It was revealed that some of the Oyster team will move to Google, fueling speculation that Google has acquired Oyster and might be angling for a subscription service of its own—a possibility that has tantalized industry observers. But sources said that Google has no immediate plans for an e-book subscription service, and that the company worked a deal to pick up some of Oyster’s talent, and to otherwise “soften the blow” from its failure.
October 8, 2015
Svetlana Alexievich, a journalist from Belarus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature today. She is known for her collections of oral history. Two titles are available in English. We own Voices from Chernobyl: the oral history of a nuclear disaster. I am buying more copies. I am purchasing Zinky boys: Soviet voices from the Afghanistan War. We will watch to see if her other books are issued in English.
<p>BBC America has a good article on Alexievich.
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October 8, 2015
The list is out and includes some really interesting selections, including one (The Muralist) that had gotten so-so professional reviews but has clearly been well-received among the library world’s advance readers. We had also not ordered The Girl with Ghost Eyes much in advance but those two are being ordered now in print (thanks, Acquisitions!) and we’ll attend to formats. The “favorite” is indeed an affecting read by a beloved author, Isabel Allende, who in spite of being fluent in English and living in the US for decades still prefers to write in Spanish first and have her books translated. She explains why on her website. By the way, did you know her uncle was Salvador Allende, the Chilean President deposed by Pinochet on September 11th, 1973? Such an experience could be part of the explanation for her penchant for resilient characters.
We do have an ARC of the Muralist if someone is interested. Please comment to claim and we’ll get it to you but it may take some days.
From New York Times and internationally bestselling author Isabel Allende, an exquisitely crafted love story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War. In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family-like thousands of other Japanese Americans-are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world. Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the elderly woman and her grandson, Seth, at San Francisco’s charmingly eccentric Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, eventually learning about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years. Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover explores questions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the unknowable impact of fate on our lives. Written with the same attention to historical detail and keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende has been known for since her landmark first novel The House of the Spirits , The Japanese Lover is a profoundly moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change.
September 28, 2015
There has been a lot of talk about how ebook use is no longer climbing, perhaps even sliding.
A recent New York Times article “The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip and Print Is Far From Dead” was widely disseminated and print readers rejoiced.
Fortune Magazine disagrees. Their article says traditional publishers ebooks are slipping, partly because of publishers are maintaining high prices. Self-published titles continue to grow.
A recent blog posting by the Goodereader says Libraries Report 2015 Has Been the Best Year Ever for e-Books .The problem continue to be libraries keeping up with the high price of ebooks for libraries compared to the price of ebooks for individuals and price of print books.
Since I buy the adult Overdrive books, I glad to hear the ebook use in libraries is still growing. We know it is for Sno-Isle.
Posted by Becky
September 28, 2015
From this morning’s Publishers Weekly feed, word comes that Oyster, the Netflix of eBooks, will end operations in 2016.
After Oyster, What’s Next for E-book Subscriptions?
After one of the industry’s most buzzed-about upstarts announced this week that it is shutting down, questions have mounted about the viability of e-book subscription services. Oyster—billed as the Netflix of books—confirmed last week that it will cease operations sometime in 2016.
September 21, 2015
After a visit from David Glenn last Thursday, we have a few more ARC’s from Penguin/Random House, including David Mitchell’s Slade House, due out next month. Also, we would like to offer a galley for A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, a deep, emotional investment of a reading experience, which has made the Man Booker shortlist. This is the second year the Booker has been open to any English language writer publishing in the UK. Yanagihara joins Anne Tyler to represent the US on this year’s shortlist.
OK, What is left [sorry for confusing comment string] – the Murderer’s Daughter.
Yanagihara, Hanya. A Little Life.
Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light. Truly an amazement–and a great gift for its publisher. When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome–but that will define his life forever. In rich and resplendent prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.
Mitchell, David. Slade House.
By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas | A Publishers Weekly Literary Fiction Top 10 Pick for Fall 2015 Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door. Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents–an odd brother and sister–extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . . Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story–as only David Mitchell could imagine it. Advance praise for Slade House “I gulped down this novel in a single evening. Intricately connected to David Mitchell’s previous books, this compact fantasy burns with classic Mitchellian energy. Painstakingly imagined and crackling with narrative velocity, it’s a Dracula for the new millennium, a Hansel and Gretel for grownups, a reminder of how much fun fiction can be.” –Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize “Plants died, milk curdled, and my children went slightly feral as I succumbed to the creepy magic of David Mitchell’s Slade House . It’s a wildly inventive, chilling, and–for all its otherworldliness–wonderfully human haunted house story. I plan to return to its clutches quite often.” –Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl and The Grownup “David Mitchell doesn’t break rules so much as prove them inhibitors to lively, intelligent fiction. Slade House is a fractal offshoot of his remarkable The Bone Clocks, an eerie haunted-house tale that takes as much from quantum mechanics as from traditional supernatural lore, a spellbinding chiller about an unnatural greed for life and the arrogance of power.” –Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author “What can’t David Mitchell do? Slade House is a page-burning, read-in-one-sitting, at times terrifying novel that does for the haunted-house story what Henry James did for the ghost story in The Turn of the Screw .” –Adam Johnson, author of Fortune Smiles and The Orphan Master’s Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize “David Mitchell has long been acknowledged as one of the finest–if not the finest–literary minds of his generation, but he’s also one of the most suspenseful, and he proves it in every gripping, vertiginous setpiece.” –Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Horns “Sharp, fast, flat-out spooky, Slade House is such a hypnotic read that you are likely to miss your subway stop in order to keep reading. And by you, I mean me.” –Daniel Handler, New York Times bestselling author of the Lemony Snicket series.
Kellerman, Jonathan. The Murderer’s Daughter.
From the #1 “New York Times” bestselling creator of the acclaimed Alex Delaware series comes a tour de force standalone novel that illustrates perfectly why Jonathan Kellerman has justly earned his reputation as a master of the psychological thriller (“People”). A brilliant, deeply dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars: Only five years old when she witnessed her parents deaths in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her fierce intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But even as an adult with an accomplished professional life, Grace still has a dark, secret side. When her two worlds shockingly converge, Grace’s harrowing past returns with a vengeance. Both Grace and her newest patient are stunned when they recognize each other from a recent encounter. Haunted by his bleak past, mild-mannered Andrew Toner is desperate for Grace’s renowned therapeutic expertise and more than willing to ignore their connection. And while Grace is tempted to explore his case, which seems to eerily echo her grim early years, she refuses a decision she regrets when a homicide detective appears on her doorstep. An evil she thought she’d outrun has reared its head again, but Grace fears that a police inquiry will expose her double life. Launching her own personal investigation leads her to a murderously manipulative foe, one whose warped craving for power forces Grace back into the chaos and madness she’d long ago fled. Praise for Jonathan Kellerman Kellerman’s psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix. ” Los Angeles Times” “” Kellerman doesn’t just write psychological thrillers he owns the genre. ” Detroit Free Press””
Makos, Adam. Devotion.
For readers of Unbroken comes an unforgettable tale of courage from America’s “forgotten war” in Korea, by the New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call. Devotion tells the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the Marines they fought to defend. A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy’s first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn’t even serve him in a bar. While much of America remained divided by segregation, Jesse and Tom joined forces as wingmen in Fighter Squadron 32. Adam Makos takes us into the cockpit as these bold young aviators cut their teeth at the world’s most dangerous job–landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier–a line of work that Jesse’s young wife, Daisy, struggles to accept. Deployed to the Mediterranean, Tom and Jesse meet the Fleet Marines, boys like PFC “Red” Parkinson, a farm kid from the Catskills. In between war games in the sun, the young men revel on the Riviera, partying with millionaires and even befriending the Hollywood starlet Elizabeth Taylor. Then comes the war no one expected, in faraway Korea. Devotion takes us soaring overhead with Tom and Jesse, and into the foxholes with Red and the Marines as they battle a North Korean invasion. As the fury of the fighting escalates and the Marines are cornered at the Chosin Reservoir, Tom and Jesse fly, guns blazing, to try and save them. When one of the duo is shot down behind enemy lines and pinned in his burning plane, the other faces an unthinkable choice: watch his friend die or attempt history’s most audacious one-man rescue mission. A tug-at-the-heartstrings tale of bravery and selflessness, Devotion asks: How far would you go to save a friend? Advance praise for Devotion “My great respect for Tom Hudner knows no bounds. He is a true hero; and in reading this book, you will understand why I feel that way.” –President George H. W. Bush “This is aerial drama at its best–fast, powerful, and moving.” –Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake “Lovingly rendered and meticulously researched, here is a tale of true friendship across the racial divide. Though it concerns a famously cold battle in the Korean War, make no mistake: Devotion will warm your heart.” –Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice “At last, the Korean War has its epic, a story that will stay with you long after you close this book.” –Eric Blehm, New York Times bestselling author of Fearless and Legend
September 17, 2015
Courtesy of Sno-Isle Foundation funds and Reader’s Advisory Team and Circulation efforts. These are now in the reservation system.
Part Wild by Ceiridwen Terrill.
An “introspective and lyrical” ( Booklist ) memoir about a woman and her wolfdog hybrid-a powerful combination of storytelling and science that is as informative as it is moving. When Ceiridwen Terrill adopts a wolfdog-part husky, part gray wolf- named Inyo to be her protector and fellow traveler, she is drawn to Inyo’s spark of wildness and compelled by the great responsibility, even danger, that accompanies the allure of the wild.
Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt
When his daughter, Amy–a gifted doctor, mother, and wife–collapses and dies from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, leave their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren: six-year-old Jessica, four-year-old Sammy, and one-year-old James, known as Bubbies. Long past the years of diapers, homework, and recitals, Roger and Ginny–Boppo and Mimi to the kids–quickly reaccustom themselves to the world of small children: bedtime stories, talking toys, playdates, nonstop questions, and nonsequential thought. Though reeling from Amy’s death they carry on, reconstructing a family, sustaining one another, and guiding three lively, alert, and tender-hearted children through the pains and confusions of grief.
September 10, 2015
Next month’s list is out and as usual we will attend to backfill in multiple formats. Jojo Moyes is getting ever more attention and we will be adding her to a newly expanded author standing order list (coming soon), among many other additions including Jonathan Evison. Also, I have ARCs of the favorite, Garth Risk Hallberg’s incredible debut City on Fire and Then Comes Marriage by Roberta Kaplan, if you would like to take a look. Please comment to claim. Again, Marina will be posting these more fully on our public blog BiblioFiles next month closer to publication.
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
An immersive, exuberant, boundary-vaulting novel New York City, 1976. Meet Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city’s great fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown’s punk sce≠ an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor–and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve. The mystery, as it reverberates through families, friendships, and the corridors of power, will open up even the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever. City on Fire is an unforgettable novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ‘n’ roll: about what people need from each other in order to live . . . and about what makes the living worth doing in the first place.