On the shelves — Oct. 30

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight” by Chris Dubbs takes a behind-the-scenes look at the visionaries, the crackpots, the financial schemes, the legal wrangling, and the turf battles surrounding the overwhelming desire of ordinary people to visit outer space.

“The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes” by Marcus Sakey begins as a man wakes cold and half-drowned on an abandoned beach with no idea of how he got there or who he is, or why the police kick in the door of his dingy motel room with guns drawn after he starts to search for answers.

“American Woodies 1928-1953” by Norm Mort contains over 100 images, photographs, detailed captions, supportive text, and period literature to celebrate the wood-paneled station wagons that began with the Ford Model A in 1928 and ended with the last Buick Woodie built in 1953.

“One Summer” by David Baldacci centers on Jack Armstrong, a man who recovers from what was diagnosed as a terminal illness, only to lose his wife in a car accident and afterward struggle to reunite his scattered children as they learn to become a family once more.

“What’s Gotten Into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World” by McKay Jenkins examines the effects of toxic chemicals in our daily environment, our alarming levels of exposure, our government’s utter failure to regulate them effectively, and how we can regain some control over our lives.

“Camouflage” by Bill Pronzini reintroduces the Nameless detective who is hired by David Virden to serve papers on his ex-wife, but later threatens to sue, claiming that the woman Nameless found was not his wife — a threat that dies when Virden himself disappears.

“Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind” by Brian Fagan spans five millennia to show how every human society has been shaped by its relationship to the most basic necessity of life, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present day when aquifers run dry and the world faces a crisis we can no longer ignore.

Portales Public Library

“Hades” by Alexandra Adornetto

Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep evil forces away. Falling in love was not in her schedule, but the way she feels for her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is indisputably strong. However, her love for Xavier or the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, cannot prevent her little trip on a motorcycle to Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn negotiates for the release of Beth back to Earth, but what he’s asking for has the possibility to destroy Beth and her loved ones.

“La Conquistadora: Unveiling the History of Santa Fe’s Six Hundred Year Old Religious Icon” by Jaima Chevalier

America’s Oldest Madonna, La Conquistadora has inspired her subjects over the centuries. After the Pueblo Revolt, Don Diego de Vargas carried her image as a sign of peace when the Spanish returned to Santa Fe. While maintaining her place in the hearts of Santa Feans, La Conquistadora has also taken throne at the heart of ancient city’s history. With striking blue eyes, La Conquistadora’s origins remain a mystery, but Jaima Chevalier unveils new information that may surprise some people about the icon’s amazing history.

“The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks

1984 high school students, Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply in love, a love that couldn’t be broken. However, after the summer of their senior year, unforeseen events tore the young couple apart, allowing them to take different paths in life.

It’s now twenty-five years later, and the death of their mentor Tuck Hostetler brings both Amanda and Dawson back to their hometown of Oriental, North Carolina. Tuck left instructions for Amanda and Dawson which left them with the new knowledge that everything they once knew was not as it seemed. Forced to reminisce on a painful past, the two former lovers will unveil truths about the choices they have made. In the course of one weekend, Amanda and Dawson will be asking of the living and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?