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Last year, the must-have, but little-known mystery was The Last Policeman by Ben Winters. It depicted a detective who didn’t quit his job even though the end of the world was imminent. Detective Hank Palace is back in Countdown City, book two in the Last Policeman Trilogy. Hank has 77 days left to do his job before an asteroid obliterates Earth. This time around, a woman from Hank’s past needs help finding her husband. But how can Hank do his job when half the world has gone crazy and the other half is checking off their bucket lists? If you enjoy intricately-plotted, offbeat mysteries or mainstream dystopian fiction (like Hunger Games or World War Z), try Countdown City.
Researchers have long acknowledged black influence and culture within popular music…but not until recently has anyone studied black presence in country music. Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music is an erudite, heavily footnoted essay collection that demonstrates how country music is not only “the white man’s blues.”
Anne of Research Services recommends On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the 21st Century by Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Abraham Skorka:
When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as pope in March 2013, he was a mystery to most of the world. In Argentina, however, he was a significant figure who believed in interreligious dialogue. His discussions with the Rabbi Abraham Skorka in Buenos Aires were published in Argentina in 2010. On Heaven and Earth is an English translation of this work. It offers a glimpse into the hearts and minds of these learned, thoughtful, sincere men who share their views without reservation. Skorka and Pope Francis discuss 29 challenging world issues with respect and frankness. These conversations allow the reader to develop their own views on these important topics. On Heaven and Earth is a thoughtful book for those with or without belief.
Janet Evanovich is best known for her character Stephanie Plum, a smart-mouthed, side-job, bumbling bounty hunter. Evanovich writes funny, upbeat mysteries with a dash of romance. If you’re looking for more feisty heroines and villains that are more incompetent than evil, the Library has you covered.
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Tis the season for holiday parties! Fab up your look with Glitter and Glam: Dazzling Makeup Tips for Date Night, Club Night, and Beyond by Melanie Mills. Mills, the Emmy award-winning makeup artist for Dancing With the Stars, showcases opulent, artful makeup through step-by-step tutorials and high fashion photos. From skin care basics to professional makeup techniques for all skin tones, Mills gives novices and beauty junkies alike the tools to create a stunning face. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get a look right the first time you attempt it. Remember, makeup takes practice and having the right makeup brushes matters! Check out Glitter and Glam to be extra glitzy while standing under the mistletoe this Christmas.
And for the fashion-minded suit-wearers out there, check out The Handbook of Style by Esquire Magazine. It collects tips and tricks for putting your most dapper foot forward.