Force of Nature

By Jane Harper

Five women go on a hike, only four return in Jane Harper’s newest book since best-selling “The Dry.” When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. When one of the women doesn’t come out, each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?


Sisters Like Us

By Susan Mallery

Divorce left Harper Szymanski with a name no one can spell, a house she can’t afford and a teenage daughter who’s pulling away. With her fledgling virtual-assistant business, she’s scrambling to maintain her overbearing mother’s ridiculous standards and still pay the bills. Spending half her life in school hasn’t prepared Dr. Stacey Bloom for her most daunting challenge — motherhood. She is in deep denial that a baby is coming. Stacey didn’t inherit the nurturing gene like Harper. Separately they may be a mess, but together Harper and Stacey can survive anything


Need to Know

By Karen Cleveland

In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, CIA analyst Vivian Miller uncovers a dangerous secret that will threaten her job, her family and her life. On track for a much-needed promotion, she’s developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight. Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America’s borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her — her job, her husband, even her four children — is threatened.‎ Vivian has vowed to defend her country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But now she’s facing impossible choices.


The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

Ernt Allbright, a former prisoner of war, comes home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his daughter 13-old Leni and wife Cora north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid. At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources. When winter comes Ernt’s mental state deteriorates and Cora and Leni find themselves alone.


Agent in Place

By Mark Greaney

The Gray Man is back in another nonstop international thriller from the best-selling co-author of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels. Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam’s regime. Gentry delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels. Then she reveals that she has a son, the only heir to Azzam’s rule. Now he must bring her son out of Syria alive. He goes off the grid in a free-fire zone in the Middle East to try and bring a brutal dictatorship to a close.




Your Score: An Insider’s Secrets to Understanding, Controlling, and Protecting Your Credit Score

By Anthony Davenport

With terrifying headlines regarding identity theft and Equifax, consumers worry about their credit score. Very few people actually understand how their credit score is determined. Worse yet, most don’t know how their score is used by all kinds of companies and banks to dictate financial terms that will strongly affect their daily lives. This book is a comprehensive look at what every consumer needs to know about their credit score — and most importantly, how to fix it.


The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Low-Carb, High-Fat Recipes for Busy People on the Keto Diet

By Jen Fisch

Finding quick and easy keto recipes that fit with your lifestyle and schedule can be difficult. That’s why Jen Fisch, the blogger behind “Keto in The City” and a busy working mom, shares her favorite stress-free keto meals. With 130 recipes that require no more than five ingredients, including many one-pot or 30-minute recipes, this cookbook offers a simple solution to keeping the ketogenic diet easy. One-pot meals are designed for fast prep and cleanup.


Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Knitting Book

By editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine

The ultimate knitting reference, from the world’s most recognized knitting magazine, gets a thorough update, including 1,600 color images and brand-new sections with techniques and designs for beginners and seasoned knitters. It features an expanded library of cast-ons, increases, decreases and bind-offs; in-depth sections on newly favorite techniques such as brioche, entrelac, double knitting, and mosaic knitting; and design and construction chapters that go beyond just sweaters to encompass dozens of options for hats, mittens, socks, gloves and more than 25 shawl shapes.


The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica

By Laurie Gwen Shapiro

It was 1928. The Great War was over. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the final frontier? Everyone wanted in on the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken along as mess boys, and newspapers across the globe covered the planning’s every stage. The night before the flagship set off, Billy Gawronski, a mischievous, first-generation New York City high schooler, snuck aboard. “The Stowaway” takes you on the unforgettable voyage of a plucky young stowaway who became a Jazz Age celebrity.


Astros Strong: Houston’s Historic 2017 Championship Season

By Houston Chronicle

With baseball season on the way, readers can relive last fall’s World Series with “Astros Strong.” During three consecutive 100-loss seasons, Houston Astros management asked fans to be patient, promising them there was a plan in place that would result in success. That patience was rewarded with the ultimate prize in 2017, as the Astros knocked off the Los Angeles Dodgers to claim the first World Series crown in team history. “Astros Strong” guides fans through the team’s journey.

Barbara Frank is the branch manager at the South Waco Library of the Waco-McLennan County Public Library System. In her spare time, she can’t pass up a chance to indulge in a good audio book, preferably a mystery.