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COVID-19 : the pandemic that never should have happened and how to stop the next one /
By Mackenzie, Debora,
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-279).In a gripping, accessible narrative, a veteran science journalist lays out the shocking story of how the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic happened and how to make sure this never happens again.A note on the virus -- Could we have stopped this whole thing at the start? -- What are these emerging diseases, and why are they emerging? -- SARS, MERS-- you can't say we weren't warned -- Don't blame the bats -- Wasn't the pandemic supposed to be flu? -- So what do we do about disease? -- Things fall apart -- The pandemic that never should have happened-- and how to stop the next one.Over the last 30 years we learned nearly every lesson needed to stop this coronavirus outbreak in its tracks-- and we heeded almost none of them. The result is a pandemic on a scale never before seen in our lifetimes. MacKenzie lays out the full story of the previous viruses that should have prepared us, the shocking public health failures that paved the way, the failure to contain the outbreak, and most importantly, what we must do to prevent future pandemics. -- adapted from jacket

Decoding your cat : the ultimate experts explain common cat behaviors and reveal how to prevent or change unwanted ones /
The language of meow -- Welcoming your new best friend -- The feline dream home -- Social butterflies -- Living with multiple cats -- Unlocking the feline mind -- Do cats mean to be mean? -- My house is not your toilet -- I'm a scaredy-cat -- Oral obsessions -- I know it's normal, but how do I make it stop? -- The cat outside: so close but so scared -- Growing old with grace."The cutting-edge, scientifically accurate, definitive book on the most popular behavioral issues that cats face"--

Sucker punch /
By Hamilton, Laurell K.,
"A brutal murder, a suspect in jail, and an execution planned, but what if the wrong person is about to be executed? When a fellow U.S. Marshal asks Anita Blake to fly to a tiny community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on an emergency consult, she knows time is running short. When she gets there, there is plenty of proof that a young wereleopard killed his uncle in the most gruesome and bloodiest way possible. As the mounting evidence points to him, a warrant of execution is already under way. But something seems off about the murder, and Anita has been asked to examine the crime scene and the evidence for her expert opinion. Despite the escalating pressure from local cops and the family's cries for justice for their dead patriarch, Anita quickly realizes that the evidence doesn't quite add up. But with a tight-knit community up in arms and fear against supernaturals growing, time is almost up, as Anita races to uncover the truth and determine whether the Marshals have caught the killer or are about to execute an innocent man, all in the name of justice"--

The silent wife : a novel /
By Slaughter, Karin,
"When a battered young woman is left for dead, a prisoner in the state penitentiary points out that the attack closely resembles the one for which he was convicted-and which he insists he didn't commit. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent enlists the help of his girlfriend, medical examiner Sara Linton, to investigate the new case in light of the older one."

Muzzled /
By Rosenfelt, David,
"Andy Carpenter is a lawyer who would rather not practice law. He'd rather spend his time working with the Tara Foundation, his dog rescue organization, and being with his family and his two dogs, Tara and Sebastian. But when a friend asks him for a favor that involves both dogs and his lawyerly expertise, he can't say no.Andy's friend Beth has found a stray that seems to have belonged to a murder victim - in fact, the man and two of his colleagues died in an explosion a few weeks ago. But when the murdered man contacts Beth, asking for his dog back, Andy knows there must be more to the story. The man claims his life is in danger, and that's why he disappeared. As much as Andy doesn't want to get involved--anything to avoid a new case--he can't help but come to the rescue of a man who'd risk everything, even his life, to reunite with his dog."--Provided by publisher.

The lantern men : a Dr. Ruth Galloway mystery /
By Griffiths, Elly,
"Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway changed her life-until a convicted killer tells her that four of his victims were never found, drawing her back to the place she left behind"--

The hooligans : a novel /
By Deutermann, Peter T.,
"A gripping and authentic World War II naval adventure by a master storyteller The Hooligans fictionalizes the little-known but remarkable exploits of "The Hooligan Navy" that fought in the Pacific theatre of World War II. Loosely-organized in fast moving squadrons, PT (patrol torpedo) boats were the pesky nemesis of the formidable Japanese navy, dubbed "the mosquito fleet" and "devil boats" for their daring raids against warships, tankers, and transport ships. After the Pearl Harbor raid plunges America into war, young surgical resident Lincoln Anderson enlists in the Navy medical corps. His first deployment comes in August 1942 at Guadalcanal, when after a brutal sea battle and the landing of Marines on the island, Anderson finds himself triaging hundreds of casualties under relentless Japanese air and land attacks. But with the navy short of doctors, soon Anderson is transferred to serve aboard a PT boat. From Guadalcanal to the Solomon Islands to the climactic, tide-turning battle of Leyte Gulf, Anderson and the crew members of his boat confront submarines and surface ships, are attacked from air by the dreaded Kawanishi flying boats, and hunted by destroyers. In the end, Anderson must lead a division of boats in a seemingly-impossible mission against a Japanese battleship formation-and learn the true nature of his character. Informed by P. T. Deutermann's own experience as a commander of a patrol gunboat in Vietnam, The Hooligans is first-rate military adventure fiction"--

Cajun justice /
By Patterson, James,
"Cain Lemaire is an ex-Secret Service agent from New Orleans. With help from his sister who's working in Japan, Cain takes a job in Tokyo as head of security detail for a very successful and important CEO. Cain ends up tangling with the yakuza (Japanese mafia) and unraveling a sex slavery ring"--

The ballad of songbirds and snakes /
By Collins, Suzanne,
"It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined, every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute, and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes."--Book jacket.

Solar system for kids : a junior scientist's guide to planets, dwarf planets, and everything circling our sun /
By Statum, Hilary,
Includes bibliographical references and index.Space is limitless; just like your imagination! Get ready to take an amazing journey to the stars. Solar System for Kids is filled with fascinating facts, photographs, and illustrations that'll excite your mind and charge your curiosity. Of all the solar system books for kids 6-8, this one teaches you about the birth of the universe and how scientists believe galaxies, stars, and planets came into being. Explore the Sun, planets, dwarf planets, moons, and the asteroid belt in one of the most engaging solar system books for kids. This standout among solar system books for kids offers tips for spotting constellations, planets, comets, and more ;from your backyard. From navigating the night sky to learning about objects billions of miles away, this book answers curious kids ; big questions about the universe. Strap in, Junior Scientist. 3, 2, 1... blast off!

Rotten rulers /
By Deary, Terry.
The lowdown on the world's most loathsome leaders. From bizarre tsars and evil emperors to crazy kings and queens, people all around the world have suffered at the hands of their rulers for centuries.
© 2011., Scholastic,

Under Drake's flag : a tale of the Spanish main /
By Henty, G. A.
Young Ned Hearne shares in Francis Drake's adventures on the Spanish Main.
© 2010., Wilder Publications, LLC.,

Clean : the new science of skin /
By Hamblin, James,
Includes bibliographical references and index."The things we do every day to keep ourselves clean can have surprising and unintended effects, as this entertaining introduction to the new science of skin microbes and probiotics reveals Keeping skin healthy is a booming industry, and yet it seems like almost no one agrees on what actually works. What one person says is vital another says is toxic. We have not cured acne or eczema, allergies keep getting worse, and autoimmune conditions are becoming increasingly common. In Clean, doctor and journalist James Hamblin explores how we got here, examining the science and culture of how we care for our skin today. He talks to dermatologists, microbiologists, allergists, immunologists, aestheticians, bar-soap enthusiasts, venture capitalists, Amish people, theologians, and straight-up scam artists, trying to figure out what it really means to be clean. He even experiments with giving up showers entirely, and discovers that he is not alone. Along the way he realizes that most of our standards of cleanliness are less related to health than most people think. In fact, our overuse of soap, sanitizers, and untested, misleading skin-care products may be to blame for many problems. But a little-known area of science is shining light on our skin microbiome-the trillions of microbes that live on our skin and in our pores. These microbes influence everything from acne, eczema, and dry skin to how we smell. The new goal of skin care will be to cultivate a healthy biome-and to embrace the meaning of "clean" in the natural sense. This can mean doing much less, saving time, money, energy, water, and plastic bottles in the process. Lucid, accessible, and deeply researched, Clean explores the ongoing, radical change in the way we think about our skin, introducing readers to the emerging science that will be at the forefront of health and wellness conversations in coming years"--

The geometry of holding hands /
By McCall Smith, Alexander,
"One of the author's most beloved characters is back--and once again she will have to call upon her powers of deduction and her unflappable moral code to unravel a new philosophical mystery. In Edinburgh, rumors and gossip abound. But Isabel well knows that such things can't be taken at face value. Still, the latest whispers hint at mysterious goings-on, and who but Isabel can be trusted to get to the bottom of them? At the same time, she must deal with the demands of her two small children, her husband, and her rather tempestuous niece, Cat, whose latest romantic entanglement comes--to no one's surprise--with complications. Still, even with so much going on, Isabel, through the application of good sense, logic, and ethics, will, as ever, triumph"--A wealthy Edinburgh resident reaches out to Isabel with an unusual request: he would like her to become the executor of his large Highland estate. Isabel demurs, but he presses on. Which of his three cousins should his estate go to: the bohemian artist, the savvy city property developer, or the quiet, unassuming bachelor? Meanwhile, Cat seems to have found her match in Leo. But Isabel suspects he is more interested in Cat's access to the family trust. -- adapted from jacket

Outsider /
By Castillo, Linda,
"Chief of Police Kate Burkholder's past comes back to haunt her when she receives a call from Amish widower Adam Lengacher. While enjoying a sleigh ride with his children, he discovered a car stuck in a snowdrift and an unconscious woman inside. Kate arrives at his farm and is shocked to discover the driver is a woman she hasn't seen in ten years: fellow cop Gina Colorosa. Ten years ago, Kate and Gina were best friends at the police academy, graduating together as rookies with the Columbus Division of Police. But the reunion takes an ominous turn when Kate learns Gina is wanted for killing an undercover officer. Gina claims she's innocent, that she was framed by corrupt officers who want her gone because she was about to turn them in for wrongdoing. Kate calls upon state agent John Tomasetti for help and with a blizzard bearing down, they delve into the incident. But no one wants to talk about what happened the night Gina allegedly gunned down a fellow cop. Even Tomasetti is stonewalled, his superior telling him in no uncertain terms to back off. With whisperings of corruption and the threat of rogue cops seeking revenge, Kate and Gina hunker down at Adam Lengacher's farm. As Kate gets closer to the truth, a killer lies in wait. When violence strikes, Kate must confront a reality that changes everything she thought she knew not only about friendship, but the institution to which she's devoted her life"--Provided by publisher.

Deadlock /
By Coulter, Catherine,
"A young wife is forced to confront a decades-old deadly secret when a medium connects her to her dead grandfather. A vicious psychopath wants ultimate revenge against Savich, but first, she wants to destroy what he loves most-his family. A series of three red boxes are delivered personally to Savich at the Hoover Building, each one containing puzzle pieces of a town only FBI agent Pippa Cinelli recognizes. Savich sends in Cinelli to investigate undercover but someone knows who she is. Savich and Sherlock are up to their eyebrows in danger, but can they figure out the red box puzzle and the young wife's secret before it's too late?"

Deadly touch /
By Graham, Heather,
"When Raina Hamish tries on a dress in a Miami boutique, she has a terrifyingly accurate vision of a murdered corpse in the murky shadows of the Everglades. She wants to help, but who would believe her when she can hardly believe herself? Special Agent Axel Tiger has returned to Florida to help hunt a serial killer, but the investigation doesn't have much to go on. Raina's vision is their best chance to uncover more. Axel's experience with the FBI's elite paranormal team will nurture Raina's abilities, and she may be able to help save a life--but it puts her directly in the crosshairs of a killer who is closer than they would ever suspect."--Inside front jacket flap.

Half Moon Bay : a novel /
By Kellerman, Jonathan,
"Deputy coroner Clay Edison discovers that buried secrets can be deadly in this riveting thriller from a father-son team of bestselling authors who write "brilliant, page-turning fiction" (Stephen King). Deputy Coroner Clay Edison has his hands full. He's got a new baby who won't sleep. He's working the graveyard shift. And he's trying, for once, to mind his own business. Then comes the first call. Workers demolishing a local park have made a haunting discovery: the decades-old skeleton of a child. But whose? And how did it get there? No sooner has Clay begun to investigate than he receives a second call--this one from a local businessman, wondering if the body could belong to his sister. She went missing fifty years ago, the man says. Or at least I think she did. It's a little complicated. And things only get stranger from there. Clay's relentless search for answers will unearth a history of violence and secrets, revolution and betrayal. Because in this town, the past isn't dead. It isn't even past. It's very much alive. And it can kill"--

Holding out for Christmas /
By Dailey, Janet,
A demure kindergarten teacher with dreams of Nashville stardom makes a difficult choice when she reunites with a smitten and wildly attractive rancher during an annual western-themed Christmas ball that launches a holiday season of romance and promise.Conner Branch hasn't stopped thinking about the sultry singer he spotted on stage during last year's Cowboy Christmas Ball. Imagine his surprise when he meets Megan Carson, a demure kindergarten teacher home in Branding Iron, Texas, for the holidays. With Christmas in the air, it's a little too easy for her to imagine spending the holidays in Conner's arms. But her hopes for a career lie in Nashville, and doesn't plan to let a holiday romance get in the way.... -- adapted from jacket

The Lost and Found Bookshop : a novel /
By Wiggs, Susan,
"Natalie Harper feels she must sell the bookshop she's inherited to pay for her grandfather's care, but he refuses to acquiesce, and renovation of the store and its studio apartment push her life in a whole new direction. Besides, she loves the store and its books provide welcome solace for her overwhelming grief. After she moves into the small studio apartment above the shop, Natalie carries out her grandfather's request and hires contractor Peach Gallagher to do the necessary and ongoing repairs. His young daughter, Dorothy, also becomes a regular at the store, and she and Natalie begin reading together while Peach works."--Publisher description.