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New Items ~ October 2021

FICTION

Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn. A high-stakes heist novel set in a gritty world of magic and malice.

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty. The Delaney family love one another dearly–it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other. If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father?

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney. Four young people pair up, break up, have wild flirtations and worry about their friendships and the world they live in while pondering their eroding youth.

Bewilderment by Richard Powers. Following the death of his wife, an astrobiologist searches for life throughout the cosmos while raising his unusual nine-year-old son. He learns of an experimental treatment that involves training the boy on the recorded patterns of his mother’s brain.

Bloodless (Pendergast #20) by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. When completely bloodless bodies are found in Savannah, Georgia, FBI Agent Pendergast investigates amid growing panic and whispers of an infamous local vampire.

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki. An inventive novel about loss, growing up, and our relationship with things. 

Bullet Train by Kōtarō Isaka. A dark, satirical thriller following the perilous train ride of five highly motivated assassins. 

The Burning (Clay Edison #4) by Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman. A raging wildfire. A massive blackout. A wealthy man shot to death in his palatial hilltop home. Things get personal for the Deputy Coroner Edison when a murder hits close to home. 

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr. The latest by the author of All the Light We Cannot See connects teenagers in three timelines (1450s, the present, and the far future) through an ancient love letter to books and their stewards.

Dark Things I Adore by Katie Lattari. Lattari unravels the realities behind campfire legends, the horrors that happen in the dark, the girls who become cautionary tales, and the guilty who go unpunished… until now.

A Darker Reality (Elena Standish #3) by Anne Perry. The next installment in the spy thriller series following a young British photographer and secret agent in the 1930s, when the world was a place of increasing fear and uncertainty.

Enemy at the Gates (Mitch Rapp #20) by Kyle Mills & Vince Flynn. The CIA’s top operative searches for a high-level mole with the power to rewrite the world order.

The Garden House by Marcia Willett. A charming and heartwarming novel about family, yearning, and long-buried secrets, set in the Devon countryside.

Halloween Party Murder (Maine Clambake Mystery #9.5) by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis & Barbara Ross. Small town holiday traditions are celebrated throughout Maine, but when it comes to Halloween, some people are more than willing to reap a harvest of murder.

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. Whitehead’s latest genre shift is a heist novel set in 1960s Harlem.

Harrow by Joy Williams. Enter an uncertain landscape after an environmental apocalypse; a world in which only the man-made has value, but some still wish to salvage the authentic. 

Hemlock (China Bayles #28) by Susan Wittig Albert. Bayles visits the Hemlock House Library, a haunted North Carolina mountainside mansion, where the most valuable book in the collection is missing and her friend, the director, is under suspicion.

Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Everyone knows Lily Atwood—and that may be her biggest problem. She has it all—fame, fortune, Emmys, an adorable seven-year-old daughter. To keep it, all she has to do is protect one life-changing secret. Her own. 

The Heron’s Cry (Two Rivers #2) by Ann Cleeves. When Detective Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists, he finds an elaborately staged murder, and must tread carefully through lies that fester at the heart of his community.

Inseparable by Simone de Beauvoir.  Deemed too intimate to publish during her lifetime, Inseparable offers fresh insight into the groundbreaking feminist’s own coming of age. 

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey. A Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com. A Hollywood “It Girl” cut off from her wealthy family is exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong.

The Jailhouse Lawyer by James Patterson & Nancy Allen. A young lawyer takes on the judge who is destroying her hometown – and ends up in jail herself.

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward.  In a boarded-up house on a dead-end street at the edge of the wild Washington woods lives a family of three. What is buried out among the birch trees may come back to haunt them all. 

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. An intimate, sweeping novel that chronicles the journey of one American family, from the centuries of the colonial slave trade through the Civil War to today.

The Magician by Colm Tóibín. A complex portrait and novelization of Thomas Mann, the most successful novelist of his time; a public man whose private life remained a secret.

The Man Who Died Twice (Thursday Murder Club #2) by Richard Osman. A letter arrives from an old colleague. He’s made a big mistake, he needs help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

Matrix by Lauren Groff. Young Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease. A mesmerizing portrait of a woman that history moves both through and around.

The Matzah Ball: A Novel by Jean Meltzer. Rachel is a nice Jewish girl with a shameful secret: she loves Christmas. She’s hidden her career as a Christmas romance novelist from her family, while a chronic illness has kept the love she writes about out of reach.

Nice Girls by Catherine Dang. A deviously dark psychological novel that explores the hungry, angry, dark side of girlhood and wonders what is most dangerous to a woman: showing the world what it wants to see, or who she really is?

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell. A cold case, an abandoned mansion, family trauma and dark secrets lie at the heart of this novel.

Palmares by Gayl Jones. The story of Almeyda, a Black slave girl who comes of age on Portuguese plantations, escapes to a fugitive slave settlement called Palmares, and embarks on a journey across colonial Brazil to find her husband, lost in battle.

Robert B. Parker’s Stone’s Throw (Jesse Stone #20) by Mike Lupica. Paradise is rocked by the mayor’s untimely death in the latest novel starring police chief Jesse Stone.

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins. A new thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train.When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him.

Snowflake by Louise Nealon. A tale of love and family, depression and joy; an affecting coming-of-age story about a young woman learning to navigate a world that constantly challenges her sense of self.  

The Stolen Hours by Allen Eskens. A riveting, hold-your-breath” mystery in which a woman finds herself in a race not only for justice but for her life.

Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune. A contemporary fantasy about a ghost who refuses to cross over and the ferryman he falls in love with.

The War for Gloria by Atticus Lish. A story about fathers and sons, sons and mothers, and a young boy’s struggle to become a man; while yearning to protect his mother requires him to dismantle the myth of (and possibly destroy) his father.

The Wish by Nicholas Sparks. A novel about the enduring legacy of first love, and the decisions that haunt us forever. 

NON-FICTION

Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang. A memoir of living undocumented after immigrating with her parents from China to New York City in 1994. Qian’s “illegal” family fights to survive, working in sweatshops and finding refuge in the library.

50 Hikes with Kids New England by Wendy Gorton. Designed to spark a love of nature, 50 Hikes highlights kid-friendly New England hikes – all under five miles and with an elevation gain of 900 feet or less – plus plenty of helpful information and fun ideas.

Forever Young: A Memoir by Hayley Mills. Iconic actress Hayley Mills shares personal memories from her storied childhood, growing up in a famous acting family and becoming a Disney child star, trying to grow up in a world that wanted her to stay forever young.

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach. One of the most popular, accessible science writers of today, Roach explores the science behind human/wildlife interactions.

Humane:  How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War by Samuel Moyn. As American wars have become more humane, they have also become endless. This provocative book argues that this development might not represent progress at all.

Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love by Rebecca Frankel. From a little-known chapter of Holocaust history, one family’s inspiring true story.

Land by Simon Winchester. The author of The Professor and the Madman explores the notion of property through human history, how it has shaped us and our future.

Make Good the Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and Its Legacies by Kinshasha Holman Conwill. The companion volume to the new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Own Your Morning: Refresh Your A.M. Routine & Unlock Your Potential by Liz Plosser. Women’s Health Editor Plosser helps identify core values to reshape morning habits, improve physical and mental health and set a positive, productive tone for the day.

The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century by Amia Srinivasan. A provoking and promising, transformation of many of our most urgent political debates, upending the way we discuss—or avoid discussing—the problems and politics of sex.

Robert E. Lee: A Life by Allen C. Guelzo. From the acclaimed author of Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, a sweeping, intimate biography of the Confederate general. 

The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the Discovery of DNA’s Double Helix by Howard Markel. A lively and sweeping narrative of  Watson & Crick’s 1953 landmark discovery of the double helix structure of DNA  – and one that finally gives the woman at the center of this drama her due. 

The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People by Rick Bragg. A warm-hearted and hilarious story of how the author’s life was transformed by his love for a poorly behaved, half-blind stray dog.

Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy by Nathaniel Philbrick. Philbrick argues for Washington’s unique contribution to the forging of America by retracing his journey as a new president through all thirteen former colonies.

Twilight Man: Love and Ruin in the Shadows of Hollywood and the Clark Empire by Liz Brown. The unbelievable true story of Harrison Post–the enigmatic lover of one of the richest men in 1920s Hollywood–and the battle for a family fortune.

Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana BurkeFrom the founder and activist behind the largest movement of the 20th and 21st centuries, Burke shares her never before revealed life story of how she first came to say Me Too and launch one of the largest cultural events in American history.

Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper & Katherine Howe. A chronicle of the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty—Cooper’s mother’s family, the Vanderbilts.

Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury by Evan Osnos. After a decade abroad, the Pulitzer Prizewinning Osnos returns to three places he has lived —Greenwich, CT; Clarksburg, WV; and Chicago, IL—to illuminate the origins of America’s political fury.

NEW DVDs & MEDIA

FILMS

Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

Captain Ron (1992)

In the Heights (2021)

Land (2021)

Sitting Pretty (1948)

The Truffle Hunters (2021)

Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

SERIES

Detectorists (Complete 1-3, 2018)

Lovecraft Country (Season 1, 2021)

Parks and Recreation (Complete 1-7, 2020)

The Undoing (Ltd., 2021)

Watchmen (Ltd., 2020)

MUSIC

John Prine, John Prine (1971)

Mickey Guyton, Remember Her Name (2021)

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

PICTURE BOOKS

Chowder Rules! The True Story Of An EPIC Food Fight by Anna Crowley Redding

The Couch Potato by Jory John

Grandma’s Gardens by Hillary Clinton

Sounds Like School Spirit by Meg Fleming

What I am by Divya Srinivasan

CHAPTER BOOKS

Letters From Cuba by Ruth Behar

Minecraft: the Dragon by Nicky Drayden

The Vanderbeekers: Make a Wish #5 by Karina Yan Glaser

NON-FICTION

Children’s Illustrated History Atlas by Simon Adams

Counting on Fall by Lizann Flatt

Finish the Fight: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Veronica Chambers

Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles by Michelle Meadows

History Smashers: The Titanic by Kate Messner

Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide by Annette Whipple

Lizzie Demands a Seat ! Elizabeth Jennings Fight for Streetcar Rights by Beth Anderson

Murder on the Baltimore Express: The Plot to Keep Abraham Lincoln from Becoming President by Suzanne Jurmain

Rescuing the Declaration of Independence: How We Almost Lost the Words That Built America by Anna Crowley Redding

Sakamoto’s Swim Club: How a Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory by Julie Abery

Unbound: The Life and Art of Judith Scott by Joyce Scott

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford

Who Would Win? Extreme Animal Rumble by Jerry Pallotta

GRAPHIC NOVELS

The Cardboard Kingdom: Roar of the Beast by Chad Sell

Dog Man. Mothering Heights by Dav Pilkey

History Comics: the Wild Mustang: Horses of the American West by Chris Duffy

DVDs

Paw Patrol: Moto Pups Nickelodeon

Straight Outta Nowher. Scooby-doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog starring Frank Welker

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

New Items ~ September 2021

NEW FICTION

All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle. Prepare to be delighted as Jamaican immigrant Hubert rediscovers the world he’d turned his back on.

All Together Now by Matthew Norman. A witty, heartfelt story of a dying young billionaire who brings his oldest friends together for one last beach blowout.

An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott. An uneasy alliance forms as two widows delve into their husbands’ deadly and dangerous secrets—as they try to protect their own.

Another Kind of Eden by James Lee Burke. A captivating tale of justice, love, brutality, and mysticism set in the turbulent 1960s.

Billy Summers by Stephen King. Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun, a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. So what could possibly go wrong?

The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig. A family returns to their hometown—and to the dark past that haunts them still— a masterpiece of literary horror.

Castle Shade (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #17) by Laurie R. King. A queen, a castle, a dark and ageless threat–all await Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes in this chilling new adventure.

The Cellist (Gabriel Allon, #21) by Daniel Silva. A private intelligence service plans an act of violence that will aid Russia and divide America.

Choose Me by Tess Gerritsen. A sexy murder mystery about a reckless affair and dangerous secrets.

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo. A debut novel that reinvents a classic of the American canon as a coming-of-age story full of magic, mystery, and glittering excess, and introduces a major new literary voice

Count the Ways by Joyce Maynard. A mesmerizing story of a family from the hopeful early days of young marriage to parenthood, divorce, and its costly aftermath that ripples through all their lives.

Cul-de-sac by Joy Fielding. A shooting lays bare the secrets harbored by five families in a sleepy suburban cul-de-sac in this riveting psychological thriller

Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson. A stunning novel about love, work, and marriage that asks how far one family and one community will go to protect their future.

Dogged by Death (A Furry Friends Mystery #1) by Laura Scott. Veterinarian Ally Winter must collar the killer of a shifty lawyer. Does the dead man’s dog know who committed the crime?

Fallen (Kate Burkholder, #13) by Linda Castillo. A rebellious Amish woman leaves the Plain life, but the secrets she takes with her will lead Chief of Police Kate Burkholder down a dark path to danger and death.

False Witness by Karin Slaughter. An ordinary life hides a devastating past, but now the past is catching up and time is running out.

Find You First by Linwood Barclay. Searching for the children he has never known, tech billionaire Miles Cookson, diagnosed with a terminal illness, discovers that, one-by-one, his potential heirs are vanishing.

An Irish Hostage (Bess Crawford #12) by Charles Todd. In the uneasy peace following World War I, nurse Crawford runs into trouble and treachery in Ireland and must unravel a dark, deceptive plot before someone she loves dies.

Island Queen by Vanessa Riley. A remarkable, sweeping historical novel based on the incredible true life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies. 

The Madness of Crowds (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #17) by Louise Penny. Inspector Gamache returns to Three Pines.

The Man with the Silver Saab (Detective Varg, #3) by Alexander McCall Smith. The witty detective series returns. An eminent art historian is framed and the ace investigators of sensitive crimes are on the case.

Murder at the Lakeside Library (Lakeside Library Mystery, #1) by Holly Danvers. Returning to her family’s peaceful waterfront log cabin in Wisconsin and preparing to re-open the inherited informal library, Rain’s hopes for a peaceful life are shattered when she discovers the body of Thornton Hughes, a real estate buyer, on the premises.

Nine Lives by Danielle Steel. After tragedy upsets her stable family life, a woman who longs to avoid risk at all cost learns that men who love danger are the most exciting.

The Noise : A Thriller by James Patterson. If you hear it, it’s too late. Can two sisters save us all?

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller. After sleeping with her oldest friend, Elle will have to decide between the life she has made with her genuinely beloved husband, Peter, and the life she always imagined she would have had with her childhood love, Jonas.

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby. Two ex-cons must come together and confront their own prejudices about their sons, who were married to each other, as they rain down vengeance upon those who murdered their boys.

Silver Tears (Faye’s Revenge, #2) by Camilla Läckberg. A spine-tingling tale of revenge, betrayal, and sisterhood.

Sleeping Bear by Connor Sullivan. An Army veteran seeking solitude in the Alaskan wilderness after her husband’s death—only to find herself a pawn in a deadly game with Russia.

Sooley by John Grisham. Samuel “Sooley” Sooleymon is a raw, young talent with big hoop dreams…and even bigger challenges off the court.

Steel Fear (Finn Thrillers #1) by Brandon Webb. A high-octane thriller featuring an aircraft carrier adrift with a crew the size of a small town, a killer in their midst, and the disgraced Navy SEAL who must track him down

Trial by Fire by P.T. Deutermann. Based on a true story–a dramatic WWII novel of attack, survival, and triumph on board an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

The Turnout by Megan Abbott. A revelatory, mesmerizing novel set against the hothouse of a family-run ballet studio, and an interloper who arrives to bring down the carefully crafted Eden-like facade.

Two Old Men and a Baby : Or, How Hendrik and Evert Get Themselves into a Jam (Hendrik Groen, #3) by Hendrik Groen. Nine years before the events of The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old, Hendrik and his best friend Evert embark on a madcap adventure — with an unexpected guest.

Unthinkable by Brad Parks. A new thriller about an ordinary man who may be able to save the world as we know it—but to do so, he must make an impossible choice.

Vortex by Catherine Coulter. FBI agents Sherlock and Savich find themselves dealing with very powerful figures from the past who could wreak havoc in the present.

NEW NON-FICTION

Across the Airless Wilds : The Lunar Rover and the Triumph of the Final Moon Landings by Earl Swift. Swift rediscovers the overlooked final three Apollo Moon landings- distinguished by the use of the revolutionary Lunar Roving Vehicle- as the pinnacle of human exploration.

All In : An Autobiography by Billie Jean King. An inspiring and intimate self-portrait of a champion of equality that encompasses her brilliant tennis career, unwavering activism, and an ongoing commitment to fairness and social justice.

Below the Edge of Darkness : A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea by Edith Widder. A pioneering marine biologist delves into the deep ocean to understand bioluminescence and what it tells us about the future of life on Earth.

Big Book of Baby Knits by Marie Claire Editions. The only baby knitting book you’ll ever need – 56 adorable projects that range in skill level.

The Blue Wonder : Why the Sea Glows, Fish Sing, and Other Astonishing Insights from the Ocean by Frauke Bagusche. An intimate account of the beauty, mystery, and amazing science of the ocean.

The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz : A Powerful True Story of Hope and Survival by Thomas Geve. The testimony of a boy who was imprisoned in Auschwitz, Gross-Rosen and Buchenwald and recorded his experiences through words and color drawings.

The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream : The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer by Dean Jobb. Excellent storytelling makes this classic true-crime a pleasure to read.

Empire of Pain : The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe. A portrait of the Sackler family, philanthropists responsible for making and marketing OxyContin.

Five-ingredient Dinners : 100+ Fast, Flavorful Meals by America’s Test Kitchen.  Low-effort, high-reward complete weeknight dinners, ready in an hour or less.

Forgetting : The Benefits of Not Remembering by Scott A. Small. A memory researcher, Small explains why forgetfulness is not only normal but also beneficial.

How to Tell Stories to Children by Silke Rose West. With practical advice, helpful prompts, and a touch of science to explain how stories enrich our lives in so many ways, this is a must-read for parents, grandparents and educators.

The Last Things We Talk About : Your Guide to End of Life Transitions by Elizabeth T.  Boatwright. A step-by-step guide through the process of making aging and death-related decisions.

Medicare for Dummies by Patricia Barry. Medicare made simple

Modern Mending by Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald. Bring new life to your old clothes and fabrics with this fun, easy-to-follow guide to modern mending.

The Secret History of Here : A Year in the Valley by Alistair Moffat. Taking the form of a journal of a year, this is a walk through the centuries as much as the seasons;  the story of a farm in the Scottish Borders, a site occupied since pre-historic times. 

An Ugly Truth : Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang. A riveting, behind-the-scenes exposé that offers the definitive account of Facebook’s fall from grace.

Until Proven Safe by Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley. Tracking the idea of quarantine around the globe, through time and space, to where the future technology of quarantine is being developed. a tour of an idea that could not be more urgent or relevant, a book full of stories, people, and insights that is as compelling as it is definitive.

What Fresh Hell Is This? Perimenopause, Menopause, Other Indignities, and You by Heather Corinna. An informative, blisteringly funny, somewhat cranky and always spot-on guide.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

PICTURE BOOKS

Everyone Loves A Parade! by Andrea Denish

Happy Birthday Maine! by Lynn Plourde

How To Catch A Keeper by Stephanie Mulligan

I Sang You Down From The Stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner

Rocky Waters by Anne Laurel

CHAPTER BOOKS

Dactyl Hill Squad : #1 by Daniel Jose Older

Dactyl Hill Squad : Freedom Fire #2 by Daniel Jose Older

Dactyl Hill Squad : Thunder Run #3 by Daniel Jose Older

Jinxed by Amy McCulloch

NON-FICTION

Dr. Fauci : How A Boy From Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor by Kate Messner

National Beginner’s United States Atlas by National Geographic

National Geographic Kids Beginner’s World Atlas by National Geographic

Sharice’s Big Voice : A Native Kid Becomes A Congresswoman by Us Congresswoman Sharice Davids

Usborne Book Of Art Skills by Fiona Watt

We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell

Welcome To Maine by Asa Gilland

DVDS

Epic starring Colin Farrell

Rio 2 featuring Bruno Mars

Rock Dog 2 : Rock Around The Park directed by Mark Baldo

Sesame Street Preschool Is Cool! ABCs With Elmo by Sesame Street

Watsons Go To Birmingham starring Wood Harris

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

 

 

New Items ~ August 2021

FICTION

The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman.  Set in a world of goblin wars, stag-sized battle ravens, and assassins who kill with deadly tattoos, this is a dazzling fantasy adventure.

Blush by Jamie Brenner.  Three generations of women discover that the scandalous books they read in the past may just be the key to saving their family’s future.

Cheat Day by Liv Stratman.  Here are the unexpected consequences of one woman’s attempt to exert control over her entire life by adhering to a strict wellness regimen.

Dead by Dawn by Paul Doiron.  Maine game warden Mike Bowditch finds himself in a life-or-death chase.

Dream Girl by Laura Lippman.  This conveys the horror of being housebound and reliant on strangers, as well as the fear of losing one’s mind.

Falling by T. J. Newman.  You just boarded a flight.  There are 143 other passengers on board.  What you don’t know is that 30 minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped.  For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.  The only way the family will survive is if the pilot crashes the plane.  Enjoy the flight.

The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jonasson.  A young woman seeks to start a new life in a secluded village where a small community is desperate to protect its secrets.

The Godmothers by Camille Aubray.  Four women marry into a prosperous Greenwich Village Italian family, and then must take charge of the family’s business when their husbands are forced to leave them during World War II.

Hostage by Clare MacKintosh.  The airborne equivalent of a classic country house mystery.  It’s a claustrophobic thriller set over 20 hours on-board the inaugural nonstop flight from London to Sydney.

How Lucky by Will Leitch.  A fiercely resilient young man living with a physical disability tries to solve a mystery unfolding right outside his door.

It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber.  After her marriage ends, one woman’s struggle to pick up the pieces finally leads to a new beginning but is the past truly behind her?

Lights Out in Lincolnwood by Geoff Rodkey.  A mordantly funny novel about a suburban family who have to figure out how to survive themselves and their neighbors in the wake of a global calamity that upends all of modern life.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Reid.  Four famous siblings throw an epic party of celeb rate the end of the summer.  But over the course of 24 hours, their lives will change forever.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry.  Two best friends.  Ten summer trips.  One last chance to fall in love.

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict.  The remarkable story of J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian, a Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nations.

The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton and James Patterson.  Matthew Keating, a past president and former Navy SEAL, goes on his own to find his abducted teenage daughter.

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams.  A couple reconnect 20 years after they had a torrid week of love.

Smithy by Amanda Desiree.  This original haunted house tale, with a unique plot and vivid characters, moves from uneasy to creepy to all-out “keep the lights on” terror.

Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie.  A transporting love story of music, stardom, heartbreak, and a gifted young singer-songwriter who must find her own voice.

Sons of Valor by Brian Andrews.  Military thriller fans will be pleased to have a new team to root for.

The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine.  Hiding the fact that she has no memory of her past from her fiancé, Addison – a survivor of a tragic accident – cannot shake the notion that she may have done something very, very bad.

Survive the Night by Riley Sager.  A summer read that guarantees to make your heart thump and your skin crawl.

NEW MUSIC CDs

Still Woman Enough by Loretta Lynn

We Are by Jon Batiste

NEW DVDs

Promising Young Woman (2020) starring Carey Mulligan

Hemingway: a Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (2021)

A Quiet Place, Part II (2021) starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

Becket (1964) starring Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole

American Experience: Panama Canal (2011)

American Experience: The Donner Party (2004)

NON-FICTION

All that She Carried by Tiya Miles.  A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through 3 generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people who are left out of the archives.

American Portrait : The Story Of Us, Told By Us.  An inspiriting and striking photographic portrait that captures the tumultuous, historic year that was 2020.

Beautiful Things by Hunter Biden.  “I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love,” Hunter writes in this moving memoir of addiction, loss, and survival.

By the Light of Burning Dreams by David Talbot.  America’s second revolutionary generation is brought to life through seven defining radical moments of the 1960s that offer vibrant parallels and lessons for today.

The Lighter Step-By-Step Instant Pot Cookbook by Jeffrey Eisner.

On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed.  The Pulitzer Prize winner weaves together American history with personal memoir to show the importance of events in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.

Ride of Her Life by Elizabeth Letts.  The true story of a woman from Maine who rode her horse across America in the 1950s, fulfilling her dying wish to see the Pacific Ocean.

Sincerely, Your Autistic Child by Emily Ballou.  This book is absolutely required reading for parents, educators, and caregivers who interact with anyone on the autism spectrum.

Super Fly by Jonathan Balcombe.  The unexpected lives of the world’s most successful insect.  This will turn the fly on the wall into the elephant in the room.

Talk Art by Russell Tovey.  Everything you want to know about contemporary art presented in an engaging and informative way.

The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore.  An inspiring story of the tireless 19th century woman who fought against gender-based injustices, a vivid look at the life and times of a little-known pioneer of woman’s rights.

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

Gardiner Public Library Update

Are you a regular library user?

We certainly hope so!!!

And also, we welcome you back to the library.

As EVERY public space/business/event center/etc. etc. etc. in Maine has done, our plans of operation have changed, morphed, shortened, closed, opened again, etc. etc. etc.

Currently we are open five days a week – Monday thru Friday from 10am – 5pm for folks to enter the building and browse our collections.

Masks – masks – masks!  What do we do about the MASKS!?!?!?  As long as our visitors have been vaccinated, we welcome you to come in without your mask.  What a concept – we can see the smiles, and entire faces!!!

The Archives and the Children’s Room are both open, however, they are open by appointment only at this time.  Both spaces are asking visitors to wear masks as this time.  Each of these spaces are small enough and or working with visitors that currently are not able to be vaccinated.

One of the wonderful changes – NO MORE FINES!!!  Yes, we do indeed want our items back, we will still send out reminders of when items are due and/or late, but as long as the items are returned to the library, our patrons will not be charged late fees!  Color us excited!!!

Recently we had our first in person event.  Mr. Drew And His Animals Too entertained, and educated about fifty folks in our Children’s Room.  For various reasons, we required folks to reserve space to attend, and we had a full house.  Very exciting from our end!

There are some staff changes as well.  Our amazing Assistant Director, Scott Handville, is retiring after more than 40 years at the Gardiner Public Library!  What a truly remarkable legacy.  The things that have changed in that amount of time would probably fill several books!  We wish Scott a wonderful, relaxing “stress free” retirement!

A second imminent retirement is our extraordinary Director Anne Davis.  Anne has been at the library more than 30 years, and is currently searching for her replacement.  Anne is now, and has been several times during her tenure in Gardiner, the Acting City Manager.  She will be missed by everyone – library staff, and patrons, as well as every person employed by the City of Gardiner,

We will miss both of these key players at the library, but I’m sure we’ll meet them somewhere in Gardiner!  Perhaps we can play “Where are the library staff?” rather than “Where’s Waldo?”

Internally, we have shifted and morphed some positions as well.

Archivist, Dawn Thistle is our new Assistant Director.  Dawn hopes to be able to continue working in the Archives as well as spending a bit more time on the adult floor of the library.

Jess Betit is our new Young Adult Librarian.  Jess began as a volunteer five or six years ago, became paid staff about three years ago, and will now take over running the YA Area of the library. 

Ann Russell will continue as the Technology Librarian, adding cataloging to her current duties.

So far, Ginni Nichols, Bob Fagan and Marlene Patten have not changed their titles and/or duties, but with a new director joining us, we’ll just have to wait and see!

digitalmainelibrary – Books and Authors

It’s been quite a while since we had a Blog post discussing any of the Digital Maine Library databases, so I think it’s time for me to poke around a bit.

For those of us who are unaware, we can access many incredible databases that have been provided to all residents of Maine, with a valid library card.

From our (Gardiner Public Library) home page you can access the Digital Maine Library by clicking on the word DOWNLOADS on the bar beneath the library picture.

This next page (DOWNLOADS) shows the various databases that the Gardiner Public Library subscribes to.  Click on digitalmainelibrary.

From there scroll down the page to see what types of databases are available.

My choice today is BOOKS AND AUTHORS (GALE).

Clicking on this brings me to a new page – GALE BOOKS AND AUTHORS.

I see the page title, and below that is a search box.  I can search by TITLE, AUTHOR, SERIES or KEYWORD.  There is also a choice of ADVANCED SEARCH.

I admit it, I’m all about scrolling the entire home page first, looking at the book covers, noticing there are three carousels of book covers.  Currently, the carousel lists are – New and Updated Books and Season Picks: Books by Contemporary French Authors in Honor of Bastille Day (July 14, 2021) and Spotlight On: Ghost Stories for Teens to Read by the Campfire.

Along the left side of the page, I see Select A Genre.  If I’m looking for Horror Stories, or perhaps Biographies, this looks like a good place to start.

Below the picture of the open book and the book covers there is a bar with choices on the right side.  These include Browse Genres ; Author Search ;  Book Lists ; Search History and Get Link.

Hmmm . . . I click on the Browse Genres icon.  This takes me to a new page.  I see more colorful book covers, as well as several filters.

Along the left side the Select A Genre column has changed a bit.  I’m now given options.  The first being Fiction or Non-Fiction.  Below that option box are the same choices from the previous page, select a genre.  At this point the default is Fantasy Fiction.  Below that is an (all?) encompassing list of various Fantasy Fiction Genres.

I play around a little with changing the primary genre and each of these have an incredible number of secondary or sub genres. 

Very interesting!

Back to the Author Search choice.  This is located between Browse Genre and Book Lists. 

This takes me to a new page.  I see an Author Search bar.  Below this are limiters.  In the search bar I type King, Stephen (I am in Maine, and he is one of ours).  Clicking the search icon takes me to a new page.  There are three King, Stephens – a Novelist, an Economist and an Illustrator.  I also see birth and possible death dates of these individuals.

Each of the names is a click-able link.  Stephen King the novelist shows other names he is know by, or pseudonyms he has used in the past.

I click on Stephen King (American Novelist).  This new page gives me a list of his works, in chronological order from the most recent to his earliest titles.  On the right side of the page, there are several ways to filter my search.  Something to play with another time.

Back to the Book Lists choice.  This is located between Author Search and Get Link.

This takes me to a page of Award Winners.  WOW!  Every year I look for different book awards – and I don’t think that I’ve ever seen such an all-encompassing list!  The site tells me there are 495 Awards listed.

On this page, I click Expert Picks.  Another WOW – 222 lists of books.  These lists are in alphabetical order, but with list titles like – “New Adult” Romance Titles ; The Cold, Snowy Breath of Winter ; Ten Recommended Christian Western Romance Series and Holiday Sparkler! I’m not completely sure how useful this is, but lots of fun to browse!

The last choice here is Librarian Favorites.  More lists – 234 this time.  Another fun place to browse but not really usable, in my opinion.

The next choice beside Book Lists is Search History.  Clicking on this one shows me where and what I have actually typed into the search bar.  A great way to get back to something I “know I saw that – somewhere” when I don’t remember what search term I used on a website.

The last choice in the bar with Browse Genres and Book Lists is Get Link.  This is exactly what it means.  If you creating a webpage/Blog post the link has been created and you can pop it into your post.

As I have done here — Gale Books and Authors

 

New Items ~ July 2021

FICTION

The damage by Caitlin Wahrer.  When a small town family is pushed to the brink, how far will they go to protect one of their own?  An edgy, propulsive read about what we will do in the name of love and blood.

The devil my dance by Jake Tapper.  A couple is asked by the Attorney General to look into a threat, which brings them into contact with the Rat Pack and the Church of Scientology.

The Drummers by Tricia Fields.  Police Chief Josie Gray’s life is complicated when sparks and bullets begin to fly after her small town in Texas is overrun by a community wishing to live “off grid”.

Finding Ashley by Danielle Steel.  Two estranged sisters, one a former best-selling author, the other a nun, reconnect as one searches for the child the other gave up.

For the wolf by Hannah Whitten.  Here is a fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom.  But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn’t the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood.

Golden girl by Elin Hilderbrand.  A Nantucket novelist has one final summer to protect her secrets while her loved ones on earth learn to live without their golden girl.

A good mother by Lara Bazelon.  A thriller about two young mothers, one shocking murder, and a court case that puts them both on trial. 

The guncle by Steven Rowley.  A warm and funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.

Hang the moon by Alexandria Bellefleur.  A rom-com about a homeless romantic who vows to show his childhood crush that romance isn’t dead by recreating iconic dates from his favorite films.

Katharine Parr by Alison Weir.  A novel of Henry VIII’s sixth wife who manages to survive him and remarry, only to be thrown into a romantic intrigue that threatens the very throne of England.

The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley.  A genre-bending, time twisting alternative history that asks whether it’s worth changing the past to save the future, even if it costs you everyone you’ve ever loved.

The lady has a past by Amanda Quick.  An unlikely duo falls down a rabbit hole of twisted rumors and missing socialites, discovering that a health spa is a facade for something far darker than they imagined.

Legacy by Nora Roberts.  A novel of a mother and a daughter, of ambition and romance, and of a traumatic past reawakened by a terrifying threat.

The maidens by Alex Michaelides.  A tale of psychological suspense, this weaves together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession.

Mary Jane by Jessica Blau.  A tender story about a 14 year old girl’s coming of age in 1970s Baltimore, caught between her straight-laced family and the progressive family she nannies for – who happen to be secretly hiding a famous rock star and his movie star wife for the summer.

The other Black girl by Zakiya Harris.  All about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City publishing.

The plot by Jean Korelitz.  A propulsive read about a story too good NOT to steal, and the writer who steals it.

Revival season by Monica West.  The daughter of one of the South’s most famous Baptist preachers discovers a shocking secret about her father that puts her at odds with both her faith and her family.

The seed keeper by Diane Wilson.  Spanning several generations, this follows a Dakota family’s struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most.

The siren by Katherine St. John.  When a Hollywood heartthrob hires his ex-wife to act in his son’s film, he sparks a firestorm on an isolated island that will unearth long-buried secrets and unravel years of lies.

Something unbelievable by Maria Kuznetsova.  An overwhelmed new mom discovers unexpected parallels between life in 21st century America and her grandmother’s account of their family’s escape from the Nazis.

The sweetness of water by Nathan Harris.  Two brothers freed by the Emancipation Proclamation hope to reunite with their mother while the forbidden romance between 2 Confederate soldiers causes chaos.

That summer by Jennifer Weiner.  Daisy receives emails intended for a woman leading a more glamorous life and finds there was more to this accident.

Wendy, darling by A.C. Wise.  Neverland is more nightmare than dream.  This rich tale of memory and magic is sure to resonate with fans of re imagined children’s stories.

While justice sleeps by Stacey Abrams.  A gripping thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.

NEW DVDs

The father (2020) starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman

Another round (2020) starring Mads Mikkelsen

Minari (2020) starring Steven Yeun

Judas and the Black Messiah (2020) starring Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield

The Rose Tattoo (1955) starring Anna Magnani and Burt Lancaster

NONFICTION

The Appalachian Trail by Philip D’Anieri.  The history and fascinating backstory of the dreamers and builders who helped bring the Appalachian Trail to life over the past century.

Beyond by Catherine Wolff.  How humankind thinks about heaven.

The bomber mafia by Malcolm Gladwell.  A look at the key players and outcomes of precision bombing during World War II.

The divine language of coincidence by Sophia Demas.  Sophia examines the events in her life that at first seemed to be a series of coincidences, but upon further consideration were building blocks of the miraculous.

Downeast by Gigi Georges.  This follows 5 Maine girls as they come of age in one of the most challenging and geographically isolated regions on the Eastern seaboard – Washington County.

Facing the mountain by Daniel Brown.  This highlights the contributions and sacrifices that Japanese immigrants and their American-born children made for the sake of the nation during World War II:  the Japanese-American army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe; their families incarcerated back home; and a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment.

Finding the mother tree by Suzanne Simard.  An ecologist describes ways trees communicate, cooperate, and compete.

How the word is passed by Clint Smith.  A powerful and diligent exploration of the realities and ongoing consequences of slavery in America.

Killing the mob by Bill O’Reilly.  The author turns legendary criminals and their true-life escapades into a read that rivals the most riveting crime novel.

111 Places in Boston that you must not miss by Kim Windyka.  A fun tour guide to some unexpected sites.

Persist by Elizabeth Warren.  The senior senator from Massachusetts shares six influential perspectives that shaped her life and advocacy.

Total Olympics by Jeremy Fuchs.  Every obscure, hilarious, dramatic and inspiring tale worth knowing.

What happened to you? by Bruce Perry.  An approach to dealing with trauma that shifts an essential question used to investigate it.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

PICTURE BOOKS

Cow boy is not a cowboy by Gregory Barrington

The most beautiful thing by Kao Kalia Yang

Every color of light by Hiroshi Osada

Ritu weds Chandni by Ameya Narvankar

A stopwatch from Grampa by Loretta Garbutt

We are the gardeners by Joanna Gaines

Be who you are by Todd Parr

Out of nowhere by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Peace by Margaret McNamara

This way, Charlie by Caron Levis

Balloons for Papa by Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia

Trying by Kobi Yamada

Big feelings by Alexandra Penfold

The world made a rainbow by Michelle Robinson

My day with the panye by Tami Charles

NON-FICTION

Most wanted : the revolutionary partnership of John Hancock & Samuel Adams by Sarah Jane Marsh

Gone to the woods : surviving a lost childhood by Gary Paulsen

Becoming a good creature by Sy Montgomery

Race through the skies : the week the world learned to fly by Martin W Sandler

World of glass : the art of Dale Chihuly by Jan Greenberg

A small history of a disagreement by Claudio Fuentes

Explore Native American cultures! with 25 great projects by Anita Yasuda

Exquisite : the poetry and life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade

The everything kids’ basketball book : the all-time greats, legendary teams, today’s superstars — and tips on playing like a pro by Bob Schaller

This book is anti-racist : 20 lessons on how to wake up, take action, and do the work by Tiffany Jewell

Jim Trelease’s read-aloud handbook Edited and Revised by Cyndi Giorgis

Making a difference : using your talents and passions to change the world by Melissa Seymour

Wow in the world : the how and wow of the human body : from your tongue to your toes and all the guts in between by Mindy Thomas

Rainbow revolutionaries : 50 LGBTQ + people who made history by Sarah Prager

Who Is RuPaul? by Nico Medina

Hello, Earth! : poems to our planet by Joyce Sidman

Little people, big dreams : RuPaul by Maria Vegara

Little people, big dreams : Zaha Hadid by Maria Vegara

When Cloud became a cloud by Rob Hodgson

Osnat and her dove : the true story of the world’s first female rabbi by Sigal Samuel

Little libraries, big heroes by Miranda Paul

DVD’s

Elmo’s world : things Elmo loves by Sesame Street

The magic school bus rides again. All about Earth! a Netflix Series

The magic school bus rides again. Blast off! Featuring Kate McKinnon

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood : Mister Rogers meets new friends collection 30 classic episodes from 1979-2000

Paw patrol. Dino rescue : roar to the rescue by Nickelodeon

Soul by Disney Pixar

Tom & Jerry : the movie by Warner Brothers

Raya and the last dragons by Disney

The Croods : a new age by Dreamworks

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

Travel New England

T ~ There Goes Maine!
R ~ Rhode Island
A ~ Apples Of Maine
V ~ Vermont Atlas & Gazetteer
E ~ Eat Local Cookbook
L ~ Life And Death In The North Woods

N ~ New Hampshire Facts And Symbols
E ~ Eastern Wildflowers
W ~ Weatherbeaten

E ~ Edible And Medicinal Mushrooms Of New England And Eastern Canada
N ~ Northern Frights
G ~ Gardening Month By Month In New England
L ~ Little-known Mysteries Of New England
A ~ Along The Rails
N ~ Night The Sky Turned Red
D ~ Detective In The Dooryard



Margaret C. (Peg) Shaw Memorial Garden

The next few weeks would be a great time to take a short stroll through the Margaret C. (Peg) Shaw Memorial Garden. 

The bank of peonies in front of the steps are fully budded and should open for a colorful display within the week.  

The vintage white rose to the left of the steps is covered in blossoms and buds, and the mountain laurel on the opposite side is in full bloom. 

One of the original plantings, a small blossom single petal pink rose is covered in tiny blooms that will leave clusters of lovely orange/pink rose hips later in the season. 

Across the path and abutting the parking lot are some of the newer plantings: budded climbing roses, astilbe, red huechera, and assorted hosta. 

Just ahead, as the path turns are bleeding heart and blue hosta in front of the abor vitae. 

Of course, the rose garden centerpiece in front of the armillary sphere will hopefully bloom repeatedly through the summer. .

Later this summer look for the tree hydrangea, bush hydrangeas, hibiscus, and the three Rose of Sharon bushes to provide late season color . 

All are a work in progress as we try to hold true to the original garden plan as it grows and changes light and space.

Margaret Barter and Joan Vining

Caretakers

 

New Items ~ June 2021

FICTION

Basil’s war by Stephen Hunter.  A swashbuckling British agent goes behind enemy lines to search for a religious text that might hold the key to ending the Second World War

Breakout by Paul Herron.  A corrections officer and an ex-cop are fleeing a hurricane, but their only hope of survival is a maximum-security prison where they face new untold dangers.

The devil’s hand by Jack Carr.  James Reece is given a top-secret CIA mission.

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto.  This story is filled with mistaken identity, a gaggle of intoxicated groomsmen, five lovably hilarious sisters, and slapstick humor that is full of absurd hi-jinks.

Fast ice by Clive Cussler.  Kurt Austin races to Antarctica to stop a chilling plot that imperils the entire planet.

Good company by Cynthia Sweeney.  The foundation of a marriage between actors is shaken when they reunite with an old friend who is now a TV star.

The good sister by Sally Hepworth.  Past secrets come up when Fern decides to pay back her twin sister, Rose, by having a baby for her.

Great circle by Maggie Shipstead.  The story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life – at any cost.

The happiest girl in the world by Alena Dillon.  A gripping novel about a young woman’s dreams of Olympic gymnastics gold – and what it takes to reach the top.

Hour of the witch by Chris Bohjalian.  A young Puritan woman – faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soul – plots her escape from a violent marriage.

The man who lived underground by Richard Wright.  This resonates deeply as a story about race and the struggle to envision a different, better world.

Margreete’s Harbor by Eleanor Morse.  This is a novel set on the coast of Maine during the 1960s, tracing the life of a family and its matriarch as they negotiate sharing a home.

Northern spy by Flynn Berry.  The sister of a BBC producer may have joined the Irish Republican Army.

Ocean Prey by John Sandford.  Fan favorite heroes Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers join forces on a deadly maritime case.

Oslo, Maine by Marcia Butler.  A moose walks into a rural Maine town.  At the same time, Pierre, a brilliant 12 year old, loses his memory in an accident. 

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.  A lone astronaut is on a desperate, last-chance mission to save the earth from disaster.

Raft of stars by Andre Graff.  Two young boys think they’ve committed a crime, so they flee into the woods of Wisconsin.  Will the adults trying to find and protect them reach them before it’s too late?

The Russian by James Patterson.  Investigating a trio of murders in 3 major US cities against a backdrop of his impending nuptials, Michael Bennett risks getting caught in a deadly trap set by a particularly elusive killer.

Secrets of happiness by Joan Silber.  When a man discovers his father in NY has long had another secret family, the interlocking fates of both families lead to surprise loyalties, love triangles, and a reservoir of inner strength.

Sergeant Salinger by Jerome Charyn.  Grounded in biographical fact, this is a portrait of a young man devastated by World War II on his way to becoming the mythic figure behind a novel that has marked generations.

Sooley by John Grisham.  Samuel Sooleymon receives a basketball scholarship to North Carolina Central and determines to bring his family over from a civil war-ravaged South Sudan.

Sunflower sisters by Martha Kelly.  During the Civil War, two sisters join the war effort together while two other sisters are enslaved on separate plantations.

2034 by Elliot Ackerman.  A chilling thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034 – and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.

Win by Harlan Coben.  Windsor Horne Lockwood III might rectify cold cases connected to his family that have eluded the FBI for decades.

NONFICTION

At any cost by Rebecca Rosenberg.  Here is unraveled the twisted story of Rod Covlin, whose unrepentant greed drove him to an unspeakable act of murder and betrayal that rocked New York City.

Broken horses by Brandy Carlile.  The Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter recounts difficulties during her formative years and her hard-won success.

Come fly the world by Julia Cooke.  The jet-age story of the women of Pan Am; women who wanted out and wanted up.

Don’t call it a cult by Sarah Berman.  This is the definitive look at the NXIVM cult, which victimized dozens of women for more than a decade.

Finding Freedom by Erin French.  From the owner of the critically acclaimed The Lost Kitchen, this is a life-affirming memoir about survival, renewal, and finding a community to lift her up.

Get good with money by Tiffany Aliche.  Ten simple steps to becoming financially whole.

The gospels: a new translation by Sarah Ruden.  A remarkable and accessible new translation of the Gospels.

The haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale.  A true ghost story that happened in England.

I’m in Seattle, where are you?  by Mortada Gzar.  An exquisite story of life and love lost.  This conveys the author’s deep desire to reunite with his lover.  It’s hard to put down and difficult to forget.

Learning to pray by James Martin.  With his guidance, interested readers may see prayer as both the most natural yet transcendent thing in the world.

Little and often by Trent Preszler.  The founder of Preszler Woodshop discusses his long-time estrangement from his father and how he overcame the grief and loss of his father’s death through a carpentry project completed with inherited tools.

Nuclear folly by Serhii Plokhy.  A harrowing account of the Cuban missile crisis and how the US and USSR came to the brink of nuclear apocalypse.

Rock me on the water by Ronald Brownstein.  1974 – the year Los Angeles transformed movies, music, television, and politics.

This is the fire by Don Lemon.  In this vital book for these times, a reporter for CNN brings his experience to today’s most urgent questions:  How can we end racism in America in our lifetime?

Three ordinary girls by Tim Brady.  The true story of 3 fearless female resisters during WW II whose youth and innocence belied their extraordinary daring in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.  It also made them the underground’s most invaluable commodity.

The triumph of Nancy Reagan by Karen Tumulty.  The definitive bio of the fiercely vigilant and politically astute First Lady who shaped one of the most consequential presidencies of the 20th century.

Wild + free nature by Ainsley Arment.  25 outdoor adventures for kids to explore, discover, and awaken their curiosity.

World travel by Anthony Bourdain.  A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by the writer, TV host, and relentlessly curious traveler.

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