AUBURN — Auburn Public Library has announced the following additions to its shelves for May:

Fiction

“Cat’s Claw,” Susan Wittig Albert. Pecan Spring’s computer guru Larry Kirk is found dead and Police Chief Sheila Dawson at first believes it to be a suicide. Further investigation reveals it was murder and that the victim had been dealing with a stalker. Secrets are revealed that could drive almost anyone to murder.

“No Time Like the Present,” Nadine Gordimer. Nobel winner Gordimer tells the story of an interracial couple in post-apartheid South Africa. Steve becomes a lecturer at a university and Jabulili trains to become a lawyer. Their family grows and their story and that of their friends symbolizes South Africa as it struggles to redefine itself.

“Death Comes Silently,” Carolyn Hart. It’s the off-season at Annie Darling’s bookstore so she jumps at the chance to host a book signing. During the signing Gretchen Burkholdt, a volunteer at the local thrift shop, leaves several voice mails about scandalous news she’s dying to share. After the event Annie heads over to the thrift shop where she discovers Gretchen dead on the floor and an axe at her side.

“Folded Earth,” Anuradha Roy. A young woman leaves her old life behind to begin anew in a small village in the foothills of the Himalayas where people co-exist peacefully with nature. But she soon learns that no place is remote enough to keep out the modern world as greedy politicians threaten her village and her new way of life.

“The Shoemaker’s Wife,” Adriana Trigiani. The Italian Alps is the setting for the first meeting of Enza and Ciro. After both emigrate to America separately, they build their lives, he as a shoemaker and she is as a seamstress. By chance they are reunited only to be separated again by his enlistment in World War I. Eventually love triumphs as it did with the author’s forbearers on which this novel is based.

Nonfiction

“Lone Survivors: How We Came to be the Only Humans on Earth,” Chris Stringer. Renowned paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer explains his new theory on humanity’s origin. He explains the new archeological and genetic evidence, and how different groups of humans coexisted across Africa.

“Shadow of the Titanic: the Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived,” Andrew Wilson. It tells the tales of those 705 survivors of the disaster, and how their lives went on after that terrible night. Gathered from letters, memoirs and diaries, the author tells the tales of those who lived through the greatest ship disaster of its age.

“Two-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster,” Steve Dalton. Work smarter not harder is an old saying. This book teaches how to use that technique when it comes to modern day job searching. From using Google, to career networking site LinkedIn, and even utilizing alumni databases, Dalton explains it all in an easy to follow style.

“Barefoot Bandit: the True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, New American Outlaw,” Bob Friel. From his troubled youth to his dramatic captures, Barefoot Bandit tells the story of Colton Harris-Moore’s escapades. From eluding authorities in the pacific-northwest then taking flight across the country, as well as the adventures Bob Friel had reporting on this modern age outlaw.

“Blood Sugar Solution: the Ultra Healthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease and Feeling Great Now!,” Mark Hyman. Hyman gives all the information anyone needs to combat being overweight and diabetic.

Young adult

“Wings of the Wicked,” Courtney Allison Moulton. Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie, Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

“The Wood Queen,” Karen Mahoney. To keep her best friend, Navin, from being killed at the hands of vicious wood elves, Donna Underwood stole the elixir of life. Now she’s facing an alchemist tribunal while her mother lies dying, succumbing to the elven curse that shattered her mind. If Donna can use her strange and burgeoning powers to help the wood elves, Aliette will free her mother from the curse.

“Arcadia Awakens,” Kai Meyer. To New Yorker Rosa Alcantara, the exotic world of Sicily, with its network of Mafia families and its reputation for murder and intrigue, is just that – exotic, and wholly unknown. But when tragedy strikes, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where her sister and aunt have built their lives and where centuries of family secrets await her.

“The Nightmare Garden,” Caitlin Kittredge. Everything Aoife Grayson thought she knew about the world is a lie. Her brother isn’t at Ravenhouse. Her best friend isn’t who she thought he was. And there’s no such thing as the necrovirus. Her mother didn’t go mad from a dormant strain; she’s simply allergic to iron. As is Aoife. Because Aoife is no ordinary girl. Like her brother, Conrad, she is half human and half Fae, from the land of Thorn. And now she’s a fugitive.

“Lightbringer,” K.D. McEntire. Wendy has the ability to see souls that have not moved on – but she does not seek them out. They seek her. They yearn for her … or what she can do for them. Without Wendy’s powers, the Lost – the souls of those who have died unnaturally young – are doomed to wander forever in the Never, and Wendy knows she is the only one who can set them free by sending them into the Light.

Children’s

“Remarkable,” Lizzie Foley. In her debut novel for young readers Lizzie Foley shows that even ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Can she save the day when the evil Grimlet twins and a pirate captain come to town? For kids in grades four through six.

“Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict,” Trenton Lee Stewart. Fans of the Mysterious Benedict Society will learn about the boy who started it all. 9-year-old Nicholas Benedict, a narcoleptic orphan with a rather unfortunate nose, is sent to a new orphanage where bullies and peril await. Fortunately for Nicholas, he is a genius. Trying to solve a mystery he meets both enemies and friends along the way with lots of with danger and adventure. For kids in grades three through six.

“The Dunderheads Behind Bars,” Paul Fleischman. Those underdogs the Dunderheads are back for a summer vacation adventure. When school lets out for the summer the Dunderheads are happy to be rid of their awful teacher Miss Breakbone. Or are they? When a new movie comes to town with teen star Ashley Throbb-Hartt, the kids become extras on the movie set. Imagine their horror as they discover that Miss Breakbone is going to be in the movie too. Will the Dunderheads survive the summer or wind up in jail? A sequel to the Dunderheads, this picture book is for kids in first through third grade.

“Magritte’s Marvelous Hat,” D.B. Johnson. Johnson has created an introduction for children to the Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte. “Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.” Through the use of transparent pages and reversible images, Johnson manages to capture the spirit of Magritte’s paintings.

“How to Babysit a Grandpa,” Jean Reagan. What happens when a little boy must babysit his grandpa? This picture book will have kids laughing out loud as they learn all about the right way to babysit their grandpa. The book will be reassuring to any youngster worried about mom and dad leaving as well as a fun read for grandpas everywhere.


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