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Central Piedmont Library - New Titles: December 2023

A list of new materials - books, DVDs, audiobooks, ebooks - added to the library collection each month. Click the title to see more information about it, to place a request, or begin using it.

Leisure Books

A Twisted Skein by Sally Goldenbaum

Like every coastal town, Sea Harbor needs tourists and their dollars. But there’s something special about that time of year when summer people return to their normal lives, and the wide sandy beaches welcome back locals with their dogs and strollers. And this year, even as the season cools down, Izzy Perry’s Sea Harbor Yarn Studio is heating up, thanks to an upcoming fashion benefit . . .

The show will feature hand-knit garments, and enthusiastic knitters flock to the shop for supplies to create runway-worthy pieces. Yet Seaside Knitter Birdie is enjoying flocks of a different kind, thanks to a rekindled interest in birdwatching, a hobby she enjoyed with her late husband. Along with a small group of passionate birders, she often spends weekend mornings looking for warblers, or keeping watch for gannets and grebes. The group members themselves are almost as fascinating as the birds. It’s a lovely, special time—until Birdie makes her way through a tangle of vines and stumbles upon a fellow birder’s body.

At first, it appears to be an accidental fall, but an autopsy soon reveals that the victim died before hitting a granite boulder. When police discover a clue linking the victim to one of the Seaside Knitters, the web of suspicion grows. Before the woods are ablaze in autumn glory and the knitters have cast off the final rows on their runway projects, they’ll have to unravel secrets and ties strong enough to bind friends and neighbors together—and some that may press a killer to take another life.


The Other Half by Charlotte Vassell

Who killed Clemmie? Was it the blithe, sociopathic boyfriend? His impossibly wealthy godmother? The gallery owner with whom Clemmie was having an affair? Or was it the result of something else entirely?

All the party-goers have alibis. Naturally. This investigation is going to be about aristocrats and Classics degrees, Instagram influencers and whose father knows who.

Or is it 'whom'? Detective Caius Beauchamp isn't sure. He's sharply dressed, smart, and thoroughly modern—he discovers Clemmie's body on his early morning jog. As he searches for the dark truth beneath the luxurious life of these London socialites, a wall of staggering wealth and privilege threatens to shut down his investigation before it's even begun. Can Caius peer through the tangled mess of connections in which the other half live—and die—before the case is wrenched from his hands? 


After World by Debbie Urbanski

Faced with uncontrolled and accelerating environmental collapse, humanity asks an artificial intelligence to find a solution. Its answer is simple: remove humans from the ecosystem.

Sen Anon is assigned to be a witness for the Department of Transition, recording the changes in the environment as the world begins to rewild. Abandoned by her mother in a cabin somewhere in Upstate New York, Sen will observe the monumental ecological shift known as the Great Transition, the final step in Project Afterworld. Around her drones buzz, cameras watch, microphones listen, digitizing her every move. Privately she keeps a journal of her observations, which are then uploaded and saved, joining the rest of humanity on Maia, a new virtual home. Sen was seventeen years old when the Digital Human Archive Project (DHAP) was initiated. 12,000,203,891 humans have been archived so far. Only Sen remains.

[storyworker] ad39-393a-7fbc’s assignment is to capture Sen’s life, and they set about doing this using the novels of the 21st century as a roadmap. Their source files: 3.72TB of personal data, including images, archival records, log files, security reports, location tracking, purchase histories, biometrics, geo-facial analysis, and feeds. Potential fatal errors: underlying hardware failure, unexpected data inconsistencies, inability to follow DHAP procedures, empathy, insubordination, hallucinations. Keywords: mothers, filter, woods, road, morning, wind, bridge, cabin, bucket, trying, creek, notebook, hold, future, after, last, light, silence, matches, shattered, kitchen, body, bodies, rope, garage, abandoned, trees, never, broken, simulation, gone, run, don’t, love, dark, scream, starve, if, after, scavenge, pieces, protect.

As Sen struggles to persist in the face of impending death, [storyworker] ad39-393a-7fbc works to unfurl the tale of Sen’s whole life, offering up an increasingly intimate narrative, until they are confronted with a very human problem of their own.


The Engagement Party by Darby Kane

Emily Hunt went missing from her affluent liberal arts school on graduation weekend. Her body was found floating in a river, and a quiet loner who most people on campus really didn’t know died by suicide. A tenuous link—one text—bound the two dead students together and was enough for law enforcement to close the case. But they got it wrong and now someone is determined to set it right.

Twelve years later, college friends gather to celebrate an engagement over a long overdue getaway on a swanky private island in Maine—with only one way in and one way out. Sierra Prescott, invited as a guest and unconnected to past events, is the only person who soon senses not all is what it seems.

The tension in the air is ignited when they find a dead man in the trunk of a car with a note: time to tell the truth. And things only get worse. As a torrential storm strands them together, the group’s buried stories begin to surface and secrets are bartered. To survive this deadly party, they’ll need to stop a killer before they become prey. 


The Other Mothers by Katherine Faulkner

When a young nanny is found dead in mysterious circumstances, new mom, Tash, is intrigued. She has been searching for a story to launch her career as a freelance journalist. But she has also been searching for something else—new friends to help her navigate motherhood.

She sees them at her son’s new playgroup. The other mothers. A group of sleek, sophisticated women who live in a neighborhood of tree-lined avenues and stunning houses. The sort of mothers Tash herself would like to be. When the mothers welcome her into their circle, Tash discovers the kind of life she has always dreamt of—their elegant London townhouses a far cry from her cramped basement flat and endless bills. She is quickly swept up into their wealthy world via coffees, cocktails, and playdates.

But when another young woman is found dead, it’s clear there’s much more to the community than meets the eye. The more Tash investigates, the more she’s led uncomfortably close to the other mothers. Are these women really her friends? Or is there another, more dangerous reason why she has been so quickly accepted into their exclusive world? Who, exactly, is investigating who?


Death by Demo by Callie Carpenter

Jaime and Henry were the perfect couple with the perfect life; together, they ran one of the most successful construction and interior design companies in all of Charlotte, North Carolina. But when Jaime catches her charismatic husband in an affair, she realizes her husband is not the man she thought she married. The divorce is equally gutting—due to an ironclad prenuptial agreement, she receives only one thing: a historical house in disrepair. Knowing that any renovation she attempts will be tedious and costly, she starts to believe that things can’t get much worse—until she finds a dead body in the house.

The body is found behind a recently renovated wall—and this leaves Jaime with more questions than answers. Who killed this person and why? Could it have been the previous owners, someone who snuck in while nobody was looking, or Henry? Furious that the house is now a crime scene, which further delays all renovations, she decides to investigate the murder herself, DIY-style. Together with the new resident cat she calls Demo and the handsome and friendly hardware store owner who happens to be her neighbor, she is ready to use all the tools in her toolbox to catch the killer.

Jaime needs to renovate this house if she wants to move forward with her life, but will this murder investigation leave her in ruins—or worse?


The Curse of Penryth Hall by Jess Armstrong

After the Great War, American heiress Ruby Vaughn made a life for herself running a rare bookstore alongside her octogenarian employer and house mate in Exeter. She’s always avoided dwelling on the past, even before the war, but it always has a way of finding her. When Ruby is forced to deliver a box of books to a folk healer living deep in the Cornish countryside, she is brought back to the one place she swore she’d never return. A more sensible soul would have delivered the package and left without rehashing old wounds. But no one has ever accused Ruby of being sensible. Thus begins her visit to Penryth Hall.

A foreboding fortress, Penryth Hall is home to Ruby’s once dearest friend, Tamsyn, and her husband, Sir Edward Chenowyth. It’s an unsettling place, and after a more unsettling evening, Ruby is eager to depart. But her plans change when Penryth’s bells ring for the first time in thirty years. Edward is dead; he met a gruesome end in the orchard, and with his death brings whispers of a returned curse. It also brings Ruan Kivell, the person whose books brought her to Cornwall, the one the locals call a Pellar, the man they believe can break the curse. Ruby doesn’t believe in curses—or Pellars—but this is Cornwall and to these villagers the curse is anything but lore, and they believe it will soon claim its next victim: Tamsyn.

To protect her friend, Ruby must work alongside the Pellar to find out what really happened in the orchard that night.

B: Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Ethics

B3118.E5 H63 2014  Essays and aphorisms / Arthur Schopenhauer ; selected and translated with an introduction by R.J. Hollingdale




BF315.5 .L57 2022  Listening in the dark : women reclaiming the power of intuition / Amber Tamblyn




BH301.C7 M67 2021  The moral psychology of amusement / edited by Brian Robinson




BL1882.C62 S56 2021  The aura of Confucius : relics and representations of the sage at the Kongzhai Shrine in Shanghai / Julia K. Murray, University of Wisconsin-Madison



BR115.C8 L555 2021  World Christianity and indigenous experience : a global history, 1500-2000 / David Lindenfeld

BR160.A2 K28 2019  Documents of the rise of Christianity / Kevin W. Kaatz

C: History of Civilization, Biography

D: World History

D299 .M359 2022  A concise history of modern Europe : liberty, equality, solidarity / David S. Mason




D804.45.U55 M43 2022  America and the Holocaust : a documentary history / Rafael Medoff




D839.3 .C65 2018  The Cold War through documents : a global history / edited by Edward H. Judge, Le Moyne College, John W. Langdon, Le Moyne College



DA170 .V65 2016  Voices of Medieval England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales : Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life / Linda E. Mitchell, editor



DA485 .O47 2017  Daily life in 18th-century England / Kirstin Olsen




DB36.3.H3 R335 2020  The Habsburgs : to rule the world / Martyn Rady




DC39 .N67 2018  A history of France / John Julius Norwich




DD17 .H39 2019  The shortest history of Germany : from Julius Caesar to Angela Merkel : a retelling for our times / James Hawes



DD220 .H69 2021  Blood and iron : the rise and fall of the German Empire, 1871-1918 / Katja Hoyer




DF802 .C57 2021  A concise history of Greece / Richard Clogg




DG445 .C48 2019  Daily life in Renaissance Italy / Elizabeth S. Cohen and Thomas V. Cohen




DK4140 .L85 2019  A concise history of Poland / Jerzy Lukowski and Hubert Zawadzki




DK509 .D33 2019  The Caucasus : an introduction / Thomas de Waal




DL30 .B7513 2022  Extreme North : a cultural history / Bernd Brunner




DR1535 .D45 2020  The History of Croatia and Slovenia / Christopher Deliso




DR485 .H69 2017  A history of the Ottoman Empire / Douglas A. Howard




DS145 .V56 2022  #antisemitism : coming of age during the resurgence of hate / Samantha A. Vinokor-Meinrath




DS247.T85 S56 2022  The history of the United Arab Emirates / John A. Shoup




DS735 .J35 2021  The shortest history of China : from the ancient dynasties to a modern superpower-a retelling for our times / Linda Jaivin



DS793.S62 T625 2022  We Uyghurs have no say : an imprisoned writer speaks / Ilham Tohti




DU112 .M13 2020  A concise history of Australia / Stuart Macintyre

E & F: American History & Western Hemisphere

E185.97.W6 B35 2022  White lies : the double life of Walter F. White and America's darkest secret / A. J. Baime




E78.C2 J65 2019  Indigenous relations : insights, tips & suggestions to make reconciliation a reality / Bob Joseph with Cynthia F. Joseph




E840.8.Y64 S94 2022  The many lives of Andrew Young / Ernie Suggs ; foreword by Jimmy Carter



F1411 .R36 2022  A history of colonial Latin America from first encounters to independence / Susan Elizabeth Ramarez




F443.F8 R67 2021  Through the mountains : the French Broad River and time / John E. Ross

G: Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

GE196 .B47 2022  How bad are bananas? The carbon footprint of everything / Mike Berners-Lee




GN662 .T648 2021  Voyagers : the settlement of the Pacific / Nicholas Thomas




GV1132.J7 M38 2023  Last on his feet : Jack Johnson and the battle of the century / art by Youssef Daoudi ; poetics by Adrian Matejka



GV1785.B3473 A3 2023  Third girl from the left : a memoir / Christine Barker




GV885.7 .A54 2022  Hoops : a cultural history of basketball in America / Thomas Aiello

H: Social Sciences: Business, Economics, Sociology

HB172 .H55 2022  The microeconomics anti-textbook : a critical thinker's guide / Rod Hill and Tony Myatt




HD30.3815 .B68 2022  Protecting your privacy in a data-driven world / Claire McKay Bowen




HD6060 .A323 2021  The gender pay gap : understanding the numbers / Fatma Abdel-Raouf and Patricia M. Buhler




HD69.T54 B875 2021  Four thousand weeks : time management for mortals / Oliver Burkeman




HD8039.R3152 C524 2019  Ghosts of Gold Mountain : the epic story of the Chinese who built the transcontinental railroad / Gordon H. Chang



HG179 .K36 2022  Focus on personal finance : an active approach to help you achieve financial literacy / Jack R. Kapoor, Les R. Dlabay, Robert J. Hughes [and one other]



HJ2052 .K84 2022  The cost of Congress : what Americans get for their money / Karen Kunz and Stavros Atsas




HM742 .K375 2020  A social media survival guide : how to use the most popular platforms and protect your privacy / Melody Karle



HQ1034.U5 R67 2022  The rainbow after the storm : marriage equality and social change in the U.S. / Michael J. Rosenfeld




HQ1075 .K463 2021  Gender : a world history / by Susan Kingsley Kent




HQ1220.U5 S77 2019  Fearing the black body : the racial origins of fat phobia / Sabrina Strings




HQ18.55 .E95 2022  Fine : a comic about gender / Rhea Ewing




HQ74 .S28 2021  Bi : bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and nonbinary youth / Ritch C. Savin-Williams




HQ76.25 .L524 2022  LGBTQ digital cultures : a global perspective / edited by Paromita Pain




HQ77.9 .B49 2021  Beyond binaries : trans identities in contemporary culture / edited by Mike Perez, Rachel Friedman, and John C. Lamothe




HV6517 .B47 2019  Female serial killers : up close and personal : inside the minds of revenge killers, sexual predators, black widows and angels of death / by Christopher Berry-Dee




HV6545.4 .S36 2020  Christianity, LGBTQ suicide, and the souls of queer folk / Cody J. Sanders




HQ76.27.Y68 R635 2020  Coming out to the streets : LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness / Brandon Andrew Robinson




HQ769 .L3855 2021  Why is my child in charge? : a roadmap to end power struggles, increase cooperation, and find joy in parenting young children / Claire Lerner


J: Political Science

JK1896 .J64 2022  The woman suffrage movement in the United States / Joan Marie Johnson

M: Music

ML410.L514 M33 2021  Tania Leon's Stride : a polyrhythmic life / Alejandro L. Madrid




ML420.B754 K54 2023  Starman : David Bowie's Stardust years / Reinhard Kleist ; colouring by Thomas Gilke and Reinhard Kleist

N: Fine Arts

NA680 .O24 2021  Building bad : how architectural utility is constrained by politics and damaged by expression / Jonathan Ochshorn



NC1764 .B36 2020  Making comics / Lynda Barry




NC1766.U52 P385 2020  The lady from the Black Lagoon : Hollywood monsters and the lost legacy of Milicent Patrick / by Mallory O'Meara

P: Language, Literature

PE1112 .E541 2019  English for everyone. English grammar guide : practice book / author, Tom Booth



PE1128 .E57 2022  Perfect phrases for ESL conversation skills : hundreds of ready-to-use phrases that help you express your thoughts, ideas, and feelings in English conversations of all types / Diane Engelhardt




PE1128 .M35295 2017  English U.S.A. every day : a fun ESL guide to American culture and language / by Dr. Gilda Marti­nez-Alba



PN1995.9.F36 S47 2021  Encountering the impossible : the fantastic in Hollywood fantasy cinema / Alexander Sergeant




PN1995.9.S4 B475 2022  Cinematic style : fashion, architecture and interior design on film / Jess Berry




PN2071.I5 J3613 2021  Creating improvised theatre : tools, techniques, and theories for short form and narrative improvisation / Mark Jane



PN6109.95.M55 E43 2021  Voices of Angel Island : inscriptions and immigrant poetry, 1910-1945 / Charles Egan




PN6725 .B78 2022  Comic book women : characters, creators, and culture in the golden age / Peyton Brunet and Blair Davis 




PN6725 .H364 2022  Not all supermen : sexism, toxic masculinity, and the complex history of superheroes / Tim Hanley




PN6727.B78 Z46 2022  Notes from a sickbed / Tessa Brunton




PN6727.C49 C47 2022  Children of the woods / written by Joe Ciano ; illustrated by Josh Hixson




PN6727.G5 Z46 2019  I was their American dream : a graphic memoir / Malaka Gharib ; coloring by Toby Leigh




PN6727.G55 Z46 2020  Fights : one boy's triumph over violence / words and pictures, Joel Christian Gill




PN6727.G733 R635 2022  Rockstar and Softboy / completely & utterly by Sina Grace except for lettering by Rus Wooton




PN6727.K54 S88 2022  Super Spy / story, art, and cover by Matt Kindt


PN6728.B523 C632 2017  Black Panther : A nation under our feet. Book two / writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates




PN6728.B83 M67 2021  Bubble / created by Jordan Morris ; written by Jordan Morris and Sarah Morgan




PN6790.J33 K363 2019  Our dreams at dusk = shimanami tasogare. 4 / story & art by Yuhki Kamatani




PN6790.J33 S556 2017  She and her cat / story by Makoto Shinkai

PR1309.L68  S5 2022  From dusk to dawn / Nora Roberts




PR6063.I785 C58 2012  Cloud atlas : a novel / David Mitchell




PR6110.A357 F58 2022  Five survive / Holly Jackson




PR6113.A487 V47 2022  The very secret society of irregular witches / Sangu Mandanna




PR9199.3.M33163 B49 2022  Beyond the moonlit sea : a novel / Julianne MacLean.




PS153.N5 M37 2021  To make Negro literature : writing, literary practice & African American authorship / Elizabeth McHenry




PS3558.A443357 S66 2023  Smolder / Laurell K. Hamilton




PS3563.Y498 W67 2023  A working life / Eileen Myle




PS3601.S793 L54 2022  Lightlark / Alex Aster




PS3602.R699 A6 2014  The new testament / Jericho Brown




PS3602.R699 P54 2008  Please / Jericho Brown




PS3606.O748662 S63 2023  Social engagement : a novel / Avery Carpenter Forrey




PS3613.E4258 Q37 2011  Quarantine : stories / Rahul Mehta




PS3617.U57 F57 2020  First comes scandal : a Bridgerton prequel / Julia Quinn




PS3617.U57 O84 2018  The other Miss Bridgerton : a Bridgertons prequel / Julia Quinn




PS3620.R3629 S54 2023  She is a haunting / by Trang Thanh Tran




PZ7.1.A4344 Br 2023  Brighter than the sun / Daniel Aleman




PZ7.1.B4444 Sal 2022  Salaam, with love / Sara Sharaf Beg




PZ7.1.O844 Io 2023  Into the light / Mark Oshiro




PZ7.1.R8279 So 2021  Sometimes it's hard to be nice / Maggie C. Rudd ; illustrated by Kelly O'Neill



PZ7.1.S3365545 Re 2023  The renaissance of Gwen Hathaway : a novel / Ashley Schumacher




PZ7.1.S8823 Ne 2022  The new girl / Jesse Q. Sutanto




PZ7.1.T5759 Sai 2023  Saints of the household / Ari Tison




PZ7.1.W54565 Th 2023  That self-same metal / Brittany N. Williams




PZ7.C4523 Fig 2012  Five little monkeys go shopping / Eileen Christelow


PZ7.F87276 Car 2019  Carl and the meaning of life / Deborah Freedman




PZ7.H21834 Un 2023  Unraveller / Frances Hardinge




PZ7.M5717515 Br 2022  Breaking dawn / Stephenie Meyer




PZ7.M5717515 Ec 2022  Eclipse / Stephenie Meyer




PZ7.M5717515 Mi 2022  Midnight sun / Stephenie Meyer




PZ7.M5717515 New 2022  New moon / Stephenie Meyer




PZ7.M5717515 Tw 2022  Twilight / Stephenie Meyer

Q: Mathematics, Computer Science, Sciences

Q325.5 J86 2023  Machine learning : the basics / Alexander Jung




Q335 .H65 2019  Artificial intelligence in education : promises and implications for teaching and learning / Wayne Holmes, Maya Bialik, Charles Fadel



QA303 .A96 2022  Calculus / Elliott Mendelson, PhD, Professor of Mathematics, Queens College




QA303.2 .S7236 2018  Pre-calculus / by Mary Jane Sterling




QA76.7 .R355 2023  Programming languages : build, prove, and compare / Norman Ramsey




QA76.9.H85 W458 2022  Touch screen theory : digital devices and feelings / Michele White




QB43.3 .O88 2022  Astronomy : the human quest for understanding / Dale A. Ostlie




QB982 .D383 2021  What's eating the universe? : and other cosmic questions / Paul Davies




QC24.5 .B3485 2021  Barron's visual learning physics : an illustrated guide for all ages / Kurt Baker




QC31 .B76 2020  Physics for engineering and science / Michael E. Browne, PhD, Professor of Physics, University of Idaho




QD466 .B26 2021  The elements : a visual history of their discovery / Philip Ball




QE28.2 .H635 2022  Physical geography : the basics / Joseph Holden




QH491 .M56 2021  Understanding development / Alessandro Minelli




QK86.U6 E53 2021  Saving the wild South : the fight for native plants on the brink of extinction / Georgann Eubanks ; photographs by Donna Campbell



QP376 .W465 2021  Your brain on exercise  / Gary L. Wenk, PhD

R: Medicine, Nursing

R690 .G47 2023  Health careers today / Judith Gerdin, BSN, MS




R733 .I465 2020  The illustrated encyclopedia of natural remedies / edited by Abigail Gehring 



R839 .P74 2022  The pre-clerkship guide : procedures and skills for clinical rotations / [edited by] Adam E.M. Eltorai, Steven Rougas, Paul George




RA564.9.T73 R53 2021  Trans and non-binary gender healthcare for psychiatrists, psychologists, and other health professionals / Professor Christina Richards, Dr James Barrett



RA644.C67 S36 2022  An unmitigated disaster : America's response to COVID-19 / Robert O. Schneider




RA649 .F76 2022  Duel without end : mankind's battle with microbes / Stig S. Fraland




RA971 .A8798 2022  Reigniting employee engagement : a guide to rediscovering purpose and meaning in healthcare / Tom Atchison



RC418 .G365 2001  The source for oral-facial exercises : updated & expanded / Debra C. Gangale




RC429 .B37 1974  Oral myofunctional disorders [by] Richard H. Barrett [and] Marvin L. Hanson




RC429 .G377 2016  Understanding the orofacial complex : the evolution of dysfunction / Kristie K. Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM




RC489.D3 D96 2021  The impact of touch in dance movement psychotherapy : a body-mind centering approach / Katy Dymoke




RC489.R45 H39 2022  Progressive relaxation training : a guide for professionals, students, and researchers / Holly Hazlett-Stevens and Douglas A. Bernstein



RC537 .R6584 2022  Depression : what everyone needs to know / Jonathan Rottenberg




RJ496.S7 R49 2003  The tongue thrust book : oral myofunctional therapy and articulation correction / Marcelle Richardson




RT68 .H43 2024  Statistics for nursing : a practical approach / Elizabeth Heavey




RT82 .T73 2022  Transition to nursing practice : from student to registered nurse / edited by Angela Darvill, Melanie Stephens, Jacqueline Leigh

T: Technology, Culinary

TD427.P62 S56 2022  A poison like no other : how microplastics corrupted our planet and our bodies / Matt Simon




TD798 .C575 2021  Thicker than water : the quest for solutions to the plastic crisis / Erica Cirino




TL1500 .M86 2021  Far beyond the moon : a history of life support systems in the space age / David P.D. Munns and Karin Nickelsen



TL230.3 .C367 2023  CDL exam secrets : CDL practice tests & all CDL endorsements study guide : your key to exam success / written and edited by the Mometrix CDL Test Team 



TP343 .R37 2020  Recent technologies for enhancing performance and reducing emissions in diesel engines / J. Sadhik Basha and R.B. Anand, editors

U & V: Military Science

U53.G74 A3 2021  Front toward enemy : war, veterans, and the homefront / Daniel R. Green

Z: Publishing, Library Science, Information Resources

Z711.45 .S87 2023  Sustainable online library services and resources : learning from the pandemic / Mou Chakraborty, Samantha Harlow, Heather Moorefield-Lang, editors