Wednesday, July 27, 2022
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Monday, July 25, 2022
Bucko by Cliff Farrell.
"Everyone believed Matt Battles and his pal Johnny Kidd had been in on a train robbery, but there was no proof other than the fact that Johnny was supposed to be guarding the shipment and had disappeared. Then Sheriff Tom Chisholm offered Matt a chance to clear their names. After pulling a fake robbery of the mercantile, Matt would be sent to Stone Lodge prison to get close to the ones the sheriff believed had robbed the train, escape with them, and recover the stolen gold to clear his name. But when Matt arrives at the mercantile, someone else has already robbed it and killed the owner. The only reason Matt isn't hanged is because they hope he will reveal what he did with the $30,000 dollars that was stolen. He is sent to Stone Lodge, not sure if the sheriff's plan will work or if he will ever be able to prove his innocence of either crime."-- Provided by publisher.
Dead Man’s Grave by Neil Lancaster.
The head of Scotland's most powerful crime family is brutally murdered, his body dumped inside an ancient grave in a remote cemetery. Detectives Max Craigie and Janie Calder arrive at the scene, a small town where everyone has secrets to hide. They soon realize this murder is part of a blood feud between two Scottish families that stretches back to the 1800s. One thing's for certain: it might be the latest killing, but it won't be the last...As the body count rises, the investigation uncovers large-scale corruption at the heart of the Scottish Police Service. Now Max and Janie must turn against their closest colleagues - to solve a case that could cost them far more than just their lives...
Love in the Time of Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith.
"In the microcosm of 44 Scotland Street, all of life's richness is found in the glorious goings-on of its residents. There’s Domenica, whose anthropological training has honed her observations of her neighbors; Matthew, whose growing triplets are more than a handful; Bruce, whose challenge as ever is thinking of anything but himself; and Big Lou, who may just have found her shot at romance. And of course, there's young Bertie Pollock, whose starry-eyed explorations of Edinburgh's New Town are a touching reminder that life itself is an adventure and there’s joy to be found wherever you choose to look."-- Provided by publisher
Wastelands by Corban Addison.
The once idyllic coastal plain of North Carolina is home to a close-knit, rural community that for more than a generation has battled the polluting practices of large-scale farming taking place in its own backyard. After years of frustration and futility, an impassioned cadre of local residents, led by a team of intrepid and dedicated lawyers, filed a lawsuit against one of the world's most powerful companies--and, miraculously, they won.
No-Dig Gardening by Bella Linde & Lena Granefelt.
"The no-dig or no-till gardening method is an easy and climate-smart technique that is gaining in popularity and revolutionizing the gardening world. This book teaches you everything you need to start and care for a kitchen garden without any digging, watering, or weeding. Too good to be true? Find out for yourself! No-dig gardening is better for the environment, easier on your back, and yields abundant vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Learn everything you need to get started!"-- Provided by publisher.
Easy/Juvenile/Young Adult/Graphic Novel
I Am Not a Penguin by Liz Wong. E
Poor Pangolin! He's trying to explain who he is, but the other animals keep getting confused. A pangolin might be a very unusual animal, but in this very funny story of mix-ups and misunderstandings, he discovers the rarest creature of all: a friend who really listens and likes you for who you are.
All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman. YAEvery generation, at the coming of the Blood Moon, seven families in the remote city of Ilvernath each name a champion to compete in a tournament to the death. The prize? Exclusive control over a secret wellspring of high magick, the most powerful resource in the world--one thought long depleted. But this year a scandalous tell-all book has exposed the tournament and thrust the seven new champions into the worldwide spotlight. The book also granted them valuable information previous champions never had--insight into the other families' strategies, secrets, and weaknesses. And most important, it gave them a choice: accept their fate or rewrite their legacy. Either way, this is a story that must be penned in blood.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
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Monday, July 18, 2022
Deadly Commitment by Kathy Harris.
"As Danielle Kemp walks out of her downtown Nashville condominium, she gets the eerie feeling someone is watching her. As days go by, she becomes convinced the homeless man outside her building is stalking her. But after learning the real identity of the intimidating stranger, she faces something even more threatening-the truth about her fiancé."-- Provided by publisher.
The Russian by Ben Coes.
When a powerful Russian mob family declares war by publicly executing two high-profile American politicians, the message is unmistakable -- opposition will be met with overwhelming deadly force. With no other viable options, the President creates a clandestine assassinations team to find and eliminate the unreachable men running this deadly criminal operation.
Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig.
"Cole 'Tox' Russell only wants to begin his life with Haven Cortes, but he and his team must first complete a final mission: retrieve the sword of Goliath and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order."-- Provided by publisher.
Eat Your Heart Out by Daphne Oz.
Daphne Oz loves food. In fact, she's built her career around this love of exploring and enjoying the world, bite after wonderful bite. But she knows first-hand how endless indulging robs you of the truly memorable moments - and makes it hard to stay healthy. On the other hand, restricting ourselves with too many rules means we stop enjoying mealtime and start missing out. With four young children and a busy career, Daphne is intimately familiar with how hard it can be to find the right balance in our health and fitness goals, especially when living a full life. In this engaging book, filled with useful tips and gorgeous photography to inspire health and happiness every day, Daphne shares the techniques she's used to get her mind, energy and body back on track after each pregnancy--without ever losing the joy of cooking, the fun of mealtime, and the stress-free pleasure of doing it intuitively. In the times when she's looking to bring her body back into balance, Daphne lives by just four simple rules that remove the guesswork from healthy eating and let us relax and enjoy our meals again, knowing we're making great choices.
An Extravagant Life by Stuart Woods.
Over the last forty years, Stuart Woods has written more than ninety novels of suspense and intrigue, beginning with the award-winning Chiefs. Featuring iconic crime-fighting and jet-setting leads, the plots are masterfully conceived and wonderfully escapist. What many readers don't know is that Woods's very own life was filled with similar stories of adventure. Born in Georgia, Woods worked in advertising in New York, served in the US Air Force, and had a short stint as an advance man. At the age of 37, he found himself in a transatlantic sailing race, and pursued writing as a full-time career shortly thereafter. Along the way, Woods has lived all over the world, from New York to London, Santa Fe to Ireland. Incorporating his iconic sailing memoir Blue Water, Green Skipper, this is the story of a life well-lived, and a special inside look into the beloved author's many exploits.
Easy/Juvenile/Young Adult/Graphic Novel
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After by Rachel Renée Russell. J
After a bump on the head in gym class on April Fool's Day, Nikki has a wild dream in which she, her BFFs Chloe and Zoey, her crush Brandon, and mean girl MacKenzie all end up playing the roles of some familiar classic fairy tale characters. Of course, the stories don't go quite as expected--because they each have a very special Dork Diaries spin!
Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger. EFollow Inky the octopus as he escapes from the National Aquarium of New Zealand to the ocean!
Thursday, July 14, 2022
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Monday, July 11, 2022
Button Man by Andrew Gross.
1930s, New York's Lower East Side. At the death of their father, Morris Rabishevsky, twelve, apprenticed himself to a garment cutter in a clothing factory; Sol headed to accounting school; but Harry fell in with a gang of thugs. Morris steadily climbs through the ranks at the factory, goes out on his own, and convinces Sol to come work with him. But Harry can't be lured away from the power and the money that come from his association with Louis Buchalter, the most ruthless mobster in New York. When Buchalter sets his sights on the unions that staff the garment makers' factories, he pits brother against brother.
Mac on a Hot Tin Roof by Melinda Metz.
"As a tabby cat with criminal tendencies, MacGyver is always a whisker away from trouble. But when he stumbles upon a litter of four motherless kittens, he really has his paws full. The prime suspect in a series of thefts at Storybook Court with two local detectives on his tail, he's determined to sniff out the real thief. But when he gets a whiff of romance in the air, he can't resist a little matchmaking, too. One of the detectives seems awfully fond of the aspiring actress who moved into the neighborhood. And his partner looks like she could use a hug, too. With a little help from those adorable kittens, Mac is sure that love will save the day."-- Provided by publisher.
Just After Midnight by Catherine Ryan Hyde.
No longer tolerating her husband's borderline abuse, Faith escapes to her parents' California beach house to plan her next move. She never dreamed her new chapter would involve befriending Sarah, a fourteen-year-old girl on the run from her father and reeling from her mother's sudden and suspicious death.
Everest 1922 by Mick Conefrey.
The first attempt on Everest in 1922 by George Leigh Mallory and a British team is an extraordinary story full of controversy, drama, and incident, populated by a set of larger-than-life characters straight out of an adventure novel. The expedition ended in tragedy when, on their third bid for the top, Mallory's party was hit by an avalanche that left seven men dead. Using diaries, letters, and unpublished accounts, Mick Conefrey creates a rich, character-driven narrative that explores the motivations and private dramas of the key individuals--detailing their backroom politics and bitter rivalries--who masterminded this epic adventure.
A Sacred Oath by Mark T. Esper.
From June of 2019 until his firing by President Trump after the November 2020 election, Secretary Mark T. Esper led the Department of Defense through an unprecedented time in history--a period marked by growing threats and conflict abroad, a global pandemic unseen in a century, the greatest domestic unrest in two generations, and a White House seemingly bent on breaking accepted norms and conventions for political advantage. A Sacred Oath is Secretary Esper's unvarnished and candid memoir of those extraordinary and dangerous times, and includes events and moments never before told.
Easy/Juvenile/Young Adult/Graphic Novel
Ironhead, or Once a Young Lady by Jean-Claude Rijckeghem. YA
Eighteen-year-old Constance is not interested in marriage or in being a "young lady." But for a young woman coming of age in the early 1800s, that's just about all that's available to her. When her parents arrange her a marriage with a man more than twice her age, she's powerless to resist. Stance couldn't possibly find her newfound husband less appealing, but what can she do? Here's what: Four months into the marriage, she can slip out of their bed in the middle of the night, and she can put on his clothes. She can look in the mirror and like what she sees. She can sneak out of the house before dawn and visit the baker's scrawny son, who has just been drafted into the army, and offer to take his place. Hot on Stance's tail all the while is her younger brother Pieter, determined to bring Stance back home to Ghent where she belongs. (The battlefield is no place for a young lady, after all.)
The Arts by Susie Hodge, David Taylor, Joe Fullman, & Peter Chrisp. J NF
The greatest art exhibition at your fingertips! Packed with fascinating facts, clear explanations, and stunning photography, this awe-inspiring art encyclopedia for kids aged 9-12 years takes you on a magical tour through time exploring every artistic style and movement in stunning detail. From Leonardo da Vinci's iconic Mona Lisa to Vincent van Gogh's spectacular The Starry Night, this art history book celebrates the lives of groundbreaking artists and their most famous art masterpieces. Get to grips with world-famous sculptures, such as the ancient Chinese Terracotta Army and Henry Moore's beautiful bronze casts. Then find out about photography, from the development of the camera to pioneering photographers such as Johannes Vermeer and Julia Margaret Cameron.
Friday, July 8, 2022
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Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Daughter of Rome by Tessa Afshar.
"When the daughter of a prominent Roman general meets a disinherited Jewish immigrant, neither one can dream of God's plan to transform them into the most influential couple of the early church. Nor can they anticipate the mountains that will threaten to bury them. Their courtship unwittingly shadowed by murder and betrayal, Priscilla and Aquila slowly work to build a community of believers, while their lives grow increasingly complicated thanks to a shaggy dog, a mysterious runaway, and a ruthless foe desperate for love. But when they're banished from their home by a capricious emperor, they must join forces with an unusual rabbi named Paul and fight to turn treachery into redemption."-- Provided by publisher.
The Running Horses by Fred Grove.
There were few horse breeders in the West to equal Lee Banner: the man was a born horseman who took any job he could find to keep his small Oklahoma spread going and to help him fulfill his lifelong dream of seeing one of his two-year-olds in the All-American Winners Circle. A few years back Banner was certain he had a winner in Land Rush; then in mid-season the black stallion went down in a three-horse tangle on a muddy track. It had been a costly, bitter blow, but now Banner had a young filly that showed the same promise. It would take every last cent he had to qualify for the All-American Futurity at Ruidosa Downs, and every bit of faith he could muster. Lee Banner wondered if he wasn't crazy to dream again . . . and knew he had no choice.
Unscripted by Davis Bunn.
Young line producer Danny Byrd is well-known in Hollywood for being someone who gets things done on time and under budget. But when his reputation takes a beating after his partner-- and former best friend-- makes off with their investors' money, Danny has but one chance to redeem himself and restore his ruined career. LA lawyer Megan Pierce sacrificed years proving herself to bosses only to be disgusted by their snobbery and their specious business practices. When an opportunity to actually make a difference comes her way, she knows she has to grab it - even though she's not entirely clear what "it" is. Danny and Megan are each other's best hope for redemption. What they never could have imagined was that they might also be each other's best hope for love.
Don’t Blow Yourself Up by Homer Hickam.
Homer Hickam's memoir Rocket Boys and the movie adaptation October Sky have become one of the most popular stories in the world, inspiring millions to pursue a better life. But what happened to Homer after he was a West Virginia rocket boy? In his latest memoir, Homer recounts his life in college where he built the world's biggest, baddest game cannon, fought through some of the worst battles in Vietnam, became a scuba instructor, discovered sunken U-boats, wrote the definitive account of a World War II naval battle, befriended Tom Clancy, made a desperate attempt to save the passengers of a sunken river boat, trained the first Japanese astronauts, taught David Letterman to scuba dive, helped to fix the Hubble Space Telescope, wrote his number one bestselling Rocket Boys, and was on set during the making of October Sky. Although told with humor and wit, Hickam does not shy away from the pain and hardship endured and the mistakes he made during the tumultuous decades since his life in the town he made famous--Coalwood, West Virginia.
Reading Together by Noah Brown, Dominic de Bettencourt, Luci Doherty, Owen Lowe-Rogstad, Ronan McCann, & their moms.
This book is the first guide to parent-child book clubs. Written by a group of moms and their adolescent children who started a book club while the kids were in first grade, this how-to book shares the dos and don'ts they learned over more than 100 meetings and 100 books. Brimming with insight and inspiration, Reading Together includes the details of organizing and structuring meetings, tips on finding diverse books and choosing titles that spur discussion, common book club challenges and how to overcome them, and more. Readers will also find plenty of curated booklists with brilliant recommendations for middle grade and YA readers across genres, from sci-fi to mystery, adventure, and graphic novels. This book is a go-to gift for bookish parents who hope to raise a reader and connect with their community through the magic of books.
Easy/Juvenile/Young Adult/Graphic Novel
The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier. J GN
Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey are best friends and founding members of The Baby-sitters Club. Whatever comes up -- cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbors, prank calls -- you can count on them to save the day. Baby-sitting isn't always easy, and neither is dealing with strict parents, new families, fashion emergencies, and mysterious secrets. But no matter what, the BSC have what they need most: friendship.
The Bad Guys: The Furball Strikes Back by Aaron Blabey. JMr. Wolf and his bad buddies have messed with the wrong guinea pig -- one who is secretly an evil mad scientist. And the nasty little furball wants revenge! Will they survive? Will they be heroes? And will they ever stop trying to eat each other?!?It's time for the Bad Guys to spring into action!
Friday, July 1, 2022
Did you miss Abigail's virtual book talk about their book: "Child of Awareness"?
It can be viewed via YouTube @: https://youtu.be/SBQ04hafMCg
You can also dial in to 800-581-5119 and choose option # 45 to listen.
Did you miss Fred's virtual book talk about his book: "If ignorance is Bliss, we should all be Ecstatic" ?
It can be viewed via YouTube @: https://youtu.be/porKFmNQER8
You can also dial in to 800-581-5119 and choose option # 44 to listen.