Man Booker Prize announced

October 15, 2014

Richard Flanagan of Australia has received the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 for his novel The narrow road to the deep north.

The narrow road to the deep north

 

Here is the announcement from PW.

This was the first year that any English language fiction title was eligible.  The resulting controversy concerned Commonwealth countries being overlooked.  Flanagan talks about this in the Guardian announcement. A winner from Australia should slow down this discussion for this year.

Sno-Isle owns all for formats of this title except 3M ebook which Darren is purchasing.

Becky

 

 

 

 

 

 

November Library Reads

October 13, 2014

Click here for complete list.

 

The Favorite

David NicUs : a novelholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his enormously popular New York Times bestseller, One Day, to a compellingly human, deftly funny new novel about what holds marriages and families together–and what happens, and what we learn about ourselves, when everything threatens to fall apart. Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that, against all odds, seduces beautiful Connie into a second date. and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades after their relationship first blossomed in London, they live more or less happily in the suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. The timing couldn’t be worse. Hoping to encourage her son’s artistic interests, Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family, and she can’t bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead with the original plan is forthe best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie. Narrated from Douglas’s endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic pointof view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger. Us is a moving meditation on the demands of marriage and parenthood, the regrets of abandoning youth for middle age, and the intricate relationship between the heart and the head. And in David Nicholls‘s gifted hands, Douglas’s odyssey brings Europe–from the streets of Amsterdam to the famed museums of Paris, from the cafe’s of Venice to the beaches of Barcelona–to vivid life just as he experiences a powerful awakening of his own. Will this summer be his last as a husband, or the moment when he turns his marriage, and maybe even his whole life, around? –
Provided by publisher.
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover : The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels  Lives in Ruins : Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble  Mortal heart  The ship of brides : a novel  The Forgers  In the Company of Sherlock Holmes : Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon  Jane and the twelve days of Christmas : being a Jane Austen mystery  Mermaids in Paradise

One of the authors who came to Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Trade Show was Alix Christie, a journalist and printer formerly of B. C. and now living in London. Her new book, Gutenberg’s Apprentice, covers the very origin of the printed word in Johann Gutenberg’s workshop in Mainz in the early 1450’s.  Surprisingly, this moment in history seems to have gotten little attention from fiction writers, but Christie brings it to life.  Most of the story is told from the point of view of Peter Schoeffer, who is, yes, Gutenberg’s apprentice.  The cutthroat business dealings between merchants of the time, the guilds and their intrigue and secrecy, and the religious anxiety of the time due to the fall of Constantinople play a large part in the backdrop of the invention of the printing press.  Convincingly, Christie describes Schoeffer’s personal change of attitude from that of proud scribe bristling at the cheapening of the sacred act of writing to an embrace of his new industry.  Part of the book is told from his point of view as an old man, when some were bemoaning the proliferation of conspiracy theories, rhetoric, and the economic disruption made possible by a new technology. (Remind you of any other time?).  Christie told us she had handled one of the few existing copies of the Gutenberg Bible (in Latin, since other translations were not allowed).  Far from this damaging them, this is good for the bibles as they’re printed on vellum not paper.

I’m adding a giveaway copy to the collection so the wait would not be long if interested.  The cover is particularly gorgeous.

 

Summary: An enthrallinGutenberg's apprentice : a novelg literary debut that evokes one of the most momentous events in history, the birth of printing in medieval Germany–a story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal. Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, the wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corruption- riddled, feud-plagued Mainz to meet “a most amazing man.” Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, has devised a revolutionary–and, to some, blasphemous–method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. Fust is financing Gutenberg’s workshop, and he orders Peter to become Gutenberg’s apprentice. Resentful at having to abandon a prestigious career as a scribe, Peter begins his education in the “darkest art.” As his skill grows, so too does his admiration for Gutenberg and his dedication to their daring venture: printing copies of the Holy Bible. But when outside forces align against them, Peter finds himself torn between two father figures–the generous Fust and the brilliant, mercurial Gutenberg, who inspires Peter to achieve his own mastery. Caught between the genius and the merchant, the old ways and the new, Peter and the men he admires must work together to prevail against overwhelming obstacles in a battle that will change history . . . and irrevocably transform them all.

 

Annotations from Baker & Taylor or Ingram
Listed by Author

       

Die Again: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
Gerritsen, Tess
When Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are summoned to a crime scene, they find a killing worthy of the most ferocious beast—right down to the claw marks on the corpse. But only the most sinister human hands could have left renowned big-game hunter and taxidermist Leon Gott gruesomely displayed like the once-proud animals whose heads adorn his walls. Did Gott unwittingly awaken a predator more dangerous than any he’s ever hunted?

Rain on the Dead
Higgins, Jack
On a dark summer night, two Chechen mercenaries emerge from the waters off Nantucket to kill a high-value target, the former president of the United States, Jake Cazalet. Unfortunately for them, Cazalet has guests with him, including black ops specialist Sean Dillon and his colleague, Afghan war hero Captain Sara Gideon.

Saint Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel
Koontz, Dean R.
Odd Thomas is back where it all started . . . because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them—as he’s borne witness to humanity’s greatest good and darkest evil. Again and again, he has gone where he must and done what he had to do—for better or worse—with his courage and devotion sorely tested, and his soul forever changed. Every triumph has been hard won. Each sacrifice has taken its toll.

Trust No One
Krentz, Jayne Ann
Following up on the incredible success of River Road, New York Times-bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz delivers another masterpiece of romantic suspense. It’s no coincidence when Grace Elland finds a vodka bottle next to the lifeless body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon. The bottle is a terrifying-and deliberate-reminder of the horrors of her past.

Insatiable Appetites
Woods, Stuart
It’s a time of unexpected change for Stone Barrington. A recent venture has achieved a great victory, but is immediately faced with a new challenge: an underhanded foe who’s determined to wreak havoc at any cost. Meanwhile, when Stone finds himself responsible for distributing the estate of a respected friend and mentor, the process unearths secrets that range from merely surprising to outright alarming. And when a lethal beauty from Stone’s past resurfaces, there’s no telling what chaos will follow in her wake . .

Posted by Jenifer Brown

This has just been added to the reservation system.

 

The Museum of Extraordinary Things : a novel

The daughter of a Coney Island boardwalk curiosities museum‘s front man pursues an impassioned love affair with a Russian immigrant photographer who after fleeing his Lower East Side Orthodox community has captured poignant images of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
“An extraordinarily imaginative and immersive novel, this one set in New York from 1911-1925″– Provided by publisher.

 

Please comment to claim. Many thanks!

 

Stein, Garth. A Sudden Light. Simon & Schuster.  

When a boy A sudden light : a noveltries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain. In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel–who is flickering in and out of dementia–to a graduated living facility, sell offthe house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company.The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future. A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family’s struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and hisrare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

Doughty, Caitlin. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. W. W. Norton. 

Smoke gets in your eyes : and other lessons from the crematory

The blogger behind the popular Web series Ask a Mortician describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes.

Book Discussion Kits OCT 2014

September 22, 2014

The book discussion kit collection is going strong with several new editions.  Thanks to the Sno-Isle Foundation for its committed support to the program!  I don’t believe I got Going Clear onto the last announcement. My apologies.

 

Broken HarborFrench, Tana.  Broken Harbor.

In the aftermath of a brutal attack that left a woman in intensive care and her husband and young children dead, brash cop Scorcher Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, struggle with perplexing clues and Scorcher’s haunting memories of a shattering incident from his childhood.

 

 

 

 

 

The fault in our stars

Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars.

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

 

 

 

 

 

Going clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief

Wright, Lawrence. Going Clear.  [Already in reservation system]

Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists–both famous and less well known–and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative skills to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology: its origins in the imagination of science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard; its struggles to find acceptance as a legitimate (and legally acknowledged) religion; its vast, secret campaign to infiltrate the U.S. government; its vindictive treatment of critics; its phenomenal wealth; and its dramatic efforts to grow and prevail after the death of Hubbard”–From publisher description.

 

 

 

 

Lexicon

Barry, Max.  Lexicon.

Emily Ruff belongs to a secretive, influential organization whose “poets” can break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. Then she makes a catastrophic mistake and falls in love with Wil Jamieson who holds the key to a secret war between rival factions of “poets.” In order to survive, Wil must journey to the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, as the world crashes toward a Tower of Babel event which would leave all language meaningless.

 

 

 

 

Love is a canoe

Schrank, Ben. Love Is a Canoe.

Peter Herman is something of a folk hero. Marriage Is a Canoe , his legendary, decades-old book on love and relationships, has won the hearts of hope­ful romantics and desperate cynics alike. He and his beloved wife lived a relatively peaceful life in upstate New York. But now it’s 2010, and Peter’s wife has just died. Completely lost, he passes the time with a woman he admires but doesn’t love–and he begins to look back through the pages of his book and question hom­ilies such as: A good marriage is a canoe–it needs care and isn’t meant to hold too much–no more than two adults and a few kids. It’s advice he has famously doled out for decades. But what is it worth? Then Peter receives a call from Stella Petrovic, an ambitious young editor who wants to celebrate the fif­tieth anniversary of Marriage Is a Canoe with a contest for struggling couples. The prize? An afternoon with Peter and a chance to save their relationship.

 

 

 

Stuff : compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things

Frost, Randy. Stuff.

With vivid portraits that show us the traits by which you can identify a hoarder,Frost and Steketee explain the causes and outline the often ineffective treatments for the disorder while illuminating the pull that possessions exert on all of us.

 

 

 

 

 

A tale for the time beingOzeki, Ruth.  A Tale for the Time Being.

A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.” In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace–and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox–possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

 

The Thing About DecemberRyan, Donal.  The Thing About December.

While the Celtic Tiger rages, and greed becomes the norm, Johnsey Cunliffe desperately tries to hold on to the familiar, even as he loses those who all his life have protected him from a harsh world. Following the deaths first of his father and then his mother, Johnsey inherits the family farm, and a healthy bank account, both of which he proves incapable of managing on his own. Village bullies and scheming land-grabbers stand in his way, no matter where he turns. Though companionship, and the promise of love, enter his life as a result of a hospital stay following a brutal beating, Johnsey remains a lonely man struggling to keep up with a world that moves faster than he does. Set over the course of one year of Johnsey Cunliffe’s life, The Thing About December breathes with Johnsey’s bewilderment, humor and agonizing self-doubt. Readers will fall in love with Johnsey in a bittersweet tale that serves as a poignant reminder that we are surrounded in life by simple souls who are nonetheless more insightful and wise than we realize, or can even imagine.

 

 

 

The tilted worldFranklin, Tom.  The Tilted World.

In 1927, as the Mississippi River threatens to burst its banks and engulf all in its path, two federal revenue agents investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents on the trail of a local bootlegger.

 

 

 

 

 

We need to talk about Kevin

Shriver, Lionel.  We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Eva never really wanted to be a mother¿and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin¿s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.

 

 

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