On the shelves – Dec. 2

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

"It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership" by Colin Powell reveals the principles that have shaped the life and career of the legendary four-star general and former Secretary of State, combining the insights he has gained in a lifetime of public service with wise advice that he shares on succeeding in the workplace and beyond.

"Leader of the Pack" by David Rosenfelt continues the story of lawyer Andy Carpenter who, convinced of the innocence of a client he defended nine years earlier, visits the prisoner's aging uncle who hints of a dangerous secret that may hold the key to the client's freedom.

"The Obesity Reality: A Comprehensive Approach to a Growing Problem" by Naheed Ali discusses the realities of a global health issue and shows how we can address obesity starting in childhood to prevent it from getting worse, both on a personal and on a societal level, and how we can reverse its effects through proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices.

"Creole Belle" by James Burke finds David Robicheaux recuperating in a New Orleans hospital following an oil well blowout on the Gulf, when he is visited by a mysterious woman whose sister has just been murdered, and the clues lead to the oil companies that continue to risk human lives in pursuit of wealth and power.

"The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves" by Dan Ariely challenges our preconceptions about dishonesty, revealing that it is actually the irrational forces that we don't take into account that often determine whether we behave ethically or not.

"Night Watch" by Linda Fairstein combines two investigations as District Attorney Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper's trip to France is interrupted by the discovery of a body, but she no sooner begins searching for answers when she is summoned back to New York for a high-profile case involving a wealthy and powerful man accused of attacking a hotel maid.

"Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You've Been Told About the Economy is Wrong" by Edward Conard presents a fascinating and contrarian case for how the economy really works, what went wrong over the past decade, and what steps we can take to start growing again.

Portales Public Library

"Margaret Truman's Experiment in Murder: A Capital Crimes Novel" by Donald Bain. Mackenzie Smith is called in to defend a patient who has become a suspect in the death of a Washington psychiatrist. Information then emerges that links the slain shrink to a highly secret CIA mind-control project.

"The Child's Child" by Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine. When their grandmother dies, Andrew and Grace Easton inherit her sprawling, book-filled London home, Dinmont House. The adult siblings move in together, rather than sell it, and split the numerous bedrooms and studies. The arrangement is unusual, but ideal for the affectionate pair —until the day Andrew brings home a new boyfriend. A devilishly handsome novelist, James Derain resembles Cary Grant, but his strident comments about Grace's doctoral thesis soon puncture the house's idyllic atmosphere. When James and Andrew witness their friend's murder outside a London nightclub, James begins to unravel, and what happens next will change the lives of everyone in the house.

"Shiver" by Karen Robards. Samantha Jones was doing what she always did: just trying to get by on that fateful night. Making her own way on the mean streets of East St. Louis, the pretty twenty-three-year-old single mother supported herself and her son as best she could by repo-ing cars. When she hooked her junker of a tow truck up to the BMW she'd been sent to haul in, the last thing she expected was to find a bloody, beaten man in the trunk–or to be catapulted into a terrifying fight to survive. Danny Pantrero was minutes away from dying when Sam found him. He'd been snatched from protective custody by a vicious gang of drug runners who would stop at nothing to see him dead and was bleeding badly from a gunshot wound. Danny takes Sam hostage with his life on the line and while forcing her to help him, he tries to make her understand that now she's a target for the killers, too. When they invade her house and threaten her son's life, she finally understands: there's no going back. She and five-year-old Tyler go on the run with Danny in a desperate effort to reach the authorities who have promised him protection before the killers can silence all three of them forever. In the face of harrowing danger, Sam has no choice but to trust Danny with her life–and, more importantly, her son's. Against her will, she starts to fall for the once-menacing stranger, and discovers a depth of passion she never imagined she could feel. But what Sam doesn't know is that Danny has a secret that could destroy them all.

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