Most-checked-out titles from the LaGrange Public Library (thru July 2017)
❶ Golden Prey, by John Sandford
The latest in the Lucas Davenport series has the hero on his first case as a U.S. Marshal.
From the jacket: Thanks to some influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas now gets to pick his own cases whatever they are, wherever they lead him. And where they’ve led him this time is into real trouble. A Biloxi, Mississippi drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Davenport takes the case, which quickly spirals out of control, as cartel assassins, including a torturer known as the “Queen of home-improvement tools,” compete with Davenport to find the Dixie Hicks shooters who knocked over the counting house. Things get ugly fast, and neither the cartel killers nor the hold-up men give a damn about whose lives Davenport might have saved; to them, he’s just another target.
❷ Anything Is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout
Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Strout is at it again with another novel climbing up the charts.
From the jacket: Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband, while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for a mother’s love even as she comes to accept her mother’s happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” Strout’s 2016 best-selling novel) returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.
❸ Small, Great Things, by Jodi Picoult
The veteran author’s much-anticipated twenty-third novel was another best-seller and reviews serious issues of our time.
From the jacket: Ruth Jefferson is an African-American labor and delivery nurse who has been re-assigned away from the newborn child of white supremacists, who don’t want Ruth to touch their child. When the child goes into cardiac arrest, Ruth hesitates before performing C.P.R. and, thus, is charged with a serious crime. When the trial becomes a media sensation, Ruth learns plenty about herself and her white attorney, while they tackle race, privilege, prejudice, and other issues.
❹ The Fix, by David Baldacci
The third in the Amos Decker detective series, this title wraps the steel-trapped lawman in a high-stakes mystery.
From the jacket: Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside F.B.I. headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. Even with Decker’s extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter, a family man with a successful consulting business, and his victim, a schoolteacher. Enter Harper Brown. An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, she orders Decker to back off the case. The murder is part of an open D.I.A. investigation, one so classified that Decker and his team aren’t cleared for it. But they learn that the D.I.A. believes solving the murder is now a matter of urgent national security. Forced into an uneasy alliance with Agent Brown, Decker remains laser focused on only one goal: Solving the case before it’s too late.
❺ All By Myself, Alone, by Mary Higgins Clark
The iconic suspense novelist brings her storytelling to the sea.
From the jacket: Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship. On board she meets eighty-six-year-old Lady Em, the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise. Three days out to sea, Lady Em is found dead—and the necklace is missing. The list of suspects is large and growing.
❶ The Candida Control Cookbook, by Gail Burton
A professional cook and writer, Burton took to her own experiences to author this reference book.
From the jacket: Candida is a toxicity syndrome that affects millions of women, but the diet that doctors recommend to patients with this affliction severely restricts many of the foods that make life pleasurable—all sugars, most fresh fruits, milk and milk products, white rice, barley, wheat, most cheeses, all alcohol and fizzy drinks, mushrooms, coffee, and most flours. When Gail Burton, a gourmet cook and former food writer from California, learned how drastically her medical condition limited her menu options, she wrote the book to help fellow sufferers reintroduce variety and taste into their otherwise bland diets—without sacrificing their health.
❷ Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
A lifelong interest in and passion for science sparked this memoir from the geobiologist.
From the jacket: Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. “Lab Girl” is her revelatory treatise on plant life, but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, she takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father’s college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work “with both the heart and the hands.” She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant, eccentric lab manager. And she extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment.
❸ One Minute Mentoring: How To Find And Work With A Menor—And Why You’ll Benefit From Being One, by Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz
The author of “The One Minute Manager” teams with a former Twitter executive for this guide on professional relationships.
From the jacket: While most people agree that having a mentor is a good thing, they don’t know how to find one or use one. And despite widespread approval for the idea of being a mentor, most people don’t think they have the time or skills to do so. Positive mentoring relationships can change the way we lead and help us succeed. This book offers a systematic approach to inter-generational mentoring, giving readers great insight into the power and influence of mentoring and encouraging them to pursue their own mentoring relationships.
❹ Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes For Big Impact, by Rosaly Byrd and Lauren DeMates
You do not have to go “off the grid” to practice sustainability, the authors argue. Everything can make a difference.
From the jacket: Byrd and DeMates offer an optimistic yet realistic perspective on our impact on the environment, giving much needed guidance to those who are interested in finding new and relatively easy ways to incorporate sustainability into daily life. The book is meant to be a resource for those who are interested in learning what sustainability is about and picking up habits to be more sustainable. Byrd and DeMates focus on the advantages and transformative changes associated with sustainability, demonstrating that although society is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, working toward sustainability is an opportunity to do things differently and do things better, enhancing aspects of life, such as health, work, and community.
❺ Prague Winter: A Personal Story Of Remembrance and War 1937-1948, by Madeleine Albright
In this book, Albright recounts her harrowing and inspiring memories from a difficult time.
From the jacket: In “Prague Winter,” released in 2013, Madeleine Albright reflects on her discovery of her family’s Jewish heritage many decades after the war, on her Czech homeland’s tangled history, and on the stark moral choices faced by her parents and their generation. Often relying on eyewitness descriptions, she tells the story of how millions of ordinary citizens were ripped from familiar surroundings and forced into new roles as exile leaders and freedom fighters, resistance organizers and collaborators, and victims and killers. These events of enormous complexity are shaped by concepts familiar to any growing child: fear, trust, adaptation, the search for identity, the pressure to conform, the quest for independence, and the difference between right and wrong.