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New Mexico: Portrait of a State by David Muench captures with a wide-angle lens the magical quality of light in a diverse and beautiful landscape of wide deserts, fascinating caverns, high, snow-capped peaks, cliff dwellings of a vanished society, and the ancient and present day cultures that populate the Land of Enchantment.
Albuquerque: Then and Now by Mo Palmer matches vintage photographs of notable landmarks with contemporary shots of the same buildings or those that took its place, along with fascinating historical information documenting the transformation and the preservation of a modern city steeped in traditions.
Both of the above books were given by the Brown Bag Book Club in memory of Lillian Finnifrock.
The Book Boat’s In by Cynthia Cotton was given by Scott and Annette Hulder in memory of Brooke Hankins.
This nostalgic picture book celebrates the love of reading and the value of hard work in a story based on the floating library and bookstore that traveled along the Erie Canal in the 1880s as young Jesse has just one week to earn enough money to buy a copy of “Swiss Family Robinson.”
The Alpine Xanadu: An Emma Lord Mystery by Mary Daheim provides a new installment in the beloved, small-town murder mystery series set in Alpine, Wash., where newspaper editor Emma Lord and Sheriff Milo Dodge investigate the death of a man who appeared to have been electrocuted when he climbed a power pole in the middle of a storm.
Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich features a bounty hunter set on catching a notorious mob boss who has gone missing, knowing that if she doesn’t take him down, he may take her out.
Both of the above books were given by Kathy Hart in honor of Krista and Ashlie Hart.
Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower builds a fascinating and convincing picture of a morally lost generation of young women who went on plundering sprees, brutalized Jews in the ghettos, were present at killing-field picnics, and took their turn at the mass shootings during the Final Solution.
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The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson: Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey is spending the Civil War with a new stepmother and stepsister and her young cousin when she comes upon a wounded Yankee soldier, Thomas, who is being kept alive by mysterious voodoo practitioners.
Tempting Fate by Jane Green: Gabby has been married to Elliot, happily, for 18 years. They have two teenaged daughters; their life is built together. So why is it that at 43 old, Gabby feels like she only has minutes left of her youth? With her youth slipping away and a wonderful life, Gabby could never imagine a younger man being interested in her … until it happens. Matt lights a fire inside Gabby she hasn’t felt in years. As an emotional affair begins, Gabby has to wonder if it’s worth playing with fire.
Daisy and Josephine by Melissa Gilbert: Daisy is always on the road with her father and her teacher Mrs. Minnier; and even though she loves it, being on the road can get a little lonely at times. Daisy wishes she had a friend with her, until her daddy brings her the best surprise yet! A French bulldog named Josephine, who brings out the shine in little miss Daisy.