New Fiction

Price of Duty by Dale Brown: In a top-secret location, Russian President Gennadiy Gryzlov has built his nation’s most dangerous weapon since the atomic bomb. From inside Perun Aerie—an intricate network of underground tunnels and chambers that is the heart of the Russian cyber warfare program—he is launching a carefully plotted series of attacks on an unsuspecting U.S. and its European allies.

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child: Logan travels the Adirondacks to finally work on his book when the remote community is rocked by the grisly discovery of a dead hiker on Desolation Mountain. When Logan is asked to help investigate, he discovers no shortage of suspects capable of such an attack–and no shortage of locals willing to point the finger and spread incredible rumors.

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton: Among the warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns of America’s western territories, two paleontologists pillage the Wild West of eastern Wyoming and the Black Hills. They are hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

Same Beach Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank: A chance meeting on the Isle of Palms brings former sweethearts Adam Stanley and Eve Landers together again. Their respective spouses, Eliza and Carl, fight sparks of jealousy flaring from their imagined rekindling of old flames. As Adam and Eve get caught up on their lives, their partners strike up a deep friendship–and flirt with an unexpected attraction.

A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham: Someone is murdering young women in the New York area and displaying them in mausoleums and underground tombs. The FBI is handling the case, with Special Agent Craig Frasier and Kieran Finnegan, forensic psychologist.

Walking on My Grave by Carolyn Hart: Annie’s friend and fellow shop owner Ves Roundtree is a very wealthy woman. Her rich brother entrusted her with his estate, and upon her death, his fortune is to be divided. Several cash-strapped islanders are in line to collect life-changing inheritances. The problem is, Ves is very much alive.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan: Having collected a lifetime of lost objects in order to deal with the loss of his fiancee, Anthony Peardew bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and all its lost treasures–and the responsibility to return each one to its owner.

Take Out by Margaret Maron: Sigrid is still reeling from the untimely death of her lover, acclaimed painter Oscar Nauman, when she is called to investigate the deaths of two homeless men in the West Village. As Sigrid investigates, she uncovers an intriguing neighborhood history: a haughty mafia widow and her disgraced godson, a retired opera star with dark secrets, an unsolved hit-and-run, and the possible discovery of a long-missing painting that will rock the art world.

New Eclipse Materials

The library has added a number of eclipse related materials to our collections. For a complete list of eclipse books, please visit our online catalog at www.alliancelibrary.org :

Eclipse Chasers (DVD): Video journalist Mike Rubens has always dreamed of seeing a total eclipse – and on March 29, 2006, he finally had his chance. To be there, he had to travel to Ghana. We view the eclipse from the beach in Cape Coast, surrounded by local people and eclipse chasers from around the world.

What is an Eclipse? (DVD): Using telescopic and time-lapse photography, animation, and three-dimensional modeling, this updated version of “What is an eclipse?” illustrated how the motion of the moon around the earth causes both solar and lunar eclipses.

Eclipse Bulletin by Fred Espenak: For 15 years, the authors have published more than a dozen eclipse bulletins for NASA, each on covering a major solar eclipse. Prepared in cooperation with the IAU, the bulletins were internationally recognized as the most authoritative reference for each eclipse. The team has reunited to produce this new bulletin on the 2017 total eclipse through the USA.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 by Mark Nussbaum: Includes everything needed to plan a successful viewing experience of the 2017 total solar eclipse, including where to view, weather charts, and instructions for safe viewing.

Mask of the Sun by John Donovan: Both entertaining and authoritative, Mask of the Sun reveals the humanism behind the science of both lunar and solar eclipses. With insightful detail and vividly accessible prose, Dvorak provides explanations as to how and why eclipses occuras well as insight into the forthcoming eclipse of 2017 that will be visible across North America.

Totality by Mark Littmann: Focuses on the eclipses of August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024 that pass across the United States.

Solar Science by Dennis Schatz: Solar Science offers more than three dozen hands-on, inquiry-based activities on many fascinating aspects of solar astronomy. The activities cover the Sun’s motions, the space weather it causes, the measures of time and seasons in our daily lives, and much more.

Chasing Shadows by Clemency Montelle: Lunar and solar eclipses have always fascinated human beings. Digging deep into history, Clemency Montelle examines the ways in which theoretical understanding of eclipses originated and how ancient and medieval cultures shared, developed, and preserved their knowledge of these awe-inspiring events.

Sun, Moon, Earth: the history of solar eclipses by Tyler Nordgren: In Sun Moon Earth, astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most seemingly unnatural of natural phenomena was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun Moon Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events.

New Nonfiction

The Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse: Citing how over-protected youth are ill-equipped to handle the demands of the real world, a guide to raising self-reliant young adults explains how to revive core formative experiences to create responsible, active, and engaged citizens.

Evicted by Matthew Desmond: Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

Rediscovering Americanism by Mark Levin: Revisits the founders’ warnings about the perils of overreach by the federal government and concludes that the men who created our country would be outraged and disappointed to see where we’ve ended up.

The Wonder of Birds by Jim Robbins: Exploring both cutting-edge scientific research and our oldest cultural beliefs, Robbins moves these astonishing creatures from the background of our lives to the foreground, from the quotidian to the miraculous, showing us that we must fight to save imperiled bird populations and the places they live, for the sake of both the planet and humankind.

Beach Cocktails: Contains recipes for more than 125 refreshing cocktails tailor-made for sipping by the sea, including Hawaiian Mai tais, Cuban daiquiris, Key West rum runners, and Brazilian caipirinhas.

Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kay Andrews: You don’t have to own a beach house to enjoy Mary Kay Andrews’ recipes. All you need is an appetite for delicious, casual dishes, cooked with the best fresh, local ingredients and presented with the breezy flair that make Mary Kay Andrews novels a summertime favorite at the beach.

Bohemian Macrame by Gwenael Petiot: From colorful statement necklaces and bracelets to anklets and cuffs adorned with beautiful beads and stones, the 20 stunning pieces in Bohemian Macra‌me may look complicated but they actually have a surprisingly simple construction.

Understanding Trump by Newt Gingrich: Newt Gingrich says President Trump should begin every day by reviewing his campaign promises. Trump owes his presidency to the people who believed in him, not to the courtiers and schmoozers who had contempt for him as candidate but adore him now that he is president.

Teammate by David Ross: Discusses the author’s life and career, including his role as “Grandpa Rossy” on the Chicago Cubs 2016 championship-winning team.

New Fiction

The Echo Maker by Richard Powers: On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter has a near-fatal car accident. His older sister, Karin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when Mark emerges from a coma, he believes that this woman–who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister–is really an imposter.

The ultimatum by Karen Robards: Thief. Manipulator. Con artist. Call it what you will–Bianca St. Ives is the best. But her latest gig had a little hiccup–if you count two hundred million dollars and top secret government documents going missing as little. Her father also died on the mission. The thing is, the US government doesn’t believe he’s really dead, and they’ll stop at nothing to capture him.

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion: on the cusp of turning fifty, Adam Sharp likes his life. But he can never quite shake off his nostalgia for what might have been: his blazing affair more than twenty years ago with an intelligent and strong-willed actress named Angelina Brown. And then, out of nowhere, from the other side of the world, Angelina gets in touch.

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz: A brilliant and strikingly original reimagining of the classic whodunit (a la Agatha Christie) with a contemporary mystery wrapped around it.

Undaunted by Diana Palmer: Falling in love with her boss’s handsome millionaire neighbor was easy for young Kate Martin. Despite the vast differences between them, and a past that’s left Garrett Carlton reclusive and wary, Kate gambles her heart on a desire that rocks them both. But there’s something Garrett doesn’t know: Kate is responsible for an accident that changed his life forever.

The Changeling by Victor LaValle: Apollo’s wife Emma seems to be exhibiting signs of post-partum depression, but it becomes clear that her troubles go far beyond that. Emma commits a horrific act–beyond comprehension–and vanishes, seemingly into thin air. Thus begins Apollo’s odyssey through a world he only thought he understood to find a wife and child who are nothing like he’d imagined.

The Two-Family House by Linda Loigman: Brooklyn, 1947: in the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born minutes apart to two women. They are sisters by marriage with an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic night; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and their once deep friendship begins to unravel.

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz: “I very much need to be dead.” These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for–but took his own life. In the void that remains stands his widow, Jane, surrounded by questions destined to go unanswered … unless she does what all the grief, fear, confusion, and fury inside of her demands: find the truth, no matter what.

New Fiction

White by Michael Klein: Chick Moore, County Attorney in Hooker County, Nebraska, watches a young, terrified woman fling herself in front of a train. Murders occur, which are rare in the sparsely populated Sandhills, and soon a white slave trade originating in this remote part of the country is discovered.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl, parentless and friendless.

Camino Island by John Grisham: Mercer Mann is a young novelist approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s, a prominent dealer in rare books, circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets. But eventually Mercer learns far too much.

The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis: When Sallie Riehl is given an opportunity to nanny in Cape May for the summer, she befriends a Mennonite college student who shares her love of learning and worries what her parents would think.

Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer: Darcy Cotterill, 30 and divorced, works at the Nantucket library during the day. She spends most nights in her backyard, gazing at the stars. She’s on the brink of starting a relationship with a local carpenter, Nash, when she gets new neighbors for the summer, the most unexpected of whom are her ex-husband, his new wife, and step-daughter.

Only Skein Deep by Maggie Sefton: Giselle is the young wife of Henry Callahan, a Fort Connor banking scion, who traded in his previous wife of forty years for a newer model. Giselle’s prowess as a skilled country club golfer and social climber puts her on someone’s hit list. When she is found dead on the greens at the golf club, Kelly and her Lambspun crew worry that a vicious killer is in their midst.

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts: The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and owners Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them.

Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson: The Robots have won the Great War and now humans must submit to them or be banished to a desolate place. However Six, a woman, is on the run and determined to save humanity before the robots finish what the Great War started and wipe humans off the face of the earth, once and for all.

New Fiction

A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett: Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne’er-do-well father, John, comes to town–and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past.

No Middle Name by Lee Child: A collection of pulse-pounding Jack Reacher stories–one never-before-seen novella, plus eleven others collected for the first time in print–each with original introductions from the twelve-time #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Love Story by Karen Kingsbury: Decades ago, John and Elizabeth Baxter lived a love story that is still playing out in the lives of their adult children and grandchildren. But few of them know the exact details of that story or the heartbreak that brought the two together. Now in high school, Ashley Baxter Blake’s oldest son, Cole, must write a family history paper for a freshman English class.

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand: Twin sisters Tabitha and Harper Frost, who have been at odds for years, are forced together in the wake of a family crisis and reevaluate the resentments that drove them apart.

You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson: It starts as a prank — a way to blow off steam after a long summer at Camp Horseshoe. Twenty years later, Lucas Dalton is investigating the discovery of human remains at what used to be Camp Horseshoe. That’s why five former female counselors are coming back to the small town. Each one knows something. Each promised not to tell. And as they reunite, a new horror unfolds.

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon: A magnificent collection of short fiction–including two never-before-published novellas–featuring Jamie Fraser, Lord John Grey, Master Raymond, and many more, all extending the story of Outlander in thrilling new directions.

Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich: Buddhist monk Wayan Bagus lost his island. It had a mountain, beaches, a rain forest, and a volcano. And now it’s gone. Poof! Vanished without a trace. Emerson Knight likes nothing better than solving an unsolvable, improbable mystery. When clues lead to a dark and sinister secret guarded by the National Park Service, Emerson will need to assemble a team for help.

Nighthawk by Clive Cussler: When the most advanced aircraft ever designed vanishes over the South Pacific, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are drawn into a deadly contest to locate the fallen machine. Russia and China covet the radical technology, but the United States worries about a darker problem. The X-37 is carrying a dangerous secret, one that can unleash a catastrophe of nearly unthinkable proportions.

I Found You by Lisa Jewell: A lonely single mom who offers shelter to an amnesiac man and a young bride who is told that her missing husband never existed struggle to make sense of their transforming worlds and their connection to two teenagers whose lives were shattered by secrets two decades earlier.

New DVDs

Rogue One: In a period of great conflict, a group of unlikely heroes led by Jyn Erso, a daring fugitive, and Cassian Andor, a rebel spy, band together on a desperate mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction.

Logan: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

La La Land: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Struggling actress Mia and aspiring jazz pianist Sebastian begin a whirlwind romance as they pursue their dreams in Los Angeles. However, their blossoming relationship is challenged when their careers pull them in different directions.

The Space Between Us: Sixteen-year-old Gardner Elliot has lived his whole life with a team of scientists on Mars. He’s always longed to see Earth. But when his chance finally comes, doctors discover his heart can’t withstand the Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner and Tulsa, a friend from online, escape on a cross-country race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be.

The Great Wall: European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.

A Dog’s Purpose: It shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

Before I Fall: After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. And as she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, before she runs out of time for good.

XXX: The Return of Xander Cage: The spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box.

The Light Between Oceans: A lighthouse keeper, living off the coast of Australia with his wife, finds a baby on an adrift rowboat. They rescue and raise the child as their own, changing their lives and that of a stranger.

A United Kingdom: Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s. When they decided to marry, just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa, it caused an international uproar. However, their passionate romance triumphed over every obstacle and changed the course of African history.

New Fiction

Any Day Now by Robyn Carr: For Sierra Jones, Sullivan’s Crossing is meant to be a brief stopover. She’s put her troubled past behind her but the path forward isn’t yet clear. A visit with her big brother Cal and his new bride, Maggie, seems to be the best option to help her get back on her feet. Not wanting to burden anyone, she is surprised to find the Crossing offers so much more than a place to rest her head.

Fallout by Sara Paretsky: Accompanied by her dog, V.I. tracks her quarry through a university town, across fields where missile silos once flourished — and into a past riven by long-simmering racial tensions, a past that holds the key to the crimes of the present. But as the mysteries stack up, so does the body count.

The Uccello Connection by Estelle Ryan: After a foiled attempt on the lives of world leaders, criminal mastermind Ivan Fradkov successfully eludes world-renowned nonverbal expert Doctor Genevieve Lenard and her team for months. But things heat up quickly when a stranger is assassinated in the chair next to Genevieve while she’s having lunch with her friend.

The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry: Careless of both murder and manners, Charlotte Ellison and her sister, two determinedly unconventional young women, ignore Victorian mores and actively join the police investigation, led by young Inspector Thomas Pitt, into the murder of their servant girl.

Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves: At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died.

Testimony by Scott Turrow: Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped to examine the disappearance of an entire Gypsy refugee camp–unsolved for ten years–he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career.

The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan: Letters and journals reveal the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of five members of a village choir during World War II as they band together to survive the upheavals of war and village intrigue on the English home front.

Murder in the Bowery by Victoria Thompson: Will Bert is searching for his brother, a newsboy named Freddie, saying he wants to share his recent financial good fortune. Frank Malloy finds the boy, but when Will’s name is mentioned, Freddie runs off … and is found dead a short time later. Suspicious, Frank tracks down Will who spins a tale of lust and deceit involving a young society woman.

New Fiction

The Shroud Conspiracy by John Heubusch: A forensic anthropologist sets out to prove that the Shroud of Turin is a fake, but quickly discovers the opposite–and must race to stop the evil forces who want to use blood in the fabric to clone Jesus Christ and bring on the Second Coming of their own design.

The Fix by David Baldacci: Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter–a family man with a successful business–and his victim, a schoolteacher. Nor is there a hint of any possible motive for the attack.

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman: Hidden inside a socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams, and a warmer heart. As Britt-Marie is drawn into the daily lives of her unpredictable fellow citizens, she is faced with new challenges that require more than her formidable powers of organization and unrivaled knowledge of cleaning products can handle.

Warheart by Terry Goodkind: All is lost. Evil will soon consume the D’Haran Empire. Richard Rahl lies on his funeral bier. It is the end of everything. Except what isn’t lost is Kahlan Amnell. Following an inner prompting beyond all reason, the last Confessor will wager everything on a final desperate gambit, and in so doing, she will change the world forever.

A Piece of the World by Christina Kline: Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.

No Easy Target by Iris Johansen: When an enemy from her past threatens to return, Margaret Douglas must go on the run. But danger is in hot pursuit, and Margaret finds herself matching wits with a man who refuses to be stopped. Turning from the hunted to the hunter, Margaret must use everything she has to not only survive, but defeat evil and prove she’s No Easy Target in this high-octane thriller.

The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White: Recently divorced, Merilee moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. In a town like Sweet Apple, where sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee’s house, appearance is everything. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See: The story of a Chinese mother and her daughter, who has been adopted by an American couple, tracing the very different cultural factors that compel them to consume a rare native tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.

Fast and Loose by Stuart Woods: Stone Barrington is enjoying a boating excursion off the Maine coast when a chance encounter leaves him somewhat the worse for wear. The authors of his misfortune are, in fact, members of a prestigious family who present a unique business opportunity, and who require a man of Stone’s skills to overcome a sticky situation of their own.

New Nonfiction

The Book That Changed America by Randall Fuller: traces the impact of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” on a diverse group of writers, abolitionists, and social reformers against a backdrop of growing tensions and transcendental idealism in 1860 America.

The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel: The little-known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.

The Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner: The little-known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.

This Fight is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren: An illuminating account of how we built the strongest middle class in history, a scathing indictment of those who have spent the past thirty-five years undermining working families, and a rousing call to action.

The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn: A portrait of the cult leader behind the Jonestown Massacre examines his personal life, from his extramarital affairs and drug use to his fraudulent faith healing practices and his decision to move his followers to Guyana, sharing new details about the events leading to the 1978 tragedy.

Drain the Swamp by Ken Buck: Congressman Ken Buck is blowing the whistle on the real-life House of Cards in our nation’s capital. Elected in 2014, Buck immediately realized why nothing gets done in Congress, and it isn’t because of political gridlock–in fact, Republicans and Democrats work together all too well to fleece taxpayers and plunge America deeper into debt.

An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal: An award-winning New York Times reporter Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal reveals the dangerous, expensive, and dysfunctional American healthcare system, and tells us exactly what we can do to solve its myriad of problems.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann: Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Dark Money by Jane Mayer: Meaningful environmental, labor, finance, and tax reforms have been stymied. Jane Mayer spent five years conducting hundreds of interviews — including with several sources within the network — and scoured public records, private papers, and court proceedings to trace the byzantine trail of the billions of dollars spent and to provide vivid portraits of the colorful figures behind the new American oligarchy.