On the shelves — Sept. 4

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“All that is Bitter and Sweet” by Ashley Judd is the deeply moving memoir of a an award-winning film and stage actress who walked away from a successful career in order to fight for social justice as a humanitarian advocate for those suffering in neglected parts of the world.

“The Priest’s Graveyard” by Ted Dekker is the story of an abandoned girl and a strange, vengeful priest whose paths eventually cross as the two of them hunt for one powerful and ruthless man, with terrifying consequences for them both.

“The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times” by Mahamed ElBaradei illustrates that the security of nations is tied to the security of individuals and is dependent, not only on disarmament, but also on a universal commitment to human dignity, democratic values, and the freedom from want.

“The Sixth Man” by David Balcacci finds Sean King and Michelle Maxwell investigating the case of an alleged serial killer, but the more they dig into his past, the more they encounter obstacles, dead-ends, and escalating threats that put them on a collision course with the highest levels of government.

“Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence” by Bill James explains how crimes have been committed, investigated, prosecuted, and written about, and how this has profoundly influenced our cultural obsession with murder and tabloid crime in America.

“Friendship Bread” by Darien Gee begins as someone leaves an anonymous gift on the front porch of Julia Evarts, a grieving woman trying to move on with her life; a gift that led to a growing friendship when she shared it with two other newcomers.

“Shadows on the Gulf: A Journey Through Our Last Great Wetland” by Rowan Jacobsen maintains that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 was only the latest chapter in a century-long story of destruction that will eventually affect us all, unless BP’s blunder can galvanize a national effort to reverse it.

Portales Public Library

“Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering from Your Eating Disorder” by Joanna Poppink, MFT

While the awareness of eating disorders are usually targeted towards young adults, psychotherapist Joanna Poppink offers a program for women 30, 40, 50, or beyond. Healing Your Hungry Heart offers healing and recovery for adults going through the “little girl’s disease.”

“Power of Six” by Pittacus Lore

John Smith — who is Number Four — teams up with Number Six and learns more about the fate of his home planet, Lorien, after it was attacked by the Mogadorians, and tries to reconcile the stress of knowing that the fates of Lorien and Earth are tied to his success.

“The Persian Pickle Club” by Sandra Dallas

A ladies’ quilting club in Kansas is invaded by a new member with ambitions. She is Rita, a big city girl who wants to be a journalist. When a member’s husband is murdered and Rita begins probing, the group must band to keep safe the club’s secrets.