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Wealth of new books on CD added to library collection

With books on CD among our patrons’ favorite offerings at the library, we are pleased to announce a large number of new ones added to our CD collection, which now number almost a thousand:

• New novels on CD include “Alice I Have Been” by Melanie Benjamin about the life of the woman whose fanciful story at age 10 became the universally beloved “Alice in Wonderland,” “Bloodroot” by Amy Greene about the magic and madness haunting an Appalachian family for generations, “The Swan Thieves” by Elizabeth Kostova about a renowned painter who brutally attacked a canvas at the National Gallery of Art, “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay about a reporter searching for information relating to a roundup of French Jews in 1942, “Ravens” by George Dawes Green about the fallout after a family wins a multi-million-dollar jackpot, “Prospect Park West” by Amy Sohn about four women living in Brooklyn, N.Y., “The Unnamed” by Joshua Ferris about a man who walks away from a seemingly perfect marriage and job, and “Kisser,” a new Stone Barrington novel by Stuart Woods.

• New memoirs and biographies on CD include “Wishful Drinking” by actress Carrie Fisher that is adapted from her one-woman stage show, “Monty Python’s Tunisian Holiday: My Life With Brian” by Kim Howard Johnson and “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” by J. Randy Taraborrelli.

• New nonfiction on CD include “What French Women Know About Love, Sex, And Other Matters of the Heart and Mind” by Debra Ollivier, “$20 Per Gallon: How The Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better” by Christopher Steiner, “Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today’s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves” by Adam L. Penenberg, “Crossing the Gates of Alaska” by Dave Metz about a man exploring Alaska with two dogs, and “Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America” by Barbara Ehrenreich.

• A collection of stories called “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men” by David Foster Wallace.


“The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half” by Stephanie Nelson offers cost-cutting tips and inspiring success stories to help you save money. “Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic” by Dr. Peter H.R. Green and Rory Jones is a revised and updated guide to the nearly one in every hundred people suffering from celiac disease, 97 percent undiagnosed.

“Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World” by Liaquat Ahamed explores the world economic collapse of the late 1920s and the four bankers who changed the course of the 20th century.

Mysteries and suspense

“The Wolf at the Door” by Jack Higgins is the latest in the popular suspense series featuring General Charles Ferguson and Sean Dillon. “The Bell Ringers” by Henry Porter is set in England in the near future where things have become undeniably Orwellian. “Blood Ties” by Kay Hooper is the latest in the Noah Bishop/FBI Special Crimes Unit series.

Vampire novel

“Jane Bites Back” by Michael Thomas Ford tells of Jane Austen 200 years after her death, now a vampire and the owner of a bookstore in a sleepy college town.

New novels

“The Burning Land” by Bernard Cornwall is historical fiction set in England at the end of the ninth century in the time of Alfred the Saxon King and his Viking enemies. “Shadow Tag” by Louise Erdrich is about a disintegrating marriage and a woman who writes two diaries, one she means for her husband to read.

History DVDs

We have a new batch of DVDs from the History Channel, including “Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall,” “Doomsday 2012: End of Days” and “Art of War: Sun Tzu’s Legendary Victory Manual Comes to Life.”

Quotable quote

“There is no reason why the same man should like the same book at 18 and at 48.” — Ezra Pound (1885-1971), American writer and poet.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful to Ranza Boggess and Barbara Sanborn for their generous donation in memory of Don Geiger. For books and materials this week, we thank Bennett Bailey, Medora Bass, Mary Bassotti, Laura Cohen, Kerry Dermody, Amanda Kerns, Anita and Charlie King, Bamma Laizure, Sandy Martin, Doris Prior, Yvonne Stieha and Barbara Stokol.

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