On the shelves — Aug. 29

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“Pueblo People: Ancient Traditions, Modern Lives” by Marcia Keegan was given by Oscar and Carolyn Toliver in memory of Thelma Lucille Curtis.

A renowned photographer compiles 417 color photographs of all 19 of New Mexico’s Pueblos over the past thirty years, presenting images of people, homes, daily life, and customs typical of Pueblo communities and the challenges they face on a daily basis.

“61 Hours: A Reacher Novel” by Lee Child lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation after his tour bus crashes near a small town where one brave woman is standing up for justice, even as a professional assassin is on his way to be sure she does not live to testify.

“Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage” by Elizabeth Gilbert tells the story of one woman’s efforts to tackle her fears of matrimony, arising from a bad divorce, by examining questions of compatibility, infatuation, fidelity, responsibilities, and emotional compromises that real love, in the real world, will always entail.

“The 9th Judgment” by James Patterson centers on the Woman’s Murder club as Detective Lindsay Boxer chases a jewel thief, a murderous movie star, and a killer with a vendetta against women and children.

“Great Escapes: The Stories Behind 50 Remarkable Journeys to Freedom” by Scott Christianson celebrates the extraordinary courage, inventiveness, and the overwhelming instinct to survive that enabled remarkable individuals to beat the odds when caught up in unthinkable disasters.

“Lucid Intervals” by Stuart Woods takes Stone Barrington and his former cop partner Dino into the posh world of embassy soirees where high society meets government intrigue after a beautiful woman hires him to find somebody who somebody else wants dead.

Portales Public Library

“Water For Elephants” by Sara Gruen

Sara Gruen has created a gritty and sensual novel with her meticulously researched book. The reader gets lost in the tatty glamour of a second-rate, Depression-era circus full of spangled equestrian pageantry, a sleazy side show, heroes, villains, murder and romance.

This arresting new novel provides a glimpse into our Americana, turning it into an enchanting escapist fairy tale. With a showman’s expert timing, she saves the terrific revelation for the final pages.

The above title is a selection for the Portales Public Library’s Adult Readers’ Group. It will be featured in our discussion on Sept. 16.

“Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert

In her early 30s, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want — husband, country home, successful career — but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and what she found in their place. Following a divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.

The above title is a selection for the Portales Public Library’s Adult Readers’ Group. It will be featured in our discussion in October.

“Insatiable” by Meg Cabot

Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper.

But her bosses are making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them.

Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die, but not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets and falls in love with Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side.

Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future, if she even has one.