AUBURN — Auburn Public Library has listed the following new acquisitions for July:


“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, directed by David Fincher. In this story of a man who ages backwards, Brad Pitt is transformed from a wizened old man to a youth.

“Milk,” with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and James Franco, directed by Gus Van Sant. Penn won the Best Actor Oscar for the portrayal of Harvey Milk, who in 1970’s San Francisco became the country’s first openly gay male city supervisor, and was ultimately assassinated.

“The Reader,” with Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, directed by Stephen Daldry. In post-World War II Germany, a teenager embarks upon a clandestine affair with an older woman that changes his life. He is stunned to learn years later that she stands on trial for war crimes.

“Slumdog Millionaire,” with Dev Patel and Anil Kapoor, directed by Danny Boyle. A young man’s horrific childhood experiences as an orphan on the streets of Mumbai leads to a wildly unlikely run of success on India’s version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”



“Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan,” by Doug Stanton. Stanton recounts how, in the wake of 9/11, a crack Special Forces team infiltrated Afghanistan on horseback to help overthrow the Taliban.

“Renegade: The Making of a President,” by Richard Wolffe. What formative experiences provided political newcomer Barack Obama with the skills and resolve to ascend to the presidency? A journalist with unprecedented access provides some answers.

“Prairie Tale: A Memoir,” by Melissa Gilbert. As a star on “Little House on the Prairie,” Melissa Gilbert grew up gracefully before the country’s eyes. But life behind the camera as the adopted daughter of an image-conscious show-biz family was more complicated.

“Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood,” by Michael Lewis. Employing the story-telling skills that illuminated his book about baseball, “Moneyball,” Lewis examines the anxiety and excitement that fatherhood brought to his life.



“Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut: Learning to Understand and Help Those Who Self-Injure,” by Marv Penner. This book provides solid information on an urgent topic: why so many distressed teens today mutilate themselves.

“Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life,” by Linda and Tosh Silversten. Written by a mother-and-son team, this book shows how personal lifestyle decisions both large and small impact the health of the environment.

“Into the Volcano: A Graphic Novel,” by Don Wood. While visiting their aunt on their ancestral island homeland, two brothers find themselves in a race for survival when the volcano that created the caverns they are exploring suddenly begins to erupt.

“Lost on Venus,” by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The creator of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars was a master of pulse-pounding fantasy. Fans will read about the adventures of stranded explorer Carson Napier as he struggles to survive on a planet full of dangerous surprises.


“A Penguin Story,” by Antoinette Portis. A little penguin’s world is white, black and endless blue. But Edna Penguin is on a fervent search for something different. Maybe something red. Will she find it? For ages 5 to 6.

“Trout Are Made of Trees,” by April Pulley Sayre. Mixed media collage and artful alliteration make for a lively introduction to stream ecology and the concept of food webs. Helpful information about the trout’s life cycle and river conservation is included. For kids in grades two to five.

“Home on the Range,” by Deborah Hopkinson. John A. Lomax loved three things: Texas, singing, and education. In this picture book biography, you’ll learn how this tireless “song hunter” collected “Home on the Range” and a slew of other old favorites that are now part of our musical heritage. For kids in grades one to four.

“Quest,” by Kathleen Duble. The account of Henry Hudson’s search for a faster route to Asia will awaken the adventurous spirit in middle readers. An exciting story told from four points-of-view makes this book hard to put down. For kids in grades five to eight.

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