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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:

Cover of Being MortalCover of The Remedy for LoveCover of Just Mercy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Cover of Fire Shut Up in My BonesCover of Crooked RiverCover of Jerry Lee Lewis His Own Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
Crooked River by Valerie Geary
Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg
Cover of The Laughing MonstersCover of The ForgersCover of The Birds of Pandemonium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Music: What’s Your Favorite Sad Song?

“For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.” -Reba McEntire

Every once in a while nothing can feel better than listening to a really sad song. This week, Entertainment Weekly‘s staff shared their favorite sad songs in the article “Research Shows Sad Songs Can Make You Less Sad, So Here’s a Playlist.” This got Mount Prospect Public Library’s Fiction/AV/Teen Services thinking about some of their own favorites. Check them out below:

Nancy: “Wish You Were Here
by Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here

John: “Keep Me in Your Heart
by Warren Zevon
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Cathleen: “Sad Clown
by Jars of Clay Cover of If I Left the Zoo

Barbara F.: “I Am… I Said
by Neil DiamondCover of The Greatest Hits 1966-1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barb B.: “Eleanor Rigby
by The BeatlesCover of The Beatles Greatest Hits 1970-2002

Colleen: “The Man That Got Away
by Judy GarlandCover of A Star is Born

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyce: “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” by Elton John Cover of Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002

Diane: “I Will Go Sailing No More
by Randy Newman
Cover of Disney Pixar All Time Favorites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna: “Cat’s in the Cradle
by Harry ChapinCover of Greatest Stories Live

Jenny: “The Lowering (A Sad day in Greenvilletown)” by The Avett BrothersCover of Four Thieves Gone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marta: “Alone Again (Naturally)
by Gilbert O’Sullivan Entertainment The Greatest Hits 1972

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, feel free to stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk on the second floor where we can help you find sad songs, happy songs, and everything in between!

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 7, 2014 Categories: Lists, Music

List: Booklist Online’s Top Ten Debut Novels

Booklist Online developed a list of the top 10 debut novels reviewed between October 15, 2013 and October 1, 2014. The titles are diverse, featuring everything from racial reassignment surgery to the decline of the newspaper. Check out some of the titles below, or you can go to Booklist Online to see the whole list.

 

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Your Face in Mine by Jess Row
Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom
Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May

Cover of The Land of Steady HabitsCover of the TranscriptionistCover of Three Bargains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson
The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland
Three Bargains by Tania Malik

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on October 24, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, Lists, Literary

Fiction and Nonfiction: Awards Spotlight

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:

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Crossing Purgatory book cover

Spider Woman's Daughter book cover

Best Western Contemporary NovelLight of the World by James Lee Burke

Best Western Traditional NovelCrossing Purgatory by Gary Schanbacher

Best First NovelSpider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman

 

Have a taste for distinguished American writing?  Read a newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner:

Goldfinch book cover

Toms River book cover

Margaret Fuller book cover

FictionThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

General NonfictionToms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin

Biography or AutobiographyMargaret 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:

Tale for the Time Being book cover

Cuckoo's Calling book cover

We Need New Names book cover

FictionA Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Mystery/ThrillerThe Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Art Seidenbaum Award for First FictionWe 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.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on April 18, 2014 Categories: Awards, Books, Lists, Literary, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction

National Book Critics Circle Awards

Five Days at Memorial book cover

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

Fiction: The 2014 Reading List Awards

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.

Get your reading glasses on, because here we go!

This week we invite you to check out The Reading List, which honors outstanding titles in the most popular categories. Here are the featured winners, and you can follow the link for the other finalists and readalikes.

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Vicious book cover

Outcasts book cover    

     –  AdrenalineRed Sparrow by Jason Matthews
     –  FantasyVicious by V.E. Schwab
     –  Historical FictionThe Outcasts by Kathleen Kent

Last Days book coverMurder as a Fine Art book coverAny Duchess Will Do book cover
    

     –  Horror Last Days by Adam Nevill
     –  MysteryMurder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
     –  RomanceAny Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

Love Minus Eighty book coverMe Before You book cover

   

     –  Science FictionLove Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh
     –  Women’s FictionMe Before You by Jojo Moyes

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on March 14, 2014 Categories: Awards, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Horror, Lists, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Romance

Music: Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love by Frank Sinatra

Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love album coverIt’s February, and love is in the air – or, maybe you just need a bit of heat to get rid of the winter chill. Turn up the temperature with Sinatra Love Songs, a gathering of Blue Eyes’ best tunes to Romeo and Juliet to. But there’s more! If you can’t get enough of Sinatra crooning at your heart’s door, try Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love, too. Good ol’ Frank will sing of how it’s “Witchcraft” that he’s a “Prisoner of Love”. Then, if you still need more ideas of who to soundtrack your heart to, check out the Library’s Music for Lovers list!

By Readers' Advisor on February 13, 2014 Categories: Lists, Music, Romance

Lists: Instructional Dance DVDs

Ballroom Dancing Made Easy DVD coverThe New Year is almost upon us and resolutions are on everyone’s brains. Maybe, just maybe, 2014 can be the year that you finally give yourself the time to learn how to dance. Watching Dancing With the Stars is ok…but what if you could dance like the stars?

Click here to see a list of instructional dance DVDs.

By Readers' Advisor on December 27, 2013 Categories: Lists, Movies and TV, Nonfiction

Lists: Cozy Mysteries

Something Borrowed, Something Dead book coverCozy mysteries are considered “gentle reads.” Usually, a female sleuth – who’s not actually a detective – solves a crime in a small town. There’s little-to-no sex, violence, or harsh language on the page. M.C. Beaton, Carolyn Hart, and Leslie Meier are fine examples of this genre.

For more cozy mystery authors, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on December 20, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Lists: If You Like J.R.R. Tolkien

Game of Thrones book coverJ.R.R. Tolkien is best known for writing complex, fantastical worlds. The Lord of the Rings series is the gold standard of fantasy that other writers try to live up to. If you’ve already finished Tolkien’s works and don’t know where to go now that you’ve left Middle-earth, the Library can help.

If you like J.R.R. Tolkien, click here for similar authors.

By Readers' Advisor on December 13, 2013 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Lists