On the Shelves – July 8

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Clovis-Carver Public Library

"Cronkite" by Douglas Brinkley was given by Oscar and Carolyn Toliver in memory of June Ingram.

This deeply researched and brilliantly written biography captures the essence of the revered CBS news anchorman who charted the heartbeat of a nation in its times of both triumph and tragedy, revealing the deeply private man behind the icon as a real human with passions, loves, and occasional enmities.

"Deader Homes and Gardens" by Joan Hess begins as Claire Malloy finds the perfect house for her growing family; but when the real estate agent disappears mid-showing, the current owner dies practically at her feet, and she learns that the last owner died in mysterious circumstances, Claire decides that before she can close the deal she must find a killer.

"Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie" by Beth Howard shows how one courageous woman triumphed over tragedy after the sudden death of her young husband, and how she began the journey of healing and recovery through the simple act of giving to others.

"Defending Jacob" by William Landay centers on Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber who is blindsided when his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student, forcing Andy into a trial of his own between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, and between a past he'd tried to bury and a future he could not conceive.

"Giant George: Life With the World's Biggest Dog" by Dave Nasser is the charming story of a precocious Great Dane puppy who grew into a five-foot-tall, seven-foot-long, 245-pound dog listed in Guinness World Records as the tallest dog in the world, while becoming a beloved pet who made his owners laugh, made them cry, and continues to make them incredibly happy.

"The Dressmaker" by Kate Alcott is a vivid, romantic, and compelling historical novel about a spirited young woman who survives the sinking of the Titanic only to find herself embroiled in the tumultuous aftermath of that great tragedy.

"Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone" by George Black charts the course of the creation of America's first national park with its hidden history of greed, idealism, the paradox of terrible things done in the name of high ideals, and high ideals realized by dubious means.

Portales Public Library

"Next Best Thing" by Jennifer Weiner. Twenty-three-year-old, Ruth Saunders left Massachusetts with her seventy-year-old grandmother hoping to make it as screenwriter in Hollywood. Finally! Six years later she gets the call about a sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing and Rut is going to be the showrunner! Hollywood comes with a price and Ruth has to find that out the hard way — dealing with demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on her boss and her grandmother's impending nuptials. Discover what it's like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.

"A Conspiracy of Friends" by Alexander McCall Smith. We're back to Corduroy Mansions where the universe itself seems to be conspiring against its residents, as they find themselves struggling with their nearest and dearest. Everyone is dealing with their own personal issues but find themselves worried about William French's faithful terrier, Freddie de la Hay-a very clever dog who was recruited to MI6-who has disappeared while on a mystery tour around the Suffolk countryside. Will Freddie find his way back to Pimlico? With everyone going through so much, will Corduroy Mansions begin to crumble?

"Between the Lines" by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer. Delilah is a loner who would rather spend her time reading than in school. In fact, she reads and re-reads this particular fairy tale so many times, she's beginning to feel as if this fairy tale has something deeper going on. One day, Delilah discovers that Prince Charming is real, and a certain high school kid has caught his eye. They're from two entirely different worlds

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