On the shelves —

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“Diet Rehab: 28 Days to Finally Stop Craving the Foods That Make You Fat” by Mike Dow eases dieters off the foods that they have come to depend on for emotional support although they ultimately leave one feeling worse than before, and shows how to transition from a food-centric life into one full of meaningful activities and relationships.

“Zone One” by Colson Whitehead explores what happens when a pandemic disease devastates the planet and Mark Spitz and his team of sweepers must search lower Manhattan building by building to find the survivors, the carriers, and the “living dead” — the malfunctioning stragglers who exist in a catatonic state suffering from Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder.

“The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives” by Diana Reiss retraces the path by which science has come to understand the extraordinary richness of these animals’ intelligence, offers scientific proofs of their self-awareness and ability to use language, and exposes our terrible mistreatment of the smartest creatures in the sea.

“The Lady of the Rivers” by Philippa Gregory is a novel that centers on an actual historical figure: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the Wars of the Roses and became the mother of Elizabeth, consort queen of Edward IV of England.

“A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest” by William DeBuys paints a compelling picture of what the Southwest might look like when the heat turns up and the water runs out, and examines the complex, interlocking causes and effects of global warming.

“The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel” by Anthony Horowitz returns to 221b Baker Street as a fine arts dealer appeals to Holmes and Watson for help after he is menaced by a strange man who seems to have followed him all the way from America for reasons connected to the teeming criminal underworld and a conspiracy involving the highest levels of government.

“Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That? A Modern Guide to Manners” by Henry Alford looks beyond the standard “dos” and “don’ts” of good form to present an illuminating, seriously entertaining book about grace and civility, and how we can simply treat each other better in almost any social situation we could possibly imagine.

Portales Public Library

“Chronal Engine” by Greg Leitich Smith.

Max, Kyle, and Emma are sent to live with their grandfather who they think is absolutely crazy, especially when he tells them about his time machine. They begin to believe him, when Emma was kidnapped at the time that he predicted.

In order to save Emma, Max and Kyle along with their new friend Petra use the Chronal Engine; that their grandpa talked about, and take a little road trip to the Cretaceous period. Dodging car-crushing dinosaurs, finding themselves in dangers they’d never dreamed about, can these contemporary teens save their sister?

“Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late” by Mo Willems.

You have one request; do not let the pigeon stay up late. No matter what he tells you, make that silly bird go to sleep early. Can you do it?

“Some Assembly Required: A journal of my Son’s First Son” by Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott.

As Anne Lamott learns her nineteen year old son, Sam is going to be a father; she begins a journal about the first year of grandmotherhood. In careful and hilarious detail, Lammott and Sam struggle to balance their changing roles with the demands of college and work, as they both forge a new relationship with Jax’s mother, who has her own ideas of how to raise a child. Sam also talks about his own transformation from son to father. Some Assembly Required is the true story of how the birth of a baby changes a family.