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
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