New eBook Fiction in July

The Big Library Read is on right now, so join in this global book club with A Murder in Time. If that’s not your cup of tea there are plenty of other great reads new to Overdrive this month. There’s the brand new novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx, as well as the highly praised debut novel from Garth Greenwell and several excellent pieces of New Zealand fiction. Never tried eBooks before? Check out how to get started here.

Overdrive cover A Murder in Time, by Julie McElwain (eBook)
“When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life—200 years before she was even born. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Black Earth White Bones, by Chris Else (eBook)
“From one of New Zealand’s most thoughtful writers, not just a finely crafted novel but a whole country, complete with dark undertones. In this, his fifth novel, Chris Else has created an utterly convincing Polynesian setting with its own brilliantly realised language, culture, flora and fauna. His humour and wisdom are at once merciless and forgiving as he uses language to explore man’s – and woman’s – deep-seated need to be both an individual and to belong.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover What Belongs to You, by Garth Greenwell (eBook)
“On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia’s National Palace of Culture. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, and finds himself ensnared in a relationship in which lust leads to mutual predation, and tenderness can transform into violence. What Belongs to You is a stunning debut novel of desire and its consequences.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter, by Tom Mendicino (eBook)
“S. Gagliano & Son has been a barber shop fixture in South Philly for decades. Frankie and Michael presides over the store, enlisting his children as soon as they’re big enough to wield a broom. On their mother’s deathbed, eight-year-old Frankie swears that he and his little brother will always take care of each other. After their father’s death, Frankie takes over the shop and Michael becomes a successful prosecutor. Then comes an unthinkable, impulsive act that will force Michael to choose between risking his comfortable life and keeping a sacred oath.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Naturalist, by Thom Conroy (eBook)
“Based on the real life of Dr Ernst Dieffenbach who arrived in New Zealand in 1839 as a naturalist. What he discovered was fascinating, but what his records didn’t reveal was his own intriguing story. As a young idealist, he plotted a revolution in the name of equality. Imprisoned and then exiled, he fled to London. He hoped to redeem his reputation by joining the expedition to New Zealand. But as he was to discover, the complexities of freedom, exile and equality could not be left behind.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Barkskins, by Annie Proulx (eBook)
“An epic, dazzling, violent, dramatic novel about the taking down of the world’s forests. In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters – barkskins. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over 300 years – their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Gap of Time, by Jeanette Winterson (eBook)
“A baby girl is abandoned, banished from London to the storm-ravaged American city of New Bohemia. Her father has been driven mad by jealousy, her mother to exile by grief. Seventeen years later, Perdita doesn’t know a lot about who she is or where she’s come from – but she’s about to find out. Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale vibrates with echoes of Shakespeare’s original and tells a story of hearts broken and hearts healed, a story of revenge and forgiveness.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Gilded Hour, by Sara Donati (eBook)
“A magnificent epic about two pioneering women doctors in 19th-century New York. The year is 1883, and in New York City it’s a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and the city in the grip of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, Dr Anna Savard and her cousin, Sophie – both graduates of the Women’s Medical School – treat the city’s most vulnerable. Even when doing so puts all they’ve worked for in jeopardy…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Mornings in Jenin, by Susan Abulhawa (eBook)
“Palestine, 1948. The Abulheja family are forcibly removed from their ancestral home in Ein Hod and sent to live in a refugee camp in Jenin. Through Amal, the bright granddaughter of the patriarch, we witness the stories of her brothers: one, a stolen boy who becomes an Israeli soldier; the other who in sacrificing everything for the Palestinian cause will become his enemy. Mornings in Jenin forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining political conflicts of our lifetime.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook Fiction in June

This month we have lots of great fiction new to Overdrive that will be perfect to get the blood pumping on a cold winter’s night. There’s plenty of action, intrigue, adventure and comedy, both modern and classic. You can learn how to get started on Overdrive here, or come in and talk to a librarian at an enquiries desk.

Overdrive cover Ink and Bone, by Lisa Unger (Audiobook)
“In this explosive psychological thriller, a young woman’s mysterious gift forces her into the middle of a dangerous investigation of a little girl’s disappearance. For as long as she can remember, Finley has been able to see into the future. She dreams about events before they occur and sees beyond the physical world, unconsciously using her power to make supernatural things happen. But Finley can’t control these powers—and there’s only one person who can help.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Blood, Salt, Water, by Denise Mina (Audiobook)
“Alex Morrow investigates the dark underbelly of a seemingly peaceful seaside town. A wealthy businesswoman disappears from her Glasgow home without a trace, leaving her husband and children panicked but strangely resistant to questioning. Tracing the woman’s cell phone, police detective Alex Morrow discovers a call made from an unlikely location.A sleepy seaside community, Helensburgh is the last place you’d go looking for violence…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens (Audiobook)
“An ordinary writing assignment for a college English class brings Joe face-to-face with a dying Vietnam veteran, who is also a convicted murderer.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Kill Switch, by Jonathan Maberry (Audiobook)
“What do you do when the power goes off?A terrorist group has acquired one hundred E-bombs. Each bomb’s electromagnetic pulse is powerful enough to blow out all power and all technology from a major city. The terrorists plan to hit one hundred American cities in a campaign of destruction. Word has gotten out about the coming blackout and gangs, criminals and terrorist strike teams are poised to attack when the lights go out. Joe Ledger knows how to stop them.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Escape, by David Baldacci (Audiobook)
“David Baldacci is one of the world’s most popular, widely-read storytellers. In his blockbuster thriller Zero Day, readers met John Puller. A combat veteran and special agent with the US Army, Puller is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. But all his training, all his experience, all his skills will not prepare him for his newest case, one that will force him to hunt down the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked: his own brother.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Luna: New Moon, by Ian McDonald (Audiobook)
“The moon wants to kill you. Whether it’s being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air, or just getting caught up in a fight between the moon’s ruling corporations, the Five Dragons. You must fight for every inch you want to gain in the moon’s near-feudal society. And that is just what Adriana Corta did. As the leader of the moon’s newest “dragon,” Adriana has fought to earn her family’s new status. Now, if the Corta family is to survive, Adriana’s five children must defend their mother’s empire from her many enemies-and each other.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Four Last Things, by Timothy Hallinan (Audiobook)
“Simeon Grist knows LA inside and out—the sex, the seductions, every rip-off from City Hall to Venice. So when he’s hired by a Hollywood recording company to shadow one Sally Oldfield, suspected of embezzlement, Grist discovers she’s entangled in the Church of the Eternal Moment—a million-dollar religious scam. When Sally turns up dead, Simeon knows he’s become the next target of a very flesh-and-blood entity.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Big Guns, by Jimmy Perry (Audiobook)
“Here are four more BBC Radio 4 episodes of Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s classic wartime comedy. Starring Arthur Lowe, John le Mesurier, Clive Dunn and Bill Pertwee: The episodes included on this volume are A Wilson – Manager (10.6.75), The Great White Hunter (27.4.76), Things that go Bump in the Night (11.5.76) and Big Guns (25.5.76).” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne (Audiobook) “French Professor Aronnax and his servant join the Abraham Lincoln, an American frigate, on a mission to find and destroy a “sea-unicorn of colossal dimensions”. The undersea monster is thought to be responsible for the disappearance of over 200 ships. When they encounter the “gigantic cetacean” it disables the Abraham Lincoln and knocks Professor Aronnax, his servant, and the hot-tempered harpooner, Ned Land overboard. The three must cling to the beast or drown.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Kenobi, by John Jackson Miller (Audiobook)
Tatooine—a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. Known to locals only as “Ben,” the robed stranger keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eBook Fiction from New Zealand

We have some excellent novels this month from New Zealand authors you might not have heard of, and all are available as eBooks through Overdrive. New Zealand authors cover a range of genres so no matter what you enjoy, you’re bound to find something great. This month we have romance, thrillers and plenty of drama.

Overdrive cover Novel About My Wife, by Emily Perkins (eBook)
“Tom Stone is madly in love with his wife Ann. Pushing forty and expecting their first child, they buy a derelict house in Hackney. Despite their spiralling money troubles, they believe this is their settled future. But Ann becomes convinced she’s being shadowed by a homeless man. As their child grows, Ann’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, feverish and disturbed. On the verge of losing everything, Tom makes a decision that he hopes will save their lives.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Trifecta, by Ian Wedde (eBook)
“Trifecta looks at the odds in the lives of the three children of Martin and Agnes Klepka. Martin was one of the refugees of Nazism who famously brought Modernist architecture and ‘real coffee’ to New Zealand. Many years after his early death from a heart attack, Klepka’s children are struggling in their different ways with the difficult legacy of their charismatic, overbearing father.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover White Lies, by Witi Ihimaera (eBook)
“A medicine woman – a giver of life – is asked to hide a secret that may protect a position in society, but could have fatal consequences. When she is approached by the servant of a wealthy woman, three very different women become players in a head-on clash of beliefs, deception and ultimate salvation. This compelling story tackles moral dilemmas, exploring the nature of identity, societal attitudes to the roles of women and the tension between Western and traditional Maori medicine.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Paint Your Wife, by Lloyd Jones (eBook)
“Long ago, when the men were away at the war, Alma began painting the women of the town. They sat for him in lieu of payment for his work. Alice returned his attentions, and when her husband, George, came home from the war, he set out to prove his love and reclaim his wife by moving a hill—wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow—for her. Now, Alma’s ‘in lieu of’ payment is revived, and the townspeople, looking to escape various corners of despair, turn to drawing classes.”(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Trust No One, by Paul Cleave (eBook)
“Jerry is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 49, Jerry’s crime writing days are over. His books tell stories of brutal murders committed by bad men, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice. As his dementia begins to break down the wall between his life and the characters, Jerry confesses: The stories are real. He committed the crimes. Those close to him, including the nurses at the care home where he now lives, insist that it is all in his head, that his memory is being toyed with and manipulated by his unfortunate disease. But if that were true, then why are people dying?” (Adapted from Google Books)

Overdrive cover New Beginnings at Lilyfields, by Lottie Bloom (eBook)
“Lilyfields cottage has been lying empty, until Orla Nolan moves in. She’s there to recuperate after an accident has dashed her dreams of acting. Orla is feeling lonely and dejected, but before long she is confronted by two handsome suitors. She’s spoilt for choice. But they are father and son, and while one is a touch too old and too settled for her liking, might the other be too young and too wild? As Orla struggles to find a new role for herself at Lilyfields, will its magic deliver true love?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover After Z-Hour, by Elizabeth Knox (eBook)
“Stranded by a South Island storm, six people usurp the stillness of an old house. As they tell the fragments of their story, a seventh voice responds: a young New Zealand serviceman who died in 1920, soon after his return from France. As the storm deepens, the hauntings of the mind and the hauntings of the house become one. First published on Armistice Day 1987, After Z-Hour won the PEN Award for Best First Book of Prose.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Rock Redemption, by Nalini Singh (eBook)
“Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart. Noah knows he destroyed something precious. All he has left is his music. When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Party Line, by Sue Orr (eBook)
“The Baxters do not know their place. On the first of June sharemilkers load their trucks and crawl along the highways towards new farms, new lives. They’re inching towards that ultimate dream – buying their own land. Fenward’s always been lucky with its sharemilkers: grateful, grafting folk who understand what’s expected of them. Until now. This is a coming-of-age story for two young girls who hold a mirror up to the place and people they love. It’s a coming-of-age story, too, for a community forced to stare back at the image of a damaged soul.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eBook Graphic Novels in May

This month some of DC’s biggest selling graphic novels have become available as eBooks through Overdrive. It’s a great chance to try a new series or enjoy an old favourite. If you want lots more graphic novels, check out Comics Plus Library Edition which all library users can now access through My Gateway.

Overdrive cover All-Star Superman, by Grant Morrison (eBook)
“The amazing creative team of writer Grant Morrison (BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM) and artist Frank Quitely (WE3) join forces to take Superman back to basics and create a new vision of the World’s First Super-Hero. Witness the Man of Steel in exciting new adventures featuring Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Bizarro, and more. Collects ALL-STAR SUPERMAN #1-12” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Suicide Squad, Volume 1, by Adam Glass (eBook)
“Writer and co-creator of the CW show Supernatural Adam Glass rolls out an all-new team of death-row super villains recruited by the government totake on missions so dangerous-they’re sheer suicide! The story begins with the Suicide Squad defeated, imprisoned and being interrogated about their newest mission. Harley Quinn, King Shark, Deadshot and company must make it out alive without revealing who’s pulling the strings behind their illegal operations. Who will be the first to crack under the pressure? More importantly will they make it all out alive? Collects issues #1-7.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Watchmen: International Edition, by Alan Moore (eBook)
“This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin. One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial bestseller, WATCHMEN has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Flash, Volume 1, by Brian Buccellato (eBook)
“The Fastest Man Alive returns with the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but he has seemingly met his match when he faces DC Comics’ hottest new Super Villain, Mob Rule, who really can be everywhere at once! As Mob Rule wages a campaign of crime across Central City, including an electromagnetic blast that plunges the city into darkness, The Flash learns the only way he can capture Mob Rule and save Central City is to learn how to make his brain function even faster than before—but as much as it helps him, it also comes with a steep price.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Supergirl, Volume 1, by Michael Green (eBook)
“Meet Supergirl. She’s got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman – and none of his affection for the people of Earth. Crash landing on a strange new planet, Supergirl must come to grips with Krypton’s destruction with her cousin Superman and learn about her own recent past. But an ingenious new foe wants that same information – and will do anything to get it. Presenting an all-new take on Superman’s cousin Kara! Collects issues #1-7.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Constantine, Volume 1, by Ray Fawkes (eBook)
“The star of JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK and HELLBLAZER—the longest-running Vertigo series—is unleashed in his own DCU title! Liar, cheater, manipulator…John Constantine is all of these, and yet he uses these skills and more to protect the world from the darkest corners of the DC Universe. Collects Constantine #1-6.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Batman, Volume 1, by Scott Snyder (eBook)
“After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to the origins of the city he’s sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Sandman, Volume 1, by Neil Gaiman (eBook)
“NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision. In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Collects issues #1-8.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Fables, Volume 1, by Bill Willingham (eBook)
“WINNER OF FOURTEEN EISNER AWARDS When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. But when Snow White’s party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Fabletown’s sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, to determine if the killer is Bluebeard, Rose’s ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber. Collects FABLES #1-5.” (Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook fiction in May

Check out our picks of the best eAudiobooks new to Overdrive this month. If you’re new to the eLibrary services then find out how to get started here, or come on in to the library and we can help you get set-up and ready to read.

Overdrive cover Unseen Academicals, by Terry Pratchett (Audiobook)
“Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork – not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they’re in the mood for trying everything else. Because the thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Newsmakers, by Lis Wiehl (Audiobook)
“Erica Sparks is an ambitious reporter who has just landed her dream job in New York. On her very first assignment, Erica inadvertently witnesses—and films—a horrific tragedy, scooping all the other networks. Mere weeks later, another tragedy strikes—again, right in front of Erica and her cameras. Her career skyrockets overnight, but Erica is troubled. This can’t just be coincidence. But what is it? Erica will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Hanging Mary, by Susan Higginbotham (Audiobook)
“Based on the true case of Mary Surratt, Susan Higginbotham’s historical novel Hanging Mary reveals the untold story of Lincoln’s assassination.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Cabin Pressure, Series 2, by John Finnemore (Audiobook)
“Stephanie Cole (“Doc Martin”), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam (“The Thick Of It”) star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. Written by John Finnemore, writer for The News Quiz, and That Mitchell & Webb Sound.”(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Audiobook)
“Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere…else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced…they change a person.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Sisi, Empress on Her Own, by Allison Pataki (Audiobook)
“For readers of Philippa Gregory, Paula McLain, and Daisy Goodwin comes a sweeping and powerful novel by Allison Pataki. Sisi tells the little-known story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, the Princess Diana of her time, in an enthralling work of historical fiction that is also a gripping page-turner. Married to Emperor Franz Joseph, Elisabeth—fondly known as Sisi—captures the hearts of her people as their “fairy queen,” but beneath that dazzling persona lives a far more complex figure.(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Evening Spider, by Emily Arsenault (Audiobook)
“A gripping blend of psychological suspense and historical true crime, this riveting novel — inspired by a sensational real-life murder from the 1800s — by critically acclaimed author Emily Arsenault delivers a heart-stopping mystery linking two young mothers from different centuries.(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor (Audiobook)
“Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy — first she has to make it there, alive.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Three Souls, by Janie Chang (Audiobook)
“A haunting and captivating tale, set in 1935 China, of the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin, who watches her own funeral from above and wonders why she is being denied entry to the afterlife. Beside her are three souls—stern and scholarly yang; impulsive, romantic yin; and wise, shining hun—who will guide her toward understanding. She must make amends. As Leiyin delves back in time to review her life, she realizes that the time for making amends is shorter than she thought.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Cuba, by Stephen Coonts (Audiobook)
“Rear Admiral Jake Grafton returns as the United States and Cuba engage in a terrifying game, a high-risk gamble that could break the last military taboo and destroy both countries. As Castro lies dying, America’s president secretly moves forbidden weapons to the U. S. base in Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay. But when his convert actions are discovered, the situation quickly escalates and Admiral Grafton becomes the player in a tense and action—filled power struggle that could explode at any second.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eBook Fiction in April

This month Overdrive offers us a collection of thought-provoking novels from new and established authors. With these bestsellers you can make good use of Overdrive’s completely free reserves!

Overdrive cover Boyhood Island, by Karl Ove Knausgaard (eBook)
“Childhood is exhilarating and terrifying. For the young Karl Ove, new houses, classes and friends are met with excitement and creeping dread. Adults occupy godlike positions, benevolent in the case of his doting mother, tyrannical in the case of his cruel father. In his now infamously direct style, Knausgaard describes a time in which victories and defeats are felt keenly. This is a book about family, memory and how we never become quite what we set out to be.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Happy Marriage, by Tahar Ben Jelloun (eBook)
“Acclaimed Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun tells the story of one couple, just as legal reforms are about to change women’s rights forever. The husband is paralyzed by a stroke at the very height of his career and becomes convinced that his marriage is the sole reason for his decline. Desperate to break free of a deeply destructive relationship, he finds escape in writing a secret book about his hellish marriage. When his wife finds it, she responds point by point with her own, offering a striking and incisive reinterpretation of their story.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Mothering Sunday, by Graham Swift (eBook)
“It is March 30th 1924. It is Mothering Sunday. How will Jane Fairchild, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? How, shaped by the events of this never to be forgotten day, will her future unfold? Beginning with an intimate assignation and opening to embrace decades, Mothering Sunday has at its heart both the story of a life and the life that stories can magically contain. Constantly surprising, joyously sensual and deeply moving, it is Graham Swift at his thrilling best.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover I Am No One, by Patrick Flanery (eBook)
“Jeremy O’Keefe, a middle-aged Professor, returns to his native New York after a decade. He settles into a rhythm of long evenings spent alone after a day teaching students he barely knows. Then a strange encounter with a young man who presumes an acquaintance Jeremy cannot remember and a series of disconcerting events leave him with a growing conviction that he is being watched. As his grip on reality seems to shift and turn, Jeremy struggles to know what he can believe.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Light on the Water, by Olga Lorenzo (eBook)
“Recently divorced and trying to make sense of her new life, Anne takes her daughter Aida on an overnight bushwalk. In a split second, Aida disappears and a frantic Anne scrambles for help. Nearly two years later and still tormented by remorse and grief, Anne is charged with her daughter’s murder. A superbly written and conceived literary work about the best and the worst aspects of family life, this story asks difficult questions about society, the media, and our rush to judgement.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson (eBook)
“Pak Jun Do knows he is special. He knows he must be the son of the master of the orphanage, not some kid dumped by his parents – it was obvious from the way his father singled him out for beatings. He knows he is special when he is picked as a spy and kidnapper for his country, the glorious Democratic Republic of North Korea. He knows he must find his true love, before it’s too late. He knows he’s not like the other prisoners in the camp. He’s going to get out soon. Definitely” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Paper Son, by Jason Buchholz (eBook)
“Teacher and aspiring author Peregrine Long sees a Chinese family on board a ship—in his morning tea. The image inspires him to write the story of this family, but then a woman turns up at his door, claiming that he’s writing her family history. She has one question: What happened to the little boy of the family? As Peregrine searches for the missing boy, the clues uncovered lead Peregrine to question not only the nature of his writing, but also his knowledge of his own past and his understanding of his identity.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Elizabeth Is Missing, by Emma Healey (eBook)
“Meet Maud. Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and forgets to drink it. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable – or her daughter Helen a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Elizabeth is missing. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it. Because somewhere in Maud’s damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about. Everyone, except Maud…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Anatomy of a Soldier, by Harry Parker (eBook)
“Let’s imagine a man called Tom Barnes, who’s leading British troops in the war zone. And two boys growing up together, before finding themselves estranged once foreign soldiers appear in their countryside; and the man who trains one to fight against the other’s father. Then include the family who radiate out from these lives, people on all sides of this conflict with most everyone caught in the middle.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Shelter, by Jung Yun (eBook)
“Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he has lived beyond his means. Now his debts are catching up with him. A few miles away, his parents live surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife and son. Kyung can hardly bear to see them now, much less ask for their help. When an act of violence leaves his parents unable to live on their own he’s compelled to take them in. Shelter asks what it means to provide for one’s family and, in answer, delivers a story as riveting as it is profound.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook Non-fiction in April

Every month brings a new selection of eAudiobooks to Overdrive. This month there’s an exciting new bunch of non-fiction books that make for great listening. Overdrive eAudiobooks can be loaded onto your computer, smartphone or portable music player to be taken with you wherever you go, plus they’re free to reserve and there are no overdue fees!

Overdrive cover All the Single Ladies, by Rebecca Traister (Audiobook)
“In 2009, journalist Rebecca Traister started All the Single Ladies. It was the year the proportion of American women who were married dropped below fifty percent; and the median age of first marriages rose dramatically to twenty-seven. But over the course of her vast research and more than a hundred interviews with academics, social scientists and prominent single women, Traister discovered the phenomenon of the single woman in America is not a new one.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Spiral Notebook, by Stephen Singular (Audiobook)
“Mass violence committed by young people is now an epidemic. In the first fourteen school days of 2014, there were seven school shootings, compared to twenty-eight in all of 2013. The reasons behind this escalating violence is the subject of this important new book. Bestselling author Stephen Singular has often examined violence in America in his critically acclaimed books. Here he has teamed with his wife, Joyce, for their most important work yet—one that investigates why America keeps producing mass killers.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Made to Stick, by Chip Heath (Audiobook)
“Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas–business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others–struggle to make their ideas “stick.” Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Creation, by Adam Rutherford (Audiobook)
“What is life? Humans have been asking this question for millennia. But as technology has advanced and our understanding of biology has deepened, the answer has evolved. For decades, scientists have been exploring the limits of nature by modifying and manipulating DNA, cells and whole organisms to create new ones that could never have existed on their own. In Creation, Adam Rutherford explains how we are now radically exceeding the boundaries of evolution and engineering.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Fast Girl, by Suzy Favor Hamilton (Audiobook)
The former middle distance Olympic runner and high-end escort speaks out for the first time about her battle with mental illness, and how mania controlled and compelled her in competition, but also in life. This is a heartbreakingly honest yet hopeful memoir reminiscent of Manic, Electroboy, and An Unquiet Mind. Sharing her story, Suzy is determined to raise awareness, provide understanding, and offer inspiration to others coping with their own challenges.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Notorious RBG, by Irin Carmon (Audiobook)
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers a visually rich, intimate, unprecedented look at the Justice and how she changed the world. From Ginsburg’s refusal to let the slammed doors of sexism stop her to her innovative legal work, from her before-its-time feminist marriage to her perch on the nation’s highest court—with the fierce dissents to match—get to know RBG as never before.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Meaningful, by Bernadette Jiwa (Audiobook)
“Our new digital landscape has spawned an entrepreneurial culture and the belief that anyone with a laptop and an Internet connection has the power to change the world—to create an idea that flies. But for every groundbreaking business that started this way, a thousand others have stalled or failed. Why? What’s the secret to success? What do Khan Academy, the GoPro camera, the Dyson vacuum cleaner and Kickstarter have in common?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Washington’s Immortals, by Patrick K. O’Donnell (Audiobook)
“In August 1776, the revolution was on the verge of a sudden and disastrous end. General George Washington found his troops outmanned and outmanoeuvred and it looked like there was no escape. But thanks to a series of desperate rear guard attacks by a single heroic regiment, Washington was able to evacuate his men, and the nascent Continental Army lived to fight another day. O’Donnell pieces together the stories of these men.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Dare, Dream, Do, by Whitney Johnson (Audiobook)
“Whitney Johnson has a goal: to help us identify and achieve our dreams. Her belief is that we can each achieve greater happiness when focusing both on our dreams and on other people in our lives. In this inspiring book, Johnson directs her attention to teaching a three-step model for personal advancement and happiness. Featuring exceptional content, this notable audiobook contain the essential tools that can be applied to every facet of your life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins (Audiobook)
“Shocking bestseller: the original version of this astonishing tell-all book spent seventy-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 1.25 million copies, and has been translated into thirty-two languages. New revelations: featuring fifteen explosive new chapters, this expanded edition of Perkins’ classic bestseller brings the story of economic hit men up to date and, chillingly, home to the US.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New Fiction eBooks in March

Enjoy just a tiny selection of some of the more than 500 new eBooks added to Overdrive and Borrowbox in the last month. Don’t forget, it’s free to reserve books from our eLibrary and there are no late fees either so you can just sit back and enjoy the story.

Overdrive cover She Will Build Him a City, by Raj Kamal Jha (eBook)
“As night falls in Delhi a mother spins tales from her past for her sleeping daughter. As the last train from Rajiv Chowk Station pulls away, a young man rides the metro and dreams of murder. In a corner of the city, a newborn wrapped in a blood-red towel lies on the steps of an orphanage. There are twenty million bodies in this city and this woman, man and child are only three. But their stories weave in and out of the lives of those around them to form a dazzling kaleidoscope of a novel.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Natural Way of Things, by Charlotte Wood (eBook)
“Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of nowhere. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a ‘nurse’. They pray for rescue — but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Archmage, by R. A. Salvatore (eBook)
“The pall that had descended over the North is gone, and a new day has dawned on a victorious Mithral Hall, but no matter how bright things seem on the surface, Drizzt and his companions know that what lurks just under their feet remains steeped in evil and charged with unimaginable power. The dark elves of Menzoberranzan, including the powerful Archmage Gromph, aren’t done with Drizzt yet.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Carrying Albert Home, by Homer Hickam (eBook)
“A funny yet tragic tale of a husband and wife’s car journey across the US with Albert the alligator in tow. Yes, really. A journey of a thousand miles. With an alligator on the back seat. And John Steinbeck as a passenger. This is a tale where everything is true, except the bits that are made up.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Mr. Holmes, by Mitch Cullin (eBook)
“It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking – about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know. Previously published as A Slight Trick of The Mind.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover I’ve Been Thinking About You, Sister, by Witi Ihimaera (eBook)
“A touching short story from one of New Zealand’s best-loved writers. When Uncle Rangiora visits his sister and dances with her in the garden, she knows she has to visit the place where he died, and where he and other of his comrades from the Maori Battalion were buried during the Second World War. His sister is an old woman now, her husband even older, but that’s not going to stop them from setting off across the world alone.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Gun, by Fuminori Nakamura (eBook)
“In Tokyo a student’s discovery of a stolen handgun awakens something dark inside him and threatens to consume not only his life but also his humanity. Nakamura’s debut is a noir-spun tale that probes the violence inherent to aesthetics. On a nighttime walk along a Tokyo riverbank, a young man named Nishikawa stumbles on a dead body, beside which lies a gun. As he spirals into obsession, his focus is consumed by one idea: that possessing the gun is no longer enough–he must fire it.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Mark and the Void, by Paul Murray (eBook)
“What links the Investment Bank of Torabundo, www.myhotswaitress.com (yes, hots with an s, don’t ask), an art heist, a novel called For the Love of a Clown, a four-year-old boy named after TV detective Remington Steele, a lonely French banker, a tiny Pacific island, and a pest control business run by an ex-KGB man? The Mark and the Void is Paul Murray’s madcap new novel of institutional folly, following the success of his wildly original breakout hit, Skippy Dies.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The High Mountains of Portugal, by Yann Martel (eBook)
The High Mountains of Portugal is a suspenseful, mesmerising story of a great quest for meaning, told in three intersecting narratives that touch the lives of three different people and their families, and taking us on an extraordinary journey through the last century. Beautiful, witty and engaging, Yann Martel’s new novel offers us the same tender exploration of the impact and significance of great love and great loss, belief and unbelief, that has marked all his brilliant, unexpected novels.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook Fiction for March

This month we have beautiful books from around the world new to our Overdrive collection. With break-through authors from India, Nigeria and Spain, you’re bound to come across something new and exciting.

Overdrive cover The Golden Son, by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (Audiobook)
“The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, carries the weight of his family’s expectations when he leaves his Indian village to begin a medical residency in Texas. When his father dies Anil inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village’s disputes. Back home in India, Anil’s childhood friend Leena struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Where All Light Tends to Go, by David Joy (Audiobook)
“The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Jacob has always been resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, but when a fatal mistake changes everything, he’s faced with a choice: stay and appease his father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Duplicity, by Newt Gingrich (Audiobook)
“Leading politician and bestselling author Newt Gingrich has teamed with novelist Pete Earley to create a gripping Washington thriller in which Gingrich brings his unparalleled understanding of the corridors of power and the intelligence community. Duplicity is a ripped-from-the-headlines action thriller that takes readers into the hidden corridors of Washington politics and onto the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, with the same realism and intensity as Homeland and Black Hawk Down. (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Death Wave, by Ben Bova (Audiobook)
“Six-time Hugo Award winner Ben Bova chronicles the saga of humankind’s expansion beyond the solar system. In Ben Bova’s previous novel New Earth, Jordan Kell led the first human mission beyond the solar system, where they discovered the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. But one alien AI survived, and it revealed to Jordan Kell that an explosion in the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy has created a wave of deadly radiation, expanding out from the core toward Earth. Unless the human race acts to save itself, all life on Earth will be wiped out.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover River Road, by Carol Goodman (Audiobook)
“Nan Lewis —a creative writing professor— is driving home from a faculty holiday party after finding out she’s been denied tenure. On her way she hits a deer, but when she gets out of her car to look for it, the deer is nowhere to be found. The next morning, Nan is woken up by a police officer at her door with terrible news — one of her students, Leia Dawson, was killed in a hit-and-run on River Road the night before. And because of the damage to her car, Nan is a suspect.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende (Audiobook)
“In 1939 Poland, Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart. Written with the same attention to historical detail and keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende is known for, The Japanese Lover is a profoundly moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Window Opens, by Elisabeth Egan (Audiobook)
“Alice Pearse plays many roles. She is a mostly-happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor and a Zen commuter. She is not: a cook, a craftswoman, a decorator, an active PTA member, a natural caretaker or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in. She knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at a hip young start-up. The Holy Grail of working mothers seems suddenly within reach…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover All That Followed, by Gabriel Urza (Audiobook)
“It’s 2004 in Muriga, a quiet town in Spain’s northern Basque Country. Five years have passed since the murder of a young local politician and the town’s rhythms have almost returned to normal. But in the aftermath of the Atocha train bombings in Madrid, an act of terrorism that rocked the world, the townspeople want a reckoning of Muriga’s own troubled past. All That Followed is a powerful, multifaceted novel about a nefarious kind of violence that can take hold when we least expect.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta (Audiobook)
“Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child, and the star-crossed pair fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New Fiction eBooks in February

What better way to start 2016 than with the best fiction of last year? Read these popular bestsellers on Overdrive and never have to worry about overdue or reserve fees.

Overdrive cover Jade Dragon Mountain, by Elsa Hart (Audiobook)
“In mountainous Tibet in 1708, a detective must learn what a killer already knows. Li Du was an imperial librarian. Now he is an exile. Arriving in Dayan, the last Chinese town before the border, he is surprised to find it teeming. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the Emperor himself. When an astronomer is found murdered he must choose whether to leave, and embrace his exile, or to stay, and investigate a murder that the town of Dayan seems all too willing to forget.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Welcome to Braggsville, by T. Geronimo Johnson (Audiobook)
“From the PEN/Faulkner finalist and critically acclaimed author of Hold It ‘Til It Hurts comes a dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment—a fierce, funny, tragic work from a bold new writer. With the keen wit of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and the deft argot of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, T. Geronimo Johnson has written an astonishing, razor-sharp satire.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley, by Jeremy Massey (Audiobook)
“A dark and unexpected novel about a Dublin undertaker who finds himself on the wrong side of the Irish mob. Paddy is a grieving widower who has worked for years for Gallagher’s, a long-established funeral home in Dublin. One night driving home after an unexpected encounter with a client, Paddy hits a pedestrian crossing the street. It’s Donal Cullen, brother of one of the most notorious mobsters in Dublin. And he’s dead… The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley is a surprising, compulsive debut novel.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James (eBook)
“3 December 1976, just weeks before the general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, seven gunmen stormed his house with machine guns blazing. Marley survived and went on to perform. Inspired by this near-mythic event, Marlon James writes an imagined oral biography, told by ghosts, members of parliament, drug dealers, conmen, beauty queens, FBI and CIA agents, reporters, journalists, and even Keith Richards’ drug dealer.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Fishermen, by Chigozie Obioma (eBook)
“In a small town in western Nigeria, four young brothers use their strict father’s absence from home to go fishing at a forbidden local river. They encounter a dangerous local madman who predicts that the oldest brother will be killed by another. This prophesy breaks their strong bond, and unleashes a tragic chain of events of almost mythic proportions. The Fishermen is a breathtakingly beautiful novel, firmly rooted in the best of African storytelling. Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices in world literature.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler (eBook)
“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon…’ This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that summer’s day in 1959. The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch we spool back through the generations, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define the family.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett (eBook)
“1916: the Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No Man’s Land gone? 2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive (some said mad, others dangerous) scientist when she finds a curious gadget – a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a…potato.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Make Me, by Lee Child (eBook)
“Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop on the prairie with the curious name of Mother’s Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover. He expects to find a lonely pioneer tombstone in a sea of nearly-ripe wheat … but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing colleague, a cryptic note about two hundred deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people. Reacher’s one-day stopover becomes an open-ended quest…into the heart of darkness.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Devil’s Bag Man, by Adam Mansbach (eBook)
“In The Dead Run, outlaw Jess Galvan made a devil’s bargain with El Cucuy, a fearsome, five-hundred-year-old Aztec priest and major crime kingpin determined to bring about hell on earth. Now, months later, Galvan is trapped in his own personal hell, his mind infested with the soul of this ancient monster. No longer able to trust his own judgment, he is estranged from his daughter and from his own body. Mansbach mixes horror, the supernatural, and gritty suspense to create an unlikely hero, caught between worlds but determined to save this one.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)