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.

Quick Reads for the Weekend: A Collection of Short Stories and Novellas

If it Bleeds by Stephen King

Four novellas comprise this new work by popular Stephen King, master of suspense and horror. You may have to sleep with the lights on for a few days. Which leads us to…

Sleep No More by P.D. James

Brilliant writer of mystery, P. D. James, master of the short story genre (see also Mistletoe Murder) offers six stories in Sleep No More. She is the writer of the classic Adam Dalgliesh mysteries. 

Triple Homicide by James Patterson 

Short ebooks have become popular, and James Patterson has a series called Bookshots. This collection of three includes thrillers with three of his popular series, Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, and The Women’s Murder Club.

Midnight at Tiffany’s by Sarah Morgan

Wonderfully entertaining author Sarah Morgan wrote this prequel to the enjoyable From Manhattan with Love series. Matilda is an aspiring author whose awkward demeanor is nothing like the bold heroines of her novels, until meeting Chase Adams. Working her day job as a waitress, she finds herself spilling champagne at a function and leaving a lasting impression on Chase. 

A Week in Summer by Maeve Binchy

Classic prolific Irish author Maeve Binchy wrote heartwarming novels, including A Week in Winter, as well as this short story. Brian and Kathleen, happily married for years, plan a much needed vacation to Ireland where surprises await.

Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith

In these short stories from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, four strangers on a train from Edinburgh to London exchange personal stories of love and loss.

Check out more short stories and novellas on Overdrive or through the Libby app, as well as short stories and novellas on hoopla! Starting next week, you can also reserve physical copies of short stories with your online account for pickup! See our instructions for Curbside Pickup for more details.