January 23, 2014
The TargetBaldacci, David The highly skilled assassin who brought in a rogue assassin The Hit and who became a target himself when he refused a mission in The Innocent returns for his third adventure in the best-selling series. Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel Barr, Nevada Testing outdoor sporting equipment designed for a disabled companion, U.S. Park Services ranger Anna Pigeon returns from a solo outing to discover that her fellow campers have been abducted. By the best-selling author of The Rope. Chestnut Street Binchy, Maeve A story written in stages throughout the best-selling author’s career traces the experiences of diverse characters that revolve around Chestnut Street. By the author of Tara Road. Cavendon Hall Bradford, Barbara Taylor A tale spanning 16 years in Edwardian England finds the centuries-long relationship between the aristocratic Inghams and the Swann family who serves them tested by the outbreak of World War I. By the award-winning author of A Woman of Substance. I’ve Got You Under My Skin Clark, Mary Higgins Five years after her husband’s murder, Laurie Moran, an award-winning TV producer and single mother, starts filming a new “cold case” series in which four women involved in the unsolved murder of a wealthy Westchester matron reunite to recreate the scene of the crime–along with the real killer. Natchez Burning Iles, Greg Penn Cage must investigate when his father, a beloved family doctor and pillar of the community, is accused of murdering Violet Davis, the beautiful nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the early 1960s. Live to See Tomorrow Johansen, Iris When her mentor, Hu Chang, tasks her with rescuing an imprisoned journalist in Tibet, shadowy CIA Operative Catherine Ling is pitted against a man so vile that she wonders if she is being used as a pawn in a game of revenge that is not hers to play. The Last Bride Lewis, Beverly Eloping with the man she loves in spite of her father’s disapproval, Amish woman Tessie Miller poses as a single woman and keeps her marriage a secret until an unexpected challenge threatens the couple with censure. By the Christy Award-winning author of The Brethren. Night Diver Lowell, Elizabeth Returning to the Caribbean island of St. Vincent to help save her family’s treasure-hunting business, financial expert Kate Donnelly must form an uneasy alliance with British military diver Holden Cameron when equipment, treasure and even divers start disappearing into the depths of the ocean. A Family Affair Michaels, Fern A young dancer finds an unexpected partner, and finally is able to live according to her heart. A Sensible Arrangement Peterson, Tracie Answering an advertisement to become a mail-order bride to troubled young banker Jake, Marty leaves her Texas ranch for a new home in Denver, where the couple navigates societal dynamics and economic threats while Jake realizes that he misses ranching life. Otherwise Engaged Quick, Amanda Barely escaping a would-be abductor who has left a trail of victims in his wake, world traveler Miss Amity Doncaster discovers that her attacker has become obsessed with gossip that ties Amity to scientist Benedict Stanbridge, a spy for the throne who resolves to bring the killer to justice. The Collector Roberts, Nora Witnessing an apparent murder-suicide during a job, professional house-sitter Lila Emerson is recruited by the alleged perpetrator’s brother, talented artist Ashton Archer, to help uncover what really happened. By the best-selling author of Whiskey Beach. Keep Quiet Scottoline, Lisa When they are involved in a terrible car accident, Jake Whitmore makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies and secrecy where a dangerous enemy comes forward threatening to expose them. All Fall Down Weiner, Jennifer Struggling with the demands of her job, distant husband, spoiled daughter and Alzheimer’s patient father, Allison becomes addicted to painkillers and lands in rehab, where amid fellow inpatients she confronts incompatible recovery techniques, barely trained counselors and her own denial. By the best-selling author of In Her Shoes. Carnal Curiosity Woods, Stuart Investigating a series of clever crimes targeting Manhattan’s elite, Stone and Dino are drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud only to discover that the mastermind behind the incidents may have intimate ties to Stone. By the Edgar Award-winning author of Chiefs. Posted by Jenifer Brown
January 6, 2014
The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association have posted their 2014 book awards. All of the authors are local to the Pacific Northwest. The winners are:
Wrigley, Robert. Anatomy of melancholy and other poems
Martin, Emily. Dream animals : a bedtime journey
Sacco, Joe. The great war : July1, 1916 : the first day of the battle of the Somme : an illustrated panorama
Cook, Langdon. The mushroom hunters : on the trail of an underground America
Ozeki, Ruth. A tale for the time being
Walter, Jess. We live in water : stories
Further information can be found on PNBA website.
Posted by Becky
January 3, 2014
The GED test has been completely changed as of starting January 1, 2014. Any GED test guides that refer to the old test are no longer accurate or useful. I am pulling in all of the older titles to remove them from the collection. At the same time, I am moving holds to newer editions, or, if no newer edition is available, canceling the hold and notifying the customer.
New editions of print study guides have been somewhat delayed. I have ordered everything I can find that meets our selection criteria. For now, we have in the collection How to prepare for the GED test. (Barron’s)
We have on order (still to come):
Peterson’s Master the GED (due in February)
Princeton Review, Cracking the GED (due in July)
GED for dummies : Premier Edition (due in April)
GED Test Preparation (due in April)
Kaplan New GED (will be here soon)
Pass key to the GED (will be here soon)
People working on their GED were strongly encouraged to complete it before December 31, 2013. Partially completed tests do not carry over to the new test. I think this will create something of a lull for the new test-takers, giving us time for the new test books to come in to the system.
Posted by Becky
January 2, 2014
Publisher’s Weekly announced that Kate DiCamillo will be named the country’s fourth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature at the Library of Congress on January 10th. During her tw0-year term, DiCamillo plans to promote the idea of community reading with her platform, “Stories Connect Us.”
Previous Ambassadors were: John Scieszka, Katherine Paterson and Walter Dean Myers.
Posting by Lorraine
January 2, 2014
A staff member in Community Libraries reminded me that we had not posted the list of titles added to the Best Bets collection in December. I apologize for the delay. You should see these (or have a memory of them!) on your displays:
|Takedown Twenty||Evanovich, Janet||FIC EVANOVI|
|Gods of Guilty||Connelly, Michael||FIC CONNELL|
|Ender’s Game||Card, Orson Scott||FIC CARD|
|Hild||Griffith, Nicola||FIC GRIFFIT|
|We Are Water||Lamb, Wally||FIC LAMB|
|Things That Matter||Krauthammer, Charles||973.93 KRAUTHA|
|My Story||Smart, Elizabeth||BIO SMART SMART|
|Champion||Lu, Marie||TEEN LU|
|Curtsies & conspiracies||Carriger, Gail||TEEN CARRIGE|
|Emerald green||Gier, Kerstin||TEEN GIER|
|Last Olympian||Riordan, Rick||TEEN RIORDAN|
|Michael Vey. , Battle of the Ampere||Evans, Richard Paul||TEEN EVANS|
|Big Nate. I can’t take it!||Peirce, Lincoln||J PEIRCE|
|Cool creations in 35 pieces||Kenney, Sean||on order|
|Hard luck||Kinney, Jeff||J KINNEY|
|Revenge of the lizard club||Stilton, Thea||J STILTON|
|Surprise attack of Jabba the Puppett||Angleberger, Tom||J ANGLEBE|
|Tales from a not-so-talented pop star||Russell, Rachel Renee||J RUSSELL|
|Totally cool creations||Kenney, Sean||on order|
December 30, 2013
Here’s a new batch of book discussion titles courtesy of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, with more to come.
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Andy Barber has been an ADA in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But after a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.
The Dinner by Herman Koch
An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives–all over the course of one meal.
An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage
The bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses brilliantly charts how foods have transformed human culture through the ages. Throughout history, food has acted as a catalyst of social change, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes–caused, enabled, or influenced by food–has helped to shape and transform societies around the world. The first civilizations were built on barley and wheat in the Near East, millet and rice in Asia, corn and potatoes in the Americas. Why farming created a strictly ordered social hierarchy in contrast to the loose egalitarianism of hunter-gatherers is, as Tom Standage reveals, as interesting as the details of the complex cultures that emerged, eventually interconnected by commerce. Trade in exotic spices in particular spawned the age of exploration and the colonization of the New World. Food’s influence over the course of history has been just as prevalent in modern times. In the late eighteenth century, Britain’s solution to food shortages was to industrialize and import food rather than grow it. Food helped to determine the outcome of wars: Napoleon’s rise and fall was intimately connected with his ability to feed his vast armies. In the twentieth century, Communist leaders employed food as an ideological weapon, resulting in the death by starvation of millions in the S oviet Union and China. And today the foods we choose in the supermarket connect us to global debates about trade, development, the environment, and the adoption of new technologies. Encompassing many fields, from genetics and archaeology to anthropology and economics–and invoking food as a special form of technology– An Edible History of Humanity is a fully satisfying discourse on the sweep of human history.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
“They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose. Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life–steady boyfriend, close family–who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life–big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel–and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy–but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A Love Story for this generation, Me Before Youbrings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common–a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? “– Provided by publisher.
Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES – #1 “NEW YORK TIMES “BESTSELLER With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424–one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance.
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
National Book Award Winner One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared. While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning. Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction. Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, the comic, a spirit world very much present in the lives of her all-too-human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today.
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
A stunning debut reminiscent of the beloved novels of John Hart and Tom Franklin, A Land More Kind Than Home is a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can’t help sneaking a look at something he’s not supposed to–an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess’s. It’s a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he’s not prepared. While there is much about the world that still confuses him, he now knows that a new understanding can bring not only a growing danger and evil–but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance as well. Told by three resonant and evocative characters–Jess; Adelaide Lyle, the town midwife and moral conscience; and Clem Barefield, a sheriff with his own painful past–A Land More Kind Than Home is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all. These are masterful portrayals, written with assurance and truth, and they show us the extraordinary promise of this remarkable first novel.
A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee
What do we really want when we ask for forgiveness? Ben, a partner in a prestigious law firm, has become unpredictable at work and withdrawn at home. The change weighs heavily on his wife, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in one afternoon, Ben’s recklessness takes an alarming turn, and everything the Armsteads have built together unravels. As she is confronted with the biggest case of her career, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara’s increasingly distant behavior, Helen must face the limits of accountability and her own capacity for forgiveness.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. The arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction. A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family. In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation. Beautiful and devastating, Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is wondrous from first to last–glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life. An emotionally transfixing page-turner, a searing portrait of striving in the face of insurmountable adversity, an indelible encounter with the resilience of the human spirit and the driving force of the American dream.