October 28, 2018

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother’s question, why her only son died. This harrowing story of greed and need begins with a single dealer in a small Virginia town who sets about turning high school football stars into heroin addicts. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm and evolved into a nationwide epidemic.

Making Selves Women by Edith Swan narrates the autobiography of Navajo Alta Begay Ellsworth, as told to the author – sharing memories of her early childhood; the hooghan and women’s things; how white man’s education changed the tribe’s path; living and learning with nature; sheep and corn; the nature of women; men and marriage.

A Dog Called Hope: A Wounded Warrior and the Service Dog Who Saved Him by Special Forces warrior Jason Morgan is the author’s true account of being seriously wounded in a Central American mission. With no memory of the incident, and told he would never walk again, a light arrives in the form of Napal, a black Labrador who would change Morgan’s life forever and give his life true meaning.

The Bumper Book of Things That Nobody Knows by William Hartston takes a guided tour of 1,001 that nobody knows – do animals have a sense of humor; why do we have five fingers; what did Jesus do in his youth; what goes on in a black hole; and many, many more. Gaps in our knowledge of cosmology, mathematics, animal behavior, medical science, music, art, and literature are explored, revealing how much we really don’t know.

Death and the Dancing Footman by Ngaio Marsh challenges readers in true Christie-esque tradition, with a mystery where there are nearly as many suspects as there are potential victims. Unspeakably wealthy Jonathan Royal decides to throw a party and, just for fun, invites people who loathe one another. When a blizzard imprisons them all in Royal’s country house and murder ensues, Inspector Alleyn must put things right.

An Amish Second Christmas presents a delightful compilation of four novellas by four different authors, all wrapped into one cozy holiday collection. Characters in each story are sweet, kind, and caring – sharing a treasured, lighthearted time of community through Amish romances.

Blood Ties by James J. Griffin follows the adventure of Texas Ranger Will Kirkpatrick, as he asks the judge to show leniency to Jonas Peterson, a young outlaw who saved his life. The judge suspends the five-year sentence and places Jonas on probation in Will’s custody. Although reluctant at first, Will is soon grateful for the arrangement.