New Fiction

Royal by Danielle Steel: Summer, 1943. The King and Queen choose to send their youngest daughter, Princess Charlotte, to live with a noble family in the country. Charlotte befriends a young evacuee, trains with her cherished horse– and falls deeply in love with her protectors’ son. When tragic events leaves an infant orphaned, the child is raised by a stable manager and his wife. No one, not even she, knows of her lineage. Then a secret finally surfaces, and a long lost princess emerges.

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer: When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his many years. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

The End of Her by Shari Lapena: In upstate New York, Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their colicky twin babies. Then a woman from Patrick’s past drops in on them unexpectedly, raising questions about his late first wife, and when the police start digging, Stephanie’s trust in her husband begins to falter. As their marriage crumbles, Stephanie feels herself coming unglued, and soon she isn’t sure what–or who–to believe. Now the most important thing is to protect her girls, but at what cost?

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christoper Paolini: A space voyager living her dream of exploring new worlds lands on a distant planet ripe for colonization before her discovery of a mysterious relic transforms her life and threatens the entire human race.

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel: Eva, a semi-retired librarian, is shelving books one morning when she runs across an article about The Book of Lost Names. The book, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France by the Nazis, is now housed in a Berlin library. It appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from or what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer, but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war?

Thick as Thieves by Sandra Brown: Arden Maxwell, the daughter of the man who vanished twenty years ago following a heist gone wrong, returns to her family home near mysterious Caddo Lake to finally get answers to the questions that torment her about his disappearance, but little does she know, two of her father’s co-conspirators — a war hero and a corrupt district attorney — are watching her every move.

The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi: There are rules for murder mysteries. Grant McAllister, a professor of mathematics, calculated the different orders and possibilities of a mystery into seven perfect detective stories he quietly published. Now Grant lives in seclusion. Until book editor Julia Hart shows up wanting to republish his book. But there are things in the stories that don’t add up. Inconsistencies left by Grant that a sharp-eyed editor begins to suspect are more than mistakes. They may be clues, and Julia finds herself with a mystery of her own to solve.

Playing Nice by J.P. Delaney: Pete Riley opens his door to find Miles Lambert, a stranger who breaks the devastating news that Pete’s son, Theo, isn’t actually his son—he is the Lamberts’, switched at birth by an understaffed hospital while their real son was sent home with Miles and his wife, Lucy. Then a plan to sue the hospital triggers an official investigation that unearths some disturbing questions about the night their children were switched. How much can they trust the other parents—or even each other?

1st Case by James Patterson:  Genius programmer Angela Hoot has always been at the top of her class. Now she’s at the bottom of the FBI food chain — until her first case threatens everyone around her. With little training, Angela is quickly plunged into a tough case: tracking murderous brothers who go by the name Poet and the Engineer. When her boss tells her to “watch and listen,” Angela’s mind kicks into overdrive. The obsessive thinking that earned her As on campus can prove fatal in the field.

The Library Is Temporarily Closed

Due to a Covid-19 exposure, the Alliance Public Library is closed. You may place holds for items online at https://alliancelibrary.org/catalog/ or by calling the library at 308-762-1387. Pickups will be available from 10 am to 1 pm daily. Please return item in the book drop near the east entrance. The library plans to reopen on Wednesday, September 30. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

New Fiction

Peace Talks by Jim Butcher: When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, joins the White Council’s security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago–and all he holds dear?

Chaos by Iris Johansen: CIA agent Alisa Flynn is determined to rescue schoolgirls kidnapped from their African boarding school in a ripped-from-the-headlines story. But Alisa is hiding her personal stake in the rescue from her co-conspirator and billionaire inventor Gabe Korgan, and when the truth gets out, the stakes grow even higher. Now Alisa and Gabe’s budding relationship may be at a breaking point.

The Stone Wall by Beverly Lewis: A Lancaster County tour guide researches her Alzheimer’s patient grandmother’s Plain heritage and the story behind a mysterious stone wall while confronting a difficult choice about her growing feelings for a handsome Mennonite and a young Amish widower.

Muzzled by David Rosenfelt: Beth reunites lost dogs with their owners. Over the years, she’s helped Andy reunite countless dogs from the Tara Foundation–the dog-rescue foundation that’s Andy’s true passion–with their owners. A particular case is weighing on Beth. Months of searching for a stray’s owner led to a gruesome discovery: the owner had been murdered. Andy is happy to help, but that that’s not why Beth is there … the ‘murdered’ owner contacted Beth, and he wants his dog back.

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs: Natalie Harper feels she must sell the bookshop she’s inherited to pay for her grandfather’s care, but he refuses to acquiesce. After she moves into the small studio apartment above the shop, Natalie carries out her grandfather’s request and hires contractor Peach Gallagher to do the necessary and ongoing repairs. His young daughter, Dorothy, also becomes a regular at the store, and she and Natalie begin reading together while Peach works.

Trouble Is What I Do by Walter Mosley: Leonid McGill’s spent a lifetime building his reputation as a private investigator in New York. Catfish is a ninety-four-year-old Mississippi blues-man who needs Leonid’s help with a simple task: deliver a letter revealing the black lineage of a wealthy heiress and her corrupt father. But when a famed and feared assassin puts out a hit on Catfish, Leonid has no choice but to confront the ghost of his own felonious past.

Deadlock by Catherine Coulter: A series of three red boxes are delivered personally to Savich at the Hoover Building, each one containing puzzle pieces of a town only FBI agent Pippa Cinelli recognizes. Savich sends in Cinelli to investigate undercover but someone knows who she is. Savich and Sherlock are up to their eyebrows in danger, but can they figure out the red box puzzle and the young wife’s secret before it’s too late?

Cajun Justice by James Patterson: Cain had the dream job he had always wanted, protecting the President, until a single night resulted in a scandal that lost him his post. Needing a new direction for his life and with help from his sister who works in Japan, Cain takes a job in Tokyo as head of security detail for a very successful and important CEO. What he thought was a simple security post unravels a tangled web of corruption, greed, and extortion, but now Cain is on his own and without the wealth of resources he had with the Secret Service.

A Walk along the Beach by Debbie Macomber: Inseparable since the sudden loss of their mother as teenagers, Willa and Harper Lakey are perfect opposites. When a handsome customer shows interest in Willa, Harper urges her sister to take a chance on love–something totally out of Willa’s comfort zone. But just as Willa begins to explore the possibilities, Harper receives crushing news that threatens to bring everything to a screeching halt.

New Nonfiction

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker:  The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease. With clarity and compassion, bestselling and award-winning author Robert Kolker uncovers one family’s unforgettable legacy of suffering, love, and hope.

The Hour of Fate by Susan Berfield: The Hour of Fate is the gripping story of a banker and a president thrown together in the crucible of national emergency even as they fought in court. The outcome of the strike and the case would change the course of our history. Today, as the country again asks whether saving democracy means taming capital, the lessons of Roosevelt and Morgan’s time are more urgent than ever.

Lincoln on the Verge by Edward Widmer: As a divided nation plunges into the deepest crisis in its history, Abraham Lincoln boards a train for Washington and his inauguration–an inauguration Southerners have vowed to prevent by any means necessary. Drawing on new research, this account reveals the President-Elect as a work in progress, showing him on the verge of greatness, foiling an assassination attempt, and forging an unbreakable bond with the American people.

What Are the Odds? From Crack Addict to CEO by Mike Lindell: In this memoir written by MyPillow, Inc., inventor and CEO, Mike Lindell describes his entrepreneurial journey and how he overcame addiction to build one of America’s most successful brands. Woven throughout the book are themes of a “what are the odds” outlook, as well as hope, and an unwavering spirit to never give up.

The Lives of Bees by Thomas Seeley: Seeley, a world authority on honey bees, sheds light on why wild honey bees are still thriving while those living in managed colonies are in crisis. He describes how honey bees live in nature and shows how this differs significantly from their lives under the management of beekeepers. He shows beekeepers how to use the principles of natural selection to guide their practices, and he offers a new vision of how beekeeping can better align with the natural habits of honey bees.  

The Last Boat out of Shanghai by Helen Zia: The dramatic, real-life stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist Revolution–a precursor to the struggles faced by emigrants today. Zia weaves the story of four young Shanghai residents who wrestled with the decision to abandon everything for an uncertain life as refugees in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the U.S.

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold: Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London – the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness, and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time – but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.

A Guide Book of United States Coins 2021: Shows and lists current prices for antique American coins.

Make Your Own Living Trust by Denis Clifford: Make Your Own Living Trust includes all the forms you need to create your own trust, plus step-by-step instructions for filling them out. Completely updated and revised, this edition includes the latest tax and legal information, including updated information about the federal estate tax. Good in all states except Louisiana.

The Alliance Public Library is open to the public and operating with regular business hours. 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

The Burning by Megha Majumdar:  After a fiery attack on a train leaves 104 people dead, the fates of three people in India become inextricably entangled. A novel about fate, power, opportunity, and class; about innocence and guilt, betrayal and love, and the corrosive media cycle that manufactures falsehoods masquerading as truths–A Burning is a debut novel of exceptional power and urgency, haunting and beautiful, brutal, vibrant, impossible to forget.

All Adults Here by Emma Straub: When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence? It might be that only Astrid’s 13-year-old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most.

To Wake the Giant: a novel of Pearl Harbor by Jeff Shaara: In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt watches uneasily as the world heads rapidly down a dangerous path. The Japanese have waged an aggressive campaign against China, and they now begin to expand their ambitions. But no one believes that the main base at Pearl Harbor is under any real threat. Told through the eyes of widely diverse characters, this story looks at all sides of the drama and puts the reader squarely in the middle.

Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini: In May 1875, Elizabeth Todd Edwards reels from news that her younger sister Mary, former First Lady and widow of President Abraham Lincoln, has attempted suicide. The Todd sisters’ fates were bound to their husbands’ choices as some joined the Lincoln administration, others the Confederate Army. Now, though discord and tragedy have strained their bonds, Elizabeth knows they must come together as sisters to help Mary in her most desperate hour.  

Brave Girl, Quiet Girl by Catherine Hyde: In a matter of seconds, Brooke’s life is shattered when she’s carjacked, and her daughter Etta, still strapped in her seat, disappears into the Los Angeles night. Miles away, Etta is found by Molly, a homeless teen who is all too used to darkness. Brooke’s and Molly’s desperate paths converge and an unlikely friendship is formed. With it, Brooke and Molly will come to discover that what’s lost—and what’s found—can change in a heartbeat.

Robert B. Parker’s Grudge Match by Mike Lupica: Sunny’s long-time gangster associate Tony Marcus comes to her for help. He needs Sunny to find his girlfriend and business partner who appears to have left in a hurry. But when a witness is murdered hours after speaking to Sunny, it’s clear there’s more at stake than just Tony’s love life. Someone–maybe even Tony himself–doesn’t want this woman on the loose…and will go to any lengths to make sure she stays silent.

In a New York Minute by Cynthia Kolle: Julia Bennett impulsively follows her heart to NYC on a year-long adventure. She doesn’t know what she expects to find when she gets there, but what happens is far beyond her comprehension. The only thing she wonders now; should stick around for the exciting conclusion, or bail out as soon as possible? Written by a Nebraska author and former Alliance resident.

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore: It’s New Year’s Eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. As the countdown to the New Year begins, Oona faints and awakens thirty-two years in the future in her fifty-one-year-old body. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she’s told is her own, Oona learns that with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. And so begins Oona Out of Order… Hopping through decades, pop culture fads, and much-needed stock tips, Oona is still a young woman on the inside but ever changing on the outside.

Golden Poppies by Laila Ibrahim: Years ago, two families intertwined on a plantation in Virginia when two women developed a bond stronger than blood, despite the fact that one was enslaved and the other was the privileged daughter of the plantation’s owner. Now it’s 1894, and as harsh realities of racial divides and the injustices of the Gilded Age conspire to hold them back, the women find they need each other more than ever. Amid the tumult of a quickly changing nation, their destiny depends on what they’re willing to risk for liberation.

The Alliance Public Library is open to the public and operating with regular business hours. Items may be reserved online for pickup using our digital catalog at https://alliancelibrary.org.

New Fiction

The Burning by Megha Majumdar:  After a fiery attack on a train leaves 104 people dead, the fates of three people in India become inextricably entangled. A novel about fate, power, opportunity, and class; about innocence and guilt, betrayal and love, and the corrosive media cycle that manufactures falsehoods masquerading as truths–A Burning is a debut novel of exceptional power and urgency, haunting and beautiful, brutal, vibrant, impossible to forget.

All Adults Here by Emma Straub: When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence? It might be that only Astrid’s 13-year-old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most.

To Wake the Giant: a novel of Pearl Harbor by Jeff Shaara: In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt watches uneasily as the world heads rapidly down a dangerous path. The Japanese have waged an aggressive campaign against China, and they now begin to expand their ambitions. But no one believes that the main base at Pearl Harbor is under any real threat. Told through the eyes of widely diverse characters, this story looks at all sides of the drama and puts the reader squarely in the middle.

Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini: In May 1875, Elizabeth Todd Edwards reels from news that her younger sister Mary, former First Lady and widow of President Abraham Lincoln, has attempted suicide. The Todd sisters’ fates were bound to their husbands’ choices as some joined the Lincoln administration, others the Confederate Army. Now, though discord and tragedy have strained their bonds, Elizabeth knows they must come together as sisters to help Mary in her most desperate hour.  

Brave Girl, Quiet Girl by Catherine Hyde: In a matter of seconds, Brooke’s life is shattered when she’s carjacked, and her daughter Etta, still strapped in her seat, disappears into the Los Angeles night. Miles away, Etta is found by Molly, a homeless teen who is all too used to darkness. Brooke’s and Molly’s desperate paths converge and an unlikely friendship is formed. With it, Brooke and Molly will come to discover that what’s lost—and what’s found—can change in a heartbeat.

Robert B. Parker’s Grudge Match by Mike Lupica: Sunny’s long-time gangster associate Tony Marcus comes to her for help. He needs Sunny to find his girlfriend and business partner who appears to have left in a hurry. But when a witness is murdered hours after speaking to Sunny, it’s clear there’s more at stake than just Tony’s love life. Someone–maybe even Tony himself–doesn’t want this woman on the loose…and will go to any lengths to make sure she stays silent.

In a New York Minute by Cynthia Kolle: Julia Bennett impulsively follows her heart to NYC on a year-long adventure. She doesn’t know what she expects to find when she gets there, but what happens is far beyond her comprehension. The only thing she wonders now; should stick around for the exciting conclusion, or bail out as soon as possible? Written by a Nebraska author and former Alliance resident.

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore: It’s New Year’s Eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. As the countdown to the New Year begins, Oona faints and awakens thirty-two years in the future in her fifty-one-year-old body. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she’s told is her own, Oona learns that with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. And so begins Oona Out of Order… Hopping through decades, pop culture fads, and much-needed stock tips, Oona is still a young woman on the inside but ever changing on the outside.

Golden Poppies by Laila Ibrahim: Years ago, two families intertwined on a plantation in Virginia when two women developed a bond stronger than blood, despite the fact that one was enslaved and the other was the privileged daughter of the plantation’s owner. Now it’s 1894, and as harsh realities of racial divides and the injustices of the Gilded Age conspire to hold them back, the women find they need each other more than ever. Amid the tumult of a quickly changing nation, their destiny depends on what they’re willing to risk for liberation.

The Alliance Public Library is open to the public and operating with regular business hours. 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

If It Bleeds by Stephen King: The four never-before-published novellas represent King at his finest: a teenager discovers that a dead friend’s phone communicates from beyond the grave; a series of apocalyptic incidents bears claim that when a man or a woman dies, a whole world falls to ruin; a frustrated writer strikes a Faustian bargain; and investigator Holly Gibney faces off against a ghoulish newscaster who feeds off the anguish he provokes in his audience by covering horrific tragedies.

The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne: Sloan McPherson is Lauderdale Shores PD’s go-to diver for evidence recovery when she finds a fresh kill floating in a canal—a woman whose murky history collides with her own. Their troubling ties are making Sloan less a potential witness than a suspect, and her colleagues aren’t the only ones following every move she makes. So is the killer.

Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar: A spellbinding novel of psychological suspense that follows a young archivist’s obsession with her subject’s mysterious death as it threatens to destroy her fragile grasp on sanity. A seductive, twisting tale of suspense, Take Me Apart draws readers into the lives of two darkly magnetic young women pinned down by secrets and lies. Sara Sligar’s electrifying debut is a chilling, thought-provoking take on art, illness, and power, from a spellbinding new voice in literary suspense.

Bombshell by Stuart Woods: Teddy Fay is back in Hollywood and caught in two tricky situations. First, a rising star at Centurion becomes the target of malicious gossip, and Teddy must find and neutralize the source before the situation gets out of hand–or becomes violent. At the same time, Teddy finds himself targeted by a criminal thug bearing a grudge. It’s a lot of knives to juggle, even for a former-CIA-operative-turned-movie-producer accustomed to hazardous working conditions.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix: One evening after book club, Patricia is viciously attacked by an elderly neighbor, bringing the neighbor’s handsome nephew, James Harris, into her life. But when children on the other side of town go missing, their deaths written off by local police, Patricia has reason to believe James Harris is more of a Bundy than a Brad Pitt. The real problem? James is a monster of a different kind—and Patricia has already invited him in.

A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight: When lawyer Lizzie Kitsakis from her old friend Zach Grayson, he is desperate: his wife, Amanda, has been found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their Brooklyn brownstone. And Zach’s the primary suspect. As Lizzie is drawn into the dark heart of idyllic Park Slope, she learns that Zach and Amanda weren’t what they seemed. In the end, she’s left wondering not only whether her own marriage can be saved, but what it means to have a good marriage in the first place.

Hideaway by Nora Roberts: At nine, Caitlyn Sullivan she was already a Hollywood star when she disappeared. A smart, scrappy fighter, she managed to escape her abductors. Dillon Cooper was shocked to find the bloodied, exhausted girl huddled in his house – but when the teenager and his family heard her story they provided refuge, reuniting her with her loved ones. Cate’s ordeal, though, was far from over. Years later, she would return to Los Angeles, gathering the courage to act again. What she didn’t yet know was that two seeds had been planted that long-ago night – one of a great love, and one of a terrible vengeance.

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner: Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life and asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer. When Daphne wakes up the morning of the wedding to find that her crush has vanished and that something terrible has happened to her friend, it’s up to her to dip deep, unpeel the layers of illusion, and discover the complicated truth of perfect Drue Cavahaugh. A sparkling novel about the complexities of female relationships, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart, Big Summer is a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out what matters most.  

Tom Clancy Firing Point by Mike Maden: While on vacation in Barcelona, Jack Ryan, Jr. is surprised to run into his old friend Renee at a small cafe. Moments later, the cafe is destroyed by a suicide bomber. As Renee dies in his arms, she utters one word, “Sammler.” This mysterious sequence of events sends the young Campus operative on an unrelenting search to find out the reason behind Renee’s death. Along the way, he discovers that she had secrets of her own–and some of them may have gotten her killed. Jack has never backed down from a challenge, but some prey may be too big for one man.

The Alliance Public Library has reopened to the public. 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 Nonfiction

The World of J.R.R. Tolkein by John Garth: This book takes you to the places that inspired J. R. R. Tolkien to create his fictional locations. Written by renowned Tolkien expert John Garth, The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien features a wealth of breathtaking illustrations, including Tolkien’s own drawings, contributions from other artists, rare archival images, and spectacular color photos of contemporary locations across Britain and beyond, from the battlefields of World War I to Africa.

The Lincoln Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer: Tells the little-known, but true story about a failed assassination attempt on President Lincoln. The plot was investigated by famed detective Allan Pinkerton, who infiltrated the group with undercover agents, including one of the first female private detectives in America. Had the assassination succeeded, there would have been no Lincoln Presidency, and the course of the Civil War and American history would have forever been altered

Medical Medium Cleanse to Heal by Anthony William: In this book you’ll discover: how to choose the cleanse that’s right for you; a deep dive into the causes of your symptoms and conditions; critical cleanse dos and don’ts, including modifications and substitutions; the truth about trendy topics such as intermittent fasting and the microbiome; and more than 75 recipes and sample menus to get you through your Medical Medium cleanse Spiritual.

Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen: Speaker and Bible teacher Jennie Allen hears all the time from women who feel stuck in patterns of frustration and defeat. In her search for a solution, she’s learned that the greatest spiritual battle of our generation is taking place between our ears. In this book Jennie draws on biblical truth and recent discoveries in neuroscience to show exactly how we can fight the enemies of the mind with the truth of who God is and who He calls us to be

The Bird Way by Jennifer Ackerman: This is one scientist’s pithy distinction between mammal brains and bird brains: two ways to make a highly intelligent mind. But the bird way is much more than a unique pattern of brain wiring, and lately, scientists have taken a new look at bird behaviors they have, for years, dismissed as anomalies or mysteries. What they are finding is upending the traditional view of how birds conduct their lives, how they communicate, forage, court, breed, survive.

United States of Socialism by Dinesh D’Souza: For those who witnessed the global collapse of socialism, its resurrection in the twenty-first century comes as a surprise, even a shock. How can socialism work now when it has never worked before? In making the moral case for entrepreneurs and the free market, the author portrays President Trump as the exemplar of capitalism and also the most effective political leader of the battle against socialism. He shows how we can help Trump defeat the socialist menace.

Make America Healthy Again by Nicole Saphier: Nicole Saphier, a Memorial Sloan Kettering physician, nationally recognized patient advocate, and media personality, reveals how individual negligence and big government incompetence have destroyed America’s health care system and offers concrete solutions to address this epic problem. We don’t need socialized medicine — we need to take better care of ourselves.

Above the Law by Matthew Whitaker: Matthew Whitaker came to Washington to serve as chief of staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and following Sessions’s resignation, he was appointed Acting Attorney General of the United States. A former football player at the University of Iowa who had been confirmed by the Senate as a U.S. Attorney, Whitaker was devoted to the ideals of public service and the rule of law. But what he found when he led the Department of Justice on behalf of President Trump were bureaucratic elites with an agenda all their own.

The Fifth Vital by Mike Majlak: Mike Majlak was a seventeen-year-old from a loving, middle-class family in Milford, Connecticut, when he got caught up in the opioid epidemic that swept the nation. For close to a decade thereafter, his life was a wasteland of darkness and despair. Now he’s a social media personality with millions of followers, and an entrepreneur, marketer, podcaster, YouTuber, and author who hopes to use his voice to shine a light for those whose own lights have grown dim. This is his story.

The Alliance Public Library has reopened to the public. 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.

Young Adult Fiction

Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco: Many years ago the magical kingdom of Avalon was left desolate, encased in ice when evil Snow Queen waged war. The refugees of Avalon– including Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family– are stuck in Arizona. His friend, Tala Warnock, knows his secret– and has a few of her own. The appearance of the Firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, reignites the refugees’ desire to journey back to Avalon. But the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, wants nothing more than to take the Firebird’s magic for her own.

So This is Love by Elizabeth Lim: What if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper? Unable to prove that she’s the missing princess, and unable to bear life under Lady Tremaine any longer, Cinderella attempts a fresh start, looking for work at the palace as a seamstress. But when the Grand Duke appoints her to serve under the king’s visiting sister, Cinderella becomes witness to a grand conspiracy to take the king–and the prince–out of power, as well as a longstanding prejudice against fairies, including Cinderella’s own Fairy Godmother.

Return of the Temujai by John Flanagan: The Herons are home in Skandia, but the usually peaceful country is in danger. The Temujai–ruthless warriors from the Eastern Steppes–have never given up on their ambition to claim Skandia for their own…and now they’re on the move. Hal and his crew will have to brave the treacherous icy river and rapids to stop them, no matter the cost.

The Prom by Saundra Mitchell: Emma Nolan wants only one thing before she graduates: to dance with her girlfriend at the senior prom. But in her small town of Edgewater, Indiana, that’s like asking for the moon. Alyssa Greene is popular, head of student council, and daughter of the PTA president. She also has a secret. She’s been dating Emma for the last year and a half. When word gets out that Emma plans to bring a girl as her date, it stirs a community-wide uproar that spirals out of control.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo: Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. In New York City, Yahaira Rios is told that her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. Separated by distance — and Papi’s secrets — the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins: It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute, and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

The Burning by Laura Bates: After starting fresh with her mother in a Scottish fishing village, Anna learns that rumors of the “incident” have followed her, and she finds herself drawn to Maggie, a girl burned for witchcraft centuries before. Includes discussion questions.

Crave by Tracy Wolff: Grace’s world changed when she joined the academy. At the academy she is a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. She can’t decide which faction she should join, or if she should join any of them. The one thing that unites them is their hatred of her. Then there’s Jaxon Vega, a vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. Jaxon has walled himself off for a reason. Does someone want to wake the sleeping monster in him? Is Grace the bait?

Not if I Save You First by Ally Carter: Six years ago Maddie lived in Washington D.C. with her father, a Secret Service agent assigned to the President’s family, and her best friend was Logan, the President’s son; but after her father was wounded in an attempted kidnapping the two of them moved to a remote cabin in Alaska and Logan never replied to her letters–but now he has suddenly turned up on her doorstep, and, while she has no attention of forgiving him for his silence, she soon realizes that first she has to save him from the winter wilderness and the men who are pursuing him.  

The Alliance Public Library has reopened to the public. 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

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown: When that dream crashed, she turned to stealing from rich kids in L.A. alongside her wily Irish boyfriend, Lachlan. Vanessa is a privileged young heiress marked by tragedy who retreats to her family’s sprawling mountain estate. Nina, Vanessa, and Lachlan’s paths collide here, on the cold shores of Lake Tahoe, where their intertwined lives give way to a winter of aspiration and desire, duplicity and revenge.

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora: Conjure Women is a sweeping story that brings the world of the South before and after the Civil War vividly to life. Spanning eras and generations, it tells of the lives of three unforgettable women: Miss May Belle, a wise healing woman; her precocious and observant daughter Rue, who is reluctant to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a midwife; and their master’s daughter Varina. Magnificently written, brilliantly researched, richly imagined, Conjure Women moves back and forth in time to tell the haunting story of Rue, Varina, and May Belle, their passions and friendships

A Good Neighbor by Therese Fowler: A gripping novel that examines the American dream through the lens of two families living side by side in an idyllic neighborhood, and the one summer that changes their lives irrevocably. This book asks big questions about life in America today—what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don’t see eye to eye?—as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand: When Mallory Blessing’s son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. Jake’s wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election. There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other? 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives, and the lives of the people they love.  

Boys of Alabama by Genevieve Hudson: When German transplant Max meets Pan, the school “witch,” he feels seen, and the pair embarks on a consuming relationship: Max tells Pan about his supernatural powers, and Pan tells Max about the snake poison initiations of the local church. The boys, however, aren’t sure whose past is darker, and what is more frightening—their true selves, or staying true in Alabama. Boys of Alabama becomes a nuanced portrait of masculinity, religion, immigration, and the adolescent pressures that require total conformity.

The Second Home by Christina Clancy: After a disastrous summer spent at her family summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen-year-old Ann Gordon was left with a secret that changed her life forever, and created a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael. Fifteen years later, her parents have died, and Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about that long ago summer.

Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins: Barb and John Frost are testy and bored with each other after fifty years of marriage. At least they have their daughters- Barb’s favorite, Juliet; and John’s darling, Sadie. The girls themselves couldn’t be more different, but at least they got along, more or less. Until the day John has a stroke, and their house of cards came tumbling down. And now Barb and John will finally have to face what’s been going on in their marriage all along

Sin Eater by Megan Campisi: In Elizabeth I’s England, a fourteen-year-old girl who steals a loaf of bread is sentenced to be a sin eater, a shunned woman who must assume the sins of the dead, and becomes drawn into a dangerous mystery at the heart of a corrupt and violent court.

The Persuasion by Iris Johanson: Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy Seal Joe Quinn are about to give Seth Caleb their trust for the most important duty of his life: keeping their daughter, Jane, safe at any cost. Because Jane’s talent as an artist has brought her to the attention of a madman. As the two come face-to-face with danger, one thing is made clear: it will take both of them working together to confront and defeat this evil.

The Alliance Public Library has reopened to the public. 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.