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On the shelves - May 3


May 3, 2020

The library provides a selection of e-books and e-audiobooks available for your convenience. All you need is a library card and access to an e-reader app or browser. The following books can be downloaded through OverDrive & Libby. Please call us at 575-769-7840 for answers to your questions or help logging in.

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

“Throwaway Nation” by Jeff Dondero takes a look at the pileup of waste in the United States, including the problem of plastic, the industry of overmedication, e-waste products, everyday garbage, fast fashion trash, space waste, and other forms of profligacy that make our nation the biggest waster on the planet. Looking at the environmental impact of so much garbage, Dondero explores not just how we got here and where we’re headed, but ways in which we might be able to curb the tide.

“The Words Between Us” by Erin Bartels focuses on Robin Windsor, a woman who spent most of her life under an assumed name, running from her family’s past. After finding sanctuary in her rather unremarkable used bookstore just up the street from the marina in River City, Michigan, she receives a familiar book in the mail on the morning of her father’s scheduled execution. Thrown back to the long-lost summer she met Peter Flynt, the perfect boy who ruined everything, Robin has a sinking feeling that she’s about to be exposed all over again.

“Heft” by Liz Moore shares a stunning sad and heroically hopeful tale of relationships of the most makeshift kind. Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away 17-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother, a former student of Arthur’s. Told with warmth and intelligence through Arthur and Kel’s own quirky and lovable voices, Heft is the story of two improbable heroes whose connection transforms both their lives.

“One Perfect Summer” by Brenda Novak: When Serenity Alston swabbed her cheek for 23andMe, she joked about uncovering some dark ancestral scandal. The last thing she expected was to discover two half sisters she didn’t know existed, drawing everything about her family into question. The women decide to dig into the mystery together, and before the summer is over, they’ll have to confront the past and determine how to move forward when everything they previously thought to be true was a lie. But any future is easier to face with family by your side.

“Barking to the Choir” by Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle presents moving examples of how compassion in difficult times can transform lives. Snapshots into the lives of former gang members — Sergio, now working with substance abusers; Jamal, abandoned by his family as a child; and Cuco, a new father who never knew his dad — uplift the soul, revealing that with fewer barriers, unconditional love, and kindness, life can be bright.

— Summaries provided by library staff


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