On the shelves — March 27

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“Secret Gardens of Santa Fe” by Sydney LeBlanc was given by Carolyn and Oscar Toliver in memory of Chris Nevins. Gloriously illustrated, this book goes behind garden walls to reveal 18 of the most beautiful private gardens in North America’s second-oldest city where gardeners find their creativity in a region where days are hot, nights are cold, and water is precious.

“Gardening in the Southwest: A Wealth of Great Ideas For Your Garden” by Kathleen Brenzel was given by Carolyn and Oscar Toliver in memory of Chris Nevins. This landscaping guide explains the climate zones for gardens on the edge of low deserts and others that thrive at higher elevations, and the soil, growing season, average rainfall, and signature plants that give Southwestern gardens their distinctive character.

“The Left Handed Dollar” by Loren Estleman continues the story of private detective Amos Walker whose investigation of the attempted murder of his only true friend takes him straight into a war of nerves and bullets in Detroit’s seedy, crime-ridden underbelly.

“To Walk in Beauty: A Navajo Family’s Journey Home” by Stacia Spragg-Braude powerfully documents in photographs and interviews one family’s journey into healing and transformation and their mission to preserve for the next generation what it means to be Navajo.

“The Athena Project: A Thriller” by Brad Thor centers on the world’s most elite counterterrorism unit comprised entirely of female agents who are just as skilled, fearsome, and deadly as their Delta Force colleagues, and who are about to undertake one of the nation’s deadliest assignments.

“The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change” by Jennifer Aaker shows anyone how to get involved and take action on issues that matter to them, and how to harness the power of social media to champion a cause and create positive change in the world.

Portales Public Library

“Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend” by James S. Hirsch

Still revered for the passion he brought to the game, Willie Mays is arguably the greatest baseball player in history. He began as a teenager in the Negro Leagues, became a cult hero in New York and was the headliner in Major League Baseball’s expansion to California. Willie was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that enraptured fans for more than two decades. Best known for his breathtaking over-the-shoulder grab in the 1954 World Series, Willie was a transcendent figure who received standing ovations in enemy stadiums and urged understanding and reconciliation during the turbulent civil rights era. His legacy is defined by the pure joy that he brought to fans and the loving memories that have been passed to future generations so that they might know the magic and beauty of the game. Drawing on interviews with Mays himself, as well as close friends, family and teammates, Hirsch presents a complex portrait of one of America’s most significant cultural icons.

“Small Persons with Wings” by Ellen Booraem

When 13-year-old Mellie Turpin was in kindergarten, she declared that she had a fairy living in her bedroom, but before she could bring him in for show and tell, he disappeared. She is still trying to live it down years later. Mellie sees a chance to finally leave all that fairy nonsense behind when her parents inherit an inn and her family moves to a new town. Little does she know that the inn is overrun with fairies. She tries telling herself there is no such thing as fairies and even if there were, they’d be nothing to worry about, but she can’t help but think otherwise.