December 2021 | New Additions to Our Adult Collection
These are some of the titles we’ve recently added to our shelves:
A Virtuous Woman, Kaye Gibbons
Ruby Stokes has died too young and left her husband, Blinking Jack, behind. With alternating entries from each of them, A Virtuous Woman recounts the tale of their years together in an “exquisitely realized piece of writing”
The Space Between Us, Thrity Umrigar
Set in modern-day India, this evocative novel follows upper-middle-class Parsi housewife Sera Dubash and 65-year-old illiterate household worker Bhima as they make their way through life.
Whose Names are Unknown, Snaora Babb
Sanora Babb’s long-hidden novel tells an intimate story of the High Plains farmers who fled drought dust storms during the Great Depression. Written with empathy for the farmers’ plight, this powerful narrative is based upon the author’s firsthand experience.
Hanna’s Daughters, Marianne Fredriksson
Resonating with truth and revelation, this moving Scandinavian novel deftly explores the often difficult but enduring ties between mothers and daughters, the sacrifices, compromises, and rewards in the relationships between men and women, and the patterns of emotion that repeat themselves through generations.
Summer Friends, Holly Chamberlin
Set in coastal Maine, a novel rich in drama and insights into what factors bring people together and, just as fatefully, tear them apart.
These Silent Woods, Kimi Cunningham Grant
A father and daughter living in the remote Appalachian Mountains must reckon with the ghosts of their past in this mesmerizing novel of suspense.
Sea Glass, Anita Shreve
Anita Shreve unfolds a richly engaging tale of marriage, money, and troubled times-the story of a pair of young newlyweds who, setting out to build a life together in a derelict beach house on the Atlantic coast, soon discover how threatening the world outside their front door can be.
The Sentence, Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman’s relentless errors.
Dark Things I Adore, Katie Latari
Three campfire secrets. Two witnesses. One dead in the trees. And the woman, thirty years later, bent on making the guilty finally pay.
The Midnight Lock: a Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Jeffery Deaver
Jeffery Deaver delivers the latest thriller featuring his beloved protagonists Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs as they search for a criminal whose fascination with breaking locks terrorizes New York City.
Stokes Nature Guides: A Guide to Bird Behavior, Donald W. Stokes
This Volume of the guide includes complete life histories, details of courtship and territorial behavior, how to recognize displays, and much more.
The Poorhouse: America’s Forgotten Institution, David Wagner
Based on the author’s study of six New England poorhouses/poor farms, a hidden story in America’s history is presented. While the poorhouse’s mission was character reform and ‘repressing pauperism,’ these goals were gradually undermined by poor people themselves, as well as by staff and officials of the houses, who had agendas sometimes at odds with the purposes for which the poorhouse was invented.
Rage, Bob Woodward
Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, is an unprecedented and intimate tour de force of new reporting on the Trump presidency facing a global pandemic, economic disaster and racial unrest.
Buddhism: Everything You Need to Understand This Ancient Tradition, Jacky Sach
This volume examines Buddha’s core teachings, explores the ways and means of enlightenment and elucidates the mystical aspects of Buddhism.
Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion, Michael Wex
With Just Say Nu, Wex shows us how to use this remarkable language to spice up conversations, stories, presentations, arguments, and more, when plain English will not suffice (including, of course, lots of delightful historical and cultural side trips along the way).
The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War, Craig Whitlock
An investigative story of how three successive presidents and their military commanders deceived the public year after year about America’s longest war, foreshadowing the Taliban’s recapture of Afghanistan.
The Grain Brain Cookbook, David Perlmutter
The authorized companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, with more than 150 life-changing gluten-free recipes for complete health and vitality.
Who Ate the First Oyster? The Extraordinary People Behind the Greatest Firsts in History, Cody Cassidy
Who wore the first pants? Who painted the first masterpiece? Who first rode the horse? Who invented soap? This madcap adventure across ancient history uses everything from modern genetics to archaeology to uncover the geniuses behind these and other world-changing innovations.
Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience, Bene Brown
Brené Brown writes, “If we want to find the way back to ourselves and one another, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories and be stewards of the stories that we hear. This is the framework for meaningful connection.”
Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty and Achieve Peace, Carl Sefina
Becoming Wild brings readers into intimate proximity with various nonhuman individuals in their free-living communities. It presents a revelatory account of how animals function beyond our usual view.
Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet, Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet shows us a new way of seeing and living that can bring healing and harmony to ourselves, our relationships, and the Earth.
The Apple Lover’s Cookbook, Amy Traverso
The Apple Lover’s Cookbook is more than a recipe book. It’s a celebration of apples in all their incredible diversity, as well as an illustrated guide to 70 popular apple varieties. Each has its own complete biography with entries for best use, origin, availability, season, appearance, taste, and texture.
Astounding Sea Stories: Fifteen Ripping Good Tales, Tom McCarthy
This eclectic collection will not disappoint any armchair seafarer.
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know, Malcom Gladwell
Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.
The Undertakers, Nicole Glover
Nicole Glover delivers the second book in her exciting Murder & Magic series of historical fantasy novels featuring Hetty Rhodes and her husband, Benjy, magic practitioners and detectives living in post-Civil War Philadelphia.
Tomorrow I Die, Mickey Spillane
A collection of Spillane’s adventures. He shows us a world where everything is tough. The men are tough, the cops are tough; even the dames are tough. And most of all, life is tough.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.
Mansfield Park, Jane Austin
Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen’s first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound.
Hero of Two Worlds: the Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of
Revolution, Mike Duncan
The thrilling story of the Marquis de Lafayette’s lifelong quest to defend the principles of liberty and equality.
We are Not Like Them, Christine Pride and Jo Piazza
Told from alternating perspectives, an evocative and riveting novel about the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event—a powerful and poignant exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives.
Dog Eat Dog, David Rosenfelt
Lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever, Tara, work to free a man who risked it all to help a dog in need.
Bitter Root: Legacy volume 3, Walker, Brown, Greene, Dodgson, and Otsmane-Elhaou
It is 1925, a great evil has invaded the world, and the monster-hunting Sangerye family is about to discover that they do not have what it takes to protect themselves, let alone humanity.
Dune: House Atreides, vol 2, Brian Herbert
THE OFFICIAL PREQUEL TO THE GROUNDBREAKING DUNE CONTINUES… Leto Atreides brings news of the revolt brewing on Ix, but the city’s leaders make a decision that may threaten everyone, while Crown Prince Shaddam plots to overtake it.
For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, Nathan Englander
Nathan Englander envisions a group of Polish Jews herded toward a train bound for Auschwitz and in a deft imaginative twist turns them into acrobats tumbling out of harm’s way; he takes an elderly wigmaker and makes her, for a single moment, beautiful. Again and again, Englander does what feels impossible: he finds, wherever he looks, a province beyond death’s dominion.
Five Tuesdays in Winter, Lily King
Told in the intimate voices of complex, endearing characters, Five Tuesdays in Winter intriguingly subverts expectations as it explores desire, loss, jolting violence, and the inexorable tug toward love at all costs.
Flag Day with Dylan Penn
A father leads a double life as a counterfeiter, bank robber and con man in order to provide for his daughter.
Old Henry with Tim Blake Nelson
An action western about a farmer who takes in an injured man with a satchel of cash. When a posse comes for the money, he must decide who to trust.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings with Marvel Studios with Simu Liu
Shang-Chi must face the past he thought he left behind and confront his father, leader of the dangerous Ten Rings organization.
Respect: Her Voice Changed Everything with Jennifer Hudson
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, “Respect” is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.
Treme: The Complete First Season
An HBO drama series that follows the residents-musicians, teachers, restauranteurs, radio deejays, community leaders—of one of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
The Andy Griffin Show, the complete first season
A bona fide television classic, this follows the gentle give and take of small-town Sheriff Any Taylor , his son Opie and all the other colorful characters who inhabit bucolic Mayberry, N.C.