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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nancy Pearl’s Newest Picks

Nancy Pearl, author of the Book Lust series, has offered some new recommendations on her “Under the Radar” segment for National Public Radio (“Librarian Nancy Pearl's Picks for the Omnivorous Reader, Nov. 27, 2012”). When asked how she makes her selections, Pearl said, “I just pick some of the titles that I've most enjoyed since the last time I was on, without concern for whether they're fiction or nonfiction, genre or not, or aimed or classified as being for children or teens.”
Heft by Liz Moore
Among Others by Jo Walton
The Double Game by Dan Fesperman
Code Named Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving Thanks

On Thanksgiving at tables across the country, individuals will express gratitude for all that they value in their lives.  This year Huffington Post author and reviewer Nina Sankovitch offers her "Thanksgiving for 2012 Books" list, a variation on lists she does each year at this time.  Here are a few of the books she is thankful for in 2012:
Pure by Andrew Miller
Dead Scared by S.J. Bolton
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lincoln in Print

With Friday’s nationwide release of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” readers may be interested in which biographies of our “Great Emancipator” are considered among the best. The film is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, so that is one place to start. Bill Lucey, writing in the “Huffington Post,” polled some scholars and historians on their favorites ("The Abraham Lincoln Reading List: Recommendations and Suggestions," Nov. 13, 2012). Here are a few other well-respected bios readers may enjoy:

Lincoln by David Herbert Donald

Abraham Lincoln: A Biography by Benjamin Thomas

Lincoln at Gettysburg by Gary Wills

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Laugh Therapy

As we recover from Sandy and the election, it’s definitely time for some light reading and a laugh or two.  For some suggestions try MSNBC host Will Geist's Six Favorite Humor Books, a list recently published in This Week. Here are some of his choices and a few of our own favorites as well.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart   

Our Dumb Century by the Staff of The Onion

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Without Feathers by Woody Allen

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore