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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Editors’ Picks

While the year is only half over, Amazon’s editors have already selected their favorite new books in 2013 ("Best Books of the Year So Far 2013: Top 20"). At the top of their list is Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life followed by Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed. Other books among the top 20 are below. They are popular, or soon will be once they all arrive in the library, so place your holds now.

Joyland by Stephen King

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer Chapter Books

The library launched its Summer Reading Program yesterday. In addition to the reading lists gathered by our library staff, book buyer Jordan B. Nielsen recently published a list of new chapter books that might appeal to middle-school-age kids. ("New Chapter Books for their Summer Reading List," Huffington Post, June 12, 2013). Here are a few of her selections:

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Summer Meditations

Summer reading doesn’t always have to be “brain popcorn,” writes NPR Books contributor Rachel Syme ("Moments of Truth: Six Memoirs Written From the Heart," May 30, 2013). “Lately, I find that I want my summer reading material to match my buzzing mind,” she adds, “And for that kind of constant engagement, I turn to memoir.” She does recommend, however, packing Kleenex for the eloquent chronicles below.

After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

Give Me Everything You Have by James Lasdun

Shocked by Patricia Volk

Her by Christa Parravani

Friday, June 07, 2013

Cold War Spies

The art of espionage has gone hi-tech recently in ways James Bond would never have imagined.  But, perhaps its finest moments were during the Cold War (1947-1991) and some great fiction has captured the intrigue of that era.  Here are samples from a list of "10 of the Greatest Cold War Spy Novels” compiled by Flavorwire.   
From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
The Ipcress File by Len Deighton
Ice Station Zebra by Alistair MacLean
The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré