On the shelves — July 31

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, a Devastating Oil Spill, and the Inspiring Story of the World’s Largest Animal Rescue” by Dyan DeNapoli recounts the extraordinary true story of an oil spill of the coast of Cape Town South Africa and the massive rescue operation that saved the birds from near extinction.

Portales Public Library

“Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” by Annie Jacobsen

Located a mere seventy-five miles outside Las Vegas in the Nevada desert, Area 51 is the most famous military installation in the world, but has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government. Thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it, myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded. Some claim it is home to nuclear facilities, underground tunnel systems and aliens. The fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base has let rumors run rampant. Now the author, with exclusive access to nineteen men who served on the base, shows us what has really gone on in the Nevada desert, from testing nuclear weapons to building supersecret supersonic jets to pursuing the War on Terror. Area 51 weaves the mysterious activities of the top secret base into a gripping narrative, showing that fact is often more fantastic than fiction, especially when the distinction is almost impossible to make.

“The Ideal Man” by Julie Garwood

Dr. Ellie Sullivan’s life is turned upside down when she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of a ruthless modern day Bonnie-and-Clyde duo after completing her residency at a large urban hospital. Ellie is suddenly at the center of a heated criminal investigation as the only person to see the shooter’s face. Agent Max Daniels is heading up the investigation and in spite of Ellie’s indisputable attraction to him, Max definitely isn’t the ideal man that she has always imagined. She could never picture him in her life or showing up at her family home in South Carolina. With the criminals caught, Max informs Ellie that she will be needed to testify, but each time before the witnesses have been scared into silence or disappear before they can take the stand and Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks and bullets fly.

“Cold Vengeance” by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston

Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution after the devastating discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered. Revenge is not simple though as he stalks his wife’s betrayers from Scotland, to New York City and to Louisiana. He’s also forced to dig deeper into Helen’s past and is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own death. While peeling back the layers of deception, Pendergast realizes that the conspiracy is deeper, goes back generations, and is more monstrous than he could have ever imagined. Everything he’s believed, trusted and understood just might be a horrific lie.