Check out these new arrivals at the Astoria Public Library:
The author of "Bridget Jones's Diary," Helen Fielding, brings a new heroine to the page in "Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination." Olivia Joules is an international spy. She carries a pocket survival kit, uses her Rules for Living and employs a very overactive imagination to make her way in her world.
A young writer, beset by problems of every kind, receives the help of a kindly and wise butler in "Wake Up, Sir!" a new novel by Jonathan Ames. From a small town in New Jersey to a Hasidic community in New York to an artist's colony, Alan Blair continues to find trouble and Jeeves continues to bail him out.
Fred Alan Wolf, a theoretical physicist, has traveled the world. He has encountered shamanistic experiences that would deny a scientific explanation. He examines these encounters in his new book, "The Eagle's Quest: A Physicist Finds Scientific Truth at the Heart of the Shamanic World."
A new prose anthology edited by Peter Donahue and John Trombold features the streets and neighborhoods of Seattle. "Reading Seattle: The City in Prose" includes a number of well-known authors and some who are emerging. Sherman Alexie, Jonathan Raban, Tom Robbins and J.A. Jance are among those featured.
Disgraced journalist Frank Corso is at an art exhibition when an airborne chemical/biological weapon is released. Meanwhile, the heads of 50 nations are gathered at a downtown Seattle hotel for an international symposium on this very subject. "Red Tide" is the newest novel from G.M. Ford.
Human beings are unique in that they experience feelings. Quantum physicist Fred Alan Wolf, author of 10 books and winner of a National Book Award, writes about spirituality and the science of quantum physics in his newest work, "Matter Into Feeling: A New Alchemy of Science and Spirit."
In "William Sloane Coffin Jr: A Holy Impatience," biographer Warren Goldstein examined family papers and conducted candid interviews with Coffin. From his days as Chaplain of Yale through his trial as a draft resister and his later years of liberal religious dissent, Coffin held to his perspectives.
It seemed relatively harmless when The Silencer took it upon himself to destroy loud audio systems in cars and vacation homes on the prosperous island of Martha's Vineyard. But when murder enters the picture, private investigator J.W. Jackson has a real crime on his hands. "Murder at a Vineyard Mansion," by Philip R. Craig, is available in large print.