AUBURN – The Auburn Public Library has announced new books for November.


“Collectors,” David Baldacci. In this sequel to “The Camel Club,” the four aging, dysfunctional crime solvers of that book’s title return to match wits with a renegade CIA agent who has offered his services as an assassin to the highest bidder.

“Finding Noel,” Richard Paul Evans. In this Yuletide offering, a suicidal Mark Smart’s life suddenly changes when his car breaks down one snowy night and he’s forced to take refuge in a diner, where he meets a woman who also has painful issues to resolve.

“Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette,” Sena Jeter Naslund. The fictional first-person memoir recounts in intimate detail the privileged, yet tragic, life of Marie Antoinette, whose monarchy was violently swept away by the French Revolution.

“Hundred-Dollar Baby,” Robert B. Parker. In his 34th Spenser novel, April Kyle, now running a high-class Boston bordello, calls Spenser for help dealing with local toughs, but Spenser soon learns the situation is more complex than she’s let on.

“Rising Tide: A Novel of the Second World War,” Jeff Shaara. In the first installment of a proposed trilogy, ordinary soldiers share the stage with famous names from history as the Allies battle Rommel’s Afrika Korps for control of the North African desert.


“The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town,” John Grisham. In his first work of nonfiction, Grisham applies his flair as a novelist and his insider’s knowledge as a lawyer to tell the story of a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder.

“State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III,” Bob Woodward. Known among Washington journalists for his unparalleled contacts, Woodward continues to mine those to reveal how George Bush has managed the war that defines his presidency.

“Thunderstruck,” Erik Larson. The author of “Devil in the White City” transports readers to another age once again, this time to explore Guglielmo Marconi’s invention of wireless communication and the sensational trans-Atlantic murder mystery it helped to resolve.

“Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid,” Bill Bryson. After exploring the curious cult of Appalachian Trail hikers and the “history of nearly everything” in his last two books, Bryson applies his side-splitting humor to a topic that’s closer to home: his frighteningly normal childhood in 1950s Iowa.

“Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe,” Thomas Cahill. An irresistible tour guide to world history, Cahill explores how the church preserved pillars of Western civilization at a time when they otherwise might have been lost.

“French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes, and Pleasure,” Mireille Guiliano. The author of “French Women Don’t Get Fat” follows up with more sage advice on how to apply the French philosophy of “living the good life” to our American culture.

Children’s books

“The North Pole Was Here,” Andrew C. Revkin. In this nonfiction book for readers ages 10 years and older, a New York Times reporter describes his trip to the North Pole with scientists studying the effects of global warming.

“Little Lost Bat,” Sandra Markle. Author of more than 70 nonfiction books for children, Markle weaves factual information into the survival story of a motherless baby bat. For children in kindergarten through grade four.

“Museum Trip,” Barbara Lehman. The book without words nonetheless “tells” the story of how a young member of a school group visiting an art museum falls “into” an exhibit. For children in preschool through grade four.

“Rock, Brock and the Savings Shock,” Sheila Bair. Good twin/bad twin brothers, Rock and Brock, learn about the best-kept secret of financial success -compound interest. For grades three through five.

“The Kitchen Talks,” Shirley Mozelle. “As a rule, I keep my c-o-ol,” the refrigerator says in this collection of kitchen poems, illustrated by Petra Mathers. For preschool through grade five.

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