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Clovis-Carver Public Library

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow: An Autobiography of the Life, Love, and Loss of a Northchurch girl” by Linda Pottinger was given by Rosemary Metcalf in memory of Richard Pottinger. A British police constable recounts her formative years, her challenging career, her marriage to a detective chief inspector that ended with his death from cancer, and her triumph over grief, tragedy, and despair that now enables her to offer hope and inspiration to others coping with bereavement.

“Sisterhood Everlasting” by Ann Brashares heralds the welcome return of the characters from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up and started lives of their own, and are planning a reunion to bridge the distance between them, never imagining how it will change their lives forever.

“Don’t Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned” by Kenneth Davis offers a revised, expanded, updated edition of the classic anti-textbook for a new generation of Americans who are still in the dark about America’s past.

“The Final Storm: A Novel of the War in the Pacific” by Jeff Shaara opens a new front in the gripping chronicle of World War II as soldiers, sailors, and marines mount a furious assault on the last great stepping-stone to Japan itself — the heavily fortified island of Okinawa.

“The Bad Tempered Gardener” by Anne Wareham conveys the challenges, hard work, triumphs, and failures behind the creation and development of a widely acclaimed, contemporary garden in Wales.

“Untouchable” by Scott O’Connor centers on David Darby who is trying to rebuild his life as a recent widower while reaching out to his son Whitley, who has not spoken since his mother’s death but has withdrawn into a safer world of his own silent imagining.

“Long Shot: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me” by Sylvia Harris examines the magical, calming power of horses that helped the author, a single mother crippled by her struggles with bipolar depression, to find stability and ultimately, joy in her once-tormented life.

Portales Public Library

“Shut Out” by Kody Keplinger

While most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools, Hamilton High has a small civil war going on between the soccer team and the football team. Lissa couldn’t be more tired of this. She isn’t getting the quality time she wants with her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, because he’s always ditching her to pick a fight or haze a freshman.

Lissa is done. She and the other players’ girlfriends have decided to go on a little strike until the boys make their peace. That is, until their plan back-fires on them, and this little strike turns into a girls-against-boys showdown. Lissa is also surprised by her new crush on the leader of the pack, Cash Sterling. These turn of events make for a hilarious and romantic story.

“Fed Up With Lunch” by Sarah Wu

Ever wonder what the school is really feeding your children? An elementary teacher did. She noticed how unhealthy the lunches really looked, so she ate the same lunches that they were giving the kids every day for a year, photographing and blogging about the contents on her tray. What “Mrs. Q” wanted to do was put the spotlight on the lunch tray, hoping to make a difference in schools across the country.

“The Perfect Christmas” by Eileen Spinelli

Every family has their own special traditions. Whether it’s a beautifully trimmed tree and fancy china, or if it’s rock-hard cookies and off-key singing, it is special to you and that’s all that matters. This story talks about two families celebrating Christmas in two completely different ways, yet both are happy and merry.