Across the Boarder

across the borderThe Alliance Public Library Summer Concert series will feature Across the Border on Thursday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the library rose garden.  Band members Larry Leinweber, Heath Owens, Ruth Campbell, Victor Sanchez, and Rick Hostetler play classic rock and Latin music. They have been performing together about ten years and have shared their talents at Sunday in the Park, weddings and anniversaries, and Cinco de Mayo celebrations. 

This is the last concert is the Library’s Summer Concert Series.  The concerts are free of charge and refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the community meeting rooms.


New Fiction

new bookwormWicked Charms by Janet Evanovich: Dazzling her patrons with scrumptious cupcakes at her Salem, Massachusetts, bakery, Elizabeth Tucker continues to fall for the irresistible Diesel, who protects her from a villain who is seeking mystical stones tied to the seven deadly sins.

Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews: Greer has been given a chance to find the perfect beach hideaway for a big-budget movie. Cypress Key, Florida, seems perfect, but Eben Thibadeaux, the town’s mayor, objects, and they are way too attracted to each other for either of them to see reason.

The Cartel by Don Winslow: Continues the epic story of the Mexican drug wars. After withdrawing from the world, DEA agent Art Keller receives word that his old nemesis, Adan Barrera, leader of the cartel “El Federacion” has escaped from prison and is intent on reestablishing control of his empire.

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon: A heart-wrenching but redemptive story of psychological suspense told from the point of view of the father of a boy who is unaccounted for during a school shooting, in the vein of Reconstructing Amelia and Defending Jacob.

Grey by E.L. James: Offers a look at the events of “Fifty Shades of Grey” through the eyes of the dominant Christian Grey.

Country by Danielle Steel: After the death of her husband, Stephanie Adams, a devoted stay-at-home mother, meets country music megastar Chase Taylor, who opens his whole world to her.

14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson: With San Francisco under siege and everyone a suspect, the Women’s Murder Club must risk their lives to save the city–and each other.

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf: In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness, but soon they are exchanging the confidences and memories.

Ever After by Jude Deveraux: When Hallie Hartley learns she’s inherited a house on Nantucket from an ancestor she never knew she had, she meets James Tagger, an incredibly strong and handsome soldier, wounded in combat while saving a friend who has suffered from PTSD since his return.

The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer: Beecher White makes an alarming discovery on the White House grounds: there is a severed arm buried in the Rose Garden. As he investigates, he realizes it’s a message – one that may have dire repercussions for the President.

New YA Fiction

new bookwormRogue by Julie Kagawa: Unable to forget the human boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, Ember is determined to save him from execution with the help of rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues.

Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson: Maximum Ride and her broken flock roam a postapocalyptic world, searching for answers to what happened.

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway: Sheltered seventeen-year-old Emmy’s childhood best friend Oliver reappears after disappearing with his father ten years ago.

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller: Arcadia wants adventure. When she meets two handsome cousins and they invite her on a road trip, and it’s just the risk she’s been. But what starts out as fun, quickly becomes dangerous. One of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them is a killer.

Hunt for Jade Dragon by Richard Paul Evans: Michael, Taylor, Ostin, and the rest of the Electroclan head to Taiwan in search of nine-year-old child prodigy Lin Julung, or Jade Dragon, who the Elgen kidnapped for Hatch’s army of electric children.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: Quiet Emily’s sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete, but with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes: A handless teen escapes from a cult, only to find herself in juvenile detention and suspected of knowing who murdered her cult leader.

Like it Never Happened by Emily Adrian: As one of The Essential Five theater students at her alternative high school, Rebecca Rivers is preparing to become an actress and enjoying junior year with the perfect boyfriend until life-changing rumors threaten everything.

Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong: Separated while trying to save the children of their village, twin sisters Ashyn and Moria must draw on all their power and influence to defeat enemies of legend and avert war in the empire.


New DVDs

movie nightBig Eyes: Walter Keane pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kids. Unfortunately, he claimed to be the artist. That role was played by Margaret, his shy wife. The ruse broke up their marriage and led to a divorce and a dramatic courtroom battle to prove authorship of the paintings.

Wild: After years of reckless behavior and being haunted by memories of her mother, Cheryl makes a rash decision to embark on a challenging trek across the Pacific Crest Trail. With absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles, all on her own.

Cake: A look into the darkly funny world of Claire Bennett who initiates a dubious relationship with a widower while confronting fantastical hallucinations of his dead wife. With her feisty housekeeper-cum-caretaker ever at her side, Claire searches for human connection and self-forgiveness.

Song of the Sea: When Saoirse and Ben’s mother mysteriously disappears into the ocean, the two children go on an epic journey to find out the truth about her, and in the process, discover mystical secrets. Nominated for a 2014 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Cancer: the emperor of all maladies: Tells the complete story of cancer. At six hours, the film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients and an investigation in the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us to the brink of lasting cures.

Chappie: In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.

Oblivion: Jack Harper is the lone security repairman stationed on a desolate, nearly ruined future Earth. When he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft, her arrival triggers a nonstop chain of events that forces him to question everything and leaves humanity’s fate in his hands.

The Prince: A retired Las Vegas crime boss and single father is forced to team up with his best friend to return to the crime world when his daughter is kidnapped by an old rival.

True Blood: the complete seventh season: In the end, some of True Blood’s most beloved figures will meet cruel fates, while others will cheat death (true and otherwise) to forge happily-ever-after relationships that will leave fans surprised and, ultimately, satisfied.

New Fiction

new bookwormPicked to Die by Sheila Connolly (Large Print): When a skeleton is found beneath the porch of Seth’s renovation project, and a relative of one of Meg’s former apple pickers is found dead behind the feed store. Meg can’t help but wonder: is there something rotten in Granford?

Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick (Large Print): When Ursula Kern discovers the body of one of her best secretaries, she immediately suspects murder. But no one, including the police, believes her. So Ursula seeks the help of her newest and most mysterious client, Slater Roxton.

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly (Large Print): The Chinese have kept secret for years. They’ve proven the existence of dragons. Now a small group of VIPs has been brought to the greatest zoo ever constructed deep within China to see the fabulous creatures for the first time.

Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore by Walter Mosley: When porn queen Debbie Dare returns home to find her producer husband dead and riddled with massive debt that various L.A. heavies want to collect on, she must find a way to extricate herself from the peculiar subculture of the porn industry and reconcile herself to sacrifices she’s made along the way.

Dayshift by Charlaine Harris: No one knows what Olivia Charity does; they only know that she’s beautiful and dangerous. Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day.

I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter: A vivid reimagining of Jack the Rippers personal story entwined with that of an Irish journalist who covered the case, knew the principals, charted the investigation, and at last, stymied, went off in a bold new direction.

The Border by Robert McCammon: On an Earth devastated by a war between two marauding alien civilizations, it is not just aliens that endanger the remaining humans. The world itself has turned against the handful of survivors, as one by one they succumb to despair, suicide or something much worse.

The Fall by John Lescroart: San Francisco lawyers Dismas Hardy and his associate and only daughter Rebecca find themselves in the middle of a difficult murder case involving a teenage African American foster child.

The Enemy Inside by Steve Martini: Defending an innocent young man, defense attorney Paul Madriani uncovers a morass of corruption and greed that leads to the highest levels of political power.