AUBURN – The following are some Auburn Public Library new acquisitions for January.


“East Side Story,” Louis Auchincloss. This engaging fictional history traces the rise of the Carnochan family, from their early arrival in America from Scotland to their rise to prominence and wealth in the New York textile industry of the Civil War.

“Twilight Whispers,” Barbara Delinsky. Growing up in the mansion of the wealthy Warren family, housekeeper’s daughter Katia Morrell returns years later to win the heart of family heir Jordan Whyte, but her newfound happiness is threatened by the discovery of family secrets.

“Entombed,” Linda Fairstein. When a body is discovered in a 19th-century brownstone formerly belonging to Edgar Allan Poe, Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper believes it may hold the key to catching a serial killer.

“The Broker,” John Grisham. After being pardoned by a lame duck president, a notorious former Washington powerbroker is released from prison and smuggled to a small town in Italy, but old enemies from the past are out to destroy his new life.

“The Motive,” John Lescroart. In the latest installment of the Glitsky-Hardy detective series, Glitsky is placed at the head of a controversial investigation into the high-profile double murder of a politically connected socialite and his glamorous fiance.

“Conviction,” Richard North Patterson. Fifteen years after he is sentenced to die for the murder of a 9-year-old girl, Rennell Price convinces an overworked pro-bono lawyer that he did not receive a fair trial. But will she have time to stop his impending execution?


“Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood,” Jennifer Traig. In this unique memoir, the author serves up an unsettling blend of Seinfeld-like humor and pathos to convey her adolescent struggles with various forms of obsessive compulsive disorder.

“102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers,” Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn. Two journalists draw upon transcripts and eyewitness accounts to describe the events of 9/11 from the perspective of those who were inside the Towers when the planes hit.

“Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics,” Alicia Keys. With its themes of loneliness, confusion, and wonder, this collection of poems and lyrics by the young Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will appeal to fans of her music.

“Scrapbooking Your Family History,” Maureen Taylor. This book provides beginners with a friendly introduction to genealogy research while giving more seasoned researchers new ideas about how to display their results.

“Threads: My Life Behind the Seams in the High-Stakes World of Fashion,” Joseph Abboud. A successful fashion designer from Boston, Abboud, whose clients range from Wynton Marsalis to Tom Brokaw, tells the story of his triumphs and failures with a refreshingly breezy style.

“Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism,” Dawn Prince-Hughes. The author explains how an unlikely kinship she discovered with gorillas while visiting the zoo helped end the destructive cycles in her life brought about by her struggles with Asperger’s syndrome.


“The Right Dog for the Job: Ira’s Path from Service Dog to Guide Dog,” Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. A dog can hold a special place in the life of a handicapped person. Readers of the picture book will follow Ira as he is trained to become a guide dog. For children in grades one through five.

“The First Feud Between the Mountain and the Sea,” Lynne Plourde. Winthrop author Plourde weaves a tale of struggle between Mount Kathadin and the Atlantic Ocean. Follow the story as each attempts to prove its rank as the most beautiful place in the North. For children ages 4 to 8.

“The Kid Who Named Pluto and the Stories of Other Extraordinary Young People in Science,” Marc McCutcheon. Maine author McCutcheon gives portraits of nine scientists whose interest and accomplishments in science started when they were very young. For readers in grades three to eight.

“Actual Size,” Steve Jenkins. Author/illustrator Jenkins presents readers with a visual gallery of some of the largest and smallest animals in the world. Using striking collages, he allows us to compare our size against that of these extraordinary creatures. For readers of all ages.

“The Pepins and Their Problems,” Polly Horvath. Toads in their shoes and a cow that produces lemonade? These are only a few of the hilarious troubles that face the problem-plagued Pepins. Readers are invited to help figure the answers to their problems. For readers in grades four through six.

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