On the Shelves — Aug. 4

The following books are now available:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing by Rachel Wolf was given by Carolyn Toliver in memory of Misti Everett.

From quick sketches to fully rendered artwork, these masterful pieces on diverse subjects offer fresh ideas, a wide variety of drawing styles, and unique techniques from over one hundred modern-day masters that will inspire anyone who ever held a pencil in his hand.

Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer, the third volume in The Clifton Chronicles moves to the next generation in the Clifton and Barrington saga as Harry and Emma Clifton return to America to build a happy life, but a dangerous family enemy is about to resurface.

The World of Downton Abbey: The Rivalry and Romance Revealed by Jessica Fellowes takes a lavish look at the production of the spellbinding Masterpiece Theater series, “Downton Abbey” including sketches and on-scene photographs, behind-the-scenes drama, and fresh insights into the story, characters and social history of their world.

Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell recreates life in Victorian England, where the fogbound London streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer whose lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.

The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More by Bruce Feiler takes a fun, original look at how families can draw closer together, including a radical plan to reshape your family in twenty minutes a week.

Dead, White, and Blue by Carolyn Hart strikes a perfect balance between a puzzle mystery, a fast-paced and complex plot, and well-drawn characters that are full of surprises as Annie Darling and her husband Max investigate the disappearance of two people from the Fourth of July fireworks display.

American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things by Bob Dotson introduces readers to an unforgettable group of unsung heroes and quiet souls who have devised thoughtful solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems, and triumphed humbly as they changed our lives for the better.

Portales Public Library

Contaminated by Em Garner: Velvet fights for her family’s survival after a widespread contamination turns a segment of the population, including her mother, into ultra-violent zombie-like creatures.

Cheetah Can’t Lose by Bob Shea: An overly confident cheetah challenges a pack of clever kittens to a race.

Death Angel by Linda Fairstein: Discovering the murdered body of a young woman in Ramble urban park, New York Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman uncover disturbing links between the savage crime and a string of cold-case disappearances.

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