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New Books, Audiobooks, and DVDs that have been recently added to or ordered for our collections. Click on the titles for more information or to place a hold on the item.

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

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  The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her. Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley ... Read More »

Night Film


Night Film: a Novel by Marisha Pessl.  On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the ... Read More »

The Butler


The Butler: a Witness to History by Wil Haygood. The story of Eugene Allen, a butler who served eight presidents from harry Truman to Ronald Reagan during 34 years of service.  Haygood’s Washington Post article about Allen inspired the movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” Read More »

This Town


This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral–Plus Plenty of Valet Parking!–in America’s Gilded Capital by Mark Leibovich.  An examination of Washington’s media-industrial complex by the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine.       Read More »

The Cuckoo’s Calling


              Working as a private investigator after losing his leg in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike takes the case of a legendary supermodel’s suspicious suicide and finds himself in a world of multi-millionaire beauties, rock star boyfriends, desperate designers, and hedonist pursuits. Read More »

The Bone Season


In the mid-twenty-first century, major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force and clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race.  Today book club pick. Read More »

The Silver Star – Jeannette Walls


Abandoned by their artist mother at the age of twelve, Bean and her older sister, Liz, are sent to live in the decaying antebellum mansion of their widowed uncle, where they learn the truth about their parents and take odd jobs to earn extra money before an increasingly withdrawn Liz has a life-shattering experience. Read More »