May 12, 2019

H.O.P.E. for the Alzheimer’s Journey by Carol B. Amos presents a helpful handbook to equip Alzheimer’s caregivers with knowledge, tools, and advice for their difficult road ahead. The concepts are conveyed in an open, honest, and creative manner to achieve a closer connection with and deeper understanding of a person with Alzheimer’s disease while providing inspiration for less stressful, more rewarding experiences.

The Range Bucket List by James Dodson is a funny, intimate, nostalgic journey of self and sport in which the legendary author completes the golfing “bucket list” he wrote when just a young boy. His journey around the world and into the lives of characters large and small – lunch with Donald Trump, rounds with John Updike, and intimate conversations with Arnold Palmer – is an exhilarating adventure and love letter to a game so many enjoy.

The 100 Most Outrageous Hoaxes and Mistakes by Susan Elkin asserts that scientific breakthroughs are often regarded with suspicion, especially those that diverge substantially from established theories. Scientists around the world test new ideas to ensure that they hold up to scrutiny, but sometimes, despite these precautions, the scientific community gets it wrong. Elkin explores “facts” that initially had scientists fooled, from the danger of waking a sleepwalker to alien abductions and dogs sweating from their tongues.

The Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley travels to the remote Scottish Highlands and the gypsy caves of Granada, just as Spain descends into civil war. Tiggy finds herself on the vast and isolated estate of Charlie Kinnaird, tending the animals with her “healing” abilities. There she meets Chilly, an aging gypsy who brings Tiggy face-to-face with her past when he claims she possesses a sixth sense passed down from her ancestors, and it was foretold long ago that he would be the one to send her back home to Spain.

Absaroka Valley by Lauran Paine steps in to the life of Samuel Parker, traveling through the mountains with his two young children in search of a place to settle before lung fever kills him. After tending to a wounded stranger, they are guided to Absaroka Valley, where Samuel’s daughter is nearly killed by a stampede and ranchers have declared war on encroaching squatters.

The Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vasquez is a masterly story of conspiracy, political obsession, and literary investigation. When a man is arrested at a museum for attempting to steal the bullet-ridden suit of a murdered Colombian politician, few notice. But soon this thwarted theft takes on greater meaning as it becomes a thread in a widening web of popular fixations with conspiracy theories, assassinations, and historical secrets; and it haunts those who feel that only they know the real truth behind these killings.