Fiction

Ask Not

By Max Allan Collins

Collins is known for his historical re-creations of unsolved or covered-up crimes. He has tackled the JFK assassination in this sequel to “Target Lancer.” It is Chicago, September 1964. A Cuban that Detective Nathan Heller knows was involved in an attempt on JFK’s life in Chicago three weeks before the Dallas assassination. The Cuban tries to run down Heller and his son on a Chicago street. Heller heads to Texas after a faked suicide is linked to President Johnson’s corrupt cronies. Celebrity columnist Flo Kilgore implores him to explore the growing list of dead witnesses. With the blessing of Bobby Kennedy, Heller and Flo investigate the increasing wave of violence.

Every Waking Moment

By Chris Fabry

Treha is a mysterious young woman who has fallen through the cracks, much like many of the elderly people she works with at Desert Gardens Retirement Home. But Miriam, director of the facility, sees her extraordinary gift and untapped potential. Treha is a whisperer of sorts, calling those who have slipped into dementia back to a life of vibrant, if only temporary, clarity. When Treha’s and Miriam’s stories intertwine with a documentary team looking for stories of the elderly, Treha’s gift is uncovered, and the search begins for answers to the mysteries of her past. An uplifting, human tale of an ordinary woman with an extraordinary gift.

The Texans

By Brett Cogburn

Brett Cogburn is a Spur Award-winning author and the great-grandson of the man who inspired “True Grit,” Rooster Cogburn. In his latest book, 17-year-old Odell is taller than most men, and all too ready to be treated like one. But nothing could prepare him for the Comanche raid that left him without a home or family. The girl he loves, Red Wing Wilson, was once a Comanche stolen as a child and raised among Texans. With a promise to return to her, he sets off for revenge. To get her back, he has to contend with an unforgiving land, a sword-brandishing Prussian and a Comanche warrior who has sworn to take his scalp.

Christmas Bliss

By Mary Kay Andrews

From the New York Times bestselling author of “Ladies Night,” comes a novella that celebrates love, the holidays and antiques. Christmas is coming, but Savannah antique dealer Weezie Foley is doubly distracted, both by her upcoming wedding to her longtime love, chef Daniel Stipanek, and also by the fact that her best friend and maid of honor BeBe Loudermilk is due to give birth any day. BeBe is still adamantly refusing to marry her live-in-love, Harry. Readers have come to love these characters in Mary Kay Andrews’ three previous Savannah novels: “Savannah Blues,” “Savannah Breeze” and “Blue Christmas.”

Tier One Wild

By Dalton Fury

New York Times bestselling author and former Delta Force commander Dalton Fury (“Black Site” and “Kill Bin Laden”) is back with an explosive new thriller. Former disgraced Delta Force commander Kolt “Racer” Raynor has earned his way back into The Unit after redeeming himself during an explosive operation at a black site in Pakistan. But he is about to face his deadliest challenge yet when an American al Qaeda commander organizes a terrorist team and amasses deadly weapons with the intent of shooting down American aircraft. Fury’s action tale takes readers on the trail from a black ops nerve center to the streets of Cairo.

Nonfiction

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays; 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations

By Ree Drummond

Ring in your favorite holidays with inspired menus for breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners, parties, deliveries and feasts, accompanied by fun instructions and hundreds of step-by-step photos. The book is filled with creative and flavorful ideas for intimate dinners, group gatherings and family meals, includes dozens of mouthwatering dishes (with 19 recipes for Thanksgiving alone). Other holiday treats include Resolution Smoothie on New Year’s Day; Whiskey BBQ Sliders and Dr Pepper Cupcakes for “The Big Game;” and glazed ham for Easter. For Christmas, she includes Caramel Apple Rolls, Christmas Rum Cake and a selection of cookies, perfect for Christmas deliveries to family and friends.

You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times

By Max Lucado

In “You’ll Get Through This,” pastor and New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado offers sweet assurance. With the compassion of a minister, the heart of a storyteller and the joy of one who has seen what God can do, Lucado provides helpful advice, practical remedies and scripture verses that lead to perspective, survival and power to tackle any crisis. We fear that the depression will never lift, the yelling will never stop, the pain will never leave. In the pits, surrounded by steep walls, Lucado encourages the unhappy to make it through the tough times.

The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life

By Tory Johnson

For “Good Morning, America” contributor Tory Johnson, weight was always an issue. Although she felt ashamed of how she looked, Tory could never find the will to change. When a network executive warned her that if she didn’t lose weight her television career could be in jeopardy, Tory experienced something profound: A shift. Tory creates a plan, makes a list of things she is willing to sacrifice, and teaches herself the realities of self-discipline. With disarming honesty, she shares her experience of overcoming the inevitable challenges along the way. In the process, she becomes not just healthier but happier — a shift that impacts every facet of her life.

LEGO Play Book

By Daniel Lipkowitz

LEGO Play Book has all-new ways to encourage kids to think, to build and to play creatively.

Featuring more than 200 LEGO builds, this fun guide offers a mixture of simple, medium and complex models. LEGO Play Book will teach builders tips and tricks to get the most out of their blocks. All-new models along with all-new photography bring LEGO bricks to life. There are “10-minute builds” for quick play sessions, a “cool brick” feature with ideas for using key LEGO bricks, and a “handful of bricks” section exploring what can be done with a limited collection of LEGO bricks.

Southern Birds: Backyard Guide

By Bill Thompson

While birders often spend their efforts in search of the rarest creatures, some of the most beautiful and intriguing birds are the ones that frequent our backyards (or nearby). “Southern Birds” is focused on bird types that the casual observer is likely to encounter living in our neighborhoods. This book contains 55 of the most common birds in the South, complete with large color photos, gender-specific physical descriptions, nesting and feeding information, bird-call particulars, and interesting stories about each species. Thompson introduces the reader to the basics of bird watching: essential gear, bird-friendly food and plantings, housing tips and observational techniques.

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

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