On the shelves – Jan. 1

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

"Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease" by Bharat Aggarwal explains how to harness the power of super-rich plant compounds that fight oxidation and inflammation.

"Classic in the Barn" by Amy Myers begins as car detective Jack Colby glimpses a 1938 Lagonda V12 lying uncared for in a country barn, but when the owner is found murdered a few days later, he is determined to bring the killer to justice.

"Wear This, Toss That! Hundreds of Fashion and Beauty Swaps that Save Your Looks, Save your Budget, and Save You Time" by Amy Goodman is filled with candid tips that will inspire you to invest in yourself, shake of the wardrobe blahs, and wake up your looks from head to toe.

"Gideon's War" by Howard Gordon centers on Gideon Davis, whose behind-the-scenes negotiating skill has earned him the role of peacemaker in conflicts around the globe, and who now has just 48 hours to bring in a rogue agent from Southeast Asia before a twisted global conspiracy turns deadly.

"Weekend Handmade: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Crafting" by Kelly Wilkinson encourages readers to celebrate the joy of handmade projects both for the satisfaction of creating something beautiful and for the practical uses of items that enrich the landscape of your life.

"2030" by Albert Brooks creates a futuristic story of what happens when a massive earthquake devastates Los Angeles, and the government — teetering on the edge of bankruptcy due to payouts to millions of baby boomers living far longer than anyone imagined — is unable to respond.

"Field Man: Life as a Desert Archaeologist" by Julian Hayden features the captivating memoir of a blue-collar scholar who bucked the conventional thinking on the antiquity of man in the New World and became a renowned authority on the archaeological, cultural, and natural history of the desert southwest.

Portales Public Library

"Down the Darkest Road" by Tami Hoag

Sometimes having the perfect life can work out for you, but the universe has other plans. That's just what happened when Lauren Lawton's sixteen-year old daughter went missing and people left her for dead, her husband took his own life with the grief of losing his daughter, and their youngest daughter is still trying to deal with the fact that her childhood has been taken away from her.

Although Lauren knows who kidnapped her daughter the Santa Barbara police do not have any evidence to take the suspect, even if he's been stalking the family for years. When Lauren and her daughter, Leah move to Oak Knoll, the suspect follows them down there.

With Leah turning sixteen soon, Lauren is afraid that history may repeat itself. She has gone to local authorities and now has detective Tony Mendez and his team on the case. As the investigation goes through murky circumstances, the authorities begin questioning everything they thought they knew.

"The History & Culture of Native Americans: The Navajo" by Jennifer Denetdale

Navajo were successful in their resistance to Spanish and Mexican invasions into their territory of the Southwest. "In 1868, after four years of trauma and extreme deprivation, the Navajo leaders negotiated a treaty with the U.S. government that allowed them to return to their beloved homeland. Since then, the Navajo have strived to maintain continuity with the past by affirming traditional lifeways and values in the face of ongoing cultural assimilation and societal change."

Learn more about the Navajo and how they are the second largest Indigenous Nation in the US today.

"Devoted" by Hilary Duff

Clea Raymond has found her soulmate in the mysteriously handsome Sage. Discovering that they have loved one another in a past life, Clea wants nothing more than to be with her true love. However, dark forces are wanting to destroy Sage and the Elixir that makes him immortal. With their past lives ending in tragedy, can Clea prevent history from repeating itself?

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