On the shelves — Sept. 29

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Clovis-Carver Public Library

“The College Basketball Book” by Greg Kelly contains 256 super-sized pages of photographs and text marking the mammoth personalities, larger-than-life moments, heartbreaking defeats and enormously entertaining stories from Hall of Fame writers who covered college basketball over the last 50 years.

“Game of My Life: New York Yankees” by Dave Buscema takes readers behind the scenes of the most exciting moments in Yankees history and relates stories about its greatest stars, including Derek Jeter, Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry and Yogi Berra, for whom the game of their life was often more than just a game.

“Sports Illustrated’s Greatest Football” by Bill Syken polls the greatest pro football experts to determine the top 10 in more than 20 categories, including quarterbacks, teams, plays, and coaches; presenting the rankings alongside stirring photography and classic stories from SI’s archives covering the best of the best in the National Football League.

The three books above were given by Dr. James B. Moss in memory of Garrett Bender.

“Eyewitness to the Civil War: The Complete History from Secession to Reconstruction” by Neil Kagan creates a remarkable first-hand chronicle of America’s most tumultuous era through letters and journals from soldiers and their families, war-zone photographs, sketches, and treasured artifacts that reveal the home-front struggles of American civilians on both sides as each faced an invading army.

“Civil War Battlefields Then and Now” by James Campi draws on the work of eyewitness photographers during the Civil War who captured unforgettable images of the death and destruction that left cities, industries, and railroads in ruins, and revisits the same sites with contemporary photographs that show how they look today.

The two books above were given by Jim and Joan Littlejohn in memory of Archie Skeen.

“Civil War Battlegrounds: The Illustrated History of the War’s Pivotal Battles” and Campaigns by Richard Sauers was given by the Friends of the Library in memory of Archie Skeen.

This guidebook features period paintings, drawings, maps, and photographs of eighteen historical sites as they appeared during the conflict, along with information on national monuments, tourist centers, hours, and programs at each facility for visitors today.

 

Portales Public Library

“North of Nowhere” by Liz Kessler: Porthaven, a sleepy seaside village, hides a mystery … Mia’s grandfather has vanished, and no one knows why.

When Mia and her mother go to help out her grandma, Mia exchanges notes with a local girl named Dee in the hopes of making a new friend to help pass the time.

But why does Dee claim to be stuck at home due to violent storms when Mia sees only sunny skies? Will Mia be able to solve the mystery and find her grandfather before time and tide forever wash away their futures?

“The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks: At 91 years old, in poor health, and alone in the world, Ira Levinson is in trouble as he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash.

Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness by focusing on his wife beside him, Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her every word.

At a local bull-riding event a few miles away, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school.

Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes are high and as she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans.

Sophia and Luke. Ira and Ruth. Two couples who have little in common and are separated by experience and years, yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys.

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