FICTION

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The Hideaway

By Lauren K. Denton

After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags’s ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay, Alabama. She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans. Instead, she learns Mags has willed The Hideaway to her and charged her with renovating it, no small task considering her grandmother’s best friends, a motley crew of senior citizens, still live there.

Amid drywall dust, old memories, and a charming contractor, she discovers that slipping back into life at The Hideaway is easier than she expected.

 
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Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor)

By Irene Hannon

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death and puts Trish under police scrutiny, her world is thrown into turmoil. Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge and he suspects the situation isn’t just dangerous, it’s deadly. Hannon’s mind-bending story will have readers retracing their steps to figure out what was missed.

 
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The Stolen Marriage

By Diane Chamberlain

Steeped in history and filled with heart-wrenching twists, this book is an emotionally captivating novel. It is 1944. Pregnant, alone and riddled with guilt, 23-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly gives up her budding career as a nurse and ends her engagement to the love of her life, unable to live a lie. Instead, she turns to the baby’s father for help and agrees to marry him, moving to the small, rural town of Hickory, North Carolina. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a loveless marriage with no way out. During a polio epidemic, Tess works to save the lives of her patients and tries to untangle the truth behind her husband’s mysterious behavior.

 
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Tell Tale: Short Stories

By Jeffrey Archer

“Tell Tale” gives the reader a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people Archer has met, the stories he has come across, and the countries he has visited during the past 10 years. Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to find out “Who Killed the Mayor?” and the pretentious schoolboy in “A Road to Damascus,” whose discovery of the origins of his father’s wealth changes his life in the most profound way. Readers will enjoy this latest collection from the master storyteller.

 
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Manhattan Beach

By Jennifer Eagan

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea and by some mystery between the two men. ‎Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women can hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous of occupations, repairing the ships. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Styles again and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, why he might have vanished.

 

NONFICTION

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Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir

By Charlie Daniels

Readers will experience a soft, personal side of Charlie Daniels. In his own words, he presents the path from his post-Depression childhood to performing for millions as one of the most successful country acts of all time. The book includes insights into the many musicians who orbited Charlie’s world, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Tammy Wynette. He shares inside stories, reflections and rare personal photographs from his earliest days in the 1940s to his self-taught guitar and fiddle playing high school days of the ’50s through his rise to music stardom.

 
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Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites

By Deb Perelman

Whether we’re cooking for ourselves, for a date night in, for a Sunday supper with friends, or for family on a busy weeknight, we all want recipes that are unfussy to make with triumphant results. Deb thinks that cooking should be an escape from drudgery. In her new cookbook she presents more than 100 recipes for people with busy lives who don’t want to sacrifice flavor or quality to eat meals they’re really excited about.

 
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The Last Cotton Kids

By James Pavlovsky

This book of short stories takes two children through adventure after adventure as they grow up in rural Central Texas from the early 1960s to 1970. Set in blackland farming area, “home was where fresh well water, outdoor toilets, chickens, cows and their beloved dog BoBo were the centerpiece of everything.” He shares his memories of a time “when living on a farm was far less about not having a color TV, video games, a phone or any air conditioning to comfort oneself and more about enjoying time spent outside in nature.”

 
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Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart

By Scott Eyman

Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for 40 years. They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again. They got along famously. Both men volunteered during World War II and were decorated for their service. Eyman presents a a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary friendship that lasted through war, marriages, children, careers and everything else.

 
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The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football

By S.C. Gwynne

Gwynne explores Hal Mumme’s leading role in changing football from a run-dominated sport to a pass-dominated one. Mumme spent 14 mostly losing seasons coaching football before inventing a potent passing offense. It began at tiny Iowa Wesleyan, where Mumme was head coach and Mike Leach, a lawyer who had never played college football, was hired as offensive line coach. These two mad inventors, drawn together by a shared disregard for conventionalism and a love for Jimmy Buffett, began to engineer the most extreme passing game in the history of football.

 

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.