AUBURN – New books are announced for June at the Auburn Public Library, temporarily located at the Auburn Mall.

Fiction

“Zorro: A Novel,” Isabel Allende. In the lively retelling of the legendary adventure story, Allende reveals how the privileged Diego de la Vega returned to his California home to became the masked, swashbuckling defender of the state’s oppressed native peoples.

“The Marker,” Robin Cook. Investigating a series of deaths that have taken place among seemingly healthy young people after routine surgeries, Doctors Montgomery and Stapleton confront powerful political forces that prevent them from proving the deaths were intentional.

“The Hungry Tide,” Amitav Ghosh. The author of “The Glass Palace” continues his chronicle of life in modern India with this novel about the interweaving journeys of an American marine biologist and a Delhi businessman who travel to the remote Sundarban islands.

“True Believer,” Nicholas Sparks. Invited to backcountry North Carolina to investigate ghostly lights in a local cemetery, skeptical New York science journalist Jeremy Marsh gets more than he bargained for when he meets the beautiful but equally skeptical town librarian.

“Velocity,” Dean Koontz. In Koontz’s latest thriller, an innocent man is forced by a serial killer to choose who will be murdered next.

Nonfiction

“1776,” David McCullough. The historian follows up his landmark biography of John Adams with this shorter but still sweeping description of the innovative military strategies that secured U.S. independence.

“A Lotus Grows in the Mud,” Goldie Hawn. Those mislead by the actress’s sometimes shallow persona might be surprised by this autobiography, which dwells more on her spiritual growth and travels than it does on Hollywood gossip.

“Under and Alone: The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America’s Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang,” William Queen. What happens when you’re under cover so long you start to think of the bad guys as your friends? Queen explains in this book.

“Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression,” Brooke Shields. Shields describes how her longtime desire to get pregnant left her all the more unprepared for the crippling depression that followed the birth of her first child.

“Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder,” Michael Savage. Admirers of subtlety might be disappointed, but this latest critique of America’s “useful morons” from San Francisco’s conservative radio talk show host will please his legions of fans.

“Around the World in 80 Dates,” Jennifer Cox. A travel journalist circles the globe by getting friends around the world to arrange 80 blind dates. What she learns about romance and culture makes for breezy, interesting reading.

Children’s books

“Wow! City!,” Robert Neubecker. The colorful, exuberant romp chronicles a toddler’s first visit to the big city. For grades two to four.

“Let’s Talk About Race,” Julius Lester. Race is only one part of the story of who I am, who you are. What makes the story of our lives different and special? What makes our stories the same? This thoughtful picture book is for kids in grades one through five.

“The Shot Heard Round the World,” Phil Bildner. The story about the home run that put the Dodgers into the World Series in 1951 gives a nostalgic view of Brooklyn life that year through the eyes of young baseball fans. For kids ages 5 to 8.

“The Hidden Folk: Stories of Fairies, Dwarves, Selkies and other Secret Beings,” Lise Lunge-Larsen. These short tales about the hidden folk around us will be enjoyed whether or not we still believe. For children in grades one through four.

“Sister to the Wolf,” Maxine Trottier. In 1703, when an independent young Quebecoise buys an “indien slave” to free him from slavery, he repays the deed by accompanying her and her father on a perilous journey to Fort Detroit. For readers in grades five through eight.


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