On the shelves – Feb. 24

Clovis-Carver Public Library

"The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker" by Janet Groth is the story of a young Midwestern woman who landed a job at the New Yorker magazine in 1957 and remained at the front desk for twenty-one years, giving her the best seat in the house to take in the comings and goings, marriages and divorces, scandalous affairs, failures, triumphs, and tragedies in literary New York.

"Mad River: A Virgil Flowers Novel" by John Sandford finds the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator joining a growing army of cops who are searching for three armed teenagers with dead-end lives and massive chips on their shoulders who go on a crime spree through rural Minnesota.

"Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball" by R. A. Dickey recounts the story of one of the premier pitchers in the National League and details his transformation from a reckless, risk-taking loner to a grounded, life-affirming fan favorite and star of the New York Mets.

"Goldberg Variations" by Susan Isaacs provides the ultimate novel about a dysfunctional family as the nasty tycoon of a booming beauty business gathers her grandchildren from New York for a weekend at her palatial home in Santa Fe to determine which of them most deserves to inherit her company.

"Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day" by Stephen Talty tells the story of a Barcelona poultry farmer-turned-secret-agent who created an imaginary million-man army, invented a vast network of fictional spies, and convinced the German High Command that the D-Day invasion was aimed at Calais.

"You Are the Love of My Life" by Susan Shreve is set in 1973 during the scandal of Watergate as Lucy Pinter, children's book writer and single mother of two, returns to the Washington, DC neighborhood where she grew up, but the corrosive power of family secrets stands in the way of a fresh start.

"Yes Ma'am, No Sir: The 12 Essential Steps for Success in Life" by Ken Carter takes us through the life experience of the man who was the inspiration for the film Coach Carter, the no-nonsense boys' basketball coach who gained nationwide fame when he locked his undefeated team out of the gym until they improved their grades.

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