Six New Reads for the Third Week of January
This week the New Books Newsletter is pleased to offer a little something for everyone: a modern novel that tackles gentrification, the first book in a thrilling new action series, a cozy mystery series continuation, a new volume of Native American history, a work on modern war theory, and our first volunteer pick!

Next week we'll bring back the New Books Newsletter weekly give-away. Be sure to tell your friends and family to sign up for our weekly email so not only can they have a chance to win, but can regularly be among the first to reserve our weekly highlights.
In a groundbreaking new work, the author of Shadow War carefully constructs the new rules for the future of military engagement and the ways we can fight and win in an age of entropy: one where corporations, mercenaries, and rogue states have more power and 'nation states' have less.

With examples from the Roman conquest, World War II, Vietnam, Afghanistan and others, McFate tackles the differences between conventional and future war, the danger in believing that technology will save us, the genuine leverage of psychological and 'shadow' warfare, and much more. McFate's new rules distill the essence of war today, describing what it is in the real world, not what we believe or wish it to be.

The New Rules of War is an urgent, fascinating exploration of war and what we must do if we want to win, authored by an 82nd Airborne veteran, former private military contractor, and professor of war studies at the National Defense University. AFPLS is pleased to offer this title for readers to reserve in hardcover and ebook download.
The received idea of Native American history has been that American Indian history ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Not only did one hundred fifty Sioux die at the hands of the U. S. Cavalry, the sense was, but Native civilization did as well.

In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee , David Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes' distinctive cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don't know or care about property. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the US military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance.

Fans of both American History and political biography should click here to reserve a copy of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee today.
The island fishing village of Eastport, Maine, has plenty of salty local character. It also has a sweet side, thanks to Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree, her best friend Ellie, and their waterfront bake shop, The Chocolate Moose. But when island life is disrupted by the occasional killer, Jake and Ellie put their chocolate treats aside to make sure justice is served. 

This summer, Eastport's favorite lovebirds, kindergarten teacher Sharon Sweetwater and Coast Guard Captain Andy Devine, are getting married. The gala reception is sure to be the fête of the season, especially with a wedding-cake-sized whoopie pie courtesy of The Chocolate Moose. For Jake and Ellie, the custom-ordered confection will finally reel in some much-needed profits. But the celebratory air, and sweet smell of success, are ruined by foul murder.

You can reserve a copy of this title in hardcover or downloadable ebook. This is the second entry in Grave's Death by Chocolate series. You can reserve the first book, Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake , in hardcover or epub as well.
Harper Winston's brother has disappeared. Pursuing his dream of sailing the Caribbean, Michael hasn't responded to texts or emails in days. When even the Coast Guard can't find him, Harper is forced to take desperate measures. Which means going to Chase Garrett, once her brother's best friend, now the only man she can trust...or so she hopes.

As the successful owner of Maximum Security, Chase has learned to trust his gut. He knows Harper's father is mixed up in a deadly business, and suspects there's more to Michael's disappearance than meets the eye. Getting involved again with the Winstons goes against everything he stands for, yet old loyalties die hard. As the case draws him closer to Harper and deeper into the Winstons' snarled crime family, he is forced to put everything on the line to keep Harper safe...and both of them alive.

The Conspiracy is the first book in a new series by Kat Martin. Be one of the first to enjoy these characters by reserving a hardcover today.
Reddick, a young, white artist, lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a historically black Brooklyn neighborhood besieged by gentrification. He makes rent as an art handler in Manhattan and spends his free time playing basketball at the local Y. He is also the last person to see Hannah before she disappears.

When Hannah's fiancé, scion to a wealthy Upper East Side family, refuses to call the police, Reddick sets out to discover what happened to her. The search pulls him through a dramatic cross section of New York, taking him to the heart of a many-layered mystery that, in its unraveling, shakes Reddick's convictions and lays bare the complex power dynamics of the city.

In lyrical, addictive prose, Wil Medearis asks the question: In a metropolis that prides itself on its diversity and inclusivity, who has the final say over the future? Timely, page-turning and sweeping in vision, Restoration Heights is an exhilarating new entry in the canon of great New York novels. Click here to reserve a copy in hardcover.

Joyce Kramar, Milton Library Volunteer
Milton Library Volunteer Joyce Kramar recommends a novel fans of American Gods might enjoy.

Published in 1997, Neil Gaiman's darkly hypnotic first solo novel, Neverwhere , became a touchstone of urban fantasy. Over the years, a number of versions were produced both in the U.S. and the U.K. Now, this author's preferred edition of his classic novel reconciles these versions and reinstates a number of scenes cut from the original published books.

Richard Mayhew is a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life, but is changed forever when he is plunged through the cracks of reality into a world of shadows and darkness--the Neverwhere. If Mayhew is ever to return to the London Above, Richard must join the battle to save this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it.

You can reserve a copy of Neverwhere in hardcover , CD audiobook , ebook, or mp3 audio download.
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