January 28, 2014
TIME FOR ME TO COME HOME by Dorothy Shackleford. Thirty-five-year-old Heath Sawyer made it to the big-time as a country music star. After a year full of the kind of success he could only dream of, it’s December 23, and he’s playing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. It’s only as the lights on the stage go down and the Christmas lights outside come on that Heath realizes there’s just one place he wants to be for the holidays: back home in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. But traveling anywhere on Christmas Eve is never easy, and with flight delays, inclement weather, and the unexpected company of a feisty young woman who’s about to become his traveling companion, Heath will need a Christmas miracle to make his way home in time to open presents. (Filled with touching anecdotes inspired by the real holiday memories of Blake Shelton and Shackleford.)
STANDUP GUY by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington’s newest client is a polite, well-dressed gentleman who comes to Stone seeking legal expertise on an unusual—and potentially lucrative—dilemma. Stone points him in the right direction and sends him on his way, but soon comes to find that several people are keenly interested in this gentleman’s activities and how they may relate to a long-ago crime…and some of them will stop at nothing to find the information they desire. Stone soon finds himself walking a tightrope between ambitious authorities and seedy lowlifes who all have the same prize in their sights. In this cutthroat contest of wills, it’s winner take all…and Stone will need every bit of his cunning and resourcefulness to be the last man standing.
DECODING YOUR DOG by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups. Dog owners face an explosion of trainers offering a bewildering variety of advice. From rewards-based training to the questionable application of dominance and shock collars, there are too many theories peddled by too few trained experts. So, every year, thousands of dogs are given away by the families who only wanted to love them. Finally, these board certified specialists are here to decode how dogs think, how they communicate, and how they learn. These experts analyze problem behaviors, decipher the latest studies, and correct common misconceptions and outmoded theories. Combining cutting-edge science with accessible and adaptable real-life examples, this is a must-have dog behavior guide that will resolve the complaints and curiosities, and, ultimately, challenge the way we think about our dogs.
THE HEIR APPARENT—A LIFE OF EDWARD VII, THE PLAYBOY PRINCE by Jane Ridley. This entertaining biography chronicles the eventful life of Queen Victoria’s firstborn son, the quintessential black sheep of Buckingham Palace, who matured into as wise and effective a monarch as Britain has ever seen. Born Prince Albert Edward, and known to familiars as “Bertie,” the future King Edward VII had a well-earned reputation for debauchery. A notorious gambler, glutton, and womanizer, he preferred the company of wastrels and courtesans to the dreary life of the Victorian court. When he ascended to the throne in 1901, at age fifty-nine, expectations were low. Yet by the time he died nine years later, he had proven himself a deft diplomat, hardworking head of state, and the architect of Britain’s modern constitutional monarchy. Edward VII waited nearly six decades for his chance to rule, then did so with considerable panache and aplomb. Documented here is the remarkable transformation of a man—and a monarchy—at the dawn of a new century.
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January 21, 2014
THE CHOCOLATE BOOK BANDIT by JoAnna Carl. Running TenHuis Chocolate in the town of Warner’s Pier keeps Lee McKinney Woodyard busy enough, but now she’s been offered a position on the board of the town’s historic library. Attending the board’s monthly meeting, Lee hears rumors about the rugged new library director, Henry “Butch” Cassidy, and the changes he allegedly plans to make. Butch is indeed attractive—but Lee doesn’t get a chance to find out about his proposed changes. A few minutes into the meeting, the discussion is interrupted by the terrified screams of the library clerk. She has discovered the lifeless body of prim and proper Abigail Montgomery, a retiring member of the board, crumpled in a heap at the bottom of the basement stairs. Suddenly everyone in attendance, including Lee, is suspected of her murder. And, as Lee finds out, they’ve all got something to hide.
DEADLY FORECAST by Victoria Laurie. It’s said to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day, but Abby sees something darker than storm clouds on the horizon. She’s just had a disturbing premonition of her fiancé’s murder. Her husband-to-be has been assigned to a case involving a series of suicide bombings, and Abby’s spirit guides warn her of imminent danger. FBI agent Dutch Rivers is keeping his cool, but Abby can’t quiet her anxiety. After another suicide bombing at a local beauty salon, Abby vows to do everything in her power to keep Dutch safe and get him to the altar. But on the morning of the ceremony, she finds herself in a dire situation, with time running out.
DUTY by Robert M. Gates. Before Gates received a call from the White House in 2006, he thought he’d left Washington politics behind: after working for six presidents and both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happy in his role as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation involved in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty. Now, meticulously fair in its assessments, he takes us behind the scenes of his nearly five years as a secretary at war: the battles with Congress, the two presidents he served, the military itself, and the vast Pentagon bureaucracy; his efforts to help George W. Bush turn the tide in Iraq; his role as a guiding, and often dissenting, voice for Obama; the ardent devotion to and love for American soldiers—his “heroes”—he developed on the job. This memoir tells a powerful and deeply personal story that allows us an unprecedented look at two administrations and the wars that have defined them.
THE JESUS DYNASTY by James D. Tabor. Based on a careful analysis of the earliest Christian documents and recent archaeological discoveries, The Jesus Dynasty offers a bold new interpretation of the life of Jesus and the origins of Christianity. The story is surprising, controversial, and exciting as only a long-lost history can be when it’s at last discovered. Biblical scholar Tabor brings us closer than ever to the historical Jesus, having studied the earliest surviving documents of Christianity for more than thirty years and participating in important archaeological excavations in Israel. Drawing on this background, Tabor reconstructs for us the movement that sought the spiritual, social, and political redemption of the Jews, a movement led by one family. Tabor offers an alternative version of Christian origins, one that takes us closer than ever to Jesus and his family and followers.
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FICTION: January 13, 2014
WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD by Susan Crandall: In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla
Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother’s Mississippi home. Starla hasn’t seen her momma since she was three
- that’s when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. Starla’s daddy works on an oil rig in the Gulf, so Mamie,
with her tsk-tsk sounds and her bitter refrain of “Lord, give me strength,” is the nearest thing to family Starla has.
After being put on restriction yet again for her sassy mouth, Starla is caught sneaking out for the Fourth of July parade.
She fears Mamie will make good on her threat to send Starla to reform school, so Starla walks to the outskirts of town, and
just keeps walking... If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will
be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.
Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. The trio
embarks on a road trip that will change Starla’s life forever. She sees for the first time life as it really is - as she reaches
for a dream of how it could one day be.
STAN MUSIAL AN AMERICAN LIFE by George Vecsey: When baseball fans voted on the top twenty-five players
of the twentieth century in 1999, Stan Musial didn’t make the cut. This glaring omission - later rectified by a panel of
experts - ballot Hall of Famer, widely considered one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, still rank as the most
underrated athlete of all time?
In Stan Musial, veteran sports journalist George Vecsey finally gives this twenty - time All - Star and St. Louis Cardinals
icon the kind of prestigious biographical treatment previously afforded to his more celebrated contemporaries Ted Williams
and Joe DiMaggio. More than just a chronological recounting of the events of Musial’s life., this is the definitive
portrait of one of the game’s best-loved but most unappreciated legends, told through the remembrances of those who
played beside, worked with, and covered “Stan the Man” over the course of his nearly seventy years in the national spotlight.
THE LAST GREAT SENATOR - Robert C. Byrd’s Encounters with Eleven U. S. Presidents by David A. Corbin:
No person involved in so much history received so little attention as the late Robert C. Byrd, the longest-serving U. S.
Senator. In The Last Great Senator, David A. Corbin examines Byrd’s complex and fascinating relationships with eleven
presidents of the United States. Holding several Senate records, Byrd also cast more votes than any other U. S. senator.
In his sweeping portrait of this eloquent and persuasive man’s epic life and career, Corbin describes Senator Byrd’s
humble background in the coalfields of southern West Virginia (including his brief membership in the Ku Klux Klan). He
covers Byrd’s encounters and personal relationship with each president and his effect on events during their administrations.
Going beyond the boundaries of West Virginia and Capitol Hill, The last Great Senator presents Byrd in a larger historical
context, where he rose to the height of power in America.
FICTION: January 6, 2014
BLINDFOLD GAME by Dana Stabenow: In Thailand, Two men hire a pair of international pirates to smuggle them,
a small team of mercenaries, an some equipment aboard a freighter at a Russian port. It’s frighteningly easy,and the ship
sails east, toward the western coast of North America.
The crew onboard the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Sojourner Truth, stationed in the Bering Sea along the Maritime Boundary
Line, is busier than usual, Catching fishing vessels on the wrong side of the line, but it’s not enough to cause undue
In Washington, D. C., a CIA analyst has been hearing rumors about the sale of radioactive material and military equipment
on the black market in deep Russia but can’t get it confirmed.
The analyst, Hugh Rincon, originally from Alaska and more keenly aware than most in Washington of Alaska’s vulnerability
with its air force base and proximity to the Far East, begins to piece it all together. He can’t get anyone to take him
seriously, however, least of all the director of the CIA.
Then Hugh Learns that his estranged wife, Sara Lange, is second in command on the Sojourner Truth in the Bering Sea
at the heart of the potential conflict. And the chase is on.
BURIAL RITES by Hanna Kent: Charged with the brutal murder of two men, Agnes Magnusdottir has been removed
to her homeland’s farthest reaches, to an isolated farm in northern Iceland, to await execution.
Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family of the farm avoids Agnes. Her arrival threatens
the peaceful rhythm of their way of life, while her stoic approach to the daily chores is an unsettling contrast to the
passion that, rumor has it, drove her to kill - disturbing proof for them of the dangers that can lurk beneath a placid surface.
Only Toti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. As the winter
months pass and Agnes’s death looms closer, the farmer’s wife and his daughters learn there is another side to the sensational
tale they’ve heard, but will their new knowledge be enough to save her?
MISS KAY’S DUCK COMMANDER KITCHEN, Kay Robertson with Chrys Howard: Writing a cookbook for
people who love good good has been a lifelong dream for me - an I’m so happy to be sharing some of our family’s favorite
recipes with you! In this book you’ll find everything from Jase’s Favorite Sweet Potato Pie to Phil’s own special recipes,
like his scrumptious Crawfish Fettuccine. There’s “girly” food for a gathering of your best girlfriends, like Aunt Judy’s
Cranberry Salad, as well as dishes straight from the hunt like Boiled Squirrel and Dumplings.
In addition to more than one hundred specially chosen recipes, I’ve included old family snapshots of the days before the
Duck Dynasty series on A & E and stories of our family and how we live. The dinner table has long been one of our
favorite places for telling stories, and there’s always competition to see who can dish out the wildest story. We believe
that food and cooking bring people together-it’s brought our family together for generations, and it can do the same for
Join with our family as we create lasting family traditions that will warm the hearts and bellies of those you love. Let’s
do it together.
THEIR LIFE’S WORK by Gary M. Pomerantz: They were the best to ever play the game: The Pittsburgh Steelers
of the 1970s. Three decades later their names echo in popular memory - Mean Joe, Bradshaw, Webster, Lambert, Ham,
Blount, Franco, Swann, and Stallworth. They define not only the brotherhood and camaraderie of football, but what
American love about their most popular sport: its artistry and its brutality.
From the team’s origins in a horseplayer’s winnings to the young armored gods who immaculately beat the Raiders in
1972 to the grandfathers with hobbles in their gait, Their Life’s Work tells the full, intimate story of the Steeler dynasty.
But this book does much more than that: it tells football's story. What the game gives, what it takes, and why, to a man,
every Steeler, full well knowing the costs, unhesitatingly states, “I’s do it again.”