On the shelves - Dec. 22


December 22, 2019

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

“The Confession Club” by Elizabeth Berg: When a group of friends in Mason, Missouri, decide to start a monthly supper club, they get more than they bargained for. The plan for congenial evenings-talking, laughing, and sharing recipes, homemade food, and wine-abruptly changes course one night when one of the women reveals something startlingly intimate. The supper club then becomes the Confession Club, and the women gather weekly to share not only dinners, but embarrassing misdeeds, deep insecurities, and long-held regrets.

“Guilty Not Guilty” by Felix Francis. Bill Russell is acting as a volunteer steward at Warwick races when he confronts his worst nightmare--the violent death of his much-loved wife. The aftermath proves much worse when he is accused of killing her and then hounded mercilessly by the media. As Bill sets out to clear his name, he finds that proving one's innocence isn't easy. He believes he can track down the true culprit, but can he prove it before he becomes the murderer's next victim?

“The Siberian Dilemma” by Martin Cruz Smith: Journalist Tatiana Petrovna is on the move. Arkady Renko, iconic Moscow investigator, hasn't seen her since she left on assignment over a month ago. When she doesn't arrive on her scheduled train, he's positive something is wrong. No one else thinks Renko should be worried but he knows her enemies all too well and the criminal lengths they'll go to keep her quiet.

“She Came To Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar: Harriet Tubman is best known as one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad. Not only did she help liberate hundreds of slaves, Tubman was the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the Civil War. Presenting a fresh take on this American icon, Dunbar blends traditional biography, illustrations, photos, and engaging sidebars that illuminate the life of Tubman as never before.

“Women: The National Geographic Image Collection” by National Geographic: From Silicon Valley to politics and beyond, women are reshaping our world. Now, in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, this bold and inspiring book mines 130 years of photography to showcase their past, their present, and their future. With hundreds of stunning images from more than 50 countries, each page offers compelling testimony about what it means to be female, from historic suffragettes to the haunting, green-eyed “Afghan girl.”

“The Art and Making of Disney The Lion King” by Michael Goldman: Stunning concept art, powerful behind-the-scenes photography, and fascinating interviews with the cast and crew pack The Art and Making of The Lion King, offering an inside perspective on how director Jon Favreau and his talented team used the most advanced virtual cinematography and computer graphics techniques to craft a film of both legend and hyperrealism.

These books are available at the Portales Public Library:

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens: Retold and adapted countless times since its publication in 1843, Charles Dickens's timeless classic A Christmas Carol has proven to be one of the most beloved-if not the most-Christmas tale in history, telling a story of redemption, second chances, and the importance of the Christmas spirit. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable miser who loves nothing but making money in his counting house business, and hates nothing more than Christmas, viewing the day as an excuse for other people take time away from making more money, and despising everyone who loves the holiday. Seven years to the day after the death of his business partner, Jacob Marley, Scrooge is visited by Marley's ghost on Christmas Eve, who warns him that unless he changes his cold-hearted ways, he will share Marley's fate of carrying the chains of his sins throughout eternity. Scrooge is then visited by three spirits, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, who each show him the true meaning of Christmas and help him take steps toward rectifying the mistakes of his life before Christmas morning comes and it is too late.

“Landline” by Rainbow Rowell: Despite the fact that Georgie McCool loves her husband Neal, and Neal loves her, Georgie knows that their fifteen-year-old marriage is in trouble. While she works long hours for a Los Angeles sitcom, Neal takes on the bulk of the parenting of their two daughters, Alice and Noomi. When Georgie backs out of a family vacation to Omaha, Nebraska for Christmas in order to work overtime for her show with her best friend and partner, she and Neal get into a huge fight before Neal takes the girls and goes on to Nebraska without her. Realizing that she and Neal are more estranged than she had thought and fearing that she may have finally ruined her marriage beyond repair, Georgie moves in with her mother and sister for the holiday so that she won't be alone, and she discovers an old yellow rotary phone in her childhood bedroom. Georgie calls Neal's parent's house in Omaha to apologize, but to her shock, she finds herself talking to Neal in the past, the Neal that Georgie first fell in love with in college. Although she wonders how such a phone could work, she knows that this could be her only chance to fix her marriage, back before it even begins, but she must first decide if that is what she truly wants.

“Little Women” by Lousia May Alcott: Coming to theaters in a new film adaptation, Little Women has stood the test of time as a true American literature classic, the novel following the lives, hopes, and triumphs of the March sisters during and after the Civil War. Based in part on Louisa May Alcott's own life, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March wait for their father to return home safe from the war while struggling through the trials and tribulation of their lives as “little women” growing up in a world where men were still seen as more important and girls were expected to stay at home. Against all odds, each sister does her best to achieve her dream, with the beautiful oldest daughter Meg wanting nothing more than to marry for love and raise a family, headstrong Jo doing whatever she can to become a published writer despite her gender, painfully shy Beth overcoming her fears to bring joy to others through her music, and vain youngest sister Amy fighting for her sense of self through her art. Through the years and through arguments, growing pains, marriages, and death, the March sisters stick together through thick and thin, no matter what

— Summaries provided by library staff


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