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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

Fiction: An Accomplished Woman by Jude Morgan

An Accomplished Woman book coverAs a young woman, clever, self-reliant Lydia Templeton scandalized Regency society by rejecting the county’s most eligible bachelor. Ten years later, she is the rare lady who values knowledge and accomplishment over marriage. When asked to accompany a relative to Bath in pursuit of a marriage match, she is outspoken about the young suitors’ failings, but then she herself is confronted with the man she declined so long ago. Is her heart the closed book she thinks it is? In An Accomplished Woman, a light comedy of manners, author Jude Morgan captures the tone and style of Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer with a heroine who is fun, independent, and who says what is on her mind.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 28, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, Romance

New: Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense

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: Mystery Books

Hidden Child book cover

Children of the Revolution book cover

Hollow Girl book cover

The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg
Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson
The Hollow Girl by Reed Farrel Coleman

Invisible City book cover

Bone Dust White book cover

Murder in Murray Hill book cover

Invisible City by Julia Dahl
Bone Dust White by Karen Salvalaggio
Murder in Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson

New: Thrillers and Suspense

Directive book cover

FaceOff book cover

I Am Pilgrim book cover

The Directive by Matthew Quirk
FaceOff,
edited by David Baldacci
I Am Pilgrim
 by Terry Hayes

Night Heron book cover

Moving Day book cover

The Catch book cover

Night Heron by Adam Brookes
Moving Day by Jonathan Stone
The Catch
 by Taylor Stevens

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 25, 2014 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, New Arrivals

Staff Pick: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Denise staff picks photoIt’s not often that I read a novel that I know is going to make me cry and actually like it! Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You is the story of two unlikely people who meet and fall in love. Sounds simple, but there is absolutely nothing simple about it.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 22, 2014 Categories: Books, Picks by Denise, Staff Picks

Nonfiction: Little Demon in the City of Light by Steven Levingston

Little Demon in the City of Light book coverIf you were fascinated by The Devil in the White City, allow us to suggest a new true crime book that spotlights a gruesome reality during a celebrated time in history:  Steven Levingston’s  Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris. The “Little Demon” in question is 20-year-old Gabrielle Bompard, who lured a wealthy Parisian to her rooms where he was then strangled by her lover. When all was exposed, Gabrielle’s defense was that she had been under a hypnotist’s suggestion and so couldn’t be held responsible for her actions. The resulting scientific and legal debates became a story in themselves. History, science, justice, passion — take your pick! You’ll find it in this meticulously researched but surprisingly easy-to-read true tale.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 21, 2014 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

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

Care and Management of Lies audiobook cover

Think Like a Freak audiobook cover

Close Your Eyes Hold Hands audiobook cover

The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
Think Like a Freak
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
 by Chris Bohjalian

I Dont Know What You Know Me From audiobook cover

High Druids Blade audiobook cover

Why Read Moby Dick audiobook cover

I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer
The High Druid’s Blade
 by Terry Brooks
Why Read Moby-Dick?
by Nathaniel Philbrick

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi

Koko Takes a Holiday book cover

Boost book cover

Shattered book cover

Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea
The Boost
 by Stephen Baker
Shattered
 by Kevin Hearne

My Real Children book cover

Skin Game book cover

Sparrow Hill Road book cover

• My Real Children by Jo Walton
• Skin Game
by Jim Butcher
• Sparrow Hill Road
by Seanan McGuire

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 18, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals