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National Book Critics Circle Awards

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Looking for something a little more substantial in your reading diet?  Check out the newly-named honorees of the National Book Critics Circle Awards.  The NBCC “honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature.”

NonfictionFive Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
Fink provides a landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina–and a suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice.  Also available in audio, e-book, and e-audio.

FictionAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.

AutobiographyFarewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti by Amy Wilentz
Describes the author’s long and painful relationship with Haiti before and after the 2010 earthquake, tracing the country’s turbulent history and its status as a symbol of human rights activism and social transformation.

John Leonard PrizeA Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
Also available in large print, audio, and e-book.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on March 19, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Awards, Books, Lists, Literary, Nonfiction

Audiobook: Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss

Salt, Sugar, Fat book coverThere are foods that, when eaten, activate the same part of the human brain that heroin does. Food scientists have developed our edibles to have “bliss points”. Arguably, the obesity epidemic may not only be about personal willpower, but also about processed foods being highly addictive. Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Moss examines the development and advertisement of processed foods in his bestseller Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Narrated by the straightforward – and sometimes incredulous – Scott Brick, the audiobook is a phenomenal read. If you liked The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Food, Inc., or Fast Food Nation, definitely give Salt, Sugar, Fat a try.

By Readers' Advisor on March 6, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Nonfiction

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Sci-fi

Every Friday the Library will bring you two short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

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.

Get your reading glasses on, because here we go!

New: Audiobooks

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•    Be Careful What you Wish for by Jeffrey Archer

•    Death of a Policeman by M.C. Beaton

•    Do or Die by Suzanne Brockmann

•    Hidden Fires by Sandra Brown

•    Orange is the new Black by Piper Kerman

•    Someone by Alice McDermott

•    Private L.A. by James Patterson

•    Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb

•    The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith

•    Brooklyn by Colm Tolbin

 

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi

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•    Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach

•    Shadow Ops: Breach Zone by Myke Cole

•    Autumn Rose by Abigail Gibbs

•    Dark Bites by Sherrilyn Kenyon

•    Red Delicious by Kathleen Tierney

•    Arcanum by Simon Morden

•    To Sail a Darkling Sea by John Ringo

•    Influx by Daniel Suarez

•    Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

•    The Vanishing by Wendy Webb

By Readers' Advisor on February 21, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Horror, New Arrivals

Audiobook: Malavita by Tonino Benacquista

Malavita audiobook coverBadfellas was the original English title, and that alone gives a tease of what Malavita has on tap. When a Mafia kingpin testifies in exchange for witness protection, Giovanni Manzoni becomes Fred Blake, and he and his family find themselves living in Normandy, France. They mostly follow the rules, but old habits are hard to break. It only takes one slip before old friends who’ve become new enemies come calling all the way from Alcatraz. A film adaptation, The Family, stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, but you can’t miss the story in audio. Sopranos actor and 2013 Audie Award winner for Best Solo Narration, Edoardo Ballerini deliciously balances the menace, the dark comedy, and the Italian sensibilities of Tonino Benacquista’s international crime caper.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on February 17, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Humor

Audiobook: Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin

Dangerous Women Playaway coverDanger can be alluring, frightening, and exciting all at once, and you won’t find a better illustration than in Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Whether your taste runs to female desperadoes, Scottish highlanders, warrior queens, femmes fatales, or modern magicians, you will be wowed by a carnival of choices offered by the best fan favorite writers of today. Diana Gabaldon, Jim Butcher, Lev Grossman, Sherilynn Kenyon, Carrie Vaughn, and Brandon Sanderson are among the standout contributors, and fans of Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series won’t want to miss the creator’s featured novella “The Princess and the Queen”. Intensify your thrills by listening to Dangerous Women in Playaway format, an easy-to-use portable player that holds an entire audiobook. Skip to the stories and narrators that tempt you most, but don’t be surprised if you devour them all.

Curious about Playaway and what the format has to offer?  Join us for Playaway Day on Saturday, February 1, 1-4 p.m., for giveaways and more information.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on January 27, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi

Every Friday the Library will bring you two short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

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.

Get your reading glasses on, because here we go!

New: Audiobooks

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1. Sister Mother Husband Dog by Delia Ephron

2. Hostage by Kay Hooper

3. Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus by Dean N. Jensen

4. The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally

5. Doctor Who: A History by Alan Kistler

6. Innocence by Dean Koontz

7. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

8. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

9. Bones in her Pocket by Kathy Reichs

10. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver

 

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi Books

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1. Halo: Silentium by Greg Bear

2. Iron Night by M.L. Brennan

3. Shift by Hugh Howey

4. Last to Rise by Francis Knight

5. Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi

6. In Retrospect by Ellen Larson

7. Rex Regis by L.E. Modesitt

8. Rise Again Below Zero by Ben Tripp

9. Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne Valente

10. Invasive Species by Joseph Wallace

By Readers' Advisor on January 24, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals

Audiobook: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Rosie Project audiobook coverAustralian bachelor Don Tillman is a brilliant genetics professor whose social skills are anything but genius. He’s reached a point in his life at which he’s willing to deviate (slightly) from beloved routine in order to find a suitable life partner. A scientifically sound process is designed, and soon “The Wife Project” is underway. Enter Rosie, a woman who meets none of Don’s criteria and who has a personal project of her own. If your resolution is to explore upbeat fiction that appeals equally to men and women, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion passes with flying colors. Optimize your results by choosing the audiobook read by Dan O’Grady and enjoy hearing Don’s deadpan earnestness and inadvertent humor delivered in a native Aussie accent.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on December 30, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Humor, Romance

Audiobook: Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

Bellman and Black audiobook coverIf atmosphere is what you crave, you won’t go wrong with the fascinating Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield. It is an unusual twist on a ghost story, one that is almost Dickensian in both tone and detail. As a boy, William Bellman commits one rash act that turns out to have consequences that will haunt for a lifetime. When a seemingly blessed adult existence falls victim to tragedy after tragedy, a desperate bargain with a mysterious man in black is his only option. Actor Jack Davenport reads in a dreamy, mood-enhancing style not unlike that of Neil Gaiman. With textured accents and a strong sense of pacing, his performance is both precise and enchanting. An otherworldly storytelling experience awaits.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on December 16, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books

Lists: Alternate Histories on Audiobook

Hitler's War book coverAlternate history is a genre that explores “what if” questions. What if Hitler was killed early in his life? What if JFK was never assassinated? What if the Black Death had killed 99% of Europe and not 33%? These are the sort of questions authors ask and then let the domino effect splatter from their pens.

Click here to listen to the best alternate history audiobooks the Library has to offer.

By Readers' Advisor on December 6, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Lists

Lists: Celebrity Audiobook Narrators

Return of the Native audiobook coverIf there’s any better reading experience than Alan Rickman narrating an audiobook…we don’t know what it is. Or maybe we do. Maybe it is Will Wheaton narrating an audiobook or Nelson Mandela or Bob Dylan or Jeremy Irons. There are so many fabulous, famous narrators!

Click here to check out audiobooks with celebrity narrators.

By Readers' Advisor on November 1, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Lists