• Details about Her Majesty's Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage

    Her Majesty's Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage

    Stephen Budiansky

    Sir Francis Walsingham's official title was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I, but in fact this pious, tight-lipped Puritan was England's first spymaster. A ruthless, fiercely loyal civil servant, Walsingham worked brilliantly behind the scenes to foil Elizabeth's rival Mary Queen of Scots and outwit Catholic Spain and France, which had arrayed their forces behind her. Though he cut an incongruous figure in Elizabeth's worldly court, Walsingham managed to win the trust of key players like……more

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  • Details about Dead wake

    Dead wake

    Eric Larson

    On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic "Greyhounds" and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlema……more

  • Details about The Name of the Star

    The Name of the Star

    Maureen Johnson.

    The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper in the autumn of 1888. Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police now believe to b……more

  • Details about The Incendiaries: A Novel

    The Incendiaries: A Novel

    R. O. Kwon

    " Religion, politics, and love collide in this slim but powerful novel reminiscent of Donna Tartt's The Secret History, with menace and mystery lurking in every corner." -- People Magazine "The most buzzed-about debut of the summer, as it should be...unusual and enticing ... The Incendiaries arrives at precisely the right moment." -- The Washington Post "Radiant...A dark, absorbing story of how first love can be as intoxicating and dangerous as religious fundamentalism." -- New York Times Bo……more

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  • Details about Beneath the Tamarind Tree

    Beneath the Tamarind Tree

    Isha Sesay

    The first definitive account of Boko Haram’s abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls, their years in captivity, and why this story still matters - by celebrated international journalist Isha Sesay. The kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram in 2014 made global headlines. From poor Nigerian families, these girls had defied the odds and pursued an education, but daring to dream resulted in one of the most high-profile abductions in modern history. Award-winning CNN anchor Isha Sesay was on ……more

  • Details about American Predator: the hunt for the most meticulous serial killer of the 21st century

    American Predator: the hunt for the most meticulous serial killer of the 21st century

    Maureen Callahan

    "The names of notorious serial killers are usually well-known; they echo in the news and in public consciousness. But most people have never heard of Israel Keyes, one of the most ambitious and terrifying serial killers in modern history. The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented ... He buried 'kill kits'--cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools--in remote locations across the country. Over the course of fourteen years, Keyes would fly to a city, rent a car, and drive thousands of miles in or……more

  • Details about The Perfect Fraud

    The Perfect Fraud

    Ellen LaCorte

    In this propulsive debut thriller, two women with deep secrets are thrown together by an unexpected meeting that plunges both their lives into chaos. But it’s a sick little girl whose fate hangs in the balance. Motherhood is tough. But then, so is daughterhood. When we first meet Claire, she’s ducking calls from her mother, a world class psychic, because she doesn’t want her parents to discover the truth. Claire works in the family business, she calls herself a psychic, but she……more

  • Details about The Sol Majestic

    The Sol Majestic

    Ferrett Steinmetz

    The Sol Majestic is a big-hearted and delightful intergalactic adventure for fans of Becky Chambers and The Good Place "A feast of a book.”—Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire Kenna, an aspirational teen guru, wanders destitute across the stars as he tries to achieve his parents' ambition to advise the celestial elite. Everything changes when Kenna wins a free dinner at The Sol Majestic, the galaxy's most renowned restaurant, giving him access to the cosmos's one-percent. His dr……more

  • Details about The Weather Machine

    The Weather Machine

    Andrew Blum

    From the acclaimed author of Tubes, a lively and surprising tour through the global network that predicts our weather, the people behind it, and what it reveals about our climate and our planet The weather is the foundation of our daily lives. It’s a staple of small talk, the app on our smartphones, and often the first thing we check each morning. Yet behind all these humble interactions is the largest and most elaborate piece of infrastructure human beings have ever constructed—a tr……more

  • Details about Deep River

    Deep River

    Karl Marlantes

    From the New York Times-bestselling author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War, a rich family saga about Finnish immigrants who settle and tame the Pacific Northwest, set against the early labor movements, World War I, and the upheaval of early twentieth-century America…more

  • Details about Bethlehem

    Bethlehem

    Karen Kelly

    "A young woman arrives at the grand ancestral home of her husband's family, hoping to fortify her cracking marriage. But what she finds is not what she expected: tragedy haunts the hallways, whispering of heartache and a past she never knew existed. Inspired by the true titans of the steel-boom era, Bethlehem is a story of temptation and regret, a story of secrets and the cost of keeping them, a story of forgiveness. It is the story of two complex women--thrown together in the name of family--wh……more

  • Details about The Bookshop on the Shore

    The Bookshop on the Shore

    Jenny Colgan

    A grand baronial house on Loch Ness, a quirky small-town bookseller, and a single mom looking for a fresh start all come together in this witty and warm-hearted novel by New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan. Desperate to escape from London, single mother Lottie wants to build a new life for herself and her son Raffie. She can barely afford the crammed studio apartment on a busy street where honking horns and shouting football fans keep them awake all night. If she doesn’t find a ……more

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  • Details about How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: the stoic philosophy of Marcus Aurelius [sound recording]

    How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: the stoic philosophy of Marcus Aurelius [sound recording]

    Donald Robertson

    Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was the last famous Stoic philosopher of the ancient world. Meditations, his personal journey, survives to this day as one of the most-loved self-help and spiritual classics of all time. Here, cognitive psychotherapist Donald Robertson seamlessly weaves together the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius to provide a compelling modern-day guide to the Stoic wisdom that has been followed by countless individuals throughout the centuries as a path to achieving greater……more

  • Details about Recursion [sound recording]

    Recursion [sound recording]

    Blake Crouch

    Abstract:  Barry Sutton is driving home from a long shift as an NYPD detective when a call comes in. A woman's threatening to commit suicide, and he has to try to talk her down. Only as he stands mere inches away, does he realize that the woman has False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious disease that drives its victims mad. When Barry is unable to save her, he investigates the mystery and finds himself on an astonishing and terrifying journey, ultimately revealing a plot that could bring about……more

  • Details about The Last House Guest [sound recording]

    The Last House Guest [sound recording]

    Megan Miranda

    Abstract:  Littleport, Maine, has always felt like two separate towns: an ideal vacation enclave for the wealthy, and a simple harbor community for the year-round residents. Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl, but that is just what happens with visitor Sadie Loman and local Avery Greer. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable, until Sadie is found dead. While the police rule the death a suicide, Avery cannot help but feel there ……more

  • Details about Paris, 7 A.M. [sound recording]

    Paris, 7 A.M. [sound recording]

    Liza Wieland

    Abstract:  The acclaimed, award-winning author of A Watch of Nightingales imagines in a sweeping and stunning novel what happened to the poet Elizabeth Bishop during three life-changing weeks she spent in Paris amidst the imminent threat of World War II. June 1937. Elizabeth Bishop, still only a young woman and not yet one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century, arrives in Paris with her college roommate. They are in search of an escape, and inspiration, far from the protec……more

  • Details about The birth of loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the guitar-pioneering rivalry that shaped rock 'n' roll [sound recording]

    The birth of loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the guitar-pioneering rivalry that shaped rock 'n' roll [sound recording]

    Ian S. Port

    Abstract:  A riveting saga in the history of rock 'n' roll: the decades-long rivalry between the two men who innovated the electric guitar's amplified sound, Leo Fender and Les Paul, and their intense competition to convince rock stars like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton to play the instruments they built.  …more

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  • Details about Little [videorecording]

    Little [videorecording]

    Tina Gordon Chism

    Abstract:  Jordan is a take-no-prisoners mogul who torments her long-suffering assistant and employees daily. She soon faces an unexpected threat to her personal life and career when she magically transforms into a thirteen-year-old version of herself.  …more

  • Details about Becoming Astrid [videorecording]

    Becoming Astrid [videorecording]

    Fischer Christensen

    Abstract:  Follows the story of Astrid Lindgren, future author of Pippi Longstocking. As a teenager, eager to break free from her loving but strict religious family in rural Sweden, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor. After Astrid becomes pregnant, she embarks for Denmark to give birth to a son, whom she reluctantly leaves with a foster mother. When the foster mother falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and gift for story……more

  • Details about The Public [video recording]

    The Public [video recording]

    Emilio Estevez

    Abstract:  When a brutal blast of cold hits Cincinnati, the public library transforms from a safe haven for the homeless into a potential war zone. Those who have no place of retreat to evade the cold stage a sit-in in the library where they are tended by members of the library's staff. Soon the police arrive and a stand-off threatens to bring tragedy to the homeless individuals and those who care about their well-being. An eye-opening exploration of the basic values of humanity plays out ……more

  • Details about Hotel Mumbai [videorecording]

    Hotel Mumbai [videorecording]

    Maras, Anthony

    Abstract:  A true story of humanity and heroism, this film vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi and a waiter who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.  …more

  • Details about Bang: Season One [videorecording]

    Bang: Season One [videorecording]

    Roger Williams

    Abstract:  Loner Sam and his ambitious sister, Gina, live in a decaying steel town in South Wales. Since the death of their father twelve years earlier, the two have taken divergent paths. Gina has a promising career in the police force, but Sam's life is going nowhere, until one day he gets his hands on a gun. Emboldened by newfound confidence, he begins to commit increasingly daring crimes.  …more

  • Details about Manhunt: Season One [videorecording]

    Manhunt: Season One [videorecording]

    Martin Clunes

    Abstract:  When the battered body of a French student is found on Twickenham Green in London, hardworking and humble DCI Colin Sutton is appointed the lead detective on his first big case. Despite objections from his superiors, Sutton believes the young woman's murder may be connected to a previous attack and embarks on a quest to catch a serial killer. Realistically portraying the ins and outs of police investigations, it tells the story of one detective's uncompromising search for justic……more

  • Details about Dynasties [videorecording]

    Dynasties [videorecording]

    Barrington, Rupert

    Abstract:  Nature depicted as never seen before: high stakes drama that goes deeper into the lives of five of the world's most celebrated and endangered animals than ever before: Chimpanzee, Emperor Penguin, Lion, Painted Wolf and Tiger.  …more

  • Details about Pet sematary [videorecording]

    Pet sematary [videorecording]

    K├Âlsch, Kevin

    Abstract:  In the forests of Maine, Ellie Creed discovers a mysterious Native American burial ground that has a strange property -- things buried there can come back. But they don't always come back the right way... Ellie tells her father about the burial ground. But when her brother, Gage, is killed by a truck, her father makes a deadly decision.  …more