Adult Book News
Librarian Faves for November 2014
The top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.
This monthly list is created by librarians and library staff to help connect readers to new books and authors. An online community of librarians vote each month on their favorite new books and the results are tallied. "The list is a straightforward calculation: whichever ten books get the most nominations go onto the monthly list. The book with the most nominations becomes the #1 Pick. It’s as simple as that." The list is not meant to be a "best" list - just a list of collective favorites -books librarians loved and want to share.
#1 for November: Us: A Novel by David Nicholls
Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but his sense of humor, against all odds, seduced beautiful Connie into a second date - and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades after their relationship first blossomed in London, they live more or less happily in the suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. The timing couldn't be worse. Hoping to encourage her son's artistic interests, Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world's greatest works of art as a family, and she can't bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead with the original plan is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, David Nicholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his enormously popular bestseller, One Day, (also a movie) to a compellingly human, deftly funny new novel about what holds marriages and families together.
Continuing a theme...
2014 National Book Award Finalists
The National Book Foundation has released the shortlist of five finalists for this year's National Book Award for Fiction (winnowed from the longlist of ten). The winner will be announced on November 19.
Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
Phil Klay, Redeployment
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
Marianne Robinson, Lila
Literary Awards Season
Richard Flanagan wins 2014 Man Booker Fiction Prize
One week after the Nobel Prize in Literature announcement comes the Man Booker award presentation. In the first year that authors outside the British Commonwealth were eligible, the presence of American authors in contention for Britain's most prestigious literary prize didn't matter in the end - the award went to Australian author, Richard Flanagan for his novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North. He is the third Australian to win. His book, called "a magnificent novel of love and war," tells the brutal story of Allied prisoners of war forced to work by the Japanese on the infamous Burma railway. Flanagan had source material close at hand, his father was one of the prisoners who survived the construction of the railroad. Unhappily, his father passed away on the day the book was finished.
2014 Nobel Prize in Literature
French Author Patrick Modiano wins Nobel Prize
Last week the Swedish Academy named Patrick Modiano the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, calling him "a Marcel Proust of our time" whose works are "“always variations of the same thing, about memory, about loss, about identity, about seeking.” Modiano, a celebrated author in France, with over 30 novels, children's books and screenplays, is not widely known outside his own country, but this honor should change that. Many of his books are set in Paris during World War II and chronicle the occupation of the country by the Germans. His first book, La Place de l'Etoile, published in 1968, about a Jewish collaborator, has been hailed as a major Post-Holocaust work. The New York Times notes "His most famous works include Missing Person, an existential thriller about a man who travels the world trying to piece together his identity; Dora Bruder, which investigates the disappearance of a Jewish girl in 1941; and Out of the Dark, a hallucinatory novel narrated by a middle-aged writer reflecting on an affair with a young drifter." American readers will have a chance to discover Modiano's books soon, as publishers are now rushing English translations to press and reprinting those already available.
World Zombie Day 2014
October 12 - Walk like a Zombie!
World Zombie Day, the celebration of all things zombie,
is scheduled for October 11 this year. World Zombie Day is an international annual event that grew from Pittsburgh’s first Zombie Walk at Monroeville Mall in 2006 – the site where George Romero filmed Dawn of the Dead - and encourages all fans of zombie culture to come together in an international effort to relieve hunger and homelessness. As many as 50 cities worldwide participate in the festivities, including Detroit which sponsors a Zombie Walk Against Hunger downtown on Oct 12. On a related note, the TV series, The Walking Dead, starts its fifth season this Sunday on AMC. (Those who arrive, survive?) Try a bite of zombie fun at the Library with titles like Ship of the Dead, Zombie Island, Dead Mann Running, and The Walking Dead: Fall of the Governor, Part two.
Use the Force, Luke!
Oct. 11 is Star Wars Reads Day at the Library
Join us as the Plymouth District Library celebrates Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday, October 11, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The entire building will be filled with Star Wars collectibles, posters, decorations and more. Dress up as your favorite SW character and enjoy the wide variety of activities for all ages, including music, crafts, books, trivia and costume contests, a movie, photo booth, and, of course, Star Wars-themed refreshments! So, don your Jedi cloak, grab your lightsaber, and put it in hyperdrive as your follow the Force to a Library (not so) far, far away.
October is National Reading Group Month
Read and Discuss!
National Reading Group Month is an initiative of the Women's National Book Association (WNBA). Founded in 1917, WNBA promotes literacy, a love of reading, and women's roles in the community of the book. The mission of National Reading Group Month is to celebrate book discussion groups and increase public awareness of the joy and value of shared reading.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
"Marriage is an adventure, like going to war." (Chesterton)
Gone Girl at the movies
Director David Fincher's film adaptation of the blockbuster novel, Gone Girl by
Gillian Flynn, arrives at the multiplex on October 3. It was shown at the New York Film Festival last weekend, amid much fanfare and hype, and reviews were generally positive. Speculation has been rife about the possibility of a changed ending, since many readers found the book's ending to be troubling, to say the least. The story, in case you've forgotten, involves the deteriorating five year marriage of Amy and Nick Dunne, both of whom share the narration in the novel - telling two different versions of their relationship. When Amy goes missing on the morning of their fifth anniversary, Nick becames the primary suspect, hounded by the police and the media. Secrets, lies, and twisted gamesmanship abound - the plot twists are riveting and truly unexpected. Nate Jones of New York magazine recommends reading or re-reading the book before seeing the movie: "Because you'll need the ending fresh in your mind." The movie stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as the sparring spouses.
2014 Carol Award Winners
Best Christian Fiction
The American Christian Fiction Writers present the Carol Awards annually to the best in Christian fiction released through traditional publishing houses in the previous calendar year. The group's purpose is "to promote Christian Fiction through developing the skills of its authors, educating them in the market, and serving as an advocate in the traditional publishing industry." ACFW has over 2600 members worldwide, consisting of authors, editors, agents, publicists and aspiring writers and was organized in 2000. The awards are named for Bethany House fiction editor, Carol Johnson, who saw the possibility for Christian based stories when she read a manuscript written by Janette Oke in the early '80's.
Debut and Contemporary Novel Category
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
Samantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others - namely, her favorite characters in literature. But life for the twenty-three-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction. An anonymous, Dickensian benefactor (calling himself Mr. Knightley) offers to put Sam through Northwestern University's prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.
When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell
In 1943, Millie Reynolds becomes the wife of veterinarian Bump Anderson and the two head from Mississippi to the Front Range of Colorado's Rocky Mountains to start up a ranch. She carries with her the secret of a traumatic past that shadows her newly married life and threatens to overwhelm her future. But she's about to discover that sometimes in life, we are given second chances.
Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock
Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on high-profile homicides. When she finds a threatening note warning her that she's about to experience the same kind of judgment that she dishes out in her blog, Cathy writes it off as mischief . . . until her brother's wife is murdered and all the "facts" point to him. Stakes rise when their brother's grieving five-year-old son is kidnapped. As police focus on the wrong set of clues, Cathy and her sisters and their battered detective friend are the only hope for solving this bizarre crime, saving the child, and freeing their brother.
A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr
In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone's search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for money, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he's joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and discover his destiny.
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!
Today is National Coffee Day
National Coffee Day is the annual event that celebrates our love for the taste, aroma, and caffeine of the beverage that starts our mornings and fuels the rest of our days. Every year on September 29, the coffee industry reminds us just how much we enjoy that cup of Joe: many java purveyors, like Caribou Coffee, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme and McDonald's will offer free cups of coffee to customers. Coffee has permeated our collective consciousness in countless ways -so grab a cup and sample a few coffee-flavored reads today.
Irish Coffee by Ralph McInerney
When a member of Notre Dame's athletic department dies and the coroner's discovery of strychnine in a cup containing the remains of coffee and bourbon points to murder, Professor Roger Knight and his PI brother Phil investigate. After one of the deceased's two fiancees turns up dead , having drunk another poisoned Irish coffee, things start to get complicated.
One Coffee With by Margaret Maron
There was more than coffee in Professor Quinn's morning coffee. Someone in the art department office had slipped in a spoonful of poison. Among the suspects are a young secretary, an enraged Hungarian maintenance man, and a colleague who had an affair with Quin's wife. NYPD detective Sigrid Harold is called in to find the killer with an artistic temperament and an aptitude for death.
The Various Flavors of Coffee by Anthony Capella
It was a cup of coffee that changed Robert Wallis's life--and a cup of very bad coffee at that. The impoverished poet is sitting in a London coffeehouse contemplating an uncertain future when he meets Samuel Pinker. The owner of Castle Coffee offers Wallace the very last thing a struggling young artiste in 19th century England could possibly want: a job. But the job Wallis accepts--employing his palate and talent for words to compose a "vocabulary of coffee" based on its many subtle and elusive flavors--is only the beginning of an extraordinary adventure.
The Coffee Trader by David Liss
Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in 1659 Amsterdam, was once among the city's most envied merchants, but has lost everything in a sudden shift in the sugar markets. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living on charity, Miguel enters into a partnership with a seductive Dutchwoman who offers him one last chance at success - a daring plot to corner the market of an astonishing new commodity called "coffee." To succeed, Miguel must risk everything he values and test the limits of his commercial guile, facing not only the chaos of the markets and the greed of his competitors, but also a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to see him ruined.
Black Coffee: a New Hercule Poirot Novel by Charles Osborne and Agatha Christie
An urgent call from physicist Sir Claud Amory sends famed detective Hercule Poirot rushing from London to a sprawling country estate. Sir Claud fears a member of his own household wants to steal a secret formula destined for the Ministry of Defense. But Poirot arrives too late. The formula is missing. Worse, Sir Claud has been poisoned by his after-dinner coffee. Poirot soon identifies a potent brew of despair, treachery, and deception amid the mansion's occupants. Now he must find the formula and the killer...