More New Books Are In!!

We have even more new books hitting the shelves!! Among them:

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King In the predawn hours, in a distressed American city, hundreds of unemployed men and women line up for the opening of a job fair. They are tired and cold and desperate. Emerging from the fog, invisible until it is too late, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

Months later, an ex-cop named Bill Hodges, still haunted by the unsolved crime, contemplates suicide. When he gets a crazed letter from “the perk,” claiming credit for the murders, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, fearing another even more diabolical attack and hell-bent on preventing it. 

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of eccentric and mismatched allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands. 

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of the obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mictchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team On the night of September 11, 2012, terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men – Mark “Oz” Geist, Kris “Tanto” Paronto, John “Tig” Tiegen, Jack Silva, Dave “D.B.” Benton, and Tyrone “Rone” Woods – went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account, ever before told, of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now infamous attack.

When the diplomatic Compound was overrun, the operators were initially told to stand down, but the team went into action regardless. Fighting to save lives while the Compound buildings were set ablaze and choking smoke reduced visibility to zero, they succeeded in retaking the Compound and then escaping to the relative safety of the nearby Annex. But more deadly attacks followed, involving grenades, mortars, and wave after wave of machine-gun fire. Stationed on the rooftops of the Annex, the team fought through the night to repel mounting enemy forces and firepower.

Shadow on the Hill: The True Story of a 1925 Kansas Murder by Dana Staresinic-Deane It was the most brutal murder in the history of Coffey County, Kansas. On May 30, 1925, Florence Knoblock, a farmer’s wife and the mother of a young boy, was found slaughtered on her kitchen floor. Several innocent men were taken into custody before the victim’s husband, John, was accused of the crime. He would endure two sesational trials before being acquitted. 

Eighty years later, local historian Diana Staresinic-Deane studied the investigation, which was doomed by destroyed evidence, inexperienced lawmen, disappearing witnesses, and a community more desperate for an arrest than justice. She would also discover a witness who may have seen the murderer that fateful morning. 

What If? by Randall Munroe Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawing about science, tachnology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans’ strangest questions. The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical:

  • What if I took a swim in a spent nuclear fuel pool?
  • Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?
  • What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City?
  • What would happen if someone’s DNA vanished?

In pursuit of answers, he cheerfully runs computer simulations, digs through declassified military research memos, consults with nuclear reactor operators, times scenes from Star Wars with a stopwatch, calls his mother, and Googles some really freaky-looking animals. His responses are comic gems, accurately and entertainingly explaining everything from your odds of meeting your soul mate to the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements.

When Randall Munroe is your guide, science gets really weird really fast. Near-light-speed baseball pitches can level entire city blocks. A mole of moles can suffocate the planet in a blanket of meat. Yoda can use the Force to recharge his electric-model Smart Car. 

This book features the most popular answers from the xkcd’s What If? blog, but many of the questions (51 percent!) are new and answered here for the first time. What If? is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.

The Sound Book by Trevor Cox Trevor Cox is on a hunt for the world’s strangest sounds. As an acoustic engineer, Cox has spent his entire career eradicating odd noises – echoes in concert halls, clamor in classrooms. But one day, while exploring the sewers of London, he heard something so astonishing that he had an epiphany: rather than squashing strange sounds, we should be celebrating the most curious and bizarre sound effects: the “sonic wonders of the world.”

The Sound Book is the story of his search. Cox travels to the Mojave Desert where sand dunes sing. In France he discovers an echo that tells jokes. In California he drives down a musical road that plays the “William Tell Overture” (he’s disappointed to find that it’s out of tune). One discovery is so impressive that it merits an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Investigating the mystery of each soic wonder, Cox uses everyday acoustics to show how sound works. A chapter on bells, for example, explains why metal in train tracks whistles to announce an approaching locomotive. Cox’s trip to an underground oil cavern in Scotland, where a single pistol shot echoes for nearly two minutes, reveals how cathedral acoustics changed liturgy — and why it’s so hard to hear in noisy restaurants.

With forays into physics, music, archaeology, neuroscience, biology, and design, Cox explains how sound is made and altered by the environment.

The Shadow of the Rainbow by C.V. Schweitzer Based loosely on historical facts, this is a fictional story of a “thirteenth” person’s name on the [Vietnam Memoral] Wall who woke up from [a] coma one day to find he still had a chance to follow those dreams that had been so violently snatched from all the others. 

**The author of this book is a Dodge City, KS native.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early-nineteenth-century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimkes’ daughter Sarah, possessed of a ravenous intellect and mutinous ideas, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Sue Monk Kidd’s sweeping new novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday in 1803, when she is given ownership of ten-year-old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. The Invention of Wings follows their remrkable journeys over the next thirty-five years as both strive for lives of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement, and the uneasy ways of love.

As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired in part by the historic figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better, and Charlotte’s lover, Denmark Vesey, a charismatic free black man who is planning insurrection.

This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks iwth unswerving eyes at one of the most devastating wounds in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers . . . until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombie, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then that she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters . . . and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies . . . and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing – and turning – Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima – even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

Other new titles: Dust Storm Days and Two-Holers, Embroidered Pansies by Diana Lampe, Quotable Kierkegaard edited by Gordon Marino, The Closer by Mariano Rivera, Working Stiff by Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell, Heir of Fire by Sarah Maas, Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne, Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly, Who We Be by Jeff Chang, Pro by Katha Pollitt, & Any Other Name by Craig Johnson

Stop by our New Arrivals display for these and other great new titles!

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