October 29, 2017

Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth presents a retrospective look at the Korean War and the years of prosperity that followed. The photos and text tell the story from the perspective of both U.S. veterans who served and the Koreans who prospered from the freedom left in their wake, resulting in the ultimate transformation of a war-torn country into a vibrant, prosperous nation worth fighting for.

Spoken Through Clay: Native Pottery of the Southwest by Charles S. King captures the depth and dimension of nearly three hundred pottery vessels covering a wide range of contemporary artists and a few significant historic pieces. The importance of the potters and their work is captured in the portraits and voices of renowned Native artists, the majority of which are Pueblo, speaking about their artistry and technique, families, culture, and traditions.

Toxic Friendships by Suzanne Degges-White & Judy Pochel Van Tieghem explores what happens when good and healthy friendships, crucial to a woman’s well-being at every stage of her life, turns toxic – when a friend hurts, mistreats, or abandons another in a time of need. The authors explain and illustrate the various rules of friendship and reveal what it takes to be a good friend, how to identify bad friends, and how to move forward when friendships sour.

Dead, to Begin With by Bill Crider tasks small town Sheriff Dan Rhodes to deal with the suspicious fatal fall of a wealthy recluse, people fighting over baseball cards at a yard sale, and the Clearview Ghost Hunters who believe that the old theater is haunted. A satisfying mix of cozyish policing, wit, and humor reveals there’s never a shortage of excitement in Clearview.

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrick Backman renders an exquisitely moving portrait of a grandpa and young grandson, just big enough to how the world works but still young enough to refuse to accept it. Through their shared love of mathematics, grandpa tries to define what is happening to him, struggling to hold onto his most precious memories, while his family endeavors to care for him, even as they must find a way to let go.

Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan offers rich storytelling, fraught with intense struggle about the hope, sacrifice, and love between two sisters – responsible, shy, and serious Nora who years later becomes the matriarch of a big Catholic family, and Theresa, once boisterous but now a cloistered nun living in an abbey in rural Vermont. After decades of silence, a sudden death forces Nora and Theresa to confront the choices they made so long ago.

Beyond Fort North by Peter Dawson plunges Captain Dan Gentry, court-martialed and disgraced, into the heart of a maelstrom of deadly perils after he finds pretty Faith Tipton, wounded and unconscious, the sole survivor of an Apache raid. In love with this girl, the ex-soldier tries to protect her from the sinister designs of greedy and furtive Caleb Ash, then unexpectedly finds himself first the hunter, then the hunted.