AUBURN – The Auburn Public Library announces new books for November.


“Light on Snow,” Anita Shreve. Remembering the December afternoon 20 years earlier when her father and she found an abandoned infant in the snow, Nicky recalls her father’s efforts to escape society after a tragedy and a young mother’s struggles to live with her choices.

“Any Place I Hang My Hat,” Susan Isaacs. Growing up under the care of her financially disadvantaged grandmother, Amy Lincoln wins prestigious scholarships and launches a journalism career before meeting a student who claims to be the illegitimate son of a presidential candidate.

“War Trash,” Ha Jin. Captured by enemy forces in wartime Korea, a young Chinese army officer who speaks English takes on the role of interpreter, placing him in the middle of conflicts between rival groups of prisoners and their captors.

“London Bridges,” James Patterson. When the world’s largest cities are seized by terrorists who threaten to set off deadly bombs, Alex Cross heads a joint investigation by the FBI, CIA and Interpol to outmaneuver two vicious criminals known as the Weasel and the Wolf.

“The Plot Against America,” Philip Roth. In a novel of alternative history, aviation hero Charles Lindbergh defeats Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election, negotiates an accord with Hitler and accepts his conquest of Europe and his anti-Semitic policies.

“Echoes,” Danielle Steel. On the shores of Lake Geneva in 1915, the Jewish beauty Beata Wittgenstein falls in love with and marries a Catholic French officer despite the wishes of her family. But their happy life is interrupted when Hitler’s terror arrives.


“The Know-it-all: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World,” A.J. Jacobs. A man who took a year off to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica describes what happened when he began looking for ways to apply his new-found knowledge.

“A Paper Life,” Tatum O’Neal. The former child star of the 1970s films, “Paper Moon” and “The Bad News Bears,” O’Neal tells how her life as the daughter of Ryan O’Neal and the wife of tennis bad boy John McEnroe was far from a Hollywood fairy tale.

“Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy,” Sarah Bradford. In this new biography, Bradford humanizes the legendary Renaissance figure and places the murderous intrigues in which she was entangled into the context of her times.

“You Have the Power: How to Take Back our Country and Restore Democracy in America,” Howard Dean. The medical doctor and former governor of Vermont diagnoses what went wrong with his presidential campaign and advises how citizens can be involved in the political process.

“Tommyland,” Tommy Lee. The drummer of the heavy metal band Motley Crue (and ex-husband of Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson) takes readers on a tour of his alternative universe in a colorful memoir of his rock n’ roll career.

“Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life,” Charles C. Calhoun. While Longfellow’s reputation as a literary giant has waned in recent decades, Calhoun shows how his themes of unitarianism, antislavery and respect for foreign peoples had profound influence upon American culture.

Children’s books

“A Journey into a Lake,” Rebecca L. Johnson, illustrated by Phyllis Saroff. Readers of this book, which is complemented by photographs and drawings, will learn what really happens in the important water biome. For readers in grades three through six.

“Look at My Book: How Kids Can Write and Illustrate Terrific Books,” Loreen Leedy. Using illustrations and text, Leedy shows budding young writers how to turn their ideas into stories. For readers in grades two through four.

“Chip and the Karate Kick,” Anne Rockwell. Young karate fans will enjoy this picture book about a rabbit who wants to be like his martial-arts hero, while learning that it takes practice and good sportsmanship to advance in the sport. For readers in kindergarten through grade two.

“Mrs. McMurphy’s Pumpkin,” Rick Walton. In this picture book story with a Halloween twist, Mrs. McMurphy finds a large pumpkin who tells her, “When my teeth are here, I’ll eat you!” Mrs. Mac, however, has a solution. For kids in preschool through grade three.

“Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler,” William Wise. Readers of this tale will follow Christopher’s many adventures, from his birth on a soft bed of shavings at the bottom of a wire cage to his encounters with owners of varying kindness. For readers in grades three through five.

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