Auburn Public Library lists new materials


AUBURN — The following are some of the new acquisitions at Auburn Public Library.


Men in Black 3, Brave, Lawless, Bourne Legacy.


“Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter. In 1962, Pasquale, the innkeeper of the Hotel Adequate View in a tiny little visited Italian village, has big dreams but few customers. Then beautiful movie starlet Dee Moray appears. In Rome for a part in Cleopatra, but sickly, she has come to the village to rest. The past is interwoven with modern day Hollywood. Beautifully narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, who especially excels when Richard Burton makes an appearance.

“Two Graves” by Preston & Child. Agent Pendergast discovers that his wife, whom he believed killed is alive. The reunion is short, and she is abducted before his eyes. He pursues the kidnappers on a desparate chase through South America. This fast paced thriller is the winner of an AudioFile Earphone Award. Also available at APL in print.


“Shadow Creek” by Joy Fielding. Val’s almost ex-husband gets delayed at work resulting in Val, his fiancee and daughter continuing on a weekend camping trip without him. His ex-wife wants to learn more about his fiancee so that daughter Brianne might not form too close a relationship. Instead they collide with murders, changing their lives forever.

“Private London” by James Patterson. London and Los Angeles crime events wrap an American student into a nightmare where gruesome crimes and deaths are linked forcing her to face the past.

“Shiver” by Karen Robards. Mean streets, drugs, providing a roof over her son’s head while working as a tow truck driver doesn’t intimidate her. Then she finds a beaten and left-for-dead man in the trunk of a BMW. She may just fall in love with a man with dark secrets that could cost her her life.

“Say You’re Sorry” by Michael Robotham. Missing teenagers are not found and yet three years later during a brutal blizzard a husband and wife are also killed. A troubled young man claims he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman. Convinced one of the girls may be alive, police reopen the case which becomes a race against time and evil.


“Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness,” by Susannah Cahalan. You wake up strapped down in a strange hospital bed, confused, disoriented, and the last thing you remember happened a month ago. That is exactly what struck Susannah Cahalan during a period of madness, hallucinations and violence.

“Rwanda, Inc.: How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing World,” by Patricia Crisafulli, & Andrea Redmond. From a genocidal disaster 18 years ago to a recovering nation that is becoming the model for the future improvement of third world countries around the globe, Rwanda’s recovery story is an amazing tale.

“Custom Nation: Why Customization Is the Future of Business and How to Profit From It,” by Anthony Flynn. If you want to know how companies like Nike, Pandora and YouBar, are succeeding and even thriving in this sluggish economy think customization.

“The Great Pearl Heist: London’s Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard’s Hunt for the World’s Most Valuable Necklace,” by Molly Caldwell Crosby. Be there alongside detectives as they track down the unlikely thief of a priceless pearl necklace. This crime story sounds like a Hollywood movie but it’s actually a true story from 1913 London.

“The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra,” by Adam C. English. We all know the modern legends of Santa Claus, but many of us have never heard the true story of Saint Nicholas and the many good deeds he performed.

Young adult

“Learn to Speak Fashion: a guide to creating, showcasing & promoting your style” by Laura deCarufel. This book walks you through from the first step of discovering your own style, to creating a wardrobe, to sewing. And when you have a bunch of designs, you can learn how to put on a fashion show, organize a photo shoot, and it gives tips on being a stylist, buying and selling, and fashion journalism.

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley adapted by Sergio A. Sierra, illustrations by Meritxell Ribas. A classic story retold in a modern format. This graphic novel brings Frankenstein to life in dramatic black and white drawings that will appeal to those who have read the novel as well as those who haven’t.

“Butter” by Erin Jade Lange. His classmates call him Butter. His mom calls him Baby. His dad doesn’t call him anything at all. Topping off at 423 pounds, Butter is hard to miss, but most people ignore him rather than deal with him. So he does the only thing he can think of to get attention, he posts online that he will eat himself to death on New Year’s Eve. A touching look at perceptions of weight and popularity.

“Breathe” by Sarah Crossan. In a world where oxygen is scarce, everyone lives under a dome that keeps in breathable air. When three teens go on a camping trip outside of the pod they run into more danger than they planned. Crossan offers a new, adventurous take on the dystopian novel trend.

“Past Perfect” by Leila Sales. Chelsea and Dan are drawn to each other despite working for competing historical reenactment resorts: Chelsea portrays the Colonial era while Dan reenacts the Civil War. The teens working at the tourist sites “war” every summer, so how can these two find a way to be together?


“First Mothers” by Beverley Gherman. A great read for folks interested in learning about the mothers of our famous presidents. Appropriate for grades 1 and up.

“Unspoken” by Henry Cole. This wordless and weighty historical tale will capture the imaginations of children everywhere. With his evocative pencil illustrations Cole captures a very likely Underground Railroad/Civil War experience. The story evokes compassion and humanity as it quietly focuses on a young girl and runaway slave developing an unspoken bond as they travel the Underground Railroad. Ages 4 and up.

“The McElderry Book of Mother Goose” by Petra Mathers. Suitable for children and adults alike; get ready for a mingling and jingling of old and new quirky characters, tongue twisting action, and wily, wacky rhymes that completely compliment your beloved childhood classics.

“Big Nate Making the Grade” by Lincoln Peirce. Another entry into the wildly popular Big Nate series. Nate is up to his usual tricks and mischief at school. See what happens when he competes with the super brainy Gina over test scores. Ages 8 and up.

“Legends of Zita the Spacegirl” by Ben Hatke. Get ready to blast off with this sequel to Zita the Spacegirl. This sci-fi graphic novel is fast-paced and action packed. Ages 8 and up.