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Central Piedmont Library - New Titles: October 2022

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

Malice House by Megan Shepherd

"One step away from our world lies another: a land of violent fantasies, of sharp-toothed delights. . . ."

Of all the things aspiring artist Haven Marbury expected to find while clearing out her late father's remote seaside house, Bedtime Stories for Monsters was not on the list. This secret handwritten manuscript is disturbingly different from his Pulitzer-winning works: its interweaving short stories crawl with horrific monsters and enigmatic humans that exist somewhere between this world and the next. The stories unsettle but also entice Haven, practically compelling her to illustrate them while she stays in the house that her father warned her was haunted. Clearly just dementia whispering in his ear . . . right?

Reeling from a failed marriage, Haven hopes an illustrated Bedtime Stories can be the lucrative posthumous father-daughter collaboration she desperately needs to jump-start her art career. However, everyone in the nearby vacation town wants a piece of the manuscript: her father's obsessive literary salon members, the Ink Drinkers; her mysterious yet charming neighbor, who has a tendency toward three a.m. bonfires; a young barista with a literary forgery business; and of course, whoever keeps trying to break into her house. But when a monstrous creature appears under Haven's bed right as grisly deaths are reported in the nearby woods, she must race to uncover dark, otherworldly family secrets—completely rewriting everything she ever knew about herself in the process.


The Plot and the Pendulum by Jenn McKinlay

Library director Lindsey Norris is happy to learn the Briar Creek Public Library is the beneficiary of the Dorchester family’s vast book collection. However, when Lindsey and the library staff arrive at the old Victorian estate to gather the books, things take a sinister turn. One of the bookcases reveals a secret passage, leading to a room where a skeleton is found, clutching an old copy of The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe.
Lindsey does a quick check of missing persons, using the distinctive 80s era clothing worn by the deceased to determine a time frame, and discovers that Briar Creek has an unsolved missing person’s case from 1989. A runaway bride went missing just weeks after her wedding. No suspects were ever arrested and the cold case remains unsolved. Lindsey and the crafternoon crew decide that justice is overdue and set about solving the old murder mystery, using some novel ideas to crack the case.


Sign Here by Claudia Lux

Peyote Trip has a pretty good gig in the deals department on the fifth floor of Hell. Sure, none of the pens work, the coffee machine has been out of order for a century, and the only drink on offer is Jägermeister, but Pey has a plan—and all he needs is one last member of the Harrison family to sell their soul.
When the Harrisons retreat to the family lake house for the summer, with their daughter Mickey’s precocious new friend, Ruth, in tow, the opportunity Pey has waited a millennium for might finally be in his grasp. And with the help of his charismatic coworker Calamity, he sets a plan in motion.
But things aren’t always as they seem, on Earth or in Hell. And as old secrets and new dangers scrape away at the Harrisons’ shiny surface, revealing the darkness beneath, everyone must face the consequences of their choices.


A Christmas Candy Killing by Christina Romeril

Identical twin sisters Alex and Hannah are the owners of Murder and Mayhem, a mystery bookshop that sells their famous poison-themed Killer Chocolates. But now, there’s a real killer in their midst. Shortly before Christmas, their septuagenarian neighbor, Jane, confides to Alex that a murderer from a true-crime show has taken up residence in the village. Unfortunately, she’s also shared her suspicions with town gossip Netta. The next morning, Alex shows up at Jane’s house to watch the show, but instead discovers Jane's body, with a box of Killer Chocolates nearby.
The sheriff quickly zeroes in on two suspects: Alex, a beneficiary in Jane’s will, and Zack, a handyman who was seen leaving the crime scene. But Alex maintains her innocence and sets out to draft a list of other potential suspects—townsfolk who’d recently been seen arguing with Jane.
When Alex gets hold of Jane’s journal, she begins to understand the truth. But a bearer of ill tidings is arriving early this year—and Alex just might not make it to Christmas.

D: World History

DS922.35 .K5274 2021  Banned book club / Kim Hyun Sook, Ko Hyung-Ju, Ryan Estrada

E & F: American History & Western Hemisphere

E 322 M38 2001  John Adams / David McCullough




E185.61 .K347 1996  The civil rights movement : a photographic history, 1954-68 / Steven Kasher



E99.C59 S23 2020  Paying the land / Joe Sacco

H: Social Sciences: Business, Economics, Sociology

HF5387 .C677 2018  The speed of trust : the one thing that changes everything / Stephen M.R. Covey with Rebecca R. Merrill




HV2534.B44 A3 2020  El Deafo : superpowered edition / Cece Bell 




HV6432 .G829 2020  Guantanamo voices : true accounts from the world's most infamous prison / edited by Sarah Mirk




HV6626.52 .W39 A3 2003  Wayne : an abused child's story of courage, survival, and hope / Wayne Theodore, with Leslie A. Horvitz

K: Law

KF1250 .P7 2020  Prosser, Wade, and Schwartz's torts : cases and materials / by Victor E. Schwartz, et al




KF1375 .S65 2021  A short & happy guide to agency and partnership / David Simon Sokolow




KF1375.Z9 H95 2020  Agency, partnership, and the LLC in a nutshell / J. Dennis Hynes, Mark J. Loewenstein 




KF320.L4 C365 2019  Concise guide to paralegal ethics / Therese A. Cannon, et al




KF3464 .S67 2019  The law of employment discrimination / Sandra F. Sperino




KF505 .C55 2021  The law of domestic relations in the United States / Homer H. Clark, Jr., Sanford N. Katz




KF755 .M34 2021  Wills, trusts, and estates : including taxation and future interests / Sheldon F. Kurtz, David M. English, Thomas P. Gallanis



KFN7966.8 .N67 2021  2020 cumulative supplement to North Carolina crimes, a guidebook on the elements of crime, seventh edition / Jessica Smith, James M. Markham



KFN7976 .F37 2021  Arrest, search, and investigation in North Carolina / Robert L. Farb, Christopher Tyner

L: Education

LB1119 .H25 2020  Handbook of research on the education of young children / edited by Olivia N. Saracho




LB1139.S6 P74 2022  Prevent-teach-reinforce for young children : the early childhood model of individualized positive behavior support / by Glen Dunlap, Ph.D., et al



LB1140.5.L3 S334 2011  The complete resource book for toddlers and twos : over 2000 experiences and ideas! / Pam Schiller




LB3409.U5 R63 2016  Safety, nutrition, & health in early education / Cathie Robertson




LC4718 .B67 2016  Autism spectrum disorder in the inclusive classroom / Barbara Boroson

M: Music

P: Language, Literature

PN1995.9.H47 M36 2002  Manito / the 7th Floor presents in association with Smashing Entertainment ; producers, Jesse Scolaro, Allen Bain ; written & directed by Eric Eason - dvd


PN6727 .B757 A59 2011  Anya's ghost / Vera Brosgol




PN6727.C386 T47 2014  Through the woods / stories by Emily Carroll



PN6727.H23 Z46 2020  Almost American girl : an illustrated memoir / Robin Ha




PN6727.M55 A613 1999  300 / story & art, Frank Miller ; colors, Lynn Varley


PN6727.R688 W37 2022  Wash day diaries / written by Jamila Rowser ; art by Robyn Smith




PN6728.M65589 M59 2017  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. Vol. 3, The smartest there is! / Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder, writers 




PN6728.M65592 M66 2017  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. Vol. 4, Girl-moon / Brandon Montclare, writer




PN6733.T34 T55 2014  This one summer / Mariko Tamaki




PN6737.M66 W39 2013  Watchmen / Alan Moore, writer




PN6790.A83 H36 2014  Megahex / Simon Hanselmann




PR4034 .E5 2009c  Emma / Jane Austen ; edited with an introduction and notes by Fiona Stafford




PR6058.A26 C87 2003  The curious incident of the dog in the night-time / Mark Haddon




PS3601.B7585 U57 2012b  Unsaid : a novel / Neil Abramson




PZ7.7.G27 C47 2022  Chivalry / story and words, Neil Gaiman




PZ7.7.L496 Sn 2020  Snapdragon / Kat Leyh




PZ7.7.P14 Mod 2021  The Montague twins. Vol. 2, The devil's music / Nathan Page & Drew Shannon




PZ7.7.P14 Wit 2020  The Montague twins. Vol. 1, The witch's hand / Nathan Page and Drew Shannon




PZ7.C1283 Ab 2016  Abigail the whale / written by Davide Cali ; art by Sonja Bougaeva


Streaming Videos





Howards End




Bicycle Thieves



Q: Mathematics, Computer Science, Sciences

Principles of microbiology / editor, Michael A. Buratovich, PhD  print & online

R: Medicine, Nursing

RC280.B8 L828 2015  Then came life : living with courage, spirit, and gratitude after breast cancer / Geralyn Lucas




RC464.A1 K56 2021  And now I spill the family secrets : an illustrated memoir / Margaret Kimball




COVID-19 pandemic : the threat and response / edited by Rohan Kumar Gunaratna and Mohd Mizam Aslam  online




Medical office procedures / Nenna L. Bayess and Amy L. Blochowiak  online

T: Technology

TK3283 .H47 2021  Electrical wiring industrial : based on the 2020 national electrical code / Stephen L. Herman




TT971 .V633 2020  Vocational instructor, cosmetology c-4274 / National Learning Corporation




Habitat : The Field Guide to Decorating  online



Interior detailing : concept to construction / David Kent Ballast  online

Z: Publishing, Library Science, Information Resources