AUBURN – The Auburn Public Library has announced new acquisitions for March.


“The Double Bind,” Christopher A. Bohjalian. Best known for his Oprah Book Club selection, “Midwives,” Bohjalian’s latest is a literary thriller about a deeply hidden secret that mirrors characters and circumstances from “The Great Gatsby.”

“High Profile,” Robert B. Parker. When his ex-wife claims she is being stalked, Paradise, Mass., Police Chief Jesse Stone, already embroiled in an explosive murder investigation, asks his sometime lover, private-eye Sunny Randall, to guard her.

“Patriot Hearts: A Novel of the Founding Mothers,” Barbara Hambly. In this portrait of the family dramas that ensued while their husbands were governing the new republic, Martha Washington, Abigail Adams and Dolly Madison take center stage.

“The Grave Tattoo,” Val McDermid. Wordsworth scholar Jane Gresham finds herself in the midst of a historical mystery when she uncovers the trail of priceless, long-lost writings that may hold the key to an explosive secret regarding the HMS Bounty.

“Step on a Crack,” James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. When a group of celebrities is taken hostage while attending the funeral of a former First Lady, NYPD Detective Michael Bennet is called away from a family crisis to lead the negotiating team.


“Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant,” Daniel Tammet. While the author is capable of extraordinary mental feats, this first-person account shows why leading a relatively normal life may be his greatest accomplishment.

“Infidel,” Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A Somali-born member of the Dutch parliament who has faced death threats for her outspoken criticism of women’s treatment in Islamic culture tells how she came to her opinions.

“How Doctors Think,” Jerome Groopman. A frequent commentator on medical issues for The New Yorker examines the various influences, from misleading perceptions to economic constraints, that affect doctors’ abilities to diagnose illnesses.

“Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man,” Dale Peterson. This biography details the fabled life of a researcher who stumbled, almost by accident, into a career that would revolutionize understanding of primates and, by extension, ourselves.

“The Secret,” Rhonda Byrne. This book mines pearls of wisdom from sources as far afield as classics of world literature and contemporary self-help gurus to reveal a “Great Secret” for happiness and success.

Children’s books

“Rosy Cole’s Memoir Explosion,” Sheila Greenwald. Rosy writes her memoirs for a school assignment, but exaggerates events, displeasing her friends. For readers in grades two to five.

“Water Street,” Patricia Reilly Giff. Giff’s series about an Irish immigrant family in 1870s New York continues with this installment that takes place during the construction of the nearby Brooklyn Bridge. For readers in grades four to eight.

“Sigmund Freud,” Kathleen Krull. This biography for young readers describes the life of a man who always wanted to become famous, and did, but not without later controversy surrounding his work. For readers in grades four to eight.

“Peter Pan in Scarlet,” Geraldine McCaughrean. In this authorized sequel to J.M. Barrie’s classic novel, “Peter Pan,” the League of Pan returns with Peter to Neverland, where they make some new friends. For readers ages 9 to 12.

“Salaam: A Muslim American Boy’s Story,” Tricia Brown. A Muslim boy’s life in America is described in photographs and text that highlight contrasts and similarities with his friends’ and neighbors’ traditions. For kids in kindergarten through grade three.

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