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By Faith Metz
Public Service Assistant II, Business, Government & Science


Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York book cover

Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York
"In this astonishing and powerful work of nonfiction, Green meticulously reports on a series of baffling and brutal crimes targeting gay men. It is an investigation filled with twists and turns, but this is much more than a compelling true crime story. Green has shed light on those whose lives for too long have been forgotten, and rescued an important part of American history." -David Grann, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon.

The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer book cover

The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer
This chilling true story and “harrowing account of the evil that can lurk around the edges of girlhood” (Carolyn Murnick, author of The Hot One)—reminiscent of Ann Rule’s classic The Stranger Beside Me—follows a little girl longing for love who finds friendship with her charismatic babysitter, unaware that he is a vicious serial killer.

The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing book cover

The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing
The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing is a 2021 narrative non-fiction book by Sonia Faleiro. It tells the story of the 2014 Badaun gang-rape incident.

Two Truths and a Lie: A Murder, a Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice book cover

Two Truths and a Lie: A Murder, a Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice
In this “spellbinding memoir” (The Washington Post), a private investigator revisits the case that has haunted her for decades and sets out on a deeply personal quest to sort truth from lies.

Empire of Pain book cover

Empire of Pain
Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty is a 2021 book by Patrick Radden Keefe. The book examines the history of the Sackler family, including the founding of Purdue Pharma, their role in the marketing of pharmaceuticals, and the family's central role in the opioid epidemic.

The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer book cover

The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer
The chilling true-crime story of the Victorian era’s deadliest doctor“ When a doctor does go wrong, he is the first of criminals,” Sherlock Holmes observed during one of his most puzzling murder investigations.

Despite production difficulties and supply chain issues, 2021 still produced some great content. We asked ASCPL staff to share their personal “Best of” lists from this past year, and they responded enthusiastically. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing the “best” picture books, cookbooks, pop music, movies, and more, according to the experts on staff here at ASCPL. Click on any image above to reserve the item in our catalog. Enjoy!