On the shelves — Oct. 31

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“Still Midnight” by Denise Mina packs nonstop suspense into the story of the dangerous and demanding life of a female cop as Detective Inspector Alex Morrow navigates an urban underworld to solve a crime that may involve her own brother.

The Best of Betty Crocker 2010 offers 307 recipes, all with photos, to make your next meal something to remember whether you’re planning a weeknight supper or a special holiday dinner.

The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith continues the adventures of the Ladies’ Detective Agency as Precious Ramotswe deals with issues of mistaken identity and great fortune against the beautiful backdrop of a safari camp in Botswana.

“The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn” by Nathaniel Philbrick brings a new dimension to the age-old story of a pair of legendary figures and an unforgettable portrait of bravery, cowardice, chaos, and brutality.

“Freeze Frame” by Peter May reintroduces Enzo Macleod, a forensics ace whose investigation of a 20-year-old cold case takes him to an island off the coast of France where the locals have no desire to see an infamous murder back in the headlines.

“Spoken from the Heart” by Laura Bush recounts the life of a girl from Midland Texas who found herself in the glare of the spotlight after her marriage into one of America’s most prominent political families thrust her to the world stage and the White House.

“The Power of Two: Surviving Serious Illness with an Attitude and an Advocate” by Brian Monaghan takes us on the challenging journey of a man battling two brain tumors as his wife fought at his side in an inspiring story of hope, courage, and the power of family relationships that can make a potentially life-or-death difference in the outcome.

Portales Public Library

“How to Retire Happy” by Stan Hinden

Award-winning Washington Post retirement columnist Stan Hinden’s best-selling “How to Retire Happy” helps you decide if you can retire now, or whether you have to stay on the job for a few more years. This trusted guide has been fully updated to address the stomach-churning issues created by financial market volatility and the economic recession.

The third edition of “How to Retire Happy” provides answers to your retirement questions. Apply Hinden’s reliable, easy-to-understand advice and experience a happy, healthful retirement for years and years to come.

“A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children” by Beth Lambert with Victoria Kobliner.

Seemingly benign elements of American culture are making millions of children chronically ill, disabled or dysfunctional. They are being diagnosed with illnesses such as autism, asthma, allergies, diabetes and ADHD at a breathtaking rate.

Research shows that decades of pharmaceutical over-usage, toxic or nutritionally anemic diets, exposure to environmental toxins, certain American habits and lifestyles, and excessive or improperly administered vaccines are at the root of these illnesses.

This book provides details on how to reverse these epidemics and prevent more children from becoming ill. It supplies evidence that we can help children recover from chronic illnesses, including autism, by altering their environmental influences and by stepping outside the traditional Western medical paradigm.

“They Called Themselves the K.K.K.” by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Six restless young men raided the linens at a friend’s mansion in 1866. They pulled white sheets over their heads, hopped on horses and cavorted through the streets of Pulaski, Tenn. Soon, the six friends named their club the Ku Klux Klan and began patterning their initiations after fraternity rites, with passwords and mysterious handshakes. All too quickly, this club would grow into the self-proclaimed “Invisible Empire,” with secret dens spread across the South. On their brutal raids, the nightriders would claim to be ghosts of Confederate soldiers and would use psychological and physical terror against former slaves who dared to vote, own land, attend school or worship as they pleased.

This is the story of how a secret terrorist group took root in America’s democracy. Filled with chilling personal accounts, this is a book to read and remember.