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On the shelves - March 29

 

March 29, 2020



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

“A Single Thread” by Tracy Chevalier: After the Great War took both her beloved brother and her fiancé, Violet Speedwell has become one of a generation doomed to a life of spinsterhood after the war killed so many young men. Yet Violet can’t reconcile herself to a life spent caring for her grieving mother and saves enough to move out of her mother’s place and into the town of Winchester. She is drawn into a society of broderers, women who embroider kneelers for the Cathedral. She finds support and community in the group, but when forces threaten her new independence and another war appears on the horizon, Violet must fight to put down roots in a place where women aren’t expected to grow.

“Paradox Bound” by Peter Glines: Nothing ever changes in Sanders. So why doesn’t Eli Teague want to leave? Maybe he’s been waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who’s roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. So when the mysterious traveler finally reappears, Eli’s determined that he’s going to get some answers. But his hunt soon yields far more than he bargained for, plunging him headlong into a dizzying world full of competing factions and figures straight out of legend.

“Liars’ Legacy” by Taylor Stevens: The spy twins known as Jack and Jill were born into the world of global espionage. Often estranged, the siblings have eluded many who want them dead. When a powerful assassin broker dies, the world’s deadliest killers are suddenly free to pursue their own vendettas and political agendas. The U.S. government has mobilized its own killers to pre-emptively hunt down and destroy each potential threat. The most dangerous on the list are Jack and Jill. As they board a flight to Berlin they must not only evade US operatives, but also a high-level Russian operation determined to secure their skills.

“Life Finds A Way” by Andreas Wagner: Biologist Andreas Wagner reveals the deep symmetry between innovation in biological evolution and human cultural creativity. Rarely is either a linear climb to perfection. “Progress” is typically marked by a sequence of peaks, plateaus, and pitfalls. In Picasso’s Guernica, we see the same combination of small steps, incessant reshuffling, and large leaps that characterize the way evolution transformed a dinosaur’s grasping claw into a condor’s soaring wing. By understanding these principles, we can also better realize our own creative potential to find new solutions to adversity.

“Great American Hunting Stories” by Lamar Underwood: For hunters, listening to the accounts of kindred spirits recalling the drama and action that go with good days afield ranks among life’s most pleasurable activities. Here are some of the best hunting tales ever written, stories that sweep from charging lions in the African bush to mountain goats in the mountain crags of the Rockies; from the gallant bird dogs of the Southern pinelands to the great Western hunts of Theodore Roosevelt. Great American Hunting Stories captures the very soul of hunting.

“Land of Hope: An Invitation to The Great American Story” by Wilfres M. McClay: We have a lot of text and trade books on American history. But what we don’t have is a compact, inexpensive book that will offer to American citizens a clear and informative narrative account of their own country. The existing texts simply fail to tell that story with energy and conviction. They are more likely to reflect the skeptical or partial outlook of specialized professional academic historians. A great nation needs a great and coherent narrative as an expression of its own self-understanding, and it needs to be able to convey that narrative to its young effectively.

— Summaries provided by library staff

 
 

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