some of the world's most innovative and efficient designs along with floor plans and photographs that are sure to inspire those seeking to get the most out of a limited space or small plot of land, as well as those on a tight budget but refuse to relinquish the dream of having their own tailor-made home.

Portales Public Library

The Turn by Kim Harrison

In this official prequel to Kim Harrison's beloved Hollows series, set fifty years prior, Trisk and Kal are two supernatural rivals that are thrust into the fight to save their weaker kin, the ordinary humans. When a genetically combined tomato created to do away with world hunger is combined with a deadly new virus, a plague breaks out throughout America and targets the humans, the perfect hosts and means of spreading, and the different sects of paranormal species-including elves, witches and vampires-are faced with the decision to either let humanity die out, or expose themselves to help save them. While dark elf Trisk believes in helping and struggles to overcome the various prejudices against women and dark magic in the 1960s, many of the other paranormals don't care if humanity has anything to offer. Trisk is tasked with investigating the research of Dr. Daniel Plank, the man who created the virus, and Kal, her arrogant nemesis from school, is sent to oversee the process, with both of them unsure of how to work together or find a solution before all non-paranormal humans are wiped out.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

In his latest book for adults, bestselling author Neil Gaiman explores the original Norse myths in his own words and unique storytelling. Here we meet Odin, the ruler of the gods, both wise and ambitious; Frigg, Odin's wife and the queen of the gods; Odin's son Thor, the strongest but not quite the smartest of the gods and the god of thunder; and Loki, Odin's trickster brother and the son of a giant, the most manipulative and cunning of them all. With each chapter, Gaiman delves into the age-old stories concerning the beginnings of the gods, giants and dwarves, the creation of the nine connected worlds-including Asgard, the realm of the gods, and Midgard, the world of the humans in the center of the cosmos-and the sometimes unbelievably strange exploits of the gods through their interactions with mortals. Placed in chronological order, this collection of stories culminates in the event of Ragnarok, the war to end the reign of the gods and the birth of a new world order ruled by man.

My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Katie Brenner's daily life in London feels like a constant struggle, from her less-than-lovely rented apartment to her strange roommates to her job where she has to smoothly navigate office politics and two-faced backstabbing. While everyone else seems to have the perfect life, including her smart, confident and sophisticated boss Demeter Farlowe, Katie has been posting slightly exaggerated pictures on Instagram to show off a “better” side of her, partially in hopes of making her father proud of her. When Demeter fires Katie, however, she goes back home to her family's farm in Somerset and sets up a vacation business. While the hectic life away from the big city gets farther away and Katie begins to thrive again, Demeter shows up at her business as a guest, throwing Katie's world into further disarray and making the chances for her happiness and future even more crucial.

— Summaries by library staff


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