On the shelves — May 4

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Margaret Thatcher: Power and Personality by Jonathan Aitken explores the character of the remarkable woman who dominated Conservative politics for more than 10 years as Britain’s  longest-serving prime minister, leaving a profound impact on the historical tapestry of her time.

Private L.A by James Patterson centers on the kidnapping of Hollywood celebrities Thom and Jennifer Harlow, but when private investigators Jack Morgan and Justine Smith are flown in to begin the search for them, shocking truths sprout thick and fast revealing a twisted world of deception.

Bobby Orr: My Story by Bobby Orr records the career of one of the greatest hockey stars of all time, revealing what inspired him, who taught him, what it was like when the agent he regarded as a brother left him in financial ruin, and the lessons he believes are worth passing on.

Moving Target by J.A. Jance brings reporter Ali Reynolds and her assistant Leland Brooks to England where they are drawn into the investigation of the decades-old murder of Leland’s father, just as her fiancé B. Simpson seeks the person who attacked an incarcerated computer genius; two seemingly unrelated cases that draw Ali and her friends into the line of fire while thousands of miles apart.

Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal by Matthew Hart takes an unforgettable journey around the world and through history from the earliest civilizations to the explosion of gold prices since 2008, to tell how gold became the world’s most precious commodity.

Cut to the Bone: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass turns the clock back to the origins of the Body Farm, a research facility designed by Dr. Bill Brockton, head of the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Department, who hopes to revolutionize the study of forensics to help law enforcement solve homicides.

The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan enriches our understanding of one of the defining events of the twentieth century and how the fateful decisions of a few powerful people changed the course of history in spite of the near-universal desire to keep the peace.

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I’ve Got You Under My Skin by  Mary Higgins Clark: Timmy Moran’s father was murdered when he was three years old, and he was the only person to see the face of his father’s killer. Timmy is haunted by the blue eyes of the man who killed his father, but his mother Laurie is haunted by threat that the killer made to Timmy, that he would return to kill Laurie, and then Timmy. Now, years later, Laurie is the producer of a true crime television show that focuses on cold cases, which is set to launch  with the 20-year-old murder of Betsy Powell, a socialite whose death after her daughter’s gradation remains unsolved.

Laurie is sure that someone else is also watching the filming, someone who isn’t finished with her or her son.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Over the Moon  by Frank Cottrell Boyce: On their third adventure with the flying, time-traveling car, the Tootings find themselves in trouble once again, marooned in 1966 by the evil Nanny and her boss Tiny Jack. But that’s not the worst of it — they have lost not only Little Harry, but also Chitty Chitty Bang Bang herself, and also Big Ben and the World Cup.

League of Denial  by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru: Everyone knows that football is violent and dangerous…or do they? In December of 2005, the National Football League stated that “Professional football players do not sustain frequent repetitive blows to the brain on a regular basis” despite the fact that a chronic brain disease was driving more and more players to madness. What players didn’t know is that there is no true protection against brain damage, no matter how much padding their helmets had. For nearly two decades, the NFL fought against the scientific research, denying that there was no connection between football and brain damage. Meanwhile, players continued to get injured, including Pittsburg Steelers center Mike Webster and San Diego Chargers Junior Seau. In this investigative narrative, ESPN reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru expose the evidence of a public health crisis that arose from our nation’s fields, a crisis that threatened not only football but the players themselves.

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