Horror Stories, Astronomy, and More – See What’s New At Abbot Public Library!

Many of the new titles that came into the library’s physical collections last month, some of which were previously mentioned in past blog posts, are able to be checked out not only in print but also in ebook or e-audiobook format on Overdrive/the Libby app or on hoopla. View all the new arrivals on the library’s website

While the teen collection mostly expanded on Overdrive with ebooks and e-audiobooks, children can enjoy physical copies of new picture books, reader books, concept books, graphic novels, fiction, biographies, and nonfiction; and adults can reserve for Curbside Pickup new graphic novels, fiction, paperbacks, biographies, nonfiction, large print, books on CD, and DVDs (currently with no checkout fee!).

For fantasy loving adults, you are now able to check out the 16th volume of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, Peace Talks, which is also in ebook and e-audiobook format on Overdrive/the Libby app. Read how Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, joins the White Council’s security team during negotiations between the Supernatural nations. Or take a trip back in time to Victorian London in Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor (also an Overdrive ebook and hoopla ebook and e-audiobook). This novel explores what inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula, including his relationship with a talented actress and his walks on London streets terrorized by the Ripper. Perfect in time for October is Stephen King’s collection of horror novellas, If It Bleeds (also in large print, book on CD, and Overdrive ebook and e-audiobook format).

Sometimes real life is just as interesting as fiction. Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is the true story behind the pseudonymous Twitter account created by a grief-stricken writer who rebuilt their life. Less able to hide their identity are Harry and Meghan in Omid Scobie’s and Carolyn Durand’s Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family (also an ebook and e-audiobook on Overdrive/Libby) or Donald Trump in True Crimes and Misdemeanors: the Investigation of Donald Trump by Jeffrey Toobin (also on Overdrive in ebook and e-audiobook formats). 

Look to the sky in The Last Stargazers: the Enduring Story of Astronomy’s Vanishing Explorers by award-winning astronomer Emily Levesque (hoopla ebook and e-audiobook), exploring the human side of astronomy and how curiosity, creativity, and passion are just as important as telescopes and machines. Rebecca Giggs looks in the opposite direction in her book, Fathoms: the World in the Whale, an exploration of the condition or our oceans and how whales experience ecological change.

There are plenty of books to choose from, and reserving them for Curbside Pickup is easy! Just log into your account (if you don’t have an online account, email mar@noblenet.org for assistance) to place your holds, wait to be notified your items have come in, and then either register online for a time to pick up your items or contact the library at 781-631-1481 during service hours (Monday through Friday from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm and Saturday from 9:30 am – Noon and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) to set up a pickup appointment. Your materials will be checked out in advance of your appointment and be waiting for you by the time your scheduled time slot starts! Read the full instructions here.

Doctor Who, Dracula, and More! New Graphic Novels in the Abbot Public Library E-Collections

There are several new and upcoming graphic novel releases this Spring! Just released is Joe Harris’ Vampirella vs. Dracula, a time-tossed epic of love, hate, death, and damnation. Also out is Richard Marazano’s SAM, Volume 4. With the help of their robot ally SAM, Ian, and his friends hope to reach the command centre of the machines who have hunted and killed almost all of mankind. For fans of Chuck Palahnuik’s 1996 novel Fight Club, the author has brought us a sequel to his 2016 graphic novel, Fight Flub 2, with Fight Club 3. Comicon.com describes it as “everything that a sequel to a sequel should be. It elevates the dark themes of the novel and the first graphic novel to the next illogical, insanely violent step.”

Doctor Who fans will be pleased with the release of Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor, Year Two as the Weeping Angels are trying to break into the TARDIS! Autons are ready to attack the streets of 1969 London. Now, Ten and Thirteen must risk a deadly paradox in order to stop the Earth from becoming an alien battleground! Another new release is Ryan Parott’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Volume 11. Fans will get answers—and more shocking secrets—about what happened to the team after they defeated Lord Drakkon. In Issue 5 of Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, Adler has vanished, Mycroft has closed the case, and Sherlock is left feeling empty and deflated. While the others celebrate Christmas, Sherlock struggles with unanswered questions. 

Two stunning nonfiction graphic novels that have just been released are Scott Chantler’s Bix and Ashley Molesso’s The Gay Agenda: A Modern Queer History & Handbook. Told in beautiful illustrations, Bix explores the rapid rise and tragic fall of 1920s legendary jazz soloist Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke, one of the most innovative soloists next to Louis Armstrong. The Gay Agenda is a joyful celebration of the LGBTQ+ community’s development, history, and culture that is packed with facts, trivia, timelines, charts, and 100 full-color illustrations. This book is perfect for older generations, younger generations, and is a helpful introduction for those learning more about the community.

Upcoming releases over the next few weeks include:

Archie vs. Predator II by Alex de Campi
A Gift for a Ghost by Borja Gonzalez
Kairos: Book 1 by Ulysse Malassagne
We Served the People by Emei Burell
Fire on the Water by Scott MacGregor
My Brother’s Husband, Volumes 1 & 2 by Gengoroh Tagame
Lady of the Shadows: The Dark Tower: the Drawing of the Three Series, Book 1 by Stephen King
Parasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards by Bong Joon Ho
The Sword Daughter, Volume 3: Elsbeth of the Island by Brian Wood
The Stringbags by Garth Ennis
Be More Wonder Woman: Fearless Thinking from a Warrior Princess by Cheryl Rickman