On the shelves — Oct. 9

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“Off the Beaten Path: A Travel Guide to More Than 1,000 Scenic and Interesting Places Still Uncrowded and Inviting edited” by Reader’s Digest was given by Bruce and Gerry Smith in memory of Lexie Hardwick.

Packed with innovative ideas for fun day trips and truly memorable vacations for travelers of every temperament, penchant, and budget, this unparalleled escape book leads you to secret destinations and overlooked natural wonders from coast to coast, waiting to be explored.

“Spiral” by Paul McEuen carries the reader on a fascinating ride through a world of bioweaponry, nanoscience, murder, and international intrigue as a Japanese war criminal, a skilled assassin, and a ruthless U.S. government official hold the world’s fate in their hands.

“Good Stuff: A Reminisce of My Father Cary Grant” by Jennifer Grant paints an enchanting portrait of the profound and loving relationship between a daughter and her father, who just happens to be one of America’s most beloved movie stars.

“Say Her Name” by Francisco Goldman scales the heights of love and plumbs the depths of loss as an acclaimed writer meets a beautiful and gifted woman and marries her, only to lose her to a swimming accident a month before their second anniversary.

“The Post-American World” by Fareed Zakaria draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past five hundred years – the rise of the Western world and the rise of the United States — to tell us what we can expect from the third shift, designated “the rise of the rest.”

“A Turn in the Road” by Debbie Macomber brings together three women who take a road trip from Seattle to Florida and who — in spite of their maps, directions, and plans — find that sometimes where you think you’re going isn’t where you end up.

“Life After the Military: A handbook for Transitioning Veterans” by Janelle Hill discusses the many issues that accompany the return to civilian life such as finding employment, going back to school, managing finances, and dealing with the emotional and psychological challenges that may arise during the adjustment.

Portales Public Library

“Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them” by Joe Graedon, MS, and Teresa Graedon, PhD

Sadly, medical mistakes happen all the time and each year 6.1 million Americans are harmed by diagnostic mistakes, drug disasters, and medical treatments. Bestselling authors and patient advocates Joe and Teresa Graedon came face-to-face with the tragic consequences of doctors’ mistakes when Joe’s mother died in Duke Hospital due to a disastrous series of entirely preventable errors. In this new book, the Graedons expose the most common medical mistakes, from hospitals and doctor’s offices to pharmacy counters and nursing homes. Patients across the country shared their riveting horror stories and doctors recounted the disastrous consequences of their colleagues’ oversights and errors. By being educated and vigilant medical consumers, patients can protect themselves and loved ones. In this book the Graedons give patients the specific practical steps they need to ensure their safety: the questions to ask, tips for promoting good communication with your doctor, presurgery checklistsm, and how to avoid deadly drug interactions, and much more. Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them is an empowering guide that explains what we can do about medical mistakes that can truly affect any of us.

“Child of the Fighting Tenth: On the Frontier with the Buffalo Soldiers” by Forrestine C. Hooker, Edited by Steve Wilson

At an early age, Forrestine “Birdie” Cooper learned that growing up on the western frontier meant that each new day brought a fresh adventure. Charles Cooper was an officer in the Tenth U.S. Cavalry, known at the Buffalo Soldiers and Birdie’s father. The Buffalo Soldiers made headlines with their battles against Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Lone Wolf, Billy the Kid and Pancho Villa. For Birdie Cooper, these momentous events were just everyday life and these men of valor were her childhood playmates. Forrestine Cooper Hooker began writing her memoir, after she had married and published several novels, but it remained unfinished when she died in 1932. Steve Wilson then edited the manuscript into publishable form. The humorous yet compelling stories told in Child of the Fighting Tenth capture the drama of the settlement of the American West, the Geronimo campaign in the Southwest and Mexico, and the Indian wars on the plains as seen through the eyes of a young girl. Birdie Cooper draws us into her world, offering a vibrant portrait of behind-the-scenes life on the western frontier.

“The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel” by Tess Gerritsen

Every crime scene tells a story and while some keep you awake at night, others haunt your dreams. The grisly scene that homicide cop Jane Rizzoli finds in Boston’s Chinatown will do both. A female’s severed hand lies in the murky shadows of an alley while the corpse belonging to that hand is on the tenement rooftop above. Rizzoli’s only clues are two strands of non-human silver hair, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: This violent death had a chilling prequel. A horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left five people dead nineteen years earlier. A mysterious martial arts master who knows a secret she dares not tell is the one woman connected to the massacre that is still alive. Her secret lives and breathes in the shadows of Chinatown and is one that may not even be human. She’s now the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil. Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries of cunning while cracking a crime resonating with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend.