On the shelves: May 13

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

"An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-year-old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting With Destiny" tells the parallel stories of the friendship that developed by chance between two people who lived just two blocks apart in vastly different worlds and who learned together the true meaning of friendship, courage, perseverance, and the simple things that really matter.

"Gideon's War" by Howard Gordon races from the jungles of Southeast Asia to the Sultanate of Mohan to the halls of Washington, D.C., as negotiator Gideon Davis is called on to chaperone a rogue agent whose promise to turn himself in is foiled by the discovery of a terrorist plot against a multi-million-dollar oil rig in the South China Sea.

"The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet" by Robb Wolf unites the latest, cutting-edge discoveries from genetics, biochemistry, immunology, and life extension research to teach you how simple nutrition, exercise, and a few lifestyle changes can radically improve your appearance, health, and longevity.

"The Chalk Girl" by Carol O'Connell features the New York City detective known simply as Mallory who pursues a new case involving a bloodstained eight-year-old girl who appears in Central Park with a bizarre story that leads to extraordinary crimes and to murders stretching back fifteen years.

"Power, Inc: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead" by David Rothkopf takes a fresh, timely look on how thousands of companies came to have greater power than all but a handful of nations, describes how the complex relationship between private and public interest has evolved, and explains how the rise of private power may be the most important and least understood trend of our time.

"Death of Kings" by Bernard Cornwell is the latest chapter in the epic saga of the making of England when as fate of a new nation rests in the hands of a reluctant warrior, just as Alfred the Great lies dying with his kingdom on the brink of chaos.

"Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success" by Rory Vaden presents a simple program to help you avoid the seemingly easier path of shortcuts, quick fixes, and procrastination that is really much harder in the end, and instead to "take the stairs" of self-discipline that will enable you reach your goals, one step at a time.

Portales Public Library

"Flora's Fury" by Ysabeau Wilce

Despite her attraction to magick, Flora has spent her life doing what's expected. Now, she's sixteen and knows that the path she's been given has been strewn with secrets. Flora is determined to leave behind the lies and the lies she's been told about who she really is, for a journey to take her to her real mother, who is believed to be dead-Flora believes differently. Flora's journey takes her to the deadly desert and into a surprising romance with an ominous stranger who reveals himself to be a kindred spirit. Everything becomes more dangerous when Flora realized her enemies want her mother-and Flora herself-dead.

"Stolen Prey" by John Sandford

Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes in his lifetime; however, this seems to be the worst. In the upscale town of Wayzata, Minnesota, an entire family has been killed-husband, wife, two kids, dogs. Lucas' cop instincts kick in as he feels this may be a scorched-earth revenge he's seen from Mexican drug gangs. However, nothing seems to fit as the husband ran a small software company and the wife dabbled in politics. Will he figure out who is behind this horrendous murder?

"The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is a gentle gorilla, living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. He's grown accustomed to the humans and hardly misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he thinks about TV and his friends Stella, an older elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. Mostly, Ivan thinks about art. Until he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken away from her family, that's when she makes Ivan see their home and his art through new eyes. Ruby comes to Ivan with change and it's up to him to make it better.

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