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Brand New--Just For You

Every week new and wonderful books join the collection of The Urbana Free Library. We librarians select a wide variety of titles, providing a little bit of everything to tempt our favorite readers—you, our library users.

Here are some standouts from this week’s arrivals in the Adult Department:

Life Intercepted book jacket

A Life intercepted: a novel
by Charles Martin

Matthew "The Rocket" Rising is the winningest quarterback in college history, and the guaranteed #1 NFL draft pick. But something goes wrong, and innocent Matt is sentenced to prison, losing his career and his bride. Can he regain his wife—and his reputation—after he is free again?


Complete Book of Gourd Carving book jacket

Complete book of Gourd Carving
by Jim Widess & Ginger Summit 
745.584 / WID

Why hack away at a big ol’ pumpkin, when you can follow step-by-step instructions to create exquisitely carved little gourds. Fretwork, engraving, inlay and gouging are just some of the delicate techniques you can learn.


Armknitting book jacket

Arm Knitting: How to Make a 30-Minute Infinity Scarf and Other Great Projects 
by Mary Beth Temple
746.432 TEM

Cast yarn on to your arm, and turn it into a knitting needle!


Liar Temptress Soldier Spy book jacket

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War 
by Karen Abbott
973.785 / ABB

Belle Boyd, Emma Edmonds, Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Elizabeth Van Lew—courageous spies. Discover hidden tales of female espionage, as you explore the life and times of four women devoted to serving the Union or the Confederacy. We love history, and our American Civil War collection has eager fans.


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When Björk Met Attenborough
DVD / 780.0508 / WHE

And for those who’d rather watch than read, check out this unique documentary featuring singer Björk and naturalist Sir David Attenborough. They consider the allure of music to listeners, the role music plays in nature, and how these relationships might change with advances in technology. Featured are musical moments highlighting Björk’s preparation for her Biophilia tour. 


Need any help placing holds on these items? Want to explore other brand new books? Contact us at Adult Services by phone 217-367-4405, or email

We always enjoy hearing from you about books, films, music, and audiobooks that you'd like us to consider adding to the collection.  Reach us at the email or phone number above.

You can also make your recommendation by clicking on  the blue "Suggest a Purchase" button on our library website. Or, go directly to the suggestion webpage:


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