May 6, 2018

Gift of the Shaper by local author D.L. Jennings chronicles an epic struggle between the existing forces of good and evil, both sides vying for control of the key that unlocks the Otherworld. The very powers of creation and destruction hang in the balance, and only a heroic effort by Thornton and Miera, backed by the power of the Athrani, can possibly stop the Khyth from unleashing ruin — and the Breaker — upon their world.

A Death of No Importance by Mariah Fredericks dives into the life of ladies’ maid Jane Prescott. When the notorious playboy engaged to marry the woman she attends turns up murdered, many suspects with grudges to bear are discovered. However, Jane’s unique understanding of high society rules sets her as the only person qualified to solve the crime.

Hang Him Twice by William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone serves up a classic Western tale when Dooley Monahan saves Buffalo Bill Cody’s life and Cody grubstakes him to purchase a silver mine in the lawless, violent boomtown of Leadville, Colorado. After he guns down three outlaws, the grateful townsfolk make Dooley sheriff, but he then discovers a town tradition: if a sheriff’s no good, they hang him, and fingers are starting to point.

Walker Evans by Clement Cheroux features over 300 timeless images of one of America’s most important photographers. A review of Evans’ career and personal writings provide a unique understanding of this iconic artist of the 20th century.

Little Walks, Big Adventures by Erin Buhr offers great ideas for taking toddlers on explorations in the local community, providing opportunities for rich learning in vocabulary and cognitive, language, math, and motor skills. The multitude of associated activities to do at home or school help nurture little ones’ minds, and guide their spirit of adventure!

Under Ground Subways & Metros of the World by Catherine Zerdoun explores many of the world’s most fascinating subways viewed through the filters of urban planning, ethnology, art, and history. More than 100 subway stations and train cars are described in informative text and stunning color photographs, including the Paris Concorde Station, tiled as gigantic word search puzzle; Stockholm’s “world’s longest museum”; and Istanbul’s underwater Marmaray tunnel, the deepest in the world.

What Unites Us by Dan Rather & Elliot Kirschner reflects on what it means to be an American, reminding us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. The freedom to vote, free press, values of empathy to inclusion to service, public education, and the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, all trace where we have been and perhaps chart a way forward to heal our bitter divisions.