New Large Print Books Added in December 2019

ADULT FICTION

LB 12147 TESTAMENTS ATWOOD, MARGARET, 1939-

Fifteen years after the van door slammed on Offred`s future, three women provide testaments on life in Gilead. Sequel to The Handmaid`s Tale (DB 24695). Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 562 pages.

LB 12144 TITANIC SECRET: AN ISAAC BELL ADVENTURE CUSSLER, CLIVE

A century apart, NUMA director Dirk Pitt and detective Isaac Bell team up to unlock the truth about a famous maritime disaster. Pitt makes a daring rescue from inside an antiquated submersible off New York City, where a document left behind by Bell reopens a historical mystery. Some violence and some strong language. 2019. 494 pages.

LB 12149 KNIFE: A NEW HARRY HOLE NOVEL NESBO, JO, 1960-

Harry Hole has been given another chance with the Oslo Police: in the cold-case office. What he`d prefer is to investigate cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the recently released serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. Translated from the Norwegian. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 719 pages.

LB 12154 MOST FUN WE EVER HAD LOMBARDO, CLAIRE, 1988-

Marilyn and David`s four daughters are each in a state of unrest. Young widow Wendy soothes herself with booze and younger men. Violet battles self-doubt when her past resurfaces. Liza finds herself pregnant by a man she`s not sure she loves. Youngest daughter Grace begins living a lie. Unrated. 2019. 835 pages.

LB 12156 LADY IN THE LAKE LIPPMAN, LAURA, 1959-

Baltimore, 1966. Maddie Schwartz leaves her twenty-year marriage and takes a job at the newspaper. She investigates a young African American woman whose body was discovered in a park fountain. No one seems to know or care why she was killed except Maddie–and the victim herself. Bestseller. 2019. 437 pages.

LB 12150 WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING OWENS, DELIA

In late 1969, when Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals of Barkley Cove, North Carolina, immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2018. 484 pages.

LB 12153 NICKEL BOYS WHITEHEAD, COLSON, 1969-

1962. Elwood Curtis lives with his grandmother, works when not in school, and admires Dr. Martin Luther King. But one innocent mistake sees him sentenced to reform school–the Nickel Academy. There he meets Turner, whose skepticism challenges Elwood. Their friendship has repercussions in the sadistic school. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 336 pages.

LB 12145 CITY OF GIRLS GILBERT, ELIZABETH, 1969-

1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian was kicked out of Vassar College due to poor performance, so her parents shipped her off to her Aunt Peg in New York City. Peg owns a crumbling theater, but Vivian finds a home among its inhabitants. A mistake threatens her world. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 677 pages.

LB 12155 KILLER INSTINCT PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian was kicked out of Vassar College due to poor performance, so her parents shipped her off to her Aunt Peg in New York City. Peg owns a crumbling theater, but Vivian finds a home among its inhabitants. A mistake threatens her world. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 677 pages.

LB 12148 GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE: A LISBETH SALANDER NOVEL, CONTINUING STIEG LARSSON’S MILLENNIUM SERIES LAGERCRANTZ, DAVID

Lisbeth Salander has sold her Stockholm apartment and gone offline. At long last she has her primal enemy–her twin sister, Camilla–squarely in her sights. But journalist Mikael Blomkvist needs her help unraveling the identity of a man who died with Blomkvist`s phone number in his pocket. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 495 pages.

LB 12151 WARNING PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

A small southern town was evacuated after a freak power-plant accident. As the first anniversary of the mishap approaches, some residents are allowed to return past the national guard roadblocks. Mount Hope natives Maggie and Jordan quickly discover that their hometown is not as it was before. As friends and family morph into terrifying strangers, the teenagers increasingly turn to one another. Unrated. 2019. 507 pages.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB 12287 D-DAY GIRLS: THE SPIES WHO ARMED THE RESISTANCE, SABOTAGED THE NAZIS, AND HELPED WIN WORLD WAR II ROSE, SARAH, 1974-

An account of the British Special Operations Executive`s recruitment of women during World War II to serve as spies in France. Draws on declassified files, diaries, and oral histories to profile three of these women: a young mother, an unflappable aristocrat, and the streetwise organizer of the Paris Resistance. 2019. 695 pages.

LB 12288 KENNEDY HEIRS: JOHN, CAROLINE, AND THE NEW GENERATION; A LEGACY OF TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY TARABORRELLI, J. RANDY

A unique burden was inherited by the children of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his celebrated siblings, Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy. Raised in a world of enormous privilege against the backdrop of American history, this third generation of Kennedys often veered between towering accomplishment and devastating defeat. Kennedy historian J. Randy Taraborrelli draws back the curtain on the next generation of America`s most famous family. Unrated. 2019. 971 pages.

LB 12289 SAVE ME THE PLUMS: MY GOURMET MEMOIR REICHL, RUTH

Author of Comfort Me with Apples (DB 52508) and Delicious! (DB 78955) recounts her experiences working at Gourmet. Discusses her reluctance taking on a managerial role, transforming the publication from stately to cutting-edge, and personalities she met while leading the magazine. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 397 pages.

LB 12146 BENEATH THE TAMARIND TREE: A STORY OF COURAGE, FAMILY, AND THE LOST SCHOOLGIRLS OF BOKO HARAM SESAY, ISHA, 1976-

Journalist provides an account of the 2014 abduction of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram terrorists. Follows the journeys of three of the girls who eventually made it home and discusses the government`s response to the kidnapping. Unrated. 2019. 536 pages.

LB 12152 FOR THE GOOD OF THE GAME: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE SURPRISING AND DRAMATIC TRANSFORMATION OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SELIG, BUD

The longtime commissioner of Major League Baseball provides an unprecedented look inside professional baseball today, focusing on how he helped bring the game into the modern age and revealing his interactions with players, managers, fellow owners, and fans nationwide. Unrated. 2019. 458 pages.

LB 12141 CIRCLE MAKER: PRAYING CIRCLES AROUND YOUR BIGGEST DREAMS AND GREATEST FEARS BATTERSON, MARK

Pastor of the National Community Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., offers suggestions for using the ancient practice of prayer circles. Provides examples of what the ritual can achieve and asserts that “who you become is determined by how you pray.” Bestseller. 2011. 362 pages.

LB 12143 EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST: A MEMOIR POWER, SAMANTHA

This memoir traces Power’s journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official. She served for four years as Obama’s human rights adviser, and in 2013, he named her US Ambassador to the United Nations, the youngest American to assume the role. Unrated. 2019. 957 pages.

LB 12368 ALL THE WAY: MY LIFE IN FOUR QUARTERS NAMATH, JOE WILLIE, 1943-

Memoir of the Hall of Fame quarterback who shot to stardom when he led the New York Jets to an underdog victory in the 1969 Super Bowl game against the Baltimore Colts. As he recalls each quarter of that game, he also shares details of his personal life. Unrated. 2019. 343 pages.

LB 12369 SEA STORIES: MY LIFE IN SPECIAL OPERATIONS MCRAVEN, WILLIAM H. (WILLIAM HARRY), 1955-

The author of Make Your Bed (DB 87732) and retired US Navy admiral recounts stories from his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America`s special operations forces. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 476 pages.

LB 12370 SURPRISE, KILL, VANISH: THE SECRET HISTORY OF CIA PARAMILITARY ARMIES, OPERATORS, AND ASSASSINS JACOBSEN, ANNIE

Since 1947, domestic and foreign assassinations have been executed under the CIA-led covert action operations team. Before that time, responsibility for taking out America’s enemies abroad was even more shrouded in mystery. Despite Hollywood notions of last-minute rogue-operations and external secret hires, covert action is actually a cog in a colossal foreign policy machine. At the end of the day, it is the President, not the CIA, who is singularly in charge. Unrated. 2019. 747 pages.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

LB 12367 DEAR EVAN HANSEN: THE NOVEL EMMICH, VAL

Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone`s hero and a social media superstar, after a chance encounter with Connor just before his suicide leads others to believe Evan was his only friend. Inspired by the hit Broadway show. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2018. 505 pages.

New Large Print Books Added in October 2019

ADULT FICTION

LB 12102 PLAIN VANILLA MURDER   ALBERT, SUSAN WITTIG

China and Ruby Wilcox are presenting their annual ‘Not Just Plain Vanilla Workshop,’ always a huge hit with customers at Thyme & Seasons Herb Shop. But someone involved with the workshop is driven by a deadly motive, and China soon finds herself teaming up with the very pregnant Pecan Springs police chief Sheila Dawson to solve a vanilla-flavored murder. Sheila, happy to get out from behind the chief’s desk, is investigating the death of a botany professor, a prominent researcher specializing in vanilla orchids. China is trying to help a longtime friend: the dead professor’s ex-wife and a prime suspect in his murder. However, there’s no shortage of other suspects: a betrayed lover, a disgruntled graduate student, jealous colleagues, and a gang of orchid smugglers. But the lethal roots of this mystery reach back into the dark tropical jungles of Mexico, where the vanilla vine was first cultivated. At stake: a lucrative plant patent, an orchid that is extinct in the wild, and the life of an innocent little girl. Unrated. 2019. 437 pages.

LB 12104 OLD BONES   PRESTON, DOUGLAS J.

Nora Kelly, a young Santa Fe archaeology curator, leads a team in search of the tragic Donner Party`s “Lost Camp.” When they expose the real truth–which is far more shocking than mere cannibalism–it leads to grand-scale present-day violence. Rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned the case. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Related names: Child, Lincoln, author. 498 pages.

LB 12103 TURN OF THE KEY   WARE, RUTH

After stumbling across the ad for a live-in nanny position with a staggeringly generous salary, Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House and is smitten by the luxurious “smart” home and picture-perfect family. But she`s stepping into a nightmare that will lead to murder. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 519 pages.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB 12101 TALKING TO STRANGERS: WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE PEOPLE WE DON’T KNOW   GLADWELL, MALCOLM, 1963-

The author of The Tipping Point (DB 50027) examines what can go wrong when we interact with strangers. Using examples from history and recent headlines, he looks at how we often misjudge the motivations and trustworthiness of others. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 623 pages.

LB 12105 PIONEERS: THE HEROIC STORY OF THE SETTLERS WHO BROUGHT THE AMERICAN IDEAL WEST   MCCULLOUGH, DAVID G.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of John Adams (DB 52275) recounts the settling of the Northwest Territory, which was ceded to the United States by Britain in the Treaty of Paris. Focuses on five key figures and draws on diaries and letters. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 573 pages.

JUVENILE FICTION

LB 12106 MAGIC MISFITS: THE SECOND STORY  HARRIS, NEIL PATRICK, 1973-

Leila and the other young magicians have the opportunity to perform with a famous stage psychic known as Madame Esmeralda, who may hold secrets to Leila`s past. Sequel to The Magic Misfits (DB 90217). For grades 3-6. 2018.

LB 12107 MAGIC MISFITS: THE MINOR THIRD  HARRIS, NEIL PATRICK, 1973-

New member Emily helps the Magic Misfits when a ventriloquist with a dastardly plan comes to town. For grades 3-6. 2019.

New Large Print Books Added in November 2019

ADULT FICTION

LB 12204 MRS. EVERYTHING WEINER, JENNIFER

Two sisters` lives unfold against the background of free love, Vietnam, and women`s lib. Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture. Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 643 pages.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB 12287 D-DAY GIRLS: THE SPIES WHO ARMED THE RESISTANCE, SABOTAGED THE NAZIS, AND HELPED WIN WORLD WAR II ROSE, SARAH, 1974-

An account of the British Special Operations Executive`s recruitment of women during World War II to serve as spies in France. Draws on declassified files, diaries, and oral histories to profile three of these women: a young mother, an unflappable aristocrat, and the streetwise organizer of the Paris Resistance. 2019. 695 pages.

LB 12288 KENNEDY HEIRS: JOHN, CAROLINE, AND THE NEW GENERATION; A LEGACY OF TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY TARABORRELLI, J. RANDY

A unique burden was inherited by the children of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his celebrated siblings, Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy. Raised in a world of enormous privilege against the backdrop of American history, this third generation of Kennedys often veered between towering accomplishment and devastating defeat. Kennedy historian J. Randy Taraborrelli draws back the curtain on the next generation of America`s most famous family. Unrated. 2019. 971 pages.

LB 12289 SAVE ME THE PLUMS: MY GOURMET MEMOIR REICHL, RUTH

Author of Comfort Me with Apples (DB 52508) and Delicious! (DB 78955) recounts her experiences working at Gourmet. Discusses her reluctance taking on a managerial role, transforming the publication from stately to cutting-edge, and personalities she met while leading the magazine. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 397 pages.

DECEMBER 2019 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Tuesday, December 3 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON, by Elizabeth Strout.

We host our Book Club meetings via toll free conference call.  All you need to participate is a telephone!

To RSVP, please call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-52-9605; or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  RSVP preferred by November 12.)

MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON is available by mail in digital cartridge.  It is also available to download on BARD.

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge, or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

We ask that everyone remember the following:

  • Keep external distractions to a minimum
  • Be courteous.  Try not to interrupt or talk over others.
  • Give everyone a chance to talk.
  • Be respectful of differing opinions.
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.
  • If you feel comfortable doing so, preface your comments with your first name.

My NAME IS LUCY BARTON

Elizabeth Strout

In the hospital, recovering from what should have been a simple operation, Lucy Barton gets a visit from her estranged mother.  While her mother shares gossip from home, Lucy thinks back on her past and their difficult relationship.  Unrated.  Commercial audiobook.  2016.  DB 83379; BR 21890; LB 08482


We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, December 3!


New Large Print Books Added in August 2019

Adult Fiction

LB           11457    DARK TRIBUTE   JOHANSEN, IRIS

Despite her tragic childhood, violin prodigy Cara Delaney has finally found peace in her career as a professional musician and stability in her relationship with her guardians, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy SEAL Joe Quinn. If only Jock Gavin, Cara’s lifelong friend and a man with his own twisted history, would even talk to her, everything would be perfect. But the carefully constructed life Cara has built for herself is suddenly threatened when she is kidnapped by a mysterious man from her grandfather’s past, setting off a violent chain of events that puts everyone Cara loves in danger. Will Cara become a tribute to her family’s dark past, or will she be able to keep herself and her loved ones alive? Praise for Iris Johansen: “A tantalizing puzzle…fans of paranormal suspense will be rewarded.” –Publishers Weekly. Unrated. 2019. 609 pages.

LB           11271    FLIGHT PORTFOLIO          ORRINGER, JULIE

The long-awaited new work from the best-selling author of The Invisible Bridge takes us back to occupied Europe in this gripping historical novel based on the true story of Varian Fry’s extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust in 1940, Varian Fry–a Harvard educated American journalist–traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Unrated. 882 pages.

LB           11258    DISAPPEARING EARTH    PHILLIPS, JULIA 

The shattering disappearance of two young girls from Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula compounds the isolation and fears of a tight-woven community, connecting the lives of neighbors, witnesses, family members and a detective throughout an ensuing year of tension. Unrated. 415 pages.     

LB           11260    BLOOD OATH     FAIRSTEIN, LINDA A.  

Manhattan Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper meets Lucy, a young woman who testified years earlier in a landmark trial and now reveals that she was sexually assaulted by a prominent official during that time. Meanwhile, rumors swirl about one colleague`s abusive conduct behind closed doors and another`s violent, mysterious collapse. Unrated. 2019. 431 pages.              

LB           11270    BODY IN THE WAKE: A FAITH FAIRCHILD MYSTERY             PAGE, KATHERINE HALL     

For the first time in years, Faith Fairchild has time for herself. Her husband Tom is spending days on the other side of the island using a friend’s enhanced WiFi for a project; their son, Ben, after his first year in college, is studying abroad for the summer; and their daughter Amy is working at the old Laughing Gulls Lodge, now a revamped conference center. Faith is looking forward to some projects of her own. Her friend Sophie Maxwell is also spending the summer on Sanpere Island, hoping for distractions from her worries that she isn’t yet pregnant. And the daughter of Faith’s good friend Pix Miller is getting married to a wonderful guy…with a less-than-wonderful mother. Between keeping Sophie’s spirits up and Pix’s blood pressure down, Faith has her hands full. And that’s before a body with a mysterious tattoo and connections far away from small Sanpere Island appears in the Lily Pond. Unrated. 2019. 334 pages.

LB           11263    ORANGE WORLD AND OTHER STORIES    RUSSELL, KAREN

A collection of short fiction from the Pulitzer Prize finalist. A young man falls in love with a two-thousand-year-old girl from the bog. A new mother agrees to breastfeed the devil in exchange for his protection. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 399 pages.

LB           11257    LAST TIME I SAW YOU: A NOVEL CONSTANTINE, LIV         

Dr. Kate English has it all. Not only is she the heiress to a large fortune; she has a gorgeous husband and daughter, a high-flying career, and a beautiful home anyone would envy. But all that changes the night Kate’s mother, Lily, is found dead, brutally murdered in her own home. Heartbroken and distraught, Kate reaches out to her estranged best friend, Blaire Barrington, who rushes to her side for the funeral, where the years of distance between them are forgotten in a moment. That evening, Kate’s grief turns to horror when she receives an anonymous text: You think you’re sad now, just wait. By the time I’m finished with you, you’ll wish you had been buried today. More than ever, Kate needs her old friend’s help. Once Blaire decides to take the investigation into her own hands, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems in Baltimore high society. As infidelity, lies, and betrayals come to light, and tensions rise to a boiling point, she begins to alienate Kate’s friends and relatives with her relentless, accusatory questions, as she tries to find Lily’s killer. The murderer could be anyone–friend, neighbor, loved one. But whoever it is, it’s clear that Kate is next on their list. Unrated. 2019. 433 pages.  

LB           11276    METROPOLIS      KERR, PHILIP      

Berlin, 1928. On Bernie Gunther`s first day with the Murder Commission, a killer is scattering many clues, but each is a dead end. It`s almost as if he is taunting the cops–and the press is having a field day. Kerr completed this novel just before his death. Unrated. 2019. 473 pages.  

LB           11255    KREMLIN STRIKE               BROWN, DALE, 1956-     

In the Siberian tundra, Russian president Gennadiy Gryzlov descends into an impenetrable base to witness the test of a terrifying new weapon–the Thunderbolt. This technological marvel is powerful enough to change the world. Decisive new American president, John Dalton Farrell, will challenge Russian aggression head on. Brad and Patrick McLanahan and the formidable Iron Wolf Squadron–including recently injured Nadia Rozek, back to fighting form thanks to state-of-the-art prosthetic legs–are eager to join the battle. But even with their combined forces, the Russian menace may prove too great for the West to overcome. Done with playing for small stakes, the Russian president has set his sights on the ultimate prize: controlling the entire world from above. Brad, Nadia, and the Iron Wolf warriors take to the skies to destroy the space station, check the Russians’ plan for dominance, and save the world. But is it already too late? Unrated. 2019. 627 pages.  

LB           11274    I’VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU: A NOVEL       CLARK, MARY HIGGINS  

After a party when her parents are away, eighteen-year-old Kerry is found at the bottom of the family pool. The suspects include her boyfriend, who argued with her that night, and a neighbor who was angry at not being invited. Kerry`s older sister is determined to learn the truth. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 365 pages.        

Book cover of Miracle at St. Andrews by James Patterson
Book cover of Miracle at St. Andrews by James Patterson

LB           11267    MIRACLE AT ST. ANDREWS           PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Travis McKinley is a former professional golfer who feels like he`s an amateur at the rest of life. He makes a pilgrimage to the mythical greens at St. Andrews, the course where golf was born, which feels like sacred ground to golfers like Travis. Includes an excerpt from Miracle on the 17th Green. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 282, 24 pages. Related names: De Jonge, Peter, author.      

LB           11273    PARIS DIVERSION: A NOVEL         PAVONE, CHRIS

American expat Kate Moore drops her kids at the international school, makes her rounds of chores, and meets her husband Dexter at their regular caf��. Across the Seine, tech CEO Hunter Forsyth stands on his balcony, wondering why his police escort just departed, and frustrated that his cell service has cut out. And on the nearby rue de Rivoli, Mahmoud Khalid climbs out of a van, elbows his way into the museum courtyard, sets down his metal briefcase, and removes his windbreaker. Mahmoud is planning to die today…and he won’t be the only one. Unrated. Bestseller.  549 pages.              

LB           11249    PRUNING THE DEAD       HENRY, JULIA, 1962-      

Post-retirement aches and pains can’t prevent 65-year-old Lilly Jayne from keeping the most manicured garden in Goosebush, Massachusetts. But as a murder mystery blooms in the sleepy New England town, can a green thumb weed out a killer? Unrated. 461 pages.

LB           11300    SEVEN OR EIGHT DEATHS OF STELLA FORTUNA   GRAMES, JULIET             

For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life. Stella`s childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents–moments where ordinary situations like cooking eggplant or feeding the pigs inexplicably take lethal turns. Even Stella`s own mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed or haunted. In her rugged Italian village, Stella is considered an oddity–beautiful and smart, insolent and cold. Stella uses her peculiar toughness to protect her slower, plainer baby sister Tina from life`s harshest realities. But she also provokes the ire of her father Antonio: a man who demands subservience from women and whose greatest gift to his family is his absence. When the Fortunas emigrate to America on the cusp of World War II, Stella and Tina must come of age side-by-side in a hostile new world with strict expectations for each of them. Soon Stella learns that her survival is worthless without the one thing her family will deny her at any cost: her independence. In present-day Connecticut, one family member tells this heartrending story, determined to understand the persisting rift between the now-elderly Stella and Tina. Unrated. 674 pages.

LB           11253    PEACOCK EMPORIUM    MOYES, JOJO, 1969-       

In the 1960s, Suzanna Peacock`s mother was the glamour girl of her generation. Suzanna struggles with her mother`s notorious legacy, only comfortable in the coffee bar and shop she owns. She finds a friend in Alejandro, a male midwife from Argentina who is escaping his own ghosts. Unrated.  582 pages.

LB           11277    RISING SEA          CUSSLER, CLIVE

An alarming rise in the world’s sea levels–much larger than could be accounted for by glacier melt–sends the NUMA scientific team rocketing around the globe in search of answers. What they find at the bottom of the East China Sea, however, is even worse than they imagined. Unrated. Bestseller.  592 pages  

LB           11266    SOMEONE KNOWS          SCOTTOLINE, LISA

Heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend, Allie Garvey is not only grief-stricken but full of dread–because she`ll be seeing two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret. Twenty years earlier, a horrific incident shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 543 pages.             

LB           11256    RESISTANCE WOMEN      CHIAVERINI, JENNIFER    1929.

Mildred Harnack is reunited with husband Arvid in his native Germany, where they build a joyful life. But the rising power of the Nazi party threatens what they hold dear and they start a resistance network. Unrated. 2019. 981 pages.    

LB           11461    LAST YEAR OF THE WAR MEISSNER, SUSAN, 1961-            

Davenport, Iowa, 1943. American-born thirteen-year-old Elise Sontag`s world is rocked when her German-born father is arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. Sent to an internment camp, Elise befriends fellow prisoner Mariko Inoue, a Japanese American from Los Angeles. However, Elise`s family is repatriated to Germany. Unrated. 2019. 679 pages.              

LB           8095      MOJAVE               BOGGS, JOHNNY D.        

Micah Bishop is rescued in the Mohave Desert and hired to escort two dozen brides to the mining town of Calico, but he soon finds that things are not as they seem. Strong language and some violence. 2014. 367 pages.      

LB           8123      WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE: A WESTERN DUO        HOGAN, RAY, 1908-1998

In two western stories, two lone travelers have their plans change unexpectedly when they happen upon people in need of help. Some violence and some strong language. 2015. 303 pages.  

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           11261    SAY NOTHING: A TRUE STORY OF MURDER AND MEMORY IN NORTHERN IRELAND              KEEFE, PATRICK RADDEN, 1976-

In 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, and her bones weren`t found until 2003. Discusses McConville`s abduction as well as the rest of the violent Northern Ireland conflict known as the Troubles and its aftermath. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 782 pages.

LB           11460    HOW TO BEHAVE BADLY IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND: A GUIDE FOR KNAVES, FOOLS, HARLOTS, CUCKOLDS, DRUNKARDS, LIARS, THIEVES, AND BRAGGARTS      GOODMAN, RUTH, 1963-

A historian discusses the behavior and speech that would get an individual labeled as rude, a troublemaker, or a criminal in late-1500s Britain. Draws on advice manuals, court cases, and sermons. Unrated. 2019. 489 pages.       

LB           11452    EAT TO BEAT DISEASE: THE NEW SCIENCE OF HOW YOUR BODY CAN HEAL ITSELF   LI, WILLIAM W. 

Physician-scientist explains the science of healing and prevention. Offers strategies for using certain foods to activate the body`s defense systems–angiogenesis, regeneration, microbiome, DNA protection, and immunity–to fight cancer; diabetes; cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, and autoimmune diseases; and other debilitating conditions. Includes supplemental material. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 655 pages.     

LB           11459    GOOD AND MAD: THE REVOLUTIONARY POWER OF WOMEN’S ANGER                TRAISTER, REBECCA       

The author of All the Single Ladies (DB 84319) discusses the power of female anger and its ability to propel political action. She examines the effects of women`s anger historically and politically, anger between allies and foes, the history of delegitimizing female anger, and more. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 579 pages.

LB           11455    THUNDER IN THE MOUNTAINS: CHIEF JOSEPH, OLIVER OTIS HOWARD, AND THE NEZ PERCE WAR       SHARFSTEIN, DANIEL J.  

The epic clash of two American legends–their brutal war and a battle of ideas that defined America after Reconstruction. Unrated. 2019. 867 pages.

LB           11251    EVERYTHING IS F*CKED: A BOOK ABOUT HOPE    MANSON, MARK      

The author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck (DB 88301) looks at the importance of hope in difficult times. Hopelessness, he believes, is at the root of most mental illness and anxiety. Also explores the difference between the thinking and feeling brain. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 397 pages.             

LB           11264    CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: OLDER & WISER: STORIES OF INSPIRATION, HUMOR, AND WISDOM ABOUT LIFE AT A CERTAIN AGE  

A collection of 101 of the best stories for seniors from Chicken Soup’s library. Stories were written by seniors about their lives, adventures, etc., and by younger people about older family members or friends. Unrated. 413 pages. Related names: Canfield, Jack, 1944-, compiler.  Hansen, Mark Victor, compiler.  Newmark, Amy, editor.   

LB           11299    FURIOUS HOURS: MURDER, FRAUD, AND THE LAST TRIAL OF HARPER LEE               CEP, CASEY N.

The story of Alabama rural preacher Willie Maxwell–accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s–and of the true-crime book about the case that Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird (DB 36414), worked on obsessively for years. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 511 pages.    

LB           11252    FIRST WAVE: THE D-DAY WARRIORS WHO LED THE WAY TO VICTORY IN WORLD WAR II  KERSHAW, ALEX        

Beginning in the predawn darkness of June 6, 1944, The First Wave follows the remarkable men who carried out D-Day’s most perilous missions. The charismatic, unforgettable cast includes the first American paratrooper to touch down on Normandy soil; the British glider pilot who braved antiaircraft fire to crash-land mere yards from the vital Pegasus Bridge; the Canadian brothers who led their troops onto Juno Beach under withering fire; as well as a French commando, returning to his native land, who fought to destroy German strongholds on Sword Beach and beyond. Unrated. 2019. 497 pages.

LB           11272    ON DEMOCRACY              WHITE, E.B. (ELWYN BROOKS), 1899-1985            

Anchored by an introduction by Jon Meacham, this concise collection of essays, letters, and poems from one of this country’s most eminent literary voices sheds much-needed historical context on the state of the nation and offers a ray of hope for the future of our society; for “as long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman…the scene is not desolate. Unrated. 2019. 203 pages. Related names: White, Martha, 1954 December 18-, editor. Meacham, Jon, writer of introduction.

LB           11254    NANAVILLE: ADVENTURES IN GRANDPARENTING               QUINDLEN, ANNA

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, columnist, and memoirist writes about the joy she has experienced in becoming a grandmother. Reflects on her new role, her changing relationship with her son, and more. Bestseller. 2019. 197 pages.      

LB           11303    MISTER B.: LIVING WITH A 98-YEAR-OLD ROCKET SCIENTIST          BYK, A. LYNN    

Blessed are the engineers who give us some answers to life’s little perplexities! When a faithful homemaker makes space for living with an old aerospace engineer, a surprising paradigm develops. The 98-year-old stress physicist gains a recalcitrant chauffeur and cook, yet he sets out to teach a few of his own life lessons, namely how to live forever. Unrated. 2018. 459 pages. 

LB           11269    MIRACLE EQUATION: THE TWO DECISIONS THAT MOVE YOUR BIGGEST GOALS FROM POSSIBLE, TO PROBABLE, TO INEVITABLE   ELROD, HAL, 1979-         

Hal Elrod, keynote speaker and author of the bestselling book The Miracle Morning, shares his “miracle equation,” the secret to unlocking happiness, success, and your full potential. Unrated. 2019. 306 pages.          

LB           11262    YOU ARE A BADASS EVERY DAY: HOW TO KEEP YOUR MOTIVATION STRONG, YOUR VIBE HIGH, AND YOUR QUEST FOR TRANSFORMATION UNSTOPPABLE         SINCERO, JEN, 1965-          

For anyone who has ever had trouble staying motivated while trailblazing toward badassery, this book is the companion to keep you fresh, focused, mighty, and driven. In one hundred exercises, reflections, and cues that you can use to immediately realign your mind and keep your resolve unwavering, this guide will show you how to turn the breakthroughs catalyzed by Sincero’s You are a Badass and You Are a Badass at Making Money into real results. Unrated. 242 pages.      

LB           11304    RICHARD II          SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM, 1564-1616       

King Richard the Second is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to be written in approximately 1595. It is based on the life of King Richard II of England and is the first part of a tetralogy, referred to by scholars as the Henriad, followed by three plays concerning Richard’s successors: Henry IV, part 1, Henry IV, part 2, and Henry V. It may not have been written as a stand-alone work. Unrated.

LB           11275    SOCIAL SECURITY HANDBOOK: OVERVIEW OF SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAMS, 2019

Contains information about the benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration. Unrated. 2019. 830 pages. Related names: United States. Social Security Administration.

LB           11268    PROBLEM OF DEMOCRACY: THE PRESIDENTS ADAMS CONFRONT THE CULT OF PERSONALITY              ISENBERG, NANCY          

How the father and son presidents foresaw the rise of the cult of personality and fought those who sought to abuse the weaknesses inherent in our democracy. Until now, no one has properly dissected the intertwined lives of the second and sixth (father and son) presidents. Unrated. 900 pages. Related names: Burstein, Andrew, author.          

LB           11259    SPY AND THE TRAITOR: THE GREATEST ESPIONAGE STORY OF THE COLD WAR      MACINTYRE, BEN, 1963-

The author of Double Cross (DB 75277) and Rogue Heroes (DB 86597) recounts the work of Russian double agent Oleg Gordievsky during the Cold War. Discusses his work helping Britain`s MI6 from within Russian intelligence, America`s desperate attempts to identify him, and his harrowing escape from Moscow. Unrated. 2018. Gordievsky, Oleg. 559 pages.     

LB           11462    MY LOVE STORY: A MEMOIR        TURNER, TINA

Legendary singer aims to set the record straight about her career and complicated personal life. Covers her early life in Tennessee, her rise to fame with husband Ike Turner, her success as a solo artist, and the sometimes dark hours in between. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2018. 363 pages.

LB           11250    SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK: A COUNTERINTUITIVE APPROACH TO LIVING A GOOD LIFE       MANSON, MARK

A popular blogger shares his views that trying to be positive all the time stands in the way of happiness. He advises readers instead to choose what really matters to them, accept limitations, roll with disappointments, and change how they measure success. Strong language. Bestseller.  249 pages.

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           11279    DEVIL’S ARITHMETIC       YOLEN, JANE     

Twelve-year-old Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel whisks her from a contemporary Passover Seder to a Polish village in the early 1940s.  Just as she begins to adjust, Nazi soldiers come to take her and her shtetl relatives to a death camp.  There she learns an unforgettable lesson–some must live, at whatever cost, in order to bear witness. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 226 pages.     

LB           11439    DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE GETAWAY   KINNEY, JEFF     

With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffley family decides to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation–but sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous creatures all threaten their vacation. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2017. 229 pages.

LB           11284    FISH IN A TREE   HUNT, LYNDA MULLALY

Bullied and moved from different schools, sixth grader Ally creatively distracts anyone from discovering that she has problems reading. But one teacher, Mr. Daniels, helps her understand that she has dyslexia and encourages Ally to understand her feelings in a new way. Commercial For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2015. 295 pages.     

LB           11285    ESPERANZA RISING          RYAN, PAM MUNOZ

Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their wealthy and privileged life in Mexico to go work in the southern California agricultural labor camps. They must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing migrant farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression. For grades 6-9.  259 pages.

LB           11280    FREAK THE MIGHTY         PHILBRICK, W.R. (W. RODMAN) 

Maxwell Kane, a large, lumbering eighth-grader who calls himself a “butthead goon,” has lived with his grandparents since his dad’s imprisonment for killing his mom. Mean-spirited schoolmates and special ed have left him totally unprepared for a friendship with Kevin, who calls himself “Freak,” a genius with a birth defect that has left his body small and weak. Through genuine comradery, the two become “Freak the Mighty.” For grades 6-9 and older readers. 220 pages.  

LB           11281    GHOST: TRACK   REYNOLDS, JASON    

Aspiring to be the fastest sprinter on his city`s elite track team, gifted runner Ghost finds his goal challenged by a tragic past with an abusive, alcoholic father. For grades 5-8. 2016. Texas Lone Star Reading List 2017. 195 pages.

LB           11282    HIDDEN FROST, HELEN, 1949-     

When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra’s father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back. For grades 6-9.  191 pages.

LB           11290    CRENSHAW         APPLEGATE, KATHERINE

10 year-old Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. His family may have to live in their minivan. Again. Can Crenshaw the cat, Jackson’s imaginary friend, help his family from losing everything? For grades 4-7. 203 pages.     

LB           11292    ONE CRAZY SUMMER     WILLIAMS-GARCIA, RITA

Oakland, California; 1968. Eleven-year-old Delphine and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern fly out from Brooklyn to spend the summer with their mother, the poet Cecile, who abandoned them years before. Cecile resents their arrival and sends them off to a nearby Black Panther summer camp. For grades 4-7.  265 pages.  

LB           11293    NUMBER THE STARS       LOWRY, LOIS     

For ten-year-old Annemarie, life in occupied Copenhagen in 1943 is not much changed by the war–until the Nazi persecution of Danish Jews begins. Annemarie`s family helps a Jewish friend by having her pose as Annemarie`s dead sister. When a packet must be taken to the captain of a ship smuggling Jews to Sweden, Annemarie learns that being brave means “not thinking about the dangers. Just thinking about what you must do.” For grades 3-6 and older readers. Newbery Medal. 1989. 282 pages.         

LB           11291    LYDDIE  PATERSON, KATHERINE 

As their mother becomes more mentally ill, Lyddie and her brother Charlie manage their farm alone through a Vermont winter. But in the spring of 1844, their mother apprentices Charlie to a miller and hires Lyddie out to a tavern, where she is practically a slave. Lyddie works in the mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, where she endures dangerous conditions and long hours, and expands her understanding of friendship and perseverance. For grades 5-8. 276 pages.             

LB           11288    NIGHT GARDENER: A SCARY STORY          AUXIER, JONATHAN        

Irish orphans, fourteen-year-old Molly and ten-year-old Kip, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be. Soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house. Black and white illustrations. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2014. 441 pages.    

LB           11286    INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN     LAI, THANHHA   

Ten-year-old Ha writes poems to chronicle the life-changing year of 1975, when Ha her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. For grades 4-7. National Book Award. 2011. 283 pages.   

LB           11289    ONE AND ONLY IVAN      APPLEGATE, KATHERINE

Ivan the gorilla has lived comfortably for years in a down-and-out, circus-themed mall. But when baby elephant Ruby arrives, Ivan decides that he must find her a better life. Newbery Medal Winner. For grades 3-6 and older readers.  345 pages.

LB           11283    OUT OF MY MIND            DRAPER, SHARON M. (SHARON MILLS)   

Cerebral palsy limits fifth grader Melody’s physical movements and ability to speak but not her capacity to think. In an inclusion class, with the help of her university student aide, Melody figures out what she needs to truly communicate and in doing so surprises many people. For grades 4-7. 315 pages.   

LB           11295    WEDNESDAY WARS         SCHMIDT, GARY D.         

Long Island, 1967. Seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood knows that Mrs. Baker “hates his guts” because she would have Wednesday afternoons free if he went to catechism or Hebrew school like his classmates. Mrs. Baker worries about her husband in Vietnam and introduces a reluctant Holling to Shakespeare. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor.  385 pages.

LB           11302    WEAPONS OF THE WOLFHOUND               CALDECOTT, MOYRA      

It is the 12th century AD. Neil lives with his parents on a farm on the remote island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Bored with his days and longing for excitement, Neil travels with the Viking warrior Baldur to Iceland to visit Baldur’s father, the Wolfhound. But Baldur’s father has died, and his grave has been robbed of the hero’s famous weapons. Baldur’s anger is intense, and he and Neil go on a dangerous journey across Iceland to recover the stolen weapons — the Weapons of the Wolfhound. For grades 6-9 and older readers. Unrated. 1976. 185 pages.             

LB           11278    TALE OF DESPEREAUX: BEING THE STORY OF A MOUSE, A PRINCESS, SOME SOUP, AND A SPOOL OF THREAD               DICAMILLO, KATE            

Despereaux, a small mouse, is condemned to the dungeon for falling in love with human Princess Pea. Despereaux meets the rat, Roscuro, while Mig, an upstairs serving girl, wishes to be a princess, too. All four meet with near disastrous results. Black and white illustrations. For grades 3-6. 2003.  Newbery Medal Winner. 249 pages. Related names: Ering, Timothy B., illustrator.          

LB           11287    SWAP    SHULL, MEGAN 

When seventh-grader Ellie, who is having best-friend problems, and eighth-grader Jack, who is under tremendous pressure from his father, switch bodies and lives, they learn a great deal about themselves and the opposite sex. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2014. 441 pages.

LB           11294    WALK TWO MOONS        CREECH, SHARON            

A year ago, Sal`s grieving mother left Sal and her father to visit Idaho and never returned. Sal`s father has accepted that his wife is not coming back, but Sal has not. As she and her grandparents travel to Idaho to find her mother, Sal tells them “an extensively strange story” about her new friend Phoebe, whose mother also disappeared. And Sal gets to walk two moons in her mother`s moccasins. For grades 3-6 and older readers. Newbery Medal winner. 287 pages.         

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

LB           11265    KINDERGARTENER’S HANDBOOK: WITH OTHER 300 WORDS THAT EVERY KID SHOULD KNOW MARTIN, DAYNA, 1983- 

The Kindergartener’s Handbook introduces 19 basic concepts. Included are ABCs, vowels, numbers, addition, subtraction, shapes, colors, time, seasons, calendars, senses, rhymes, ecosystems, weather, chores, and school. This book develops language and reading skills using more than 300 words that every kid should know. Simple words are used to help children read on their own, and more complicated words are presented to help them expand their vocabulary. Vibrant colors and images are designed to keep the attention of children. This book will help your child learn a variety of important concepts before first grade. Color illustrations. For preschool-grade 2. Unrated. 2017. 47 pages.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

LB           11453    ALEX & ELIZA: A LOVE STORY       DE LA CRUZ, MELISSA, 1971- 

“Before the world knew them as Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, young Alex and Eliza fell in love amidst the turmoil of the American Revolution”– Provided by publisher. For senior high readers. Unrated. 2017.        

LB           11456    CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT    PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Tandy Angel and her three brothers are suspects in their parents’ murder. As she digs into her powerful parents’ lives and reveals their secrets, Tandy decides she must clear the family name no matter what. For senior high and older readers. 2012. 390 pages.

LB           11458    PARIS MYSTERIES: CONFESSIONS              PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

Sixteen-year-old Tandy Angel moves to Paris for a fresh start and to be reunited with James, her lost love. But her detective work soon uncovers long-buried family secrets that threaten to destroy her. Sequel to The Private School Murders (DB 79351). Commercial audiobook. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. For high school and older readers. 2014. 326 pages.

LB           11454    CROSSOVER        ALEXANDER, KWAME     

Twin fourteen-year-old basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court, as their father ignores his declining health. Told in hip-hop style verse. For senior high and older readers. 2014. Newbery Medal Winner. 273 pages.         

LB           11301    ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE                SAENZ, BENJAMIN ALIRE

Ari Mendoza is an angry loner whose older brother is in prison. But when Ari meets Dante–his opposite–the boys form a strong bond. Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his family, and the universe. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. Stonewall, Pura Belpre Awards.  443 pages.         

LB           11296    BRIDGE OF CLAY               ZUSAK, MARKUS              

Upon their father`s return, the five Dunbar boys, who have raised themselves since their mother`s death, begin to learn their family`s secrets. Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 664 pages.     

LB           11297    LANDSCAPE WITH INVISIBLE HAND          ANDERSON, M.T.

After the vuvv arrive on Earth offering their alien technology and medicine, jobs and money become scarce. Adam tries to help his struggling parents by catering to the desires of the vuvv, but he wonders how far he is willing to go. For senior high and older readers. 2017. 201 pages.  

LB           11298    TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN    GREEN, JOHN, 1977-

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there`s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake, and her best and most fearless friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. Meanwhile, Aza obsesses about everything. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2017. 321 pages.

               

      

New Large Print Books Added in July 2019

Adult Fiction

LB 11356    BEFORE WE WERE WICKED          DICKEY, ERIC JEROME    

While out on an enforcement job for his boss, Ken Swift meets Jimi Lee and falls immediately in lust. He hurts people to pay for college and she`s Harvard-bound, but they can`t resist the chemistry between them. When Jimi Lee becomes pregnant all bets are off. Unrated. 2019. 513 pages.     

LB 11353    ALICE NETWORK               QUINN, KATE

Pregnant and unmarried Charlotte St. Clair escapes the sharp eye of her mother in London to track down her cousin Rose, who went missing during the war. She finds Eve Gardiner, a former spy. A name Charlie utters resurrects Eve’s memories of the past. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017. 703 pages.

LB 11354    ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN                SEE, LISA             

Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends, even though their backgrounds are markedly different. When they come of age, they join their village`s all-female diving collective, which is run by Young-sook`s mother. However, Mi-ja`s parentage marks her for scorn and drives the friends apart as war looms. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 641 pages.  

LB 11380    LETTERS FROM PEACEFUL LANE DAILEY, JANET  

In the rugged Ozarks of Branson, Missouri, a woman struggles to save her marriage–and finds answers from an unexpected source. Unrated. 2019. 363 pages.  

LB 11379    CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS     GRAY, ANISSA  

Althea Butler, eldest of three girls, took care of her sisters Viola and Lillian after their mother died. When she and her husband Proctor are arrested, Althea will need to depend on Viola and Lillian for help, while they have troubles of their own to face. Unrated. 2019. 453 pages.      

LB 11413    WILD CARD         WOODS, STUART             

Stone Barrington`s enjoyment of a peaceful country retreat with his latest paramour is interrupted by an unwelcome stranger sent by someone who wants to silence Stone and his collaborators for good. With boundless resources and a thirst for vengeance, this foe will not be deterred. Unrated. 2019. 401 pages.      

LB 11414    MEOW MAYHEM             LICKEL, LISA J.   

“After being left at the altar, Ivy Amanda McTeague Preston uproots herself and her cat, an Egyptian Mau named Memnet, from her boring and lonely life to start over at the urging of Mayor Conklin, a fellow pedigreed Mau owner. Truesdale Thompson is ready to move in a fresh direction with his life. A private man whose physical wounds are the only outward sign of a tragic accident in his past, True and his cat, Isis, open a branch of his trendy little bookstore and coffee shop in Apple Grove. When Ivy takes a mysterious message while the mayor is away on business, only Ivy’s criminology professor mom and True believe there’s something rotten in Apple Grove. Can Ivy carry on her romance with True while saving the town from further Mayhem?”-From the back cover. Unrated. 2019. 459 pages.           

LB 11416    TORTURE OF THE MOUNTAIN MAN         JOHNSTONE, WILLIAM W.           

When Smoke Jensen is summoned to a small Texas town under siege by a scourge of kill-crazy bandits, volunteers line up to take out the Mountain Man. Being Smoke Jensen, he wouldn’t have it any other way. Unrated. 2018. 447 pages. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018               

LB 11415    IF SHE WAKES    KORYTA, MICHAEL          

“Tara Beckley, a senior at Hammel College in Maine, is driving a visiting professor to a conference when a horrific car accident kills the professor and leaves Tara a prisoner of locked-in syndrome. She is fully alert, but unable to move a muscle. Trapped in her body, she learns that someone powerful wants her dead — but why? Abby Kaplan, an insurance investigator, is hired by the college to look in to Tara’s case. A former stunt driver, she can tell that Tara’s car crash was no accident. She starts asking questions and is soon on the run — with a young hit man named Dax Blackwell hard on her heels.”–Provided by publisher. Unrated. 2019. 551 pages.

LB 11418    DEEP HARBOR   MICHAELS, FERN             

When Carol Ann “CJ” Jansen lost her beloved older brother, Kick, in a boating accident, she came adrift. Kick had taken on the role of caring for his little sister after their parents were killed in a car crash. Inheriting half his fortune has left CJ financially secure–yet needing a purpose. As administrative assistant to powerful congressman Snapper Lewis, she’s immersed herself in the exciting and often tumultuous world of politics. But suddenly, the career that anchors her life is threatened. CJ stumbles upon information that could implicate her boss in corruption. When the congressman goes missing, the closer CJ gets to uncovering the truth, exposing one shocking secret after another, the more she wonders if she’s also in jeopardy. Moving to a small New England town for her own protection, CJ gradually begins to engage with her new surroundings. Her blossoming friendship with the owner of a charter fishing boat offers the promise of much more. But before she can claim happiness, CJ must navigate a course through all her doubts and fears, and trust that this time, the water that took so much from her might just lead her safely home. Unrated. 2019. 517 pages.          

LB 11117    DEPARTMENT OF SENSITIVE CRIMES     MCCALL SMITH, ALEXANDER      

The detectives who work in Malmo Police’s Department of Sensitive Crimes take their job very seriously. The lead detective, Ulf Varg, prioritizes his cases above even his dog’s mental health. Then there are detectives Anna Bengsdotter, who keeps her relationship with Varg professional even as she realizes she’s developing feelings for him … or at least for his car, and Carl Holgersson, first to arrive in the morning and last to leave, who would never read his colleagues’ personal correspondence–unless it could help solve a crime, of course. Finally, there’s Erik Nykvist, who peppers conversations with anecdotes about fly fishing. Along with an opinionated local police officer named Blomquist, the Department of Sensitive Crimes takes on three extremely strange cases. First, the detectives investigate how and why a local business owner was stabbed … in the back of the knee. Next, a young woman’s imaginary boyfriend goes missing. And, in the final investigation, Varg must determine whether nocturnal visitations at a local spa have a supernatural element. Unrated. 308 pages.

LB 11115    DIE BY THE GUN               JOHNSTONE, WILLIAM W.           

Dewey ‘Mac’ McKenzie is wanted for a killing he didn’t commit. He saved his hide once by signing on as a cattle drive chuckwagon cook and bolting the territories. Turned out Mac was as good at fixing vittles as he was at dodging bullets. But Mac’s enemies are hungry for more, and they’ve hired a gang of ruthless killers to turn up the heat. Mac’s only hope is to join another cattle drive on the Goodnight-Loving Trail, deep in New Mexico Territory. The journey ahead is even deadlier than the hired guns behind him. His trail boss is an ornery cuss. His crew mate is the owner’s spoiled son. And the route is overrun with kill-crazy rustlers and bloodthirsty Comanche. Worse, Mac’s would-be killers are closing in fast. But when the cattle owner’s son is kidnapped, the courageous young cook has no choice but to jump out of the frying pan, and into the fire. Unrated. 443 pages. Related names: Johnstone, J. A., author.       

LB 11109    FOOL’S MOON   STUCKART, DIANE A.S.  

Two tarot-savvy cats and their tenderhearted human outwit a cruel criminal in this animal-centric whodunit. Most days, Ruby Sparks feels like the sign that says “Tarot Card Reader Extraordinaire” should say “Tarot Card Reader Fairly Competent.” But as challenging as it is to take care of her half-sister’s New Age shop, and her growing menagerie of enchanted pets, Ruby never worries that she’s bitten off more than she can chew. Unrated. 475 pages.  

LB 11102    SABRINA KANE COOK, WILL       

The death of Sabrina’s husband en route to Illinois leaves her alone in an untamed land. But the widow proves more than a match for the world of the frontier. Unrated. 2019. 258 pages.     

LB 11104    TINDERBOX        LEWIS, BEVERLY 

The day before her parents’ twentieth wedding anniversary Sylvia Miller stumbles across the key to the old brass tinderbox her father, Earnest, keeps in his Lancaster County watch repair shop. Inside is a secret from his life as an Englisher. When she confronts him, Earnest admits that he is not fit to be a member of the Hickory Hollow Amish church. He confesses his secret to Rhoda, his wife, and Sylvia, but when word of Earnest’s deceit reaches others in the community the truth pits Amish neighbors against one another, threatens to dry up Earnest’s livelihood–and to break up Sylvia’s engagement to the preacher’s grandson. Unrated. 397 pages.

LB 11100    UNDER THE TABLE: A NOVEL       EVANOVICH, STEPHANIE              

Suffocating in her dead-end marriage, Zoey Sullivan moves in with her sister in New York and starts taking catering jobs. She meets shy computer programmer and millionaire Tristan Malloy and offers to give him a makeover, only to fall for him as he gains confidence. Unrated. 2019. Related names: Adaptation of (work): Loewe, Frederick, 1901-1988. My fair lady.      

LB 11096    BETTER SISTER: A NOVEL               BURKE, ALAFAIR              

When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters–one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex–must set aside mistrust and old resentments. but can they escape their past? Unrated. 2019. 428 pages.        

LB 11114    LOST ROSES: A NOVEL    KELLY, MARTHA HALL    

It is 1914 and the world has been on the brink of war so many times, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes. Now Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime, home with Sofya to see the splendors of Russia. But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia’s Imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortuneteller’s daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household. On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya’s letters suddenly stop coming she fears the worst for her best friend. From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg to the avenues of Paris and the society of fallen Russian emigres who live there, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways, taking readers on a breathtaking ride through a momentous time in history. Unrated. Bestseller.  629 pages.         

LB 11105    BOOK OF DREAMS           GEORGE, NINA

On the way to see his son Sam for the first time in years, Henri is involved in an accident and winds up in a coma. Thirteen-year-old Sam and Henri`s former lover, Eddie, wait by his bedside while Henri floats in dreams. Translated from the 2016 original German. Unrated. 2019. 466 pages. Related names: Pare, Simon, translator.          

LB 11111    COLLUSION: A NOVEL     GINGRICH, NEWT            

Valerie Mayberry comes from the kind of wealthy family that would be royalty in any other country. Obsessive and compulsive, she’s also the FBI’s counter-intelligence expert on domestic terrorism. Brett Garrett is a dishonorably discharged ex-Navy SEAL coming off a secret opioid addiction. A brusque, fiercely independent operative who refuses to play by the rules, the seasoned pro is now a gun for hire, working as a security contractor in Eastern Europe. When a high ranking Kremlin official with knowledge of a plan to attack the US must be smuggled out under the nose of a kleptocratic Putin-like Russian president and a ruthless general, Mayberry and Garret are thrown together to exfiltrate him and preempt a deadly poisonous strike. As these unlikely partners work to protect their human asset, their mission is threatened by domestic politics: leftist protests, Congressional infighting, and a culture riven by hatred. Unrated. 515 pages. Related names: Earley, Pete, author.             

LB 11106    DEATH BAKES A PECAN PIE           WASHBURN, L.J.              

Hollywood comes to Weatherford, Texas, as a movie company arrives to shoot scenes for a film based on the novel by Phyllis Newsom’s friend Eve. But movie fantasy turns to deadly reality as a murder recreated for film turns out to be the genuine article, and once more Phyllis has to track down a cunning killer to see that justice is done. Unrated. 323 pages.  

LB 11110    MACHINES LIKE ME: AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU          MCEWAN, IAN 

Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London. Britain has lost the Falklands War, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power, and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong, and clever–a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma. Unrated. Bestseller. 380 pages.              

LB 11101    NEON PREY         SANDFORD, JOHN 

Clayton Deese skips bail after a job that went south. The US Marshals come after him and find a jungle full of graves behind Deese`s rural Louisiana cabin. Now Lucas Davenport is on the trail of a serial killer who has been operating for years without notice. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 461 pages.          

LB 11103    POISON LESCROART, JOHN T.      

Attorney Dismas Hardy`s plans to ease into retirement and reconnect with his family after recovering from two glancing gunshot wounds are cut short when–against his wife`s wishes–he is pulled back into the courtroom by the murder of Grant Wagner, the steely owner of a successful family business. Unrated.  505 pages.

LB 11107  GUARDING GABY: SECOND CHANCES, BOOK 1  BRASHEAR, JEAN             

Gabriela Navarro believed she and Eli Wolverton would always be together…until he abandoned her. Years later, Gaby has made a new life in the big city. Her future is bright, and Eli is her past. When she returns to bury her father and learns that Eli is accused of his murder, she is stunned, but she no longer knows the man who’s replaced the boy she loved. Then their paths cross again, and though the longing between them is more powerful than ever, Eli refuses to defend himself and pushes her to go. Does Gaby believe the charges against him, or the urgings of her heart? There is so much more at stake than Gaby can imagine. With his freedom and his life on the line, only one thing would draw Eli away from his search for the truth: Gaby’s safety. Even if that means he’ll lose her forever. Unrated. 2019. 341 pages.

LB 11108    IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK      CROWNOVER, JAMES D.

Can the walls of an abandoned house absolve a man accused of a thirty-year-old murder? Not before Silent Cooper and Dempsy Nealy battle Apache thieves, Pancho’s Villistas, marauding outlaws, and El Tigre of the Playas Valley. The loss of a letter beneath the ruins of a famous Arizona ranch house thirty years ago led to an untimely marriage for Dempsy’s Aunt Cindy, who now runs three ranches with an iron will and a shotgun loaded with buckshot. No man stands in her way–for long. Dempsy dreams of a ghostly visitor in the desert, or was it a dream? The rock house of the Smuggler Hills seems to be an impregnable fortress until a small creature descends the chimney. A cemetery reveals a scandalous secret. Unrated. 473 pages. 

LB 11116    INVITED               MCMAHON, JENNIFER     

In 1924, a young mother, Hattie Breckenridge, is hanged from a tree in her yard by the town mob, accused of a crime that was actually committed by her daughter. Nearly a century later, a young married couple, Helen and Nate abandon the comforts of suburbia to begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams on the same forty-four acres of rural land where Hattie once lived. When they discover that this charming property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by Hattie’s story and the tragic legend of her descendants, three generations of “Breckenridge women,” each of whom died amid suspicion, and who seem to still be seeking something elusive and dangerous in the present day. Unrated. 556 pages.          

LB 11112    18TH ABDUCTION           PATTERSON, JAMES      

Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an international war criminal in the newest Women’s Murder Club thriller. For a trio of colleagues, an innocent night out after class ends in a deadly torture session. They vanish without a clue–until a body turns up. With the safety of San Francisco’s entire school system as stake, Lindsay Boxer has never been under more pressure. To solve the School Night case, Lindsay turns to her best friend, investigative journalist Cindy Thomas, as the chief of police and the press clamor for an arrest. Together, Lindsay and Cindy take new approaches, and unexpected facts about the victims leave them stunned. Unrated. 438 pages. Related names: Paetro, Maxine, author.      

LB 11425    CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE MURDER             FLUKE, JOANNE  

When her bakery becomes the setting of a star-studded TV special, Hannah hopes to hide the unsavory scandal in her personal life. But that`s practically impossible with a disturbing visit from a shifty character she once loved and a murder victim in her bedroom. Unrated. 2019. 509 pages.           

LB 11427    FALL OF GONDOLIN        TOLKIEN, J.R.R.

Tuor is sent to Gondolin by the god Ulmo, only to fall in love with the elf king`s daughter, Idril. Their bliss is shattered when the evil Morgoth sends an army to destroy Gondolin. This previously unpublished Middle-earth tale was edited by the author`s son Christopher. Bestseller. 2018. 425 pages.     

LB 11429    LAST SECOND     COULTER, CATHERINE   

When NASA didn`t believe she spoke with aliens, astronaut Nevaeh Patel quit the program. Now working for a French company, she launches a satellite to do the aliens` bidding. It`s up to special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine to stop the earth-altering mission. Some violence and some strong language.  575 pages. Related names: Ellison, J. T., author.      

LB 11443    STONE BRIDGES NEGGERS, CARLA            

Adrienne Portale has never settled in one place for long, but takes a job as innkeeper in tiny Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, to spend some time getting to know the father she only recently found. When three small boys get lost in the wilderness that borders the inn, Adam Sloan leads the search. His family ties to the town go back generations. Adrienne sees the bond that people in a small town have as they band together to find the missing children. Adam is impressed with her calm strength, but he’s sure she won’t find what she’s looking for in his quiet hometown. Despite their differences, Adam and Adrienne discover they have more in common than they’d expected. They love to explore old stone walls and bridges, and she adores his dog. As summer bleeds into the gorgeous New England fall, the attraction between them grows, and they must decide where–and who–makes a place home. Unrated. 467 pages.      

LB 11445    MEMORY HOUSE              HAUCK, RACHEL

Eighteen years after losing her father on 9/11, Beck Holiday is a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Then a mysterious letter arrives informing her she`s inherited a house along Florida`s northern coast. Unrated.  585 pages.

LB 11447    MISS JULIA TAKES THE WHEEL    ROSS, ANN B.    

Miss Julia invites the charming visiting doctor and his painfully shy wife to dinner. While Miss Julia and Sam both note the wife`s obvious lack of social skills, it`s Julia`s friends Hazel Marie and Binkie that pick up on some of the doctor`s less palatable qualities. Unrated.  495 pages.      

LB 11448    A LIST    JANCE, JUDITH A.            

The last story of Ali Reynolds`s broadcasting career was a piece about a young man in need of a kidney, which spiraled into a medical mismanagement scandal that landed a prestigious local doctor in prison for murder. A decade later, the doctor is plotting revenge. Unrated.  545 pages.

LB 11449    ORPHAN OF SALT WINDS              BROOKS, ELIZABETH     

England, 1939. Ten-year-old Virginia Wrathmell arrives at Salt Winds, a secluded house on the edge of a marsh, to meet her adoptive parents: practical, dependable Clem and glamorous, mercurial Lorna. The marsh, with its deceptive tides, is a beautiful but threatening place. Virginia’s new parents’ marriage is full of secrets and tensions she doesn’t quite understand, and their wealthy neighbor, Max Deering, drops by too often, taking an unwholesome interest in the family’s affairs. Only Clem offers a true sense of home. War feels far away among the birds and shifting sands, until the day a German fighter plane crashes into the marsh, and Clem ventures out to rescue the airman. What happens next sets into motion a crime so devastating it will haunt Virginia for the rest of her life. Seventy-five years later, she finds herself drawn back to the marsh, and to a teenage girl who appears there, nearly frozen and burdened by her own secrets. In her, Virginia might have a chance at retribution and a way to right a grave mistake she made as a child. Unrated. 397 pages.       

Adult Non-Fiction

LB 11357    ACCESSORY TO WAR: THE UNSPOKEN ALLIANCE BETWEEN ASTROPHYSICS AND THE MILITARY                 TYSON, NEIL DEGRASSE

Author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (DB 89846) explores the ways astronomers and astrophysicists have contributed to warfare and military action throughout history. Topics include multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 993 pages.             

LB 11355    HOW TO BE A PATIENT: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF MODERN MEDICINE                GOLDBERG, SANA           

“From registered nurse and public health advocate Sana Goldberg, a timely, accessible, and comprehensive guide to the medical industrial complex that teaches readers how to be their own best advocate and get the care they deserve”– Provided by publisher. Unrated. 2019. 597 pages.      

LB 11381    MAID: HARD WORK, LOW PAY, AND A MOTHER’S WILL TO SURVIVE          LAND, STEPHANIE           

Recounts years working in the domestic service industry, struggling in poverty as a single mother. Examines the difficulties and misleading rhetoric surrounding poverty as well as the realities of life in service work. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Land, Stephanie. 441 pages.     

LB 11378    CRUSHING: GOD TURNS PRESSURE INTO POWER        JAKES, T.D.         

Author of Instinct (DB 79599) and Destiny (DB 82330) presents a guide to learning from life`s challenges and trusting in God`s love. Uses personal experiences, including his teenage daughter`s pregnancy, his mother`s death from Alzheimer`s, and his son`s heart attack, to illustrate lessons learned. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Jakes, T. D. –Anecdotes. 327 pages.  

LB 11417    SHOUT: A POETRY MEMOIR         ANDERSON, LAURIE HALSE          

A memoir in verse shares the author`s life, covering her difficult early childhood, her rape at thirteen, and her experiences surrounding the publication of her 1999 novel Speak (DB 49958). Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 2019. 285 pages.           

LB 11113    FINDING MY VOICE: MY JOURNEY TO THE WEST WING AND THE PATH FORWARD               JARRETT, VALERIE

“The ultimate Obama insider” (The New York Times) and longest-serving senior advisor in the Obama White House shares her journey as a daughter, mother, lawyer, business leader, public servant, and leader in government at a historic moment in American history. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Jarrett, Valerie, 1956-  Obama, Barack — Friends and associates.  Obama, Michelle, 1964- — Friends and associates.  460 pages.            

LB 11098    K: A HISTORY OF BASEBALL IN TEN PITCHES   KEPNER, TYLER (BASEBALL WRITER)

The baseball columnist for the New York Times presents a history of the sport, told through the ten major pitches of the game. Includes commentary from some of the best pitchers in baseball history, such as Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Bob Gibson, and Mariano Rivera. Unrated. 2019. 472 pages.       

LB 11099  AMERICAN MOONSHOT: JOHN F. KENNEDY AND THE GREAT SPACE RACE               BRINKLEY, DOUGLAS               

On May 25, 1961, JFK made an astonishing announcement: his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In this engrossing, fast-paced epic, Douglas Brinkley returns to the 1960s to recreate one of the most exciting and ambitious achievements in the history of humankind. American Moonshot brings together the extraordinary political, cultural, and scientific factors that fueled the birth and development of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects, which shot the United States to victory in the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Drawing on new primary source material and major interviews with many of the surviving figures who were key to America’s success, Brinkley brings this fascinating history to life as never before. Unrated. 2019. 898 pages. Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 — Influence.          

LB 11097    AMERICAN SPIRIT: PROFILES IN RESILIENCE, COURAGE, AND FAITH            KYLE, TAYA          

Life leads us through difficult terrain. But what happens if you use challenge as an opportunity to discover your purpose? These Americans did and are changing the world. After losing her husband, “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, Taya Kyle entered a period of deep grief. And yet the experience served as a catalyst for profound growth. Taya found her own reserve of strength with the help of the generous love and support of family and friends–and also many strangers across America, who selflessly shared their own stories of suffering, survival, and triumph. Inspired by her experience, Taya discovered her calling: spreading a message of how love, passion, and service can combine to help us persevere over personal pain and heal our communities. American Spirit profiles more than 30 individuals, young and old, rich and not-so-rich, famous and unknown, who have overcome hardship and done extraordinary things for their communities and for the nation at large. Unrated. 2019. 446 pages. Related names: DeFelice, Jim, 1956-, author.

LB 11428    INHERITANCE: A MEMOIR OF GENEALOGY, PATERNITY, AND LOVE             SHAPIRO, DANI

The author of Family History (DB 63237) describes how, after submitting her DNA for analysis, she discovered that she was not actually related to her father. Discusses her struggle to piece together the story of her life and uncover her own identity. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2019. Shapiro, Dani. 359 pages.           

LB 11432    LIBRARY BOOK  ORLEAN, SUSAN              

The author re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in US history. On April 29, 1986, fire broke out at the Los Angeles Public Library and destroyed or damaged more than a million books. Examines the evolution of public libraries while celebrating their value in society. Bestseller. 2018. 539 pages.

LB 11435    MATRIARCH: BARBARA BUSH AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN DYNASTY        PAGE, SUSAN   

A biography of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Discusses her childhood in New York, loss of a daughter to leukemia, battle with depression, and role as wife and mother of two American presidents. Draws on interviews with friends and family, conversations with Bush, and diary entries. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 582 pages.

LB 11446    SHIP OF FOOLS: HOW A SELFISH RULING CLASS IS BRINGING AMERICA TO THE BRINK OF REVOLUTION                 CARLSON, TUCKER          

Political pundit discusses class dynamics in early twenty-first-century America. Focuses on an elite class of the wealthy and powerful, positing that they hide their agendas behind identity politics, strip political parties of meaning, and will drive America towards ruin. Some strong language. Bestseller.  349 pages.           

Juvenile Fiction

LB 11352    PAY ATTENTION, CARTER JONES                SCHMIDT, GARY D.          

Carter must adjust to the unwelcome presence of a know-it-all butler who is determined to help him become a gentleman and deal with burdens from the past. For grades 4-7. 2019. 303 pages.            

LB 11350    FLUSH   HIAASEN, CARL

The Florida Keys. With their father jailed for sinking a gambling boat, Noah Underwood and his sister Abbey gather evidence that casino owner Dusty Muleman is illegally emptying sewage tanks into coastal waters. They receive help from a former card dealer, a pirate, and Dusty’s ex-girlfriend. For grades 5-8. 2005. 323 pages.    

LB 11351    SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS             CHENG, JACK

Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski, along with his dog, Carl Sagan, makes big discoveries about his family on a road trip, and he records everything on a golden iPod he intends to launch into space. For grades 4-7. 2017. 411 pages.      

LB 11423    MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS               MEDINA, MEG  

Merci Suarez relies on her close extended family as she goes through many changes during her sixth-grade year at Florida`s Seaward Pines Academy. For grades 4-7. 2018. 383 pages.         

LB 11424    DRAGON PEARL LEE, YOON HA

Min, a girl with fox magic, stows away on a battle cruiser and impersonates a cadet to find out what happened to her older brother in the Thousand World Space Forces. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2019. 515 pages.       

LB 11420    WILD ROBOT      BROWN, PETER

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island, with no memory of where she is from or why she is there. Her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island’s hostile inhabitants. For grades 3-6. 2016. 286 pages.      

LB 11422    WILD ROBOT ESCAPES   BROWN, PETER

After being captured by the Recons and returned to civilization for reprogramming, Roz is sent to Hilltop Farm. She befriends her owner’s family and animals, but pines for her son, Brightbill. Sequel to The Wild Robot (DB 84426). For grades 3-6. 2018. 284 pages.      

LB 11436    IF I STAY               FORMAN, GAYLE             

Cellist and Juilliard hopeful Mia clings to life after a car accident kills her family. While observing herself during an out-of-body experience, Mia flashes through her past to determine whether to fight for survival or die. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2009. 481 pages.   

LB 11437    DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL               KINNEY, JEFF     

The Heffley family road trip starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns, from a fender bender to crazed seagulls. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure! For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2014. 229 pages.  

LB 11438    DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: OLD SCHOOL     KINNEY, JEFF     

When his town organizes an electronics-free event, a disgusted Greg Heffley struggles to survive life in a community without modern conveniences. Meanwhile, tension builds among kids struggling to enjoy the activities of past generations. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2015. 229 pages.

LB 11439    DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE GETAWAY  KINNEY, JEFF     

With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffley family decides to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation–but sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous creatures all threaten their vacation. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2017.        Juvenile Fiction

LB 11440    DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE MELTDOWN              KINNEY, JEFF     

When snow closes Greg Heffley`s middle school, he and his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, face a fight for survival as warring gangs turn the neighborhood into a wintry battlefield. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2018. 229 pages.               

Juvenile Non-Fiction

LB 11419    ENDURANCE: MY YEAR IN SPACE AND HOW I GOT THERE               KELLY, SCOTT

Younger readers` edition adapted from the memoir Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (DB 89525) by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station. Also recounts his early years in school and as a test pilot. For grades 6-9. 2018. 496 pages.        

LB 11421    APOLLO 8: THE MISSION THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING    SANDLER, MARTIN W.

Explores the space race during a time when Americans desperately needed something to believe in. Covers the history of the Apollo 8 mission, the technical challenges, and the key players involved in launching three astronauts into space to orbit the Earth`s moon in 1968. For grades 5-8. 2018. 237 pages.         

LB 11426    TO THE MOON!: THE TRUE STORY OF THE AMERICAN HEROES ON THE APOLLO 8 SPACESHIP                KLUGER, JEFFREY             

Recounts the exciting and inspiring true story of Apollo 8, the first manned American spaceship to break free of the Earth’s orbit and reach the moon. For grades 5-8. 2018. Related names: Shamir, Ruby, author. 439 pages.             

Young Adult Fiction

LB 11430    ON THE COME UP            THOMAS, ANGIE             

When teenaged Bri, an aspiring rapper, pours her anger and frustration into her first hit song, she finds herself at the center of a controversy. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2019. 613 pages.     

LB 11431    LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ          ITURBE, ANTONIO         

Fourteen-year-old Dita and her family are imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. When a Jewish leader asks Dita to risk her life and take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2017. 637 pages.     

LB 11433    OF JENNY AND THE ALIENS          GEBHART, RYAN              

Eighteen-year-old Derek ignores the anticipated alien invasion that could mean the end of the world until he imagines a future with Jenny–a future for which she has other plans. For young adult readers. Unrated. 2019. 475 pages. 

LB 11441    WHERE SHE WENT           FORMAN, GAYLE             

Rising rock star Adam and successful cellist Mia, from If I Stay (LB 11436), reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart years earlier. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2011. 285 pages.       

LB 11442 THREE SIDES OF A HEART: STORIES ABOUT LOVE TRIANGLES                        

Collection of sixteen short stories featuring love triangles, by young-adult authors such as Rae Carson, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and more. In Garth Nix’s “Triangle Solo,” two band friends compete for a returning student’s affections. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2017. 577 pages. Related names: Parker, Natalie C., editor.             

LB 11444    ON THE EDGE OF GONE DUYVIS, CORINNE           

In 2035, a comet hits Earth, and life on our planet struggles to survive the event. Sixteen-year-old Denise, who is autistic, tries to find her missing sister and also help her neglectful, undependable mother as the disasters begin. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016. 627 pages.          

LB 11450    LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE             JAMES, LAUREN

Romy, the only surviving crew member of a spaceship traveling to a new planet, is on a mission to establish a second home for humanity. Alone in space, Romy communicates with a lone passenger from a new ship, a boy called J. Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 2017. 421 pages.      

Young Adult Non-Fiction

LB 11434    WE ARE DISPLACED: MY JOURNEY AND STORIES FROM REFUGEE GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD                 YOUSAFZAI, MALALA   

Nobel Peace Prize winner explores her own experience as a displaced person, and shares the personal stories of the incredible girls she has met on her journeys–girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they`ve ever known. Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 2019. 240 pages.            

LB 11451    57 BUS  SLATER, DASHKA

Recounts the true story of Sasha, a white, middle-class, agender teen, who was set on fire by Richard, a black teen from a crime-plagued neighborhood, while riding the 57 bus in Oakland, California. Strong language and some violence. Stonewall Book Award. For senior high and older readers. 2017.  379 pages.     

New Large Print Books Added in May 2019

LB 10990 WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A VOICE LIKE THAT?: THE STORY OF EXTRAORDINARY CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA JORDAN BARTON, CHRIS Short biography of Barbara Jordan (1936-1996), whose confident voice led to her successful careers as a lawyer, politician, educator, and civil rights leader. For grades 3-6. 2018. Picture book. Unpaged. Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996. Related names: Holmes, Ekua, illustrator.

LB 10989 LOVE-SICK SKUNK HAYES, JOE Sometimes it takes a lot to make kids change their ways. It takes even more to make them change their socks! And to make them throw away a trusty old pair of shoes that feels so comfortable on their feet, might take something as scary as a run-in with the south end of a crazy skunk that’s headed north. A lovesick skunk! For grades K-3 and older readers. Picture book. Unpaged. Related names: Castro, Antonio, 1941-, illustrator.

LB 10811 SOURCE OF SELF-REGARD: SELECTED ESSAYS, SPEECHES, AND MEDITATIONS MORRISON, TONI Collection of forty-three essays by the author of Sula (DB 08549), The Bluest Eye (DB 14892), and Beloved (DB 26026). Topics include racism and fascism, literature, women, wealth, Harlem, Martin Luther King Jr., James Baldwin, novelist and poet Chinua Achebe, and director Peter Sellars. Unrated. 2019. 523 pages. Morrison, Toni.

LB 10786 FIRST: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR THOMAS, EVAN, 1951- The life and career of the first female Supreme Court justice, including her childhood on an Arizona cattle ranch, her years at Stanford University, and her struggle to enter a male-dominated field in 1950s America. Recounts her career trajectory and her 1981 nomination to the Supreme Court. Unrated. 2019. O’Connor, Sandra Day, 1930- 770 pages.

LB 10788 WHEN THE IRISH INVADED CANADA: THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF THE CIVIL WAR VETERANS WHO FOUGHT FOR IRELAND’S FREEDOM KLEIN, CHRISTOPHER The outlandish history of a group of Irish-American revolutionaries who executed a daring set of Civil War-era raids on the British province of Canada to hold the territory hostage in hopes of securing Ireland’s independence. Unrated. 618 pages.

LB 10807 EDUCATED: A MEMOIR WESTOVER, TARA Memoir exploring the author’s path from being raised in a fundamentalist, paranoiac Mormon family where she was homeschooled to eventually working her way to graduate degrees at Cambridge and Harvard. Discusses hardships faced by the family, abuse at the hands of a sibling, and more. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2018. Westover, Tara — Family. 493 pages.

LB 10793 ELEGANT DEFENSE: THE EXTRAORDINARY NEW SCIENCE OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: A TALE IN FOUR LIVES RICHTEL, MATT Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist explores the human immune system, entwining scientific discovery with the stories of four individual lives. Guides readers on a scientific detective tale winding from the Black Death to twentieth-century breakthroughs in vaccination and antibiotics and the cutting-edge laboratories that are revolutionizing immunology. Unrated. 2019. 560 pages.

LB 10803 TRUTHS WE HOLD: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY HARRIS, KAMALA D. California senator and daughter of immigrants discusses how her upbringing informs her political views. Recounts her education and early career as a prosecutor before transitioning into politics. Discusses her views on problem solving, crisis management, and leadership that she feels can aid in uniting Americans. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Harris, Kamala D. Harris, Kamala D. –Political and social views. 459 pages.

LB 10813 BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS HAWKING, STEPHEN, 1942-2018 Author of A Brief History of Time presents his views on a number of topics, which include “Is there a God?,” “How did it all begin?,” “Can we predict the future?,” “What is inside a black hole?,” and “Will we survive on Earth?”. Related names: Hawking, Lucy, writer of afterword. Redmayne, Eddie, 1982- writer of foreword. Thorne, Kip S., writer of introduction. 316 pages.

LB 10787 FIRE AND FURY: INSIDE THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE WOLFF, MICHAEL, 1953- Journalist examines the first nine months of President Trump’s administration. Discusses, among other things, the staff’s opinions of Trump, the reasons for FBI director James Comey’s firing, the story behind Trump’s claims of being wire-tapped by President Obama, and the state of White House strategies following Steve Bannon’s departure. Strong language. Bestseller. 2018. Bannon, Stephen K. Trump, Donald, 1946- 583 pages.

LB 10796 LONGEVITY PARADOX: HOW TO DIE YOUNG AT A RIPE OLD AGE GUNDRY, STEVEN R. Dr. Gundry outlines a nutrition and lifestyle plan to support gut health and live well for decades to come. A progressive take on the new science of aging, he offers an action plan to prevent and reverse disease as well as simple hacks to help anyone look and feel younger and more vital. Related names: Lipper, Jodi, author. 520 pages.

LB 10999 I AM WHAT I ATE…AND I’M FRIGHTENED!!! AND OTHER DIGRESSIONS FROM THE DOCTOR OF COMEDY COSBY, BILL, 1937- Cosby, realizing that he is what he eats (such foods as scrapple, cake, popcorn, and pizza), reflects back on his sixty-five years of dining and the never-ending quest for a healthy lifestyle. Bestseller. 2003. Cosby, Bill, 1937- 184 pages copy 1. 183 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 10783 SEE YOU IN THE PIAZZA: NEW PLACES TO DISCOVER IN ITALY MAYES, FRANCES The Roman Forum, the Leaning Tower, the Piazza San Marco: these are the sights synonymous with Italy. But such landmarks only scratch the surface of this magical country’s offerings. In See You in the Piazza, Frances Mayes introduces us to the Italy only the locals know, as she and her husband, Ed, eat and drink their way through thirteen regions–from Friuli to Sicily. Along the way, she seeks out the cultural and historic gems not found in traditional guidebooks. Frances conjures the enchantment of the backstreets, the hubbub of the markets, the dreamlike wonder of that space between lunch and dinner when a city cracks open to those who would wander or when a mind is drawn into the pages of a delicious book–and discloses to us the secrets that only someone who is on intimate terms with a place could find. Unrated. Mayes, Frances — Travel — Italy. 628 pages.

LB 10800 DREAMERS WALKER, KAREN THOMPSON In an isolated college town in California, people begin to fall asleep and cannot be roused. As the condition spreads, so does panic, and a quarantine is established. Those still awake face difficulties, and those asleep display unusual levels of brain activity. Unrated. 2019. 386 pages.

LB 10806 NEXT TO DIE HANNAH, SOPHIE, 1971- DC Simon Waterhouse and his team are dealing with a serial killer who targets sets of friends and leaves each a small, white, mostly blank book. Comedian Kim Tribbeck–who received one of the books but is still alive–aids the investigation. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016. 598 pages.

LB 10801 FINDING DOROTHY LETTS, ELIZABETH Hollywood, 1938. Maud Baum has arrived at the gates of M-G-M Studios as filming for the adaptation of her late husband`s book begins. When she hears Judy Garland singing “Over the Rainbow,” Maud`s memories of her past come to life once again. Unrated. 2019. 500 pages.

LB 10805 NIGHT AGENT: A NOVEL QUIRK, MATTHEW No one was more surprised than FBI Agent Peter Sutherland when he’s tapped to work in the White House Situation Room. When Peter was a boy, his father, a section chief in FBI counterintelligence, was suspected of selling secrets to the Russians. Peter has scrupulously done everything by the book, hoping his record will help him escape the taint of his past. At 1:05 a.m. the phone rings. A terrified young woman tells Peter that her aunt and uncle; they gave her this phone number with urgent instructions: “Tell them OSPREY was right. It’s happening.” Now Peter must find a Russian mole–and anyone in the White House could be the traitor. Unrated. 561 pages.

LB 10812 CHEF PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947- Celebrity food truck chef Caleb Rooney is accused of committing murder in his other job: major crimes detective for the New Orleans Police Department. While fighting the charges, Rooney discovers that his beloved city is under threat of attack by would-be terrorists who may be local. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Related names: DiLallo, Max, author. 544 pages.

LB 10785 SILENT NIGHT: A NOVEL STEEL, DANIELLE By the age of nine, Emma was starring on a hit TV show, thanks to her ambitious stage mother. But when tragedy strikes, Emma is sent to live with her aunt Whitney, who will have to help the traumatized girl find a way to start over. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 338 pages.

LB 10797 IMMORTALISTS BENJAMIN, CHLOE In 1969 New York City, the four Gold children meet a psychic who tells them each the date they will die. They each grow up and live their lives, but always with the knowledge of the psychic’s prophecy hanging over them. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 533 pages.

LB 10779 WOLF PACK BOX, C.J. Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett encounters bad behavior on his own turf–only to have the FBI and the DOJ ask him to stand down. Unrated. Bestseller. 732 pages.

LB 10778 GOOD OMENS: THE NICE AND ACCURATE PROPHECIES OF AGNES NUTTER, WITCH GAIMAN, NEIL Armageddon is scheduled for next Saturday! But demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale aren’t excited. To prevent Armageddon, they must kill the Antichrist, who is living on Earth as a young child. Three children were switched at birth, however, and no one knows which one is the Antichrist. Violence and some strong language. Edition includes an introduction and new material. Related names: Pratchett, Terry, author. 582 pages.

LB 10802 TURNING POINT: A NOVEL STEEL, DANIELLE Bill Browning heads the trauma unit at San Francisco’s busiest emergency room, SF General. With his ex-wife and daughters in London, he immerses himself in his work and lives for rare visits with his children. A rising star at her teaching hospital, UCSF at Mission Bay, Stephanie Lawrence has two young sons, a frustrated stay-at-home husband, and not enough time for any of them. Harvard-educated Wendy Jones is a dedicated trauma doctor at Stanford, trapped in a dead-end relationship with a married cardiac surgeon. And Tom Wylie’s popularity with women rivals the superb medical skills he employs at his Oakland medical center, but he refuses to let anyone get too close, determined to remain unattached forever. These exceptional doctors are chosen for an honor and a unique project: to work with their counterparts in Paris in a mass-casualty training program. As professionals, they will gain invaluable knowledge from the program. When an unspeakable act of mass violence galvanizes them into action, their temporary life in Paris becomes a stark turning point: a time to face harder choices than they have ever made before–with consequences that will last a lifetime. Unrated. 323 pages.

LB 10794 AMERICAN AGENT: A MAISIE DOBBS NOVEL WINSPEAR, JACQUELINE, 1955- When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice–Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie get out of Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death. As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the British Isles, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect Anna, the young evacuee she has grown to love and wants to adopt. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue being played out in Britain, Maisie will face losing her dearest friend–and the possibility that she might be falling in love again. Unrated. Bestseller. 793 pages.

LB 10808 NEVER TELL: A NOVEL GARDNER, LISA A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun. D.D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes the woman – Evie Carter. Evie’s father was killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident. But for D.D., two coincidental murders is too many. Flora Dane sees the murder of Conrad Carter on the TV news and immediately knows his face. But D.D. and Flora are about to discover that in this case the truth is a devilishly elusive thing. As layer by layer they peel away the half-truths and outright lies, they wonder: How many secrets can one family have? Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 523 pages.

LB 10798 HUNTRESS QUINN, KATE Boston, 1946. Seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is excited to meet the new woman in her long-widowed father`s life. When introduced to Anneliese Weber and her daughter Ruth, Jordan is entranced. But Anna is hiding secrets, and Jordan becomes suspicious. Meanwhile, a British war correspondent hunts Nazis. Unrated. Bestseller. 823 pages.

LB 10789 HOW TO KNIT A MURDER GOLDENBAUM, SALLY The mysterious Rose Chopra arrives in picturesque Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, and the Seaside Knitters welcome her into their world, until a controversial entrepreneur winds up dead and Rose becomes the prime suspect. Unrated. 439 pages.

LB 10795 SUSPECT BARTON, FIONA When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their frantic families are thrust into the international spotlight. Journalist Kate Waters does everything to break the story first, but she can`t help thinking of her own son, who left home two years ago to travel. Unrated. 2019. 552 pages.

LB 10804 BLACK ASCOT TODD, CHARLES Alan Barrington–who has evaded capture for ten years–is the suspect in an appalling murder during Black Ascot, the famous 1910 royal horse race. Now it appears that Barrington has returned to England, giving Inspector Rutledge and Scotland Yard a chance to see justice done. Unrated. 2019. 504 pages.

LB 10791 CEMETERY ROAD ILES, GREG Because his father is dying and his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, Washington, D. C., journalist Marshall McEwan has returned to his Mississippi hometown. When two homicides rock the community, Marshall secretly investigates with the help of his high school sweetheart. Unrated. Bestseller. 1026 pages.

LB 10792 GINGERBREAD OYEYEMI, HELEN Perdita Lee grew up with her mother Harriet, making gingerbread from a recipe handed down from generations of Harriet`s family in the mysterious country of Druhastrana. When teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother`s long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet`s story. Unrated. Bestseller. 372 pages.

LB 10799 KADDISH.COM ENGLANDER, NATHAN The son of Orthodox Jewish parents, Larry lives a secular lifestyle and refuses to recite the traditional Kaddish after the death of his father, to the horror of Larry`s sister. Larry then gets the bright idea to hire someone through the website kaddish. com to recite the prayer. Unrated. 2019. 289 pages.

LB 10810 BOWLAWAY MCCRACKEN, ELIZABETH Multiple generations operate a candlepin bowling alley in Salford, Massachusetts. It began at the turn of the twentieth century with Bertha Truitt, who was found unconscious in a cemetery with only a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person. Unrated. 504 pages.

LB 10781 RIVER HELLER, PETER, 1959- While canoeing the northern Canadian Maskwa River, two friends learn about a nearby wildfire. Hearing a man and woman arguing on the riverbank, they stop to warn them, but find no one. The next day a man appears on the river, paddling alone. Where is the woman? Unrated. 2019. 401 pages.

LB 10784 FIRST LADY PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947- Secret Service agent Sally Grissom is quietly investigating the disappearance of the First Lady. Her absence may just be a reaction to the scandalous public revelation of the president`s affair. Then the White House receives a ransom note along with her finger. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Related names: DuBois, Brendan, author. 520 pages.

LB 10790 NOVEL ART OF MURDER BURNS, V.M., 1964- The small town of North Harbor, Michigan, is just not big enough for the two of them: flamboyant phony Maria Romanov and feisty Nana Jo. The insufferable Maria claims she’s descended from Russian royalty and even once had a fling with King Edward VIII. She’s not just a lousy liar, she’s a bad actress, so when she nabs the lead in the Shady Acres Senior Follies–a part Nana Jo plays every year in their retirement village production–Nana Jo blows a gasket and reads her the riot act in front of everyone. Of course, when Maria is silenced with a bullet to the head, Nana Jo lands the leading role on the suspects list. Unrated. 409 pages.

LB 10780 CORNWALLS ARE GONE PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947- Army intelligence officer Amy Cornwall arrives home to an empty house. A phone rings with a terrifying ultimatum: locate and liberate an unnamed captive in forty-eight hours or her kidnapped husband and ten-year-old daughter are dead. Amy must employ every lethal tactic she has to save them. Unrated. 2019. Related names: DuBois, Brendan, author. 432 pages.

LB 10959 PARTING GIFT ERICKSON, BEN, 1952- When 17-year-old Josh Bell meets 84-year-old William Davis, an unusual friendship develops between the old man in the last months of his life and a young boy unsure of his future and place in the world. Enlisted to help Davis write his memoir, Josh learns lessons of life, love, and friendship. Unrated. 2000.

LB 10954 WHAT MRS. MCGILLICUDDY SAW! CHRISTIE, AGATHA, 1890-1976 With the assistance of a young woman to do the leg work, Miss Marple solves the mystery of a murder seen from a passing train. 1957. 371 pages. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018 Also published under the title: FOUR-FIFTY FROM PADDINGTON

LB 11089 DANGEROUS KISS COLLINS, JACKIE Lucky Santangelo seeks revenge when her husband and sister-in-law are victims of a violent carjacking. Lucky tries to keep the family to- gether as old flame Alex Woods appears to offer his support. She also discovers secrets about her husband. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 620 pages copy 1. 620 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 11091 BEACH MUSIC CONROY, PAT Jack McCall and his daughter, Leah, are living in Rome, having moved there following the suicide of his wife, Shyla, several years ago. Theirs is a peaceful life, but everything changes when his sister-in- law and several old school friends arrive asking for his help with serious personal matters. Soon Jack must face the demons of his past. Bestseller. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1298 pages copy 1. 1298 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 11095 PINK SLIP CIRESI, RITA 1985. Unmarried New Yorker Lisa Diodetto worries her Sicilian family, especially since her best friend is her gay cousin Dodie. Then Lisa finds romantic happiness with her Jewish boss Eben Strauss. But Dodie contracts AIDS and Lisa remembers sharing a needle with him. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 798 pages copy 1. 798 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 10993 DARE THE DEVIL CHASE, ELAINE RACO, 1949- From the moment he spied the tawny, near-naked beauty poised on the jagged cliffs, Thor Devlin was stunned. Long the master of his ranch near Glacier National Park, he yearned to make this primal fantasy come true on his own. But Cam Stirling was a movie stunt double who no man could tame — until Thor claimed her with a look. Although their passion was electric, Cam knew she couldn’t dare this devil without having to pay. Unrated. 1987. 231 pages copy 1. 231 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 11007 HORNET’S NEST: A NOVEL OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR CARTER, JIMMY, 1924- Former president’s first novel. Philadelphia Quakers Ethan and Epsey Pratt move to North Carolina, where they homestead until political troubles brew between the Regulators and the British. Relocating to Georgia in 1771 they develop local friendships with both Indians and settlers. Ethan joins the militia despite his religious beliefs. Bestseller. 2003. 784 pages copy 1. 784 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 10372 UPSTART COOKSON, CATHERINE England, 1898. Samuel Fairbrother is a successful cobbler with factories and stores across the country. Determined to move up in the world, Samuel buys a mansion complete with servants. The educated butler, Maitland, becomes indispensable to the family. As the children grow up and leave home, the eldest daughter Janet remains and falls in love with the lowly servant, Maitland. 571 pages copy 1. 538 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 9709 CAT WHO SAID CHEESE BRAUN, LILIAN JACKSON It is autumn in Pickax City, and Qwill, along with other residents, is preparing for the Great Food Expo — a festival of all kinds of happenings related to food. There is also a mysterious female guest at the New Pickax Hotel whose presence is causing quite a stir. But things really get hectic when a bomb explodes in the hotel and the intended victim seems to be the mystery guest. As usual Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum help solve the crime. Bestseller. 1996. 303 pages copy 1. 392 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 10945 I OWE YOU ONE KINSELLA, SOPHIE Fixie Farr took over the family hardware business after her father`s death, with little help from her brothers. When she saves a stranger`s laptop at a coffee shop, he gives her an IOU. She plans to use the favor to help her ex-boyfriend, but things get complicated. Unrated. 2019. 575 pages.

LB 10809 WEDDING GUEST: AN ALEX DELAWARE NOVEL KELLERMAN, JONATHAN Psychologist Delaware and Detective Sturgis are summoned to a wild saints and sinners-themed wedding reception. A horrified bridesmaid has discovered the body of a young woman, dressed in haute couture and accessorized with a grisly red slash around her neck. And no one recognizes her. Unrated. Bestseller. 485 pages.

JULY 2019 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Tuesday, July 23 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, by Gail Honeyman.

We host our Book Club meetings via toll free conference call.  All you need to participate is a telephone!

To RSVP, please call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605; or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  RSVP preferred by July 2.

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE is available by mail in digital cartridge.  It is also available to download on BARD.

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge, or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

We request that everyone remember the following:

  • Keep external distractions to a minimum.
  • Be courteous.  Try not to interrupt or talk over others.
  • Give everyone a chance to talk.
  • Be respectful of differing opinions.
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.
  • If you feel comfortable doing so, preface your comments with your first name.

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE

Gail Honeyman

Socially awkward and perpetually cranky, Eleanor works a boring office job and avoids dealing with other people whenever possible.  She begins to open up after she develops a crush on a local musician and also becomes friendly with Raymond, the new IT guy.  Strong language.  Commercial audiobook.  2017.  DB 87829; LB 09081.

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, July 23!

October 2017 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Thursday October 12th at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of ROAD TO CHARACTER by David Brooks (DB   81325, LB   08536)

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate.  To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605 (RSVP preferred by September 21st) or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

NLS Annotation:

The author of The Social Animal (DB 72914) looks at the lives of ten famous men and women known for having overcome personal weakness to achieve outward success and inner worth. Each exemplifies humility, hard work, and devotion to a cause. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. Some violence, some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2015.