February 5, 2017

The Right Prayers for Every Need by Christine Dallman, given in memory of Thelma Taylor, is a beautiful collection of prayers that address a broad range of situations and experiences. In straightforward, simple language, the prayers echo the thoughts and feelings that rise up in everyone from sorrow to gratitude, from loneliness to love.

Who Was…George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Anne Frank, Joan of Arc, Alexander the Great, the Three Stooges? have been given in memory of Sharon Cowman. These six volumes from the New York Times best-selling “Who Was …” juvenile book series tell the incredible stories of trailblazers, legends, innovators, and creators, introducing young readers to important historical people, places, and events.

Born Bright by C. Nicole Mason shares the powerful, true memoir of a girl born and raised in poverty, yet who manages to excel despite the obstacles in her way. Straddling two worlds, one where street smarts, toughness, and the ability to survive win the day, the other, foreign and unfamiliar with its own set of rules not designed for her success, Mason discovers an eagerness to learn and openness to new experiences that guide her to achieve the impossible.

Driftwood Point by Mariah Stewart weaves a romantic tale set in Chesapeake Bay’s Cannonball Island, where artist Lisbeth Parker is recording her great-grandmother’s stories of the island’s rich history and spearheading a fight for its survival. When she goes head-to-head with environmental engineer Alec Jansen, on the opposite side of the debate over the island’s future, Alec determines to change his alluring, headstrong rival’s mind—and to win her heart.

Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth by Jennifer Chiaverini brings to life the four women integral in the life of John Wilkes Booth and his misguided quest to avenge the vanquished Confederacy. Intertwined are the stories of Mary Ann, the mother he revered; sister and confidante, Asia; Lucy, the senator’s daughter who loved him; and the Confederate widow Mary Surratt, to whom he entrusted the secrets of his vengeful wrath; each of whom witnessed a soul in turmoil and a country at the precipice of immense change.

The Candidate by Lis Wiehl questions how far would a candidate go to become President of the United States? In covering the presidential election campaign, star newsmaker Erica Sparks notices that favored candidate Senator Mike Ortiz seems dependent on his beautiful and rich wife Celeste to an unnatural degree. Engineering her husband’s meteoric rise, Celeste recognizes the White House is within reach. However, when Erica investigates the Ortizes’ strange relationship, everyone material to her probe ends up dead, leaving her to find out in time if the country’s beloved candidate is what he seems, or a threat to national security?