AUBURN – The Auburn Public Library announces new acquisitions for April.


“The Truth About Love,” Stephanie Laurens. Artist Gerrard Debbington accepts a commission to paint a young woman’s portrait in exchange for access to her father’s famous gardens, but gets more than he bargained for when he learns the woman may be in danger.

“Lost Lake,” Phillip Margolin. Writing sensational stories based on her own paranoid fears, tabloid reporter Vanessa Kohler stumbles across a clandestine operation that has resulted in the murder of a congressman.

“Lost in the Forest,” Sue Miller. When her second husband John is killed in a car accident, Eva’s first husband, Mark, arrives to help with the children, but their lives are further complicated when Mark realizes he’s still in love with Eva.

“Drama City,” George Pelecanos. Hoping to start over after eight years in prison, Lorenzo Brown returns to the neighborhood of his youth, but finds challenges from a local drug boss and former acquaintances who would draw him back into his old world.

“The Serpent on the Crown,” Elizabeth Peters. With World War I finally over, Amelia Peabody and her archaeologist clan look forward to continuing their work in Egypt, but a widow bearing an allegedly cursed relic plunges them into danger.

“Vanishing Acts,” Jodi Picoult. As part of a search and rescue team that tracks missing people, Delia Hopkins knows people don’t vanish into thin air, until a recovered memory from her childhood challenges cherished assumptions about her own past.


“A Bitter Brew: Faith, Power and Poison in a Small New England Town,” Christine Ellen Young. Unsolved mystery fans will relish this investigation of the arsenic poisonings that occurred in 2003 at Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church in New Sweden, Maine.

“My Life So Far,” Jane Fonda. Fonda looks back upon her tumultuous life as the daughter of a legendary film star, Academy-Award winning actress, controversial activist and former wife of Roger Vadim, Tom Hayden and Ted Turner.

“The Promise: How One Woman Made Good on Her Extraordinary Pact to Send a Classroom of First Graders to College,” Oral Lee Brown. How do you put 23 children through college on a $45,000 income? This book tells how Oral Lee Brown did it and what she learned in the process.

“Smut: A Sex-Industry Insider (and Concerned Father) Says Enough is Enough,” Gil Reavill. A former sex-industry insider argues that, in ensuring the rights of those who want to access adult material, we’ve failed to protect the rights of those who want to avoid it.

“The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,” Malcolm Gladwell. Why do major changes in society happen without warning? Because under the right conditions, the author vividly explains, ideas can spread like outbreaks of infectious disease.

“The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century,” Thomas L. Friedman. The columnist looks at how, in the shadow of 9/11, the recent emergence of Third-World economies is reshaping the global landscape.

Children’s books

“I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket,” Ed Young. The folktale from Nepal and other Asian countries, told by a generations-old basket, features a variation on the Golden Rule theme. For children in kindergarten through grade three.

“September Roses,” Jeanette Winter. In the true story, two sisters from South Africa bring 2,400 roses to New York City for a flower show, but in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, arrange them instead as a memorial in the grass at Union Square. For readers ages 7 and older.

“The Fire-Eaters,” David Almond. In the winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, a working-class lad in a bleak, coastal mining town endures parochial school taunts, his father’s illness and threatening world news. For readers ages 9 to 12.

“Al Capone Does My Shirts,” Gennifer Choldenko. When his father takes a job as a prison guard on Alcatraz Island in 1935 and brings his family to live there, 12-year-old Moose Flanagan suddenly finds his life taking some complicated new turns. A Newbery Honor Book for 2005. For readers ages 9 to 11.

“Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist,” Lesa Cline-Ransom. Before Lance Armstrong there was Major Taylor. His picture biography relates the slurs he suffered and the respect he gained as an African-American climbing to the bicycle-racing world championship in 1901. For children in grades two to four.

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