We have just added lots of titles to the cloudLibrary — some brand new books, as well as older books.

cloudLibrary allows you to read ebooks or listen to audio books on your own device — Android or Apple phones or tablets.  Here is the link to information on our website, if you are new to cloudLibrary.

Once you have installed the app, follow the prompts to choose your country, state, and library, and then enter your library bar code number. After your library card has been authenticated, you are ready to search and borrow!

EBOOKS AND AUDIO

Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo (March 2022)

An explosive novel about the chaos of revolution, Glory centers around the unexpected fall of Old Horse, a long-serving leader of a fictional African country, and the drama that follows for an unruly nation of animals on the path to true liberation. Inspired by the unexpected fall by coup, in November 2017, of Robert Mugabe–Zimbabwe’s president who took office in 1980 and…never left–Bulawayo’s bold, vividly imagined novel shows a country imploding, narrated by a chorus of animal voices who unveil the ruthlessness and cold strategy required to uphold the illusion of absolute power, and to overthrow it completely.

Booth by Karen Joy Fowler (March 2022)

An epic novel about the family behind one of the most infamous figures in American History: John Wilkes Booth.

EBOOKS

A Sunlit Weapon by Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie Dobbs mystery #17 (March 2022)

October 1942. Attacks on British planes that cause a pilot’s death lead female pilot Jo Hardy to seek help from investigator Maisie Dobbs, who suspects a connection to the arrival of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Every Good Boy Does Fine by Jeremy Denk (March 2022)

In this searching and funny memoir, based off his popular New Yorker article, renowned pianist Jeremy Denk traces an implausible journey. Life is difficult enough as a precocious, temperamental, and insufferable six-year-old piano prodigy in New Jersey. But then a family meltdown forces a move to New Mexico, far from classical music’s nerve centers, and he has to please a new taskmaster while navigating cacti, and the perils of junior high school. Escaping from New Mexico at last, he meets a bewildering cast of college music teachers, ranging from boring to profound, and experiences a series of humiliations and triumphs, to find his way as one of the world’s greatest living pianists, a MacArthur “Genius,” and a frequent performer at Carnegie Hall.

Shadows Reel by C. J. Box, Joe Pickett novel #22 (March 2022)

A day before the three Pickett girls come home for Thanksgiving, Marybeth Pickett finds an unmarked package at the front door of the library where she works. In the package is a photo album that belonged to an infamous Nazi official. It seems that during World War II several Wyoming soldiers were in the group that fought to Hitler’s Eagles Nest retreat in the Alps– and one of them took Hitler’s personal photo album. She identifies a deceased local man who was likely in the unit, but when Joe visits the man’s son he finds him brutally tortured and murdered. Someone is after the photo album– but why?

French Braid by Anne Tyler (March 2022)

The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever venture beyond Baltimore, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Mercy has trouble resisting the siren call of her aspirations to be a painter, which means less time keeping house for her husband, Robin. Their teenage daughters, steady Alice and boy-crazy Lily, could not have less in common. Their youngest, David, is already intent on escaping his family’s orbit, for reasons none of them understand. Yet, as these lives advance across decades, the Garretts’ influences on one another ripple ineffably but unmistakably through each generation.

After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry (2020)

One summer day, John Cole decides to shut his bookshop early, and possibly forever, and drives out of London to see his brother. When his car breaks down on an isolated road, he goes looking for help and finds a dilapidated house. Entering the home, John discovers an enigmatic clan of residents all of whom seem to know who he is, and also claim they have been awaiting his arrival. They seem to be waiting for something else, too—something final.

Give Unto Others by Donna Leon, Guido Brunetti mystery #31 (March 2022)

Brunetti is approached for a favor by Elisabetta Foscarini, a woman he knows casually, but her mother was good to Brunetti’s mother, so he feels obliged to at least look into the matter privately, and not as official police business. Foscarini’s son-in-law, Enrico Fenzo, has alarmed his wife (her daughter) by confessing their family might be in danger because of something he’s involved with

Life without Children: Stories by Roddy Doyle (Feb 2022)

Life touches everyone the same. But living under lockdown, it changes us alone. These ten short stories paint a collective portrait of our strange times. A man abroad wanders the stag-and-hen-strewn streets of Newcastle, as news of the virus at home asks him to question his next move. An exhausted nurse struggles to let go, having lost a much-loved patient in isolation. A middle-aged son, barred from his mother’s funeral, wakes to an oncoming hangover of regret.

Mercy Street by Jennifer Haigh (Feb 2022)

For almost a decade, Claudia has counseled patients at Mercy Street, a clinic in the heart of the city. The work is consuming, the unending dramas of women in crisis. For its patients, Mercy Street offers more than health care; for many, it is a second chance. But outside the clinic, the reality is different. Anonymous threats are frequent. A small, determined group of anti-abortion demonstrators appears each morning at its door. As the protests intensify, fear creeps into Claudia’s days, a humming anxiety she manages with frequent visits to Timmy, an affable pot dealer in the midst of his own existential crisis.

Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi with Joshua David Stein (2019)

By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi (winner of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year) had opened–and closed–one of the most talked about restaurants in America. He had launched his own catering company with twenty thousand dollars that he made from selling candy on the subway, yet he’d been told he would never make it on television because his cooking wasn’t “Southern” enough. In this inspiring memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, he shares the remarkable story of his culinary coming-of-age.

Bad Blood by John Sandford, Virgil Flowers series #4 (2010)

When a murder suspect commits suicide after his arrest for killing a soybean farmer, Virgil Flowers uncovers a multi-generation, multi-family conspiracy involving a series of monstrous crimes.

Shock Wave by John Sandford, Virgil Flowers series #5 (2011)

Virgil Flowers investigates several bombings of a superstore chain that seeks to open a store in a Minnesota river town.

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle (March 2022)

When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn’t just Katy’s mom, but her best friend and first phone call. To make matters worse, the mother- daughter trip of a lifetime looms: two weeks in Positano. But as soon as she steps foot on the beautiful Amalfi Coast, Katy begins to feel her mother’s spirit. And then Carol appears for real–in the flesh, healthy and sun-tanned … and thirty years old.

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok (2019)

A family story that untangles the complicated ties binding three women—two sisters and their mother—in one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge.

The Last Suspicious Holdout by Ladee Hubbard (March 2022)

A collection of short stories captures powerful and poignant moments in everyday lives of African American families, friends, and neighbors in the years spanning from the beginning of the Clinton presidency to the eve of Barack Obama’s election.

The Night Parade by Ronald Malfi (2018)

They call it Wanderer’s Folly–a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race. After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he’s bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he’s on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daughter, who may be the key to a cure. Ellie is a special girl. Deep. Insightful. And she knows David is lying to her. Lying about her mother. Lying about what they’re running from. And lying about what he sees when he takes his eyes off the road..

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (2020)

Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary. Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.

To the Land of Long Lost Friends by Alexander McCall Smith, No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series #20 (2019)

Mma Ramotswe reconnects with an old friend who has been having problems with her daughter. Though Precious feels compelled to lend a hand, she discovers that getting tangled up in family matters is always a delicate affair.

What A Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses by Daniel Chamovitz (2017)

The renowned biologist Daniel Chamovitz builds on the original edition to present an intriguing look at how plants themselves experience the world–from the colors they see to the schedules they keep, and now, what they do in fact hear and how they are able to taste. A rare inside look at what life is really like for the grass we walk on, the flowers we sniff, and the trees we climb, What a Plant Knows offers a greater understanding of their place in nature.

AUDIO BOOKS

The Suite Spot by Trish Doller (March 2022)

A charming romance novel about taking a chance on a new life and a new love. Rachel Beck has hit a brick wall. She’s a single mom, still living at home and trying to keep a dying relationship alive. Aside from her daughter, the one bright light in Rachel’s life is her job as the night reservations manager at a luxury hotel in Miami Beach-until the night she is fired for something she didn’t do. On impulse, Rachel inquires about a management position at a brewery hotel on an island in Lake Erie called Kelleys Island. When she’s offered the job, Rachel packs up her daughter and makes the cross country move. What she finds on Kelleys Island is Mason, a handsome, moody man who knows everything about brewing beer and nothing about running a hotel. Especially one that’s barely more than foundation and studs. It’s not the job Rachel was looking for, but Mason offers her a chance to help build a hotel-and rebuild her own life-from the ground up

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (2016)

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possible want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy and some distance from her past. And nothing could be further from what she’s known than the crew of the Wayfarer.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradel (2015)

Lars Thorvald wife leaves him and their daughter Eva. He raises Eva to share his love of food. She does and becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giano (1985)

Having lost his wife and children, Elzeard Bouffier travels to a desolate part of Provence, France, to begin a lifetime work of planting acorns.

My Year Abroad by Chang Rae Lee (2021)

When Pong brings Tiller along on a boisterous trip across Asia, Tiller is pulled into a series of ever more extreme and eye-opening experiences that transform his view of the world, of Pong, and of himself.

If you need more reading recommendations, call us at 725-5242 or email helpdesk@curtislibrary.com.  We are always happy to help!