On the shelves — Nov. 6

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight” by Chris Dubbs takes a behind-the-scenes look at the visionaries, the crackpots, the financial schemes, the legal wrangling, and the turf battles surrounding the overwhelming desire of ordinary people to visit outer space.

“The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes” by Marcus Sakey begins as a man wakes cold and half-drowned on an abandoned beach with no idea of how he got there or who he is, or why the police kick in the door of his dingy motel room with guns drawn after he starts to search for answers.

“American Woodies 1928-1953” by Norm Mort contains over 100 images, photographs, detailed captions, supportive text, and period literature to celebrate the wood-paneled station wagons that began with the Ford Model A in 1928 and ended with the last Buick Woodie built in 1953.

“One Summer” by David Baldacci centers on Jack Armstrong, a man who recovers from what was diagnosed as a terminal illness, only to lose his wife in a car accident and afterward struggle to reunite his scattered children as they learn to become a family once more.

“What’s Gotten Into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World” by McKay Jenkins examines the effects of toxic chemicals in our daily environment, our alarming levels of exposure, our government’s utter failure to regulate them effectively, and how we can regain some control over our lives.

“Camouflage” by Bill Pronzini reintroduces the Nameless detective who is hired by David Virden to serve papers on his ex-wife, but later threatens to sue, claiming that the woman Nameless found was not his wife — a threat that dies when Virden himself disappears.

“Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind” by Brian Fagan spans five millennia to show how every human society has been shaped by its relationship to the most basic necessity of life, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present day when aquifers run dry and the world faces a crisis we can no longer ignore.