New Items ~ October 2021

FICTION

Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn. A high-stakes heist novel set in a gritty world of magic and malice.

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty. The Delaney family love one another dearly–it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other. If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father?

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney. Four young people pair up, break up, have wild flirtations and worry about their friendships and the world they live in while pondering their eroding youth.

Bewilderment by Richard Powers. Following the death of his wife, an astrobiologist searches for life throughout the cosmos while raising his unusual nine-year-old son. He learns of an experimental treatment that involves training the boy on the recorded patterns of his mother’s brain.

Bloodless (Pendergast #20) by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. When completely bloodless bodies are found in Savannah, Georgia, FBI Agent Pendergast investigates amid growing panic and whispers of an infamous local vampire.

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki. An inventive novel about loss, growing up, and our relationship with things. 

Bullet Train by Kōtarō Isaka. A dark, satirical thriller following the perilous train ride of five highly motivated assassins. 

The Burning (Clay Edison #4) by Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman. A raging wildfire. A massive blackout. A wealthy man shot to death in his palatial hilltop home. Things get personal for the Deputy Coroner Edison when a murder hits close to home. 

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr. The latest by the author of All the Light We Cannot See connects teenagers in three timelines (1450s, the present, and the far future) through an ancient love letter to books and their stewards.

Dark Things I Adore by Katie Lattari. Lattari unravels the realities behind campfire legends, the horrors that happen in the dark, the girls who become cautionary tales, and the guilty who go unpunished… until now.

A Darker Reality (Elena Standish #3) by Anne Perry. The next installment in the spy thriller series following a young British photographer and secret agent in the 1930s, when the world was a place of increasing fear and uncertainty.

Enemy at the Gates (Mitch Rapp #20) by Kyle Mills & Vince Flynn. The CIA’s top operative searches for a high-level mole with the power to rewrite the world order.

The Garden House by Marcia Willett. A charming and heartwarming novel about family, yearning, and long-buried secrets, set in the Devon countryside.

Halloween Party Murder (Maine Clambake Mystery #9.5) by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis & Barbara Ross. Small town holiday traditions are celebrated throughout Maine, but when it comes to Halloween, some people are more than willing to reap a harvest of murder.

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. Whitehead’s latest genre shift is a heist novel set in 1960s Harlem.

Harrow by Joy Williams. Enter an uncertain landscape after an environmental apocalypse; a world in which only the man-made has value, but some still wish to salvage the authentic. 

Hemlock (China Bayles #28) by Susan Wittig Albert. Bayles visits the Hemlock House Library, a haunted North Carolina mountainside mansion, where the most valuable book in the collection is missing and her friend, the director, is under suspicion.

Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Everyone knows Lily Atwood—and that may be her biggest problem. She has it all—fame, fortune, Emmys, an adorable seven-year-old daughter. To keep it, all she has to do is protect one life-changing secret. Her own. 

The Heron’s Cry (Two Rivers #2) by Ann Cleeves. When Detective Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists, he finds an elaborately staged murder, and must tread carefully through lies that fester at the heart of his community.

Inseparable by Simone de Beauvoir.  Deemed too intimate to publish during her lifetime, Inseparable offers fresh insight into the groundbreaking feminist’s own coming of age. 

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey. A Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com. A Hollywood “It Girl” cut off from her wealthy family is exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong.

The Jailhouse Lawyer by James Patterson & Nancy Allen. A young lawyer takes on the judge who is destroying her hometown – and ends up in jail herself.

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward.  In a boarded-up house on a dead-end street at the edge of the wild Washington woods lives a family of three. What is buried out among the birch trees may come back to haunt them all. 

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. An intimate, sweeping novel that chronicles the journey of one American family, from the centuries of the colonial slave trade through the Civil War to today.

The Magician by Colm Tóibín. A complex portrait and novelization of Thomas Mann, the most successful novelist of his time; a public man whose private life remained a secret.

The Man Who Died Twice (Thursday Murder Club #2) by Richard Osman. A letter arrives from an old colleague. He’s made a big mistake, he needs help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

Matrix by Lauren Groff. Young Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease. A mesmerizing portrait of a woman that history moves both through and around.

The Matzah Ball: A Novel by Jean Meltzer. Rachel is a nice Jewish girl with a shameful secret: she loves Christmas. She’s hidden her career as a Christmas romance novelist from her family, while a chronic illness has kept the love she writes about out of reach.

Nice Girls by Catherine Dang. A deviously dark psychological novel that explores the hungry, angry, dark side of girlhood and wonders what is most dangerous to a woman: showing the world what it wants to see, or who she really is?

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell. A cold case, an abandoned mansion, family trauma and dark secrets lie at the heart of this novel.

Palmares by Gayl Jones. The story of Almeyda, a Black slave girl who comes of age on Portuguese plantations, escapes to a fugitive slave settlement called Palmares, and embarks on a journey across colonial Brazil to find her husband, lost in battle.

Robert B. Parker’s Stone’s Throw (Jesse Stone #20) by Mike Lupica. Paradise is rocked by the mayor’s untimely death in the latest novel starring police chief Jesse Stone.

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins. A new thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train.When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him.

Snowflake by Louise Nealon. A tale of love and family, depression and joy; an affecting coming-of-age story about a young woman learning to navigate a world that constantly challenges her sense of self.  

The Stolen Hours by Allen Eskens. A riveting, hold-your-breath” mystery in which a woman finds herself in a race not only for justice but for her life.

Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune. A contemporary fantasy about a ghost who refuses to cross over and the ferryman he falls in love with.

The War for Gloria by Atticus Lish. A story about fathers and sons, sons and mothers, and a young boy’s struggle to become a man; while yearning to protect his mother requires him to dismantle the myth of (and possibly destroy) his father.

The Wish by Nicholas Sparks. A novel about the enduring legacy of first love, and the decisions that haunt us forever. 

NON-FICTION

Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang. A memoir of living undocumented after immigrating with her parents from China to New York City in 1994. Qian’s “illegal” family fights to survive, working in sweatshops and finding refuge in the library.

50 Hikes with Kids New England by Wendy Gorton. Designed to spark a love of nature, 50 Hikes highlights kid-friendly New England hikes – all under five miles and with an elevation gain of 900 feet or less – plus plenty of helpful information and fun ideas.

Forever Young: A Memoir by Hayley Mills. Iconic actress Hayley Mills shares personal memories from her storied childhood, growing up in a famous acting family and becoming a Disney child star, trying to grow up in a world that wanted her to stay forever young.

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach. One of the most popular, accessible science writers of today, Roach explores the science behind human/wildlife interactions.

Humane:  How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War by Samuel Moyn. As American wars have become more humane, they have also become endless. This provocative book argues that this development might not represent progress at all.

Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love by Rebecca Frankel. From a little-known chapter of Holocaust history, one family’s inspiring true story.

Land by Simon Winchester. The author of The Professor and the Madman explores the notion of property through human history, how it has shaped us and our future.

Make Good the Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and Its Legacies by Kinshasha Holman Conwill. The companion volume to the new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Own Your Morning: Refresh Your A.M. Routine & Unlock Your Potential by Liz Plosser. Women’s Health Editor Plosser helps identify core values to reshape morning habits, improve physical and mental health and set a positive, productive tone for the day.

The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century by Amia Srinivasan. A provoking and promising, transformation of many of our most urgent political debates, upending the way we discuss—or avoid discussing—the problems and politics of sex.

Robert E. Lee: A Life by Allen C. Guelzo. From the acclaimed author of Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, a sweeping, intimate biography of the Confederate general. 

The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the Discovery of DNA’s Double Helix by Howard Markel. A lively and sweeping narrative of  Watson & Crick’s 1953 landmark discovery of the double helix structure of DNA  – and one that finally gives the woman at the center of this drama her due. 

The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People by Rick Bragg. A warm-hearted and hilarious story of how the author’s life was transformed by his love for a poorly behaved, half-blind stray dog.

Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy by Nathaniel Philbrick. Philbrick argues for Washington’s unique contribution to the forging of America by retracing his journey as a new president through all thirteen former colonies.

Twilight Man: Love and Ruin in the Shadows of Hollywood and the Clark Empire by Liz Brown. The unbelievable true story of Harrison Post–the enigmatic lover of one of the richest men in 1920s Hollywood–and the battle for a family fortune.

Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana BurkeFrom the founder and activist behind the largest movement of the 20th and 21st centuries, Burke shares her never before revealed life story of how she first came to say Me Too and launch one of the largest cultural events in American history.

Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper & Katherine Howe. A chronicle of the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty—Cooper’s mother’s family, the Vanderbilts.

Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury by Evan Osnos. After a decade abroad, the Pulitzer Prizewinning Osnos returns to three places he has lived —Greenwich, CT; Clarksburg, WV; and Chicago, IL—to illuminate the origins of America’s political fury.

NEW DVDs & MEDIA

FILMS

Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

Captain Ron (1992)

In the Heights (2021)

Land (2021)

Sitting Pretty (1948)

The Truffle Hunters (2021)

Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

SERIES

Detectorists (Complete 1-3, 2018)

Lovecraft Country (Season 1, 2021)

Parks and Recreation (Complete 1-7, 2020)

The Undoing (Ltd., 2021)

Watchmen (Ltd., 2020)

MUSIC

John Prine, John Prine (1971)

Mickey Guyton, Remember Her Name (2021)

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

PICTURE BOOKS

Chowder Rules! The True Story Of An EPIC Food Fight by Anna Crowley Redding

The Couch Potato by Jory John

Grandma’s Gardens by Hillary Clinton

Sounds Like School Spirit by Meg Fleming

What I am by Divya Srinivasan

CHAPTER BOOKS

Letters From Cuba by Ruth Behar

Minecraft: the Dragon by Nicky Drayden

The Vanderbeekers: Make a Wish #5 by Karina Yan Glaser

NON-FICTION

Children’s Illustrated History Atlas by Simon Adams

Counting on Fall by Lizann Flatt

Finish the Fight: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Veronica Chambers

Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles by Michelle Meadows

History Smashers: The Titanic by Kate Messner

Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide by Annette Whipple

Lizzie Demands a Seat ! Elizabeth Jennings Fight for Streetcar Rights by Beth Anderson

Murder on the Baltimore Express: The Plot to Keep Abraham Lincoln from Becoming President by Suzanne Jurmain

Rescuing the Declaration of Independence: How We Almost Lost the Words That Built America by Anna Crowley Redding

Sakamoto’s Swim Club: How a Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory by Julie Abery

Unbound: The Life and Art of Judith Scott by Joyce Scott

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford

Who Would Win? Extreme Animal Rumble by Jerry Pallotta

GRAPHIC NOVELS

The Cardboard Kingdom: Roar of the Beast by Chad Sell

Dog Man. Mothering Heights by Dav Pilkey

History Comics: the Wild Mustang: Horses of the American West by Chris Duffy

DVDs

Paw Patrol: Moto Pups Nickelodeon

Straight Outta Nowher. Scooby-doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog starring Frank Welker

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, New York Times Book Review, Goodreads and publishers.

New Items ~ September 2021

NEW FICTION

All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle. Prepare to be delighted as Jamaican immigrant Hubert rediscovers the world he’d turned his back on.

All Together Now by Matthew Norman. A witty, heartfelt story of a dying young billionaire who brings his oldest friends together for one last beach blowout.

An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott. An uneasy alliance forms as two widows delve into their husbands’ deadly and dangerous secrets—as they try to protect their own.

Another Kind of Eden by James Lee Burke. A captivating tale of justice, love, brutality, and mysticism set in the turbulent 1960s.

Billy Summers by Stephen King. Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun, a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. So what could possibly go wrong?

The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig. A family returns to their hometown—and to the dark past that haunts them still— a masterpiece of literary horror.

Castle Shade (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #17) by Laurie R. King. A queen, a castle, a dark and ageless threat–all await Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes in this chilling new adventure.

The Cellist (Gabriel Allon, #21) by Daniel Silva. A private intelligence service plans an act of violence that will aid Russia and divide America.

Choose Me by Tess Gerritsen. A sexy murder mystery about a reckless affair and dangerous secrets.

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo. A debut novel that reinvents a classic of the American canon as a coming-of-age story full of magic, mystery, and glittering excess, and introduces a major new literary voice

Count the Ways by Joyce Maynard. A mesmerizing story of a family from the hopeful early days of young marriage to parenthood, divorce, and its costly aftermath that ripples through all their lives.

Cul-de-sac by Joy Fielding. A shooting lays bare the secrets harbored by five families in a sleepy suburban cul-de-sac in this riveting psychological thriller

Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson. A stunning novel about love, work, and marriage that asks how far one family and one community will go to protect their future.

Dogged by Death (A Furry Friends Mystery #1) by Laura Scott. Veterinarian Ally Winter must collar the killer of a shifty lawyer. Does the dead man’s dog know who committed the crime?

Fallen (Kate Burkholder, #13) by Linda Castillo. A rebellious Amish woman leaves the Plain life, but the secrets she takes with her will lead Chief of Police Kate Burkholder down a dark path to danger and death.

False Witness by Karin Slaughter. An ordinary life hides a devastating past, but now the past is catching up and time is running out.

Find You First by Linwood Barclay. Searching for the children he has never known, tech billionaire Miles Cookson, diagnosed with a terminal illness, discovers that, one-by-one, his potential heirs are vanishing.

An Irish Hostage (Bess Crawford #12) by Charles Todd. In the uneasy peace following World War I, nurse Crawford runs into trouble and treachery in Ireland and must unravel a dark, deceptive plot before someone she loves dies.

Island Queen by Vanessa Riley. A remarkable, sweeping historical novel based on the incredible true life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies. 

The Madness of Crowds (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #17) by Louise Penny. Inspector Gamache returns to Three Pines.

The Man with the Silver Saab (Detective Varg, #3) by Alexander McCall Smith. The witty detective series returns. An eminent art historian is framed and the ace investigators of sensitive crimes are on the case.

Murder at the Lakeside Library (Lakeside Library Mystery, #1) by Holly Danvers. Returning to her family’s peaceful waterfront log cabin in Wisconsin and preparing to re-open the inherited informal library, Rain’s hopes for a peaceful life are shattered when she discovers the body of Thornton Hughes, a real estate buyer, on the premises.

Nine Lives by Danielle Steel. After tragedy upsets her stable family life, a woman who longs to avoid risk at all cost learns that men who love danger are the most exciting.

The Noise : A Thriller by James Patterson. If you hear it, it’s too late. Can two sisters save us all?

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller. After sleeping with her oldest friend, Elle will have to decide between the life she has made with her genuinely beloved husband, Peter, and the life she always imagined she would have had with her childhood love, Jonas.

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby. Two ex-cons must come together and confront their own prejudices about their sons, who were married to each other, as they rain down vengeance upon those who murdered their boys.

Silver Tears (Faye’s Revenge, #2) by Camilla Läckberg. A spine-tingling tale of revenge, betrayal, and sisterhood.

Sleeping Bear by Connor Sullivan. An Army veteran seeking solitude in the Alaskan wilderness after her husband’s death—only to find herself a pawn in a deadly game with Russia.

Sooley by John Grisham. Samuel “Sooley” Sooleymon is a raw, young talent with big hoop dreams…and even bigger challenges off the court.

Steel Fear (Finn Thrillers #1) by Brandon Webb. A high-octane thriller featuring an aircraft carrier adrift with a crew the size of a small town, a killer in their midst, and the disgraced Navy SEAL who must track him down

Trial by Fire by P.T. Deutermann. Based on a true story–a dramatic WWII novel of attack, survival, and triumph on board an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

The Turnout by Megan Abbott. A revelatory, mesmerizing novel set against the hothouse of a family-run ballet studio, and an interloper who arrives to bring down the carefully crafted Eden-like facade.

Two Old Men and a Baby : Or, How Hendrik and Evert Get Themselves into a Jam (Hendrik Groen, #3) by Hendrik Groen. Nine years before the events of The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old, Hendrik and his best friend Evert embark on a madcap adventure — with an unexpected guest.

Unthinkable by Brad Parks. A new thriller about an ordinary man who may be able to save the world as we know it—but to do so, he must make an impossible choice.

Vortex by Catherine Coulter. FBI agents Sherlock and Savich find themselves dealing with very powerful figures from the past who could wreak havoc in the present.

NEW NON-FICTION

Across the Airless Wilds : The Lunar Rover and the Triumph of the Final Moon Landings by Earl Swift. Swift rediscovers the overlooked final three Apollo Moon landings- distinguished by the use of the revolutionary Lunar Roving Vehicle- as the pinnacle of human exploration.

All In : An Autobiography by Billie Jean King. An inspiring and intimate self-portrait of a champion of equality that encompasses her brilliant tennis career, unwavering activism, and an ongoing commitment to fairness and social justice.

Below the Edge of Darkness : A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea by Edith Widder. A pioneering marine biologist delves into the deep ocean to understand bioluminescence and what it tells us about the future of life on Earth.

Big Book of Baby Knits by Marie Claire Editions. The only baby knitting book you’ll ever need – 56 adorable projects that range in skill level.

The Blue Wonder : Why the Sea Glows, Fish Sing, and Other Astonishing Insights from the Ocean by Frauke Bagusche. An intimate account of the beauty, mystery, and amazing science of the ocean.

The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz : A Powerful True Story of Hope and Survival by Thomas Geve. The testimony of a boy who was imprisoned in Auschwitz, Gross-Rosen and Buchenwald and recorded his experiences through words and color drawings.

The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream : The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer by Dean Jobb. Excellent storytelling makes this classic true-crime a pleasure to read.

Empire of Pain : The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe. A portrait of the Sackler family, philanthropists responsible for making and marketing OxyContin.

Five-ingredient Dinners : 100+ Fast, Flavorful Meals by America’s Test Kitchen.  Low-effort, high-reward complete weeknight dinners, ready in an hour or less.

Forgetting : The Benefits of Not Remembering by Scott A. Small. A memory researcher, Small explains why forgetfulness is not only normal but also beneficial.

How to Tell Stories to Children by Silke Rose West. With practical advice, helpful prompts, and a touch of science to explain how stories enrich our lives in so many ways, this is a must-read for parents, grandparents and educators.

The Last Things We Talk About : Your Guide to End of Life Transitions by Elizabeth T.  Boatwright. A step-by-step guide through the process of making aging and death-related decisions.

Medicare for Dummies by Patricia Barry. Medicare made simple

Modern Mending by Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald. Bring new life to your old clothes and fabrics with this fun, easy-to-follow guide to modern mending.

The Secret History of Here : A Year in the Valley by Alistair Moffat. Taking the form of a journal of a year, this is a walk through the centuries as much as the seasons;  the story of a farm in the Scottish Borders, a site occupied since pre-historic times. 

An Ugly Truth : Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang. A riveting, behind-the-scenes exposé that offers the definitive account of Facebook’s fall from grace.

Until Proven Safe by Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley. Tracking the idea of quarantine around the globe, through time and space, to where the future technology of quarantine is being developed. a tour of an idea that could not be more urgent or relevant, a book full of stories, people, and insights that is as compelling as it is definitive.

What Fresh Hell Is This? Perimenopause, Menopause, Other Indignities, and You by Heather Corinna. An informative, blisteringly funny, somewhat cranky and always spot-on guide.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

PICTURE BOOKS

Everyone Loves A Parade! by Andrea Denish

Happy Birthday Maine! by Lynn Plourde

How To Catch A Keeper by Stephanie Mulligan

I Sang You Down From The Stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner

Rocky Waters by Anne Laurel

CHAPTER BOOKS

Dactyl Hill Squad : #1 by Daniel Jose Older

Dactyl Hill Squad : Freedom Fire #2 by Daniel Jose Older

Dactyl Hill Squad : Thunder Run #3 by Daniel Jose Older

Jinxed by Amy McCulloch

NON-FICTION

Dr. Fauci : How A Boy From Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor by Kate Messner

National Beginner’s United States Atlas by National Geographic

National Geographic Kids Beginner’s World Atlas by National Geographic

Sharice’s Big Voice : A Native Kid Becomes A Congresswoman by Us Congresswoman Sharice Davids

Usborne Book Of Art Skills by Fiona Watt

We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell

Welcome To Maine by Asa Gilland

DVDS

Epic starring Colin Farrell

Rio 2 featuring Bruno Mars

Rock Dog 2 : Rock Around The Park directed by Mark Baldo

Sesame Street Preschool Is Cool! ABCs With Elmo by Sesame Street

Watsons Go To Birmingham starring Wood Harris

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

 

 

New Items ~ August 2021

FICTION

The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman.  Set in a world of goblin wars, stag-sized battle ravens, and assassins who kill with deadly tattoos, this is a dazzling fantasy adventure.

Blush by Jamie Brenner.  Three generations of women discover that the scandalous books they read in the past may just be the key to saving their family’s future.

Cheat Day by Liv Stratman.  Here are the unexpected consequences of one woman’s attempt to exert control over her entire life by adhering to a strict wellness regimen.

Dead by Dawn by Paul Doiron.  Maine game warden Mike Bowditch finds himself in a life-or-death chase.

Dream Girl by Laura Lippman.  This conveys the horror of being housebound and reliant on strangers, as well as the fear of losing one’s mind.

Falling by T. J. Newman.  You just boarded a flight.  There are 143 other passengers on board.  What you don’t know is that 30 minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped.  For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.  The only way the family will survive is if the pilot crashes the plane.  Enjoy the flight.

The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jonasson.  A young woman seeks to start a new life in a secluded village where a small community is desperate to protect its secrets.

The Godmothers by Camille Aubray.  Four women marry into a prosperous Greenwich Village Italian family, and then must take charge of the family’s business when their husbands are forced to leave them during World War II.

Hostage by Clare MacKintosh.  The airborne equivalent of a classic country house mystery.  It’s a claustrophobic thriller set over 20 hours on-board the inaugural nonstop flight from London to Sydney.

How Lucky by Will Leitch.  A fiercely resilient young man living with a physical disability tries to solve a mystery unfolding right outside his door.

It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber.  After her marriage ends, one woman’s struggle to pick up the pieces finally leads to a new beginning but is the past truly behind her?

Lights Out in Lincolnwood by Geoff Rodkey.  A mordantly funny novel about a suburban family who have to figure out how to survive themselves and their neighbors in the wake of a global calamity that upends all of modern life.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Reid.  Four famous siblings throw an epic party of celeb rate the end of the summer.  But over the course of 24 hours, their lives will change forever.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry.  Two best friends.  Ten summer trips.  One last chance to fall in love.

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict.  The remarkable story of J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian, a Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nations.

The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton and James Patterson.  Matthew Keating, a past president and former Navy SEAL, goes on his own to find his abducted teenage daughter.

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams.  A couple reconnect 20 years after they had a torrid week of love.

Smithy by Amanda Desiree.  This original haunted house tale, with a unique plot and vivid characters, moves from uneasy to creepy to all-out “keep the lights on” terror.

Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie.  A transporting love story of music, stardom, heartbreak, and a gifted young singer-songwriter who must find her own voice.

Sons of Valor by Brian Andrews.  Military thriller fans will be pleased to have a new team to root for.

The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine.  Hiding the fact that she has no memory of her past from her fiancé, Addison – a survivor of a tragic accident – cannot shake the notion that she may have done something very, very bad.

Survive the Night by Riley Sager.  A summer read that guarantees to make your heart thump and your skin crawl.

NEW MUSIC CDs

Still Woman Enough by Loretta Lynn

We Are by Jon Batiste

NEW DVDs

Promising Young Woman (2020) starring Carey Mulligan

Hemingway: a Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (2021)

A Quiet Place, Part II (2021) starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

Becket (1964) starring Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole

American Experience: Panama Canal (2011)

American Experience: The Donner Party (2004)

NON-FICTION

All that She Carried by Tiya Miles.  A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through 3 generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people who are left out of the archives.

American Portrait : The Story Of Us, Told By Us.  An inspiriting and striking photographic portrait that captures the tumultuous, historic year that was 2020.

Beautiful Things by Hunter Biden.  “I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love,” Hunter writes in this moving memoir of addiction, loss, and survival.

By the Light of Burning Dreams by David Talbot.  America’s second revolutionary generation is brought to life through seven defining radical moments of the 1960s that offer vibrant parallels and lessons for today.

The Lighter Step-By-Step Instant Pot Cookbook by Jeffrey Eisner.

On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed.  The Pulitzer Prize winner weaves together American history with personal memoir to show the importance of events in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.

Ride of Her Life by Elizabeth Letts.  The true story of a woman from Maine who rode her horse across America in the 1950s, fulfilling her dying wish to see the Pacific Ocean.

Sincerely, Your Autistic Child by Emily Ballou.  This book is absolutely required reading for parents, educators, and caregivers who interact with anyone on the autism spectrum.

Super Fly by Jonathan Balcombe.  The unexpected lives of the world’s most successful insect.  This will turn the fly on the wall into the elephant in the room.

Talk Art by Russell Tovey.  Everything you want to know about contemporary art presented in an engaging and informative way.

The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore.  An inspiring story of the tireless 19th century woman who fought against gender-based injustices, a vivid look at the life and times of a little-known pioneer of woman’s rights.

 Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.