Accessing Dauphin Co.'s Selections

Reading & Listening with your smart devices


I hope that by the time the May/June edition is off the press, The Library is once more open to the public after having been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  But while The Library was closed to in-person use, many users were checking out our online resources.  Since 2008, our e-book and e-audiobook collections have grown.  And just in case you are drawn to reading or listening to titles on your smart devices or laptop, this edition’s list of titles should be of interest.  Remember, the Dauphin County Library System is here for you, and we have even more titles to enjoy.  Visit us at

Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister, by Anne Choma

" In 1834, Anne Lister made history by celebrating and recording the first ever known marriage to another woman. Now the basis for the HBO series Gentleman Jack, this is her remarkable, true story. Anne Lister was extraordinary, fearless, charismatic and determined to explore her lesbian sexuality, she forged her own path in a society that had no language to define her. She was a landowner, an industrialist and a prolific diarist, whose output has secured her legacy as one of the most fascinating figures of the 19th century. Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister follows Anne from her crumbling ancestral home in Yorkshire to the glittering courts of Denmark as she resolves to put past heartbreak behind her and find herself a wife. " (From the publisher)

Mercury and Me, by Jim Hutton with Tim Wapshott

“The relationship between Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton evolved over several months in 1984 and 1985. Even when they first slept together, Hutton had no idea who Mercury was, and, when the star told him his name, it meant nothing to him. Hutton worked as a barber at the Savoy Hotel and retained his job and his lodgings in Sutton, Surrey, for two years after moving in with Mercury, and then worked as his gardener. He was never fully assimilated into Mercury's jet-setting lifestyle, nor did he want to be, but, from 1985 until Mercury's death in 1991, he was closer to him than anyone and knew all Mercury's closest friends. . . .No one can tell the story of the last few years of Mercury's private life'-- the ecstasies and the agonies -- more accurately or honestly than Jim Hutton.” (From the publisher)

 Bobby Blanchard, Lesbian Gym Teacher, by Monica Nolan

“Wayward Schoolgirls! Wild Passions! And Winning at Any Cost. Welcome to Metamora Academy for Girls, where some rules are made to be broken. Roberta "Bobby" Blanchard is crushed when an accident forces her to leave the glamorous world of professional field hockey. As Games Mistress at Metamora Academy, she's dismayed to learn that sports take a backseat to literary and artistic pursuits. But Bobby's arrival at the elite boarding school will unearth more than one girl's hidden abilities, and spur some ardent rivalry between pupils--and teachers--on and off the field. . . “(From the publisher)

Less, by Andrew Sean Greer

“With the touching and very funny story of Arthur Less, author Andrew Sean Greer takes readers on an around-the-world tour, leaping from Mexico City to Berlin, from Marrakech to Kyoto, in a grand midlife adventure of the heart. Gay novelist Less--like anyone with such a name--is a hapless, dreamy hero, a man straight out of a James Thurber story. . . .Now, his most recent lover is getting married, and in an attempt to avoid the upcoming nuptials, Less has decided to accept every literary invitation on his desk. It just so happens that Less is about to turn 50, and his latest novel will soon be rejected by his publisher. (From Book Page)

The Mercies, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

“This dark, dramatic historical from Hargrave begins on Christmas Eve 1617 when 40 men from Norway's remote island settlement of Vardø die in a storm at sea, setting in motion events that lead to witch trials and executions. Maren Magnusdatter, age 20, having lost her father, brother, and fiancé in the storm, lives quietly in Vardø with her mother and sister-in-law Diinna, of the Sámi people. That changes with the arrival of noted witch-hunter Commissioner Absalom Cornet, who comes from Scotland with his Norwegian wife, Ursa, to root out nonbelievers. . . .Hargraves's tale offers a feminist take on a horrific moment in history with its focus on the subjugation of women, superstition in isolated locations, and brutality in the name of religion.” (From Publishers Weekly)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers

“No, the titular ‘small, angry planet’ is not Earth. In fact, Earth has been (mostly) deserted for a few centuries in Chambers' impressive futuristic novel. Rosemary Harper is running away from a mysterious past and has spent most of her money to have her identity changed. She has gotten herself a job on a tunneling ship called the Wayfarer (creating wormholes as shortcuts through the galaxy) captained by Ashby, a spacer who owns the ragged ship. . . Soon after Rosemary's arrival, the Wayfarer obtains the high-paying job of tunneling to the angry planet of the Toremi. For sci-fi fans interested in an examination of sexuality, gender, genocide, and hope.” (From the Library Journal) 


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