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Most of the new purchases are the most recent of a series, a few old favorites, and a few new emerging authors to try! When we purchase the items they are immediately available electronically to you. As an Ayer patron you get to be first in line for Ayer eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Updated Sept. 7, 2020:

Adult Fiction

Image of itemWant by Lynn Steger Strong

“In Want, Strong explores the subtle violences enacted on a certain type of woman when she dares to want things — and all the various violences in which she implicates herself as she tries to survive.”


Image of itemVagabonds by Hao Jingfang

“A century after the Martian war of independence, a group of kids are sent to Earth as delegates from Mars, but when they return home, they are caught between the two worlds, unable to reconcile the beauty and culture of Mars with their experiences on Earth in this spellbinding novel from Hugo Award-winning author Hao Jingfang.”

Image of itemNorthernmost by Peter Geye

“A dual narrative told by blood relatives separated by five generations, Northernmost confronts the darkest recesses of the human heart and celebrates our astonishing ability to endure the most excruciating trials.”


Image of itemThe New American by Micheline Aharonian Marcom

“Drawing from interviews with Dreamers, and told in lyrical prose, Micheline Marcom weaves a heart-pounding and heartbreaking tale of adventure. This is a timely novel that asks us what we have in common, across experiences and borders, and what truly makes us American”


Image of itemWhen These Mountains Burn by David Joy

“When his addict son gets in deep with his dealer, it takes everything Raymond Mathis has to bail him out of trouble one last time. Frustrated by the slow pace and limitations of the law, Raymond decides to take matters into his own hands.”


Adult Nonfiction

Image of itemAppalachian Fall: Dispatches from Coal Country on What’s Ailing America by Jeff Young and the Ohio Valley ReSource

“The journalistic collective Ohio Valley ReSource offers a searing on-the-ground perspective of an often-overlooked region that is also a bellwether for the nation at large. Includes stories like the recent Harlan County miners’ strike, against a backdrop of environmental crisis, addiction, and rising white nationalism.”

Image of itemAmerican Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution by Nina Sankovitch

“Nina Sankovitch’s American Rebels explores, for the first time, the intertwined lives of the Hancock, Quincy, and Adams families, and the role each person played in sparking the American Revolution. . . . Nina Sankovitch’s new book is a fresh history of our revolution that makes readers look more closely at Massachusetts and the small town of Braintree when they think about the story of America’s early years.”

Image of itemFenway 1946: Red Sox, Peace, and a Year of Hope by Michael Connelly
“Celebrates the city and the team and the spirit of that wonderful 1946 season in Boston — a season that as usual broke fans’ hearts — as America returned to peacetime pastimes, none of which is more American than baseball.”


Image of itemThe Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America’s Wildlands by Jon Billman

“These are the stories that defy conventional logic. The proverbial vanished without a trace incidences, which happen a lot more (and a lot closer to your backyard) than almost anyone thinks. These are the missing whose situations are the hardest on loved ones left behind.”


Image of itemMass Murders: Bloodstained Crime Scenes Haunting the Bay State by Sam Baltrusis

“Author Sam Baltrusis revisits the haunts associated with the most horrific homicides in Massachusetts, from the Lady of the Dunes mystery in Provincetown to the Lizzie Borden case in Fall River. Using a paranormal lens, Baltrusis delves into the ghastly tales of murder and madness to uncover the truth behind some of the Bay State’s most bone-chilling crimes.”

Movies, TV, and Documentaries

Image of itemVFW

“A typical night for a group of war veterans at the local VFW turns into an all-out battle for survival when a teenage girl runs into the bar with a bag of stolen drugs. Suddenly under attack from a gang of punk mutants looking to get back what’s theirs, at any cost, the vets use every weapon they can put together to protect the girl and their VFW in the biggest fight of their lives.”

Image of itemAlone Across the Arctic (Documentary)

“Explorer Adam Shoalts embarks on an estimated 4000 km journey across the Canadian Arctic by canoe and on foot, alone.”


Image of itemPortrait of a Lady on Fire

“France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and a testament to their love.”

Image of itemInherit the Viper

“For siblings Kip and Josie, dealing opioids isn’t just their family business, it’s their only means of survival. When a deal goes fatally wrong, Kip decides he wants out. But Kip’s attempt to escape his family’s legacy ignites a powder keg of violence and betrayal, imperiling Kip, Josie, and their younger brother, Boots, in this searing crime-thriller that builds to a shattering conclusion.”

Image of itemLost Transmissions

“When an acclaimed music producer goes off his medication, his friends chase him though the LA music scene to help commit him to a psychiatric hospital.”


Adult Large Print

Fair Warning (Jack McEvoy Book 3) by [Michael Connelly]Fair Warning by Michael Connelly

The hero of The Poet and The Scarecrow is back in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly. Jack McEvoy, the journalist who never backs down, tracks a serial killer who has been operating completely under the radar — until now.


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The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

From the bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a new historical novel: the dramatic story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives.


All Adults Here by Emma Straub

When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days, decades years earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence?


You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely. Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better. Shay would die for them to like her. She may have to.

Image of itemHell and Other Destinations: A 21st Century Memoir by Madeleine Albright

Six-time New York Times bestselling author and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright — one of the world’s most admired and tireless public servants — reflects on the final stages of one’s career, and working productively into your later decades in this revealing, funny, and inspiring memoir.


Adult CD Audiobooks

Devoted by Dean Koontz

From Dean Koontz, the international bestselling master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him.


Image of itemRedhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
Redhead by the Side of the Road is an intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who sometimes finds those around him just out of reach — and a love story about the differences that make us all unique.


Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance (Audiobook)Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston

A collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston’s “lost” Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives.

Image of itemUnknown Valor: A Story of Family, Courage, and Sacrifice from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima by Martha MacCallum and Ronald J. Drez

In honor of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of one of the most critical battles of World War II, Martha MacCallum pays tribute to the heroic men who sacrificed their lives in the fight to win Iwo Jima.


Image of itemJoy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein

Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein offer stories, studies, and strategies to help eliminate clutter and make space for work that really matters. Using the world-renowned KonMari Method and cutting-edge research, this will help the listener overcome the challenges of workplace mess and enjoy the productivity, success, and happiness that comes with a tidy desk and mind.


Picture Books

Puma Dreams by Tony Johnston

From award-winning duo, Tony Johnston and Jim LaMarche comes a stunning, lyrical picture book about a girl’s desire to see an elusive California puma in the wild that includes interesting facts about this beautiful and threatened animal.

Let’s All Creep Through Crocodile Creek by Jonny Lambert

Mouse, Rabbit, and Shelly the tortoise are heading home when they decide to take a shortcut through the creepy, crooked creek. “Isn’t that where the crocodiles live?” asks Rabbit nervously…

The Story of Peppa Pig by Scholastic

Peppa Pig is a lovable (but slightly bossy) little piggy who lives with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, and her little brother, George. This charming storybook is the perfect introduction to Peppa Pig’s wonderful world.

What Color is Night by Grant Snider

Grant Snider’s beautiful debut picture book explores the wonders—and colors—of nighttime. For the night is not just black and white.

Our Celebración! by Susan Middleton Elya

With bouncy, rhyming text and imaginative, whimsical illustrations, Our Celebración! is the perfect way to enjoy a summer day–or any day–and learn some Spanish too!


Juvenile Chapter Books and Non-Fiction

Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell by Illustratus

Featuring the only true ghost stories in existence (as the book itself will tell you), readers discover 13 eerie encounters that are perfect for sharing—if they dare.

Mythologica by Steve Kershaw

Amazon’s No. 1 Children’s Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2019 is an illustrated encyclopedia of Greek mythology like no other.

Twinchantment by Elise Allen

In the first book of this new series, author Elise Allen brings to life a fantastical world filled with high-stakes adventure, incredible twists, and all the spark and humor of sisterhood.

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret (Book One) by Trudi Trueit

Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world’s leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers.

When the Whales Walked by Dougal Dixon

From the moment life crawled out of the oceans and onto land, to when our primate ancestors climbed down from the trees, the history of Planet Earth is filled with incredible stories. A 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students: K–12 (National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council).


Young Adult Novels and Non-Fiction

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus’s bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.

I Don’t Want To Be Crazy by Samantha Schutz

A harrowing, remarkable poetry memoir about one girl’s struggle with an anxiety disorder.

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.

Mindfulness and Meditation by Whitney Stewart

Stewart guides readers through how to get started with meditation as well as provides specific exercises for examining emotions, managing stress, checking social media habits and wellness routines, and setting intentions to increase happiness.

The End and Other Beginnings: Stories from the Future by Veronica Roth

Bestselling Divergent and Carve the Mark author Veronica Roth delivers a stunning collection of novella-length stories set in the future, illustrated with startling black-and-white artwork.

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