AUBURN – The Auburn Public Library has added the following new books for February:


“The Real Mother,” Judith Michael. Forced to leave medical school to care for her young siblings, Sara Elliott finds her situation challenged by the reappearance of her long-lost brother and a love interest with questionable family ties.

“Dark Eye,” William Bernhardt. A consultant for the Las Vegas police, psychologist Susan Pulaski is called upon to assist in the investigation of a brutal murder case, the death of a young woman who had been buried alive.

“Cold Service: A Spenser Novel,” Robert B. Parker. When his friend Hawk is brutally injured protecting a client, Boston private detective Spenser throws himself into Hawk’s rehabilitation and investigates the Ukrainian mob he believes is responsible for the attack.

“Puppet,” Joy Fielding. Attorney Amanda Travis is forced to face old demons from an unhappy past when she receives the alarming news that her mother has been charged with murdering a stranger in a Toronto hotel.

“Honeymoon: A Novel,” James Patterson. When a young investment banker dies under mysterious circumstances, FBI agent John O’Hara pursues his suspicion that the victim’s beautiful bride is responsible.


“Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America,” James Webb. In this history, the author tells the story of an immigrant group whose contributions to American culture have been immense but whose ethnic origins have been largely forgotten.

“Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and Other Florida Wildlife,” Diane Roberts. Skeletons fly out of the closet in this irreverent chronicle of the author’s Florida family and the local history they’ve seen.

“Life at the Zoo: Behind the Scenes with the Animal Doctors,” Phillip T. Robinson. Have you ever wondered what goes into designing today’s modern zoo exhibits and caring for the animals that live in them? A long-time zoo vet shares his first-hand experiences in this memoir.

“Margot Fonteyn: A Life,” Meredith Daneman. This biography chronicles the long and storied career of the British prima ballerina who inspired Ashton and Nureyev and gave up dance to care for her paralyzed husband.

“Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed,” Jared Diamond. In the follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” Diamond explores the impact of environmental disasters and degradation upon societies throughout history.

“French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure,” Mireille Guilliano. Wine, cheese, chocolate, bread! And no guilt! How do they do it? With cultural habits and traditions that combine common sense and joie de vivre, the author explains.

Children’s books

“Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in the 1930’s,” Michael L. Cooper. Cooper blends observations from John Steinbeck, Woody Guthrie and others with photographs from Dorothea Lange to present an account of life in the 1930’s dust bowl. For children in grades four to seven.

“The Snail and the Whale,” Julia Donaldson. In poetic form and pictures, Donaldson tells the tale of a snail who desires to travel and the whale who decides to accompany him, until the whale gets beached and the snail has to help his friend. For children ages 4 and up.

“Pocket Poems,” selected by Bobbi Katz. Author Bobbi Katz and illustrator Marylin Hafner combine their talents to produce this volume of “pocket-sized” poems, including works by Emily Dickinson and Carl Sandburg. For children ages 5 years and up.

“A Treasury of Children’s Songs: Forty Favorites to Sing and Play.” This lively collection of beloved children’s songs includes words and music and is illustrated with photographs of treasures from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For children in preschool through grade five.

“Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing,” James Rumford. This biography of the man who developed an alphabet for the Cherokee tribe is illustrated with woodblock prints and features text in Cherokee and English. For children ages 5 to 9.

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