The following books are available for checkout:
Clovis-Carver Public Library
The Hatfields and the McCoys by Bruce Wexler explores the historic feud that ran for nearly three decades between two iconic American families, beginning with the two patriarchs that started it all, and revealing how this terrible episode became the symbol of pointless and bitter animosity.
The Counterfeit Agent: A John Wells Novel by Alex Berenson sends special ops agent John Wells undercover as an Arab in order to find a former CIA operative who seems to have vanished from the earth; but as he closes in on the truth, he may already be too late to pull the United States back from war.
Chronicling the West for Harper’s by Claudine Chalmers showcases 100 illustrations made by two artists who were commissioned by the popular weekly magazine in 1873 and 1874 to document the newly-opened western territories, their diverse inhabitants, and the settlers on the quickly changing frontier.
Missing You by Harlan Coben begins as NYPD detective Kat Donovan recognizes a photo of her ex-fiancé staring back at her on a dating site profile; but she soon learns that online dating can easily take the hopes and dreams of lonely people and turn them into a scam that ends up in murder.
Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life by Jane Pauley introduces over thirty fascinating people who successfully navigated the “reinvention” phase of their lives, using their stories to awaken a generation of boomers to the opportunities that lie ahead on their own journey toward a positive, powerful future.
NYPD Red 2 by James Paterson is the second installment in a series that careens through New York City and deep into the psyche of a depraved killer as Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald seek the person who left a woman’s body on a carousel at Central Park.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond offers 140 step-by-step recipes for simple, scrumptious celebrations from a best selling author who was transformed from a spoiled city girl to the wife of a cowboy on a working cattle ranch in Oklahoma.
Portales Public Library
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King: Hundreds of unemployed people stand waiting in line at a local job fair in a Midwestern city in the early hours of the morning when a stolen Mercedes comes out of the fog and plows right into the crowd. And then the lone driver backs up and hits the crowd again, and again, killing eight innocent people and wounding fifteen others, before disappearing again as quickly as it had come. Months later, retired police officer Bill Hodges receives a letter from someone calling himself the “perk”, who writes that an even more horrible attack is coming. Haunted by the first killing spree, Hodges comes out of retirement to do whatever he can to prevent this second future tragedy. Meanwhile, the killer in question, Brady Hartsfield, is looking forward to hurting even more people than he did with the Mercedes, and if he succeeds, he could kill thousands, unless Hodges can stop him first.
The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand: Dabney Kimball Beech is what some people would call a matchmaker-although her husband, renowned economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter Agnes would call her a busybody. But 48 year-old Dabney is good at what she does, having already set up 42 couples over the years, each and every one of them still together and still happy. The only person that she has ever failed is herself, having lost her heart at a young age to Clendenin Hughes, who left Nantucket and Dabney 27 years ago to become a journalist. But now Clen is back in Nantucket again, and when Dabney finds herself falling for him all over again, she has no idea what to do or how to feel, or how to face the choices she has made in her life. But when tragedy strikes and threatens to destroy her second chance at happiness, Dabney decides to make as much use of her matchmaking gift as possible, determined to find the perfect person for everyone she loves before it is too late.
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon: In the newest installment of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series, Jamie Fraser, supposedly lost at sea, returns from his watery grave to find that his best friend has married his beloved wife Claire, his illegitimate son has found out who his real father is, and his nephew Ian is planning on marrying a Quaker, while Claire and Jamie’s sister Jenny have had to pick up the pieces of their family during his absence. Meanwhile, Jamie and Claire’s daughter Brianna and her family are living in 20th century Scotland, hopefully safe and sound, although Brianna, unknown to her family in 1778 Scotland, is frantically searching for her missing son Jem, who was kidnapped by a man bent on learning the Fraser family’s secrets. Neither Brianna nor her husband Roger knows where Jem is, and when Roger goes back into the past to find him, the kidnapper-Brianna’s colleague Rob Cameron-is free to focus his attention on his true target in the present: Brianna herself.