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


“The Year of Pleasures,” Elizabeth Berg. Following the death of her husband, Betta Nolan fulfills her promise to start anew in the small-town Midwest of her youth, where she gradually reconnects with old friends and rediscovers the joys of everyday life.

“No Place Like Home,” Mary Higgins Clark. Growing up under an assumed identity after accidentally shooting her mother and escaping her abusive father, Liza Barclay is shocked to discover her husband has inadvertently bought her childhood home.

“Ten Little New Yorkers,” Kinky Friedman. In the wake of a series of Greenwich Village murders, detective Kinky Friedman finds himself targeted by the police as the likely suspect, but his search to identify the true killer keeps leading back to his closest associates.

“The Mermaid Chair,” Sue Monk Kidd. Jessie Sullivan’s conventional life is transformed when she is summoned home to tiny Egret Island, where she meets Brother Thomas, a monk who is about to take his final vows, and encounters the legend of a mysterious chair.

“Countdown,” Iris Johansen. After surviving years on the streets and an attack by a deranged serial killer, Jane MacGuire has built a new life with her kindly adoptive parents, but when a childhood friend is shot she realizes her assailant may still be trailing her.

“The Breakdown Lane,” Jacquelyn Mitchard. A newspaper advice columnist struggles with personal problems of her own when her husband inexplicable leaves her and she’s diagnosed with a serious illness.


“The Glass Castle: A Memoir,” Jeannette Walls. After years of struggling to hide the circumstances of her early life, a TV journalist recounts her childhood as the daughter of eccentric “artists,” who were often homeless.

“Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth,” T. Harv Eker. The investment guide focuses on the different ways of thinking that separate those who were raised to be creators and managers of wealth from those who weren’t.

“Hotel Babylon,” Imogen Edwards-Jones. The longtime manager of a posh London hotel doesn’t hesitate to drop the names of misbehaving guests in this breezy chronicle about catering to the rich and famous.

“Perfect Soldiers: The Hijackers, Who They Were, Why They Did It,” Terry McDermott. What could motivate someone to hijack an airplane and steer it into a crowded building? The case study of the 9/11 perpetrators sheds some light.

“Idiot: Beating the Curse and Enjoying the Game of Life,” Johnny Damon. The popular Red Sox second baseman describes several of the wacky personalities who helped bring the World Series title back to Boston.

“Don’t Kiss Them Good-bye,” Allison DuBois. The woman who inspired the new television series, “Medium,” shares stories about her work as a psychic profiler for various law enforcement agencies.

Children’s books

“George Vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides,” Rosalyn Schanzer. The book compares the two Georges (Washington and King George), who turn out to be remarkably similar men. For grades five and up.

“Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard to Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade,” Esme Raji Codell. The author describes her childhood years in Chicago in this funny and poignant collection of stories about growing up. For children in grades four through seven.

“Honeysuckle House,” Andrea Cheng. Any child who has ever moved to a new place or experienced a friend’s moving away will relate to this immigrant story about friendships lost and found. For children in grades three through five.

“Cryptomania! Teleporting into Greek and Latin,” Edith Hope Fine (editor). Join the Crypto Kids in their travels as they explore the Greek and Latin roots of English words and search for clues to unlock a mystery. For children in grades four through six.

“I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!,” Karen Beaumont. In this lively picture book, a creative kid floods his world with color to the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then himself! For children of all ages.

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