New at the library

New arrivals at the Oakhurst Branch Library include:

• Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber (Fiction). Beloved author Debbie Macomber celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in this heartwarming Christmas novel. Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help 24-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track – and, if the moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.

• Any Other Name (a Longmire Mystery) by Craig Johnson (Mystery). Sheriff Walt Longmire is sinking into a winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Connally, asks him to take on a mercy case outside his jurisdiction. Detective Gerald Holman of neighboring Campbell County is dead, and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend, a by-the-book lawman with a wife and daughter, to take his own life.

• The Pearl That Broke It’s Shell by Nadia Hashimi (Fiction). In Kabul 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy – attending school, going to the market, and chaperoning her sisters – until she is of marriageable age.

• The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson (Non-Fiction). The Public Library presents a wide selection of Robert Dawson’s photographs – from the majestic reading room at the New York Public Library to Allensworth, California’s one-room Tulare County Free Library build by former slaves. Accompanying these beautiful photographs are essays, letters, and poetry by some of America’s most celebrated writers. A forward by Bill Moyers and an afterword by Ann Patchett complete this important survey of a treasured American institution.


• Nightmare Alley. In this engaging 1947 black-and-white melodrama, Stanton Carlisle (Tyrone Power) is a lowlife working in a carnival. Knowing a good con when he sees one, he learns the tricks of a mind-reading act from Zeena (Joan Blondell), then tosses her aside. In time, he becomes “The Great Stanton,” star attraction of swanky nightclubs – but with all his notoriety built on lies, it’s only a matter of time before exposure brings Stanton’s world crashing around him.

• Will & Grace: Season Three. This popular TV sitcom paired gay New York City lawyer Will Truman with interior designer Grace Adler; they’re friends who become roommates. Grace’s assistant is wealthy socialite Karen Walker. And stepping in to stir up stereotypes is Will’s gay friend, the outrageous and flamboyant Jack McFarland. This series premiered September 21, 1998. Enjoy the complete third season of Will & Grace.

• The Fault In Our Stars. Hazel and Gus share a sarcastic sense of humor, a distaste for the conventional, and ultimately a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Although the two teens face unlikely challenges, their courage and dedication to each other prove that while life isn’t perfect, love can still be extraordinary. Enjoy this powerfully moving film based on John Green’s best-selling novel.

• Heaven is for Real. This moving film stars Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo, the real-life father whose son Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton shares the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know.

Children’s and young adult

• The Cupcake Diaries Series: Emma on Thin Icing; Alexis and the Perfect Recipe; Katie and the Cupcake Cure; and Katie, Batter Up by Coco Simon (Juvenile Series). Enjoy the first four Cupcake Diaries stories! Read all about how Katie started the Cupcake Club with her new middle-school friends Mia, Emma, and Alexis. At first Katie was nervous about beginning middle school, but she soon discovered that nothing is sweeter than starting from scratch with new friends.

• Big Snowman, Little Snowman (Disney’s Frozen, Step Into Reading Step 1) by Trish Rabe (Juvenile Easy). Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy with Frozen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a young dreamer, must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, and his reindeer on the grandest of journeys to find Anna’s sister, the Snow Queen Elsa, and put an end to her icy spell. Girls and boys ages 4-6 will love this Step 1 Step Into Reading leveled reader based on the film.

• Blast Off! (Alien in My Pocket #1) by Kate Bell (Juvenile Fiction). The adventure begins in this exciting new chapter book series. When a four-inch-tall alien crash-lands through Zack McGee’s bedroom window, Zack is sure he’s about to become the first victim of a new War of the Worlds. But when the alien turns out to have weapons that are more ticklish than terrifying, Zack realizes that rather than protect the world from the alien, it’s up to him to protect the alien in his pocket from the world.

• The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb (Young Adult Non-Fiction). In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis’ Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century’s most important trials – one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination. Based on the adult bestseller Hunting Eichmann.

The Oakhurst branch library, located at 49044 Civic Circle Drive, is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Thursday, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday.