We have just added lots of new titles to the cloudLibrary.

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!

Audiobooks and ebooks

Five Tuesdays in Winter: Stories by Lily King (Nov 2021)

A collection of short stories which explore desire, heartache, loss and love in tales about a neglected teenage boy befriended by housesitting college students and a booksellers unspoken love for his employee.

Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart (Nov 2021)

It’s March 2020 and a calamity is unfolding. A group of friends and friends-of-friends gathers in a country house to wait out the pandemic. Over the next few months new bonds of friendship and love will take hold, while old betrayals will.

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (Oct 2021)

In June of 1954, 18-year-old Emmett Watson, released after serving 15 months for involuntary manslaughter, discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden’s car and have hatched a different plan for Emmett’s future.


The Long Call by Ann Cleeves, Two Rivers series #1 (2019)

In North Devon Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too. Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death. The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich (Nov 2021)

A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store’s most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls’ Day, but she simply won’t leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading with murderous attention, must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.

Sankofa by Chibundo Onuzo (Oct 2021)

A woman wondering who she really is goes in search of a father she never knew—only to find something far more complicated than she ever expected.

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult (2020)

During a plane crash Dawn Edelstein doesn’t think of her husband but of Wyatt Armstrong a man she saw years ago. After surviving the crash Dawn doesn’t go home to her family, instead she heads off to find Wyatt. He is an archaeologist in Egypt unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon.

40 Love by Madeline Wickham (2011)

A weekend tennis party becomes study of modern marriage for four very different couples of varying economic, social, and interest levels as together they encounter two days of anger, shock, revelations, and romance.

Chemistry by Weike Wang (2017)

A novel about a young Chinese woman whose graduate studies in chemistry go off track and lead her to discover the truths about her goals and desires.

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard (May 2021)

Simard (forest ecology, Univ. of British Columbia) tells the story of her pioneering research on trees’ use of fungal networks to nourish and communicate with one other: the so-called “wood-wide web.” Here, readers follow along as Simard’s research develops, and as she discovers that plant communities are driven by not only competition but cooperation as well: different tree species share resources with trees in need, “mother” trees send carbon to seedlings, and dying trees donate nutrients to neighbors.

Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness (2018)

During the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, and offers him a chance at immortality by becoming a vampire. Fast forward to contemporary London, where Marcus has fallen for Phoebe Taylor. She decides to become a vampire, too, and though the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable in the modern world than they were in the 18th century.

The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table by Rick Bragg (2018)

Part cookbook, part memoir, Bragg’s loving tribute to the South, his family and, especially, to his extraordinary mother. Here are irresistible stories and recipes from across generations. They come, skillet by skillet, from Bragg’s ancestors, from feasts and near famine, from funerals and celebrations, and from a thousand tales of family lore as rich and as sumptuous as the dishes they inspired. Deeply personal and unfailingly mouthwatering.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (2018)

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel. Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist. On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend. From the best man’s toast to the bouquet toss, Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible. But before they know it, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other. They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want.


The Midnight Hour by Elly Griffiths, Brighton mystery #6 (Dec 2021)

Newly minted PI Emma Holmes and her partner Sam Collins are just settling into their business when they’re chosen for a high-profile case: retired music-hall star Verity Malone hires them to find out who poisoned her husband, a theater impresario. Verity herself has been accused of the crime. The only hitch–the Brighton police are already on the case, putting Emma in direct competition with her husband, police superintendent Edgar Stephens.

Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander novel #9 (Nov 2021)

In the ninth book in the series it is 1779 and Claire and Jamie are at last reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children on Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible. Yet even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great and local feelings run hot enough to boil Hell’s teakettle. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split and it won’t be long until the war is on his doorstep.

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult (Nov 2021)

Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by thirty, done having kids by thirty-five, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world… But then a virus that felt worlds away has appeared in the city… Almost immediately, Diana’s dream vacation goes awry. Her luggage is lost, the Wi-Fi is nearly nonexistent, and the hotel they’d booked is shut down due to the pandemic. In fact, the whole island is now under quarantine, and she is stranded until the borders reopen.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2019)

Hiram Walker almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn’t understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram’s private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he’s ever known.

The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer (2020)

In 1940, Varian Fry–a Harvard educated American journalist–traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Instead, he ended up staying in France for thirteen months, working under the veil of a legitimate relief organization to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, and set up an underground railroad that led over the Pyrenees, into Spain, and finally to Lisbon, where the refugees embarked for safer ports.

Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell (2020)

David Mitchell’s novel tells the unexpurgated story of Utopia Avenue’s turbulent life and times ; of fame’s Faustian pact and stardom’s wobbly ladder ; of the families we choose and the ones we don’t ; of voices in the head, and the truths and lies they whisper ; of music, madness, and idealism. Can we really change the world, or does the world change us?

A House in the Mountains: The Women Who Liberated Italy from Fascism by Caroline Moorehead (Jan 2021)

In the late summer of 1943, when Italy broke with the Germans and joined the Allies after suffering catastrophic military losses, an Italian Resistance was born. Four young Piedmontese women—Ada, Frida, Silvia and Bianca—living secretly in the mountains surrounding Turin, risked their lives to overthrow Italy’s authoritarian government. They were among the thousands of Italians who joined the Partisan effort to help the Allies liberate their country from the German invaders and their Fascist collaborators. What made this partisan war all the more extraordinary was the number of women—like this brave quartet—who swelled its ranks.

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd (2020)

Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, Ana is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything. Their marriage evolves with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, and their mother, Mary. Ana’s pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to Rome’s occupation of Israel, partially led by her brother, Judas.

Intimacies by Katie Kitamura (July 2021)

Seeking a fresh start an interpreter takes a position at the International Court at The Hague and is drawn into numerous personal dramas, including her lover’s ongoing entanglement in his marriage and her friend witnessing a random act of violence.

The Every by Dave Eggers (Oct 2021)

An unlikely new hire at the Every, Delaney Wells is a former forest ranger and unwavering tech skeptic. She charms her way into an entry-level job with one goal in mind: to take down the company from within. With her compatriot, the not-at-all-ambitious Wes Makazian, they look for the Every’s weaknesses, hoping to free humanity from all-encompassing surveillance and the emoji-driven infantilization of the species. But does humanity truly want to be free?

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott (Oct 2021)

Invisible Child follows eight dramatic years in the life of Dasani Coates, a child with an imagination as soaring as the skyscrapers near her Brooklyn homeless shelter. As Dasani grows up, moving with her tightknit family from shelter to shelter, her story reaches back to trace the passage of Dasani’s ancestors from slavery to the Great Migration north. By the time Dasani comes of age in the twenty-first century, New York City’s homeless crisis is exploding amid the growing chasm between rich and poor. In the shadows of this new Gilded Age, Dasani must lead her seven siblings through a thicket of problems: hunger, parental addiction, violence, housing instability, pollution, segregated schools, and the constant monitoring of the child-protection system.

Go by Boat: Stories of a Maine Island Doctor by Chuck Radis (Apr 2021)

Fresh out of medical training, Dr. Chuck Radis moves with his family to Peaks Island, Maine, to fulfill a scholarship obligation. Absent-minded and oblivious to island mores, Dr. Radis slowly adapts to a medical practice where x-rays and advanced lab tests are only available on the mainland. With stories ranging from hilarious to heart breaking, Go by Boat immerses the reader in the culture of Maine island communities.

The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins, Sigma Force novel #11 (2015)

In the remote mountains of Croatia, an archaeologist discovers a subterranean Catholic chapel, hidden for centuries, holding the bones of a Neanderthal woman. In the same cavern system, elaborate primitive paintings tell the story of an immense battle between tribes of Neanderthals and monstrous shadowy figures.

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