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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Positively izzy by Terri Libenson
Be prepared by Vera Brosgol
Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence
Wings of fire: the graphic novel by Tui Sutherland
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.