Ellsworth Public Library

The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen’s new novel, The Shape of Night, is a delightful read. Set in Maine, you can feel the rocky coast brush against your feet in her detailed descriptions. The book is loaded with intrigue . . . read more »

Ask Again Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Francis and Brian are two New York cops who end up becoming neighbors in the suburbs, raising their families together. Brian’s wife Anne struggles with mental illness, and a tragic event causes a rift between . . . read more »

Contagious You by Anese Cavanaugh

Contagious You is Anese Cavanaugh’s follow-up to Contagious Culture.  In this book, the author explores how each of us, regardless of position or status, are able to influence others.  She outlines a plan for empaths . . . read more »

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood is a unique retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey.  What happened during the 20 years that Odyssey was away?  Atwood alternates chapters from Penelope’s perspective with songs from the twelve handmaids.  . . . read more »

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Escape into the labyrinthine world of Ellingham Academy as teen detective Stevie Bell takes on the crime of the century that has remained unsolved since the 1930s.  As Stevie adjusts to life away from home, . . . read more »

The Wall by John Lanchester

This novel imagines a near future in which sea level rise has caused much of the world to become uninhabitable. Joseph, the main character, has become a “defender” and must guard the wall keeping his . . . read more »

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

This is a historical fiction novel about the writing and reception of the novel Doctor Zhivago during the height of the Cold War. When Boris Pasternak wrote the novel, it was considered very subversive. The . . . read more »

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

Amy, a diving instructor living in Florida, is happy in her suburban life with her husband and stepdaughter.  When a woman called Roux shows up at her door, her secure, happy life is thrown for . . . read more »

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is a twisty page turner set in present day Harlem.  Anna can’t leave her house, so she watches her neighbors–tracking their every move and following their lives . . . read more »

Those People by Louise Candlish

The new people moving in do not fit in with this family friendly neighbor. They are noisy, unpleasant, and begin an unsightly renovation as well as starting a used car lot. Then a horrible death . . . read more »

Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe (the “Witch of Aeaea”) is best known for transforming Odysseus’ men into pigs in Homer’s The Odyssey.  What if they story had been told from her point of view?  Madeline Miller returns with a . . . read more »

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

Running away from an abusive husband took Beth Murphy more than a year. Constantly moving, Beth has a new name, new look and resides in a new city miles from her violent husband.  Miles away, . . . read more »

The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen tells the story of a teenage girl named Nofar who feels invisible.  After she tells a lie that grows out of control, she is recognized everywhere she goes.  In Part . . . read more »

Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu

Eventown, a middle grade novel by Corey Ann Haydu, is a good introduction to utopian fiction for tweens.  Elodee and her family have lived through a traumatic event and are looking to escape their reality . . . read more »

The Vexations by Caitlin Horrocks

This is a historical fiction novel about the French composer Erik Satie and his two siblings, Louise and Conrad. Horrocks takes an interesting approach in making the siblings’ stories very primary to the plot, especially . . . read more »

Orange World by Karen Russell

Orange World is the latest short story collection from the masterful Karen Russell.  One of my favorite writers of all time, Russell is known for her ability to craft incredibly rich short stories as well . . . read more »

The History of Living Forever by Jake Wolff

The History of Living Forever, the spectacular debut novel from Jake Wolff, tells a multi-layered story about mankind’s quest for immortality throughout the ages.  This book combines the beautiful prose of literary fiction with the . . . read more »

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing Every marriage has its secrets. Mr. and Mrs. Smith seem to be the perfect couple. Their kids are usually behaved, but they have a secret life that no one . . . read more »

Girl Most Likely by Max Allan Collins

When Krista Larson becomes the female police chief in the county. After 20 years, she did not expect a murder in her small Midwest town. Her retired Dad, a former decorated detective, is willing to . . . read more »

The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

What does it mean to have a gifted child and why is it so important?  The Gifted School explores this question from many angles, following four families who have children ready to enter middle school.  . . . read more »

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Rachel Klein, a divorced mother, is on her way through the Boston traffic to an oncology appointment when she gets the call. Her teenage daughter, Kylie, has been kidnapped. The stranger on the phone informs . . . read more »