March 7, 2014
When the alien ship screamed through the solar system, it disrupted communications between the far-flung human mining ships and supply stations, and between them and Earth. But there are a few men and women who see that if Earth doesn’t wake up and pull together, the planet could be lost. Ghost Ship Cussler, Clive / Brown, Graham Waking with conflicted memories after an injury sustained while trying to rescue passengers from a sinking yacht, Kurt Austin searches for answers from a state-sponsored cybercrime ring that takes him from Monaco to North Korea. By the best-selling authors of Devil’s Gate. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood Gabaldon, Diana In her now classic novel “Outlander, “Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it “a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across centuries.” Now the story continues in “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.” Vertigo 42: A Richard Jury Mystery Grimes, Martha At Vertigo 42, a bar high above London’s financial district, Richard Jury meets Tom Williamson – a friend of a friend who is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered 17 years ago. Tess’s death was ruled accidental – a fall caused by vertigo – but Jury agrees to re-examine the case. A young girl’s fatal fall at children’s party 22 years ago at Tom and Tess’s home may be connected. After an elegantly dressed woman falls from a tower near a pub that Jury and his cronies frequent, and her estranged husband is later found dead, Jury begins to suspect that the now grown “children” from Tess’s ill-fated party are the key to solving these interwoven mysteries”— Problems With People: Stories Guterson, David The best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedars returns to his Pacific Northwest settings-and moves beyond them-in ten sharply observed, funny, and wise new stories that explore the mysteries of love, and unravel our complex desires to connect with others. A Shiver of Light Hamilton, Laurell K. I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. Legal name Meredith Gentry, because “Princess” looks so pretentious on a driver’s license. I was the first faerie princess born on American soil, but I wouldn’t be the only one for much longer. Merry Gentry, ex-private detective, now full-time princess, knew she was descended from fertility goddesses, but when she learned she was about to have triplets, she began to understand what that might mean. Infertility has plagued the high ranks of faerie for centuries. Now nobles of both courts of faerie are coming to court Merry and her men, at their home in exile in the Western Lands of Los Angeles, because they will do anything to have babies of their own. Mr. Mercedes King, Stephen In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. Stormy Persuasion Lindsey, Johanna #1 “New York Times” bestselling author Johanna Lindsey returns to the dazzlingly passionate world of the Malorys, an aristocratic family of rakehell adventurers and spirited ladies, in a thrilling new tale of unbridled desires where he will fight with all his mettle to win the right to her heart. Resistant Palmer, Michael Delivering a speech for his boss at a national conference in Atlanta, Dr. Lou Welcome takes an exclusive tour of the Centers for Disease Control and learns about the development of biological weapons before becoming enmeshed in a case involving the abduction of a leading scientist. China Dolls See, Lisa In 1938, three friends are competing for a single job as showgirl on San Francisco’s Chop Suey Circuit, the glittery underworld of all-Asian revues. Chinese American Grace has fled her Midwestern home and beatings by her father, Helen’s family has long resided in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and, crucially, Ruby is Japanese but passing for Chinese. With the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans are being interned, among them Ruby. Did one of her friends betray her? Posted by Jenifer Brown
February 24, 2014
Never fear, o adherents of Seakhawkism, I am getting this title, thanks to a nudge from Becky B.
In Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seattle Seahawks triumphed over the Denver Broncos to secure the franchise’s first championship. This commemorative edition features unique photographs and highlights from the Super Bowl in New Jersey and captures the team’s road to the title. Taking readers through every exciting moment of this historic campaign through award-winning stories and photos from the News Tribune and the Olympian, Super Hawks highlights the Seahawks’ season from their dominating win over San Francisco in the home opener to the team’s ascent to the No. 1 spot in the NFC standings to Richard Sherman’s unforgettable deflection in the final seconds of the NFC Championship Game. This keepsake also includes features on head coach Pete Carroll, quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch, Sherman, and more”accompanied by vivid color photographs every step along the way.
February 19, 2014
February 19, 2014
If you’re a fan of The Office, B. J. Novak needs no introduction as an actor, but as an author he is debuting at the number 4 spot on the New York Times hardcover fiction list for Sunday February 23. His new book One More Thing, a quite long series of quite short essays and vignettes, is full of quirky “insight” into his world. It seems a perfect standby for bus stops and waiting rooms. I have a pristine ARC for the first to comment.
“B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes–only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins–turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We also meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just. down. Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might just make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader”– Provided by publisher.
January 29, 2014
The Reference and User Services Association publishes a list of notables books for adults and we have the title information for 2014, thanks to Terry Beck and Nancy Messenger. The RUSA website should be publishing these soon as well. As the site explains,
Since 1944, the goal of the Notable Books Council has been to make available to the nation’s readers a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader.
The list includes some exceptional literature. I’m posting the fiction and non-fiction here. Many of these titles are book kits as well, or likely will be soon. I am purchasing at least two copies of the audio of each title if we didn’t already own it and can acquire it.
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah. Knopf.
Atkinson, Kate. Life After Life. Reagan Arthur Books.
Danticat, Edwidge. Claire of the Sea Light. Knopf.
Garey, Juliann. Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See. Random House.
Harding, Paul. Enon. Random House.
Jansma, Kristopher. Unchangeable Spots of Leopards. Viking.
Koch, Herman. The Dinner. Hogarth.
Marra, Anthony. Constellation of Vital Phenomena. Hogarth.
Messud, Claire. The Woman Upstairs. Knopf.
Ozeki, Ruth. Tale for the Time Being. Viking.
Tartt, Donna. Goldfinch. Little, Brown.
Anderson, Scott. Lawrence in Arabia. Doubleday.
Baruma, Ian. Year Zero. Penguin.
Basbanes, Nicholas. On Paper: the Everything of its Two-Thousand Year History. Knopf.
Beam, Cris. To the End of June: the Intimate Life of American Foster Care. Houghton Mifflin.
Brown, Daniel. Boys in the Boat. Viking.
Fink, Sheri. Five Days at Memorial. Crown.
Fox, Margalit. The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest. HarperCollins.
Garfield, Simon. On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks. Gotham Books.
Hilburn, Robert. Johnny Cash: The Life. Little, Brown.
Koerner, Brendan I. The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking. Crown.
Schlosser, Eric. Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. Penguin Press.
Solnit, Rebecca. The Faraway Nearby. Viking.
January 28, 2014
Thanks to Jane Lopez-Santillana’s alert antennae, I just became aware of a series of Spanish GED prep test books for the new test. This first round will be the Steck-Vaughn series of subject workbooks from Houghton Mifflin to be published mid-February. I’m hoping there may soon be other options as well. They are now in the pipeline to be ordered. Prodding about this important information need has been most appreciated and remains welcome.
January 27, 2014
2014 Newbery and Caldecott Winners Announced
The winners have been announced and Sno-Isle Libraries has them available for our customers to check out!
2014 Newberry winner:
Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
Newbery Medal Home Page: link to: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal
2014 Caldecott winner:
Locomotive illustrated and written by Brian Floca
Caldecott Meal Home Page: link to: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal
2014 Printz Award:
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature: link to: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz
For a list of all of the award winners and honor books see:
- Publishers Weekly: link to: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/60805-dicamillo-floca-sedgwick-win-newbery-caldecott-printz.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=8b85f51fe9-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-8b85f51fe9-304494213
- CNN: link to: http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/27/living/newbery-caldecott-awards-2014-kate-dicamillo-books/
Congratulations to all of the winners.
Posting by Lorraine