September 9, 2018

To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear tracks Maisie Dobbs’ investigation into the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract since Britain’s declaration of war on Germany. Led from the countryside of rural Hampshire to the web of wartime opportunism by one of the most powerful men in London’s underworld, Maisie risks her future and dreams. Meanwhile, the plight of thousands of soldiers stranded on the beaches of France causes one of her friends to make a life-changing decision.

Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman weaves the geography of the Southwest with the greed and frailties of humans. Tribal Officer Bernie Manuelito lands in the middle of grave robbing and an outdoor at-risk teen program while Sergeant Chee juggles trouble closer to home. A great who done it that dives deep into the heart of the deserts, mountains, and forests of the Navajo Nation and once again explores the lore and rituals of Native culture.

Better Late Than Never by Kimberla Lawson Roby asks who could have known that the deepest wounds come from within? Curtis Black’s childhood was horrific – no wonder he treated women the way he did. When his estranged sister becomes alarmingly ill and his youngest child turns wild and rebellious, the toll on Curtis and the entire Black family makes all the public scandals they’ve experienced over the years seem like child’s play.

Calamity Jane by D. J. Herda follows the life of Martha Jane Cannary, a nineteenth-century woman who went from penniless orphan to one of the most famous figures of the American West. In an era when women had few options in life, Calamity Jane had the audacity to carve them out for herself. The gun-toting, tough-talking, hard-drinking woman embodied the Western American spirit.

Hot Color, Dry Garden by garden designer and host of the award-winning television program A Growing Passion Nan Sterman, uncovers how to stop thinking gardens in dry climates mean dull and drab – that water-wise gardens can be lush, full of joyful color, and guaranteed to dazzle. Sterman’s inspiration-packed guide busts common low-water gardening myths and suggests more than 150 bright, drought-tolerant plants.

Yokohama Burning by Joshua Hammer covers the story of the worst natural disaster of the twentieth century: the earthquakes, fires, and tsunamis of September 1923 that destroyed Yokohama and most of Tokyo, killing 140,000 people during two days of horror. This minute-by-minute account re-creates harrowing scenes of death, escape, and rescue, revealing the American-led relief effort that may have played a part in hardening of the racist attitudes in both Japan and the United States, driving Japan into the hands of radical militarists with imperial ambitions.