On the shelves — Jan. 22

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World” by Michael Lewis gives a guided tour through some of the far-reaching places hard hit by the fiscal tsunami of 2008, showing that cheap credit was the prelude to the global debt crisis that lies behind today’s headlines, and how Europe’s fiscal disaster puts the world at risk.

“Dick Francis’s Gamble” by Felix Francis finds ex-jockey Nick Foxton a spectator at the racetrack when his colleague Herb Kovak is shot at point-blank range, but after Nick finds a threatening note in the dead man’s coat and seeks for answers, he begins to wonder if he really knew Herb at all.

“56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports” by Kostya Kennedy tells the story of the astonishing hitting streak of the Yankee centerfield ballplayer, a driven athlete, a mercurial star, and a conflicted husband whose achievement lives on as the greatest of sports records.

“Portrait of a Spy” by Daniel Silva centers on Gabriel Allon, an art restorer who is summoned to Washington where he is drawn into a confrontation with a new face of global terror, an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset but is now the mastermind plotting a new wave of attacks.

“Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever” by Bill O’Reilly recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history as one man and his band of accomplices become the country’s most wanted fugitives, a detective unravels a string of clues leading to the assassin, and a series of court-ordered hangings includes the first and only woman ever executed by the U.S. government.

“Burnt Mountain” by Anne Rivers Siddons takes us back to Georgia in a spellbinding tale of love and betrayal within a wealthy Southern family as Thayer Wentworth is forced to confront dark secrets about her mother, her first love, and most devastating of all, her husband.

“Monster Moves: Adventures Moving the World’s Biggest Structures” by Carlo Massarella reveals the dramatic feats of engineering involved in moving whole buildings and huge machines vast distances through cities, across mountains, and over oceans.

Portales Public Library

“Come a Little Closer” by Dorothy Garlock

The year is 1946, World War II has ended and everyone is pursuing peacetime’s bright promise with fresh energy and hope. Christina Tucker, newly arrived in a small Wisconsin town, now dares to chase her long-cherished aspirations: to put her war-time nursing skills to use and reconnect with country life. Her determination is soon tested and memories best left buried are disturbed while trying to help a veteran recover and she has no choice but to turn to her patient’s seemingly irresponsible brother, Tyler Sutter. Tyler can’t believe this nurse can heal his family, but as Christina begins to understand Tyler’s own fears, the two grow close and even closer as a terrible secret sparks one man’s violent, vengeful spree. With both the innocent and guilty alike in harm’s way, Christina and Tyler must face all their fears or never live to see the future.

“WinterTown” by Stephen Emond

Straitlaced, Ivy League-bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, his childhood best friend who moved away after her parents’ divorce, every winter. When Lucy arrives this year, she’s changed. The former “girl next door” now has a nose stud, choppy black hair, and a scowl. Van knows that somewhere beneath the Goth exterior, Old Lucy still exists, and he’s determined to find her even if it means pissing her off. Does growing up mean having to grow apart, or can opposites attract? This funny and honest novel by Stephen Emond is a unique combination of comic strips, text, and art and is perfect for the inner outcast and lovelorn nerd in all of us.

“Breadcrumbs” by Anne Ursu

Hazel and Jack had been best friends since they were six, spending all their time together dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, baseball, and superheroes. It was weird for a boy and a girl to be best friends now that they were 11, but they couldn’t help it-Jack and Hazel fit, in a way you only read about in books and they didn’t fit anywhere else. When one day Jack suddenly stops talking to Hazel she knows something is wrong other than friends growing apart and she is right. As it turns out, Jack’s heart had been frozen and was taken into the woods by a woman dressed in white to live in a palace made of ice. It’s now up to Hazel to venture into the woods after him. Breadcrumbs is inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen story The Snow Queen and is a remarkable adventure filled with fantasy and a heartbreaking meditation on how growing up is as much a choice as it is something that happens to us.