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Wildlife of the world by DK Smithsonianjacket.jpg

“Wildlife of the World takes you on a journey through some of the most scenic and rich animal habitats — from the Amazon rain forests to the Himalayas, the Sahara to the South Pole — meeting the most important animals in each ecosystem along the way. In Wildlife of the World truly spectacular portrait-style photography brings you “face-to-face” with individual animals in up-close and engrossing profiles on how the animals interact with their environments, mate, survive, and even play. From the shaggy musk ox foraging in the Canadian high arctic to the angered Scottish wildcat prowling the Highlands to the rock-climbing gelada monkey of Ethiopia, each animal featured in Wildlife of the World plays a key role in its environment. An additional eighty-page illustrated reference section on the animal kingdom explains the animal groups and profiles additional species.”

History: the definitive visual guide : from the dawn of civilization to the present day by DK Smithsonianjacket.jpg

History tells the story of mankind from prehistory to the present day using a unique visual approach, filled with timelines, images of artifacts, photography, graphics, and more. Now in its third edition, this much-loved classic has been revised and updated to bring today’s current events into wider context and includes all new material on the global recession, green technologies, and the Internet and social media. This fully revised and updated third edition of History includes:• Inventions, discoveries, and ideas that have shaped world history. • A look at human achievement through artifacts, painting, sculpture, and architecture• An examination of humankind in context as part of the natural world. • Eyewitness accounts and biographies of key figures. • A comprehensive timeline chronicling the key events of the countries of the world.• Key contemporary issues, political developments, changes in leadership, and more.”

Where she ­be­longs: Misty Wil­low series — 1 by John­nie Alexanderjacket.jpg

“Can love redeem a broken past? Shelby Kincaid is ready to move forward after the death of her husband left her devastated. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family’s homestead, Misty Willow, so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she has her work cut out for her. AJ Sullivan never wanted Shelby’s family homestead in the first place. His grandfather left it to him as punishment for not following his wishes, and he’s let it fall into ruin. AJ’s more than happy to unload it to this spitfire of a woman. But even after angry exchanges over the state of the house, he can’t get her off his mind.With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and family history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home–and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.”

Trav­el­er­s rest by Keith Lee morrisjacket.jpg

“When a young family is forced off the highway by a blizzard, they arrive in the town of Good Night, Idaho. Good night is a semi-abandoned mining town, and there they find shelter in a grand, nearly empty hotel. With nowhere else to go, family tensions begin to mount. The couple – Tonio and Julia – are taking Tonio’s alcoholic brother home with them for one last chance to sober up. But the hotel begins to exert a mysterious pull on them. One by one, the family members become caught up in strange force fields: Robbie begins experiencing frightening lapses in time and space, which cannot just be blamed on his drinking. Tonio, caught in a loop, finds himself mysteriously returning to the lobby every time he sets out to find Dewey, his precocious ten-year-old son. It is up to Dewey, haunted by visions of his parents and ghostly images flickering across the hotel TV screen, to track down his family. But is he any match for the powers of the Travelers’ Rest? And what does the history of the hotel have to do with why the family’s sudden arrival?–publisher.”

Brilliance: Brilliance saga — 1 by Marcus Sakeyjacket.jpg

“In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind. From Marcus Sakey, “a modern master of suspense” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “one of our best storytellers” (Michael Connelly), comes an adventure that’s at once breakneck thriller and shrewd social commentary; a gripping tale of a world fundamentally different and yet horrifyingly similar to our own, where being born gifted can be a terrible curse.”

Th­e­se bro­ken s­tars: S­tar­bound­ series — 1 by Amie Kaufmanjacket.jpg

“It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury space liner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder would they be better off staying here forever? Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.”

Un­der­wa­ter by Marisa Reichardtjacket.jpg

“A tragic high school shooting leaves seventeen-year-old Morgan Grant a home bound agoraphobe. While she wasn’t intentionally connected with the shooting, she struggles with the guilt of being inadvertently involved in the incident. She is also dealing with an absent father who has PTSD after coming back from the war in Afghanistan. Everything in her life seems to be crashing down in waves and pulling her beneath the surface, underwater. But when a new boy moves in next door, he reminds Morgan of how to keep her head up. He reminds her of all the things she misses, like tank tops and tan lines, surfboards and swimming. Step by step, he shows Morgan how to let go of the past and move on.”

The truth by Jeffry W. Johnstonjacket.jpg

“”I tied you up because I need you to listen,” Derek says. “Focus.””Please… W-what do you want from me?””The truth,” he says. “About what happened the night my brother died.” He reaches for my left hand. “If I think you’re lying…” With his other hand, he flourishes a pair of flower cutters. Curved. Sharp. And he smiles.” When Chris wakes up in a dark basement tied to a chair, he knows that he’s trapped-and why. Eight nights ago a burglar broke into Chris’ home. Eight nights ago Chris did what he had to do to protect his family. And eight nights ago a 13-year-old runaway bled to death on his kitchen floor.Now Derek wants the truth about what happened that night. He wants proof his little brother didn’t deserve to die. For every lie Chris tells, he will lose a finger. But telling the truth is far more dangerous… A riveting, edge-of-your-seat thriller from Edgar Award-nominated author Jeffry W. Johnston that explores the gray area between what is right and what we’ll do to protect the people we love.”

DVD: Down­ton Abbey — Sea­son 6jacket.jpg

“The year is 1925. Momentous changes threaten the great house, its owners, and its servants, while past scandals continue to loom. Return to the sumptuous setting of Downton Abbey for the sixth and final season to discover what will finally become of the Crawley family, and the servants who work for them, as they face new challenges and begin forging different paths in a rapidly changing world. Secrets and rifts threaten the unity of the family, while those below stairs continue to navigate social changes which put their futures in jeopardy.”

DVD: Maze run­ner — The S­corch ­tri­al­sjacket.jpg

“They may have escaped the maze but Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.”

DVD: Sher­lock­: sea­son t­wojacket.jpg

“Sherlock and Watson are back in three new stories: A Scandal in Belgravia; The Hounds of Baskerville; and The Woman, the Hound, and the Fall.”




CD Audio: The finest hours: the true story of the U.S Coast Guard’s most daring sea rescue by Mike Tougiasjacket.jpg

“In the winter of 1932, New England was battered by the most brutal nor’easter in years, wreaking havoc on land and creating a wind-whipped peril of the freezing Atlantic. In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Fort Mercer and the Pendleton, broke in two. The Coast Guard raced its cutters to the Fort Mercer to rescue the men huddled in the halves, and when the Pendleton proved to be in danger of capsizing, sent out into the storm two 36-foot wooden lifeboats, each manned by four crewmen, in what every crewman realized could be a suicide mission in the enormous seventy-foot seas”


All of the new selections can be found on the “New Book” shelves located in the different areas of the library. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

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