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On the shelves - June 23


June 23, 2019

The following books are now available for checkout:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“Killing the SS” by Bill O’Reilly, donated in memory of Barbara Jean Higdon, covers the epic saga of espionage and daring waged by self-styled “Nazi hunters.” This determined and disparate group included a French husband and wife team, an American lawyer who served in the army on D-Day, a German prosecutor who had signed an oath to the Nazi Party, Israeli Mossad agents, and a death camp survivor. Over decades, they scoured the world, tracking down the SS fugitives and bringing them to justice, which often meant death.

“Gigged” by Sarah Kessler offers a timely, in-depth look at the promise and peril of the gig economy, stories of the growing body of Americans making a living – sometimes just scraping by – as freelancer workers with neither steady hours or benefits. Kessler dives deep into their intimate daily lives with important insights that are often troubling, revealing how the workforce is changing and how we must change to keep up.

“The Flexible Body” by Roger Frampton presents a revolutionary new approach to fitness with model and TEDx sensation Roger Frampton as your personal trainer at home. With mindful, conscious movement, you will gain phenomenal core and full body strength, increased flexibility and even lose weight. In just 10 minutes a day and with no special equipment, you can build a fun and achievable home exercise routine tailored to your fitness and flexibility level.

“The Healer’s Daughter” by Charlotte Hinger follows healer Bethany Herbert to the new black community of Nicodemus, Kansas, where her medical procedures are undermined and Bethany nearly succumbs to her mother’s call for total segregation from the whites. Sinister forces come into play through white politicians seeking the black vote, and sabotage by a woman within Nicodemus who yearns for the old color hierarchy.

“Dig Your Own Grave” by William W. Johnstone opens with notorious bank robber Ansel McCoy busting out of prison to team up with five other outlaws. After they rob a bank in Kansas and cross state lines into Oklahoma Indian Territory, U.S. Marshal Will Tanner is tasked with chasing the six men across three states with one gun. He’s supposed to locate them and wait for backup, but if he follows orders, they might get away.

“The Cliff House” by RaeAnne Thayne shares an engaging novel of family, love and healing. Daisy Davenport McClure lives an orderly, controlled life, which is why she is so surprised when an adorable stray dog, and the stranger who found it, completely steal her heart. Her sister Bea Romero is the complete opposite, and realizes she is in love with her best friend, when her ex resurfaces and wants to reconcile. Then Aunt Stella, having put her life on hold for many years, discovers her secret dream is about to come to fruition.

Portales Public Library

“Fall Back Down When I Die” by Joe Wilkins: Twenty-four-year-old Wendell Newman is a ranch hand in Eastern Montana who has just suffered the loss of his mother, leaving him with almost no other family except his absent father Verl, who left his family and went on the run after killing a man. Left with back taxes on the family land and still too many of his mother’s medical bills to pay, Wendell is steeped in debt and worried as to what to do, when a social worker arrives with seven-year-old Rowdy in tow, the son of Wendell’s incarnated cousin. Rowdy has no other relatives to take care of him, making Wendell his legal guardian, and Wendell soon comes to love Rowdy, who is mute. Then when the first legal wolf hunt in Montana in thirty years is set to happen, tensions arise between the cowboys and ranchers, the environmentalists and animal rights activists, and the rural families who don’t approve of the state getting involved in their land, and Wendell is pulled into the argument due to the bad blood that Verl caused when he became a murderer. Vowing to avoid the same fate as his father, Wendell is desperate to keep Rowdy safe when the wolf hunt turns dangerous and becomes a chase after another man is killed.

“The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey: In this deluxe fifth anniversary edition celebrating the first book in Rick Yancey’s bestselling trilogy, readers can revisit—or read for the first time—how The 5th Wave series, and Cassie’s story, begins. When the “Others” arrived on Earth, they knocked out the entire world’s power grid with the first wave, plunging the population into darkness and cutting off all communication. With the second wave, the alien invaders used their technology to affect the planet’s tides, causing massive tsunamis that destroyed any civilization on the coast, driving everyone else inland. After the third wave, which brought a virus more fatal than any disease before it, only three percent of the remaining survivors were left alive. Now living in the middle of the “Fourth Wave”, sixteen-year-old Cassie Sullivan trusts no one and hides from the Silencers, Others who relentlessly hunt down human survivors, while trying to make her way back to the compound where her little brother is being kept and trained to be a child soldier. When she meets Evan Walker, however, Cassie realizes that she must learn to trust not only her gut but other survivors as well in order to save her brother.

“The Book Shop of the Broken Hearted” by Robert Hillman: In 1968, Tom Hope is still reeling from the loss of his wife and her son Peter, whom she had left for Tom to raise after having an affair and running off with the other man until she recently decided to take Peter back, leaving Tom again for a second, and final, time. Heartbroken and alone, Tom is surprised to find himself drawn to Hannah Babel when she arrives in rural Hometown, having immigrated to Australia from Hungary and intent on opening the town’s first ever bookshop. Tom has never read much and has no real interest in the shop, but when Hannah hires him to install the shelves for the store, he and Hannah find an instant connection through their individual grief. Hannah, Tom discovers, is a survivor of Auschwitz and is haunted by the horrors she lived through twenty-four years earlier, including losing a child as well. As Tom learns from Hannah exactly what it meant to be Jewish during World War II and the decades following, both Tom and Hannah find comfort and healing in each other as they mourn the loved ones they have lost and find a way to move forward into a happier future.

— Summaries compiled by library staff


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