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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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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:

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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:

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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

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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

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

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

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     –  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

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: If You Like Janet Evanovich

One for the Money book coverJanet Evanovich is best known for her character Stephanie Plum, a smart-mouthed, side-job, bumbling bounty hunter. Evanovich writes funny, upbeat mysteries with a dash of romance. If you’re looking for more feisty heroines and villains that are more incompetent than evil, the Library has you covered.

If you like Janet Evanovich and are searching for similar authors, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on November 29, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Lists: Classical Composers in Films

Amadeus DVD coverAmadeus centers around the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 18th century Vienna. It won eight Academy Awards, including that of Best Picture. But you’ve seen Amadeus a thousand times and are dying for another classical music movie…so now what?

Click here for other films that feature classical composers.

By Readers' Advisor on November 22, 2013 Categories: Lists, Movies and TV, Music