On the shelves – Dec. 30

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

"Russell Lee's FSA Photographs of Chamisal and Peñasco, New Mexico" by William Wroth was given by Encanto Garden Club in memory of Elsie Dean.

A photographer for the Farm Security Administration provides an invaluable record of rural America in the 1930s and early 1940s in these images of the Spanish-speaking residents in two Taos County mountain villages, showing the strength of traditional values in all aspects of their lives.

"The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman takes readers to an Australian lighthouse where Tom Sherbourne and his young bride, grieving from two miscarriages and a stillbirth, decide to claim an infant who washed up on the shore; a decision that brings devastating consequences.

"Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance" by Lisa Alther makes an impartial, comprehensive, and compelling investigation into what actually happened, digs deep into the many causes and explanations of the fighting, and reveals surprising alliances and entanglements between the two families.

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple revolves around teenage Bee who begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother who goes missing while leaving her computer-guru husband, a horde of angry parents, and questioning police officers to pick up the pieces.

"The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives that Make You Feel Alive" by Brendon Burchard proves that we can harness the emotional incentives that help us meet life's challenges with joy and courage, offering a series of powerful, yet simple actions to increase our levels of energy, engagement, and fulfillment in all areas of life.

"Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter spans fifty years in the life of a young Italian innkeeper whose his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet draws him into a glittering world filled with the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters.

Portales Public Library

"Faces from the Past: Forgotten People of North America" by James M. Deem. Combining sensitivity and solid scientific style, Deem reveals the history the science of facial reconstruction, as well as the forgotten lives and the faces of the dead, to contemporary generations so that at last their stories can be told.

"Empire and Honor" by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV. In the aftermath of the surrenders of Germany and Japan in October 1945, Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS are given the life-threatening task of maintaining security during a covert U.S. deal with Germany for intelligence about the identities of Soviet spies in the American atomic bomb program.

"I Love it When You Smile" by Sam McBratney. Grumpy little Roo is in the grumpiest of moods, and will not smile for anyone. His mom does just about everything to get her little one to smile, because she loves it when he smiles.

"The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne" by Catherine Reef. In a time when women were discouraged from writing and publishing books, all three sisters created one or more novels which are now considered masterpieces. Catherine Reef explores the lives of the Brontë sisters and offers insights in to their incredible work.

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