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Staff Pick: Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne

Rebel YellA boring math teacher morphs into a war hero whose valor and daring bring him international acclaim. Stonewall Jackson is the stuff of spy novels: a tough warrior and tender lover, famous yet intensely private. In Rebel Yell, S. C. Gywnne paints a vivid portrait of Jackson from an orphan to a legendary general mourned by the North and South alike at his death.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 16, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Marta, Staff Picks

Nonfiction: When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning

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“This is the story of pens that were as mighty as swords,” writes Molly Guptill Manning, and she isn’t exaggerating. During the dark days of World War II, when it became known that Hitler had banned and burned over one hundred million books, librarians rallied to send free books to American troops stationed overseas. The popularity of the Victory Book Campaign then led to the establishment of the Council on Books in Wartime, in which the Army itself oversaw the printing of thousands of paperbacks that could be tucked into packs. When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II is a highly readable, greatly informative celebration of what great stories of all kinds can do for those in unimaginable circumstances. Not only is this a hit for book lovers and history buffs alike, but an index of titles issued as part of the Armed Forces Editions is included to fatten up your to-read list.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on December 8, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction

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

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

Book Discussion Questions: The Lobster Chronicles by Linda Greenlaw

Cover of The Lobster ChroniclesTitle: The Lobster Chronicles
Author: Linda Greenlaw
Page Count:  238 pages
Genre: Travel writing
Tone:  Richly detailed, Character driven, Nostalgic

Excerpted summary from publisher:
After 17 years at sea, Linda Greenlaw decided it was time to take a break and move back home to a tiny island off the Maine coast to pursue a simpler life as a lobsterman and find a husband. But all doesn’t go as planned. The lobsters refuse to crawl out, fellow islanders draw her into bizarre intrigues, and the eligible bachelors prove elusive. But just when she thinks things can’t get worse, something happens forcing her to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about life, luck, and lobsters. Filled with nautical detail and the dramas of small-town life, The Lobster Chronicles is a celebration of family and community.

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

1. What did the author hope to accomplish by writing this novel? Was this strictly a story of a typical season of lobstering as the author mentioned in “The Note From the Author?”

2. Do you feel you learned a lot about the lobstering business from reading this book?

3. Does the life of lobstering appeal to you?

4. How would you describe a typical small-island lobsterman? What personality traits do lobstermen share? Why do they choose this profession?

5. What are the pros and cons of living on a small island like Isle au Haut?

6. Did you like the author’s writing style?

7. Did you find this story funny? If so, what parts stand out as humorous?

8. Linda Greenlaw has a college degree. Why did she decide to fish and then lobster rather than get a “real job” like her parents wished she would do?

9. Why do you think her parents said they wished she would get a “real job”? Do you think they really meant it? Did you find it ironic that her dad quit his “real job” and joined her in lobstering?

10. On page 207, did Linda waste her education fishing and/or lobstering? Do you agree that whatever path a person takes, “education is always being used?”

11. Was Linda a good business person?

12. How did you feel about the way Linda handled her gay helper Stern-Fabio?

13. Describe Linda’s relationship with her father.

14. Were you surprised (on page 106) how strongly Linda felt about removing the mainlanders’ gear from the islanders’ protected area – when the rest of the islands gave up so easily? Why was she so passionate about this compared to how laid back she was when Stern-Fabio stole her truck?

15. On page 221, why did the author include the chapter on Dorothea “Dotty” Dodge, the lady that she didn’t know very well?

16. After reading the book, did you believe the author when she said, “As proud as I am to say I’m an islander, nothing makes me prouder than to say, ‘I’m a fisherman.’ And that is not apt to change.”?

17. What were your thoughts when Linda told us that she is building a year-round home, but is undecided about how much of the year she will stay?

Other Resources

Linda Greenlaw’s writing process
Greenlaw on BookTV (starts at 8:20)
Guide to Lobstering in Maine

If you liked The Lobster Chronicles, try…

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Four Wings and a Prayer by Sue Halpern
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 19, 2014 Categories: Book Discussion Questions, Nonfiction

Nonfiction: Over Easy by Mimi Pond

Cover of Over EasyIt is 1978; hippies are out, punks are in, and art school dropout Mimi Pond has a new love: The Imperial Café. The staff is wild, the food is to die for, the customers are beautiful, and Pond wants in. Once hired, the reality of dishes, drugs, and social hierarchies rudely interrupts Pond’s romantic vision, and while she might not be playing the beautiful snarky waitress in this graphic novel memoir like she wants to, her eagerness and dirty jokes earn her a place in the crew. Using tones of green, Pond vividly watercolors a realistic snapshot of a west coast breakfast café filled with eclectic characters in Over Easy.

 

 

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 6, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction

New: Fiction and Nonfiction Books

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

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Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber

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Lila by Marilynne Robinson
The Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

New: Nonfiction Books

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The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
In Real Life by Nev Schulman
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis by Barbara Leaming

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The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg
The Pizza Bible by Tony Gemignani
The Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on October 31, 2014 Categories: Books, New Arrivals, Nonfiction

Nonfiction: The Book of Blood by H.P. Newquist

Book of Blood book coverDid you know that George Washington died after more than half the blood in his body was drained during treatment for cold and fever? Or that the vampire has appeared in more movies than any other fictional character? From ancient history to modern science, blood continues to fascinate us, and author H.P. Newquist cuts beneath the skin’s surface to explain why. The Book of Blood:  From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins is a fully illustrated work that is appropriate for students but just as informative for adults. Whether you are more interested in the science, the folklore, the history, or the many expressions that refer to blood, you’ll discover facts to keep those juices flowing.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on October 27, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction

Staff Pick: Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

Photo of JennyDaily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey is filled with fascinating details on how famous creators scheduled their days, covering everything from how long they would work to their various quirks (Beethoven had a very unusual bathing routine). While the information may not be very useful, this little book is great for anyone interested in how people spend their time.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on October 21, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Jenny, Staff Picks