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New books on the shelves for summer

By John Hegemier

By John Hegemier
Director, Bandera Library

For your summer reading fun, consider one or more of these new books at the Bandera Public Library:
• The Best Short Stories of O. Henry. The compilers of this volume were presented with over 600 O. Henry works to choose from. The final selection of the thirty-eight stories in this collection offers for the reader's delight those tales honored almost unanimously by anthologists and those that represent, in variety and balance, the best work of America's favorite storyteller. They are tales in his most mellow, humorous, and ironic moods. They give the full range and flavor of the man born William Sydney Porter, but known throughout the world as O. Henry, one of the great masters of the short story.
• Sweet Thunder - by Ivan Doig. Morrie Morgan marks his third appearance in a Doig novel as the con man turned librarian. Set in the 1920s, Morgan and his new bride move to Butte, Montana where he takes on the powerful Anaconda Mining Company and enemies from his past. Ivan Doig comes highly recommended by local library readers as well as author, PT Deutermann.
• Sentinels of Fire - by PT Deutermann. Reminiscent of Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny where a junior officer must try to maintain the efficiency and spirit of the crew under a captain's relentlessly mean and vicious command, this is an excellent WWII naval adventure from an author whose backlist includes the award-winning Pacific Glory.
• Memory Man - by David Baldacci. Amos Decker, a former pro football player, had an unusual career ending injury. A helmet to helmet collision in his first game as a professional left him with an unusual condition - he cannot forget anything. This malady served him well in his next career as a police detective, but nearly drives him to ruin when he comes home to find his wife and child murdered and is condemned to remember every single detail of that horrible day. Over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget.