What's New at the Durham Library (Plus Staff Picks!)

The Durham Library receives new books and DVDs weekly. Check here every Wednesday for the latest titles, plus recommendations from our staff.


Then Again, by Diane Keaton

How I Got This Way, by Regis Philbin

Gabby, by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly

The Battle of the Crater, by Newt Gingrich

The Longest Winter: Scott’s Other Heroes, by Meredith Hooper

Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life, by Ann Beattie

This Week's Staff Picks:

Diana’s pick:

My Sister’s Keeper, by Judi Picoult

This book explores the controversy of having a child specifically as a
donor match for a sibling with a terminal illness. It is written from the
viewpoints of many of the characters which makes it very interesting. It is a
bit sad, but well written, with a twist at the end. The movie was good, but
does not follow the book exactly.

Cyndi’s Pick:

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce is an 11 year old girl living with her father and two older sisters at Buckshaw, their English country estate in the 1950s. Her mother disappeared while mountain climbing in Tibet ten years earlier and is presumed dead. Her father hasn’t recovered from this tragedy and spends his time pouring over his stamp collection while leaving the girls to sort out their own squabbles. Flavia has become an amateur chemist, claiming the laboratory in the deserted east wing of the manor for her own.  Her specialty is poisons. When a stranger turns up dead in the vegetable garden, Flavia is determined to solve the crime, staying just ahead of Inspector Hewitt and the local police.

Cyndi says:
If you like Golden Age mystery writers such as Dorothy Sayers and Agatha
Christie, you’ll enjoy this book.  Flavia is a fresh new character.  The interaction between the sisters is well done.  

If you like this amateur sleuth, she solves crimes in three more books. The Mystery Book Discussion Group will be discussing “Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” on Tuesday, January 10th at 7:30 pm. Please come and join the group for a fun, informal evening.

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