On the shelves —

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“The Body Language of Dating: Read His Signals, Send Your Own, and Get the Guy” by Tonya Reiman decodes the nonverbal signals and silent messages that state the other person’s state of mind, providing the tools needed for success in today’s dating scenarios and laying the foundation for conversation, connection, and enduring romance.

“The Fine Art of Murder” by Jessica Fletcher begins as Jessica joins a tour to Italy where she witnesses the theft of a painting, but when she returns to help identify the thieves, she faces a looming danger that may connect the Italian killers to the murder of Chicago art collector.

“Betty and Friends: My Life at the Zoo” by Betty White leads us on a tour of zoos around the world, describes relationships with her favorite animals, and relates her lasting friendships with the workers who conserve the animal kingdom and who work tirelessly to educate the public about it.

“Temporary Perfections” by Gianrico Carofiglio features Guido Guerrieri, an Italian defense lawyer who is hired by an old colleague to work a missing-persons case that the police have failed to solve, but his investigation uncovers a sinister cover-up behind the disappearance.

“Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time” by Georgia Pellegrini relates how a classically trained chef resolved to take up hunting to track down the ingredients for her meals, and her subsequent, irresistibly delicious recipes for the game, fish, and birds that she learned to supply for herself.

“Coup D’Etat: A Dewey Andreas novel” by Ben Coes begins as a radical cleric becomes the president of Pakistan and initiates a nuclear attack on India, leading the White House to send Dewey Andreas to defuse the situation before unimaginable disaster results for both the United States and the world at large.

“Lost Hot Rods: Remarkable Stories of How They Were Found” by Pat Ganahl features some famous and not-so-famous hot rods, custom cars, and racing machines that survived the decades, and the lucky finds of hidden treasures that brought them back from near destruction, where they still live — and run — today.

Portales Public Library

“I’ve Got Your Number,” by Sophie Kinsella.

Poppy Wyatt is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, and has never felt luckier, but in one afternoon her ‘happily ever after’ begins to fall apart. She has lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill and in the panic that followed, her phone was stolen. Spotting an abandoned phone in a trash can while pacing shakily around the lobby, Poppy now has a number she can leave for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. The phone’s owner, Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree, wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life. A hilarious and unpredictable turn of events ensues as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles mysterious phone calls, wedding plans, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents, she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

“Wonder Struck,” by Brian Selznick.

Rose and Ben secretly wish their lives were different. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook and Ben longs for the father he has never known. When Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper and Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother’s room, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing. These two independent stories, set fifty years apart, weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry with Ben’s told in words and Rose’s in pictures. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will challenge you, surprise you, and leave you breathless with wonder. With over 460 pages of original artwork, Wonderstruck is rich, complex, and affecting, as well as a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.

“Jasper Jones,” by Craig Silvey.

A bookish thirteen-year-old, Charlie Bucktin, is startled one summer night by an urgent knock on his bedroom window. His visitor is outcast, Jasper Jones, and he has come to ask for Charlie’s help. Charlie follows him into the night, terribly afraid, but desperate to impress. Charlie witnesses Jasper’s horrible discovery when Jasper takes him to his secret glade. With his secret sitting like a rock in his belly, Charlie is pulled and pushed by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion. He falls nervously in love, locks horns with his tempestuous mother, and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend. Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart in the simmering summer when everything changes.