AUBURN – The Auburn Public Library announces new books added to the shelves for January.


“S is for Silence,” Sue Grafton. Young femme fatale Violet Sullivan heads out one Fourth of July for a holiday celebration, never to be seen again. Thirty-four years later, her daughter asks Kinsey Milhone to bring closure to the case.

“The Constant Princess,” Philippa Gregory. Tudor England comes alive in the retelling of the life of Catherine of Aragon, who became the first wife of Henry VIII, only to have him break with the Catholic Church to dissolve their marriage.

“Turning Angel,” Greg Iles. Hired to defend an old friend, a respected country doctor, in the murder case of a 17-year-old student, attorney Penn Cage is shocked to discover that the victim was not only his friend’s patient, but also his lover.

“Sex Wars,” Marge Piercy. In this social portrait of late 19th-century New York, the lives of early feminists, politically ambitious captains of industry and poor immigrants are affected in different ways by changing social attitudes about sex.

“On the Run,” Iris Johansen. Hiding out on an Alabama horse farm with her precocious 8-year-old daughter, horsewoman and former CIA agent Grace Archer finds her past catching up with her when the farm’s owner is murdered by a terrorist.


“Love Smart: Find the One You Want – Fix the One You Got,” Phil McGraw. In his latest, Dr. Phil offers his usual blend of advice and encouragement -this time on how to improve an unsatisfying love life.

“The Beatles: The Biography,” Bob Spitz. Beatles books are still a dime-a-dozen, but at nearly 1,000 pages, the comprehensive new history is garnering attention for being a great read and perhaps the most definitive treatment so far.

“My FBI: Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton and Fighting the War on Terror,” Louis J. Freeh. The FBI has been much in the news in recent years, and here one of its much-criticized recent directors (1993-2001) tells his side of the story.

“Jesus Land: A Memoir,” Julia Scheeres. A journalist describes her painful childhood in rural 1970s Indiana as the sister of two adopted black brothers and the child of abusive parents who exiled them all to a bizarre Christian reform school.

“The Education of a Coach,” David Halberstam. In his seventh book about sports, Halberstam comes closer to anyone yet at describing what makes the New England Patriots’ brilliant but taciturn head coach, Bill Belichick, tick.

“Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife,” Mary Roach. We have a never-ending fascination with the idea of life after death, but has anyone tried using scientific methods to test the theories? Surprisingly many, this intriguing book points out.


“Cartooning: The Only Cartooning Book You’ll Ever Need to Be the Artist You’ve Always Wanted To Be,” Art Roche This inspiring title will have budding young cartoonists reaching for their art supplies. For readers in grades three through six.

“Good Brother, Bad Brother,” James Cross Giblin. The man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln had a brother who was also an actor, and the story of how these two men took such different paths makes for enthralling reading. For readers ages 10 to 14.

“Hooray for Fish!,” Lucy Cousins. The bright, simple style Cousins’ fans know so well from her Maisy’ books works in this rhyming story about the friendly denizens of a colorful underwater world. For preschoolers.

“The Hero and the Minotaur: The Fantastic Adventures of Theseus,” retold and illustrated by Robert Byrd. In the hands of this award-winning illustrator, a classic myth springs to life. For readers in grades two through six.

“Cat and Fish,” illustrated by Neil Curtis, written by Joan Grant. Bold pen-and ink drawings anchor this whimsical tale about two animal friends who, despite their obvious differences, learn how to dwell happily together. For kids in preschool through grade one.

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