New Playaways

Check out one of these new Playways just added to the collection. Playaway is a pre-loaded audiobook that gives you the portability and freedom to listen to audiobooks anytime, anywhere. Just grab a battery and some headphones and get ready to listen!


The Personal Librarian / Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

The remarkable story of J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times author Marie Benedict, and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray. In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps create a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs.


Three Hours in Paris / Cara Black

Kate Rees, a young American markswoman, has been recruited by British intelligence to drop into Paris with a dangerous assignment: assassinate the Fuhrer. Wrecked by grief after a Luftwaffe bombing killed her husband and infant daughter, she is armed with a rifle, a vendetta, and a fierce resolve. But other than rushed and rudimentary instruction, she has no formal spy training. Thrust into the red-hot center of the war, a country girl from rural Oregon finds herself holding the fate of the world in her hands. When Kate misses her mark and the plan unravels, Kate is on the run for her life–all the time wrestling with the suspicion that the whole operation was a set-up. Cara Black, doyenne of the Parisian crime novel, is at her best as she brings Occupation-era France to vivid life in this gripping story about one young woman with the temerity–and drive–to take on Hitler himself.


Fallen / Linda Castillo

When a young woman is found murdered in a Painters Mill motel, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is shocked to discover she once knew the victim. Rachael Schwartz was a charming but troubled Amish girl who left the fold years ago and fled Painters Mill. Why was she back in town? And who would kill her so brutally? Kate remembers Rachael as the only girl who was as bad at being Amish as Kate was–and those parallels dog her. But the more Kate learns about Rachael’s life, the more she’s convinced that her dubious reputation was deserved.


It’s Better This Way  / Debbie Macomber

It’s been nearly six years since Julia Jones had her heart broken. After her husband became involved with another woman, she did everything she could to save their marriage, to no avail. Their two daughters continue to stand by Julia in the wake of their father’s behavior-and they’ve had a tough time getting along with the “other woman” who became their stepmother. Distraught after selling the family home, Julia moves into a condominium complex that offers the warmth and charm of a fresh start. Now, having settled into her new community and sold her successful interior design business, she’s embraced a fulfilling new life, one that doesn’t seem to need a man in it. Her beloved father’s trusty saying is ringing truer than ever: It’s better this way. But when Julia meets a handsome new resident in the building’s exercise room, she can’t help but be drawn to him.


The Forest of Vanishing Stars / Kristin Harmel

After being stolen from her wealthy German parents and raised in the unforgiving wilderness of eastern Europe, a young woman finds herself alone in 1941 after her kidnapper dies. Her solitary existence is interrupted, however, when she happens upon a group of Jews fleeing the Nazi terror. Stunned to learn what’s happening in the outside world, she vows to teach the group all she can about surviving in the forest–and in turn, they teach her some surprising lessons about opening her heart after years of isolation. But when she is betrayed and escapes into a German-occupied village, her past and present come together in a shocking collision that could change everything.


Billy Summers  / Stephen King

Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s 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. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong? How about everything.

 


The Therapist  / B. A. Paris

Alice and Leo have just moved in together to a gorgeous gated community in London. But when Alice tries to get to know their new neighbors, she discovers a devastating, grisly secret about her new home–and begins to feel a strong connection with Nina, the therapist who lived there before. Alice becomes obsessed with trying to piece together what happened, but none of her new neighbors want to talk about it. Soon it becomes clear to Alice that things are not at all as they seem


21st Birthday  / James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

When young wife and mother Tara Burke goes missing with her baby girl, all eyes are on her husband, Lucas. He paints her not as a missing person but a wayward wife–until a gruesome piece of evidence turns the investigation criminal. While Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas pursues the story and ME Claire Washburn harbors theories that run counter to the SFPD’s, ADA Yuki Castellano sizes Lucas up as a textbook domestic offender … who suddenly puts forward an unexpected suspect. If what Lucas tells law enforcement has even a grain of truth, there isn’t a woman in the state of California who’s safe from the reach of an unspeakable threat.

 

 

 

 

 

Native American Heritage

November is Native American Heritage Month. Celebrate by exploring works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and film by indigenous American authors from the SPL collection.

An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo (2019)
Check out the current Poet Laureate’s latest collection of poems, entwining reflections on her personal history with the history of her tribe.
“Rich and deeply engaging, An American Sunrise creates bridges of understanding while reminding readers to face and remember the past.”
Elizabeth Lund, Washington Post, 8/13/2019. Available in print and eaudiobook.
Joy Harjo is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation.

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (1984)
Erdrich’s groundbreaking debut novel tells the interconnected stories of the Kashpaw and Lamartine families on a Chippewa reservation in Minnesota. Told from various points of view and spanning generations, it is recommended for fans of magical realism and character driven novels. Available in print only, but other titles by Erdrich are available in ebook and eaudio format from Hoopla and Overdrive.
Louise Erdrich is member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

There There by Tommy Orange (2018)
Preparing for the Big Oakland Powwow is no small feat. Orange effortlessly weaves together the distinct voices of his large cast of characters in this debut novel, illustrating both the diversity and commonality of experience of First Nations peoples through the various threads of story. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Available in print, cd audiobook, ebook, and eaudiobook.
Tommy Orange is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma.

Winter Counts by David Weiden (2020)
In this gritty thriller set on South Dakota’s Rosebud Reservation, Virgil Wounded Horse is paid to dispense justice when the law can, or will, not. When his teenage nephew becomes involved with drugs, the issue becomes personal, and Virgil is drawn into a battle with the cartel that supplies the reservation. Compelling characters and the authentic portrayal of native life make this more than your standard vigilante hero fare. Available in print, ebook, and eaudiobook.
David Heska Wanbli Weiden is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota nation.

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer (2019)
This nonfiction book provides a much needed counternarrative to the standard European American view of Native American history. A finalist for The National Book Award. Available in print, ebook, and eaudiobook.
David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.
Also recommended: Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian, available in ebook and eaudiobook. “A deeply knowing, darkly funny, unabashedly opinionated, and utterly unconventional account of Indian–White relations in North America since initial contact”–Overdrive description.

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie (2017)
Alexie, who won a National Book Award for his bestselling young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, processes the complicated relationship he had with his mother in this poignant and raw memoir. Available in print, cd audiobook, Playaway, ebook, and eaudiobook.
Sherman Alexie is a A Spokane/Coeur D’Alene Indian. 

Indian Horse (Film, 2017)
Saul Indian Horse is sent to a Canadian residential school as a young boy. Despite the deprivations and abuse he endures there, he discovers ice hockey and becomes a star player. The film is based on the 2012 novel by Richard Wagamese. Available in DVD.
Richard Wagamese was an Ojibwe from the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations.

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.


Emily

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.


Phoebe

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.


Carolyn

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.


George

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.


Blair

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!


Lynne

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!

 


Richelle

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.

 


Dustin

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!


Jen

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!


Stephanie

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.


Alex

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.


 

Sage

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.

 


Bette

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.


Ellen

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

CD F DUG

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

David Remnick

CD B OBAMA

The Burning Wire

Jeffery Deaver

CD F DEA

The Cookbook Collector

Allegra Goodman

CD F GOO

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

CD B BURDEN

Deliver Us From Evil

David Baldacci

CD F BAL

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

CD F QUI

Fly Away Home

Jennifer Weiner

CD F WEI

Foreign Influence

Brad Thor

CD F THO

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

CD M BUR

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

Robert McCrum

CD 420.9 MCC 2010

The Good Son

Michael Gruber

CD F GRU

Heart of the Matter

Emily Giffin

CD F GIF

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

CD F HOO

Imperfect Birds

Anne Lamott

CD F LAM

In a Heartbeat

Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy

CD B TUOHY

In the Name of Honor

Richard North Patterson

CD F PAT

The Island

Elin Hilderbrand

CD F HIL

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

CD F BER

The Lion

Nelson DeMille

CD F DEM

Lowcountry Summer

Dorothea Benton Frank

CD F FRA

Lucid Intervals

Stuart Woods

CD F WOO

Making Toast: A Family Story

Roger Rosenblatt

CD B ROSENBLATT

The Man from Beijing

Henning Mankell

CD M MAN

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Karl Marlantes

CD F MAR

My Name Is Memory

Ann Brashares

CD F BRA

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

CD B HIRSI ALI

Oprah: A Biography

Kitty Kelley

CD B OPRAH

The Overton Window

Glenn Beck

CD F BEC

The Pacific

Hugh Ambrose

CD 940.5426 AMB

The Poacher’s Son

Paul Doiron

CD F DOI

The Postmistress

Sarah Blake

CD F BLA

Private Life

Jane Smiley

CD F SMI

The Rule of Nine

Steve Martini

CD F MAR

The Shadow of Your Smile

Mary Higgins Clark

CD M CLA

61 Hours

Lee Child

CD F CHI

Solar

Ian McEwan

CD F MCE

Spoken from the Heart

Laura Bush

CD B BUSH

The Spy

Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

CD F CUS

Think Twice

Lisa Scottoline

CD F SCO

This Body of Death

Elizabeth George

CD M GEO

The Three Weissmanns of Westport

Cathleen Schine

CD F SCH

War

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.