Allison Public Library Notes 4/26
“THE RISING SEA” by Clive Cussler . . . Investigating an alarming rise in the world's sea levels, Kurt, Joe and the rest of the NUMA scientific team uncover a diabolical plot to upset the Pacific balance of power by triggering natural disasters to displace billions of people.
“ACCIDENTAL HEROES” by Danielle Steel . . . A decorated former Air Force pilot, a pregnant flight attendant, and a dedicated TSA agent find their fates colliding with those of other fellow passengers who must fight for their lives during a fateful flight from New York to San Francisco. Given in memory of Bernard Franken.
“GODS OF HOWL MOUNTAIN” by Taylor Brown . . . Concocting potions and cures for her 1950s mountain-dwelling community, a folk healer with a dark past helps her bootleg-whiskey-runner grandson outmaneuver rivals, federal agents, snake charmers, and the mystery of his mother's long confinement in a mental hospital.
“I'LL BE YOUR BLUE SKY” by Marisa De Los Santos . . . Three weeks after an elderly neighbor helps her find the courage to end an unhealthy relationship, Clare unexpectedly inherits a small house from the woman and with the help of loved ones pieces together the story of the house and her courageous benefactor.
“EDUCATED” by Tara Westover . . . Traces the author's experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.
“TRUTH OR DARE” by Fern Michaels . . . After Joe Espinosa and his dog, Cyrus, discover three scared children alone in the woods off an isolated country road, the Men of the Sisterhood launch an investigation that will shock them beyond belief.
“ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND” by Jane Kirkpatrick . . . Longing to become a doctor in spite of the realities of 1870s Oregon, herbal healer Jennie Pickett supports herself and her challenging young son by caring for a terminally ill elderly patient, a situation that is complicated when she falls for the woman's widower.
“THE RECIPE BOX” by Viola Shipman . . . When her efforts to pursue a professional culinary life end in disappointment, Sam spends a summer working for the family pie shop and begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family's history, and her passion for food.
“SHOT ON GOLD” by Jaci Burton . . . United States Olympic teammates, hockey player "Mad Dog" Madigan and figure skater Amber Sloane, heat up the ice at the Winter Olympics in more ways than one.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“BEATRICE ZINKER UPSIDE DOWN THINKER” by Shelley Johannes . . . A lively girl who does her best thinking while upside down embarks on a first day of third grade only to be confronted by a disappointing reunion with a best friend who has set aside their plans in favor of spending time with a cool newcomer.
“PETE THE CAT AND THE COOL CATERPILLAR” by James Dean . . . Discovering a super cool caterpillar while on a bug safari, Pete the Cat is very impressed by his new friend, who goes missing and triggers a search before revealing a wild surprise.
“THE BIG UMBRELLA” by Amy June Bates . . . A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain.
“JACK AND THE BEANSTALK AND THE FRENCH FRIES” by Mark Teague . . . Jack's magic beanstalk produces so many beans that soon everyone in the village is sick of eating them, and mad at Jack, and when he climbs the beanstalk he finds that Mr. Giant is equally fed up with beans--but fortunately Mrs. Giant suggests a solution to their diet problem.
NEW DVDs for your viewing enjoyment: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI, and FERDINAND.