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Some notable new non-fiction titles were added to the adult collection at the Abington Community Library during the past few weeks.

Topics vary widely; here is just a sample of what to look for on the "New Books" shelf.

"Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption," by Nancy Mullane. Over the course of four years, journalist Mullane made dozens of trips to San Quentin prison to interview convicted murderers. Here she tells the story of five men who discover after decades in prison that their second chance, if it comes at all, is the challenge of a lifetime. The book follows their struggle for redemption, their legal battles for parole, and the difficulties that greet them in the world outside.

"Agent Garbo: the Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler & Saved D-Day," by Stephan Talty. Looking for a true-life thriller set in the shadow world of espionage and deception? Juan Pujol was a Barcelona poultry farmer who became an unlikely double agent, convincing the German High Command that the D-Day invasion of Normandy was a ruse and the real attack was aimed at Calais. The unwitting Nazis believed the erstwhile "Garbo" and so the tide of battle was turned at the crucial moment.

"Dear Me: a Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self," edited by Joseph Galliano. Seventy-five celebrities, writers, musicians, athletes, and actors have written letters to their younger selves that give words of comfort, warning, humor, and advice. The collection captures the universal conditions that are youth, life, and growing up.

"First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently," by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman. Whatever their situations, the managers who ultimately became the focus of research by the Gallup Organization, were invariably those who excelled at turning each employee's talent into performance. This book is the first to present twelve simple questions that were developed through the authors' surveys of employee opinions, as well as vital performance and career lessons for managers at every level.

"Grandparents: Enjoying and Caring for Your Grandchild," by Dr. Miriam Stoppard. Dr. Stoppard encourages her readers to be up-to-date grandparents, and to realize that many aspects of baby and childcare have changed in a generation. She includes indispensable updates on everything from modern equipment to the latest guidelines on feeding, sleep routines, hygiene and more. In addition, she offers her professional advice on sensitive issues and how best to support the parents.

The Abington Community Library is located at 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Visit our website, to register online for events or call the library at (570) 587-3440. Don't have a library card? Register for one at

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