Friday, January 30, 2009

Library Lover's Month

Even superheroes sometimes forget to return their library books.
But don't fear -
Library Lover's Month is here!
To celebrate February as Library Lover's Month, we will be offering amnesty on overdue books. Any overdue book returned in the month of February will be forgiven its overdue charges. So, if you checked out your books before Christmas, or even before last Fourth of July, now is the perfect time to return them. Because we love libraries, but we love people using them even more.

February Brown Bag Program

Join us Friday, February 6th @ Noon in the Alliance Learning Center Community Rooms

Jodi Mischnick reviews

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

The program and refreshments are provided courtesy of Friends of the Library.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

In Memory of John Updike

Author and poet John Updike passed away yesterday at the age of seventy-six. He is a two time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his novels "Rabbit is Rich" and "Rabbit at Rest" and has claimed two National Book Awards in addition to many other literary prizes. Having written over 50 books, Updike is best know for his "Rabbit" novels, which chronicle the life of a man decade by decade, from the 60's to the 90's. He is also known to be a great defender of the written word, encouraging book stores and printers to stand firm in light of the digital age.

We have many books by this widely acclaimed author, and invite you sample or revisit his works as a tribute to his literary achievements.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


DEADLY HARVEST by Heather Graham: When a young woman is found dead in a field, dressed up as a scarecrow with a slashed grin and a broken neck, the residents of Salem, Massachusetts, begin to fear that the infamous Harvest Man is more than just a rumor.

YOUR HEART BELONGS TO ME by Dean Koontz: Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry, diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy, is lucky to receive a heart transplant in time to save his life, and things are just starting to return to normal when he begins receiving unmarked gifts and messages from a stalker who claims the heart is hers.

CRUEL INTENT by J.A. Jance: Former television journalist Ali Reynolds tries to defend her contractor Brian when he is named a prime suspect in his wife's murder and in the process uncovers a sadistic killer who finds his prey by hacking into a dating sight for housewives looking for a sexual relationship with married men.

THE PRIVATE PATIENT by P. D. James: Adam Dalgliesh, a charismatic police commander, investigates the case of Rhoda Gradwyn, a forty-seven-year-old journalist murdered after a visit to the plastic surgeon to remove an old scar, and discovers a tangled web of motives and strange suspects centered on life around Cheverell Manor.

A DEADLY SILVER SEA by Bob Morris: The Royal Star, the most exclusive cruise ship in the world, is leaving Miami with many notable and wealthy passengers. Gunmen take over and kill most of the officers and sequester passengers. Zack and Barbara, who is 8 months pregnant, are separated. Without knowing the motive of the gunmen, Zack must figure out a way to stop them and keep himself and his wife alive.

THE FOURTH TIME IS MURDER by Steven F. Havill: Undersheriff Estelle is as busy as ever. The sheriff is still not recovered from his stint in the hospital and she is recovering from a hospital stay herself. She almost reaches home when her cell phone rings and a truck has gone off the road. There are more questions than answers.

ODD GIRL OUT by Timothy Zahn: Frank Compton, employed as a sort of intergalactic detective for the mysterious alien Spiders, working to thwart the Modhri, a group-mind intent on infecting Earth, suspects that the Modhri are the source of all his troubles when a young woman who had demanded his help in finding her ten-year-old sister is later found dead--killed with his own gun.

2008 EDITION BEST EDITORIAL CARTOONS OF THE YEAR by Charles Brooks: Reprints over four hundred American editorial cartoons from the year 2007, covering the Bush administration, immigration, the economy, foreign affairs, entertainment, sports, and more.

THE ART OF THE FAMILY TREE by Jenn Mason: Contains ideas and instructions for using paper, fabric, and collage to turn family trees into works of art.

THE OFFICIAL PRECIOUS MOMENTS COLLECTOR’S GUIDE TO FIGURINES by John Bomm: With more than 2,300 bisque figurines presented and including current as well as retired pieces, this book is undoubtedly the most comprehensive, official guide to Precious Moments figurines on the market.

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO DIY PROJECTS FOR LUXURIOUS LIVING by Jerri Farris: A custom wine cellar with bistro seating; an elegant den with built-in library walls; an electric steam-room in the master bath; a billiards room with a fun, retro wet bar; a custom closet as big as a bedroom, homeowners dream of the special features that set a home apart and make it extraordinary.

HARD TWIST WESTERN RANCH WOMEN by Barbara Van Cleve: Photographs that show the women of the contemporary western ranch mostly at work in the fields, but also at home with the family and in the ranch office.

GOLDEN EAGLE by Floyd Scholz: This book presents a behind-the-scenes look at how Floyd Scholz creates one of his most ambitious pieces-a life-size golden eagle in flight. Beautiful color photos document the carving's progression from a block of wood to a finished work of art. The accompanying text offers how-to information as well as Scholz's thoughts as he works on the carving.

GUNSMITHING WITH SIMPLE HAND TOOLS by Andrew Dubino: Information on planning a workshop and acquiring basic tools, repairing and improving firearms, metals, files, abrasives, small parts, and how to blue and polish a gun.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Based on the Book

This week's feature is The Cider House Rules by John Irving, which was made into an academy award winning movie in 1999. The story follows a young man who has lived his whole life in an orphanage. He is anxious to strike out on his own and must travel a long way to find the place where he truly belongs. We have both the novel and the DVD available for checkout.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Attention Genology Buffs!

While going through the Nebraska Learns 2.0 Class, I discovered a free online geneology tool perfect for all of you tech-savy geneology enthusiasts called MyHeritage. The free software allows users to create online profiles of their family heritage using a family tree, photos documents and more. It includes face recognition technology to help researchers identify unknown people in their family photos, works with 34 languages and has translation tools. Users can even publish their findings to the web, with privacy options, so it can be shared with family and friends.

For more information on this free application, visit

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Help with your series searches!

Today I stumbled across a wonderful resource for all of you series readers out there. The wonderful Nebraska Library Commission has a searchable online database where you are able able to quickly find the title of the next book in your series. You can search using either the series title, author title or a book title. Just think, you'll never have to read series out of order again!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


One of our often overlooked services, NetLibrary allows our library patrons to search an online collection of books from the comfort of their personal computer. NetLibrary allows us to provide a vast amount of information to complement and diversify our collection and offers many special interest works and scholarly findings.

You are able to browse the collection using a simple keyword search. When you find a title you would like to read, simply click on the image of the book and it will open as a PDF file. You can browse through the book either by chapter or page by page.

To creat a free account, simply contact us here at the library and we will help sign you up. You will then be able to browse the collection from any computer.

eBooks also appear in our catalog, which you can search online at, and are marked with a little "e" to the right of the title.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009



I BET I WON’T FRET by Timothy A. Sisemore: Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is one of the most common anxiety disorders in children. It causes intense worry and anxiety that can disrupt emotional, academic, and social development. The good news is that GAD is highly treatable and children can be taught to manage and even overcome it.
WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE 2009 by Richard Nelson Bolles: Offers advice to job hunters and career changers on how to find their dream job, including tips on writing resumes, conducting online job searches, starting a business, making contacts, interviewing, and negotiating salaries.
NOLO’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EVERY LAW: Presents information, guidance, and lists of further resources on law related to houses, the workplace, patents, copyright, money, cars, and numerous other subjects.
NEBRASKA’S COWBOY TRAIL by Keith Terry: The "Cowboy Line" follows the Chicago and Northwestern railroad and will become the longest rail-to-trail conversion in the nation. This guide covers information for hikers, bikers, and horsemen with accommodations, history, ecology and pointers for food, lodging, and camping.
NO JOB? NO PROB! By Nicholas Nigro: Offers valuable tips and timely resources for landing your next job, plus advice and possibilities to weather the storm of unemployment and thrive.
ON THE DIVIDE by David Porter: On the Divide analyzes the iconic image that Cather helped develop for herself, in contrast to the anonymous face she adopted for promotional activities and the very different private self she shared only with friends and family.
THE LOKATA GHOST DANCE OF 1890 by Rani-Henrik Andersson: Uses for the first time some accounts translated from Lakota. This book presents these Indian accounts together with the views and observations of Indian agents, the U.S. Army, missionaries, the mainstream press, and Congress.
MAYOR HELEN BOOSALIS by Beth Boosalis Davis: The story of Helen Boosalis is the story of American democracy at its best-a daughter of Greek immigrants who became one of the nation's best mayors and barely missed becoming the governor of Nebraska.
KIOWA HUMANITY AND THE INVASION OF THE STATE by Jacki Thompson Rand: Illuminates the ways in which Kiowas on the southern plains dealt with the U.S. government’s efforts to control them after they were forced onto a reservation by an 1867 treaty.
THE ULTIMATE FIELD GUIDE TO PHOTOGRAPHY: Offers advice from fifty professional "National Geographic" photographers on how to take great pictures using film or digital cameras, looking at different types of cameras and accessories, and describing beginning and advanced techniques.
GIVE ME EIGHTY MEN by Shannon D. Smith: The story of what has become popularly known as the Fetterman Fight, near Fort Phil Kearney in present-day Wyoming in 1866, is based entirely on this infamous declaration attributed to Capt. William J. Fetterman.
THE LONG EMERGENCY by James Howard Kunstler: Presents an examination of the United States dependency on cheap fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas, describes its diminishing supply, and forecasts a grim scenario for the future that includes a regression back to local economy and a downsizing of everyday life activities.
CONSUMER GUIDE TO HOME ENERGY SAVINGS by Jennifer Thorne Amann: A guide through the confusing process of improving your home's energy use with readable and clear illustrations.
GOING GREEN by Sally Kneidel: Provides information on sustainable living, discussing energy-efficient and clean transportation, housing, land use, food, and clothing.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Based on the Book

This week's Based on the Book feature is Jane Austen's Persuasion.

After the man whose proposal she had rejected returns from his long military tour at sea, Anne Elliot is forced to face the decision she had made eight years before, along with the man she has never stopped loving, in Jane Austen's final novel.

We have both the novel and the BBC film interpretation shown here available for checkout.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy Birthday A.A. Milne!

Today is the birthday of the late A.A. Milne, who gave us the loveable characters and stories of The Hundred Acre Woods. If you haven't read the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends, I would highly recommend them to both adults and children. They make for some
enjoyable reading, no matter how old you are.

Here are a few links to give more information on A.A. Milne, with a few fun Pooh inspired games thrown in for good measure:

Pooh Inspired Recipes (my guess is they all use some form of honey)

Russian Winnie-the-Pooh Cartoon (still cute even though I couldn't understand most of it)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Coming Soon!

The library will be hosting a series of informative evening events on Native Americans. Stay tuned for more information!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Don't Forget About Overdrive!

I just want to remind you that we are a participating Nebraska OverDrive Library, which means you can access thousands of audio books from the comfort of your home computer in three easy steps.

1. Simply click here to sign in using your library account number and install the free software. Your account number can be found on the back of your library card or you can give us a call and we will give it you.
2. Browse and check out titles (up to 4 at a time)
3. Download to your computer or storage device and enjoy!
If you have any questions about the OverDrive service or need your account number, just contact us at the library and we'll be happy to help.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Friends of the Library

Just thought I would share some of the recent Friends of the Library projects. They have recently purchased a wonderful rug for the children's section. It has an alphabet border surrounding a family of bunnies who are all reading books and is quite stunning. The kids love it! Below is a picture of our Tuesday night storytime group on the rug.
The friends have also recently refinished a table that was purchased in 1912 when the library was in the Carnegie Building. It is a beautiful table and the old saying "they just don't make 'em like they used to" seems to fit it wonderfully. Below is a picture of some of the Friends with the table.
Friends of the Library is a nationwide non-profit, volunteer driven organization that raises funds for the library. The main fundraising is accomplished through two books sales that take place in the spring and the fall of each year. For more information on how to get involved with the Friends of the Library, just contact the library.


by Laurell K. Hamilton: Meredith Nic Essus, pregnant with twins, accepts her uncle's false claim that he is the father of her unborn children in order to gain her own place on the throne, but conspirators, slander, and Taranis himself are all determined to eliminate Meredith's personal guard, the only ones who can protect her.

ENDER IN EXILE by Orson Scott Card: Ender is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but chooses to journey out to the colonies with his sister, Valentine.

THE MEMORIST by M.J. Rose: Meer Logan, haunted since childhood by memories of what seems to be a treasure box, travels to Vienna when the actual box--once owned by Beethoven--shows up in an auction catalog, and she is forced to face the possibility that she was the composer's lover in a past life, and the reality that someone is trying to kill her.

JUST AFTER SUNSET by Stephen King: Collects twelve short stories by Stephen King on the theme of relationships, including new stories and previously released material such as "The Gingerbread Girl," "The Things They Left Behind," and "The Cat from Hell."

THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND by Jeffrey Deaver: Investigating a late night emergency call that came from a Wisconsin vacation home, deputy Brynn McKenzie narrowly escapes an encounter with two professional criminals, and flees into the woods with Michelle, the city-girl who rented the house for the weekend, but if the women want to survive, they will have to learn to trust one another.

A MERCY by Toni Morrison: Florens, a sixteen-year-old slave on a Virginia plantation is given to a Dutch trader named Jacob Vaark as payment for a debt owed to Vaark by her master, and moves to his small Northern farm where her presence is felt keenly by Vaark's childless wife Rebekka, Native American servant Lina, and Sorrow, a foundling.

JESUS by Deepak Chopra: Captures the extraordinary life of Jesus in this surprising novel. The author uncovers the transformational "lost years" that are not recounted in the New Testament.

DESCENT INTO CHAOS by Ahmed Rashid: Explores the progression of nation building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia since the events of September 11, 2001, contending that U.S. foreign policy in the region has failed and discussing various issues, such as nuclear programs, the Indian-Pakistani rivalry, and the resurgence of the Taliban.

AXES: Willa Cather and William Faulkner by Merrill Skaggs: Axes traces the intimate relationship between the texts published by Willa Cather and William Faulkner between 1922 and 1962. When those texts are juxtaposed and examined carefully, the two writers seem intensely conscious of, and responsive to, each other’s work.

VALENTINES by Ted Kooser: A collection of twenty-three Valentine poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ted Kooser.

PITCH LIKE A GIRL HOW A WOMAN CAN BE HERSELF AND STILL SUCCEED by Ronna Lichtenberg: Explores a new kind of style-persuasion categorization--pinks versus blues or stripes of both colors--to demonstrate how women (and yes, men, too) can use their natural powers of influence for success.

DANCE LODGES OF THE OMAHA PEOPLE by Mark Awakuni-Swetland: Describes both history and ethnography and presents a useful case study of Native cultural resistance and adaptation to pervasive efforts at detribalization and assimilation.

LOREN EISELEY COMMENTARY, BIOGRPHY & REMEMBERANCE: Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska, Loren Eiseley (1907–77) was a highly respected writer and poet best known for explaining complex scientific concepts in poems easily read and understood by the general public.

NEBRASKA MOMENTS by Donald Hickey: A collection of essays in which Donald Hickey and others discuss the people, events, and institutions of Nebraska.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Based on the book

This week's based on the book feature is Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, which we have in our library collection. In the story, a girl, whose father can read story characters to life, must face the fantastical when an evil villian escapes from the confines of his pages and tries to force her father into servitude. The movie releases on January 23rd, so there is still plenty of time to read the book.

Library Event

The Alliance Public Library, The Alliance Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Library are proud to present:

Kevin Horn and his autobiography
Memory Stadium . . . From Lincoln to Alliance: Growing Up a Nebraska Cornhusker
Thursday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Alliance Learning Center Community Rooms

Friday, January 9, 2009

Nebraska Learns 2.0

Over the last few months, I have been participating in an online workshop being offered through the Nebraska Library Commission called Nebraska Learns 2.0. The purpose of the program is give librarians the much needed knowledge about the ever expanding world of technology, and to get libraries to think of new ways technology can serve our patrons and communities. Through simple excercises I have learned about new applications such as twitter, wikis, RSS Feeds, generators, social tagging and bookmarking and more! I've always thought that I was in the know on technology, but walking through this workshop has proved that advancement and innovation are everyday occurances and that it will take lifelong learning to stay with the times.
Nebraska Learns 2.0 is a workshop that anyone interested in the ever evolving world of technology can take advantage of. You don't have to be a librarian or a member of the NLC; you just have to be ready to learn, discover and have a little bit of fun in the process. Simply go the Nebraska Learns 2.0 Blog to get started, and if you have any thoughts on ways we could improve our services through new technologies, be sure to let us know.

Almost French

We have obtained a copy of Almost French by Sarah Turnbull, which was the book reviewed by Nancy Reiber at last week's Friends of the Library Brown Bag presentation. If you are interested in the social aspect of culture, the differences between cultures and the assimilation of culture, this book would be a good one to read. It is the author's memoir of the struggle to integrate into French culture as a native Australian. The book is on loan and can be checked out at the front desk.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

January Display

Our January display is the rock, mineral and fossil collection of Brian Jones. Among his impressive display, you'll see amethyst, ammonites, fossilized clams, quartz crystals and more! his collection will be on display through the end of January, so be sure to stop in.
If you would like more information on Rocks and Minerals, we have a number of books on the subject, which can be found in the nonfiction section of the library cataloged under numbers 549-552.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Book Giveaway Winner

Roland45 is the winner of The Art of Racing in the Rain book giveaway,and he says of his favorite book:
One of my favorites is The Philosophical Strangler by Eric Flint. It is a great read for anyone who needs a laugh, or anyone who is a fan of the fantasy genre.

You can pick the book up anytime and thanks for participating!

Be on the look out for future book giveaways.


REFERENCE BOOKS (Not available for check out but may be used in the library)
THE COPYRIGHT HANDBOOK by Stephen Fishman: Provides practical copyright formation for writers, covering such topics as registration, notice, errors and omissions, limitations, transfer of ownership, duration, infringement, derivative works, compilations, works for hire, jointly authored works, and electronic publishing, and includes a CD-ROM with sample forms and other tools.

AMERICAN INDIANS AND STATE LAW by Deborah a Rosen: Examines the history of state and territorial policies, laws, and judicial decisions pertaining to Native Americans from 1790 to 1880. Belying the common assumption that Indian policy and regulation in the United States were exclusively within the federal government’s domain, the book reveals how states and territories extended their legislative and judicial authority over American Indians during this period.

THE SCIENCE BOOK EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD AND HOW IT WORKS: Natural phenomena, revolutionary inventions, and the most up-to-date investigations are explained in detailed text, and 2,000 vivid illustrations—including 3-D graphics and pictograms—make the information even more accessible and amazing to discover.

LEGAL FORMS FOR STARTING & RUNNING A SMALL BUSINESS by Fred Steingold: Contains a comprehensive guide for starting and running a small business and includes instructions, forms, and a CD-ROM to assist in preparing contracts, hiring employees and consultants, prepare corporate bylaws, lease, buy, or sell property, and borrowing or lending money.

101 LAW FORMS FOR PERSONAL USE by Ralph Warner: Provides more than a hundred legal forms for estate planning, buying a house, dealing with junk mail and telemarketing calls, settling legal disputes, and several other issues, explains their use, and includes them on a CD-ROM.

EVERY LANDLORD’S LEGAL GUIDE by Marcia Stewart: An examination of the legal issues that confront landlords of residential real property. In 17 chapters, it covers such topics as rent, discrimination, working with property managers, landlord liability, tenants, privacy rights, and security deposits.

BONES by Jonathon Kellerman: When Milo Sturgis, homicide detective, encounters a case that involves a sinister killer, he calls in psychologist Alex Delaware to help investigate the murder of several prostitutes and a musician, and the two have trouble coming up with an easy answer as deeper and darker clues arise.

FOUNDATION by Mercedes Lackey: When thirteen-year-old orphan Magpie is saved from a life of slavery in the gem mines and chosen to be trained as a Herald at the Collegium, he discovers her hidden talents and a world of political turmoil.

WHERE SERPENTS SLEEP by C. S. Harris: Sebastian St. Cyr joins forces with Hero Jarvis, the daughter of his sworn enemy, to investigate the brutal murders of eight young prostitutes, and together they unravel a web of lies, deception, and scandal that leads them to a dangerous killer and a powerful secret.

MURDER INSIDE THE BELTWAY by Margaret Truman: After discovering a link between the homicide of Washington D.C. call girl Rosalie Curzon and the kidnapping of the daughter of politician Robert Colgate's closest friend, Detective Mary Hall and rookie police officer Matthew Jackson race to find the killer in question before he acts again.

DIVINE JUSTICE by David Baldacci: Former CIA assassin Oliver Stone, having assassinated the two men who were responsible for the death of his wife and being hunted by friends and enemies, finds himself embroiled in the secrets of a small Virginia mining town and falling for a widow.

SALVATION IN DEATH by J. D. Robb: In the year 2060, Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates the murder of Father Miguel Flores and uncovers shocking secrets about the man's past that suggest the beloved priest is not the man his parishioners thought.

CROSS COUNTRY by James Patterson: Alex Cross' investigation of the worst murder scene he has encountered leads him on a chase to Africa to catch a warlord named Tiger.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Last Chance!

Today is your last chance to enter to win a copy of The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, which is narrated by a philosophical yellow lab called Enzo (I seem to have a bit of a dog theme going) and gives insight into the human condition as only a dog could relate. So far Roland45 has claim to the book, but you can still register to win today. Simply leave a message on this post and I'll announce the winner tomorrow.

Based on the Book

The new hyped up movie of the moment is Marley & Me, which is based on the book Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan. It is based on the author's real life experiences with his young family and their ill behaved dog, Marley, and is available here at the library. I haven't read the book, but I have heard from a number of patrons that it is very good.

Friday, January 2, 2009

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Don't forget to register to win a copy of The Art of Racing in the Rain in our book giveaway. All you have to do is click here and then leave a comment with the title of one of your favorite books, and you will be entered to win. Yes, it's that easy! So far we only have one person in the running, so leave a comment and give him a little bit of competition.

Below is a brief symopsis of The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, pulled from his website. Visit the site for interviews with the author and media reviews:

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human only a dog could tell it.


I'm a little late posting the bookworm. Sickness has been making its way around the library, and I have been out sick with the flu :-( But I am glad to be back and out of house, so I have a few posts for you today to get you through the weekend.

DYING FOR REVENGE by Eric Jerome Dickey: Gideon is a hit man who never misses, but when a job goes bad, he could have killed his client -- a cold-blooded woman who is not the city's mayor. And she is out to get him with other assassins.

DARK SUMMER by Iris Johansen: Devon Brady, a dedicated veterinarian working in a makeshift hospital on a canine search and rescue mission, encounters Jude Marrock and his wounded black lab, Ned; Jude gets Devon involved in a deadly game with innocent lives at stake.

QUOFUM by Alan Dean Foster: Captain Boylan and his crew must deliver four scientists to the unknown Quofum, where they discover an illogical, irrational world filled with warring species and unclassifiable life-forms that suggest the planet was created by an unnatural force, and when their spaceship disappears, the crew is left with no means of communication and no way of escaping a killer.

A MCKETTRICK’S CHRISTMAS by Linda Lael Miller: Lizzie McKettrick, taking a train home to spend Christmas with her family and new boyfriend, must rely on her faith and hard work to help passengers when the train is derailed by an avalanche, and begins to question her feelings for her beau when she starts making a connection with Dr. Morgan Shane.

SANTA CLAWED by Rita Mae Brown: The Christmastime cheer is diminished after Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and her husband find a dead body in their chosen Christmas tree at The Brothers of Love run tree farm, which turns out to the first in a series of murders that Harry and her feline sleuths are determined to solve.

LEAVING WHISKEY BEND by Dorothy Garlock: Schoolteacher Hallie Wolcott, her friend Pearl Parsons, and their friend Mary leave the lawless town of Whiskey Bend behind, hoping to start a new life, and when violent storms force them to take refuge with rancher Eli Morgan.

A GOOD WOMAN by Danielle Steel: When Annabelle Worthington loses her family due to the sinking of the Titanic; she becomes a medical volunteer at Ellis Island, marries badly, and eventually finds purpose by volunteering in a field hospital during World War I.

MORIARTY by John Gardner: Professor James Moriarty, who survived a struggle with Sherlock Holmes and plans on establishing crime syndicates in the U.S., is called back to London to fight against Sir Jordan Jack Idell, a hoodlum who threatens to overrun Moriarty's criminal society across a large part of Europe.

TOLE PAINTING by Pat Oxenford: In this book, acclaimed painter Pat Oxenford provides guidance on the tools and materials needed to get started, tips on preparing tin for painting, and techniques for pulling the basic strokes that are the foundation for creating designs.

PRESSED FLOWER ART by W. Eugene Burkhart Jr.: Acclaimed artist W. Eugene Burkhart Jr. passes on the craft in this handy, full-color how-to guide, sharing information on tools and materials, detailed step-by-step instructions and photographs.

HEX SIGNS by Ivan E. Hoyt: Ivan Hoyt is one of the most celebrated artisans of hex sign painting, and in this detailed how-to book he shares his knowledge, providing information on tools and detailed step-by-step instructions.

GOD IN THE FOXHOLE by Charles W. Sasser: A collection of true personal accounts in which American soldiers throughout history share how their faith helped them face the horrors of war.

AMERICAN EVE by Paula Uruburu: A biography of the classic model Evelyn Nesbit, discussing her rising stardom in America during the twentieth century and how her husband, Harry K. Thaw, killed her lover, Stanford White, birthing the beginning of the American public's obsession with celebrities and scandal.

ANGELS A TO Z by Evelyn Oliver: Contains alphabetically arranged entries that examine approximately three hundred angel-related topics, including biblical angels, classifications of angels, authors and artists whose work is about angels, fictional angels, and others.