AUBURN – The Auburn Public Library has added the following titles to its shelves for January:


“The Ravenscar Dynasty,” Barbara Taylor Bradford. When the patriarch of a London-based family business and his eldest son are killed in a suspicious fire, younger son Edward Deravenel leaves Oxford to wrest control of the company back from malevolent forces.

“Next,” Michael Crichton. In a world where scientific leaps occur so quickly that our collective morality is hard-pressed to adapt, what comes next? In his latest potboiler exploring the dark side of technology, Crichton conjures a future that may be closer than we think.

“Spider Mountain: A Novel,” P.T. Deutermann. In the sequel to 2005’s “The Cat Dancers,” Deutermann returns to the mountains of North Carolina where Cam Richter, now a freelance investigator, encounters the evil matriarch of a clan peddling methamphetamines.

“Stalemate,” Iris Johansen. When a shady Columbian arms dealer offers her information about her missing daughter in exchange for her professional expertise, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan enters a world where people disappear all too often.


“The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream,” Barack Obama. The dynamic young senator who many expect will be a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination stakes out his position on a host of political issues.

“The God Delusion,” Richard Dawkins. An Oxford biologist pulls no punches in arguing that a broader acceptance of the scientific method would spare millions of people from the ravages of religious-based wars, oppression and abuse.

“You: On a Diet: The Owner’s Manual for Waist Management,” Mehmet C. Oz and Michael F. Roizen. Drs. Oz and Roisen are back, this time to distill the latest findings about nutrition and metabolism into a safe, practical prescription for slimming down.

“Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” Jimmy Carter. A former president with strong credentials as an honest broker in the Middle East has hard words for an Israeli government he says is denying the Palestinian people of basic human rights.

“Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You’ll Make Over and Over Again,” Ina Garten. This latest in a line of recent cookbooks featuring elegant food that is quick and easy to prepare is distinguished by Garten’s signature style.

“The Real Animal House: The Awesomely Depraved Saga of the Fraternity That Inspired the Movie,” Chris Miller. Former pledges everywhere will relish the “wildly exaggerated” account of the raucous hijinks of Dartmouth frat life in the 1970s.

Children’s books

“Kiki Strike,” Kirsten Miller. Seventh-grader Ananka Fishbein lacks intrigue in her life, until a sinkhole in a park across the street exposes the catacombs of New York City and brings her into the orbit of the mysterious Kiki Strike. For readers in grades four through eight.

“Younguncle Comes to Town,” Vandana Singh. In a book kids will sit still for, the life of a young family in northern India becomes much livelier when father invites his free-spirited youngest brother to live with them. For readers in grades two through five.

“The Moon,” Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson. In the illustrated poem perfect for bedside reading, a father and his child view the moon and all illuminated by it from the vantage point of their little boat. For kids in preschool to grade one.

“Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes,” Roseanne Thong. Elements of Chinese culture add interest to the colorful, rhyming introduction to various shapes. For kids in preschool and kindergarten.

“Speed Show: How NASCAR Won the Heart of America,” Dave Caldwell. Young NASCAR fans wanting to learn more about the popular sport will enjoy the breezy compendium of facts, trivia and history. For readers in grades five and up.

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