New books available at Rourk Branch Library

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.


“Animals Make Us Human” by Temple Grandin. Ably challenges assumptions about what makes animals happy, and is packed with fascinating insights and a wealth of how-to tips.

“The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide” by Martin D. Weiss. How to protect your savings, boost your income and grow wealthy even in the worst of times.

“My Remarkable Journey” by Larry King. The author shares his own remarkable story, from his humble roots in Depression-era Brooklyn to the heights of celebrity as host of CNN’s “Larry King Live.”

“Pretty In Plaid” by Jen Lancaster. The author looks back on her life in this hilarious and touching memoir.

“American Lion” by Jon Meacham. A fresh portrait of one of the most controversial men, Andrew Jackson, to occupy the White House.


“Seducing An Angel” by Mary Balogh. Meet the Huxtables, three headstrong sisters and their dashing brother, each searching for love that’s always a shocking indiscretion away.

“Tsar” by Ted Bell. Gripping, thrilling and impossible to put down.

“Cold Choices” by Larry Bond. Takes readers deep into the minds of submariners and the treacherous world in which they dwell.

“Gone Tomorrow” by Lee Child. A thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America.

“The Last Child” by John Hart. An intricate and powerful story of loss, hope and courage in the face of evil.

“The Sweet By and By” by Todd Johnson. In this compelling novel, five women get to tell their story, as all five learn to reconcile troubled pasts, find forgiveness and relish the joy of life.

“Shadows Still Remain” by Peter De Jonge. Edgy, electrifying and dark, this is a riveting debut novel.

“Road Dogs” by Elmore Leonard. This is Leonard at his best, with his trademark tight plotting and pitch-perfect dialogue.

“The Book Of Love” by Kathleen McGowan. Follows two amazing heroines as their stories intertwine through time in an epic love story.

“The Cemetery Dance” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. This is another excellent thriller, from the opening page to the shocking last.

“The Geometry of Sisters” by Luanne Rice. Explores the complex emotional equations of love and loyalty that hold together three pairs of remarkable sisters.

“Wicked Prey” by John Sandford. Danger stalks Lucas Davenport at work and all too close to home, in this superlative new thriller.

“Mrs. Jeffries In The Nick Of Time” by Emily Brightwell. A fascinating murder mystery.

“Swim To Me” by Betsy Carter. A story of family, of chasing dreams and of finding your way.

“Oolong Dead” by Laura Childs. A Tea Shop mystery that includes recipes and tea time tips.

“The Scarecrow” by Michael Connally. The author brings back the hero of “The Poet” in a terrifying new thriller.

“Wrongful Death” by Robert Dugoni. David Sloane returns to uncover a ruthless conspiracy that reaches further and deeper than anything he could have imagined.

“Reunion” by Therese Fowler. A passionate, illuminating novel that takes a dramatic turn and transforms pain and regrets into promises and second chances.

“Swallowing Darkness” by Laurell K. Hamilton. Non-stop action in this novel will leave you breathless.

“Marine One” by James W. Huston. Expertly mixes political intrigue with courtroom drama and fast-paced action in the most exciting thriller of the year.

“Butchers Hill” by Laura Lippman. The third novel in her acclaimed Tess Monaghan series.

“Mother’s Day Murder” by Leslie Meier. A Lucy Stone mystery, a series that is well written and enjoyable.

“Assegai” by Wilbur Smith. Takes readers on an unforgettable African adventure set against the gathering clouds of war.

“Storm Front” by Jim Butcher. A tricky plot with against-the-clock pacing and plenty of action, this is the first exciting novel of the Dresden Files series.

“Fool Moon” by Jim Butcher. Continues the adventures of Harry Dresden in this novel of the Dresden Files series.

“Grave Peril” by Jim Butcher. The novels of the Dresden Files series have become synonymous with action-packed urban fantasy and non-stop fun.

“Wanting” by Richard Flanagan. As several lives are transfigured by unexpected events and unnoticed tragedies, this novel transforms into a stunning meditation on the ways in which desire and its denial shape our lives.

“Secret Keepers” by Mindy Friddle. Written with warmth, this book is a beguiling second novel by the acclaimed author of “The Golden Angel.”

“Follow Me” by Joanna Scott. A sweeping saga of timeless and tender storytelling.

“Shanghai Girls” by Lisa See. A story of sisters, Pearl and May, who are inseparable best friends who share hopes, dreams and a deep connection.

“The Wilde Women” by Paula Wall. A witty, wise and romantic tale of two sisters with a talent for seduction, and the habit of falling for the wrong man every time.