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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 • Posted October 16, 2013

Libraries are often places where one can find obscure facts, so I’m going to share one with you. Last Saturday, October 12, was Cookbook Launch Day. Now, I didn’t launch a cookbook, but I counted 103 cookbooks on our shelves, and I expect to add to that number especially if the Riata ladies or some other local organization puts out new ones. So if you’re looking for something different for supper tonight, come see what the library has to offer!

NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)


The Bungalow by Sarah Jio (CD F JIO)

Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly (CD 306.097 O’RE)


Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard (232.96 O’RE)

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (814.54 SED)


The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks (F SPA)

“In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose parallel love stories intersect in profound and surprising ways.”

The Last Line by Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer & William H. Keith (F SHA)

“With Mexico descending into anarchy, the drug cartels have kicked up the heat, allying with Hezbollah and the Iranian secret service in a plot aimed at the destruction of the United States. Chris Teller races to unravel the plot and discovers a treasonous cabal within the U.S. government itself.”

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (F MAR)

“Two doctors risk everything to save the life of a hunted child in this majestic debut about love, loss, and the unexpected ties that bind us together.”

Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick (F BOS CQ.6)

“In this luminous prequel to her beloved Cobbled Court Quilts series, Bostwick takes readers into the heart of a small Texas town and the soul of a woman who discovers her destiny there. . .Welcome to Too Much—where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless.”

Dr. Sleep by Stephen King (F KIN Shi.2)

“King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.”

Illusion by Frank Peretti (F PER)

“Dane and Mandy Collins have been a popular magic act for close to 30 years. A fiery car wreck leaves Dane awakens in a hospital and Mandy dead. We see 19-year-old Mandy in a flashback and learn how they met and how they had to uncover the conspiracy behind their meeting; the strange, supernatural bent to Mandy’s magic; and who was following them.”

In My Father’s House by Bodie Thoene (F THO Shi.1)

“Max Meyer, a Jew from New York; Ellis Warne, an Irish doctor’s son from Ohio; Birch Tucker, an Arkansas farm boy even Jefferson Canfield, the son of a black sharecropper had fought together in World War I and formed bonds of friendship that would tie them together forever. But even as the Armistice is declared, another battle rages on the undercurrents of racial, religious and cultural intolerance threaten the very foundations of the nation.”

In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl (F MAC)

“Iris, a widow, spends her days quietly. But one day Iris receives an invitation to a WWI reunion in France. Determined to go, Iris is overcome by memories of the past and of her journey to France in 1914, where she decided to stay and help a group of women set up a field hospital. But war is a brutal thing, and there is a terrible price that Iris has to pay - a price that will echo down the generations.”


“It is the unlikely friendship of two brothers-in-arms, and the passions they arouse in others, that drives this powerful debut novel. Mudbound is told in riveting personal narratives by the individual members of the McAllan and Jackson families. As they strive for love and honor in a brutal time and place, they become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale and find redemption where they least expect it.”

The Miner’s Lady by Tracie Peterson (F PET Land.3) Christian Fiction

“When Chantel Panetta’s younger sister claims to be in love with Orlando Vittorio, Chantel knows there is no hope. The Panettas and Vittorios have been sworn enemies for decades, yet, unable to resist Isabella’s pleas, Chantel agrees to help her sister spend time with Orlando...only to have a run-in with Dante, Orlando’s brother.

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