On the shelves — Jan. 19

These books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library:

The Learning Brain: Memory and Brain Development in Children by Torkel Klingberg draws on the insights of neuroscience to explain why some ten-year-olds perform at the level of a fourteen-year-old while others at that of a six-year-old, and provides a variety of techniques that can improve our children’s working memory.

Storm Front: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sanford begins as Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Virgil Flowers receives a visit from an Israeli investigator who needs his help to find a man who smuggled out an extraordinary relic: An ancient inscribed stone revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon.

The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success with Less Stress by Elizabeth Saunders takes you beyond simple time management to provide you with three powerful principles to overcome the most common obstacles to a life well-managed and help you to accomplish more than you ever dreamed possible.

Doing Hard Time: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods takes the New York City attorney to Los Angeles where he becomes teamed with the least likely ally: a gentleman of unique abilities who can fly below the radar and above the law in order to intercept a pair of Russian assassins who are gunning for Stone’s son, Peter.

Gettysburg: The Last Invasion by Allen Guelzo draws readers into the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War and the ways in which the topography, weaponry, and politics shaped the conflict that changed our nation’s history.

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg combines humor with history in the alternating story of an opinionated, eccentric, and kind-hearted contemporary Southern housewife and her shocking discovery of a family secret that links her to four sisters who ran a filling station during World War II.

Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk by Ben Carson shares personal stories of decisions the author has made as a surgeon and a man, and shows you how to access the real costs and rewards of risk and move forward confidently with your decision in hand.

Portales Public Library

River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz: The last time Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River was 13 years ago. She was visiting her aunt Sara there and as a teenager, she was dragged out of a wild party by the older guy she had a crush on. Mason Fletcher was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue. Returning now after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time.

Mason saved her from a nasty crime that night, and soon afterward, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found.

Since that long-ago summer a lot has changed. Lucy works as a forensic genealogist for a private investigation company while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother.

Mason saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again, but this time she insists on playing a role in her own rescue.

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age by Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD with Teresa H. Barker: As the focus of family has turned to the glow of the screen-parents working online around the clock, children constantly texting their friends — everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation.

Drawing on real-life stories from parents and children, and her consulting work with experts and educators across the country, Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater understanding, confidence, and authority as they come up against the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms. It’s never too late to put down that phone or iPad and come to the dinner table.

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