December 24, 2017

The Armageddon File by Stephen Coonts begins as if ripped from today’s headlines, taking place in the wake of a contentious and divisive election. The new president is finally settling into the West Wing when it’s discovered voting machines in swing states were tampered with and the whole administration is in danger of unraveling. Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini race to solve the mystery of a potentially rigged election before Americans’ full faith and credit in our democracy, sovereignty, and rule of law become complete undone.

The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber unfolds against a vivid backdrop of the glamorous art world of Europe and New York in the early 20th century, revolving around Pamela Bianco, a world-renowned child prodigy whose fame once greatly eclipsed her mother’s. But celebrity at an early age exacts a great toll as she struggles with severe depressions, an overbearing father, an obsessive love affair, and a spectacularly misguided marriage. Throughout, her life raft is her mother, author of the beloved book, The Velveteen Rabbit.

The Ballad of Black Bart by Loren D. Estleman portrays the outlaw who robbed the stagecoaches of Wells Fargo a record twenty-eight times, armed with an unloaded shotgun, walking to and from the scenes of the robberies, and leaving poems behind. Between robberies, he lived as a distinguished, middle-aged man who enjoyed the company of socialites drawn to his quiet, temperate nature and upper-class tastes. Meanwhile, James Hume, Wells Fargo’s legendary detective, made Bart’s capture a matter of personal as well as professional interest.

Confinement in the Land of Enchantment by the US Park Service chronicles the experiences of people of Japanese descent who lived in New Mexico just before, during, and after World War II. Their histories that remain largely unknown or misunderstood, are presented in accounts that are tragic, hopeful, funny, heartbreaking and inspiring – stories about the past and present meanings of identity, citizenship and civil rights in New Mexico. An extensive, detailed section about Clovis’ role in the events is also included.

Your Income Tax 2018 by J.K. Lasser puts America’s most trusted tax advice to work to help you with your 2017 tax return. Reader-friendly and easy to use, this book answers the most pressing questions to help you maximize your tax savings whether you use a CPA, tax software, or file on your own. You’ll learn how the latest tax law and IRS changes apply to your specific situation with expert advice on planning, claiming deductions, and much more.

Wild Horse Country by David Phillipps explores how wild horses became so central to America’s sense of itself, sharing the grand story: from their prehistoric debut in North America, reintroduction by Spanish conquistadors, spread through epic battles between native tribes and settlers during the days of the Wild West, to many modern-day crises in which they are caught.