New Items ~ August 2018

FICTION

The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers by Terri-Lynne DeFino.  A whimsical, moving novel about a retirement home for literary legends who spar, conjure up new stories, and almost magically change the lives of the people around them.

Before and again by Barbara Delinsky.  A young woman loses her daughter in a car accident and struggles to build a new life for herself in the aftermath of tragedy.

By invitation only by Dorothea Benton Frank.  Two families are brought together when the daughter of a Chicago power broker and the son of a Southern peach farmer decide to wed.

The cabin at the end of the world by Paul Tremblay. The apocalypse begins with a home invasion in this tripwire-taut horror thriller.  This unsettling novel invites readers to ask themselves whether, when faced with the unbelievable, they would do the unthinkable to prevent it.

The darkest time of night by Jeremy Finley.  “The lights took him.”  When the 5 year old grandson of a US Senator vanishes in the woods behind his home, the only witness is his older brother who whispers, “The lights took him,” and then never speaks again.  This fast-paced novel is full of suspense and government cover-ups, perfect for thriller and supernatural fans alike.

The forgotten road by Richard Paul Evans.  The second book in the Broken Road series.  After surviving a plane crash, a man decides to walk the length of Route 66.

The great believers by Rebecca Makkai.  A novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.

How it happened by Michael Koryta.  Kimberly is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother and addict whose petty crimes are well-known to the rural Maine community where she lives.  So when she confesses to her role in a pair of murders, the locals have little reason to believe her story.

King of ashes by Raymond Feist.  A fantasy novel full of simple magic, fighting, political intrigue, and religious strife.  It’s a tale of two young men whose choices will determine a world’s destiny.

Love and ruin by Paul McLain.  McLain returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a story about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn – a fiercely independent, ambitious woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century.

No less days by Amanda Stevens.  As far as David Galloway knows, he can’t die.  He wonders where he fits in the world, in God’s plan for the past and the future.  He believes himself to be the only person on the earth who hasn’t aged in over a century.  He’s wrong about that.

Overkill by Ted Bell.  Putting it all on the line to rescue his kidnapped son pits counterspy Alex Hawke against Russian President Vladimir Putin in this thriller.

The perfect couple by Elin Hilderbrand.  A body is found in Nantucket Harbor hours before a picture perfect wedding.

The President is missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton.  President Jonathan Duncan, a Gulf War veteran and widower, takes on adversaries at home and abroad.

Something in the water by Catherine Steadman.  A documentary filmmaker and an investment banker must decide whether they should protect a secret.

Spymaster by Brad Thor.  As a war looms, a counter-terrorism operative takes on a new role his own way.

Stay hidden by Paul Doiron.  A woman has been shot to death by a deer hunter on an island off the coast of Maine.  To newly promoted Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch, the case seems open and shut.  But as soon as he arrives on remote Maquoit Island, he discovers mysteries piling up one on top of the other.

Us against you by Fredrick Backman.  A novel about people – about strength and tribal loyalty and what we unwittingly do when trying to show our boys how to be men.

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje.  This tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.

The woman in the woods by John Connolly.  In the woods of Maine, private detective Charles Parker faces a pair of otherworldly foes in a crime novel packed with colorful characters.

NEW DVDs

Love, Simon (2018) starring Nick Robinson and Jennifer Garner

Black Panther (2018) starring Chadwick Boseman

A quiet place (2018) starring Emily Blunt

Isle of dogs (2018) directed by Wes Anderson

The morning after (1986) starring Jane Fonda and Jeff Bridges

NEW MUSIC CDs

Come Tomorrow by Dave Matthews Band

Bigger by Sugarland

Pray for the wicked by Panic! At the Disco

Part of the light by Ray LaMontagne

Deer Tick Volume 1 by Deer Tick

Everybody knows by Stephen Stills and Judy Collins

NONFICTION

Barracoon: the story of the last “black cargo” by Zora Hurston.  This illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade – abducted from Africa on the last “Black Cargo” ship to arrive in the U.S.

Call me American by Abdi Nor Iftin.  The inspirational tale of a boy in war-torn Africa who fell in love with America through movies and escaped his country’s turmoil to move to Portland, Maine – a story of remarkable courage, determination, and triumph.

Cooking Maine style by Marjorie Standish and Sandra Oliver.  Tried and true recipes from DownEast and Marjorie Standish.

The electric woman by Tessa Fontaine.  A story for anyone who has ever imagined running away with the circus, wanted to be someone else, or wanted a loved one to live forever.  This is ultimately about death-defying acts of all kinds, especially that ever constant good old-fashioned unconditional love.

Figures in a landscape by Paul Theroux.  A delectable collection of his recent writing on great places, people, and prose.  Travel essays take us to Ecuador and Hawaii.  We take a helicopter ride with Elizabeth Taylor, eavesdrop on the day-to-day life of a Manhattan dominatrix, and explore New York with Robin Williams.

From broken glass by Steve Ross.  From the survivor of 10 Nazi concentrations camps who went on to create the New England Holocaust Memorial, an inspiring memoir about finding strength in the face of despair.

The guide to humane critter control by Theresa Rooney.  Natural, nontoxic pest solutions to protect your yard and garden.

Hype by Nina Shapiro.  A doctor’s guide to medical myths, exaggerated claims, and bad advice along with how to tell what’s real and what’s not.

Moving forward in mid-career by John Weiss.  Losing a job is one of the most devastating events one can experience.  This is a guide for workers who have been fired or laid off and are in the process of rebuilding not only their careers but also their personal identities independent of a job title.

Northland by Porter Fox.  A quest to rediscover America’s other border – the fascinating but little known northern one.  It’s the world’s largest international boundary, yet it remains obscure even to Amercians.

Pops: fatherhood in pieces by Michael Chabon.  Six essays on fatherhood, showcased around an essay he wrote for GQ about his youngest son, a fashionista since kindergarten.

There are no grown-ups by Pamela Druckerman.  A midlife coming-of-age story where the author investigates life in her 40s and wonders whether her mind will ever catch up with her face.

Upon further review by Mike Pesca.  The greatest sports minds today imagine how the world would change if a play, trade, injury, or referee’s call had just gone the other way.  It’s the greatest what-ifs in sports history.

PICTURE BOOKS

Amanda Panda and the bigger, better birthday by Candice Ransom

Greedy goat by Petr Horacek

Name for baby by Lizi Boyd

Cycle City by Alison Farrell

I really want to see you, Grandma by Tara Gomi

Don’t eat that by Drew Sheneman

Forever or a day by Sarah Jacoby

Frightful ride of Michael McMichael by Bonny Becker

Dog with nice ears by Lauren Child

Busy creature’s day eating! by Mo Willems

Square by Mac Barnett

CHAPTER BOOKS

Breakout by Kate Messner

Whatshisface by Gordon Korman

Front desk by Kelly Yang

Enemy: Detroit, 1954 by Sara Holbrook

Two dogs in a trench coat go to school  by Julie Falatko

Baby Monkey, private eye by Brian Selznick

 NON-FICTION

Forest fairy crafts: enchanting fairies & felt friends from simple supplies by Lenka Vodicka-Paredes

Guide to genealogy by T.J. Resler

Star Wars maker lab by Liz Lee Heinecke

Solo a Star Wars story: the official guide by Pablo Hidalgo

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Positively izzy by Terri Libenson

Be prepared by Vera Brosgol

Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence

Wings of fire: the graphic novel by Tui Sutherland

NEW DVDs

Sight words: level 1 & level 2 & level 3 (2015) starring Brad Caudle and Luci Christian.

Pinkalicious & Peterrific: Pinkamagine it! (2018) animated.

Justice League action: season 1 and part 2 (2018) starring Kevin Conroy.

PJ Masks: save the summer (2018) animated.

 

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

 

New Items ~ July 2018

FICTION

All the ever afters by Danielle Teller.  The untold story of Cinderella’s stepmother, this gives life to the brace and resourceful Agnes, better known as one of fairy tales’ most reviled villains.

The atrocities by Jeremy Shipp.  Any fans of haunted houses or strange families will thoroughly enjoy this read.

Beautiful music by Michael Zadoorian.  Set in early 1970s Detroit, a racially divided city still reeling from its violent riot of 1967, this novel is the story of a high school boy’s transformation through music.

The captives by Debra Jo Immergut.  A riveting story of a woman convicted of a brutal crime, the prison psychologist who recognizes her as his high school crush – and the charged reunion that sets off an astonishing chain of events with dangerous consequences for both.

The cast by Danielle Steel.  A magazine columnist meets an array of Hollywood professionals when a producer turns a story about his grandmother into a TV series.

The death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware.  A tarot card reader mistakenly receives an inheritance letter and attends the funeral of the deceased to collect it.

Denver Moon: the mind of Mars by Warren Hammond.  Once considered humanity’s future home, Mars hasn’t worked out like anybody hoped.  Plagued by crime and a terraforming project that’s centuries from completion, Mars is a red hell.

The favorite sister by Jessica Knoll.  This is a blistering paced thriller starring two sisters who join the cast of a reality TV series.  One won’t make it out alive.  So…who did it?

Florida by Lauren Groff.  A literary tour de force of precariousness set in a blistering place, a state shaped like a gun.

The girl who never read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale.  The interior life of a millennial Everywoman as she matures over the decades.  So much fun, so smart, and ultimately profound and beautiful.

The lonely witness by William Boyle.  When a young woman with a sordid past witnesses a murder, she finds herself fascinated by the killer and decides to track him down herself.

Motherhood by Sheila Heti.  A novel about whether to have children that will spark conversations about womanhood, parenthood, and about how – and for whom – to live.

The optimistic decade by Heather Abel.  You say you want a revolution?  This energetic and entertaining novel about a utopian summer camp and its charismatic leader asks smart questions about good intentions gone terribly wrong.

The outsider by Stephen King.  An unspeakable crime.  A confounding investigation.  Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face?

Shelter in place by Nora Roberts.  Survivors of a mass shooting outside a mall near Portland, Maine develop different coping mechanisms and face a new menace years later.

Social creature by Tara Burton.  Louise has nothing.  Lavinia has everything.  After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship.  A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, this takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new.

Sorority by Genevieve Crane.  An addictive, compulsively readable exploration of female friendship and coming of age that will appeal to anyone who has ever been curious about what goes on in a sorority house.

That kind of mother by Rumaan Alam.  Can motherhood ever look beyond race?  Can we learn to recognize the terrible blindness of our respective cultural perspective?

There there by Tommy Orange.  A look at Native American life in Oakland, CA, through the experiences and perspectives of 12 characters.  The author articulates the challenges and complexities not only of Native Americans but also of America itself.

Timberline by Matthew Mayo.  Based in the northern Rocky Mountains at the beginning of the winter months, this is a tale of adventure, survival, determination, and surprise.  Western fans will enjoy.

Time was by Ian McDonald.  Brought together by a secret project designed to hide British targets from German radar, Tom and Ben have found a love that could not be revealed. When the project went wrong, they vanished into nothingness, presumed dead.  Now they are lost in time, hunting each other across decades, leaving clues in books of poetry and trying to make their desperate timelines overlap.

NONFICTION

Beneath a ruthless sun by Gilbert King.  A spellbinding true story of racism, privilege, and official corruption.  By turns sobering, frightening, and thrilling, this meticulous account of the power and tenacity of officially sanctioned racism recalls a dark era that America is still struggling to leave behind.

Birds of a feather by Lorin Lindner.  Parrots and military veterans bond and heal each other in this powerful story of dedicated service to abandoned birds and veterans and how bringing them together helped save them all.

Calypso by David Sedaris.  This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke.  It is simultaneously Sedaris’ darkest and warmest book yet – and it just might be his very best.

Fight like a girl by Kate Germano.  One woman’s professional battle against systemic gender bias in the Marines and the lessons it hold for all of us.

First in line by Kate Brower.  An intimate, news-making look at the men who are next in line to the most powerful office in the world – the vice-presidents of the modern era, from Richard Nixon to Joe Biden to Mike Pence.

I’m Keith Hernandez by Keith Hernandez.  The legendary first baseman tells all in this gripping memoir.  His mission was not to write a “boring” baseball book.  Mission accomplished.

The last lobster by Christopher White.  Although Maine has been experiencing a lobster “boom” in the past few years, White says a climate-affected fluctuation in lobster populations may be endangering the industry and the Maine culture it supports.

The lives of the Surrealists by Desmond Morris.  Life histories of the Surrealists, known and unknown by one of the last surviving members of the movement.

One day you’ll thank me by David McGlynn.  A pleasing blend of humor and humility that shows what it means to be a father in America today.  Timeless, funny, and honest stories of raising boys.

Paul Simon: the life by Robert Hilburn.  An intimate, candid, and definitive bio written with Simon’s participation – but without editorial control – by an acclaimed music writer.

Reporter: a memoir by Seymour Hersh.  A revealing memoir of a decades-long career breaking some of the most impactful stories of the last half-century, from Washington to Vietnam to the Middle East.

The restless wave by John McCain.  A memoir by the Republican senator from Arizona, an American hero who reflects on his life – and what matters most.

The rise and fall of the dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte.  Every week a new species of dinosaur is being discovered somewhere in in the world.  EVERY WEEK.  We are in a new golden age of dinosaur science, and this provides an insider’s view of that history.

Ruthless tide by Al Roker.  A gripping narrative history of the 1889 Johnstown Flood – the deadliest flood in US history.

The soul of America by Jon Meacham.  The Pulitzer Prize winning biographer contextualizes the present political climate through the lens of difficult moments in American history.

Tip of the iceberg by Mark Adams.  A fascinating and funny journey into Alaska, America’s last frontier, retracing the historic 1899 Harriman Expedition.  Tourists will certainly enjoy reading about both the past and the present, and the breezy, self-deprecating tone makes for an obvious vacation diversion.

World War II at sea by Craig Symonds.  Many have argued that WW II was dominated by naval operations; few have shown and explained how and why this was the case.  This combines story-telling verve, expertly illuminating not only the mechanics of large scale warfare on (and below) the sea but offering wisdom into the nature of the war itself.

PICTURE BOOKS

Aquarium by Cynthia Alonso

Dude by Aaron Reynolds

Fall in Line, Holden! by Daniel W Vandever

Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly

King of Bees by Lester L. Laminack

No Kimchi for Me by Aram Kim

People Don’t Bite People by Lisa Wheeler

Roar: A Dinosaur Tour by Michael Paul

Teddy’s Favorite Toy by Christian Trimmer

Two Problems for Sophia by Jim Averbeck

Vernon is on His Way: Small Stories by Philip C. Stead

CHAPTER BOOKS

Boy Called Bat by Elana Arnold

I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Lulu Is Getting a Sister by Judith Viorst

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

Train I Ride by Paul Mosier

Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn

 

NON-FICTION

Lemonade Stand Cookbook by Kathy Starahs

Rodent Rascals by Roxie Munro

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

What’s on Your Plate? Exploring the World of Food by Whitney Stewart

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Bolivar by Sean Rubin

Time Museum by Matthew Loux

Do You Know Komodo Dragons? By Alain M. Bergeron

NEW DVDs

Early Man (2018) starring Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston.

G-Force (2009) starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz.

Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) starring Michael Caine and Emily Blunt.

Strange Magic (2015) starring Evan Rachel Wood and Kristen Chenoweth.

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.