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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.

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.

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.

New Items ~ May 2021

FICTION

Act your age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert.  The flightiest of the Brown sisters crashes into the life of an uptight B & B owner and has him falling hard – literally!

The Affair by Danielle Steel.  A French author’s extramarital affair affects various member of his wife’s family.

All the cowboys ain’t gone by John Jacobson.  The main character is an old fashioned hero worth rooting for with much Indiana Jones-style derring-do as he travels from Texas at the turn of the century to join the French Foreign Legion.

Cloudmaker by Malcolm Brooks.  A soaring novel set during the summer of Amelia Earhart’s final flight, a tale of American ingenuity and optimism set against the backdrop of a deepening Great Depression.

The consequences of fear by Jacqueline Winspear.  Maisie Dobbs uncovers a conspiracy with devastating implications for Britain’s war effort during the Nazi occupation of Europe.

Danger in numbers by Heather Graham.  Deep in the Everglades, an eerie crime scene sets off an investigation that sends two agents deep into a world of corrupted faith, greed, and deadly secrets.

The drowning kind by Jennifer McMahon.  A chilling novel about a woman who returns to the old family home after her sister mysteriously drowns in its swimming pool…but she’s not the pool’s only victim.

Eternal by Lisa Scottoline.  Three people involved in a love triangle find everything they hold dear is tested as Mussolini’s power grows and laws change in Rome.

Infinite Country by Patricia Engel.  A story of a family occupying two different countries, Columbia and the United States.

The Kaiser’s web by Steve Berry.  A newly discovered dossier from World War II might change the course of Germany’s upcoming elections.

Klara and the sun by Kazuo Ishiguro.  An “Artificial Friend” named Klara is purchased to serve as a companion to an ailing 14 year old girl.

The ladies of the secret circus by Constance Sayers.  A magical story spanning from the jazz age in Paris to modern-day America of family secrets, sacrifice, and lost love set against the backdrop of a mysterious circus.

The lamplighters by Emma Stonex.  A gorgeous and atmospheric novel about the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from a remote tower miles from the Cornish coast – and about the wives who were left behind.

The last bookshop in London by Madeline Martin.  Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, a woman discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed – a force that triumphs over even the darkest night of the war.

The lost apothecary by Sarah Penner.  An aspiring historian in London finds a clue that might put to rest unsolved apothecary murders from 200 years ago.

The lost village by Camilla Sten.  In 1959, 900 villagers disappeared without a trace.  How can an entire village full of people just…vanish?  This delivers maximum dread with remarkable restraint.   As the situation goes from bad to worse to terrifying, readers will revel in the chills.

Meet me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher.  Marin Cole has never:  seen the ocean, climbed mountains, taken a risk in her life.  But if her sister’s plan works, she just might do all three.

Never far away by Michael Koryta.  Placed in witness protection in remote northern Maine, Leah risks exposing herself to the dangerous forces of her past when her homesick children run away.

The nine lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas.  This explores 9 possible outcomes when a woman who has never wanted children marries a man who gradually decides he does.

Of women and salt by Gabriela Garcia.  The daughter of a Cuban immigrant take sin the daughter of a neighbor detained by ICE and seeks to learn about her own family history.

The other Emily by Dean Koontz.  Haunted by the unsolved disappearance of the love of his life a decade earlier, a writer visits her suspected killer in prison before meeting a woman who uncannily resembles the person he lost.

Other people’s children by R.J. Hoffmann.  A riveting novel about a couple whose dream of adopting a baby is shattered when the teenage mother reclaims her child.

The phone booth at the edge of the world by Laura Messina.  Two bereft people find themselves seeking a garden at the top of a hill in Japan, where a disconnected phone allows the grief-stricken to send their voice into the wind as they talk to those they have lost.

The red book by James Patterson.  This puts the characters through hell in a story that’s top-drawer crime fiction.

Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman.  Alex Delaware is traversing the forbidding place known as L.A. and exhuming the past in order to bring a vicious killer to justice.

What’s mine and yours by Naima Coster.  The integration of a North Carolina school ties together a pair of seemingly unconnected families for two decades.

NEW DVDs

Wonder Woman 1984  (2020) starring Gail Gadot and Chris Pine

News of the world (2020) starring Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) starring Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson

The snake pit (1948) starring Olivia de Havilland

The enchanted cottage (1945) starring Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young

NONFICTION

Birds of Maine by Peter Vickery.  This offers a detailed look at the state’s birds – from the Wild Turkey to the Arctic Tern – with info on migration patterns and how Maine’s geography and shifting climate mold its birdlife.

Fears of a setting sun by Dennis Rasmussen.  The surprising story of how the Founding Fathers came to despair for the future of the nation they had created.

Fourteen (talks) by (age) fourteen by Michelle Icard.  The 14 essential conversations to have with your tween and early teenager to prepare them for the emotional, physical, and social challenges ahead.

The hill we climb by Amanda Gorman.  The poem read on President Biden’s Inauguration Day by the youngest poet to write and perform an inaugural poem.

Lady Bird Johnson by Julia Sweig.  A look at the policy initiatives and the leadership style of the first lady during her time in the East Wing.

Restoring your historic house by Scott Hanson.  The complete comprehensive guide for homeowners on how to accommodate contemporary life in a historical house.

Sensitive is the new strong by Anita Moorjani.  The power of empaths in an increasingly harsh world.

Shooting Midnight Cowboy by Glenn Frankel.  The history of the controversial 1969 Oscar-winning film that signaled a dramatic shift in American popular culture.

Sidelined by Julie DiCaro.  This is a sweeping takedown of misogyny in America’s sports media and professional leagues.  It’s all about sports, culture, and being a woman in America.

Wait, I’m working with who?  by Peter Economy.  The essential guide to dealing with difficult coworkers, annoying managers, and other toxic personalities.

Where we find ourselves: the photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922.  These are interesting on so many levels and is Americana at its most compelling, real buried treasure brought to life.

Winter pasture by Li Juan.  A warm portrait of stark, strenuous lives in remote China as a woman journeys with a family of herders in winter.  It’s a rare look at a disappearing world.

The women of the Bible speak by Shannon Bream.  They lived timeless stories – by examining them, we can understand what it means to be a woman of faith.

Children’s Books

PICTURE BOOKS

Birdsong by Julie Flett

Curious George goes swimming by Margret Rey

Granddaddy’s turn : a journey to the ballot box by Michael S. Bandy

I am perfectly designed by Karamo Brown

I promise by LeBron James

Love you forever by Robert Munsch

Northbound : a train ride out of segregation by Michael S. Bandy

Spring stinks by Ryan Higgins

V is for voting by Kate Farrell

Vote for our future! by Margaret McNamara

Welcome to the party by Gabrielle Union

Your house, my house by Marianne Dubuc

CHAPTER BOOKS

Alone in the woods by Rebecca Behrens

Ancestor approved : intertribal stories for kids edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Clean getaway by Nic Stone

Loretta Little looks back : three voices go tell it! by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Two roads by Joseph Bruchac

Wings of fire : the dangerous gift by Tui Sutherland

GRAPHIC NOVELS

The Great bunk bed battle by Tina Kugler

Hilo. Book 7, Gina the girl who broke the world by Judd Winick

History Comics. The Challenger disaster : tragedy in the skies by Pranas Naujokaitis

History Comics. The Great Chicago fire : rising from the ashes by Kate Hannigan

History Comics. The Roanoke Colony : America’s first mystery by Chris Schweizer

NON-FICTION

Beginner’s world atlas by National Geographic Kids

Buzzing with questions : the inquisitive mind of Charles Henry Turner by Janice N. Harrington

Dinosaur lady : the daring discoveries of Mary Anning, the first paleontologist by Linda Skeers

The great bear rescue : saving the Gobi bears by Sandra Markle

Heartbeat by Doe Boyle

Hello neighbor! : the kind and caring world of Mister Rogers by Matthew Cordell

Insects by the numbers : a book of infographics by Steve Jenkins

Kamala Harris : rooted in justice by Nikki Grimes

Marie’s Ocean : Marie Tharp maps the mountains under the sea by Josie James

Student World Atlas by National Geographic

National parks of the U.S.A. by Kate Siber

The national parks : discover all 62 parks of the United States by Stefanie Payne

Space : a visual encyclopedia by DK

Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson’s super-soaking stream of inventions by Chris Barton

William Still and his freedom stories : the father of the underground railroad by Don Tate

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

New Items ~ April 2021

FICTION

Across the green grass fields by Seanan McGuire.  In this fantasy, a young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns.

A bright ray of darkness by Ethan Hawke.  The blistering story of a young man making his Broadway debut in Henry IV, just as his marriage implodes – an utterly transfixing book about art and love, fame and heartbreak.

The burning girls by C.J. Tudor.  An unconventional vicar must exorcise the dark past of a remote village haunted by death and disappearances in this unsettling thriller.

Dark sky by C.J. Box.  Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett must accompany a Silicon Valley CEO on a hunting trip – but soon learns that he himself may be the hunted.

Death by chocolate snickerdoodle by Sarah Graves.  When a cunning killer and a devastating fire threaten to ravage Eastport, Jacobia Tiptree must go into action before all she loves goes up in smoke.

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn.  In the first book of the Bridgerton series, Daphne Bridgerton’s reputation soars when she colludes with the Duke of Hastings.

Enjoy the view by Sarah Morgenthaler.  A grouchy mountaineer, a Hollywood starlet, and miles of untamed wilderness.  What could possibly go wrong in this rom-com?

Faithless in death by J.D. Robb.  Eve Dallas investigates the murder of a young sculptor in the West Village.

The kitchen front by Jennifer Ryan.  A BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition gives the four women who enter a chance to better their lives.

Landslide by Susan Conley.  The author is at her best capturing Maine’s coastal terrain as well as her character’s emotional turmoil.  Through her disarming family portrait, she speaks volumes about changing ways of life.

Later by Stephen King.  With echoes of his classic novel, It, this is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.

The lowering days by Gregory Brown.  Set in 1980s Maine, this explores family love, the power of myths and storytelling, survival and environmental exploitation, and the ties between cultural identity and the land we live on.

The midnight library by Matt Haig.  Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives on could have lived.

Minus me by Mameve Medwed.  Her life turned upside down by a grim diagnosis, a small-town Maine woman sets about writing a “How To” life manual for her handsome yet hapless husband.

Missing and endangered by J.A. Jance.  The Cochise Country Sheriff’s daughter becomes involved in a missing persons case.

The northern reach by W.S. Winslow.  Set in Maine, this is a novel about the power of place and family ties, the weight of the stories we choose to tell, and the burden of those stories we hide.

Our Italian summer by Jennifer Probst.  Three generations of women must heal the broken pieces of their lives on a trip of a lifetime through picturesque Italy.

The Paris Library by Janet Charles.  A teenager in Montana discovers that her elderly neighbor worked decades earlier at the American Library in Paris and was part of the Resistance.

The Plague Court murders by John Dickson Carr.  When a spiritual medium is murdered in a locked hut on a haunted estate, Sir Henry Merrivale seeks a logical solution to a ghostly crime.

The rebel nun by Marj Charlier.  Based on the true story of Clotild, the daughter of a 6th century king who leads a rebellion of nuns against the rising misogyny and patriarchy of the medieval church.

The sanatorium by Sarah Pearse.  Elin Warner must find her estranged brother’s fiancée, who goes missing as a storm approaches a hotel that was once a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps.

Who is Maud Dixon?  by Alexandra Andrews.  Identity theft takes on a new meaning in this arresting thriller.

Winter’s orbit by Everina Maxwell.  A famously disappointing minor royal and the Emperor’s least favorite grandchild, Prince Kiem commanded by the Emperor to renew the empire’s bonds with its newest vassal planet.  The prince must marry Count Jainan, the recent widower of another royal prince of the empire.

NEW DVDs

Jojo Rabbit (2019) starring Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Taika Waititi, and Sam Rockwell

The old maid (1939) starring Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins

Foreign Correspondent (1940) starring Joel McCrea

The Sunshine Boys (1975) starring Walter Matthau and George Burns

NEW MUSIC CDs

Fetch the bolt cutters by Fiona Apple

Women in Music, Pt. III by HAIM

Black Pumas by Black Pumas

The new Abnormal by The Strokes

Fine line by Harry Styles

NONFICTION

Can’t slow down by Michaelangelo Matos.  How 1984 became pop’s blockbuster year – the definitive account of pop music in the mid-80s from Prince and Madonna to the underground hip-hop, indie rock, and club scenes.

The crown in crisis by Alexander Larman.  A juicy account of the events leading up to and following British monarch King Edward VIII’s abdication…even royal watcher will learn something new from this comprehensive account of one of the biggest scandals in the history of the British monarchy.

Dress codes by Richard Ford.  A revelatory exploration of fashion through the ages that asks what our clothing reveals about ourselves and our society.

Every conversation counts by Riaz Meghji.  Readers looking to have more meaningful interactions would do well to pick this up due to significant consideration as to how the pandemic era has changed relationships.

Girlhood by Masuma Ahuja.  Full of pictures and the unique voices of teenage girls in a variety of situations and cultures, this provides a snapshot of teens’ lives around the world.

The soul of a woman by Isabel Allende.  A passionate and inspiriting meditation on what it means to be a woman.

To raise a boy by Emma Brown.  A journalist’s searing investigation into how we teach boys to be men – and how we can do better.  Insightful and sometimes disturbing.

Walk in my combat boots by James Patterson.  A collection of interviews with troops who fought overseas.  The most moving and powerful war stories ever told, by the men and women who lived them.

Walking with ghosts by Gabriel Byrne.  Bryne channels his fellow countrymen and Ireland’s literary masters as he reveals his struggle with alcoholism, aching passion for the Ireland of his youth, and is piercingly frank about his acting life.

We need to hang out by Billy Baker.  In this comic adventure through the loneliness epidemic, a middle-aged everyman looks around one day and realizes that he seems to have misplaced his friends, inspiring him to set out on a hilarious and moving quest to revive old tribes and build new ones, in his own ridiculous way.

What they don’t teach teens by Jonathan Cristall.  Life safety skills for teens and the adults who care for them.

The witch of eye by Kathryn Nuernberger.  Essays concerning the history of women who saw things differently and dared not to be silent and silenced by power structures.  Women such as Titiba, Marie Laveau, and Hildegard of Bingen.

World of wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.  A collection of essays about the natural world and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.

You’re leaving when? by Annabelle Gurwitch.  Erma Bombeck meets Dorothy Parker in this topical and often laugh-out-loud take on our modern malaise.

Children’s Books

PICTURE BOOKS

The camping trip by Jennifer K Mann

Champ and Major: first dogs by Joy McCullough

Cow boy is not a cowboy by Gregory Barrington

Eyes that kiss in the corners by Joanna Ho

Idea jar by Adam Lehrhaupt

Look! I wrote a book! (and you can too!) by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Time for Kenny by J. Brian Pinkney

Welcome to the party by Gabrielle Union

Your name is a song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

CHAPTER BOOKS

Clean getaway By Nic Stone

Sofia Valdez and the vanishing vote by Andrea Beaty

Two roads by Joseph Bruchac

GRAPHIC NOVELS

The baby-sitter’s club: Claudia and the new girl by Ann Martin

Baby-sitters little sister: Karen’s worst day by Ann Martin

The Challenger disaster by Pranas Naujokaitis

The great Chicago fire by Kate Hannigan

The Roanoke Colony by Christ Schweizer

NON-FICTION

Free press and censorship by Susan Brophy Down

Frogs by Gail Gibbons

Hello neighbor! : the kind and caring world of Mister Rogers by Matthew Cordell

Kamala Harris : rooted in justice by Nikki Grimes

Marie’s Ocean: Marie Tharp maps the mountains under the sea  by Josie James

Memorial Day by Emma Carlson Berne

Memory superpowers: an adventurous guide to remembering what you don’t want to forget by Nelson Dellis

Monarch butterfly by Gail Gibbons

The truth about butterflies by Maxwell Eaton III

Visual guide to grammar and punctuation by Sheila Digmen

DVDS

Bill Nye the science guy: Patterns

Bill Nye the science guy: Reptiles

Bill Nye the science guy: Wetlands

Jetsons, the movie

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

New Items ~ March 2021

FICTION

Beneficence by Meredith Hall.  In the years after World War II, the Senter family built a wonderful life on their isolated dairy farm in rural Maine.  After tragedy strikes, each must fight the isolation of their own grief and guilt to reclaim their old life – if they can.

Blood grove by Walter Mosley.  A continuation of the Easy Rawlins saga, in which the iconic detective’s loyalties are tested on the sun-soaked streets of Southern California.

The bride wore black by Cornell Woolrich.  A police detective seeks the rationale between seemingly-unrelated murders, connected only by the appearance of a beautiful woman each time.

The children’s blizzard by Melanie Benjamin.  A story of courage on the prairie, inspired by the devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888, threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders, especially school children.

A deadly fortune by Stacie Murphy.  A historical mystery in the vein of “The Alienist”, in which a young woman in Gilded Age New York must use a special talent to unravel a deadly conspiracy.

The ex talk by Rachel Solomon.  To save their jobs, rival public radio co-workers pretend to be exes for a new show and end up getting much more than they bargained for.

Faithless in death by J.D. Robb.  Gwen is wealthy, elegant, and comforted by her fiancé as she sheds tears over the trauma of finding a body.  But why did it take an hour to report it?  And why is she lying about little things?

The four winds by Kristin Hannah.  An epic novel of love and heroism and hopes, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras – The Great Depression.

The frozen crown by Greta Kelly.  A princess with a powerful and dangerous secret must find a way to save her country from ruthless invaders in this exciting fantasy.

Girl A by Abigail Dean.  An absorbing and psychologically immersive novel about a young girl who escapes captivity – but not the secrets that shadow the rest of her life.

A heart of blood and ashes by Milla Vane.  The fun thing about romance is that it encompasses all other genres too.  If you are a fantasy fan, looking for a happy-ever-after, this could be the ticket.

If I disappear by Eliza Brazier.  When a true-crime podcaster disappears, her biggest fan sets out to find her.

A lie someone told you about yourself by Peter Davies.  A truthful examination of fatherhood that explores the fallout from an abortion and the difficulties that follow a second pregnancy.  This will strike a resonant chord with parents everywhere.

Lone stars by Justin Deabler.  This follows the arc of four generations of a Texan family in a changing America and in doing so shows the hope that by uncloseting ourselves – as immigrants, smart women, gay people –we find power in empathy.

Meet me in Bombay by Jenny Ashcroft.  United by love.  Separated by war.  Will they find their way back to each other?

Milk fed by Melissa Broder.  This explores the difficulties of loving oneself in a world that prizes thinness above all else.  This poignant exploration of desire, religion, and daughterhood is hard to resist.

Murder by numbers by Eric Brown.  A British detective battles to unmask a killer before his wife becomes victim No. 6.  A classic English mystery with plenty of unexpected plot twists.

Nick by Michael Smith.  This is a look into the life of Nick Carraway before Gatsby entered his life.

People like her by Ellery Lloyd.  A razor-sharp, wickedly smart suspense novel about an ambitious influencer mom whose soaring success threatens her marriage, her morals, and her family’s safety.

The perfect guests by Emma Rous.  A grand estate with many secrets; an orphan caught in a web of lies; and a young woman playing a sinister game.

Perfect little children by Sophie Hannah.  Beth had a falling out with her best friend, Flora, and hasn’t been in contact since.  She drives by Flora’s house many years later and sees Flora, who looks the same, only older, by 12 years.  Flora calls to her children to get out of the car.  They emerge…exactly as Beth last saw them 12 years ago, aged 5 and 3.  How can that be?

The push by Ashley Audrain.  A devastating event forces a mother who questions her child’s behavior – and her own sanity – to confront the truth.

The scorpion’s tail by Douglas Preston.  An FBI agent and an archaeologist identity a mummified corpse and its gruesome cause of death.

Trio by William Boyd.  A rollicking novel with a dark undertow, set around three unforgettable individuals and a doomed movie set.

Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten.  Before Catherine the Great, there was Catherine Alexeyevna: the first woman to rule Russia in her own right.  This is the story of her rise to power from serf to murderess, to empress.

The wife upstairs by Rachel Hawkins.  A recently arrived dog walker in a Southern gated community falls for a mysterious widower.

The yellow wife by Sadeqa Johnson.  This harrowing story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

NEW DVDS

The King of Staten Island (2020) starring Pete Davidson and Marisa Tomei

The Godfather, Coda: the death of Michael Corleone (2020) starring Al Pacino

Slap shot (1977) starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean

Mulan (2020) starring Yifei Liu and Donnie Yen

Only when I laugh (1981) starring Marsha Mason, Joan Hackett, and Kristy McNichol

 NEW MUSIC CDs

Folklore by Taylor Swift

Disco by Kylie Minogue

Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers

Wildflowers and all the rest by Tom Petty

NONFICTION

Coming back by Fawn Germer.  How to win the job you want when you’ve lost the job you need.

Fright favorites by David Skal.  31 movies to haunt your Halloween and beyond from Turner Classic movies.

Frontier Follies by Ree Drummond.  A down-to-earth, hilarious collection of stories and musings on marriage, motherhood, and country life from the star of the TV show The Pioneer Woman.

How to start and run a successful home daycare business by Christina Kamp.

Just as I am by Cicely Tyson.  An icon in film, TV, and fashion, Tyson here tells the story of her remarkable life.

The secret life of Dorothy Soames by Justine Cowan.  A memoir about the unearthing of her deceased mother’s secret past and a generations-long cycle of family trauma.  This frank account of a real-life Dickensian dystopia captivates at every turn.

We came, we saw, we left by Charles Wheelan.  In a pre-CoVid 19 world, the Wheelans decided to leave behind work, school, and even the family dogs to travel the world on a modest budget.  Equal parts “how-to” and “how-not-to”, this is an insightful and often hilarious account of one family’s gap-year experiment. 

Where I come from by Rick Bragg.  Bragg brings us an ode to the stories and history of the Deep South, filled with eclectic nuggets about places and people he knows well.

What becomes a legend most by Philip Gefter.  Biography of Richard Avedon, a monumental photographer of the 20th century, who captured the iconic figures of his era in his starkly bold, intimately minimal, and forensic visual style.

What cats want by Yuki Hattori.  An illustrated guide for truly understanding your cat.

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

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 ~ January 2021

FICTION

The awakening by Nora Roberts.  This launches a fantasy trilogy with a heartwarming story of a woman finding her true self across parallel worlds.

Bone harvest by James Brogden.  A dark and haunting tale of an ancient cult wreaking havoc on the modern world.

The children of Red Peak by Craig DiLouie.  With this chilling story of cult abuse, the author proves his mastery of the slow slide from psychological drama into supernatural horror.

Daylight by David Baldacci.  FBI agent Atlee Pine’s search for her twin sister overlaps with a military investigator’s hunt for someone involved in a global conspiracy.

Fortune and glory by Janet Evanovich.  Stephanie Plum deals with a soldier of fortune from Little Havana.

A good marriage by Kimberly McCreight.  A woman’s murder reveals the perilous compromises some couples make – and the secrets they keep – in order to stay together.

Hidden in plain sight by Jeffrey Archer.  William Warwick has been promoted to Detective Sergeant, but his promotion means that he, along with the rest of his team, have been reassigned to the Drugs Squad and tasked to catch a notorious drug dealer.

The housekeeper by Natalie Barelli.  When Hannah Wilson hires Claire as her new housekeeper, she has no idea they share a past.  But I’s not just Claire who has secrets.  Everyone in that house seems to have something to hide.

How to fail at flirting by Denise Williams.  One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.

The law of innocence by Michael Connelly.  Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller must defend himself against murder charges.

Lord the one you love is sick by Kasey Thornton.  A compulsively readable book about how easily tight-knit communities can unravel.  It may make you think again about what lies beneath the surface of your own community.

Love your life by Sophie Kinsella.  A delightful novel about a woman who ditches her dating app for a writer’s retreat in Italy – to find that real love comes with its own filters.

Miss Benson’s beetle by Rachel Joyce.   Two women are on a life-changing adventure where they must risk everything, break all the rules, and discover their best selves – together.

Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley.  Brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals – and a young boy – whose lives intersect in Paris.

Reviving the Hawthorn sisters by Emily Carpenter.  The plot of this novel deals with uncovering a faith healer’s elusive and haunted past.

Shadow sands  by Robert Bryndza.  The moors are a perfect place to hide for a serial killer.  And a chilling return to the past for nascent private investigator Kate Marshall.

The star-crossed sisters of Tuscany by Lori Spielman.  A trio of second-born daughters sets out on a whirlwind journey through the lush Italian countryside to break the family curse that says they’ll never find love.

Surviving the fatherland by Annette Oppenlander.  A raw, history-based tale that pays homage to the war children who bore witness while struggling to survive.

Tiny nightmares edited by Lincoln Michel.  Very short stories of horror.

Tomorrow will be better by Betty Smith.  This is the story of Margy Shannon – shy, eager, fully optimistic – and her search for something better than the hard misery of poverty in which she lives.

The vanishing sky by L. Annette Binder.  This follows Etta and Josef Huber and their sons in rural Germany during World War II and provides a fresh take on the madness of war.

We hear voices by Evie Green.  An eerie debut about a little boy who recovers from a mysterious pandemic and inherits an imaginary friend who makes him do violent things.

NEW DVDs

The Irishman (2020) Starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino

North and South (1985) starring Patrick Swayze and David Carradine

Diary of a mad housewife (1970) starring Carrie Snodgress and Richard Benjamin

A view to a kill (1985) starring Roger Moore

The farmer’s daughter (1947) starring Loretta Young and Joseph Cotton

Tarantula (1955) starring John Agar

NONFICTION

The American crisis by The Atlantic.  Some of America’s best reporters and thinkers offer an urgent look at a country in chaos in this collection of timely, often prophetic articles.

The best of me by David Sedaris.  A collection of the humorist’s essays.

The bird way by Jennifer Ackerman.  A new look at how birds talk, work, play, parent, and think.

Braiding sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer.  Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants. The woven essays that construct this book bring people back into conversation with all that is green and growing; a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even when we forgot how to listen

Chicago’s great fire by Carl Smith.  The full and authoritative story of one of the most iconic disasters in American history, told through the vivid memories of those who experienced it.

Clanlands by Sam Heughan.  The stars of “Outlander” use various means of travel to explore Scotland.

Conditional citizens by Laila Lalami.  This profound inquiry into the American immigrant experience deserves to be widely read as the author argues that becoming a U.S. citizen does not necessarily mean becoming an equal member of the American family.

Foolproof fish by America’s Test Kitchen.  Recipes that accommodate multiple kinds of fish and plenty of fish facts will inspire you to dive into seafood cookery with confidence.

Golem girl by Riva Lehrer.  The vividly told, gloriously illustrated memoir of an artist born with disabilities who searches for freedom and connection in a society afraid of strange bodies.

Help yourself by Lindsay Hunt.  A guide to gut health for people who love delicious food.

How to hunt ghosts by Joshua Warren.   A paranormal researcher teaches the novice hunter the basics, which above all include treating the paranormal as any other scientific field: one requiring well-documented research and hard evidence.

Nobody ever asked me about the girls by Lisa Robinson.  An intimate look at the lives of our most celebrated female musicians – and their challenges with fame.

A promised land by Barack Obama.  Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.

7 ways by Jamie Oliver.  Easy ideas for cooking every day of the week.

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