New Nonfiction Titles

When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley: Emily Ley brings a revolutionary exploration of how to live a life of more in a world that often overwhelms to the point of burnout. Emily empathizes with readers in the throes of exhaustion and provides tools for nourishing their spirits and achieving a life where less becomes more.

Finding Chika by Mitch Albom: Bestselling author Mitch Albom returns to nonfiction for the first time in more than a decade in this poignant memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart. Finding Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed–a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.

The Body by Bill Bryson: Bill Bryson guides us through the human body–how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes. The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular.

A Republic, if You Can Keep It by Neil Gorsuch: This rich collection offers Neil Gorsuch’s most salient writings and speeches from his over three decades of thinking about the law as a student, practitioner, professor, judge, and now justice. For court watchers and the general public alike, it provides essential insight into his judicial philosophy and his views on the Constitution and the role of judges in our modern republic.

Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Recipes by Joanne Change: During her time as a pastry chef, restauranteur, and cookbook author, Joanne Chang has created many a tasty treat and compiled the very best of them here, in what she considers not just a cookbook but her baking journal.

The Hero by Lee Child: In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. Child teaches us how classic stories still shape our minds and behavior in an increasingly confusing modern world.

Tap Code by Carlyle Harris: Tap Code is the untold story of ex-Vietnam POW Colonel Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, who brought hope, strength, and the love of God to fellow American POWs by secretly reviving a long-unused military communication code. It was a lifeline as they endured torture and abuse, bringing unity and ultimately helping them prevail over a brutal enemy.

Letters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world’s largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto.

The Case Against Socialism by Rand Paul: Rand Paul, U.S. senator for Kentucky and America’s most prominent libertarian, makes a case against socialist ideology, showing the impact of its deadly legacy and the threat of its new rise in America.

New Fiction Titles

Tom Clancy Code of Honor by Marc Cameron: As President of the United States, Jack Ryan has faced many challenges, but none have been as personal as this and never has he been this helpless in the face of evil in the latest entry in Tom Clancy’s #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: The mesmerizing adult debut from Leigh Bardugo, a tale of power, privilege, dark magic, and murder set among the Ivy League elite secret societies where occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.

A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci: Atlee Pine has spent most of her life trying to find out what happened that fateful night in Andersonville, Georgia. Her six-year-old twin sister, Mercy, was taken and Atlee was left for dead while their parents were apparently partying downstairs. One person who continues to haunt her is notorious serial killer, Daniel James Tor, confined to a Colorado maximum security prison. Does he really know what happened to Mercy?

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: Zachary discovers a rare book hidden in the library stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by fantastic tales, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean library, hidden far below the surface of the earth

Spy by Danielle Steel: At eighteen, Alexandra Wickham is presented to King George V and Queen Mary and seems destined for a privileged life. But fate leads her down a different path. By 1939, Europe is on fire and England is at war. Fluent in French and German, she would make the perfect secret agent. Within a year, Alex is shocking her family in trousers and bright red lipstick. They must never know about the work she does–no one can know, not even the pilot she falls in love with.

Criss Cross by James Patterson: In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. A note signed ‘M’ rests on the corpse. ‘You messed up big time, Dr. Cross.’ Was an innocent man just put to death?

Game of Snipers by Stephen Hunter: When Bob Lee Swagger is approached by a woman who lost a son to war and has spent the years since risking all that she has to find the sniper who pulled the trigger, he knows right away he’ll do everything in his power to help her. But what begins as a favor becomes an obsession, and soon Swagger is back in the action, teaming up with the Mossad, the FBI, and local American law enforcement, as he tracks a sniper who is his own equal…and attempts to decipher that assassin’s ultimate target before it’s too late.

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark: When investigative journalist Gina Kane receives an email from a “CRyan” describing her “terrible experience” while working at REL, a high-profile television news network, including the comment “and I’m not the only one,” Gina knows she has to pursue the story, but is shocked to discover the young woman has died tragically in an accident while on holiday. And when another accuser turns up dead, Gina realizes someone–or some people–will go to depraved lengths to keep the story from seeing the light.

New Fiction Titles

The Starter Wife by Nina Lauren: They think my husband’s first wife disappeared or they think she is dead. There’s a big difference. My phone rings. The only answer to my slightly breathless hello is empty static. When the voice does finally come, it’s female, low, muffled somehow. “Where is it, Claire? What did you do with it? Tell me where it is.” A woman. A real flesh-and-blood woman on the other end of the phone. She’s not just in my head. A wave of panic spreads under my skin like ice water. It’s her.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: Seventeen-year-old Zelie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

The Old Success by Martha Grimes: When the body of a French woman washes up on a wild inlet off the Cornish coast, Brian Macalvie, divisional commander with the Devon-Cornwall police is called in. Who could have killed this beautiful tourist, the only visible footprints nearby belonging to the two little girls who found her in the days following the mysterious slaying of the Parisian tourist, two other murders take place: first, a man is shot at a country estate, then a holy duster turns up murdered in Exeter Cathedral. Macalvie, Jury, and Brownell set out to discover whether these three killings, though very different in execution, are connected

Final Option by Clive Cussler: Juan Cabrillo and his crew are sent to Brazil to rescue three CIA agents whose identities have been compromised.

Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich: Grandma Mazur has decided to get married again – this time to a local gangster named Jimmy Rosolli. If Stephanie has her doubts about this marriage, she doesn’t have to worry for long, because the groom drops dead of a heart attack 45 minutes after saying, “I do.” A sad day for Grandma Mazur turns into something far more dangerous when Jimmy’s former “business partners” are convinced that his new widow is keeping the keys to a financial windfall all to herself. But the one thing these wise guys didn’t count on was the widow’s bounty hunter granddaughter, who’ll do anything to save her.

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky: Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.

Scarlet Fever by Rita Mae Brown: Harry Dunbar, a member of the Jefferson Hunt club with a penchant for antique furniture, is found with his skull cracked at the bottom of the stairs to a local store. There are no telltale signs of foul play–save for the priceless (and stolen) fox ring in his pocket. Sister and her hounds set out to uncover the truth: Was this simply an accident or something much more sinister?

The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg: When Iris Winters and Maddy Harris are invited to the club, they find that it’s just what each of them needs. Iris hasn’t yet told anyone about the unlikely man who has captured her attention, and Maddy has come back home to escape a problem too big for her to confront.

New DVDs

Ocean of Grass: Discover the unforgettable beauty of Nebraska’s Sandhills region as seen through the eyes of a 130 year old McGinn family ranch. Moving into its 5th generation, the ranch encompasses all that makes America great: an appreciation of heroic effort, the love of family, friends, and country, and doing whatever is required to survive. It is a landscape of individuals with unique personalities.

Toy Story 4: When Woddy, Buzz, and the gang join Bonnie on a road trip with her new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky, the innocent little spork’s hilarious antics launch Woody on a wild quest filled with unexpected new characters – and one long-lost friend.

The Lion King: In this “live-action” remake of the classic animated film, a young lion prince named Simba flees after being framed for the murder of his father by Scar, his power hungry uncle. After learning of his kingdom’s ruin, Simba returns home to face his past and take his rightful place and king.

The Art of Racing in the Rain: Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a heartwarming tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo. Through his unique insight into the human condition, Enzo helps his owners – racecar driver Denny Swift, his wife Eve, and daughter Zoe – navigate life with a refreshing perspective on friendship, family, and unconditional love.

Yesterday: Jack Malik was just another struggling songwriter . . . but that was yesterday. After a mysterious blackout, Jack discovers he is the only person on the planet who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off The Fab Four’s songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie – the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start. Before the door to his old life closes forever, Jack must decide if all he needs is love, after all.

A Discovery of Witches: Brilliant historian Diana Bishop is a witch denying her heritage. But when she unexpectedly calls up an ancient, bewitched manuscript from Oxford’s Bodleian Library, she finds herself thrown into the heart of a dangerous mystery – and into the path of enigmatic geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont.

The Mustang: Robert Coleman, a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his past, rediscovers his own humanity in a social rehabilitation program. There he must gentle an especially unbreakable mustang named Marcus, a journey that inspires a heartfelt connection and challenges him to be a better person.

Fast and Furious presents Hobbs and Shaw: For years hulking lawman Luke Hobbs and lawless outcast Deckard Shaw have traded smack talk and body blows. But when cyber-genetically enhance anarchist Brixton gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever, Hobbs and Shaw partner up to bring down the only guy who might be more bad than themselves.

The Kitchen: Melissa Mccarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss star as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but an ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish Mafia’s matters into their own hands – proving unexpectedly adept at everything, from running the rackets to taking out the competition.

Christmas Movies!

Many Christmas celebrations will begin this weekend. Don’t forget to pick up a Christmas movie to share with family and to keep the kids entertained! Here’s a sampling of available titles that are currently on the shelves and ready to go. Give us a call, and we’ll hold them behind the desk for you to pick up!

Thomas and Friends Merry Winter Wish: Thomas has a special delivery for the season — the Star of Knapford, a festive light that makes wishes come true! Celebrate the holiday season with Thomas — from building snowmen, preparing holiday surprises, and celebrating a Misty Island Christmas party. The more friends the merrier, so join the fun and see that winter wishes do come true with Thomas & Friends™!

A Christmas Carol: From Walt Disney Pictures comes the magical retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale — Disney’s A Christmas Carol, the high-flying, heartwarming adventure for the whole family, starring Jim Carrey. When three ghosts take penny-pinching Scrooge on an eye-opening journey, he discovers the true meaning of Christmas — but he must act on it before it’s too late. Complete with spirited bonus features, this exhilarating and touching Disney classic is destined to be part of your holiday tradition, adding sparkle and heart to all your Christmases yet to come.

The Christmas Toy: Celebrate the thrill of Christmas in Jim Henson’s award-winning film. This critically acclaimed adventure takes place on the night before Christmas – when all of the toys magically come to life. But when Santa delivers his presents, some of last year’s toys are fearful of being replaced. Lead by Rugby the Tiger, the old toys venture from the playroom to meet their new friends under the Christmas Tree. Experience the magic of Christmas in this classic Jim Henson adventure filled with fun, music, and laughter.

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Every who down in Who-ville likes Christmas a lot, but the Grinch who lived just north of Who-ville did NOT! So the cuddly as a cactus Grinch (with termites in his smile and garlic in his soul) tries to wipe out Christmas for the cheerful Who-villains, only to discover: maybe Christmas, he thought doesn’t come from as store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more! Magnificently narrated by Boris Karloff and animated by cartoon legend Chuck Jones, it’s an award-winning Who-roast-beast-feast of a holiday classic!

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland: Frosty the Snowman’s marriage is threatened by jealous Jack Frost. Includes “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in which a little mouse offends Santa Claus and must work to make amends so his entire village won’t be passed up on Christmas Eve.

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Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

Robert Goolrick’s first novel, A Reliable Wife, is a literary masterpiece I could not put down once started. The men in my family were deer hunting and the weather was a wintery mess of high winds and dry snow. The perfect setting to curl up on the couch and treat myself to the most well written novel of the year. Intoxicating to the last word. I didn’t know modern books could be this masterfully written!

Wisconsin, autumn 1907, the wealthy Ralph Truitt placed an add in a Chicago paper, advertising for, “A RELIABLE WIFE”.  Catherine Land responded, writing, “I am a simple, honest woman.” Her ultimate goal is to marry this man and slowly kill him leaving her a wealthy widow. Little does Catherine know that Ralph has a plan of his own.

The bleak Wisconsin terrain is lush with adventure and suspense. This book would be a great Christmas present for any reader.

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