On the shelves — Feb. 23

The following books are now available:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

Quick Changes: Fresh Looks for Every Room by the editors of House Beautiful offers abundant photos paired with more than 300 quick and easily achieved ideas to show you how to create a new look in any room from a change as subtle as rearranging what you already have, or as spectacular as painting the walls a bold new color.

Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith spins a complex plot involving the Russian mafia, a teenage genius, and a notebook written in code as Senior Investigator Arkady Renko looks into the apparent suicide of journalist Tatiana Petrovna whose voice recordings describe horrific crimes in words that are at odds with the Kremlin’s official versions.

The Witness Wore Red: the 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice by Rebecca Musser tells the full story of a woman who, when in her teens, became the 19th wife of eighty-five-year-old Rulof Jeffs, and her court testimony that put his son Warren Jeffs to prison for life.

Fear Nothing: A Novel by Lisa Gardner explores the nurture vs. nature debate as Detective D.D. Warren faces a serial killer who is terrorizing Boston, two daughters of a notorious murderer who each follow a different path in life, and an injury that makes it impossible for D.D. to recall a single detail of a night that may have cost her everything.

Captain Dad: The Manly Art of Stay-at-Home Parenting by Pat Byrnes presents the insights of a professional humorist who volunteered to work from home while caring for his kids when his wife’s job as Illinois Attorney General gave her a schedule that was not as flexible.

Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French blends police procedural and psychological suspense as the body of a murdered man is found in the home of a mentally ill woman, and Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Karlsson turns to psychotherapist Frieda Klein to serve as a consultant.

Uncovering History: Archaeological Investigations at the Little Bighorn by Douglas Scott offers a comprehensive account of investigations of the famed 1876 battlefield and the recovered artifacts that allowed researchers to reconstruct and reinterpret the history of the conflict with greater accuracy.

 

Portales Public Library

The Great Texas Wind Rush by Kate Galbraith and Asher Price: In the late 1990′s, West Texas was full of rundown pumpjacks and towns, aging reminders of the oil rush of an earlier era. Today, rising above those pumpjacks are 300-foot-tall wind turbines that now keep those same towns thriving. The Lone Star State now leads the nation in wind energy, but how did this dramatic transformation happen? Environmental reporters Kate Galbraith and Asher Price tell the compelling story of a group of unlikely innovators and dreamers, profiteers and politicos. The tale spans more than a generation and begins with the early wind pioneers. Operating in an economy accustomed to always looking for the next big thing and exploiting natural resources, their ideas eventually led to surprising partnerships between environmentalists and entrepreneurs. The authors explain the policies and science that propelled the “windcatters” to reap the great Texas wind in this down-to-earth account. They also explore what the future holds for this endless resource that is changing the face of Texas energy.

Stranger Things by Erin Healy: Serena Diaz’s life is falling apart. The young biology teacher has been accused by a troubled student of sexual misconduct, cutting off her promising career just as it was starting to blossom, but that’s just the beginning of Serena’s problems. Serena is assaulted and finds herself witness to the senseless murder of the one man who tries to help her after a therapeutic walk in the woods leads her to a ruined house overtaken by criminals. Hounded by the press and hurled into a world of false accusations, Serena must face evil itself to unravel the mysterious visions and terrifying danger that pursue her. She can’t ignore the most haunting question; however: Why would a mysterious stranger give his life to save hers? If she can find the answer, it will point the way to her freedom from evil men in a salacious trade.

My Mexico: A Culinary Odyssey with Recipes by Diana Kennedy: For decades, Diana Kennedy has traveled the length and breadth of the country of Mexico, seeking out the home cooks, local ingredients, and traditional recipes that make Mexican cuisines some of the most varied and flavorful in the world. By universal acclaim, she is the world’s authority on the authentic cuisines of Mexico. Having published eight classic Mexican cookbooks, Kennedy’s most personal book is My Mexico, a labor of love filled with more than three hundred recipes and stories that capture the essence of Mexican food culture as Kennedy has lived and discovered it. My Mexico is now back in print with a fresh design and photographs ready to lead a new generation of gourmets on an unforgettable journey through the foods of this fascinating and complex country.

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