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New Resource for Readers

ALA's Book Club Central

readsjpThis week, the American Library Association launched its new resource for readers: a website with
all sorts of content for ALA Book Club Central logoboth book clubs and individuals. Called Book Club Central, it features booklists, recommendations, author interviews, discussion questions and tips for book clubs, and other news about books. No less a literary light than Sarah Jessica Parker (she played writer Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City) is serving as Honorary Chair. As honorary chair, Parker will privide a selection of recommended titles throuthout this year. Her inaugural pick, No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts, was announced during ALA's Annual conference last weekend. Parker explains that she chose this book because it "marks the arrival of a wonderfully gifted new American writer. JJ,Ava, amd Sylvia are easy characters to fall in love with, and Stephanie Powell Watts brings them to life with warmth and generosity."

 

nooneiscomingNo One is Coming to Save Usone of the most anticipated books of 2017, is about an extended African American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he's startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has. Ava is now married and desperate for a baby, though she can't seem to carry one to term. Her husband, Henry, has grown distant, frustrated by the demise of the furniture industry, which has outsourced to China and stripped the area of jobs. Ava's mother, Sylvia, caters to and meddles with the lives of those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia's unworthy but charming husband, just won't stop hanging around. JJ's return--and his plans to build a huge mansion overlooking Pinewood and woo Ava--not only unsettles their family, but stirs up the entire town. The ostentatious wealth that JJ has attained forces everyone to consider the cards they've been dealt, what more they want and deserve, and how they might go about getting it. "Ultimately, Watts offers a human tale of resilience and the universally understood drive to hang on and do whatever it takes to save oneself." (Booklist)

Oprah's New Book Club Pick

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Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue 
 

beholdthedreamersJende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty--and Jende is eager to please. Clark's wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future. However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers' facades.When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende's job--even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

As part of her announcement of the book on CBS This Morning, Oprah commented,"It's got everything that's grabbing the headlines in America right now. It's about race and class, the economy, culture, immigration and the danger of the us-versus-them mentality." Published in 2016, the book is being released in paperback today. You can visit Oprah.com/BookClub for more information.

 

 

 

Best in Sci Fi

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2017 Locus Awards

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2017 Locus Awards on June 24, during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle. The awards are presented in numerous categories to the winners of an annual readers' poll conducted by Locus Magazine, a monthly science fiction and fantasy publication based in Oakland, CA. The awards were established in 1971 as a way to provide recommendations to Hugo Awards voters. Among the categories are novels (sci fi and fantasy), first novels, novellas, novelettes, short stories, anthologies and collections, and most outlandish Hawai'ian shirt worn to the ceremony.

Winners:

deathsendScience Fiction Novel: Death's End by Cixin Liu

Fantasy Novel: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Horror Novel: The Fireman by Joe Hill

First Novel: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Anthology: The Big Book of Science Fiction edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer

Bookseller-Authors Recommend

"Summer Reading Recommendations, From 6 Novelists Who Own Bookstores"

Recently The New York Times asked six novelists who also own independent bookstores to list the books that they are recommending to their customers this summer. The six: Emma Straub, (Modern Love, the Vacationers) owner of Books Are Magic, Brooklyn; Ann Patchett (Commonwealth, State of Wonder) owner of Parnassus Books, Nashville; Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn, A Gambler's Anatomy) owner of Red Gap Books, Blue Hill, Maine; Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) owner of An Unlikely Story, Plainsville, Massachusetts; Louise Erdrich (The Round House, LaRose) owner of Birchback Books, Minneapolis; Judy Blume (In the Unlikely Event, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret) owner of Books & Books in Key West, Florida. Their picks include ficiton, non-fiction, memoirs and biographies.

Here are a few of their suggestions:

saintsforallSaints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
Nora and Theresa Flynn are twenty-one and seventeen when they leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America. Nora is the responsible sister; she's shy and serious and engaged to a man she isn't sure that she loves. Theresa is gregarious; she is thrilled by their new life in Boston and besotted with the fashionable dresses and dance halls on Dudley Street. But when Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan--a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand. Fifty years later, Nora is the matriarch of a big Catholic family with four grown children: John, a successful, if opportunistic, political consultant; Bridget, quietly preparing to have a baby with her girlfriend; Brian, at loose ends after a failed baseball career; and Patrick, Nora's favorite, the beautiful boy who gives her no end of heartache. Estranged from her sister, Theresa is a cloistered nun, living in an abbey in rural Vermont. After decades of silence, a sudden death forces Nora and Theresa to confront each other and the choices they made so long ago. “It’s fabulous and smart and feels bigger than her other books.” - Emma Straub

 

 

The Leavers by Lisa Ko
leaversOne morning, Deming Guo's mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon--and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he's ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents' desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind. Set in New York and China, The Leavers is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he's loved has been taken away--and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past. "The Leavers’ is a gritty and painful story of immigration in which the American dream is constantly re-examined alongside the Chinese dream....(one of) "this summer’s best novels.” - Ann Patchett

 

 

 

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
standarddeviationDivorcing his wife to marry his girlfriend, Audra, is the one impulsive thing Graham Cavanaugh has ever done. Audra is charming and spontaneous and fun, but life with her can be exhausting, constantly interrupted by phone calls, burdened by houseguests, and populated by old men with backpacks full of origami paper. As Graham and Audra struggle to define their marriage and raise a child with Asperger's, they decide to establish a friendship with his first wife, Elspeth. Graham isn't sure he understands why Audra longs to be friends with the woman he divorced. After all, former spouses are hard to categorize--are they enemies, old flames, or just people you know really, really well? “About a perfectly mismatched New York City couple whose son, with autistic tendencies, is an origami prodigy. Both heart-piercing and, crucially, very funny.” - Louise Erdrich

 

 

 


All Grown Up
by Jami Attenberg
allgrownupWho is Andrea Bern? When her therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she's a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it's what she leaves unsaid--she's alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed,- that feels the most true. Everyone around her seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult: her best friend, Indigo, is getting married; her brother--who miraculously seems unscathed by their shared tumultuous childhood--and sister-in-law are having a hoped-for baby; and her friend Matthew continues to wholly devote himself to making dark paintings at the cost of being flat broke. But when Andrea's niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters. “I read it twice, laughing, cringing, and even tearing up.” - Judy Blume

 

Translated Fiction

Man Booker International Prize 2017

horsewalksA Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman, translated by Jessica Cohen

On June 14, Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and chair of the Man Booker International Prize judging panel, announced the winner of this global fiction prize for work written in a language other than English, at an awards ceremony in London. The Man Booker International Prize honors both the author andt he translator of a single work translated into English with £50,000 (about $63,000).

Israeli author Grossman tells the story of the life of a stand-up comic, as revealed in the course of one evening's performance. In a little dive in a small Israeli city, Dov Greenstein, a comedian a bit past his prime, is doing a night of stand-up. In the audience is a district court justice, Avishai Lazar, whom Dov knew as a boy, along with a few others who remember Dov as an awkward, scrawny kid who walked on his hands to confound the neighborhood bullies. Gradually, as it teeters between hilarity and hysteria, Dov's patter becomes a kind of memoir, taking us back into the terrors of his childhood where we meet his beautiful mother, a Holocaust survivor in need of constant monitoring, and his punishing father, a striver who had little understanding of his creative son. Finally, recalling his week at a military camp for youth--where Lazar witnessed what would become the central event of Dov's childhood--Dov describes the indescribable while Lazar wrestles with his own part in the comedian's story of loss and survival.
Barley explained the panel's choice in a statement issued before the ceremony, "David Grossman has attempted an ambitious high-wire act of a novel, and he’s pulled it off spectacularly. We were bowled over by Grossman’s willingness to take emotional as well as stylistic risks: Every sentence counts, every word matters in this supreme example of the writer’s craft.” Library Journal's reviewer concluded, "Grossman brings real humanity to this heart-wrenching and well-written novel, offering insight into one man's psychological makeup and how society has damaged him. An excellent translation; highly recommended"

Build Up Your Summer Reading!

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Adult Summer Reading 2017 began on June 1 - 

Have you grabbed/printed your Bingo sheet
or
signed up online to create your account?


Start reading for fun and prizes.

Our program runs from June 1 to August 7

Build a Better Summer !

 

Librarian Faves for July


July 2017 LibraryReads

The top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love

library reads logo websiteThis 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 July:

                          The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

lyinggameFrom the bestselling author of the blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10a chilling new summer read.
One morning,three women in and around London--Fatima, Thea, and Isabel--receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, "I need you." The four girls had been best friends fifteen years earlier, at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. They were the misfits, notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty. Their lies were sometimes believable and sometimes flippant, but disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The complicated rules of the game were strict: no lying to each other - ever. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school's eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happened to be Kate's father). "Alternating between the past and present, Ware builds up a rock-solid cast of intriguing characters and spins a mystery that will keep readers turning pages to the end." (Publishers Weekly)

More Summer Reads

The New York Times Book Review: Summer Reading

0604 BKS Horror master768 v3This Sunday's New York Times Book Review section focuses on summer reading with lists and reviews of all kinds of recent books: thrillers, travel sagas cookbooks, graphic novels, true crime stories, nature tales, horror novels, and chronicles of the music industry. With titles like Everything is Flammable, A Single Spy, and City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris - how could anyone's summer be boring?

Summer Books with Buzz

iStock SummerReading XSmallThe Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer every year, and like cookouts, graduations,and weddings, summer reading lists and recommendations pop up as the weather warms. Media outlets, whether print, online, blog, or broadcast, create lists of best summer reads filled with non-fiction, fiction, beach reads and how-to books. The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, and more have all weighed in with selections for your summer reading pleasure. This should help you find a good book to take on vacation (or help you with your Build a Better World Bingo).

Sci Fi Winners

Nebula Award Winners Announced

nebulaawardlogoThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America recently announced the winners  of the2016 Nebula Awards for science fiction and fantasy writing. Nominees are named in the best novel, novella, novelette, short story, dramatic presentation, and young adult categories, and the voting takes place throughout March. The winners were honored at the annual SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh on May 20.

 

 

Best Novel:

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

allthebirds When Patricia Delfine was six years old, a wounded bird led her deep into the forest to the Parliament of Birds, where she met the Great Tree and was asked a question that would determine the course of her life. When Laurence Armstead was in grade school, he cobbled together a wristwatch-sized device that could send its wearer two seconds into the future. Now they're both grown up, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's ever-growing ailments. Neither Laurence nor Patricia can keep pace with the speed at which things fall apart. But something bigger than either of them, something begun deep in their childhoods, is determined to bring them together. And will. -  Booklist's reviewer was prescient back in 2016: "...Patricia and Laurence, friends, enemies, and potential lovers, are thrust into a maelstrom of world-ending change. Anders' knock-your-socks-off blend of science and magic will be a strong contender for science fiction and fantasy awards, appealing to not only genre fans but also those looking for great literary reads." (Booklist)