Nevada Barr Signing at the Spring Meadow Golf Club
Her newest mystery, Boar Island, takes place in Acadia National Park.
Tuesday May 24th 6:30 pm
Pick up your free tickets at the Gray Public Library or at Letterpress Books
New York Times bestseller Nevada Barr brings National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon to the wild beauty of Acadia National Park
Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service Ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyber-bullying and stalking is a new one. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors spreading online and bullying texts. Until, one day, Heath finds her daughter Elizabeth in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry---her aunt Gwen and her friend Anna Pigeon.
While they try to deal with the fragile state of affairs---and find the person behind the harassment---the three adults decide the best thing to do is to remove Elizabeth from the situation. Since Anna is about to start her new post as Acting Chief Ranger at Acadia National Park in Maine, the three will join her and stay at a house on the cliff of a small island near the park, Boar Island.
NEW RELEASES FOR APRIL/MAY 2016
LaRose, a novel by Louise Erdrich
Exploring issues of justice around an accidental death, this powerful storytelling hooks you right from the set-up: a tragic hunting accident, growing enmity between two neighboring families, and the drastic measures taken to restore balance that is as dramatic as the incident that brought it about. Landreaux Iron follows native tradition and offers his own son to the bereaved family.
The Atomic Weight of Love, a novel by Elizabeth J.
As America braces for WWII,
Meridian falls for an older but brilliant scientist. She abandons her own
academic pursuits in ornithology to follow Alden to Los Alamos but their
marriage is filled with dashed hopes and compromises. Church examines the
sacrifices women make in life and the courage needed for them to soar on their
Eligible: a novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
retelling of Pride and Prejudice is
cleverly written and wickedly funny. The Bennett sisters have been transported
to modern day Cincinnati. Jane is a yoga instructor; Liz, a magazine writer;
Lydia & Kitty do nothing but work out; and Mary spends most of her time in
her room. A familiar storyline but with extremely funny twists.
Maestra: a novel by L. S. Hilton
ready to tear through this hedonistic, refreshing sex-positive thriller that
hits all the right notes. Judith, our
amoral heroine, lives in the shallow elegance of the European art world, but
she is a razor-sharp critic of bad taste and human softness.
Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel
scientific tale of discovered history: at age 10, Rose falls through a hold in
the ground, landing in a large metal hand that was buried. 17 years later, she
is on a research team seeking answers to the relic’s source: is it a weapon or
simply a mystery waiting to be solved.
Britt-Marie Was Here, a novel by Fredrik Backman HORROR The Fireman, a novel by Joe Hill
is an order-obsessed, cleanliness-loving woman of a certain age. Having
left her two-timing husband, she takes a job in a small, depressed town and
magic begins to happen! (for those who enjoyed A Man Called Ove)
HORROR The Fireman, a novel by Joe Hill
A pandemic called Dragonscale has infected civilization and threatens to end it. The contagion spreads quickly and people are combusting. Harper is a nurse struggling to save those who are infected. When she contracts the virus she is rescued by a man known as The Fireman, who takes her to a camp of those who have learned to control the disease.
Alert Major Pettigrew fans! 2nd books is now a Bestseller:
The Summer Before the War: a novel by
having a box seat at the opera, Simonson takes us to the very heart of wartime
Britain, giving us the many ways those stalwart people either prepared or
denied any responsibility for protecting the people from the looming threat of
Her varied and realistic
characters are so firmly wrought, you will want to either pin medals for their
unselfish care and pan-determined kindness, or wring their bloody necks for
thoughtless, brutal self-importance.
The Nest, a novel by Cynthia
masterfully constructed, darkly comic, and immensely captivating tale. The
desperate and entitled people who populate this novel are messy as hell (they
lie, they cheat, they steal, and by God do they ever connive) but somehow I
found it impossible not to care about each and every one—and even, over time,
to love them. The trick here lies in the storytelling, which is not only
clever, but emotionally astute. Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is a real talent, and I
am incredibly impressed by this book.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a
longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever
change how you see the natural world
Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s
studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory
treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more. Lab Girl is
a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two
things come together.
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: a novel by Dominic Smith
Spanning 3 centuries, this is the story of a
female master painter of the Dutch Golden Age, a wealthy New York Patent
attorney, and an art history student turned art forger – each one changed by
one haunting painting. A wonderful read, beautifully written.
FEATURING BOOKS About & By MAINE AUTHORS
The One In A Million Boy, by Monica Wood
This novel is fantastic. Beautiful writing, wonderful characters - the kind you want to be friends with yourself. Just quirky enough and not too sentimental with themes of love, loss and aging. This is a Hopeful novel of friendship based in Portland, Maine.Highly recommended!
Everybody’s Fool: a novel by Richard Russo
Returning to North Bath, NY, no one writes better about the quirks, petty jealousies, hard times, humor and heartbreak of small-town America. This is good, old-fashioned storytelling at its finest.
New Regional Histories by Duane Robert Pierson
Katie, Maggie and the Marquis de Lafayette
Annie and the Prince of Wales - Portland, Maine 1860
NON-FICTION WINNER by Colin Woodard!
American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good.
Woodard examines the history of and solutions to the key American question of how to reconcile individual liberty with the maintenance of a free society. The struggle between individual rights and the good of the community, from the run up to the Civil War to the fights between the Federalists, the Progressives, the New Dealers and the civil rights movement, he traces these two key strands through four centuries of the American existence.
One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives, by Bernd Heinrich
A captivating account of the beloved author's encounters with individual wild birds. Each chapter focuses on a different bird, going into fascinating detail that will engage the reader immensley.
Rebel's Wrath, a historical novel by Christoper Morin
A tale of Private
Sherman Jackson, of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment,
who survived the deadly battle of Gettysburg. At the end of the war, Sherman
obeys a summons from his father to return to his home in North Scarborough, and
help save the family business, where he finds himself embroiled in town
troubles and suspected of unlawful activities. He must use all of his resources
to resolve the problems and save himself from destruction.