New DVDs

The Hunt: In this subversive satire, a group of elites gather at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal, knows The Hunter’s game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off one by one as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman at the center of it all.

Bad Boys for Life: The original Bad Boys, Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, are back. After a string of assassinations and an attempt on Mike’s life, he convinces a hesitant Marcus to hold off retirement and partner one last time. Together, they team up with Ammo, the new hotshot division of the Miami PD, to take down the merciless head of the Aretas Cartel.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Powered with incredible speed, Sonic the Hedgehog, AKA the Blue Blur, embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of the super-uncool evil genius Dr. Robotnik. Now it’s super-villain vs. super-sonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using Sonic’s power for world domination.

Fantasy Island: The enigmatic Mr. O’Roarke makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker: Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase: For 16-year-old Nancy drew, life in a small town is mighty dull. She longs for excitement, adventure and the chance to make a difference. Nancy gets the opportunity when she is asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding light bulbs, and ominous creature?

Arkansas: Kyle and Swin live by the orders of an Arkansas-based drug kingpin named Frog, who they’ve never met. Their world is upended after one too many inept decisions, and they find themselves directly in Frog’s cross hairs, who sees them as a threat to his empire. Based on John Brandon’s best-selling novel, Arkansas weaves together three decades of Deep South drug trafficking to explore the cycle of violence that turns young men into criminals and old men in legends.

Like a Boss: Best friends Mia and Mel are living their best lives, running their own cosmetics company until a villainous beauty mogul conspires to steal it from under them. When her devious plan drives the besties apart, Mia and Mel learn that sticking together is the only way to turn the tables and take back their company. The beauty business is about to get ugly.

The Gentlemen: From writer/director Guy Ritchie comes a star-studded sophisticated action comedy. American expat Mickey Pearson built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever, it triggers, plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.

Charlie’s Angels: The new Angels are among the world’s smartest, bravest, and most highly trained women all over the globe. Under the guidance of Bosley, the Angels have to protect a revolutionary technology from becoming weaponized. They will have to rely on each other as their assignment becomes increasingly treacherous and even those closest to them can no longer be trusted.

The Way Back: Jack Cunningham was a high school basketball phenom with a promising future when he suddenly walked away from the game. Now years later, he is drowning in the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life. When Jack is asked to coach the basketball team at his alma mater, he may have finally found a reason to confront his demons.

The Alliance Public Library has reopened to the public with some restrictions. Items may be reserved online for pickup using our digital catalog at https://alliancelibrary.org. For more information on current library procedures and services, please visit our website at http://libraries.ne.gov/alliance.

New Fiction Titles

New titles are added weekly!

All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams: In France, 1914, an heiress, a resistance fighter, and a widow are all joined by one legendary hotel: the Ritz in Paris.

The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate: Unravels the dramatic story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives. Author Lisa Wingate brings to life startling stories from actual “Lost Friends” advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as newly freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold away.

Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston: After her adventures in the seventeenth century, Xanthe does her best to settle back into the rhythm of life in Marlborough. Then Xanthe hears the song of a copper chocolate pot. Soon after, she has an upsetting vision of Samuel in great danger, compelling her to make another journey to the past. This time she’ll meet her most dangerous adversary. This time her ability to travel to the past will be tested. This time she will discover her true destiny.

The Better Liar by Tanen Jones: Robin Voigt is dead. But when their father passed away, Leslie received a rude awakening: she and Robin would receive the inheritance he left them together–or not at all. When she meets a charismatic young woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Robin, the two make a reckless bargain: Mary will impersonate Robin for a week in exchange for Robin’s half of the cash. But neither realizes how high the stakes will be when Mary takes a dead woman’s name.

A Reasonable Doubt by Phillip Margolin: A magician linked to three murders and suspicious deaths years ago disappears in the middle of his new act in Phillip Margolin’s latest thriller featuring Robin Lockwood. As a young criminal defense attorney, a former MMA fighter, and Yale law graduate, she must unravel the tangled skein of murder and bloody mischief to learn how it all ties together.

The Last Odyssey by James Rollins: For eons, the city of Troy–whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s Iliad–was believed to be myth, until archaeologists in the nineteenth century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands a map and to the a hidden realm of Tartarus. When word of Tartarus spreads–and of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there–tensions explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians suffer untold horrors.

Cleaning the Gold by Karin Slaughter and Lee Child: Will Trent is undercover at Fort Knox to investigate a twenty-two-year-old murder. His suspect’s name: Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher is in Fort Knox on his own mission: to bring down a dangerous criminal ring operating at the heart of America’s military. But there’s a bigger conspiracy at play–one that neither the special agent nor the ex-military cop could have anticipated. And the only option is for Jack Reacher and Will Trent to team up and play nicely. If the can.

The Jetsetters by Amanda Ward: When seventy-year-old Charlotte Perkins wins a cruise vacation, she dreams of reuniting her estranged children: Lee, an almost-famous actress; Cord, a handsome and wifeless venture capitalist; and Regan, a harried mother who took it wrong when Charlotte bought her a Weight Watchers gift certificate for her birthday. As lovers new and old join the adventure, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the Perkins family is forced to confront the defining choices in their lives.

One Minute Out by Mark Greaney: I was on a simple mission in Bosnia. A bad guy needed to be put down; in and out, no problem. But then I stumbled across a nightmare–a room full of women and children who were being trafficked to rich scum. Since then, I’ve been tracking their smuggling ring around the globe, and I’m finally near the top. Now I’ve got to make a decision: duty or honor. They all think they have me boxed in, but there’s one thing they’re forgetting: I am the Gray Man

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks: Shay Miller is intrigued by a group of women who seem to have it all together, and they invite her with the promise: ‘You are not alone.’ Why not align herself with the glamorous and seductive Moore sisters, Cassandra and Jane? They are everything Shay aspires to be, and they seem to have the keys to getting exactly what they want. But what price does she have to pay? What do Cassandra and Jane want from her? You are not alone: Is it a promise? Or a threat?

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley: Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth?’ This is the question that Julian Jessop, an eccentric, seventy-nine-year-old artist, poses within a pale green exercise book that he labels The Authenticity Project, before leaving it behind in Monica’s Cafe. When Monica discovers Julian’s abandoned notebook, not only does she add her own story to the book, she is determined to find a way to help Julian feel less lonely. And so it goes with the others who find the green notebook that will soon contain their deepest selves.

The Alliance Public Library has reopened to the public with some restrictions. Items may still be reserved online for pickup using our digital catalog at https://alliancelibrary.org. For more information on current library procedures and services, please visit our website at http://libraries.ne.gov/alliance.

New Fiction Titles

The Jerusalem Assassin by Joel Rosenberg: American President Andrew Clarke decides the moment has come to unveil his comprehensive proposal to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians. However, when a series of senior American officials involved in the peace process are assassinated, Clarke orders Marcus Ryker and a team of CIA operatives to hunt down those responsible and bring the killing spree to an end.

In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn: Life is over in an instant for sixteen-year-old Finn Miller when a devastating car accident tumbles her and ten others over the side of a mountain. Suspended between worlds, she watches helplessly as those she loves struggle to survive. Finn needs to move on, but how can she with her family still in pieces?

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell: 2000. Fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her English teacher. 2017. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past.

The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths: Everything has changed for Ruth Galloway. She has a new job, home, and partner, and she is no longer North Norfolk police’s resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Ivor March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always sure that March killed more women than he was charged with. Now March confirms this and offers to show Nelson where the other bodies are buried—but only if Ruth will do the digging.

A Forgotten Murder by Jude Deveraux: Decades earlier, two people ran off together from Oxley and haven’t been heard from since—and Sara wants to solve the case. As the people who were there the night the two went missing, the guests find themselves cast in a live mystery-theater event. In reenacting the events of that night, it becomes clear that everyone has something to hide and no one is safe, especially when the discovery of a body makes it clear that at least one of the people who disappeared was murdered.

Into the Fire by Gregg Hhurwitz: Evan Smoak lives by his own code. Once he was known as Orphan X. But he broke free and reinvented himself as The Nowhere Man, a figure shrouded in mystery, known for helping the truly desperate. If anyone is truly desperate, it’s Max Merriweather, and what seems like a simple job for The Nowhere Man turns out to be anything but. Behind every threat he takes out, a deadlier one emerges and Evan Smoak must put himself in greater danger than ever before.

Coconut Layer Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke:  Bakery owner Hannah Swensen is leaving Lake Eden to help a friend in sunny California. But an unexpected phone call swiftly brings her back to a cold Minnesota winter . . . and murder.

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd: Bridie Devine–female detective extraordinaire–is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors trading curiosities in this age of discovery. Winding her way through the labyrinthine, sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing a past that she’d rather keep buried.

Writers & Lovers by Lily King: Blindsided by her mother’s sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Casey’s fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink.

Journey of the Pharaohs by Clive Cussler: Kurt Austin and the NUMA crew race to identify a link between an ancient Egyptian treasure, a 1927 daredevil aviator’s disappearance and the sinking of a modern fishing trawler to prevent a scheme by a cutthroat arms dealer.

New Fiction Titles

Salt River by Randy White: When avowed bachelor Tomlinson reveals he’d unwittingly fathered multiple children via for-profit sperm bank donations. Thanks to genealogy websites, Tomlinson’s now-grown offspring have tracked him down, seeking answers about their roots, and Doc quickly grows suspicious that one of them might be planning something far more nefarious than a family reunion.

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler: Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a “girlfriend”) tells him she’s facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah’s door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah’s meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever.

Crooked River by Douglas Preston: Appearing out of nowhere to horrify the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida, dozens of identical, ordinary-looking shoes float in on the tide and are washed up on the tropical beach–each one with a crudely severed human foot inside. Called away from vacation elsewhere in the state, Agent Pendergast reluctantly agrees to visit the crime scene–and, despite himself, is quickly drawn in by the incomprehensible puzzle.

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth: Fifteen years ago, five ordinary teenagers were singled out by a prophecy to take down an impossibly powerful entity wreaking havoc across North America. On the tenth anniversary of the Dark One’s defeat, something unthinkable happens: one of the Chosen Ones dies. When the others gather for the funeral, they discover the Dark One’s ultimate goal was much bigger than they, the government, or even prophecy could have foretold—bigger than the world itself.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle: A striking, powerful, and moving love story following an ambitious lawyer who experiences an astonishing vision that could change her life forever.

Postscript by Cecelia Ahern: Seven years after her husband’s death – six since she read his final letter – Holly Kennedy has moved on with her life. When she reads the letter on a podcast, strangers begin reaching out to Holly, and they all have one thing in common: they’re living with life-altering conditions and want to leave their own missives behind for loved ones. Suddenly, Holly finds herself drawn back into a world she’s worked to move on from – but one that leads her on remarkable journey.

Greenwood by Michael Christie: Christie has crafted multigenerational story of the forest dwelling Greenwood family, spanning from 1934 to 2034. Throughout there are trees: thrumming a steady, silent pulse beneath Christie’s effortless sentences and working as a guiding metaphor for withering, weathering, and survival. Greenwood is a rain-soaked and sun-dappled story of the bonds and breaking points of money and love, wood and blood–and the hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light

Masked Prey by John Sandford: Ona blog are pictures of the children of influential Washington politicians, walking or standing outside their schools, each identified by name. Surrounding the photos are texts of vicious political rants from a motley variety of radical groups. It’s obviously alarming–is there an unstable extremist tracking the loved ones of powerful politicians with deadly intent? With nowhere else to turn, influential Senators decide to call in someone who can operate outside the FBI’s constraints: Lucas Davenport.  

Blindside by James Patterson: The mayor of New York has a daughter who’s missing and in danger. Detective Michael Bennett has a son who’s in prison. The two strike a deal. The detective leaps into the case and sources lead him to a homicide in the Bronx. The victim has ties to a sophisticated hacking operation — and also to the mayor’s missing daughter, Natalie, a twenty-one-year-old computer prodigy.

The Alliance Public Library has reopened to the public with some restrictions. Items may still be reserved online for pickup using our digital catalog at https://alliancelibrary.org. For more information on current library procedures and services, please visit our website at http://libraries.ne.gov/alliance.

Alliance Public Library reopening procedures

The Alliance Public Library building is now open to the public with the following provisions:

  • There is a limit of 25 patrons in the library.
  • If you are experiencing ANY symptoms of illness, please do not enter the building.
  • Social distancing and limiting your visit time are encouraged.
  • Your library card will still be required for checkout.
  • Materials should continue to be returned in the drop box on the East side of the building.
  • Summer reading will continue as planned with book pickups in the hallway.
  • Four circulation stations are available to avoid patron congregation.
  • Two public use computers and printing are available with a limit of 60 minutes per day.
  • Curbside pickup will continue for those not comfortable entering the facility. Reserves will be available for pickup inside the West door one hour after the reservation has been made.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available at both entrances and in the library.
  • We are open with regular business hours of Monday-Thursday from 8am-6pm, Friday from 8am-5pm, and Saturday from 10am-2pm.
  • Patrons are encouraged to continue accessing our online services such as Overdrive, RB Digital, and Skillshare.
  • Interlibrary Loan services are currently unavailable.

We appreciate your cooperation and patience, and will keep you updated on any changes to our current procedure.