New Books 7/31/17

Shelf of new books

This week’s line-up has books for crafty people who may be inspired by balls of colorful yarn, gorgeous quilt designs, or by vintage pieces to include in home decorating.  Also available are plenty of suspense thrillers and a little romance.


40 Colorful Afghans to Crochet by Leonie Morgan
Morgan presents forty afghan crochet projects with block and stitch pattern instructions, charts, and techniques for making each pattern in multiple sizes, with a special section on creating crocheted edges.

Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe
When Cara Rutledge rents out her beach house to artist Heather Fordham, a sudden tragedy brings Cara back to the beach house, but Heather refuses to move from her newfound sanctuary.

Beren and Luthien by J. R. R. Tolkien
An important chapter in the saga of “The Silmarillion,” first conceived by Tolkien at the end of his service in World War I, follows the romance between an immortal elf and a mortal whose worthiness is put to an impossible test.

Blame by Jeff Abbott
Two years after a car crash killed her friend and left her with amnesia, Jane Norton receives an online message from someone claiming to know what really happened that night, but her search for the truth puts many lives in danger.

Breakdown by B. A. Paris
Unable to forget a murder she witnessed when she was where she was not supposed to be, Cass struggles with an increasingly compromised memory before she begins receiving silent, sinister phone calls.

Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us by Sam Kean
A round-the-globe journey through the periodic table explains how the air people breathe reflects the world’s history, tracing the origins and ingredients of the atmosphere to explain air’s role in reshaping continents, steering human progress, and powering revolutions.

Collared by David Rosenfelt
When a surrendered dog’s microchip identifies him as the canine who was abducted along with a baby over two years earlier, Andy Carpenter reopens the case to search for the kidnapped child and determine if the right person was jailed.

Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience by Michael J. Bradley
A look at teenage psychology examines what drives adolescent anger, depression, and negative behaviors and offers tips for helping teens regain their footing, overcome obstacles, and successfully cope with challenges.

Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos
The British journalist and pundit shares his controversial views on everything from entertainment and politics to what went down with Simon and Schuster.

A Distant View of Everything by Alexander McCall Smith
The arrival of a second child for amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is complicated by her 4-year-old’s lack of enthusiasm and a matchmaker’s request for help with a couple whose prospects have been overshadowed by sinister revelations.

The Fallen by Ace Atkins
Investigating a series of skillfully executed bank robberies, Mississippi sheriff and former Army Ranger Quinn Colson calls on old allies in order to outmaneuver a band of elite criminals, who he believes are ex-military personnel.

Huế 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden
From “a master of narrative journalism” (New York Times Book Review), a riveting history of the biggest and bloodiest battle of the Vietnam War.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
The popular Tumblr blogger and best-selling author of Bad Feminist explores the devastating act of violence that triggered her personal challenges with food and body image, sharing advice for caring for oneself and eating in healthful and satisfying ways.

The Late Show by Michael Connelly
Relegated to the night shift after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor, a once up-and-coming LAPD detective disobeys orders by refusing to walk away from two cases, including an assault on a prostitute and the death of a young woman in a nightclub shooting.

Library of Light and Shadow by M. J. Rose
Sought by society patrons who admire her ability to create stunning “shadow portraits” revealing her subjects’ most scandalous secrets, a mystical artist in 1925 Manhattan renounces her gift in the wake of a tragedy and flees to southern France.

Look Behind You by Iris Johansen
Cooperating with the FBI when a serial killer begins leaving mysterious relics at his crime scenes, Kendra Michaels discovers that the objects are souvenirs from other unsolved murders and that the new killings have been orchestrated to taunt her personally.

Miss Julia Weathers the Storm by Ann B. Ross
Vacationing at the beach with her friends, including one nursing a broken heart, Miss Julia discovers valuable items that have been washed up by a strong storm before her group is threatened by a strange couple that demands they hand over their findings.

Modernique: Inspiring Interiors Mixing Vintage and Modern Style by Julia Buckingham
For the countless readers who are eager to create a home with a modern look while still keeping treasured pieces, designer Julia Buckingham outlines how to mix old and new, and decodes what brings an interior to life.

Putin: His Downfall and Russia’s Coming Crash by Richard Lourie
Lourie makes sobering predictions about a collapse of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, investigating potential vulnerabilities in the Trump administration that may be providing Russia with dangerous opportunities.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat
A master class in cooking distills decades of professional experience into four elements: salt, fat, acid, and heat, which when properly applied in the kitchen will produce delicious meals, and includes recipes to put the lessons into practice.

Strays: A Lost Cat, A Homeless Man, and Their Journey Across America by Britt Collins
Collins presents the uplifting story of how homeless alcoholic Michael King rescued an injured stray cat who on shared migrations through the American west inspired him to reach out for help, achieve sobriety and come to terms with painful losses.

Under a Summer Sky by Melody Carlson
When a young art teacher moves to the city of Savannah for the summer, she must contend with a rival intent on sabotaging her while enjoying the attention of two handsome brothers.

Use of Force by Brad Thor
When the body of a high-value terrorist washes ashore during a storm in the Mediterranean Sea, Scot Harvath is hired by the CIA to determine if the suspect was involved in planning a major attack they’ve been fearing all summer.

Versatile Nine Patch by Joan Ford
Quilt designer and teacher Joan Ford offers gorgeous designs using the traditional nine patch block plus more challenging and creative patterns that turn a nine patch into something entirely new.

Wired by Julie Garwood
A beautiful computer genius reluctantly partners with a bad-boy FBI agent to hunt down a cyber-criminal in exchange for leniency for her troubled brother, an arrangement that is compromised by their growing attraction.