What We’re Reading at Home

What We’re Reading at Home

We’ve been busy reading while we #stayhome. See what our staff has been reading below.


The Book of Essie by Meghan by MacLean Weir

The youngest daughter of a famous reality show evangelical family becomes pregnant. Essie helps her mother manufacture an engagement to a classmate in order to cover for the public, all the while providing the true story to a reporter with her own background trauma from religious fanaticism. An absorbing read with a trio of central characters you won’t want to leave behind. This book will appeal to adult and high school-age fiction lovers, reality TV junkies.


Flight Season by Marie Marquardt

This novel trails two characters trying to navigate their own personal worlds. It is a cleverly designed novel that allows insight into each of the characters minds. I finished this book in one go because it was so captivating. Young Adult readers who like self realization novels with a touch of romance would love this!

Michelle C.

Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman

I found myself drawn into the Netflix miniseries “Unorthodox” about a young woman growing up in the Hasidic Jewish Community of Williamsburg, NY in present day.  It was a limited series, only four episodes, I think, but I was fascinated to learn about this religious community, their beliefs and traditions. That led me to the book upon which the series was based, an autobiography also titled Unorthodox and written by Deborah Feldman. I found her coming of age story to be fascinating and a triumph about how to follow your own path in the most extraordinary of circumstances. The description of Jewish food, the kosher preparations they follow, the clothing and hairstyles allowed by single and married women and what they represent, were all very interesting to me in addition to the main story itself.  Readers of biography, history, and religious and women’s studies will love this book.


Camino Island by John Grisham

I listened to and really liked Camino Island, which is about a young woman is recruited to recover priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts that were stolen during a daring heist. I thought it was interesting that the book was loosely inspired by Amelia Island in Florida and that the town with the bookstore in the book was modeled off Fernandina, Florida. I recommend it for anyone looking for a good mystery.


The Sherlock Holmes Handbook or The Methods and Mysteries of the Worlds Greatest Detective by Ransom Riggs

The book is a reader’s companion to the casework of Sherlock Holmes and it explores the methodology of the world’s most famous consulting detective. Written in a lively fashion, it covers everything from analyzing fingerprints to bee keeping. 224 pages, but can be read in a Pittsburgh rainy afternoon. The Sherlock Holmes Handbook will appeal to Baker Street Irregulars of all ages. Fun read.


The Bad Seed by William March

I’m just finishing The Bad Seed, the novel by William March.  I had just re-watched the film of the same name – powerful performance by Nancy Kelly as the mother of the murderous Rhoda – and wondered about source material.  The book is vastly different from the film but it is a deep and abiding portrait of a mother faced with the horrific circumstances involving a child (think “The Exorcist”).  It is complex because the mother is as responsible for what occurs as the child. Great stuff!


The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

I recently read The Glass Hotel. Beautifully written and with intriguing characters. From the author of Station Eleven— which was even better. I’m currently reading Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffith (which just won the Edgar Award for 2020); a slightly spooky mystery — can’t wait to find out whodunit!



The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

This well-written story keeps you guessing until the end. It’s a modern mystery with a mid-level pace and several red herrings thrown in to keep readers engaged. I could barely put the book down & enjoyed several late-night reading sessions! Mystery lovers will enjoy this title.



Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

I enjoyed it because it had elements of true crime as well as history. It tells a piece of the story of how to FBI came to be through the narrative surrounding a number of unsolved murders.


Laura M.

The Five Silent Years of Corrie Ten Boom by Pamela Rosewell Moore

The book I’m reading is really old, but really inspiring! So inspiring that I’m reading it a second time back-to-back! During World War II, Corrie and her family were arrested and sent to a concentration camp for hiding Jews in their home in Holland. The library also has Corrie’s best-selling book The Hiding Place which launched for Corrie a worldwide ministry of travel and speaking for 30 + years. Rosewell’s book is an inspiring account of how Corrie’s ministry amazingly continued after she suffered a stroke and could no longer speak! But the book I would recommend first is The Hiding Place because that would introduce readers to this inspiring lady, Corrie Ten Boom!


The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

Right now I am reading The Mirror & the Light. Although I am only about half way through it, I am enjoying it. I love the way she writes; you really feel like you are right there, talking to Henry VIII. Mantel is descriptive and the book is really well researched.  This is the third book in the Wolf Hall Trilogy, so if  you liked Wolf Hall (personal favorite) or Bring Up the Bodies, also by Mantel, you will enjoy this book!


The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

Based on a true story, this book explores the secret Cold War plot to bring Doctor Zhivago to the world. The idea that literature can change the world prompted the CIA to try and smuggle this masterpiece out of the USSR. Prescott weaves the tales of Pasternak, his muse Olga, and the CIA to create this delicious blend of historical fiction and espionage thriller. Read if you like historical fiction, spies, and Russian literature.


So Much Longing In So Little Space / The Art of Edvard Munch by Karl Ove Knausgaard

I am reading So Much Longing In So Little Space / The Art of  Edvard Munch by Karl Ove Knausgaard. Loving this book, a brilliant writer’s thoughts and opinions about  the work and psyche of one of my favorite painters, Munch. Every sentence is rich and provocative, with many references to philosophers and other painters (including interviews with) and of course a plethora of information about Munch’s life.



UnTamed by Glennon Doyle

I loved this book!  Honest, raw and gave me so much to think about in regards to relationships and how to live life authentically.



Virgin River by Robyn Carr

I have read many books during this time but here are three I really enjoyed: Virgin River a light read from Robyn Carr. When you finish the book you can binge watch the original Netflix series of the same name based on the book. The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grimes is a debut novel that delves into the family secrets of an Italian American family. I could not put down this timely family story. And also once again local author Marie Benedict’s Lady Clementine entertains while giving us a gentle history lesson.


Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

This is the perfect book for anyone who needs a laugh.  Especially if you have kids.  Comedy Lovers will really enjoy this title.  I also read, When Life Gives You Pears by Jeannie Gaffigan (writer, director & Jim’s wife). When you are a mother of five and writing partner of a well-know comedian, learning that you have a tumor the size of a pear in your head is not great news.  Well, it’s not really great news for anyone.  Even though medical scares are serious, Gaffigan is able to tell her story humor and heart. This title is really great for Biography readers.


Let Us Help You Find Your Perfect Match

Have you ever needed help finding a good book? MatchBook is here to help with that! The librarians at Sewickley Public Library have created this easy-to-use online form that you can use to get great reading recommendations. Librarians have been the go-to resource for finding reading material for ages. Now you can get help with your book list from the comfort of your own home.

Every time a form is filled out, one of our librarians will receive a notification. They will make 3 to 5 title recommendations based on the information that you entered. Users should expect a response within one week.  The service is available for all ages and can be accessed at www.sewickleylibrary.org/matchbook.

Please note that during the COVID-19 closure, librarians are unable to request physical items for patrons. All recommendations will be available in an online format (ebook or eaudiobook). 

Famous Voices: Audiobooks Read by Celebrities

Audiobooks have had somewhat of a renaissance in the past ten years, especially since the development of streaming audiobooks through library resources like Overdrive. Typically read by either the author or a voice actor, some books are able to secure some major star power for their audiobook narration. Here are some spectacular works of fiction narrated by Hollywood’s best and brightest actors.

Note: this list does not include audiobooks of celebrity memoirs, which are almost always narrated by the celebrity (as they are also the author of the book).

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March Staff Pick: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Our March Staff Pick is from Pat, on the first anniversary of it’s publication in March 2013, after nearly 50 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List (including time spent in the number one spot): Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Click the title to read more about the book and see reviews in our library catalog.

This book received a *Starred Review* from Booklist and was called, “the new manifesto for women in the workplace,” by Oprah Winfrey.

Here is what Pat has to say about the book, and why she liked it:Lean In

The chief operating officer of Facebook wisely and clearly explains the inequalities women face in the workforce and how she has paved her way. This book reads and rings true, especially for young women in all leadership positions. Sandberg writes compellingly and includes a wonderful family background that guided her throughout and taught her well. Those who have made gains for women and others need to understand that these huge strides have made the world a better place for everyone.

Pat also said that she thought Lean In would be eye-opening for men as well as women, even especially for men.

Lean In is also available at Sewickley Public Library as a Book on CD; or through OverDrive as a eBook in both Kindle Book and Adobe EPUB eBook formats, and as an eAudiobook in both mp3 and WMA formats.

New Books on CD July – November 2010

The Art Detective: Fakes, Frauds, and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures

Philip Mould

CD 702.88 MOU 2010

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

Michael Lewis

CD 330.973 LEW 2010

Bodily Harm

Robert Dugoni


The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

David Remnick


The Burning Wire

Jeffery Deaver


The Cookbook Collector

Allegra Goodman


The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me

Bruce Feiler

CD 362.196 FEI 2010

Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir

Wendy Burden


Deliver Us From Evil

David Baldacci


Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

S.C. Gwynne

CD 970.3 GWY 2010

Every Last One

Anna Quindlen


Fly Away Home

Jennifer Weiner


Foreign Influence

Brad Thor


Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

CD 324.973 HEI 2010

The Glass Rainbow

James Lee Burke


Globish: How the English Language Became the World’s Language

Robert McCrum

CD 420.9 MCC 2010

The Good Son

Michael Gruber


Heart of the Matter

Emily Giffin


Hitler’s Holy Relics: A True Story of Nazi Plunder and the Race to Recover the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire

Sydney D. Kirkpatrick

CD 940.53 KIR

Hook, Line & Sinister: Mysteries to Reel You In

T. Jefferson Parker, editor


Imperfect Birds

Anne Lamott


In a Heartbeat

Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy


In the Name of Honor

Richard North Patterson


The Island

Elin Hilderbrand


The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of Little Bighorn

Nathaniel Philbrick

CD 973.82 PHI

The Last Time I Saw You

Elizabeth Berg


The Lion

Nelson DeMille


Lowcountry Summer

Dorothea Benton Frank


Lucid Intervals

Stuart Woods


Making Toast: A Family Story

Roger Rosenblatt


The Man from Beijing

Henning Mankell


Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Karl Marlantes


My Name Is Memory

Ann Brashares


The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More and Live Better

Chris Farrell

CD 332.024 FAR

Nomad: From Islam to America—A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations

Ayaan Hirsi Ali


Oprah: A Biography

Kitty Kelley


The Overton Window

Glenn Beck


The Pacific

Hugh Ambrose

CD 940.5426 AMB

The Poacher’s Son

Paul Doiron


The Postmistress

Sarah Blake


Private Life

Jane Smiley


The Rule of Nine

Steve Martini


The Shadow of Your Smile

Mary Higgins Clark


61 Hours

Lee Child



Ian McEwan


Spoken from the Heart

Laura Bush


The Spy

Clive Cussler and Justin Scott


Think Twice

Lisa Scottoline


This Body of Death

Elizabeth George


The Three Weissmanns of Westport

Cathleen Schine



Sebastian Junger

CD 958.104 JUN 2010

The Watchers: The Rise of America’s Surveillance State

Shane Harris

CD 363.32 HAR 2010

New Books on CD – March/April 2010

Altar of Eden James Rollins, CD F ROL – Science, history and suspense are combined in this stand-alone novel that delves into the mystery of genetically modified animals that were kept at the Baghdad city zoo.

Ayn Rand and the World She Made Anne C. Heller, CD B RAND – Known for her novels, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, Rand was one of the 20th century’s most influential advocates of laissez-faire capitalism and individual rights.

Brava Valentine Adriana Trigiani, CD F TRI – Following up on the popular Very Valentine, shoemaker Valentine Roncalli is at the center of another hilarious and poignant story.

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage Elizabeth Gilbert, CD B GILBERT – Following the success of her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, the author presents the latest chapter in her life.

The Imperial Cruise James Bradley, 973.911 BRA – In the summer of 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt dispatched the largest diplomatic mission in American history.  The agreements that were made had repercussions for World War II.

Invictus John Carlin, CD 306.48 CAR – President Nelson Mandela faced a bitterly divided country. The 1995 Rugby World Cup, held in South Africa, became an inspired vehicle for reconciliation.

Iron River T. Jefferson Parker, CD F PAR – Charlie Hood joins a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms task force patrolling the “iron river,” where illegal guns flow from United States dealers to Mexican drug cartels.

Kisser Stuart Woods, CD F WOO – Stone Barrington is back in New York and looking forward to some downtime.  What do you think?  Will he get to take a break?

La’s Orchestra Saves the World Alexander McCall Smith, CD F MCC – During World War II, Lavender (or La) flees London and organizes a small orchestra in her small town.  A heartwarming story by a favorite author.

The Last Surgeon Michael Palmer, CD F PAL – Dr. Nick Garrity, who runs a mobile clinic for the homeless, finds himself pitted against a ruthless psychopath.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates CD 973.68 LIN – A stirring dramatization of the famous seven debates during the race for the senate in 1858.

Marriage and Other Acts of Charity: A Memoir Kate Braestrup, CD B BRAESTRUP – The author of Here If You Need Me turns her attention to the subjects of love and commitment.

The Midnight House Alex Berenson, CD F BERCI – A agent John Wells must find who is killing members of a secret interrogation team that operated at a secret base called the Midnight House.

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation Daniel J. Siegel, CD 616.89 SIE 2009 – You can focus attention on the internal world of your mind in a way that will change the wiring of your brain.

Noah’s Compass Anne Tyler, CD F TYL – After waking up in a hospital bed with a major headache,retired teacher Liam Pennywell can’t seem to remember how he got there. From the noted author.

Point Omega Don Delillo, CD F DEL – A fictional look into the mind and heart of a “defense intellectual,” a man involved in the management of the country’s war machine.

The Politician Andrew Young, CD 973.93 YOU – The highly publicized account of the rise and precipitous fall of presidential hopeful, John Edwards, as related by his former aide.

Roses Leila Meacham, CD F MEA – In a small East Texas town, Mary Toliver regrets that she didn’t marry Percy Warwick, a timber tycoon.  This decision affects their families for the next two generations.

Secrets of Eden Chris Bohjalian,CD F BOH – The murder and suicide of  Alice Hayward and her husband tortures the thoughts of her minister, Stephen Drew.

Split Image Robert B. Parker, CD M PAR – The body in the trunk of the car was just the beginning.Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone team up.

Swan Thieves Elizabeth Kostova, CD F KOS – Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a solitary, ordered life,until artist Robert Oliver attacks a painting in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient.

Tea With Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies’ Table, Our Journey Throughthe Middle East Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis, CD 956.05 DEK – A fascinating and, at times, terrifying journey with a novelist and a Middle East expert.

Treasure Hunt John Lescroart, CD F LES – Mickey Dade is glad to be pulled from his desk job at the PI firm , The Hunt Club, and put on the case of the murder of Dominic Como.

What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures Malcolm Gladwell, CD 814.6 GLA 2009 – From the author of The Tipping Point, comes the best of his writing from The New Yorker, as he writes about the “hidden extraordinary.”

Where the God of Love Hangs Out Amy Bloom, F CD BLO – A collection of connected stories centers on the theme oflove, in its many forms and complexities.

Wishful Drinking Carrie Fisher, CD B FISHER – The actress examines her turbulent life, from her Hollywood upbringing to her battle with alcohol.

The Wolf at the Door Jack Higgins, CD F HIG – Someone is targeting the members of an elite intelligence unit known as “the Prime Minister’s private army.”  Sean Dillon has an idea who it might be, but proving it may be quite difficult.

New Books on CD – January 2010

Angel Time Anne Rice, CD F RIC – Haunted by his decision to become an assassin rather than a priest, Toby O’Dare is faced with an unusual decision that is presented to him by an angel.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Christopher McDougall, CD 796.424 MCD – The true story of the tribe of Mexican Indians called the Tarahumara. The author journeys into Mexican canyons to learn the secrets behind their long-distance running.

Brutal Telling Louise Penny, CD F PEN – Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate a murder in the Canadian vacation town of Three Pines.

A Change in Altitude Anita Shreve, CD F SHR – Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months before they take on a year-long adventure of living in Kenya.

A Christmas Blizzard Garrison Keillor, CD F KEI – The inimitable storyteller regales us with the story of James Sparrow and his trip to North Dakota to visit his dying Uncle Earl.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery, CD F BAR – The concierge of a Parisian apartment building finds a kindred soul in a super-smart twelve-year-old who had decided to end her life on her thirteenth birthday.

Fire and Ice J.A. Jance, CD F JAN – Seattle investigator J.P. Beaumont and Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady find that their separate investigations may be related.

Ford County John Grisham, CD F GRI – The best-selling author offers a collection of short stories based in Ford County, Mississippi.

A Gate at the Stairs Lorrie Moore, CD F MOO – A much heralded novel. The author’s first in over a decade, focuses on the anxiety and disconnection of post 9/11 America.

Half Broke Horses Jeannette Walls, CD F WAL – The author of Glass Castle returns with a true-life novel about the author’s compelling, no-nonsense grandmother.

Have a Little Faith Mitch Albom, CD 296.7 ALB – While collecting the life story of an 82-year-old rabbi, the author encounters an impoverished convict turned Detroit pastor. He explores the truth behind both their worlds and messages.

Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger, CD F NIF – When their aunt dies and leaves her London flat to them, twin sisters Julia and Valentina leave Chicago for a new life in England.

Hothouse Orchid Stuart Woods, CD F WOO – After years spent trailing an internationally wanted terrorist, Special Agent Holly Barker returns to her hometown of Orchid Beach, Florida.

How to Smell a Rat: The Five Signs of Financial Fraud Ken Fisher, CD 364.153 FIS – The author presents five signs that can alert you to possible scams and thus insulate you against financial fraud.

Juliet, Naked Nick Hornby, CD F HOR – What happens when a washed-up musician looks for another chance? As he releases the acoustic version of his album, Juliet, Tucker Crowe is about to find out.

Lacuna Barbara Kingsolver, CD F KIN – The story of Harrison Shepherd who is pulled between Mexico and the United States as both nations invent their modern identities in the years before World War II.

Last Night in Twisted River John Irving, CD F IRV – In 1954, a twelve-year-old boy and his father become fugitives after a terrible hunting accident. From the author of The World According to Garp.

No Less Than Victory: A Novel of World War II Jeff Shaara, CD F SHA – The noted historical novelist’s third installment of his World War II series.

No Time to Wave Goodbye Jacquelyn Mitchard, CD F MIT – The Cappadora family is revisited in this unsettling follow-up to The Deep End of the Ocean.

Open: An Autobiography Andre Agassi, CD B AGASSI – The champion tennis player looks at his life and career, revealing the highs and lows of playing at the most elite level.

Pirate Latitudes Michael Crichton, CD F CRI – A pirate named Hunter teams up with Jamaican authorities in a plot to plunder a Spanish treasure ship.

The Professional Robert B. Parker, CD F PAR – Hired to investigate Gary Eisenhower, notorious for his affairs with married women, Spenser finds his investigation shifting from blackmail to murder.

Superfreakonomics Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, CD 330 LEV 2009 – The author of Freakonomics returns with insightful looks into global cooling, patriotic prostitutes and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance.

To Try Men’s Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen, CD F GIN – A new look at the American Revolution through the stories of Thomas Paine, General George Washington and Private Jonathan Van Dorn.

Trial by Fire J.A. Jance, CD F JAN – After a young woman is saved from a raging Arizona fire, Sister Anselm tends to the amnesiac victim. Her efforts, along with Ali Reynolds of the Yavapai County Police Department, may attract a determined killer.

True Compass: A Memoir Edward M. Kennedy, CD B KENNEDY – The extraordinary life story of the Massachusetts senator.

The Vintage Caper Peter Mayle, CD F MAY – Culinary delights, sumptuous wines, colorful characters and a lot of fun.

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman Jon Krakauer, CD B TILLMAN – The remarkable life and controversial “friendly fire” death of the NFL player turned Army Ranger

New Books on CD – October 2009

206 Bones Kathy Reichs, CD M REI – Forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan regains consciousness in a small, dark, cold enclosed space.  Where is she?  What happened?

The Apostle Brad Thor, CD F THO – When American doctor Julia Gallo is kidnapped in Afghanistan, the terms of her ransom leave the president with only one course of action.

Blindman’s Bluff Faye Kellerman, CD F KEL – Homicide cop Peter Decker teams up  with wife and partner Rina Lazarus to investigate the murders of billionaire Guy Kaffey, his wife and four of his employees.

Brooklyn Colm Toibin, CD F TOI – In 1950s Ireland, Eilis Lacey is out of work and out of options.  She moves to America and finds a new life in Brooklyn.

The Castaways Elin Hilderbrand, CD F HIL – Intrigue and mystery surround the death of a couple off the coast of Nantucket. By the author of A Summer Affair.

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder Rebecca Wells, CD F WEL – The author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood returns with another southern charmer.

The Defector Daniel Silva, CD F SIL – Gabriel Allon, art restorer and assassin, resumes his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, when shocking news comes from London.

Dog On It Spencer Quinn, CD M QUI – Chet, the wise, lovable canine narrator, along with his Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private eye, investigate the disappearance of a missing teenager.

The Doomsday Key Jams Rollins, CD F ROL – Three murdered people, on three continents, have a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross. Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force are in a race against time.

Dune Road Jane Green, CD F GRE – Kit Hargrove is doing well after her divorce and finds the job of her dreams, assisting the blockbuster novelist, Robert McClore.

English Majors: A Comedy Collection for the Highly Literate With Garrison Keillor, CD 791.44 ENG – Great literary-related selections from the radio show: A Prairie Home Companion.

Even Money Dick Francis and Felix Francis, CD M FRA – Bookmaker Ned Talbot is shocked by a gray-haired man who tells him he is his father.  An hour later his newly-found father is fatally stabbed at Ascot and utters his last words, “be very careful.”

Excuses Begone! Wayne W. Dyer, CD 158.1 DYE 2009 – Ways to change self-defeating thinking patterns that may have prevented you from living at a higher level.

The Fixer Upper Mary Kay Andrews, CD F AND – Out of options, Dempsey Jo Killebrew reluctantly accepts her father’s offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia.

Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age Gregg Braden, CD 001.9 BRA – Are you curious about the buzz surrounding the year 2012?

The Girl Who Played with Fire Stieg Larsson, CD M LAR – Publisher Mikael Blomkvist is  exposing a Swedish sex trade operation when two journalists are found murdered.

Guardian of Lies Steve Martini, CD F MAR – Defense lawyer Paul Madriani takes on a case to prove the innocence of Katia Solaz from Costa Rica.

Homer & Langley E.L. Doctorow, CD F DOC – Two reclusive brothers live in their once grand New York Fifth Avenue mansion.  Somehow, the epic events of the century seem to pass through their house.

The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America’s Promise Joe Scarborough, CD 320.52 SCA 2009 – A new take on the nation’s political and economic situation.

The Last Song Nicholas Sparks, CD F SPA – A new love story from the ever popular Nicholas Sparks.

Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon Buzz Aldrin with Ken Abraham, CD B ALDRIN – The flight of Apollo 11 made Aldrin one of the most famous men on the planet; here is the rest of his story.

NPR Driveway Moments: Moms—Radio Stories that Won’t Let You Go CD 791.447 NPR – Moms are highlighted in these inspirational, heartfelt and funny stories.

Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein, CD 330.01 THA – Why do we sometimes make poor choices?  What can we do to optimize our decision-making?

Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress Lee Woodruff, CD B WOODRUFF – The author of In an Instant, the chronicle of her husband’s recovery from an injury sustained in Iraq, now looks at her life in terms both personal and universal.

Renegade: The Making of a PresidentRichard WolffeCD 324.973 WOL 2009The story of how a political newcomer with no money became the world’s most powerful leader.

South of Broad Pat Conroy, CD F CON – The author’s long awaited novel features a changing southern culture through the stories of a group of teenagers who face the future in 1969.

The Spire Richard North Patterson, CD F PAT – Mark Darrow becomes a college president of his alma mater, who begins to investigate a long-ago murder that was allegedly committed by his best friend.

That Old Cape Magic Richard Russo, CD F RUS – The triumphs and struggles of Jack Griffin’s marriage are chronicled over the course of two summers at Cape Cod.

Vanished Joseph Finder, CD F FIN – Roger Heller vanishes after he and his wife are attacked. The only one who has a chance of finding him is his brother, Nick, an investigator with a private intelligence firm.

New Books on CD – August 2009

Afghanistan in a Nutshell Tim Albone and Mark Hudson, CD 958.1 ALB – An historical perspective that helps to explain Afghanistan’s current position as one of the most dangerous countries on earth.

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist Michael J. Fox, CD B FOX – The actor recounts his years with Parkinson’s Disease and learning to live a new life when he was happy with his old one.

Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken: Transform Your Life with the Power of Authenticity Mike Robbins, CD 158.1 ROB – How to overcome your fear about being who you really are.

Defiance: The Bielski Partisans Nechama Tec, CD 940.53 TEC – The incredible story of Tuvia Bielski, who began armed rescue missions for fellow Jews in Belorussia during the Holocaust.

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes Jamim Ansary, CD 909 ANS – The author explains how and why events in world history are perceived differently in the Muslim world.

Ecological Intelligence Daniel Goleman, CD 333.7 GOL – A look at the psychological aspects of our decisions regarding the green revolution and the environmental movement today.

Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman, CD 152.4 EMO – Two noted individuals share their thoughts on science and spirituality.

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite David E. Kessler, CD 613.2 KES 2009 – Why is it so difficult to resist certain foods and so easy to overindulge?

Fatally Flaky Diane Mott Davidson, CD M DAV – Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz encounters the bride from hell as well as another murder.  Goldy goes undercover in her chef’s outfit.

Gone Tomorrow Lee Child, CD M CHI – Jack Reacher becomes suspicious of a fellow New York subway passenger and debates whether to save the lives of fellow passengers or his own.

The Help Kathryn Stockett, CD F STO – Three ordinary women in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962 take an extraordinary step.

Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood Michael Lewis, CD B LEWIS – The author explores the difference between the idea of fatherhood and his actual experiences.

Home Safe Elizabeth Berg, CD F BER – After the death of her husband, Helen Ames struggles to cope with grief, but she finds that perhaps he wasn’t the man she thought he was.

Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran Azadeh Moaveni, CD B MOAVENI – A journalist describes her time in Iran where she fell in love and began a family.

Joker One: A Marine Platoon’s Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood Donovan Campbell, CD 956.7044 CAM – The author recounts service as a Marine officer and relates a tale of brotherhood, courage, and sacrifice.

Just Take My Heart Mary Higgins Clark, CD M CLA – The veteran mystery author returns with the story of a legal battle over the guilt or innocence of man accused of murdering his wife.

Knockout Catherine Coulter, CD F COU – FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are back and faced with the terror of  a young girl and a madman.

Long Lost Harlan Coben, CD M COB – Myron Bolitar’s old flame calls from Paris to report that she is being charged with her husband’s murder and the disappearance of her daughter.

Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir Christopher Buckley, CD B BUCKLEY – The well-known author and only child of famous parents recounts the year in which both of them died.

Malice Lisa Jackson, CD M JAC – Deception and betrayal confront New Orleans detective Rick Bentz as he is forced to confront the ghosts of his past.

Medusa Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos, CD F CUS – The NUMA team faces what may be their most perilous mission of all.

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Howard Pyle, CD 398.22 PYL – A new release of the familiar adventuresome tale of the merry band from Sherwood Forest. The Neighbor Lisa Gardner, CD M GAR – A young mother disappears from her South Boston home.  Detective Sergeant D.C. Warren finds that the picture of family normalcy turns murkier below the surface of their seemingly wholesome life.

The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 Paul Krugman, CD 330.9 KR – A look at the current economic situation and its similarities to the Great Depression.

Roadside Crosses Jeffery Deaver, CD F DEA – The Monterey Peninsula is stunned when roadside crosses are found along local highways — not as memorials, but as signals of  a murderer’s intention to kill.

The Scarecrow Michael Connelly, CD F CON – Jack McEvoy, from The Poet, is back and is being laid-off as a crime reporter for the L.A. Times. He decides to go out with a bang, to write the murder story of his career.

Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in the Pursuit of Happyness Chris Gardner & Mim E. Rivas,CD 158.1 GAR – Inspirational stories from the author of The Pursuit of Happyness.

The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life Ben Sherwood, CD 616.69 SHE – Who beats the odds and who surrenders?  Why do some people bounce back and others give up?

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built  Alexander McCall Smith, CD M MCC – Mma Ramotswe is in personal need of her own formidable detection talents in this latest outing in the popular series.

New Books on CD – May 2009

Abraham Lincoln: The American Presidents George S. McGovern, CD B LINCOLN – The U.S. senator and presidential candidate presents an inspiring view of the 16th president.

Acing the Interview Tony Beshara, CD 650.144 BES – Candid advice on dealing with the stressful job interview.

Agincourt Bernard Cornwell, CD F COR – During the Hundred Years War, on October 25, 1415, 6,000 English troops defeated a French brigade of 36,000 men.

The Book of Unholy Mischief Elle Newmark, CD F NEW – In Venice, 1498, rumors abound about an ancient book that holds the secrets to unimaginable power.

The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama Gwen Ifill, CD 973.932 IFI – A look at contemporary politics and the impact of Barack Obama’s rise to political power.

Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy Martin Lindstrom, CD 658.831 LIN – A look at the persuasive strategies that work in regard to branding, marketing, advertising and packaging.

A Darker Place Jack Higgins, CD F HIG – Famous Russian writer Alexander Kurbsky decides he wants to “disappear” into the West.

Enough Already: Clearing Mental Clutter to Become the Best You Peter Walsh, CD 646.7 WAL 2009 – How to deal with the overwhelming “stuff” in our lives.

The Forever War Dexter Filkins, CD 956.7044 FIL – A portrait of the Taliban, the 9/11 events, and the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Heart and Soul Maeve Binchy, CD F BIN – The stories of family, friends, patients and staff from a community heart clinic caught between the old and the new Ireland.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford, CD F FOR – Henry Lee recalls his coming-of-age during World War II and his Japanese girlfriend who was sent to the internment camps.

Intuitive Eating Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole, CD 613,25 RES – Get off the roller coaster of chronic dieting and heal your relationship with food.

The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America Steven Johnson, CD B PRIESTLY – A look at the contributions of Joseph Priestly and his influence on the American founding fathers.

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon David Grann, CD 918.1 GRA 2009 – A mystery that reaches back centuries and an explorer’s sensational disappearance are featured in this tale of death and madness.

The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them Amy Dickinson, CD B DICKINSON – The syndicated advice columnist shares her mistakes and the remarkable story of the wonderful influence of the women from her hometown.

Mounting Fears Stuart Woods, CD F WOO – President Will Lee’s vice president just died in surgery and the new nominee may not be as innocent as once believed.

Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America’s First Spy M. William Phelps, CD B HALE – The life of the famous patriot whose last words were: “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

No Limits: The Will to Succeed Michael Phelps, CD B PHELPS – The swimmer talks about his remarkable success at the Olympic Games.

The Num3rati Stephen Baker, CD 303.483 BAK – Each individual’s digital and electronic transactions are being used by corporations and politicians to transform everyday experiences.

The School of Essential Ingredients Erica Bauermeister, CD F BAU – Once a month, eight students gather in Lillian’s restaurant for a cooking class. Each wants to learn the art of cooking, but each one is looking for a recipe for something beyond the kitchen.

The Silent Man Alex Berenson, CD F BER – CIA agent John Wells thought he had reached his limit, but he is not at all prepared for what is about to happen.

Still Alice Lisa Genova, CD F GEN – Alice, in the prime of her life, finds herself in a desperate battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon Nick Trout, CD 636.089 TRO – The humor and heartache that animals bring to their owners.

Terminal Freeze Lincoln Child, CD F CHI – Scientists unearth an enormous ancient animal in the upper reaches of Alaska, but is it really dead?

Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief James M. McPherson, CD B LINCOLN – The Civil War Scholar discusses how the current responsibilities of the American President were outlined by Abraham Lincoln.

Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Signficance Tony Dungy, CD 170.44 DUN – The noted football coach discusses what is really important in each person’s life.

Very Valentine Adriana Trigiani, CD F TRI – The beginning of a new trilogy by the popular author, features the dynamics of the Roncalli and Angelini families in Manhattan and Italy.

What I Did for Love Susan Elizabeth Phillips, CD F PHI – A crazy night in Vegas leads to an all-for-show marriage for down-on-her-luck Georgie York.

The White Tiger Aravind Adiga, CD F ADI – Servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, and murderer, Balram Halwai is a very complex individual.

The Yankee Years Joe Torre and Tom Verducci, CD B TORRE – What did it take to keep the Yankees on the top of the baseball world?