Here are some books that have crossed our desks recently.

HARDBACKS

"POWERING THE DREAM: The History and Promise of Green Technology," by Alexis Madrigal, Da Capo Press, 365 pages, $27.50 (nf)/p>

Delves into a century and a half of energy innovations, both those that were successful and those that weren't.

"RAISING ELIJAH: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis," by Sandra Steingraber, Da Capo, 350 pages, $26 (nf)

As a mother and a biologist, Sandra Steingraber looks to raise a healthy family and protect them from lurking dangers from bug spray to her own deck.

"CHANGING PLANET, CHANGING HEALTH," by Paul R. Epstein, M.D., and Dan Ferber, University of California Press, 306 pages, $29.95 (nf)

Explores the connection between global warming and diseases like cholera, malaria, Lyme disease and asthma.

More hardbacks recently released:

"SWEET JIMINY," by Kristen Gore (f): Jiminy Davis quits law school and moves back to Mississippi, discovering that a murder in the family 50 years ago was never investigated.

"CHANGE ANYTHING: The Science of Personal Success," by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ran McMillan and Al Wetzler (nf): There are six sources of influence that can affect daily decisions and how to apply them to work in your favor.

"SHOE STRING CHIC: 101 Ways to Live the Fashionably Luxe Life for Less," by Kerrie Hess (nf): Illustrated book helps stretch the budget without giving up fashion.

"RIVER MONSTERS: True Stories of the Ones that Didn't Get Away," by Jeremy Wade (nf): The Animal Planet show host shares his adventures of capturing and studying creatures in waterways around the world.

"A KINGDOM BESIEGED: Book One of the Chaoswar Saga," by Raymond E. Feist (f): Chasowar's fifth and final Riftwar begins with a threat to the kingdom that will cause Pug, a powerful magician, to question everything he's held true. "LAST TO FOLD," by David Duffy (f): A KGB operative moves to New York City, where his past catches up to him when he is involved in a kidnapping scheme.

PAPERBACKS

"EVENINGS AT THE OPERA: An Exploration of Basic Repertoire," by Jeffrey Langford, Amadeus Press, 376 pages, $19.99

A collection of essays from opera's 150-year history, including chapters on comic operas, Shakespearean operas, French operas and autobiographical operas.

More paperbacks recently released:

"THE LONG WAY HOME," by Robin Pilcher (f): Claire Barclay returns to Scotland to help take care of her stepfather but must confront those from her past and from her stepfather's family, who seem more concerned about preserving the family finances that his health.

"SEVEN YEAR ITCH," by Claire Cook (nf): Seven years after her divorce, Jill Murray's husband is back and along with an entrepreneur, Billy, who hires Jill as a consultant, Jill's no-boys-allowed life is anything but.

"DOLCI DI LOVE," by Sarah-Kate Lynch (f): Lily Turner abandons Manhattan for Italy, where she finds the Secret League of Widowed Darners pulling the strings and hopefully finding her a happy ending after a heartbreak.

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"THERE IS NO YEAR," by Blake Butler (f): As a family of three deals with their son's near-fatal illness, strange things happen at home including a "copy family," holes and puckers in their walls and other mysterious texts on their walls as the family fights for survival.

REPRINTS

"IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS,"by David Farland (f);"THE CROSS GARDENER," by Jason Wright (f); "THE WINNER'S BRAIN: 8 Strategies Great Minds Use to Achieve Success," by Jeff Brown and Mark Fenske with Liz Neporent (nf); "MAKING ROUNDS WITH OSCAR: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat," by David Dosa (nf); "Dogs that Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals," by Rupert Sheldrake (nf)

— compiled by Christine Rappleye