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New Items ~ February 2021

FICTION

American traitor by Brad Taylor.  Pike Logan is on the desperate hunt for a man who is about to betray his country – and ignite a horrific new world war.

Better luck next time by Julia Johnson.  A charming story of endings, new beginnings, along with the complexities and complications of friendship and love, set in late 1930s Reno.

Bloodline by Jess Lourey.  Perfect town.  Perfect homes.  Perfect families.  It’s enough to drive some women mad…After moving to her fiancé’s hometown, Joan thinks something is off with the town.  Her fiancé tells her she’s being paranoid.  He might be right.  Then again, she might have moved to the deadliest small town on earth.

Cobble Hill by Cecily von Ziegesar.  This chronicles a year in the life of 4 families in an upscale Brooklyn neighborhood as they seek purpose, community, and meaningful relationships – until one night a raucous Neighborhood party knocks them to their senses.

From these broken streets by Roland Merullo.  A galvanizing historical novel of Nazi-occupied Naples and the rage and resistance of a people under siege.

He started it by Samantha Downing.  A road trip to scatter their grandfather’s ashes – and claim their inheritance – takes a strange turn for three adult siblings.

The heiress by Molly GreeleyPride and Prejudice side-trip:  the story of Anne de Bourgh, the heiress Darcy was expected to marry.

If I had two wings by Randall Kenan.  Mingling the earthy with the otherworldly, these ten stories chronicle ineffable events in ordinary lives.

The moment of tenderness by Madeleine L’Engle.  A genre-bending story collection that transcends generational divides and reminds readers that hope, above all, can transform suffering into the promise of joy.

Neighbors by Danielle Steel.  A woman opens her home to her neighbors in the wake of a devastating earthquake, setting off events that reveal secrets, break relationships, and bring strangers together to forge powerful new bonds.

Nora by Nuala O’Connor.  A bold re-imagining of the life of James Joyce’s wife, muse, and the model for Molly Bloom in Ulysses.

The once and future witches by Alix Harrow.  In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in this novel of magic and the suffragette movement.

Outlawed by Anna North.  The Crucible meets True Grit in this adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West.

Pretty little wife by Darby Kane.  A twisty domestic suspense novel that asks one central question: shouldn’t a dead husband stay dead?

The prophets by Robert Jones.  A stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.

Ready player two by Ernest Cline.  In a sequel to Ready Play One, Wade Watts discovers a technological advancement and goes on a new quest.

The Resolutions by Brady Hammes.  Three fractious main characters are brought to life and their reunion is turned into a life-changing journey.

Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer.  The Office meets Stephen King dressed up in holiday tinsel in this fun, festive, and frightening horror-comedy set during the horror publishing boom of the ‘80s.

Some go home by Odie Lindsey.  A searing novel that follows 3 generations – fractured by murder, seeking redemption – in fictional Pitchlynn, Mississippi.

Sorry I missed you by Suzy Krause.  Quirky, humorous, and utterly original – this is a heartwarming story about friendship, ghosting, and searching for answers to life’s mysteries.

The Sweeney sisters by Lian Dolan.  The sisters gather in Southport, CT for the funeral of their father, a brilliant writer.  An unexpected guest at his wake, however, will shift the foundations of their lives.  A warmhearted portrait of love embracing true hearts.

Sweet water by Cara Reinard.  What did her son do in the woods last night?  Does a mother really want to know?  This is an unsparing account of “rich people problems” that goes on forever – like all the best nightmares.

Ties that tether by Jane Igharo.  At 12 years old, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture, even after immigrating to Canada.  Her mother has been vigilant about helping.  But when she meets a man who is…white…and seems so right for her, things get complicated.

Under the tulip tree by Michele Shocklee.  During the Great Depression, a young woman reporter takes a job interviewing former slaves for the Federal Writer’s Project.  There she meets a 101 year old woman whose honest yet tragic past as a slave horrifies her.

Violent peace by David Poyer.  World War III is over…or is it?  Superpowers race to fill the postwar power vacuum in this thriller.

NONFICTION

Anxiety first aid kit by Rich Hanson.  A quick-relief guide for calming anxiety and stress right now.

The Black Civil War soldier by Deborah Willis.  A stunning collection of stoic portraits and intimate ephemera from the lives of Black Civil War soldiers.

Calm the h*ck down by Melanie Dale.  A laugh-out-loud hilarious parenting book that teaches you how to dial back the stress of raising children with the simple premise that we all must need to lighten up a little bit.

College admission essentials by Ethan Sawyer.  A step by step guide to showing colleges who you are and what matters to you.

The good assassin by Stephen Talty.  The untold story of an Israeli spy’s epic journey to bring the notorious Butcher of Latvia to justice – case that altered the fates of all ex-Nazis.

His Holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama by Tenzin Tethong.  This beautifully illustrated chronicle presents an in-depth, firsthand narrative of the Dalai Lama’s life story and the Tibetan saga.

How can it be gluten free cookbook collection by America’s Test Kitchen.

In case you get hit by a bus by Abby Schneiderman.  How to organize your life now for when you’re not around later.

This was Hollywood by Carla Valderrama.  From screen legends who have faded into obscurity to new revelations about movies’ biggest stars, this unearths the most fascinating little known tales from the birth of Hollywood through its Golden Age.

 NEW CHILDREN’S ITEMS

PICTURE BOOKS

All because you matter by Tami Charles

Bedtime for sweet creatures by Nikki Grimes

Bunheads by Misty Copeland

Construction site mission : demolition by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Daddy’s Little Princess by G. Todd Taylor

Elevator Bird by Sarah Williamson

Evelyn Del Rey is moving away by Meg Medina

A feel better book for little poopers by Holly Brochmann

Finding Francois : a story about the healing power of friendship by Gus Gordon

Henry’s important date by Robert Quackenbush

I am every good thing by Derrick Barnes

I talk like a river by Jordan Scott

If you come to Earth by Sophie Blackall

Lulu the one and only by Lynnette Mawhinney

Ocean calls: a haenyeo mermaid story by Tina Cho

Outside in by Deborah Underwood

Sometimes people march by Tessa Allen

Speak up by Miranda Paul

Tiger wild by Gwen Millward

Turtle walk by Matt Phelan

Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago

Uncle Bobby’s wedding by Sarah Brannen

Weekend dad by Naseem Hrab

CHAPTER BOOKS

The canyon’s edge by Dusti Bowling

Diary of a wimpy kid : the deep end by Jeff Kinney

I want to sleep under the stars! By Mo Willems

Maya and the rising dark by Rena Barron

Nancy Clancy : secret of the silver key by Jane O’Connor

Nancy Clancy : star of stage and screen by Jane O’Connor

The princess in black and the giant problem by Shannon Hale

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5 worlds : the amber anthem by Mark Siegel

The Baby-Sitters Club : Logan likes Mary Anne! by Ann Martin

The bad guys in The One?! by Aaron Blabey

Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey

Sparks!: Double dog dare by Ian Boothby

NON-FICTION

All thirteen : the incredible cave rescue of the Thai boys’ soccer team by Christina Soontornvat

Bill Nye’s great big world of science by Bill Nye

Feathered serpent and the five suns: a Mesoamerican creation myth by Duncan Tonatiuh

The International Day of the Girl : celebrating girls around the world  by Jessica Dee Humphreys

The little mermaid by Jerry Pinkney

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021 by National Geographic

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

Resist! : peaceful acts that changed our world by Diane Stanley

She leads : the elephant matriarch by June Smalls

 DVDS

Bill Nye the science guy : climates

Let’s learn : S.T.E.M.

Rock ‘n learn : human body

Rock ‘n learn : life science

Rock ‘n learn : money & making change

Rock ‘n learn : writing strategies

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

 

 

New Items ~ November 2020

FICTION

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse.  A powerful priest, an outcast seafarer, and a man born to be the vessel of a god come together.  This novel is inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

The book of two ways by Jodi Picoult.  A novel about the choice that alter the course of our lives.  Do we make choices – or do our choices make us?  And who would you be if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are right now?

The brilliant life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons.  A moving and joyous novel about an elderly woman who is ready to embrace death and of the little girl who reminds her what it means to live.

Chaos by Iris Johansen.  CIA agent Alisa Flynn is willing to go rogue if it means catching the most heartless band of criminals she’s ever encountered.

The devil and the dark water by Stuart Turton.  A murder on the high seas.  A remarkable detective duo.  A demon who may or may not exist.  A thriller of supernatural horror, occult suspicion, and paranormal mystery on the high seas.

The evening and the morning by Ken Follett.  In a prequel to “Pillars of the Earth”, a boat builder, a Norman noblewoman, and a monk live in England under attack by the Welsh and the Vikings.

Fifty words for rain by Asha Lemmie.  In 1940s Japan, an 8-year-old child of a married Japanese aristocrat and her African-American lover searches for her place in the world.

The invisible life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.  France, 1714.  In a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever – and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.  But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, she meets a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

Jack by Marilynne Robinson.  This is the story of the prodigal son of a Presbyterian minister and his romance with a high school teacher who is also the son of a preacher.  Their deeply felt, tormented, star-crossed interracial romance resonates with all the paradoxes of American life then and now.

Just like you by Nick Hornby.  A divorced 41 year old woman meets a 22 year old at a butcher’s counter.  This is about what happens when the person who makes you happiest is someone you never expected.

Leave the world behind by Rumaan Alam.  A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong.

The lending library by Aliza Fogelson.  This pairs a passionate bibliophile with a handsome construction worker and achieves maximum charm.  A daydreamer gives her town, and herself, an amazing gift:  a lending library in her sunroom.

The lost shtetl by Max Gross.  What if there was a town that history missed?  A small Jewish village in the Polish forest is so secluded no one knows it exists…until now.

Love and other crimes by Sara Paretsky.  A collection of crime and detective stories, many featuring legendary detective V.I. Warshawski.

Magic lessons by Alice Hoffman.  In a prequel to “Practical Magic”, Maria Owens invokes a curse that will haunt her family in Salem, MA.

Only truth by Julie Cameron.  A London painter, whose husband insists on moving to the country realizes that “there’s something not right with this place”.  Talk about an understatement.

The return by Nicholas Sparks.  The story of an injured Navy doctor – and two women whose secrets will change the course of his life.

The searcher by Tana French.  After a divorce, a former Chicago police officer resettles in an Irish village where a boy goes missing.

 The silence by Don DeLillo.  Set in the near future, five people are gathered together in a Manhattan apartment in the midst of a catastrophic event.

A time for mercy by John Grisham.  Court-appointed lawyer Jake Brigance puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line to defend a 16 year old suspect who is accused of killing a local deputy and is facing the death penalty.

To sleep in a sea of stars by Christopher Paolini.  Kira Navarez might be the only one who can save the Earth and its colonies from being destroyed.

Until summer comes around by Glenn Rolfe.  A family of vampires terrorizes the seaside town of Old Orchard Beach in this tale of adolescent romance and murder.

Vince Flynn: total power by Kyle Mills.  When America’s power grid is shut down, Mitch Rapp goes after a cyber terrorist.

NEW MUSIC CDs

Bigger love by John Legend

The genius of Ray Charles by Ray Charles

The best of Kansas

NEW DVDs

Fosse/Verdon (2020)  starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams

Marriage story (2019) starring Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, and Laura Dern

Casino Royale (2006) starring Daniel Craig

Colewell (2019) starring Karen Allen

NONFICTION:

The boy, the mole, the fox, and the horse by Charlie MacKesy.  A journey for all ages that explores life’s universal lessons, featuring 100 color and black-and-white drawings.

Children of ash and elm by Neil Price.  With clarity and verve, this examines various aspects of Viking society.  An exemplary history that gives a nuanced view of a society long reduced to a few clichés.

Eleanor by David Michaelis.  A break-through portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt, America’s longest-serving First Lady, an avatar of democracy whose ever-expanding agency as diplomat, activist, and humanitarian made her one of the world’s most widely admired and influential women.

The home edit life by Clea Shearer.  This is both for those who love to organize in their free time and those who want to get organized but feel they just can’t make the time.

How to astronaut by Terry Virts.  A former astronaut offers a mixture of science and adventure in this guide to space travel.  Divided into sections on training, launch, orbit, space-walking, deep space, and re-entry.

I will run wild by Thomas Cleaver.  This is a vivid narrative history of the early stages of the Pacific War, as U.S. and Allied forces desperately tried to slow the Japanese onslaught that began with the sudden attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

A knock at midnight by Brittany Barnett.  An urgent call to free those buried alive by America’s legal system, and an inspiring true story about unwavering belief in humanity from a young lawyer and important new voice in the movement to transform the system.

Librarian tales by William Ottens.  An insider’s look at one of the most prevalent, yet commonly misunderstood institutions.  Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly of librarian Ottens’ experience working behind the service desks and in the stacks of public libraries.

Loving sports when they don’t love you back by Jessica Luther.  Revealing some of the ugliest truths about professional sports.  An incisive, damning indictment of the world’s most popular past-times.

Modern comfort foods by Ina Garten.  The cook updates some of the comfort foods we grew up with.

The secret lives of planets by Paul Murdin.  A smooth survey of the planets and satellites.  Satisfying popular science, just right for the budding astronomer in the household.

That cheese plate will change your life by Marissa Mullen.  Creative gatherings and self-care with the cheese by numbers method.

Weird Earth by Donald Prothero.  Debunking strange ideas about our planet such as a moon landing hoax, flat earth, hollow earth, Atlantis, dowsing, and more.

New Children’s Books 

PICTURE BOOKS

Bedtime bonnet by Nancy Redd

Bo the brave by Bethan Woollvin

Cozy by Jan Brett

Federico and the wolf by Rebecca Gomez

Hurry up! by Kate Dopirak

A last goodbye by Elin Kelsey

Letters from Bear by Gauthier David

Lift by Minh Le

Madeline Finn and the therapy dog by Lisa Papp

My big family by Yanitzia Canetti

Nasla’s dream by Cecile Roumiguiere

Peter and the tree children by Peter Wohlleben

A quiet girl by Peter Carnavas

Rain Boy by Dylan Glynn

The run by Barroux

Short & sweet by Josh Funk

Sid Hoff’s Danny and the dinosaur ride a bike by Bruce Hale

Southwest sunrise by Nikki Grimes

Ty’s travels : All aboard! by Kelly Lyons

Where happiness begins by Eva Eland

While you’re away by Thodoris Papaioannou

 CHAPTER BOOKS

Percy Jackson’s Greek gods by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson’s Greek heroes by Rick Riordan

Raising Lumie by Joan Bauer

Revenge of the enginerds by Jarrett Lerner

A wish in the dark by Christina Soontornvat

NON-FICTION

It’s a numbers game! Basketball by James Buckley, Jr.

Lost cities by Giles Laroche

The ocean in your bathtub by Seth Fishman

On your mark, get set, gold! by Scott Allen

Play in the wild by Lita Judge

A rainbow of rocks by Kate DePalma

A thousand glass flowers: Marietta Barovier and the invention of the Rosetta bead by Evan Turk

GRAPHIC NOVELS

The battle of the labyrinth by Rick Riordan

The last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The lightning thief by Rick Riordan

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Titan’s curse by Rick Riordan

JUVENILE DVDs

Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood: Explore the outdoors (2020) The Fred Rogers Company.

Red shoes and the seven dwarfs (2020) starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Claflin.

The secret garden (2020) starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters.

Trolls world tour (2020) voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake.

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

Are you looking for something to read? 

As many of you know, we are open with limited access.  We are still open with our Pick-Up Window, at the rear of the building, as well.

Many of us (staff as well as patrons) have been keeping lists of items we would like to borrow from the library, or libraries when you include the Minerva lending system.  I know that my list grew rather rapidly, and by the time the items were available for requesting, there were many other folks ahead of me in the queue.

So, that led me to . . . .

What can I find to read/watch/listen to RIGHT NOW!!

As I have worked at the Pick-Up Window over the past weeks, I know that is the same question many others have as well.

As staff brainstormed how to best answer that question for you, our users, we realized several things.

Some people just don’t care what they are reading as long as it has more content than the back of the cereal box.

And . . .

Each of us has an area of “expertise”, so to speak, of what might work for different wants and needs of our Gardiner Library Friends.

On that vein, we have begun creating what we are referring to at “Binge Bags”.  Basically, it is a bag with 3 – 6 items on the same theme.  The items might be all books, though there are movies, music, and audio books included as well.  Some of these bags are items specific to floor – by this I mean Children’s, Young Adult or Adult floor, and some bags have a mix of age ranges.

So, what type of themes am I talking about?  Let’s see, so far, I know there is a bag of items pertaining to the 1970s, a bag of Fall/Autumn items, 2 bags of School items (one Adult and one Children), gentle mysteries, as well as several others.

In the works, there are collections to include Spies ; Humor ; 1920s ; Harry Potter ; Maine ; as well as several others.

If you’re interested in one of our Binge Boxes, check at the Pick-Up Window, or give us a call – 207-582-3312 – and we’ll put together a bag of items for you.

New Items ~ July 2020

FICTION

All adults here by Emma Straub.  A funny and keenly perceptive novel about the life cycle of one family – as the kids become parents, grandchildren become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes.

The ancestor by Danielle Trussoni.  A bewitching gothic novel of suspense that plunges readers into a world of dark family secrets, the mysteries of human genetics, and the burden of family inheritance.

The astonishing life of August March by Aaron Jackson.  An irrepressibly optimistic oddball orphan is thrust into the wilds of postwar New York City after an extraordinary childhood in a theater.  (Think Candide by way of John Irving, with a hint of Charles Dickens.)

Beach read by Emily Henry.  A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever after.

Big summer by Jennifer Weiner.  A poignant and unputdownable novel about the power of friendship, the lure of frenemies, and the importance of making peace with yourself through life’s ups and downs.

Blindside by James Patterson.  The mayor of New York has a daughter who’s missing and in danger.  Detective Michael Bennett has a son who’s in prison.  The two strike a deal.

The book of V by Anna Solomon.  A kaleidoscopic novel intertwining the lives of three women across 3 centuries as their stories of sex, power, and desire finally converge in the present day.

The business of lovers by Eric Jerome Dickey.  In this road trip across L.A. there are deep conversations, adult situations, and a sweet love story at every turn.

Close up by Amanda Quick.  Welcome to Burning Cove, California where 1930s Hollywood glamour conceals a ruthless killer….

Dance away with me by Susan Phillips.  Two people determined to withdraw from society instead discover the power of human connection in this deeply felt romance.

The goodbye man by Jeffery Deaver.  Reward-seeker Colter Shaw infiltrates a sinister cult after learning that the only way to get somebody out…is to go in.

Guests of August by Gloria Goldreich.  Five families come together for a summer vacation that will change their lives forever in this tale of love, loss, and hope.

The henna artist by Alka Joshi.  In 1950s Jaipur, a young woman who escaped an abusive marriage and started a new life is confronted by her husband.

Hideaway by Nora Roberts.  A family ranch in Big Sur country and a legacy of Hollywood royalty set the stage for this suspense novel.

The house on Fripp Island by Rebecca Kauffman.  When two families – one rich, one not – vacation together off the coast of South Carolina, little do they know that someone won’t be returning home.

How much of these hills is gold by C Pam Zhang.  Set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape – trying not to just survive but to find a home.

How to pronounce knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa.  Spare, unsentimental, and distilled to riveting essentials, these stories honor the surreal, funny, often wrenching realities of trying to build a life far from home.

The jetsetters by Amanda Ward.  When Charlotte wins a Mediterranean cruise, she sees it as the perfect opportunity to reconnect with her adult children.  Each character’s dysfunctions run deep, and each plot twist threatens to sink their sanity, resulting in a funny, moving tale of the complications of familial love.

The last trial by Scott Turow.  A brilliant courtroom chess match about a celebrated criminal defense lawyer and the prosecution of his lifelong friend – a doctor accused of murder.

The love story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey.  Here is a love story of the most important kind: that of coming to love oneself through accepting and returning the love of others – be it people or dogs.

Murder at the Mena House by Erica Neubauer.  Well-heeled travelers from around the world flock to the Mena House Hotel – an exotic gem in Cairo where cocktails flow, adventure dispels the aftershocks of World War I, and deadly dangers wait in the shadows.

The murder of twelve by Jessica Fletcher.  Jessica takes on an Agatha Christie-style mystery when she finds herself stranded in a hotel during a blizzard with 12 strangers and a killer in their midst.

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld.  A compelling what-might-have-been:  what if Hilary Rodham HADN’T married Bill Clinton?

The second home by Christina Clancy.  Told through the eyes of 3 siblings, this title captures the ache of nostalgia for summers past and the powerful draw of the places we return to again and again.  It is about second homes, second families, and second chances.

The shooting at Château Rock by Martin Walker.  When a local’s troubling death is linked to a Russian oligarch and his multinational conglomerate, Chief Bruno faces one of his toughest cases yet, one that brings together a French notary and a rock star – and of course, Bergerac red and white.

The sight of you by Holly Miller. A romantic and page-turning novel that poses a heartbreaking question:  Would you choose love, if you knew how it would end?

A tender thing by Emily Neuberger.  Set under the dazzling lights of late 1950s Broadway where a controversial new musical pushes the boundaries of love, legacy, and art.

Three things I know are true by Betty Culley.  Life changes forever for Liv when her older brother, Jonah, accidentally shoots himself with the gun of his best friend’s father.

A week at the shore by Barbara Delinsky.  This explores how lives and relationships are forever changed when 3 sisters reunite at their family Rhode Island beach house.

NEW DVDs

The lighthouse (2019) starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe

Little women (2019) starring Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson

Doctor Sleep (2019) starring Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson

Roma (2018) starring Marina de Tavira

Star Wars: the rise of Skywalker (2019) starring Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill

1917 (2019) starring George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman

NEW NONFICTION

The age of Phillis by Honoree Jeffers.  A collection of original poems speaking to the life and times of Phillis Weatley, a Colonial America-era poet brought to Boston as a slave.

Dark mirror by Barton Gellman.  A well-documented account on the far-reaching impact of US domestic surveillance and the resulting intrusions of privacy.

A delayed life by Dita Kraus.  A story of survival that is rare in its coverage of life before and after the Holocaust, addressing the difficult question of what comes after such a tragedy.

Dirt by Bill Buford.  A hilariously self-deprecating, highly obsessive account of the author’s adventures in the world of French haute cuisine, for anyone who has ever found joy in cooking and eating food with their family.

Dress your best life by Dawnn Karen.  How to use fashion psychology to take your look – and your life – to the next level.

Home is a stranger by Parnaz Foroutan.  Unmoored by the death of her father and disenchanted by the American Dream, Foroutan leaves Los Angeles for Iran, 19 years after her family fled the religious police state brought in by the Islamic Theocracy.

In the name of God by Selina O’Grady.  A groundbreaking book on the history of religious tolerance and intolerance that offers an essential narrative to understanding Islam and the West today.

Kooks and degenerates on ice by Thomas Whalen.  Here to celebrate the 50th anniversary – it’s Bobby Orr, the big bad Boston Bruins, and the Stanley Cup championship that transformed hockey.

Rental style by Chelsey Brown.  This doubles as a décor piece and handy design guide and shows readers how to decorate and organize small, rented spaces on a budget.

Sigh, gone by Phuc Tran.  For anyone who has ever felt like they don’t belong, this shares an irreverent, funny, and moving tale of displacement and assimilation woven together with poignant themes from beloved works of classic literature.  The author now lives in Portland, Maine.

24 by Willie Mays.  A memoir by the Baseball Hall of Famer told in 24 chapters to correspond with his well-known uniform number.

Warhol by Blake Gopnik.  The definitive bio of a fascinating and paradoxical figure, one of the most influential artists of his – or any – age.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Items ~ March 2020

FICTION

The authenticity project by Clare Pooley.  The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship…and even love.

A beautiful crime by Christopher Bollen.  A twisty story of deception, set in contemporary Venice and featuring a young American couple who have set their sights on a high-stakes con.

Cesare by Jerome Charyn.  Beginning in 1937 Germany, this is a literary thriller and love story born of the horrors of a country whose culture has died, whose history has been warped, and whose soul has disappeared.

The chill by Scott Carson.  A century after an early 20th century New York community is intentionally flooded to redistribute water downstate, an inspector overseeing a dangerously neglected damn uncovers a prophecy that warns of additional sacrifices.

Dead to her by Sarah Pinborough.  A twisty psychological thriller about a savvy second wife who will do almost anything to come out on top.

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano.  A 12 year old boy tries to start over after becoming the sole survivor of a plane crash in which he lost his immediate family.

Golden in death by J.D. Robb.  Homicide detective Eve Dallas investigates a murder with a mysterious motive – and a terrifying weapon.

Long bright river by Liz Moore.  Mickey risks her job with the Philadelphia police force by going after a murderer and searching for her missing sister.

The mercies by Kiran Hargrave.  On an icy, dark island, men hunt witches…and women fight back.  This chilling tale of religious persecution is served up with a feminist bite.

Mercy House by Alena Dillon.  Inside a century-old row house in Brooklyn, Sister Evelyn and her fellow nuns preside over a safe haven for the abused and abandoned.

The recipe for revolution by Carolyn Chute.  A blistering book about the Settlement, a radical, politically incorrect collective of the disorderly and disaffected in rural Maine.

The regrets by Amy Bonnaffons.  Reality and dream collide in this darkly playful novel about a love affair between the living and the dead.

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart.  The unforgettable story of a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980 childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland, where Thatcher’s policies have put people out of work and where the city’s drug epidemic is around the corner.

A view to a kilt by Kaitlyn Dunnett.  A series of blizzards have kept tourists away from Moosetookalook, Maine, and shoppers out of Liss MacCrimmmon’s Scottish Emporium.  But as warmer weather brings promises of tartan sales and new faces, melting snow reveals cold-blooded murder.

NEW DVDs

A beautiful day in the neighborhood (2019)  starring Matthew Rhys and Tom Hanks

The farewell (2019)  starring Awkwafina

Harriet (2019) starring Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr.

Parasite (2019) starring Kang Ho Song and Sun Kyun Lee

Taboo: Season 1 (2017) starring Tom Hardy

Once upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt

NONFICTION

Aftershock: the human toll of war by Richard Cahan.  Haunting World War II images by America’s soldier photographers.

The book you wish your parents had read by Philippa Perry.  Definitive guide for any parent looking to navigate their past, avoid repeating their own parents’ mistakes, and ensure they don’t land their own kids in therapy.

By chance alone by Max Eisen. More than 70 years after the Nazi camps where liberated by the Allies, this details the author’s story of survival:  the back-breaking slave labor in Auschwitz, the infamous “death march”, the painful aftermath of liberation, and his journey of physical and psychological healing.

Decoding boys by Cara Natterson.  Comforting … a common-sensical and gently humorous exploration of male puberty’s many trials.

Esquire dress code.  A man’s guide to personal style as seen by Esquire magazine.

Gay like me: a father writes to his son by Richie Jackson.  This is a celebration of gay identity and parenting, and a powerful warning to the author’s son, other gay men, and the world.  He looks back on his own journey as a gay man coming of age through decades of political and cultural turmoil.

How to do nothing by Jenny Odell.  An argument for unplugging from technology in order to potentially focus attention of important matters.

Last stop Auschwitz by Eddy de Wind.  Written in Auschwitz itself, this one-of-a-kind, minute-by-minute true account is a crucial historical testament to a survivor’s fight for his life.

Something that may shock and discredit you by Daniel Ortberg.  A witty and clever collection of essays and cultural observations spanning pop culture – from the endearingly popular to the staggeringly obscure.

Very stable genius by Philip Rucker.  The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists use firsthand accounts to chart patterns of behavior within the Trump administration.

When my time comes by Diane Rehm.  Conversations about whether those who are dying should have the right to determine when life should end.

When time stopped by Ariana Neumann.  In this remarkable memoir, the author dives into the secrets of her father’s past years spent hiding in plain sight in war-torn Berlin, the annihilation of dozens of family members in the Holocaust, and the courageous choice to build anew.

Why we can’t sleep by Ada Calhoun.  The cultural and political contexts of the crises that Generation X face.

 New Children’s Books

PICTURE BOOKS

The Cottingley fairies by Ana Sender

Growing season by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

How to catch a unicorn by Adam Wallace

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk

Lana Lynn howls at the moon by Rebecca van Slyke

Listen by Holly McGhee

Look, it’s raining by Mathieu Pierloot

No more naps! by Chris Grabenstein

Not quite narwhal by Jessie Sima

One fox : a counting book thriller by Kate Read

CHAPTER BOOKS

Homerooms & hall passes by Tom O’Donnell

Peg + Cat : Peg up a tree by Jennifer Oxley

Weird little robots by Carolyn Crimi

NON-FICTION

Antibiotics by Tamra Orr

Art Sparks: Draw, Paint, Make, and get Creative by Marlon Abrams

Egg to chicken by Rachel Tonkin

Egg to frog by Rachel Tonkin

Good night stories for rebel girls by Elena Favilli

It started with a big bang by Floor Bal

Life by the river by Holly Duhig

Life in the forest by Holly Duhig

Save the crash-test dummies by Jennifer Swanson

The speed of starlight by Colin Stuart

Stitch camp: 18 crafty projects for kids & tweens by Nicole Blum

Yes, I can listen! by Steve Metzger

DVDS

Abominable with Chloe Bennet

The angry birds movie 2 with Josh Gad

Great Yellowstone thaw by BBC Earth with Kirk Johnson

How to train your dragon. Homecoming with Jay Baruchel

Thomas & friends : Tale of the brave with Olivia Colman

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

 

 

 

 

New Items ~ February 2020

FICTION

American dirt by Jeanine Cummins.  Intensely suspenseful and deeply humane, this novel makes migrants seeking to cross the southern US border indelibly individual.

The bells of hell by Michael Kurland.  A counter-intelligence agent recruits a number of civilians to help foil a suspected terrorist attack by German spies in New York in 1938.

The better liar by Tanen Jones.  When a woman conceals her sister’s death to claim their joint inheritance, her deception exposes a web of dangerous secrets.

The blaze by Chad Dundas.  One man knows the connection between two extraordinary acts of arson, fifteen years apart, in his Montana hometown – if only he could remember it.

Hindsight by Iris Johansen.  Investigator Kendra Michaels whose former blindness has left her with uniquely insightful observation skills – must put her life on the line to catch a murderer setting his sights on some of society’s most vulnerable.

House on fire by Joseph Finder.  Private investigator Nick Heller infiltrates a powerful and wealthy pharmaceutical family hiding something sinister.

The long petal of the sea by Isabel Allende.  This epic spans decades and crosses continents following two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.

The poison garden by Alex Marwood.  Insidious secrets and chilling revelations surround a mysterious cult.

Recipe for a perfect wife by Karma Brown.  A modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner, a quintessential 1950s housewife.

Such a fun age by Kiley Reid.  A story of race and privilege, this is set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

To the edge of sorrow by Aharon Appelfeld.  A haunting novel about an unforgettable group of Jewish partisans fighting the Nazis during World War II.

 Trouble in mind by Michael Wiley.  As a result of being shot in the head while working undercover, Sam Kelson suffers from two unusual brain conditions:  disinhibition, causing him to speak only the truth, and autopagnosia which makes him unable to recognize himself in a mirror.

The vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz.  Decades ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, The Incident occurred: an explosion in the cave system that released unknown gasses.  The residents slept for 2 days.  When they woke up they discovered that things had changed – they had changed.

Westering women by Sandra Dallas.  This focuses on a motley group of women who form a bond traveling to California on the Overland Trail.  Readers will enjoy this modern take on the journey West that’s rife with girl power.

The wife and the widow by Christian White.  Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, this takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?

MUSIC CDs

2020 Grammy Nominees

100 Hits: the best 60s.

The Real ‘70s.

100 hits: the best 80s.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John

DVDs

Downton Abbey (2019) starring Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, and Jim Carter

Judy (2019) starring Renee Zellweger

The Rainmaker (1956) starring Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn

The Ring (2002) starring Naomi Watts

The talk of the town (1942) starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, and Ronald Coleman

Tales from the Crypt / Vault of Horror (1972) starring Ralph Richardson and Joan Collins

NONFICTION

The baby decision by Merle Bombardieri.  This is a clear, compassionate guide to making a parenting or childfree decision with confidence.

Boys and sex by Peggy Orenstein.  The author interviews young men on hookups, love, porn, consent, and navigating the new masculinity, offering both an examination of sexual culture and a guide on how to improve it.

Falling into joy by Conni Ponturo.  This is a book about joy and how to get it and keep it in our lives.  It is all simpler than we are making it out to be.  We just need to take the small steps towards it.

The in-betweens by Mira Ptacin.  A young writer travels to Etna, Maine to tell the unusual story of America’s longest running camp devoted to mysticism and the world beyond.

Lands of lost borders by Kate Harris.  She and a friend covered 10 countries during a 10 month bike journey from Istanbul to India.  While retracing the path of the ancient Silk Road trade route, they contend with Himalayan-sized hill climbs, unforgiving landscapes, and surly officials.

Life in medieval Europe by Daniele Cybulskie.  Fact and fiction:  what did people actually eat?  Were they really filthy?  And did they ever get to marry for love?  All this and more.

Llewellyn’s complete book of lucid dreaming by Clare Johnson.  A comprehensive guide to promote creativity, overcome sleep disturbances & enhance health and wellness.

Modern flexitarian.  Plant-inspired recipes you can flex to add fish, meat, or dairy.

Never get angry again by David Lieberman.  A comprehensive and holistic look at the underlying emotional, physical, and spiritual causes of anger, and what the reader can do to gain perspective, allowing them to never get angry again.

Nothing fancy by Alison Roman.  This helps you nail dinner with unfussy food, unstuffy vibes, and the permission to be imperfect.

Quit like a woman by Holly Whitaker.  The radical choice to not drink in a culture obsessed with alcohol.

The third rainbow girl by Emma Eisenberg.  An investigation of the murder of two young women – showing how a violent crime casts a shadow over an entire community.  It follows this crime through the complex history of Appalachia, forming a searing portrait of America – its divisions of gender and class, and of its violence.

Tightrope: Americans reaching for hope by Nicholas Kristof.  This issues a plea – deeply personal and told through the lives of real Americans – to address the crisis in working class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.

Tiny habits by B.J. Fogg.  The expert on habit formations show how you can have a happier, healthier life – by starting small.

Travels with myself and another by Martha Gellhorn.  Dry wit and plenty of whiskey buoyed Gellhorn during terrifying flights, insect-infested hotel rooms, and tropical disease as she chased stories across the globe.

The unique states of America.  This takes us on a journey across the states to discover the country’s most iconic – and unique – destinations and experiences.

The valleys of the assassins by Freya Stark.  She blazed across the Middle East in the 1920s and 1930s searching for the legendary mountain home of the Assassins, a warrior sect that defied both crusaders and caliphs.

Welcome to the goddamn ice cube by Blair Braverman.  Chasing adventure, the author left her California hometown at 19 for dogsledding school in the Norwegian Arctic.  Her vivid account offers plenty of thrills and high-flying danger from Norwegian snowdrifts to Alaskan glaciers.

The yellow house by Sarah Broom.  An unforgettable memoir about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.

 New Children’s Books

PICTURE BOOKS

Between us and Abuela: a family story from the border by Mitali Perkins

Frida Kahlo and her animalitos by Monica Brown

I’m not Millie! by Mark Pett

Ida and the whale by Rebecca Gugger

The Invisible Leash by Patrice Karst

Moth by Isabel Thomas

Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh

The way I act  by Steve Metzger

CHAPTER BOOKS

Spies: James Armistead Lafayette by Kyandreia Jones

Spies: Mata Hari by Katherine Factor

Talking leaves by Joseph Bruchac

Terror on the Titanic by Jim Wallace

GRAPHIC NOVELS

The brain: the ultimate thinking machine by Tory Woollcott

Cats: nature and nurture by Andy Hirsch

Flying machines: how the Wright brothers soared by Alison Wilgus

Polar bears: survival on the ice by Jason Viola

Rockets: defying gravity by Anne Drozd

Skyscrapers: the heights of engineering by John Kerschbaum

Wild weather: storms, meteorology, and climate by M.K. Reed

Wings of fire: the hidden kingdom by Tui Sutherland

NONFICTION

2020 Maine summer camps: real kids – real camps – real Maine! by Maine Youth Camping Foundation

Animal by Smithsonian

Animals up close by DK

Are you what you eat? by DK

The Bermuda Triangle by Elizabeth Noll

Bigfoot by Elizabeth Noll

Cells : an owner’s handbook by Carolyn Fisher

Cooking class global feast!: 44 recipes that celebrate the world’s cultures by Deanna Cook

Do all Indians live in tipis? by Smithsonian Books

ESP by Elizabeth Noll

Ghosts by Elizabeth Noll

Haunted places by Elizabeth Noll

How did I get here? by Philip Bunting

Human body by Smithsonian

Human body: [a book with guts!] by Dan Green

Science by Smithsonian

The science of poop and farts by Alex Woolf

The science of scabs and pus by Ian Graham

The science of snot and phlegm by Fiona Macdonald

UFOs by Elizabeth Noll

Wait, rest, pause: dormancy in nature by Marcie Atkins

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

January Weather

      January rides the wind

      Annie and Snowball and the magical house

N       Name of the wind

U       Uncommon appeal of clouds

A       After the snow

R        Rising storm

       Young snowboarder

 

W      Winter storms

       Energy from wind

      And the wind blows free

      Tracks in the snow

      Hello snow!

       Eye of the storm

R        Really good snowman

New Items ~ January 2020

FICTION

Africaville by Jeffrey Colvin.  Set in a small Nova Scotia Town settled by former slaves, this depicts several generations of one family bound together and torn apart by blood, faith, time, and fate.

After Kilimanjaro by Gayle Woodson.  Medical fiction of this kind is rare – it’s not a thriller or tearjerker, but a thoughtful novel about doctors, the work they do, and the impact that has on their patients.

The Andromeda evolution by Michael Crichton.  In this sequel to the techno-thriller that started it all, the threat returns in a gripping sequel that is terrifyingly realistic and resonant.  The Evolution is coming.

Arapaho summer by Kinley Roby.  In 1867 two Union veterans and two Arapaho women they rescue from a Lakota war party set off on the Oregon Trail in search of a new beginning.

Bloody genius by John Sandford.  Virgil Flowers will have to watch his back – and his mouth – as he investigates a college culture war turned deadly.

The confession club by Elizabeth Berg.  An uplifting novel about friendship, surprising revelations, and a second chance at love.

Crossroad by Bill Cameron.  On a desolate road in the Oregon high desert, an apprentice mortician stumbles upon a horrific crash – and into a vortex of treachery, long-buried secrets, and growing menace.

Dread journey by Dorothy Hughes.  On a transcontinental train, a starlet fears her director may be trying to kill her.

The family upstairs by Lisa Jewell.  Libby Learns the identity of her parents and inherits a London mansion, but this comes with a mystery of multiple murders.

Genesis by Robin Cook.  This takes on the ripped-from-the-headlines topic of harnessing DNA from ancestry websites to catch a killer.

Guilty, not guilty by Felix Francis.  The husband and brother of an unstable woman who’s been strangled get into a battle royal over which of them will get the other convicted of her murder.

The innocents by Michel Crummey.  Orphaned and alone in 1800s Newfoundland, a young brother and sister contend with the dire hazards of their coastal surroundings.

The kill club by Wendy Heard.  A desperate woman at the end of her rope is drawn into an intriguing, but deadly, scheme.  Just try to put this one down.

A minute to midnight by David Baldacci.  When Atlee Pine returns to her hometown to investigate her sister’s kidnapping from 30 years ago, she winds up tracking a potential serial killer.

Nothing more dangerous by Allen Eskens.  In a small Southern town where loyalty to family and to “your people” carries the weight of a sacred oath, defying those unspoken rules can be a deadly proposition.

The off-islander by Peter Colt.  A Boston-born Vietnam vet and P.I. is hired to find a missing father – but my find far more than he bargained for…

The rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts.  This closes out the trilogy “Chronicles of the One”.

Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo.  A riveting family saga immersed in the gritty, dark side of Swedish immigrant life in America in the early 20th century.

Stuck in Manistique by Dennis Cuesta.  Two troubled lives intersect in a novel combining cozy mystery, comedy, and reflections on fractured relationships.  A hypnotic tale of family secrets that also features delightfully silly humor.

NEW DVDs

The Crown: the complete second season (2019) starring Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Victoria Hamilton, Vanessa Kirby, and John Lithgow

It: Chapter two (2019) starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy

Never too late (1965) starring Paul Ford and Connie Stevens

NONFICTION

A Bookshop in Berlin by Francoise Frenkel.  A rediscovered, prize-winning memoir of a fearless Jewish bookseller on a harrowing fight for survival across Nazi-occupied Europe.

Dynamic dames by Sloan De Forest.  Celebrate 50 of the most empowering and unforgettable female characters ever to grace the silver screen, as well as the artists who brought them to vibrant life!

Eightysomethings by Katharine Esty.  A practical guide to letting go, aging well, and finding unexpected happiness over the age of 80.

Finding Chika by Mitch Albom.  A moving memoir of love and loss.  You can’t help but fall for Chika.  A page-turner that will not doubt become a classic.

Here all along by Sarah Hurwitz.  Finding meaning, spirituality, and a deeper connection to life – in Judaism (after finally choosing to look there).

Hymns of the Republic by S.C. Gwynne.  An engrossing history of the final gasps of the Civil War, a year in which Americans mourned their fathers and brothers and sons but also the way their lives used to be, the people they used to be, the innocence they had lost.

If you tell by Gregg Oslen.  A shocking and empowering true-crime story of three sisters determined to survive their mother’s house of horrors.  A story of murder, family secrets, and the unbreakable bond of sisterhood.

Letters from an astrophysicist by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.  This is like a scientific Dear Abby advice column that talks about black holes, extraterrestrial sightings, and human predicaments.

The lie by William Dameron.  A candid memoir of denial, stolen identities, betrayal, faking it, and coming out.

On flowers by Amy Merrick.  Lessons from an accidental florist.  Merrick is a rare and special kind of artist who uses flowers to help us see the familiar in a completely new way.

On the plain of snakes by Paul Theroux.  Legendary travel writer Theroux drives the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border, then goes deep into the hinterland on the back roads to uncover the rich, layered world behind today’s brutal headlines.

Unexplained by Richard Smith.  Real-life supernatural stories for uncertain times and not for the easily frightened.

A warning by Anonymous.  A senior official in the Trump administration offers an assessment of the president and makes a moral appeal.

What we will become by Mimi Lemay.  A mother’s memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and HER journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her.

The witches are coming by Lindy West.  In this wickedly funny cultural critique, the author exposes misogyny in the #MeToo era.

You are awesome by Neil Pasricha.  How to navigate change, wrestle with failure, and live an intentional life.

 NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS

PICTURE BOOKS

Aalfred and Aalbert by Morag Hood

Around the table that grandad built  by Melanie Heuiser Hill

Astro girl by Ken Wilson-Max

A big bed for Little Snow by Grace Lin

The Christmas tree who loved trains by Anne Silvestro

A day for skating by Sarah Sullivan

Freedom soup by Tami Charles

Good morning, snowplow! by Deborah Bruss

How to hide a lion at Christmas by Helen Stephens

Just in case you want to fly by Julie Fogliano

Little fox in the snow by Jonathan London

Making a friend by Tammi Sauer

The serious goose by Jimmy Kimmel

Small Walt and Mo the Tow by Elizabeth Verdick

The snowflake mistake by Lou Treleaven

Sofia Valdez, future prez by Andrea Beaty

Telling time by David Adler

This is not that kind of book by Christopher Healy

CHAPTER BOOKS

Beverly, right here by Kate DiCamillo

The forgotten girl by India Hill Brown

Night of the new magicians by Mary Pope Osborne

The Princess in Black and the bathtime battle by Shannon Hale

Two dogs in a trench coat go on a class trip by Julie Falatko

Wings of Fire: the poison jungle by Tui Sutherland

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Dog Man. Fetch 22 by Dav Pilkey

Sunny rolls the dice by Jennifer Holm

Welcome to Wanderland by Jackie Ball

NON-FICTION

Can I eat a mammoth? by Madeline King

Do penguins have emotions? by World Book

Greek myths and mazes by Jan Bajtlik

Why are monkeys so flexible? by World Book

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

 

 

 

New Items ~ December 2018

FICTION

The antiquities hunter by Maya Bohnhoff.  A female detective must go undercover in the Mexican jungle to hunt down a mysterious antiquities dealer.  It’s a cross between Romancing the Stone and an Indiana Jones adventure.

Broken field by Jeff Hull.  Told from the perspective of a high school girl and a football coach, this reveals the tensions that tear at the fabric of a small town when a high school hazing incident escalates and threatens a championship season.

Dark sacred night by Michael Connelly.  Renee Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch to solve the murder of a teenage runaway.

Death of a Russian doll by Barbara Early.  What to do when you discover that your boyfriend is married and may have murdered his wife?  Get ready, get set, detect.

Elevation by Stephen King.  A man who is losing weight without getting thinner forms an unlikely alliance with his neighbors who are dealing with prejudice.

Every breath by Nicholas Sparks.  Another tale of love and loss and family.

The glass ocean by Beatriz Williams.  The lives and loves of three remarkable women – two in the past, one in the present – and the tragic final voyage of the HMS Lusitania.

Go to my grave by Catriona McPherson.  Lovers of classic manor house mysteries are in for a treat.

Gone so long by Andre Dubus.  A father, estranged for the worst of reasons, is driven to seek out the daughter he has not seen in decades.

Heads you win by Jeffrey Archer.  When Alex’s father is assassinated by the KGB, he and his mother flip a coin to decide whether to flee to America or Great Britain.

Holy ghost by John Sandford.  Virgil Flowers investigates shooting in a Minnesota town following an attempt to revive its ailing economy.

The Kennedy debutante by Kerri Maher.  A captivating novel following the exploits of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, the forgotten and rebellious daughter of one of American’s greatest political dynasties.

Kingdom of the blind by Louise Penny.  When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, he discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will.

The lake on fire by Rosellen Brown.  An epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm and follows them to the big city of Chicago.

The last night out by Catherine O’Connell.  Six friends.  A bride to be.  One murder.  Too many secrets.

Little by Edward Carey.  The tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud.

Nantucket counterfeit by Steven Axelrod.  This mystery takes us into the closed, gossip-riddled, back-stabbing world of Nantucket’s community theater.

No good asking by Fran Kimmel.  An overwhelmed family living in the rural plains of western Canada begins to change when an abused 11 year old enter their lives.

One day in December by Josie Silver.  This follows two young Londoners after a missed connection alters the course of their lives.  Two people. Ten chances.  One unforgettable love story.

Past Tense by Lee Child.  Jack Reacher finds trouble – or does trouble find him?

The rain watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay.  A story of family secrets and devastating disaster, set against a Paris backdrop, fraught with revelations and resolutions.

Rainsongs by Sue Hubbard.  An elegiac story of loss and valediction, set amid the stunning Irish landscape.

The red lamp by Mary Roberts Rinehart.   Fans of eerie whodunits with a supernatural tinge will relish this.  A professor tries to stop a murder spree, uncertain whether the culprit is a man or ghost.

Shell game by Sara Paretsky.  Even after decades, this landmark series remains as popular as ever, and the social consciousness behind the stories seems ever more in tune with contemporary events.

Sugar land by Tammy Lynne Stoner.  A southern friend novel about love, Lead Belly, and liberation that reads like the love child of Fannie Flagg and Rita Mae Brown.

The Winters by Lisa Gabriele.  A modern look at Du Maurier’s Rebecca, this is a suspenseful novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried, and consequences that can’t be escaped.

The witch elm by Tana French.  After Toby Hennessy retreats to his family’s ancestral home, a skull discovered in the backyard exposes his family’s past.

You don’t own me by Mary Higgins Clark.  A TV producer investigates them murder of a physician and whether it was his wife who killed him.

NEW DVDs

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) starring Christine Baranski and Cher

Won’t you be my neighbor? (2018) documentary about Mr. Rogers

Three Sovereigns for Sarah (1985) starring Vanessa Redgrave and Kim Hunter

NONFICTION 

Becoming by Michelle Obama.  The former First Lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House and how she balanced work, family, and her husband’s political ascent.

Blowing the bloody doors off by Michael Caine.  The actor shares the wisdom, stories, insights, and skills that life has taught him in his remarkable career.

Girl, wash your face by Rachel Hollis.  The author presents a guide to becoming a joyous, confident woman by breaking the cycle of negativity and burnout and pursuing a life of exuberance.

Gmorning, gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  Booklist says, “When the world is bringing you down, this will remind you that you are awesome”.  It’s a book of affirmations to inspire readers at the beginning and end of each day.

Heavy by Kiese Laymon.  In this provocative memoir, Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.

How to leave by Erin Clune.  Quitting the city and coping with a new reality is the focus of this uproarious memoir/tongue-in-cheek guide to leaving the cool city in which you “found yourself” and moving somewhere far more ordinary – like your hometown.

Killing the SS by Bill O’Reilly.  A look at the postwar manhunt for members of Hitler’s inner circle.

Make time by Jake Knapp.  How to focus on what matters every day.  It’s a simple 4-step system for improving focus, finding greater joy in your work, and getting more out of every day.

Parenting through puberty by Suanne Kowal-Connelly.  Mood swings, acne, and growing pains.  Puberty is tough on kids – and maybe even more so on parents!

Presidents of war by Michael Beschloss.  How American presidents waged wars and expanded the power of the executive branch.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane De Hart.  The first full life – private, public, legal, philosophical – of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time.

Tweak by Nic Sheff.  Memoir of a young man’s addiction to methamphetamine tells a raw, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful tale of the road from relapse to recovery.

Vietnam: an epic tragedy by Max Hastings.  No past volume has blended a political and military narrative of the entire conflict with heart-stopping personal experiences.  Hastings marshals testimony from warlords and peasants, statesmen and soldiers.

PICTURE BOOKS

A big mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

The crocodile and the dentist by Tar Gomi

First snow by Nancy Viau

Giraffe problems by Jory John

How do dinosaurs learn to read by Jane Yolen

Hungry bunny by Claudia Rueda

I am small by Qin Leng

Kitten and the night watchman by John Sullivan

Little Bear’s big house by Benjamin Chaud

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

On Gull Beach by Jane Yolen

Petra by Marianna Coppo

The rough patch by Brian Lies

Sleepy, the goodnight buddy by Drew Daywalt

The snowy nap by Jan Brett

Twig by Aura Parker

Up the mountain path by Marianne Dubuc

The wall in the middle of the book by Jon Agee

Winter is here by Kevin Henkes

CHAPTER BOOKS

Ghost: Track by Jason Reynolds

Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

The jigsaw jungle  by Kristin Levine

Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

Project Fluffy by Kara LaReau

The rhino in right field by Stacy DeKeyser

Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

Weather or not by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins

You don’t know everything, Jilly P!  by Alex Gino

Zora and me: the cursed ground by T.R.Simon

NON-FICTION

All-of-a-kind family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins

The brilliant deep: rebuilding the world’s coral reefs by Kate Messner

Little people, big dreams: Georgia O’Keefe by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Little people, big dreams: Mother Teresa by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Mason jar science  by Jonathan Adolph

My First Book of Baseball by Beth Bugler and Mark Bechtel

My First Book of Basketball by Beth Bugler and Mark Bechtel

My First Book of Lacrosse by Beth Bugler and Sam Page

A pandemonium of parrots and other animals by Hui Skipp

Peace and me by Ali Winter

The World Series: baseball’s biggest stage by Matt Doeden

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Crush by Svetlana Chmakova

Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge

Lafayette! by Nathan Hale

Phoebe and her unicorn in unicorn theater by Dana Simpson

PopularMMOs presents a hole new world by Pat & Jen from PopularMMos

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

New Items ~ November 2018

FICTION

An absolutely remarkable thing by Hank Green.  A young graphic artist inspires world-wide hysteria when she accidentally makes first contact with an alien.  After posting a video that goes viral, April must deal with the pressures of becoming an internet sensation.

Blood communion by Anne Rice.  The Vampire Chronicles continues with Lestat’s story of how he became ruler of the vampire world.

The bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett.  Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist in this funny, dark novel about one woman’s post-cancer retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her.

Death from a top hat by Clayton Rawson.  A detective steeped in the art of magic solves the mystifying murder of two occultists.

Eventide by Kimberley Kalicky.  Three couples hadn’t been out for an overnight on the boat together since their twenties.  Now middle-aged, with adult children, and the baggage that goes with a life, they set out toward Monhegan Island from Portland.

Her kind of case by Jeanne Winer.  A seasoned criminal defense attorney must draw on her experience to save a teenage client who doesn’t want to be saved.

Judas by Jeff Loveness.  In this graphic novel, Judas Iscariot journeys through life and death, grappling with his place in “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”  Every story needs a villain.

The man who came uptown by George Pelecanos.  An ex-offender must choose between the man who got him out and the woman who showed him another path for his life.

The man who couldn’t miss by David Handler.  Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag and his beloved basset hound, Lulu, investigate a murder in a fabled Connecticut summer playhouse.

Sea prayer by Khaled Hosseini.  A short, powerful, illustrated book written in response to the current refugee crisis.  It is composed in the form of a letter from a father to his son on the eve of their journey on a dangerous sea crossing.

A spark of light by Jodi Picoult.  A ripped-from-the-headlines novel about a hostage crisis at a woman’s health clinic.

The stylist by Rosie Nixon.  A young woman is thrown into the fast-paced world of fashion and glamour as she’s forced to navigate the treacherous Hollywood red carpets.

Thirteen days by Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell.  A horror novel that’s perfect for readers who shy away from gore and cheap shocks.

Time’s convert by Deborah Harkness.  A novel about what it takes to become a vampire.  During his lover’s journey to immortality, a vampire’s past returns to haunt them both.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson.  Ten years after, figures from a BBC radio producer’s past as an M15 recruit in 1940 confront her.

Trouble brewing by Suzanne Baltsar.  This sweet and savory novel follows a smart, ambitious woman making her way in the male-dominated world of beer brewing.

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.  High adventure fraught with cliff-hanger twists marks this runaway-slave narrative which goes from Caribbean cane fields, to the fringes of the frozen Arctic.

Weekend at Thrackley by Alan Melville.  This story about guests gathered at a country house for the weekend, originally published in 1934, anticipates Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which appeared 5 years later.

MUSIC CDs

Bloom by Troye Sivan

Sweetener by Ariana Grande

Dancing Queen by Cher

Cry Pretty by Carrie Underwood

The best of Roger Miller

NONFICTION

All you can ever know by Nicole Chung.  What does it mean to love your roots – within your culture, within your family – and what happens when you find them?  Chung explores her complicated feelings about her transracial adoption and the importance of knowing where one comes from.

American like me by America Ferrera.  A vibrant and varied collection of first person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures.

Buffy Sainte-Marie by Andrea Warner.  Establishing herself among the ranks of folk greats such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, Buffy has released more than 20 albums, survived being blacklisted by two U.S. presidents, and received the only Academy Award ever to be won by a First Nations artist.  This is an intimate look at a beloved folk icon and activist.

The cows are out! by Trudy Price.  Price writes of the daily trials of haying, cow breeding, and milking against a backdrop of gentle and entertaining rural life in Maine.

Death on Katahdin by Randi Minetor.  The author gathers the stories of fatalities, from falls to exposure to cardiac arrest, and presents dozens of misadventures on the mountain including hunting accidents, lightning strikes, and even more than one suspicious death.

Fight like a girl by Clementine Ford.  Through a mixture of memoir, opinion, and investigative journalism, Ford exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women.

The fighters by C.J. Chivers.  This is classic war reporting.  The author’s stories give heart-rending meaning to the lives and deaths of Americans in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, even if policymakers generally have not.

Grace without God by Katherine Ozment.  The search for meaning, purpose, and belonging in a secular age.

The invisible gorilla by Christopher Chabris.  How our intuitions deceive us because our minds don’t work the way we think they do.  We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but we’re actually missing a whole lot.

The oath and the office by Corey Brettschneider.  An essential guide to the presidential powers and limits of the Constitution, for anyone voting – or running – for our highest office.

Rock art critters by Denise Scicluna.  Painting rocks has become a not-uncommon craft activity in recent years.  This book focuses on decorating rocks with images of cute animals using acrylic craft paint.

Second labor: mothers share post-birth stories by Chaya Valier.   24 mothers write bold, honest accounts of post-birth life with a newborn.

Small animals by Kim Brooks.  This interrogates how we weigh risks as parents, how we judge one another’s parenting and what the costs might be – not just to parents, but to children, too – in a culture of constant surveillance.

Sons of freedom by Geoffrey Wawro.  The American contribution to World War I is one of the greatest stories of the 20th century, and yet it has all but vanished from view.  This tells of the forgotten American soldiers, Doughboys who defeated Germany in World War I.

These truths by Jill Lepore.  A magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American history.

What to do when you’re new by Keith Rollag.  How to be comfortable, confident, and successful in new situations.

Will the circle be unbroken? by Studs Terkel.  Reflections on death, rebirth, and a hunger for faith.

PICTURE BOOKS

Corduroy takes a bow by Viola Davis

Day you begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Do you believe in unicorns? by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

House that once was by Julie Fogliano

I Just Like You by Suzanne Bloom

Llama Llama loves to read by Anna Dewdney

Parade of elephants by Kevin Henkes

Presto & Zesto in Limboland by Arthur Yorinks

Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Secret life of the little brown bat by Laurence Pringle

Stop, go, yes, no!: a story of opposites by Mike Twohy

Surprise by Caroline Hadilaksono

Vegetables in underwear by Jared Chapman

We don’t eat our classmates by Ryan T Higgins

CHAPTER BOOKS

Babymouse: Tales from the locker: Miss Communication by Jennifer L Holm

I survived: the attack of the grizzlies, 1967 by Lauren Tarshis

Ivy & Bean: one big happy family by Annie Barrows

Judy Moody and the right royal tea party  by Megan McDonald

Louisiana’s way home by Kate DiCamillo

Magic tree house: hurricane heroes in Texas #30 by Mary Pope Osborne

My father’s words by Patricia MacLachlan

Trail by Meika Hashimoto

Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair by Amy Makechnie

Van Gogh deception by Deron Hicks

 NON-FICTION

Hubots: real-world robots inspired by humans by Helaine Becker

New England Patriots story by Thomas K Adamson

Recreate discoveries about light by Anna Claybourne

Recreate discoveries about living things by Anna Claybourne

Recreate discoveries about states of matter by Anna Claybourne

We are grateful : otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

Why do I poop?  by Kirsty Holmes

Why do I sneeze? by Madeline Tyler

You wouldn’t want to be Sir Isaac Newton: a lonely life you’d rather not lead by Ian Graham

You wouldn’t want to live without coding! by Alex Woolf

You wouldn’t want to live without gaming! by Jim Pipe

You wouldn’t want to live without insects! by Anne Rooney

You wouldn’t want to live without libraries! by Fiona Macdonald

You wouldn’t want to live without nurses! By Fiona Macdonald

You wouldn’t want to live without robots! by Ian Graham

You wouldn’t want to live without satellites! by Ian Graham

You wouldn’t want to live without simple machines! by Anne Rooney

You wouldn’t want to live without writing! By Roger Canavan

 GRAPHIC NOVELS

The bad guys in do-you-think-he-saurus? by Aaron Blabey

Dog man: Lord of the fleas by Dav Pilkey

Snails are just my speed! by Kevin McCloskey

Trees: kings of the forest by Andy Hirsch

 EASY READERS

Mr. Monkey bakes a cake by Jeff Mack

My kite is stuck! and other stories by Salia Yoon

Pete the cat and the cool caterpillar by James Dean

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