June 4, 2017

Seven Wings to Glory by hometown Clovis girl, Kathleen M. Rodgers, masterfully weaves the story of the Kitchen family, capturing a vivid snapshot of the American South. While intrepid columnist Johnnie Kitchen tries to accept her son’s deployment, she uncovers family ghosts as well as long-buried secrets in her community, and the simmering hatred underneath, learning that no town is small enough and no family perfect enough to be outside the reach of war, racism, and the heartbreak life hands out on a regular basis to all those who love.

Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan uses razor-sharp wit to find the funny in everything as new mom Ashley Keller jumps at the chance to become the consummate mom she’s always wanted to be, eagerly participating in the Motherhood Better boot camp. Instead of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic, and Instagram-impressive, Ashley is a hot mess, reminding moms everywhere there’s no way to be perfect, but many ways to be great.

Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie opens with the pretty girl in the white dress, who looks as if she’s sleeping, but Reagan Keating has been murdered, and Scotland Yard detectives Kincaid and Boatman turn to Gemma James for help. Meanwhile, Kincaid finds himself plagued by disturbing questions about several previous– and seemingly unrelated– cases involving members of the force. If his suspicions are correct and the crimes are linked, his family and friends may be in mortal danger as well.

The Zen Monastery Cookbook compiled by the monks of the Zen Monastery Peace Center is more than a cookbook, it’s an expression of the conscious, compassionate awareness of “it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it”. Simple recipes alongside funny and inspiring stories show how joy can unfold, even in the mundane tasks involved in preparing delicious meals.

No One Cares About Crazy People by Ron Powers traces society’s treatment of the mentally ill from the sadistic abuse of “lunaticks” at Bedlam Asylum in London seven centuries ago to today’s scattershot treatments and policies. Braided into his vivid social history is the moving saga of Powers’s own family: his bright, buoyant sons, Kevin (a gifted young musician) and Dean (a promising writer and guitarist), both of whom struggled mightily with schizophrenia; and his wife, Honoree Fleming, whose knowledge of human biology and loving maternal instincts proved inadequate against schizophrenia’s hellish power.

America the Ingenious by Kevin Baker shows off America as a nation of inventors, tinkerers, researchers, and adventurers, a fertile place to explore, discover, and launch the next big thing. Through historical detail of the grand, and grandly entertaining you will meet people who followed their passions and changed our world, the women who created things to make their own lives easier, and how immigration leads to innovation.