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2014 Goodreads Choice Award Winners

Goodreads is a social media website readers can use to keep track of what they have read or want to read and interact with friends. Every year Goodreads hosts the Goodreads Choice Awards in which readers vote for what they consider the best books in different categories are. This year, there were over 3 million votes cast! Check out some of the winners below.

 

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Fiction: Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Nonfiction: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Young Adult: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Science Fiction: The Martian by Andy Weir
Romance:
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Fantasy:
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

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History and Biography: The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport
Memoir and Autobiography: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl
Debut Goodreads Author: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Humor: Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Business: #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
Food and Cookbooks: Make it Ahead by Ina Garten

 

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 5, 2014 Categories: Awards, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor, Literary, Romance

Fiction: Mr. Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo

Cover of Mr. LovermanBarry is known as a lot of things: a husband, a retired engine-fitter, a father, a man of style, and a grandfather. What he isn’t known for is secretly being in love with a man. Bernardine Evaristo weaves together Barry at seventy-four, hiding his true feelings from his family and the impact that secret has had on his family, especially his wife, Carmel. For fifty years Carmel has been married to someone she knows doesn’t love her, and her harrowing and poetic voice rings out, contrasting against Barry’s cheeky commentaries and charm. A lyrical story that will equally make you laugh and break your heart, Mr. Loverman shows regardless of age, it is never too late to chase your dreams.

 

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 4, 2014 Categories: Books

Book Discussion Questions: The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

Cover of The Wednesday SistersTitle: The Wednesday Sisters
Author: Meg Waite Clayton
Page Count:  288 pages
Genre:  Women’s lives and relationships
Tone:  Heartwarming, character-driven

Excerpted summary from publisher:

When five young mothers—Frankie, Linda, Kath, Ally, and Brett—first meet in a neighborhood park in the late 1960s, their conversations center on marriage, raising children, and a shared love of books. Then one evening, as they gather to watch the Miss America Pageant, Linda admits that she aspires to write a novel herself, and the Wednesday Sisters Writing Society is born.. In the process, they explore the changing world around them: the Vietnam War, the race to the moon, and a women’s movement that challenges everything they believe about themselves. At the same time, the friends carry one another through more personal changes—ones brought about by infidelity, longing, illness, failure, and success.

SPOILER WARNING:
These book discussion questions are highly detailed and will ruin plot points if you have not read the book.

1. The first character we meet is Frankie.  She’s from Chicago but moves across the country to Palo Alto with her husband and two young children.  What kind of person is she?  What is it that brings her together with the other women in the park?

2. The next character we meet is Bret.  She is unique for wearing white gloves after that style is out of fashion.  We don’t find out why she wears them until much later in the book.  What did you think about the gloves? Were you surprised by why she wears them?

3. What was the significance of the mansion by the park?  What did it represent to the women and to the time period in which they lived?  Who was the person they saw walking around in the mansion? Why was she there?

4. Are the friendships realistic?  Do they seem similar to some of your own friendships?

5. Why was Frankie able to confess that she was trying to write a novel to Danny’s boss but not Danny?

6. This book takes place in the late ’60s at a time when things were beginning to change more rapidly for women in the United States, yet a lot of the old conventions were still in place.  In what ways did that affect the opportunities these women had, both in their personal lives and in their professional lives?

7. Some notable historical events that occurred at this time: moon landing, assassination of Bobby Kennedy, women’s liberation movement, and the Pentagon Papers.  Was this time in history particularly significant and/or more fraught with turbulence and change than periods since?  In what ways did that affect the characters and their generation?

8. Ally’s husband is Indian and they have trouble having a baby.  In what way does that affect her relationships in the group?  Does having or not having children not affect the women’s relationships amongst each other?

9. What do the books the sisters read say about them?

10. Frankie wanted to reinvent herself when she got to California.  She wanted to be called Mary rather than Frankie.  She imagined herself hosting parties and attending parties with her husband’s colleagues.  Was she able to reinvent herself?  How was her life similar or different to what she imagined?

11. How did Danny’s intelligence and success affect Frankie’s view of herself and their relationship?

12. Danny leaves his stable company to start a new venture in Metal Oxide Semiconductor chips without asking Frankie her opinion.  How does this make her feel?  Is this lack of communication indicative of the time they lived in or specific to their relationship?

13. What was the significance of the Miss America pageants to the women?  Why did they initially get together to watch it?  Over the course of the book, how did their feelings change?

14. In chapter 13, the sisters went to the funeral parlor and sat in a coffin.  What did that mean to the sisters?  (Page 84-85)

15. What do you think of the guidelines for mastectomy, as Linda experienced?  Was she powerless in the treatment process?

16. The women are so close to Stanford University and some encourage Frankie to go take classes there but she doesn’t feel like she can.  Why not?

17. The Wednesday Sisters have a big schism after they find out that Ally’s husband is Indian.  Why did Jim’s being Indian cause such a rift between the sisters?

18. What did you think of the scene on the Johnny Carson show?  How did the show mark a changing point in the lives of the sisters?

Other Resources

Discussion starter kit provided by author
Video of authors@Google talk with Meg Waite Clayton
Lit Lovers’ Discussion Questions
Interview with Meg Waite Clayton
Reading Group Guide

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The Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson
The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble
South of Broad by Pat Conroy

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 3, 2014 Categories: Book Discussion Questions, Books

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi

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: Audiobooks

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Liberators by James Wesley Rawles
Chasing Tomorrow by Tilly Bagshawe
Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen

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Succession by Noel M. Tichy
On Immunity by Eula Biss
The Secret Club That Runs the World by Kate Kelly

New: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

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The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
Hawk by Steven Brust
Dreamer’s Pool by Julie Marillier

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A Call to Duty by David Wber and TImothy Zahn
A Vision of Fire  by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin
Falling Sky by Rajan Khanna

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 28, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals, Nonfiction

Fiction: How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

Cover of How to Build a GirlJohanna Morrigan is a dumpy fourteen-year-old from a working class family in England, but not for long. After embarrassing herself on television, she has decided to reinvent herself into Daisy Wilde, a brilliant, funny, and beautiful music reviewer. Within two years she has made a name for herself as one of the most feared reviewers in the alternative/rock music scene. Even though she has become the hardcore girl she dreamed of, she knows her work in forming herself is not done. Refreshingly authentic,  Johanna unapologetically shares everything from her sex adventures to her failed attempts at humor. Set in the early 90s, How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran is a sure bet for the reader looking for an insightful and gritty coming-of-age tale.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 27, 2014 Categories: Books

Fiction: Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas book coverAs much as we enjoy our modern luxuries, there’s something about Jane Austen’s era that keeps us coming back for more. It seems a simpler, less harried, and more genteel time, and especially around the holidays that may truly appeal. What would the Christmas season have been like for the author herself? Stephanie Barron imagines exactly that in Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas, but she also throws in a dead body or two. No need to worry that our heroine will swoon; the very qualities that make her a keen observer of character also lend themselves to identifying motive, and she is no stranger to inquests, this being her twelfth mystery. Exquisite historical detail and hints of characters that will come to be make this a gift-wrapped read for any self-respecting Janeite.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on November 24, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

List: November 2014 Indie Next List

What does a spy thriller set in Africa have in common with a book about the conservation of endangered birds? The recommendation of a bookseller working at an American independent bookstore! Every month IndieBound releases the Indie Next list. This list is made up of new books from all different genres recommended by an independent bookseller. As a result, the list is an eclectic mix of titles for readers to check out.

Recently, the November 2014 list was released. Check some of the titles out below:

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Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
Crooked River by Valerie Geary
Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg
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The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson
The Forgers by Bradford Morrow
The Birds of Pandemonium by Michele Raffin

Not interested in the titles above? Check out the entire list here and ask a Readers’ Advisor at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk on the second floor to find new and old titles tailored to your taste.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 21, 2014 Categories: Books, Lists, Literary, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction

Nonfiction: Unbored Games by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen

Cover of Unbored GamesThis winter season arm yourself with ideas to liven up the grey and bitter days with Unbored Games by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen. From the creators of Unboredthis small colorful book is bursting with variety, featuring over 70 games that range from online to offline and indoors to outdoors. Glenn and Larsen encourage creativity in their readers and follow suit, offering imaginative ideas such as Meditation Flowers to reduce stress, new takes on Rock Paper Scissors, a combination of competition and doughnuts in Doughnut on a String, and Cruel 2 B Kind which involves random acts of kindness. With little tweaking the games can be enjoyed by all ages, giving everyone the chance for a more fun winter!

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 20, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction

New: Historical Fiction and Romance

Every other 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 Books

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Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe
Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
Ballroom by Alice Simpson

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Sleep in Peace Tonight by James MacManus
The Legend of Sheba by Tosca Lee
The Hormone Factory by Saskia Goldschmidt

New: Romance Books

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Jilted by Rachael Johns
Indecent Proposal by Molly O’Keefe
Change of Heart by Jude Deveraux
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Never Marry a Viscount by Anne Stuart
Unleashed by Rachel Lacey
The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 14, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, New Arrivals, Romance

Fiction: Outlaws by Javier Cercas

Cover of OutlawsA chance encounter in the late 1970s between lonely misfit Gafitas, gang leader El Zarco, and the beautiful Tere looks to be the beginning of a life of crime for Gafitas. However, the drugs, hookers, and thieveries don’t last long as a job eventually turns south and Zarco is thrown into jail. Flash forward twenty-five years. Gafitas is now a successful defense lawyer, Zarco is famously considered a Robin Hood of his day, and Tere has shown up in Gafitas’ office looking for help, pulling Gafitas into their world once again. Told entirely in dialogue between an interviewer and primarily Gafitas, Outlaws by Javier Cercas is an engrossing study of the blurry lines between fact and fiction, human motivation, and one unknowable man.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 13, 2014 Categories: Books