AUBURN – Auburn Public Library announces new books for October.


“Trace,” Patricia Cornwell. Now freelancing from south Florida, Dr. Kay Scarpetta returns to her old haunts in Richmond, Va., only to encounter a host of baffling surprises as she investigates the death of a 14-year-old girl.

“The Exile,” Allan Folsom. Rendered mute after a traumatic attack, a beautiful young woman and her LAPD rookie brother find themselves enmeshed in a government conspiracy that pits them against an international hit man and a power-hungry baroness.

“The Falls” by Joyce Carol Oates. Set against the backdrop of Niagara Falls in the mid-20th century, the novel follows the interconnected lives of parents and their children who are challenged by secrets within and outside their family.

“Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” Sidney Sheldon. Losing their husbands in a series of murders, two women, fearful of losing their own lives and suspicious of one another, become allies in a game that reveals deadly secrets about their husbands’ powerful employer.

“Nights of Rain and Stars,” Maeve Binchy. In a small Greek island village, local residents and a group of international travelers who are brought together by sudden tragedy are forever altered by their shared experiences.

“Hour Game,” David Baldacci. In the wake of murders in the Virginia countryside in which the killer leaves watches on the victims’ bodies, investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell discover a possible link to a case involving an aristocratic southern family.


“Against All Odds: My Story,” Chuck Norris. The star of television’s Walker, Texas Ranger explains how he overcame a childhood of hardship to become a renowned martial arts champion and successful actor.

“Family First: Your Step-By-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family,” Phil McGraw. Dr. Phil argues that, even in today’s fast-paced world, we all have the power to create loving, supportive families if we make them our highest priority.

“Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” Aron Ralston. The hiker who amputated his arm to free himself from a fallen boulder describes his near-death ordeal in a story that, in the end, celebrates the joys and sanctity of life.

“The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life,” Davis Zinczenko. The editor of Men’s Health magazine “weighs in” with an easy-to-follow diet that provides relief from today’s other popular but elaborate regimes.

“Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man,” David T. Hardy. Outraged by Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11? If so you’ll enjoy this response, in which the authors allege a pattern of distortions committed by an irresponsible “crock”-umentary filmmaker.

“Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue,” Jane Pauley. The longtime morning show hostess reflects upon her Indiana roots, her career as a broadcast journalist and the bouts of clinical depression, which led her to reassess her priorities at middle-age.

Children’s books

“Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen,” Marissa Moss. Ever dream of playing baseball against one of the greatest players of all time, Babe Ruth? The author of Mighty Jackie recounts the true story of how Jackie Mitchell achieved her lofty dream. For readers ages 5 to 8.

“The Best Cat in the World,” Leslea Newman. The upbeat story, illustrated by Ronald Himler, tells how a young boy works through the loss of his pet cat and how he ultimately learns to love another. For readers in grades one to four.

“The Best Halloween Ever,” Barbara Robinson. Fans of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will enjoy this sequel, in which the mayor cancels Halloween, spooking the Herdman kids with the prospect of a Nov. 1 with no candy. For readers in grades three to five.

“Simply Sewing,” Judy Ann Sadler. The book shows youngsters how, using a sewing machine or sewing by hand, they can create PJ pants, applique fabric shapes to a jeans jacket or even transform jeans into a skirt. For readers ages 8 and older.

“Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog,” Pamela S. Turner. This is the story of a dog in Japan who became famous by waiting patiently for his owner at the train station every day, even for years after the man’s death. For readers ages 4 to 8.

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