NEW BOOKS

Fiction: THE OTHER WOMAN

By Daniel Silva

Gabriel Allon, the art dealer and assassin, fights the Russians to decide the fate of postwar global order.

Fiction: PACHINKO

By Min Jin Lee

Four generations of a poor, proud immigrant family fight to control their destinies living in Japan, exiled from a homeland they never knew.

Fiction: HAPPINESS

By Aminatta Forna

Who would have thought the lives of a prominent Ghanian psychiatrist working with world trauma victims and an American studying the lives of urban foxes in present day London would connect?  The author connects parallel lives, present and past, in meaningful ways that lead to happiness.

Non-Fiction: BAKER ISLAND

By Cornelia Cesari

Part of the Images of America Series.  This book is mostly a collection of old black-and-white photographs with captions of Baker Island, Maine, and the people who lived there.

Non-Fiction: THE AMERICAN SPIRIT: WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR

By David McCullough

Non-Fiction: THE LAST LOBSTER

By Christopher White

Non-Fiction: HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND

By Michael Pollan

Non-Fiction: SPYING ON WHALES

By Nick Pyenson

Non-Fiction: POLITICAL TRIBES

By Amy Chua

Political Tribes is a wake-up call to the dangers of surrendering national unity to a fractured landscape of feuding and narrow interests.”  — Tom Brokaw.

Biography: EDUCATED: A MEMOIR

By Tara Westover

“Breathtaking, heart-wrenching, inspirational — I’ve never read anything like this.  Educated tells the story of a young girl’s escape from violence and emotional prison.  It is about the love of family and the pain of family both, the ferocity of the human spirit, and the power of education to change lives.” — Amy Chua

Biography: THE LONG HANGOVER

By Shaun Walker

Biography: THE WORLD AS IT IS: A MEMOIR OF THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE

By Ben Rhodes

Biography: THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS

By Michael Finkel

In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight drove into rural Maine, abandoned his car, and disappeared into the woods.  He would not have a conversation with another person for the next twenty-seven years.

Biography: MY OWN WORDS

By Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Wendy Williams

 

Biography: ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST

By David Attenborough

In 1954, Attenborough, a young TV presenter, travelled the world finding rare and elusive animals for the London Zoo’s collection and to film the expedition for the BBC for a new show called Zoo Quest. This is the story of those travels.

Fiction: RED CLOCKS

By Leni Zumas

Move over Margaret Atwood.  Red Clocks imagines a dystopian near-future (nearer all the time) in which women are stripped of reproductive freedoms.  A tough read.

Fiction: THE FEMALE PERSUASION

By Meg Wolitzer

At the start of this novel which is mostly the story of two women, an 18-year-old college freshman and a famous older feminist who befriends and inspires her, the young woman is groped at a fraternity party. Her question, “Why is it like this, and what are we supposed to do about it?” is one of many questions addressed with humor and wisdom in this book.

Fiction: THE MARTIAN

By Andy Weir

Six days ago astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now he’s sure he will be the first person to die there. After a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’s surface, with no way to signal Earth that he is alive.

Fiction: SING, UNBURIED, SING

By Jesmyn Ward

Part ghost story, part road book, this historic National Book Award winner is a journey through Mississippi’s past and present and an epic tale of hope and survival. Following a family making the trip from their Gulf Coast town to the State Penitentiary, the book tests the strength of emotional bonds and the pull of our collective history. Winner of many awards.

Fiction: THE SECRET HISTORY

By Donna Tartt

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever misfits at an elite school in New England learn a way of thinking and living that draws them into a life of corruption and betrayal and at last into evil. Psychological thriller.

Fiction: GOLDEN HILL

By Francis Spufford

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island 1746 — thirty years before the American Revolution. When a young man arrives with an order requesting a thousand pounds, there are no explanations. People are Suspicious. They don’t know whether to befriend him, seduce him, arrest him or kill him. The New Yorker says this is “a fast-paced romp that keeps its eyes on the moral conundrums of America.” Winner of many awards.

Fiction: TENTH OF DECEMBER

By Gabriel Tallent

Turtle Alveston is tough. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the California coast. She has problems in school and at home. Her mother is dead. Her father is abusive. Then Turtle meets Jacob who lives in a clean house, tells jokes, and adores Turtle. She struggles to become her own hero and ours as well.

Fiction: TENTH OF DECEMBER

By George Saunders

The short stories of Tenth of December are of our time — struggling with the bills, keeping up with the neighbors — sound just like people we hear every day.

Fiction: WARLIGHT: A NOVEL

By Michael Ondaatje

Sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent is a half French, half Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles, is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. A blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

Fiction: BURY YOUR DEAD

By Louise Penny

It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation that has gone hauntingly wrong.

Fiction: THE SYMPATHIZER: A NOVEL

By Viet Thanh Nguyen

Sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent is a half French, half Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles, is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. A blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

Fiction: CIRCE

By Madeline Miller

In first person, the author reimagines the life of Circe, the formidable sorceress of The Odyssey. A veritable who’s who of the gods of Olympus and the heroes of ancient Greece, Circe knows them all and we see them through her perceptive eyes. Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world. Yea, Circe!

Fiction: ISLANDS IN TIME

By Barbara Kent Lawrence

When Rebecca Grangers falls in love with Ben Bunker, she is only fourteen years old. In 1958, a summer girl is not allowed to love a year-round boy, son of a fisherman in Downeast Maine, and yet she does.

Fiction: THE OUTSIDER

By Stephen King

This book explores the aftermath of a gruesome murder of an 11-year-old boy with all the evidence pointing towards one of the town’s most popular residents as the killer: Little League coach Terry Maitland. Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face?

 

Fiction: PRUSSIAN BLUE: A BERNIE GUNTHER NOVEL

By Philip Kerr

It is 1956 and Bernie Gunther is on the run. Ordered by Erich Mielke, deputy head of the East German Stasi, to murder Bernie’s former lover by thallium poisoning, he finds his conscience is stronger than his desire not to be murdered in return.

Fiction: AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE

By Tayari Jones

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young business executive and she is a promising artist. While visiting Roy’s parents in a small Louisiana town Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he did not commit. As Roy’s time in prison passes, Celestial is unable to sustain the love that meant so much to her. When, after five years, Roy is released, Celestial has to decide whether to let go or try to rebuild a marriage. 2018 Oprah’s Book Club Selectionl

Fiction: MUNICH

By Robert Harris

September 1938. Hitler is determined to invade Czechoslovakia. The British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, is desperate to avoid what would certainly be the war following such a move. The city of Munich, Germany, is to be the site of an eleventh hour meeting between them. Harris gives us actual events of historical importance — here are Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini, and Daladier at the precipice of a second world war at the heart of an electrifying novel.

Fiction: THE GREAT ALONE

By Kristin Hannah

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam War a changed man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier. This is a daring, beautiful story about love and loss, the fight for survival and the wilderness that lives in both man and nature.

Fiction: EXIT WEST

By Mohsin Hamid

This novel is about a young couple, Saeed and Nadia, who live in an unnamed city undergoing civil war. They finally have to flee using a system of fictitious doors which lead to different locations around the globe. The door they go through takes them to Mykonos, Greece, where they are among many refugees living in a tent city

Fiction: BIMINI TWIST

By Linda Greenlaw

A young woman working at the Bar Harbor Inn has disappeared. The missing employee is a foreign exchange student. A Down East detective, Jane Bunker, is hired to find her before the worst happens. Before turning to writing mysteries, Linda Greenlaw, a lobster boat captain on Isle au Haut and Surrey, wrote bestsellers The Hungry Ocean and The Lobster Chronicles. She also wrote two cookbooks with her mother.

Fiction: AGENT IN PLACE: A GRAY MAN NOVEL

By Mark Greaney

Courtland Gentry, also known as the Gray Man, is everything you would want in a fictional professional killer. He always gets the job done for the U.S.A. and entertains while doing it. In this book a group of expats from Paris hires him to kidnap the fashion model mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Assam to get intelligence that could destabilize Assam’s regime.

Fiction: FLORIDA

By Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff’s collection of short stories have an underlying character (the place that is Florida) and a lurking theme: what society says mothers should be. There is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction, danger, and oppressive humidity in these stories. Still, they celebrate the strength and resilience of women most often undervalued by our culture.

Fiction: THE DAYS OF ATONEMENT

By Elena Ferrante

“One April afternoon, right after lunch, my husband announced that he wanted to leave me. He did it while we were clearing the table.” This novel, with its unsentimental and unyielding depiction of motherhood, marriage, and solitude tells the story of one woman’s descent into an “absence of sense” after being abandoned by her husband.

Fiction: MANHATTAN BEACH

By Jennifer Egan

Anna Karrigan, twelve years old, goes with her father to visit a man named Dexter Styles. She senses he is crucial to the survival of her family. Years later her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard as the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations. Meeting once again with Dexter Styles leads her to learn more about the mystery surrounding her father.

Fiction: THE WHISTLING SEASON

By Ivan Doig

This book is a coming-of-age story set in 1909 Great Falls, Montana. Oliver Malliron is a “dirt farmer” who has lost his wife and is struggling to raise three strapping sons who are concerned with typical things, namely attending a one room school, avoiding bullies and being kids. When Oliver, needing a housekeeper, hires a woman who placed an ad saying “Can’t cook, but doesn’t bite,” change comes to the household. Warm and funny.

Fiction: THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING

By Bill Clinton and James Patterson

The president disappears. The world is in shock. But the reason he is missing is much worse than anyone can imagine. With details only a president could know and the kind of suspense only James Patterson can deliver.

Fiction: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY

By Chabon, Michael

A serious but never solemn novel about the comic book’s Golden Age, from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. 2001 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction.

Fiction: MRS. OSMOND, A NOVEL

By John Banville

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea, a new novel that extends the story of Isabel Archer, an unhappily married woman living in the late 19th century who is the heroine of Henry James The Portrait of a Lady.  Isabelle decides to go to Italy to live with the husband she rejected.  Henry James would have enjoyed the plot twists.

Fiction: THE FALLEN

By David Baldacci

Following a football-related injury that altered his personality, Amos Decker (Memory Man) uses his skills to solve murders. In this book four bizarre murders take place in the Rust Belt town of Baronville.  Decker, in trying to solve the cases, almost loses his memory.  The Fallen is the fourth and latest chapter in this popular set of novels featuring Amos Decker.