On the shelves — April 24

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“Clara and Mr. Tiffany” by Susan Vreeland returns to New York City at the turn of the twentieth century, as a brilliant craftswoman designs nearly all of the stained-glass windows, glass, and lamps that made Tiffany famous, but must resign if she chooses marriage over career.

“Too Big to Fall: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward” by Barry LePatner analyzes the collapse of the I-35 West Bridge in Minneapolis in 2007, a tragedy that could have been prevented, but one that threatens to be repeated across the nation where more than 50 percent of our bridges are past their intended lifespan.

“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford takes us back to the 1940’s when Japanese-American families were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II in a love story of commitment and enduring hope that transcends long-standing prejudices.

“2010 Vancouver Canada: US Olympic Team at the XXI Olympic Winter Games” edited by the U.S. Olympic Committee offers a sport-by-sport overview of every event, along with behind-the-scenes stories, photographs of legendary moments, and profiles of the extraordinary individuals who competed.

“The Judas Gate” by Jack Higgins begins as the President of the United States receives a disturbing audiotape that captures the sounds of an ambush in Afghanistan in which some of the Taliban voices have British and Irish accents, and Sean Dillon, a former IRA soldier, is sent to hunt the traitors down.

“Handy Household Hints from Heloise” offers hundreds of great ideas to help you do everything around the house whether you need shortcuts for everyday chores, delicious ideas for quick meals, or ingenious solutions for the spills, accidents, and nuisances common to every household.

“Damage” by John Lescroart explores the seductive power of revenge and the terrible human costs of the pursuit of justice as homicide detective Abe Glitsky investigates two fires that claim the homes and lives of star witnesses in the trial of a man who is now released from jail.

Portales Public Library

“The Silver Boat” by Luanne Rice The Silver Boat is the heartwarming yet heart-wrenching story of three far-flung sisters who gather at Martha’s Vineyard one last time to say goodbye to the family beach house. Memories of their grandmother, mother, and their Irish father rise up and expose the fine cracks in their family myth-especially when a stash of old letters reveals enough truth to send them back to their ancestral homeland. After being transplanted into the unfamiliar, each sister sees her life, heart and relationship to home in a new way. How do they let go of a place that is filled with the complicated love of their imperfect family? This novel is a season on Martha’s Vineyard; a mission to Ireland; a memorable cast of friends; passionate love in the surf; and three very different sisters whose lives are filled with sorrow, beauty, and deep love they’d never been sure they could trust.

“Once Upon a Time There Was You” by Elizabeth Berg John and Irene sensed that they were making a mistake even on their wedding day.

Years later, after their divorce, they seem to have nothing in common except their love for their spirited eighteen-year-old daughter, Sadie. Sadie is growing more and more attached to her new boyfriend while she feels smothered by Irene and distanced by John, but when tragedy strikes,

Irene and John come together to support the daughter they love so dearly. It does take a little bit longer though for them to remember just how they really feel about each other. Once Upon a Time There Was You is a moving and beautiful novel about a man and a woman, long divorced, who rediscover the power of love and family in the midst of an unthinkable crisis.

“Grounded” by Kate Klise After the deaths of her father, brother, and sister in a plane crash,

Daralynn Oakland receives 237 dolls from well-wishers, resulting in her new nickname: Dolly. Daralynn doesn’t even like dolls and would much rather be fishing, but after the accident she isn’t allowed to go anywhere on her own.

In her eyes, her whole life has turned terrible and there’s nothing she can do about it. Dolly decides to take action though when her angry, grieving mother’s new job as a hair stylist at the local funeral home is threatened by the new crematorium.

Her idea is to have Living Funerals-giving you the chance to attend your own funeral and hear all the nice things people say while you’re still alive to thank them.

The question is, will Dolly’s new plan put the “fun” back into funeral and save a dying business? In this affecting novel, Kate Klise seamlessly depicts a rich fabric of humor, heartbreak, and healing.