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Staff Pick: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Donna S. staff picks photoThe Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is the tale of a man who owns a bookstore and loves only books. One day a baby is abandoned in his shop and slowly his life changes. Treat yourself to a heartwarming celebration of the stories in each of our lives.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on August 19, 2014 Categories: Books, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks

New: Historical Fiction and Romance

Every Friday the Library will bring you 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.

New: Historical Fiction

Bittersweet book cover

No Country book cover

Painted Horses book cover

Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough
No Country by Kalyan Ray
Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks

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When the World Was Young book cover

Lucky Us book cover

Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden
When the World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

New: Romance

Vixen in Velvet book cover

Longest Night book cover

Never Surrender book cover

Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase
The Longest Night by Kara Braden
Never Surrender by Lindsay McKenna

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Shield of Winter book cover

Escape book cover

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins
Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
The Escape by Mary Balogh

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 15, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, New Arrivals, Romance

Staff Pick: Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

Nancy staff picks photoIn Kate Racculia’s Bellweather Rhapsody, high school musicians and their chaperones gather for a music festival at a huge old hotel. It’s the 15-year anniversary of a shocking crime in Room 712, a blizzard is approaching, and one of the students disappears. This unique premise drew me in, but the sharp writing and eccentric characters kept me hooked.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 12, 2014 Categories: Books, Picks by Nancy, Staff Picks

Fiction: Christy Award Winners

Burning Sky book coverIf your end-of-summer reading needs a little extra inspiration, look to the Christy Awards, which honor excellence in Christian fiction. Burning Sky by Lori Benton is the standout winner of Best First Novel, Best Historical, and Book of the Year. The story of a young woman returned to her New York family after twelve years with the Mohawk Indians is a powerful testament to strength, love, and faith. Winners in other categories include

Best Contemporary in a Series:  Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren
Best Contemporary Romance/Suspense:  Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris
Best Suspense:  Outlaw by Ted Dekker
Best Contemporary:  Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 11, 2014 Categories: Awards, Books, Historical Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Romance

New: Fiction and Nonfiction

Every Friday the Library will bring you 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.

New: Fiction Books

There Is No Lovely End book cover

Pearl That Broke Its Shell book cover

Life Drawing book cover

There Is No Lovely End by Patty Templeton
The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
Life Drawing by Robin Black

Fortune Hunter book cover

Hundred-Year House book cover

Girls from Corona del Mar book cover

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin
The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai
The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

New: Nonfiction Books

Margarita Wednesdays book cover

Another Great Day at Sea book cover

Is That a Fact book cover

Margarita Wednesdays: Making a New Life by the Mexican Sea by Deborah Rodriguez
Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush by Geoff Dyer
Is That a Fact?: Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life by Joe Schwarcz

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Nile book cover

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A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees by Dave Goulson
The Nile: A Journey Downriver through Egypt’s Past and Present by Toby Wilkinson
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 8, 2014 Categories: Books, New Arrivals, Nonfiction

Staff Pick: Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

Barb F. Staff picks photoMoonwalking with Einstein follows the year-long journey of one man training to compete in the U.S. Memory Championship. Foer has no previous training, no special abilities, and often forgets where he puts his keys, but he becomes a memory champion. This book includes a fascinating look at the cultural history of memory, a cast of remarkable people, and amazing feats of memory.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 5, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Barbara F., Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey

Trapped Under the Sea book coverJo R. of Research Services recommends Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness by Neil Swidey:

Twenty-five years ago, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in America. After generations of dumping waste directly into the harbor, the sea floor was coated with a “black mayonnaise” layer of sewage. In the 1990s, the city undertook a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant with a 10-mile tunnel designed to carry waste out of the harbor and into the sea. When a series of bad decisions, engineering problems, and clashing corporations endangered the project, a team of five commercial divers was called upon to rescue the clean-up effort. Not all of them came back alive. This book is really their story. Even if you don’t normally read nonfiction, this action-filled account makes it hard to put down. And if you like your nonfiction fast-paced and suspenseful, Trapped Under the Sea is the perfect book for you.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 4, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Staff Picks

Eisner Award Winners 2014

The 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at the recent Comic-Con International in San Diego.  Try some of these outstanding graphic novels among this year’s winners:

The Property  RASL  Saga

The Property by Rutu Modan – Best Graphic Album (New)

RASL by Jeff Smith – Best Graphic Album (Reprint)

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples – Best Continuing Series, Best Writer, Best Painter/Multimedia Artist

Slayground  Love and Rockets  Sex Criminals

Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground by Darwyn Cooke – Best Adaptation from Another Medium, Best Lettering

Love and Rockets New Stories, vol. 6 by Jaime Hernandez & Gilbert Hernandez – Best Short Story, Best Writer/Artist

Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky – Best New Series

Vader's Little Princess Hawkeye Battling Boy

Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown – Best Humor Publication

Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja – Best Single Issue, Best Cover Artist

Battling Boy by Paul Pope – Best Publication for Teens

By jmcinnes on August 1, 2014 Categories: Awards, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Fiction: The Outsmarting of Criminals by Steven Rigolosi

Outsmarting of CriminalsMiss Felicity Prim, an old-fashioned girl in contemporary Manhattan, decides after having her arm broken during a mugging that she needs to make some changes. “This will never happen again,” she vows. She enrolls in a self-defense class, buys a taser gun, and moves to Connecticut. One of her favorite pastimes is losing herself in crime novels, and she decides that a lifetime of reading mysteries has given her all the skills she needs to become an amateur sleuth. In The Outsmarting of Criminals, the first of a new series by Steven Rigolosi, Miss Prim’s resolve is quickly put to the test, because while moving into her quiet cottage, she discovers a secret passage leading to a secret basement, and in the center of the floor…a secret dead body.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 31, 2014 Categories: Books, Humor, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Staff Pick: Vivian Maier

Cynthia staff picks photoVivian Maier was an area nanny whose ubiquitous camera captured life in Chicago in the mid-century. Her rich, evocative work remained unnoticed until 2007 when thousands of negatives were purchased at a storage unit auction. Curiosity in the woman and appreciation for her work have since skyrocketed. Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows offers a glimpse at her talent, and the new DVD Finding Vivian Maier attempts to shed light on the artist.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 29, 2014 Categories: Books, Movies and TV, Nonfiction, Picks by Cynthia, Staff Picks