May 13, 2018

The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson creates a panoramic portrait of 1930s Georgia, where poverty and violence collide with wealth and family. Twins are born to a white sharecropper’s daughter, one light-skinned, one dark-skinned. Elma and a housekeeper raise the children as the world collapses around them, and a lynching on the farm sets off a series of secrets and cover-ups that threaten to ruin them all.

Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira delivers a historical thriller set in Albany, N.Y., surrounding the disappearance of two young girls after a cataclysmic blizzard and what happens when their fate is discovered. The uproar that ensues tears apart families, reputations, and even the social fabric of the city, exposing dark secrets about some of the most powerful of its citizens, and putting fragile loves and lives at great risk.

Dangling By a Thread by Lea Wait weaves the story of Jesse Lockhart, a hermit living on Kings Island, Maine, and a local needlepoint group who try to help him save his island. A big money family wants the island to build a residence, but it would destroy the sanctuary for the Great Cormorants located there. As his cousin pushes to make him sell, Jesse turns up dead, and the needle pointers band together to unearth the killer.

Make Your Own Pure Mineral Makeup by Heather Anderson demonstrates how to make your own stunning mineral makeup and discover just how easy it is to get exactly the shade you want. Using safe ingredients, the 79 recipes are specially formulated to be long-lasting and effective, even on the most sensitive skin.

A Forest in the Clouds by zoologist John Fowler takes on the controversial story of the unraveling of the mountain gorilla camp in Rwanda following the murder of Dr. Dian Fossey. The author also documents his work in tracking mountain gorillas through hostile terrain, confronting aggressive silverbacks, and rehabilitating orphaned baby gorillas.

The Great Sweepstakes of 1877 by Mark Shrager is a rollicking true story of when the members of the US Senate postponed all business for the day so that they might attend a horse race. History and horse lovers alike will be entertained through this well-researched look at the early days of Kentucky horse racing and the North versus South rivalries fueled by the end of the Civil War. Shrager brings together history and sports while delivering breakneck suspense.

Unforgettable Behavior by Rosamund Kidman Cox offers a collection of photographs of unforgettable moments in animal behavior. Some photos are famous, others not quite, but all have stories, whether of the moment itself or the fascinating lifestyles that are the background to the behavior being shown.