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From the Librarian’s Shelf . . .
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 • Posted March 30, 2011

Tax season is here, and the library may be able to make filing a little easier. The IRS has sent us a notebook of basic tax forms (unfortunately, we don’t have the 1099 that some of you have asked for) that can be copied. You can bring your own copy paper or use ours to make black-and-white or color copies. We also have a FAX machine where you can send and receive faxes. After your tax forms are in, why not reward yourself with a good book?

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

If Wishes Were Horses by Robert Barclay (F BAR)

"Wyatt Blaine desperately seeks a reason to continue. Devastated by the senseless deaths of his wife and son at the hands of a drunk driver, he remains unable to forgive, and to love again. Searching for a sense of peace, he decides to revive his late wife’s equine therapy program for troubled teens at the Blaine family ranch. By honoring her memory in this way, he hopes to find the sense of closure that has long eluded him."

Gideon’s Sword by Preston & Childs ( F PRE Crew.1)

"At twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At twenty-four, summoned to his dying mother’s bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him."

Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain (921 TWA)

"The year 2010 marked the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone and in honor of the cherished tradition of publishing Mark Twain’s works, UC Press is proud to offer for the first time Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography in its entirety and exactly as he left it."

The Border Lords by Jefferson Parker (F PAR CH.4)

"ATF agent Sean Ozburn is deep undercover, supporting the sicarios of the North Baja Cartel, when he suddenly goes completely dark, leaving Charlie Hood and the support team from Operation Blowdown with a safe house full of bodies and no explanation."

Three Stages of Amazement by Carol Edgarian (F EDG)

"Charlie Pepper and Lena Rusch live in San Francisco in a modest pink bungalow they cannot afford. Charlie and Lena grew up believing they could have it all . . . now, in early middle age, life has delivered surprises and tests—a stillborn twin, an economic crash, a relentless rival in Charlie’s business, and a seductive lover from Lena’s past. Touched by tragedy, imbued with hope, Lena and Charlie must face, for the first time, real limitations."

Fatal Error by J.A. Jance (F JAN)

"Ali Reynolds begins the summer thinking her most difficult challenge will be surviving a six-week-long course as the lone forty-something female at the Arizona Police Academy . . . However, when Brenda Riley, a colleague from Ali’s old news broadcasting days in California, shows up in town with an alcohol problem and an unlikely story about a missing fiancé, Ali reluctantly agrees to help."

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (F MCL)

"Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever."

Toys by James Patterson (F PAT)

"Hays Baker: Father. Husband. Patriot. Hero. #1 Most Wanted . . .The top operative for the Agency of Change, Hays has just won the fiercest battle of his career. He has been praised by the president and is a national hero. But before he can savor his triumph, he receives an unbelievable shock that overturns everything he thought was true. Suddenly Hays is on the other side of the gun, forced to leave his perfect family and fight for his life."

The Lightkeeper’s Bride by Colleen Coble (F COB Mer.2)

"Katie Russell loves working as a telephone operator in Mercy Falls, California. Her family presses for an engagement to wealthy bachelor Bartholomew Foster, and though he doesn’t stir her heart, their engagement promises a secure future. Working the phone lines one evening, Katie overhears a chilling exchange between her friend Eliza and a familiar male voice. Katie soon learns that Eliza has disappeared, and the crime may be linked to another investigation by handsome new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson."

I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson (F PEA)

Wales, 1974. Petra and Sharon, two thirteen-year-old girls, are obsessed with David Cassidy. Together they tackle the Ultimate David Cassidy Quiz, a contest whose winners will be flown to America to meet Cassidy in person. London, 1998. Petra is pushing forty, on the brink of divorce, and fighting with her own thirteen-year-old daughter when she discovers a dusty letter in her mother’s closet declaring her the winner of the contest she and Sharon had labored over. More than twenty years later, Petra reunites with Sharon for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to meet their teen idol at last and finds her life utterly transformed."

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