On the shelves — Aug. 28

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder” by Richard Louv identifies seven basic concepts that can help us reshape our lives by tapping into the restorative powers of nature to boost mental creativity, promote health, build smarter and more sustainable businesses, and strengthen human bonds.

“The School of Night” by Louis Bayard shifts smoothly from present-day America to Elizabethan England in two intertwined narratives that share one shocking secret as Harry Cavendish, a modern day scholar, is ensnared in the tragic story of a forgotten genius and the woman he loved.

“Can I See Your I.D.? True Stories of False Identities” by Chris Barton documents the exploits of ten imposters including a high school dropout who passed himself off as a navy surgeon, a poor Englishwoman who duped the upper class into believing that she was a kidnapped Asian princess, and a Jewish teenager who survived World War II by posing as a Hitler youth.

“An Evil Eye” by Jason Goodwin captures the Istanbul of the Ottoman Empire in all its majesty as inspector Yashim is called upon to find out why Fevzi Ahmet, his former mentor and the admiral of the Ottoman fleet, has defected to the Egyptians and why the women of the Sultan’s harem have begin to die.

“The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School” by Alexandra Robbins explains the fascinating psychology and science between popularity and outcasthood, revealing that the things that set students apart in school are the things that help them stand out later in life.

“Minding Ben” by Victoria Brown blends realism and humor in the story of an immigrant girl from Trinidad who lands in Brooklyn, New York without a job and tries to find her way in the confusing and increasingly complicated city where opportunities appear in the most unexpected places and anything is possible.

“The Troubled Man” by Henning Mankell re-introduces Kurt Wallander, the brilliant, brooding Swedish detective whose investigation of the disappearance of a retired naval officer soon finds him interfering in matters that are not his responsibility, making promises he won’t keep, telling lies when it suits him, and getting results.

Portales Public Library

“Only Time Will Tell” by Jeffrey Archer.

Harry Clifton never knew his father, but he learned about life on the docks from his uncle who expects him to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school, but an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boy’s school and his life will never be the same again. As an adult, Harry learns the real truth of how his father died, but the truth only leads him to question whether or not he is the son of Arthur Clifton, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line. This first novel in Archer’s newest series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler’s Germany. From the docks of working class England to the bustling streets of New York City, this book takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, that will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that none of us could have imagined.

“Kill Me If You Can” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp.

When Matthew Bannon, a poor art student living in New York City, finds a medical bag filled with diamonds during a chaotic attack at Grand Central Terminal thoughts of a worry free life with his gorgeous girlfriend, Katherine, abound, until he realizes that he is being hunted. The world’s greatest assassin, the Ghost, has just pulled off his most high profile hit: killing Walter Zelvas, a top member of the international diamond syndicate. His only problem is that the diamonds he was supposed to retrieve from Zelvas are missing and now he is chasing after Bannon. The Ghost is hot on Bannon’s trail, but so is a rival assassin that would like nothing more than to make the Ghost disappear forever.

“Justice” by Karen Robards.

Doing her best to comply with the orders of the Secret Service’s unofficial witness protection program, criminal attorney Jessica Ford has changed her name, dyed her hair, and traded in her glasses for contacts, but winning her first high-profile case and landing her face all over the news is not exactly “keeping a low profile”. This according to Secret Service agent, Mark Ryan, whose newest assignment is to keep Jessica safe at all costs. It just so happens that he’s also her ex-boyfriend. The trial earns Jessica a permanent spot on the firm’s elite legal defense team and is the chance of a lifetime, but as her mind races with questions about her recent case and her missing predecessor, Jessica begins to realize that she is a target herself. Jess must now determine which of the many inadvertent enemies she has made is trying to kill her and as she gets closer to the truth, she finds herself in a race against the clock to find the answers before what she doesn’t know gets both her and Mark killed.