On the shelves —July 17

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“Win: The Key Principles to Take Your Business From Ordinary to Extraordinary” by Frank Luntz offers specific lessons to illustrate nine essential principles of effective communication and examines how top performers win in all areas of human endeavor by mastering superb communication skills.

“Bel-Air Dead” by Stuart Woods brings Stone Barrington into one of America’s wealthiest and most star-infested communities when a beautiful widow asks his help in finalizing the sale of a Hollywood studio, but he quickly learns that the stakes are high and only the truly rich and dangerously ambitious can play and survive.

“I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections” by Nora Ephron takes a cool, hard, hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future in a series of essays about growing old and older, and facing old age with grace and humor.

“Southern Comfort” by Fern Michaels blends adventure, redemption, and rich emotion in the story of Patrick Kelly, a reclusive ex-detective, and DEA Special Agent Kate Rush who join forces to investigate a mysterious fortress in the Florida Keys believed to be at the center of a human trafficking ring.

“The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie” by Wendy McClure traces the author’s quest to find the world of the beloved author Laura Ingalls Wilder, beginning with a search for the Big Woods in Wisconsin, wading in Plum Creek, and enduring a hailstorm in South Dakota as she comes to understand how Wilder’s life and work have shaped our ideas about the American West.

“All The Lives He” Led by Frederick Pohl is set in the year 2079 in a theme park located among the ruins of Pompeii, where state-of-the-art virtual reality restores the ruins to their pre-eruption splendor populated by workers posing as “authentic” ancients.

“The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties” by David Shipler takes an incisive look at the violations of civil liberties in the United States that have accelerated over the past decade, shows how our rights to privacy and justice have been undermined, and explains how much we stand to regain by retrieving the freedoms promised in the Bill of Rights.

Portales Public Library

“Uncommon Criminals (A Heist Society Novel)” by Ally Carter

Katarina Bishop is known as the girl who led the robbery of the greatest museum in the world. So when she was asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald, she wasn’t surprised. However, there are some initial problems-the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years, and since the fall of the Egyptian empire and Cleopatra’s suicide no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and the final problem: the gem is cursed. With the last being the most worrisome, Kat and her crew feel they are in over their heads, but Kat isn’t going down without a fight. She does have her best friend and a great crew with her as they track the Cleopatra around the globe, avoiding curses and realizes that she needs new tricks up her sleeve in order to get what she’s after. Which means, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.

“Fort Freak: A Wild Cards Novel” edited by George R. R. Martin

In 1946, an alien virus took over the skies of New York City, which can rewrite human DNA killing ninety percent of those that were infected. Nine percent survived but were mutated into deformed creatures, and one percent gained superpowers. Now, we will learn about Manhattan’s Fifth Precinct-or “Fort Freak,” as cops and malefactors alike call the cop-shop where every other person is more than human.

“Fair Cow” by Leslie Helakoski

Effie dreams of becoming a Fair Cow, but needs a little help on polishing up. Her friend Petunia, a primped and polished pig, is just the one for the job! She starts with hair and make-up, and then goes on to walking, but can Effie be completely transformed? That’s a lot of work on one pig.