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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014

The library now has some tax forms for copying. We no longer receive full sets of books and forms. Copies are only 15¢ for black-and-white per page. FAX is $1.00 per page.

We had a new author drop by last week—Charles Dee Smith from Llano. He generously donated two audiobooks in the Bud and Bunny audiobook series. ‘Their story is set in Central Texas Hill Country where they live a life of rural tranquility in a house on a hill with their four cats. Original music is interwoven with the narration throughout the audio production to enhance the listener’s pleasure. The books are suitable for all ages.’ We always gladly support Texas authors, especially when they are this close to home. We hope you’ll give his books a try. You can learn more about the author at or visit him on Facebook.

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


Boardwalk Empire: Season 1

Boardwalk Empire: Season 2

Captain Phillips

The Visitor

Ladies in Lavender

Blue Jasmine

Game of Thrones: Season 2

The Genesis Code

Last Chance Harvey

British Cinema Collection: (Restoration, An Ideal Husband, Sweet Revenge, A Month by the Lake, Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown, My Life So Far, Tom & Viv, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain)

British Cinema Collection: (Robert Louis Stevenson’s St. Ives, Rowing With the Wind, School for Seduction, Love Among the Ruins, The Inheritance, Dirty Pretty Things, Rogue Trader, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina)


Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M. Gates (921 GAT)


Dr. Texas by Debbie Macomber (CD F MAC)

Body Heat by Brenda Novak (CD F NOV)


Savage Texas: A Good Day to Die by William Johnstone (WF JOH)

“In Hangtree, Texas, any day could be your last. For on the heels of the Civil War, Hangtree is drawing gamblers, fast women and faster gunmen. Two men barely hold the boomtown together: Yankee Sam Heller and Texan Johnny Cross. Heller and Cross can’t stand the sight of each other, but Hangtree needs them more than ever when a Comanche named Red Hand leads a horde of warriors on a horrific path of bloodshed and destruction, with Hangtree sitting right in Red Hand’s path.”

Life of Pi by Yann Martel (F MAR)

“This is a tale of disaster at sea. Both a boys’ own adventure (for grown-ups) and a meditation on faith and the value of religious metaphor, it was one of the most extraordinary and original novels of 2002. The only survivor from the wreck of a cargo ship on the Pacific, 16 year old Pi spends 221 days on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal Tiger called Richard Parker ...”

Eyes Wide Open: The Outlaw Chronicles Books 1-4 by Ted Dekker (F DEK)

“Who are you? Dekker drags that question into the light with this modern day parable about how we see ourselves. Humming with intensity and blindsided twists, Eyes Wide Open is raw adrenaline from the first page to the last pure escapism packed with inescapable truth. Not all is as it seems. Or is it? Strap yourself in for the ride of your life. Literally. ”

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen (F QUI)

“The tale begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.”

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (F TAN)

“Chiaverini reveals the famous First Lady’s very public social and political contest with Kate Chase Sprague, memorialized as ‘one of the most remarkable women ever known to Washington society’.”

After Her by Joyce Maynard (F MAY)

“It’s the summer of 1979, and a dry, hot, northern California school vacation stretches ahead for Rachel and her younger sister Patty. Their father a detective leaves them to their own devices. When young women start showing up dead on the mountain, the girls’ father is charged with finding the man responsible, known as The Sunset Strangler. Seeing her father’s life slowly unravel when he fails to stop the murders, Rachel embarks on her most dangerous game yet: setting herself up as bait to catch the killer, with consequences that will destroy her father’s career and alter the lives of everyone she loves.”

Cell by Robin Cook (F COO)

“George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone has become a fully customizable personal physician called iDoc. George’s initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating. He awakens one morning to find his fiancée dead in bed alongside him, not long after she participated in an iDoc beta test. Then several of his patients die after being part of the same test. Is iDoc being subverted by hackers? Is the U.S. government involved in a cover-up?”

The Wind Is Not a River by Brian Payton (F PAY)

“. . . a gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife - separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil - fight to reunite in Alaska’s starkly beautiful Aleutian Islands.”

Perfect by Rachel Joyce (F JOY)

“In 1972, two seconds were added to time. It was in order to balance clock time with the movement of the earth. Byron Hemming knew this because James Lowe had told him and James was the cleverest boy at school. But how could time change? Then Byron’s mother, late for the school run, makes a devastating mistake. Byron’s perfect world is shattered. Were those two extra seconds to blame? Can what follows ever be set right?”

Do or Die: Reluctant Heroes by Suzanne Brockmann (F BRO Rel.1)

“Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs. Or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, he is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the U.S. government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father.”

The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley (F BUC)

“Eve Lattimore’s family is like every other on their suburban street, with one exception. Her son Tyler has a rare medical condition that makes him fatally sensitive to light. For Eve, only constant vigilance stands between an increasingly restless teenage son and the dangers of the outside world. Until the night the unthinkable happens. When tragedy strikes, it becomes clear that this family is not the only one on the quiet cul-de-sac that is more complicated than it appears.” 

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