AUBURN — The following are some highlights of new acquisitions at Auburn Public Library for February.
“Corpse on the Court,” Brett Simon. In the new Fethering mystery, an obsession with tennis, a possible murder on the court and unidentified remains involve Jude and Carole in the ensuing police investigation.
“Blood Money,” James Grippando. Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck returns in a sensational case representing a woman accused of murdering her own child. But when the accused is found innocent, an outraged crowd outside the jail mistakenly attacks an innocent woman who resembles the defendant. The injured woman’s family asks Jack for help. He soon finds that the case is more complicated than it seemed.
“The Bughouse Affair,” Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. In this new series of historical mysteries set in 1890s San Francisco, former Pinkerton detective Sabrina Carpenter and her partner ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon investigate two cases which seem unrelated. The cases unexpectedly connect but not until after several murders and other felonies complicate matters.
“Out of Warranty,” Haywood Smith. Cassie Jones, a widow, is diagnosed with a rare form of genetic arthritis, but her insurance company refuses to pay for the new expensive treatment. Facing destitution, she decides remarriage is her only hope. After e-dating fails she meets an old curmudgeon in her doctor’s waiting room who offers her a strictly business marriage.
“Kashmir Shawl,” Rosie Thomas. In this epic novel Thomas presents a multigenerational story of marriage and isolation beginning in 1941 when a newly married British missionary couple accept an assignment in Kashmir, India, just as World War II engulfs the globe.
"The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does," Sonja Lyubomirsky. Dispelling the myths of what makes us happy, and making us realize what brings true happiness is the point of the book.
"Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes," Maria Konnikova. Learn how to train the brain to think like fictions greatest detective. Learn how to retrieve information and develop skills of observation.
"Because I Said So!: The Truths Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids," Ken Jennings. Exploration of all the little warnings parents tell.
"Mr. Rockefeller's Roads: The Untold Story of Acadia's Carriage Roads," Ann Rockefeller Roberts. The illustrated book takes a tour through the history that created the carriage roads and the story of the man behind their creation.
"Secrets of Selling Services: Everything You Need to Sell What Your Customer Can’t See — from Pitch to Close," Stephan Schiffman. For those in the field of customer service, attracting new customers is challenging. Learn how to sell and market the untouchable product of customer service.
"Speechless," Hannah Harrington. Chelsea outs a gay student who is later beaten and hospitalized by another student, making her realize her habit of gossiping can hurt people. So she takes a vow of silence.
"Sons of the 613," Michael Rubens. Isaac is about to be bar mitzvahed. But with his parents out of the country for two weeks, his older brother decides to take him on a quest, including jumping off cliffs, riding motorcycles, getting a makeover, learning to fight and stealing a Rottweiler-guarded lawn statue to discover what it means to become a man.
"A Game for Swallows," Zeina Abirached. In black and white drawings, this graphic novel tells Zeina’s story as a young girl in 1984 East Beirut under fire.
"Boy 21," Matthew Quick. In a tough city controlled by the Irish mafia, Finley is obsessed with basketball. His coach assigns him to help out a new teammate – Boy21 – who is dealing with the after effects of his parents’ murder. The two develop a relationship that helps them both find a place on and off the court.
"Tiger Lily," Jodi Lynn Anderson. Neverland meets Verona in this star-crossed love story between Tiger Lily, the girl with the crow feather in her hair, and Peter Pan, the boy in charge of the fearsome Lost Boys.
"Homesick," Kate Klise. Benny’s parents have recently split up due to a fight about the surplus of “stuff” and an acquired splinter that is supposedly part of a mysterious historical relic. Benny’s own responsibility and cleanliness is vastly overshadowed as we read about Benny’s father’s growing hoarding problem and the problems it causes in their house. Appropriate for ages 9+.
"The No Dogs Allowed Rule," Kashmira Sheth. For fans of Ramona and Junie B. Jones, Ishan is an endearing new character. Ishan, a young boy, desperately wants a dog despite the established rule determined by his mom’s longstanding fear of dogs. Appropriate for grades one-three. I
"Funny: A Middle School Story," James Patterson. Follow the story of Jamie Grimm, a boy in a wheelchair who aspires to be a classic comedian, is bullied and applies some intriguing coping mechanisms, and has a troubling secret that explains how he came to sit in a wheelchair. Appropriate for grades four+.
"Archie," Domencia M. Gordon. In this almost wordless picture book the illustrations convey much of the story. Archie, who apparently on a whim, decides to sew a coat for his dog, which is clearly admired by others as seen by their high praise and coat orders. Appropriate for ages 3+.
"Barnum’s Bones," Tracey Fern. Uncover a buried artifact yourself, as you read and pore over the pictures in this picture-book biography about an extraordinary man undertaking a passionate search for fossils and notable dinosaur bones such as the first documented Tyrannosaurus Rex.
"Arbitrage." Richard Gere portrays a man who appears to have everything a rich and successful man could want. But in reality he is trying desperately to complete a deal before his crimes come to light.
"Looper." Time travel has been discovered and outlawed except when the mob wants someone eliminated. The unfortunate individual is sent back in time to an awaiting hit man. What happens when a hit man has to eliminate his future self.
"Frankenweenie." In this animated film a young boy is able to bring his beloved dog back to life. But the consequences may be monstrous.