October 14, 2018

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz begins with one bright spring morning in London, where Diana Cowper – the wealthy mother of a famous actor – enters a funeral parlor, there to plan her own service. Six hours later she is found dead, strangled in her own home. Disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, investigate the case whose many twists and turns prove irresistible.

Heart of Eden by Caroline Fyffe uniquely challenges the Brinkman sisters, raised by guardians in Philadelphia, who have suddenly inherited the Five Sisters Ranch in Eden, Colorado from their late estranged father. The catch? To claim it, they must live on the ranch for six months. But as the foreman is opening his heart to Belle, someone is bent on driving them out before they can secure their legacy.

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan illuminates the true strength of the women in a small village of indomitable spirit after England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II. As the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond. They defy the Vicar’s stuffy edicts to close the choir and instead “carry on singing,” resurrecting themselves as the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.

Oil: A Beginner’s Guide by Vaclav Smil studies the lifeblood of the modern world. Without oil, there would be no planes, no plastic, no exotic produce, and a global political landscape few would recognize. Humanity’s dependence upon oil looks set to continue for decades to come, but what is it? Fully updated and packed with fascinating facts to fuel dinner party debate, Professor Smil explains all matters related to the ‘black stuff’, from its discovery in the earth right through to the controversy that surrounds it today.

Faith: A Journey for All by former president Jimmy Carter shares the lessons of faith learned throughout his life, exploring its broader meaning, its far-reaching effect on our lives, and its relationship to past, present, and future events in America and around the world. The religious aspects of faith are also covered, describing how Carter’s faith has guided and sustained him, as well as how it has challenged and driven him to seek a closer and better relationship with people and with God.

Extreme Conservation by Joel Berger journeys into some of the most forbidding landscapes on earth, taking an eye-opening, steely look at what it takes for animals to live at the edges of existence. With climate transformations affecting the entire ecosystem, food, water, and other resources are being depleted for animals ill-equipped to adjust. But more than this, the author presents a revealing exploration of how climate change and people are affecting even the most far-flung niches of our planet.