On the shelves – Oct. 28

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

"After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present" by J. Randy Taraborrelli captures the wealth, glamour, and fortitude for which the Kennedys are so well known and unfolds the ongoing saga of the nation's most famous and controversial family.

"Wicked Business" by Janet Evanovich turns Lizzy Tucker's once-normal life upside down as she battles both sinister forces and an inconvenient attraction to her talented, but off-limits, partner Diesel as they follow the cryptic clues of a nineteenth-century book of sonnets to seek an ancient relic.

"Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees Before the Babe to After the Boss" by Marty Appel illuminates the team in its hundred-plus years of glory through great stories behind the stories and photos of clever, maneuvering owners; rowdy, talented players; twenty-seven championships, and forty pennants of America's most famous baseball team.

"Black Thunder" by Aimee Thurlo begins as a construction crew finds a body in a shallow grave on the Navajo reservation, and Ella Clah, special investigator for the Navajo Police, enters a joint investigation with the New Mexico State Police that results in a standoff between tribal tradition and modern ways.

"Wasted World: How Our Consumption Challenges the Planet" by Rob Hengeveld reveals how a long history of human activities has left our planet drowning in waste, how the increasing demands of our global society threatens the depletion of natural resources, and how measures to counter the problem are needed in order to prevent an all-encompassing disaster.

"A Place in the Country" by Elizabeth Adler revolves around Caroline Evans who leaves her cheating husband and begins life as a single parent of a teenage daughter by working in an English village pub, but her chance at happiness is threatened when whispers of murder and vengeance begin to surround her.

"Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948" by Madeleine Albright details a tumultuous period in the early life of the former Secretary of State from 1937 to 1948, who witnessed the Nazi invasion of her native Prague, World War II, the Holocaust, fascism, communism, and the Cold War.

Portales Public Library

"Of Giants and Ice," by Shelby Bach

As the daughter of a famous movie star and an award winning Hollywood director, Rory Landon is surprised and relieved when no one at her new after-school program seems to care or even know who her parents are. Her relief quickly turns to disbelief when Rory finds herself faced with a real live fire-breathing dragon on her first day and she realizes that at Ever After School, the kids look up to a different kind of celebrity. For example, Snow White (with the Seven Dwarfs) and Jack (as in the Beanstalk) are not only real, but teaching Rory and her friends how to prepare for when their own tale begins. Having never been in the spotlight before, Rory is about to discover just what it means to have the starring role, but is her tale destined for a happy ending?

"From Western Deserts to Carolina Swamps: A Civil War Soldier's Journals and Letters Home," edited by John P. Wilson

Eyewitness accounts of the Civil War by enlisted men are hard to come by, and even scarcer are enlisted men's accounts of the Civil War in the West. This collection of letters and journals by Lewis Roe, an Illinois farm boy, between 1860 and 1865, offers a rare firsthand account of the Battle of Valverde and details of little-known episodes of army life such as the long march from Fort Bridger, Wyoming, to New Mexico; escorting duty in the Southwest; and a soldier's efforts to understand what was happening around him as the country rushed toward an outbreak of hostilities. Roe documented the Union occupation of a major city in Georgia and left us a candid account of an enlisted man's experiences with the Army. His attention to everyday details (the importance of mail; what did a knapsack contain; what did they eat and how did they get it?), and apparent lack of prejudice are unusual qualities for the time and make this valuable document a lively read.

"The Racketeer," by John Grisham. Who is the Racketeer and what does he have to do with the judge's untimely demise? For the moment, his name is Malcolm Bannister, a former attorney currently residing at the Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland. These days, Malcolm's situation isn't looking too good, but he's got an ace up his sleeve. He knows why and who killed Judge Fawcett. The judge's body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There wasn't any struggle, no forced entry, just two dead bodies; Judge Fawcett and his young secretary and one large, state-of-the-art safe opened and empty. The FBI would love to know what was in that safe and Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them, but everything has a price-especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett's death and the Racketeer wasn't born yesterday.

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