AUBURN — The Auburn Public Library has announced the following acquisitions for March.
“Secrets of Eden,” Christopher A. Bohjalian. When a young woman is killed in a murder-suicide after being baptized in his church, Rev. Stephen Drew experiences a crisis of faith, but finds that leaving his town and vocation don’t put the incident behind him.
“Worst Case,” James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. Already hard-pressed by a baffling string of murders targeting New York’s wealthiest families, NYPD Detective Michael Bennett finds the case becomes even more dangerous once the FBI gets involved.
“House Rules,” Jodi Picoult. Picoult’s latest novel is an intriguing blend of medical and courtroom drama in which a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome is accused of murder. Does he look guilty for valid reasons or because of the symptoms of his condition?
“Big Girl: A Novel,” Danielle Steel. Overweight Victoria has always felt like an outcast in her beautiful but highly critical family. Now on her own as a high school teacher, can she find the confidence to celebrate the life she’s created for herself?
Additional new fiction titles this month include books by Louise Erdrich, J.D. Robb, Kristin Hannah, Peter Straub and Joy Fielding.
“The Politician: An Insider’s Account of John Edwards’s Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal that Brought Him Down,” Andrew Young. A close former aide provides a candid personal history of Edward’s political rise and the machination that led to his fall.
“I Am Ozzy,” Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres. Infamous lead singer of Black Sabbath, reality TV star and now slightly addled grandfather of four, Ozzy Osbourne finally tells his own outrageous life story in this frank and hilarious memoir.
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Rebecca Skloot. In the 1950s, human cells were harvested for medical research without consent of the deceased or their families. This book uncovers the history of one such strain that eventually changed medical history.
“A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli,” Mark Griffin. He directed some of Hollywood’s greatest musicals, but Minnelli’s place in film history remains largely overlooked. Here, Lewiston’s Mark Griffin offers a reappraisal.
“See No Evil,” Jamila Gavin. Twelve-year-old Nettie leads a life of carefree privilege in her parents’ opulent mansion, until the disappearance of her beloved tutor launches her on a search for answers that leads to the nefarious source of her father’s vast wealth.
“Tombstone Tea,” Joanne Dahme. Wanting to fit in at her new high school, Jesse accepts a dare to spend a night in the town cemetery, where she encounters a troupe of strange “actors” impersonating the lives of the graveyard’s deceased denizens.
“A Map of the Known World,” Lisa Ann Sandell. Finding little solace from her grieving parents or her distracted best friend after her brother’s tragic death, Cora grows ever closer to the one person who survived the accident: her brother’s friend, Damien.
“Just Another Hero,” Sharon M. Draper. It’s senior year and friends Kofi, Arielle, November and Jericho are all contending with serious trouble in their lives. But those lives could end in tragedy when an unstable classmate brings a gun to school.
“Goodbye Bully Machine,” Debbie Fox and Allan Beane. This kid-friendly book discusses the widespread problem of bullying and explains how kids can “unplug the bully machine” and help prevent bullying in their own schools. Best for kids in grades two to four.
“Sugar Comes from Arabic,” Barbara Whitesides. The book provides an overview of the Arabic alphabet and helps kids (and adults) learn a new language. Best for kids in grades four and up.
“Yummy Eight Favorite Fairy Tales,” Lucy Cousins. Maisy fans and fairy tale lovers of all ages will be delighted with the colorful new collection of tales from the creator of Maisy the Mouse. Best for kids ages 3 to 6.
“Wishing for Tomorrow,” Hilary McKay. Fans of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic, “A Little Princess,” will be delighted with this funny and wistful sequel. Best for kids in grades four to six.