AUBURN – The Auburn Public Library has added new books for October as follows:


“The Last Days of Dogtown,” Anita Diamant. Struggling to build a life for herself in a dying 19th-century town, Judy Rhines finds her fortunes intertwined with those of her neighbors, including a freed slave named Black Ruth.

“The Divide,” Nicholas Evans. When a body found in the ice of a remote mountain creek turns out to be that of Abbie Cooper, a young woman wanted for murder, the investigation reveals a once-promising life turned tragically awry.

“Fiddlers: A Novel of the 87th Precinct,” Ed McBain. Faced with a profile-resistant serial killer who’s killed five times in two weeks, Detective Steve Carella and his colleagues race against time to find a link between the apparently random victims.

“Belle Ruin,” Martha Grimes. Exploring the crumbling remains of a once fabulous hotel in the woods near her small home town, 12-year-old cub reporter Emma Graham finds clues to a 40-year-old unsolved crime involving deeply buried secrets.

“The Painted Drum,” Louise Erdrich. Discovering a cache of valuable Native American artifacts while appraising an estate, Faye Travers investigates the origins of a ceremonial drum, which seems to alter the lives of those who encounter it.


“Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned,” Alan Alda. The actor discussed his role as M*A*S*H’s Hawkeye Pierce in an earlier book, but there’s no dearth of interesting material here as Alda recounts his formative years.

“Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her,” Melanie Rehak. The “biography” describes the behind-the-scenes history of the popular character, including various transformations through the years reflecting changes in American life.

“Binge: What Your College Student Won’t Tell You,” Barrett Seaman. What does a retired Time magazine reporter do next? The author hit the road to explore how student life at America’s colleges has changed since he went to college in the 1960s.

“The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World,” Paul Roberts. The current spike in oil prices will likely recede, but this book explains why today’s sticker-shock at the gas pumps may be a glimpse of things to come.

“Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion,” Bruce Feiler. The author’s personal exploration of the lands where Biblical events took place resumes in several of the world’s current hotspots: Israel, Iraq and Iran.

“Good Poems for Hard Times,” Garrison Keillor. Keillor’s latest anthology, whose selections display his usual good taste, may be just the thing some need right now to put somber national events into perspective.

Children’s books

“The Fall of Fergal, or, Not So Dingly in the Dell: The First Unlikely Exploit,” Philip Ardagh. Those who relished “A Series of Unfortunate Events” will surely enjoy this new series, featuring the wacky adventures of the McNally siblings. For kids in grades four through six.

“Pea Soup Fog,” Connie Macdonald Smith; illustrated by Jen Cart. This Maine writer- illustrator team serves up a sunny story in which a young girl discovers the antidote to the thick fog surrounding her coastal village. For kids in preschool through grade two.

“Fish,” L.S. Matthews. In this survival story with multiple layers of meaning, a child of aid workers forced to flee their village keeps his spirits up by caring for a seemingly inconsequential fish rescued from a drying puddle. For readers in grades four through eight.

“City 1 2 3,” Zoran Milich. An award-winning photojournalist captures colorful city scenes featuring groupings of objects one through 10 in number. For kids in preschool through kindergarten.

“Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World,” Cynthia Chin-Lee Short. The illustrated biographies showing how 26 women became extraordinary leaders will inspire young girls to believe they may too. For kids in grades four through seven.

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