AUBURN — New books have been added to the shelves at the Auburn Public Library.
“The Pallbearers,” by Stephen Cannell. When the head of a group home for youths allegedly commits suicide, several of his former charges are skeptical. Reunited at his funeral, they resolve to revisit their troubled past in an attempt to uncover the truth.
“Caught,” by Harlan Coben. The disappearance of a popular, well-adjusted teenager from her sheltered suburban home attracts a reality TV show that broadcasts its own sting operations. But the “obvious” suspect they soon focus upon may not be the guilty party.
“Hell Gate,” by Linda Fairstein. In the 12th legal thriller featuring New York ADA Alex Cooper, the mistress of a Manhattan congressman goes missing as the bodies of human trafficking victims wash up on a local beach. Could the cases somehow be linked?
“Fragile Beasts,” by Tawni O’Dell. When two orphaned teenage brothers from a hardscrabble coal town are taken in by an unlikely benefactor – a reclusive, elderly spinster – the three surprise everyone by stumbling together toward a happy life.
Additional new fiction titles this month include books by William Bernhardt, Dewey Lambdin, Walter Mosley, Karen Robards and Jennifer Crusie.
“Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight,” by Karl Rove. The man who orchestrated George W. Bush’s rise to the presidency describes his early life, political strategies and run-ins with heavy hitters from both sides of the political aisle.
“The Pacific,” by Hugh Ambrose. A noted historian retells the epic story of how World War II played out in the Pacific theater from the perspective of five soldiers – linked to each other through happenstance – who lived through its major battles.
“Change Your Brain, Change Your Body: Use Your Brain to Get and Keep the Body You Have Always Wanted,” by Daniel G. Amen. A neuroscientist explains how taking care of our brains can help us improve the way our bodies look, feel and perform.
“Chelsea Chelsea, Bang Bang,” by Chelsea Handler. Comedienne Handler’s obsessions (sex, elaborate practical jokes and the mundane peculiarities of women’s lives) are on full display in her latest collection of hilarious but provocative essays.
“Fat Cat,” by Robin Brande. When overweight Catherine “Cat” Locke decides to become her own science fair project by living a prehistoric lifestyle for seven months, the resulting weight loss changes her life in some funny but unpredictable ways.
“Unwind,” by Neal Shusterman. In a world where teens must be on their best behavior or parents have the option of harvesting their organs for transplants, troublemaker Connor decides to escape before his parents are able to “unwind” him.
“The Miles Between,” by Mary Pearson. Des has not been home from boarding school for nine years and is resentful and hurt, until an impulsive decision she makes with three friends leads to the road trip of a lifetime – and some new revelations about her life.
“Lucky,” by Rachel Vail. Fourteen-year-old Phoebe is rich and popular, but when her mother loses her high-paying job, she worries she will no longer be the girl everyone envies. What she learns teaches her some valuable lessons about friendship and love.
“Newsgirl,” by Liza Ketchum. When she and her mother land in San Francisco to start a new life, Amelia wants to contribute by earning money selling newspapers. But how can she prove she can do a job that only boys are allowed to do? Best for kids in grades four to eight.
“14 Cows for America,” by Carmen Agra Deedy. This true story relates how, after the attack on the World Trade Center, the Maasai herders of Kenya ceremoniously gave 14 of their most valuable possessions – their cows – to comfort our nation. Best for kids in grades two to five.
“The Jungle Grapevine,” by Alex Beard. When Crane incorrectly repeats what his jungle friend tells him, he unwittingly sets off chaos and consternation around the community watering hole. Best for kids ages 5 to 6.
“Years of Dust,” by Albert Marrin. Marrin’s book gives voice to the people who settled the Great Plains, as well as those who suffered through the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl that ensued. Best for kids in grades four to eight.