On the shelves — April 27

These books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West by Andrew Graybill searingly recreates one of the American West’s bloodiest and least known massacres in a generation-spanning history of native-white intermarriage that led two sons of a fur trader to participate in the butchery of their own blood relatives.

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen takes a deeply moving and often very funny journey into the life of Rebecca Winter, a photographer who seeks refuge from a failing career in a small town in the middle of nowhere in which she learns that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

The Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science is Rewriting Their Story by Dimitra Papagianni offers a fairer assessment of a species often seen as our dim-witted prehistoric cousin, as advances in DNA technologies reveals that the Neanderthals’ behavior was surprisingly modern and that the superiority of Homo Sapiens is less evident that we supposed.

Cell by Robin Cook fuses groundbreaking medical science with edge-of-your seat suspense as George Wilson obtains an i-Doc, a smartphone that can diagnose and treat even better than a doctor; but he soon suspects that the device is being sabotaged by hackers, and the consequences could be lethal for him and countless others.

Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York by Angelica Huston shares memories of the author’s enchanted childhood in the horse country of Ireland, her teen years in London, and her work as a model and actress in 1960’s America that launched her career in Hollywood.

After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman introduces Sandy Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases, who learns how one man’s disappearance echoes through the lives of the five women he left behind: a murder victim and four others who may know more about the crime than they are willing to tell.

The Gathering Wind: Hurricane Sandy, the Sailing Ship Bounty, and a Courageous Rescue at Sea by Gregory Freeman tells the heartbreaking and inspirational story of the Coast Guard rescue of the crew of a replica of an eighteenth-century sailing ship that was caught in the largest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic.

Portales Public Library

By the Grace of Todd by Louise Galveston: There is a horribly smelly sock under Todd Butroche’s bed, but this is no ordinary stinky sock. Out of the filth, a civilization of tiny beings has been created.  They are the Toddlians, and they worship their accidental creator, Todd.

Todd is more interested in using his miniature disciples to gain popularity points rather than protecting them, but when the school bully puts the future of the Toddlians in jeopardy, Todd will have to do everything in his power to save the race his very negligence created.

Five Came Back:  A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris: Through the director’s lens, Hollywood changed World War II and World War II changed Hollywood.

In prewar America, Hollywood’s relationship with Washington was decidedly tense.  Investigations into racketeering and corruption were multiplying and it was insinuated that the business was too foreign and too “un-American” in its values and causes. Could America’s collective mindset really be left in the hands of an industry with such a powerful influence? The propaganda effort to win the hearts and minds of American soldiers and civilians was absolutely vital when the war came and nothing had the power of film to inspire and educate.

Decoding Your Dog: The number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups is due to unwanted behavior.
Dog owners face a bewildering variety of advice from untrained “experts” peddling too many theories. There are scientifically proven answers to nearly every question of dog behavior that could save many dogs and improve the lives of many families.

In Decoding Your Dog, board certified specialists of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists are here to decode how dogs think, how they communicate, and how they learn.

The book includes: Positive training methods; advice on housetraining, socialization, and exercise; remedies for behavior problems; and new breakthroughs in treatments available for a range of issues.

This is a must-have dog behavior guide that will resolve the complaints and curiosities, and, ultimately, challenge the way we think about our dogs.