April 14, 2014
This year’s Pulitzer Awards for excellence in journalism and the arts have just been announced. Click here for the main announcements page.
We own all of the literary awards except the poetry prize winner. I am reproducing those below.
Tartt, Donna. The Goldfinch. Little, Brown, and Company, 2013.
The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend’s family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art”– Provided by publisher.
Taylor, Alan. The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832. W. W. Norton & Company, 2013.
Drawn from new sources, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian presents a gripping narrative that recreates the events that inspired hundreds of slaves to pressure British admirals into becoming liberators by using their intimate knowledge of the countryside to transform the war.
Marshall, Megan. Margaret Fuller: A New American Life. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Explores the life and career of the 19th-century American journalist, intellectual, and advocate of personal liberation.The author tells the story of how Fuller, tired of Boston, accepted Horace Greeley’s offer to be the New-York Tribune’s front-page columnist. The move unleashed a crusading concern for the urban poor and the plight of prostitutes, and a late-in-life hunger for passionate experience. In Italy as a foreign correspondent, Fuller took a secret lover, a young officer in the Roman Guard; she wrote dispatches on the brutal 1849 Siege of Rome; and she gave birth to a son. Yet, when all three died in a shipwreck off Fire Island shortly after Fuller‘s fortieth birthday, the sense and passion of her life‘s work were eclipsed by tragedy and scandal. Marshall’s inspired account brings anAmerican heroine back to indelible life. –from inside jacket.
Recounts the decades-long saga of the New Jersey seaside town plagued by childhood cancers caused by air and water pollution due to the indiscriminate dumping of toxic chemicals.
April 7, 2014
April 3, 2014
Just a quick note of reassurance for your group leaders about book kits:
When we make a kit inactive because it is older and we want to “retire” it but it still has future pending reservations, the kit is no longer visible in the reservation system. The existing reservations will be honored, however, and if leaders with accounts go into My Reservations they will still see the reservation there.
March 20, 2014
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.