On the shelves — Feb. 9

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

Gaddafi’s Harem: The Story of a Young Woman and the Abuses of Power in Libya by Annick Cojean tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who was taken from her family and systematically abused by Muammar Gaddafi for seven years and gives names, faces and voices to the many young women like her who became victims, not only of a dictator, but also of a society that considers their dishonor to be a national disgrace better left unspoken.

Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming raises the stakes for Episcopal Priest Clare Fergusson and her police chief husband Russ Van Alstyne when their honeymoon is interrupted by the discovery of two bodies shot execution style, and their search for a killer puts their own lives on the line.

Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More by Barb Blair shares trade secrets for transforming tired furniture into stunning showpieces with easy-to-follow techniques that can be applied to all kinds of pieces for every room in the house.

Kate’s Progress by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles begins as Kate Jennings moves from London to the Exmoor village of Bursford to renovate a run-down cottage, but her hopes of a quiet retreat are thwarted when she becomes entangled with local landowners and discovers the seething passions and intrigues of village life.

The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America by Greg Easterbrook tells the full story of how football became so deeply ingrained in American culture, holds up examples of coaches that put the athletes first and still win, reports on that is wrong with football at the youth, high school, college, and professional levels, and presents solutions to these issues that will point a clear path forward.

White Fire by Douglas Preston brings Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast into an exclusive Colorado ski resort where past and present collide in small-town politics, murder, and a century-old conspiracy, even as present-day arson threatens the resort’s very existence.

Surgeon in Blue: Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pioneered Battlefield Care by Scott McGaught profiles the outpost medical officer serving in Indian country who revolutionized combat medicine over the course of four major battles and whose principles of battlefield care continue to be taught to military commanders and first responders to this day.


Portales Public Library

Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini: Kate Chase Sprague was born in 1840 to the devout but ambitious lawyer, Salmon P. Chase and his second wife.

Her father rose to prominence and was appointed secretary of the treasury in Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet, while aspiring to even greater heights.

Chase found himself at a disadvantage to hosting social gatherings crucial to influence-building having been thrice widowed, but young Kate Chase stepped into this role, establishing a salon at the Chase home that launched a father-daughter partnership bent on achieving the presidency.

According to the Washington Star, Kate was “the most brilliant woman of her day. None outshone her.” No one that is, but Mary Todd Lincoln. Though Mrs. Lincoln and her young rival held much in common, they could never be friends, for the success of one could come only at the expense of the other.

When Kate Chase married William Sprague it was widely regarded as the pinnacle of Washington society weddings. President Lincoln was in attendance, but the First Lady was not.

The intertwining public lives of these two women never failed to inspire headlines, but the true and lasting influence each wrought in private makes for an even more fascinating story.

Worthy Brown’s Daughter by Phillip Margolin: Matthew Penny, a young lawyer, believes that he and his wife, Rachel, can forge a better future out West like thousands of other Americans in the 19th century.

Matthew arrives on the frontier with nothing but shattered dreams after Rachel drowns on the Oregon Trail. Unable to face going home, he joins the handful of lawyers practicing in Portland, Ore., which is just a riverfront town in a state less than a year old.

A slave from Georgia, Worthy Brown, travels west with his master, Caleb Barbour, who promises to reward Worthy and his daughter with their freedom if they help him establish a homestead in Oregon. When Barbour backs out on his pledge, Worthy’s hope for a fresh start with his child is destroyed.

Matthew and Worthy decide to challenge Barbour in court, but events rapidly spiral out of control and the stakes become higher than either could imagine.

When Matthew crosses paths with Heather Gillette, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy Portland businessman, his grief-stricken existence is turned upside down, and suddenly he has everything to fight for.

Private L.A. by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan: Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the biggest mega-celebrities the city of Los Angeles has ever known.

The Harlows are movie stars, bestselling writers, and philanthropists. They’re also great parents and all-around good people, adored by their fans and the media.

World-renowned Private Investigations’ Jack Morgan and Justine Smith are secretly flown in to begin the search when the Harlows suddenly disappear from their luxurious ranch.

Private is the country’s top investigative firm, and Jack is willing and driven to do whatever it takes to get the job done. But facts are hard to find: Jack has to breach the Harlows’ high wall of security and image control and it’s only a matter of time before the paparazzi find out.

As Justine and Jack keep probing, shocking truths emerge, revealing a twisted world of deception. Was the Harlows’ disappearance their greatest and most dangerous performance ever?

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