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Library Happenings – Bring home books for holiday reading (Nov. 26, 2014 issue)

You still have time to pick up a book or movie before the holiday, but your time is growing short. We will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28, but we will be open our usual hours, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 29.
We know you want to check your email and exchange your movies. Of course, you may return library books to our book drops any time we are closed. They are located in front of the library in Erwin and at Town Hall in Unicoi.
Please do not place DVDs in the book drops as they may be damaged if heavy books fall on them. We also ask you not to deposit donated books in the book returns, since that may not leave enough room in the return for borrowed books.
Thank you. We wish you all a safe and very happy Thanksgiving!
New and In Demand
Army Chief Warrant Officer John Puller has received an improbable assignment in David Baldacci’s new thriller “The Escape.” He has been tasked with arresting his elder brother Robert, a former Air Force officer and convicted traitor. Robert has managed to escape from the maximum security prison at Leavenworth, leaving the body of an unknown man in his cell. As John pursues Robert and encounters other parties who are hunting him, he comes to suspect his brother may not be guilty of his alleged crimes. Under the circumstances, John is wary of the beautiful intelligence officer who has been assigned to the case with him.
Bestselling authors Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke have teamed up for a new series that starts off with “The Cinderella Murder.” The crime is a 20-year-old cold case in which a theater student went missing on her way to an audition.
Did she ever reach the home of the promising young director for whom she was scheduled to read that night? He now is one of Hollywood’s top talents. The host and producer of the new reality drama Under Suspicion are determined to unearth the truth — and blockbuster ratings.
I hope the collaboration between authors Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg was somewhat more congenial than the relationship between their creations Nicolas Fox and Kate O’Hare. In their third outing, “The Job,” the charming con man and straitlaced FBI agent are chasing a drug lord with a serious sweet tooth.
Since the bad guy’s drug-smuggling empire is global, the stage and cast of players required to nab him must be international, as well. Get ready for a wild ride that takes the pair from Nashville to Istanbul via London and Lisbon. It’s really not a bad itinerary. Unless, of course, you have to contend with your quarry’s psychopathic minions instead of just pickpockets like an ordinary tourist.