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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • Posted December 11, 2013

Do you know of a homebound senior who might like to have books, books on CD, or movies to help pass the time? We are teaming up with Meals on Wheels to deliver and pick up such items to homebound seniors who would like to have Books for the Homebound service, but we will deliver to others regardless if they receive meals or not. If you know of someone, please, give us a call at 325-347-5446!

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



Thomas Kinkade’s Songs of Christmas by Katherine Spencer (F SPE)

“It’s the happiest time of year, but the Christmas spirit is lost on Lillian Warwick. Her beloved Ezra’s failing health requires the help of an aide. Estrella Hernandez quickly wins Ezra’s admiration, but drives Lillian absolutely crazy. When a brutal storm forces Estrella’s family to take shelter under Lillian’s roof, her humbuggery is pushed to its limits.”

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (F FOR)

“Set in Seattle’s Japantown during World War II, this novel gives us an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry Lee and Keiko Okabe, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.”

King and Maxwell by David Baldacci (F BAL Kin.6)

“Teen Tyler Wingo learns that his father was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father . . . after his supposed death. He hires King and Maxwell to solve the mystery, but their investigation leads to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.”

Spoon by Robert Greer (WF GRE)

“Set in the contemporary American West, Spoon tells the story of Arcus Witherspoon, a mysterious half-black, half-Indian, oddly clairvoyant man searching for his roots. Hitchhiking near Hardin, Montana, Spoon falls in with a ranching family struggling to keep their ranch afloat. Proving himself a gifted ranch hand and mentor, Spoon charges himself with rescuing the Darleys and guiding the family’s teenage son TJ on his path to manhood.”

Bodies of Water by T. Greenwood (F GRE)

“In 1960, Billie Valentine is a young housewife in a dull marriage and caring for two adopted daughters. Then a new family moves in across the street, and the affair that follows offers a solace Billie has never known, until her secret is revealed. Fifty years later, the neighbors’ son, Johnny, contacts an elderly Billie, entreating her to return east to meet with him. Once there, Billie finally learns the surprising truth about what was lost, and what still remains, of those joyful, momentous times.”

Burnt Black by Ed Kovacs (F KOV Cli.3)

“New Orleans Homicide Detective Cliff St. James and his partner Honey find themselves probing a succession of unusual deaths. The puzzling deaths connected to a secretive occult group seem to only lead them deeper into an unsolvable maze fraught with strange occurrences and brutal death.”

Accused by Lisa Scottoline (F SCO Ros.12)

“Rosato & Associates are back with an astonishing request from a thirteen-year-old prospective client.  Allegra Gardner’s sister Fiona was murdered six years ago.  It seemed like an open-and-shut case, but Allegra believes the accused was innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned. Taking on the case seems foolhardy to Mary DiNunzio, because the Gardner family is one of the richest and most powerful in the country and Allegra’s parents do not believe in reopening this case.  But the Rosato & Associates firm can never resist an underdog.”  

The Christmas Angel by Jane Maas (F MAA)

“Owen Thomas, a poor Welsh coal miner, falls in love with a beautiful London actress, Jessica. He carves her an angel to go on top of a majestic tree. When Jessica breaks off their romance, Owen brings the Christmas angel to America. There she’ll remind all who see her that Christmas is the time when magic fills the earth. A time when even a Christmas angel ornament, made out of good Welsh wood and the hopes and dreams of generations, may one day return home again.”

Blood on the Verde Rover by Dusty Richards (WF RIC Byr.3)

“Chet Byrnes sets out to build a new life on the Arizona frontier. Behind the Byrnes family is a tale of bloodshed and blood feuds. What lies ahead is any kind of future they can scrape together out of a merciless landscape--as long as they’re willing to make it on their own.”

The Brides of Chance by Kelly Eileen Hake (F HAR)

“Savor this delightful collection packed with brothers and brides. The Chance brothers enjoy ranch life in California and are not searching for brides - until brides come to them like damsels in distress, pulling at their tender heartstrings. Will any of the rough-around-the-edges brothers stand a chance of barring their hearts from love as they offer a hand of compassion?”

Born to Die by Lisa Jackson (F JAC Sel.3)

“A sad, strange coincidence—that’s Dr. Kacey Lambert’s initial response to the deaths of two women who bear an uncanny resemblance to herself. It’s not like there was any real connection between the women, but Detective Selena Alvarez suspects otherwise. The deeper Kacey digs, the more reason she has to fear.”

The Night Is Forever by Heather Graham (F GRA Kre, 11)

“Olivia Gordon works at a facility that assists patients with mental and physical recovery; her specialty is animal therapy. She’s always loved her job, until now. People are dying. And before every death, Liv sees a horse and rider, wearing a soldier’s garb, in the night sky. Warning? Omen? Or clue? Liv calls in her cousin Malachi and his Krewe, an FBI unit of paranormal investigators, to discover the truth.”

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