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The Circle by Dave Eggers portrays an alarming fantasy world of social media on steroids. You may mock this premise as implausible fiction or see it as an eerie foreshadowing of where our society is headed, but either way you won’t be able to put this book down.
The first of its kind, the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project seeks to promote talented self-published authors and to celebrate the importance and influence of libraries. Mary Hutchings Reed, the nominee of Mount Prospect Public Library, earned high praise as a finalist for Warming Up, a novel that sparks from an incident in which a creative runaway teen cons sixty dollars from a depressed musical actress. One hundred and three books were submitted for consideration, and a panel of over twenty librarians served as judges through a series of eliminations. The chosen winner was Joanne Zienty of Wheaton for The Things We Save.
Visit the Soon to Be Famous page for more information on the finalists, and watch the video below to hear each speak about the importance of story.
Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres. This week we invite you to check out a winner!
Are you drawn to the adventure and panorama of the West? Try one or more of the Spur Awards honorees:
Best Western Contemporary Novel – Light of the World by James Lee Burke
Best Western Traditional Novel – Crossing Purgatory by Gary Schanbacher
Best First Novel – Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman
Have a taste for distinguished American writing? Read a newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner:
Fiction – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
General Nonfiction – Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin
Biography or Autobiography – Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall
Which titles have the respect of their peers? The Los Angeles Times Book Awards are chosen by working writers to celebrate how reading is an essential way of connecting with and understanding the world in which we live:
Fiction – A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Mystery/Thriller – The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction – We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.
In 1978 an arsonist started a fire spree in a small town in southern Norway. Ten buildings were sent to cinders – some empty, some not, though luckily no one died. The arsonist’s last fire was set the day after a baby boy was christened in a local church. Thirty-years later, this boy, narrator Gaute Heivoll, seeks to find who the arsonist was through interviewing remaining townspeople. Before I Burn is an atmospheric autobiographical mystery where the question of who is somewhat simply solved, but the question of why creates compelling reading. Somewhat bleak and strangely energetic, Before I Burn is a mystery for people who don’t normally read mysteries.
Need a vacation? Let the honeyed voice of Edoardo Ballerini whisk you to a remote Italian villa in Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. Entwining the past story of a bewitching extra on the set of Cleopatra with that of contemporary film production team, this Audie Award-winner offers a fascinating mental getaway.