This debut short story collection is garnering review attention – it remains to be seen if readers will respond to this often overlooked format.  Siobhan Fallon’s “You Know When the Men Are Gone” is a collection of loosely connected short stories about military wives of Fort Hood, Texas and how they each handle their missing husbands differently.  from the blurb on the back of the book, it’s obvious that Fallon writes what she knows – her husband is an Army major who served two tours in Iraq.

PW and LJ gave it starred reviews with the LJ verdict of:

Excellent; even readers who do not usually read short stories should seek out this book.

a reading group guide is available which makes sense given the subject matter, perfect book group fodder.  and consider adding this one to a first novels display (Booklist has a yearly feature of first novels).  first novels often receive critical acclaim which doesn’t necessarily translate into patron awareness and check-outs unless the titles are picked-up by mainstream media or highlighted in the collection.

free arc to the first Sno-Isle Libraries staff member to comment.

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Grammy audiobook nominations

December 6, 2010

audiobook display anyone?  the Grammy winners will be announced February 13th.  for music nominations, head to the exhaustive list.

Best spoken word album (including poetry, audiobooks and storytelling):

American on Purpose” by Craig Ferguson

The Bedwetter” by Sarah Silverman

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth” by Jon Stewart, with Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, John Oliver and Sigourney Weaver

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future” by Michael J. Fox

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection” by Carol Burnett

“The Woody Allen Collection: Mere Anarchy, Side Effects, Without Feathers, Getting Even” by Woody Allen (only available via Audible downloadable)

(that’s a whole lot of comedians!)

Best spoken word album for children:

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition” by Selma Blair

“The Best Candy in the Whole World” by Bill Harley

“Healthy Food for Thought: Good Enough to Eat” by various Artists

Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies” by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

“Nanny McPhee Returns” by Emma Thompson

posting by marin who despite being a major Jon Stewart fan, cannot imagine listening to the audio of “Earth” since all of the hysterical photos would be missing

cookbooks are popular all year ’round – Becky curses us whenever one of us puts a cookbook on the “What We’re Reading” banner and the holds build by the second.  with the holiday season quickly approaching, the urge to recommend cookbooks as gifts builds.

NPR featured cookbooks over the week-end, highlighting some of the best titles of the year.   the holds list might be too great on this year’s list (and some are on order and not in the catalogue yet), but a display of NPR’s 2009 list will grab attention.  add to the mix Booklist’sTop 10 Food Books” which was part of their October issue devoted to the culinary arts.  plus there is Amazon’s Editors’s Picks of Best of 2010 top 10 lists for Cookbooks.

what are some of your favorite cookbooks of the year?  we’ve added to our household “Cooking for Geeks” and “The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook” (2009).

(via Shelf Awareness)

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First we eat, then we diet

November 17, 2010

I am working on my Baker and Taylor selection list today and it reminds me of the seasonal publishing.  Last month, it was all cookbooks to be ready for the holiday season.  We are all then tempted to chow down.  This month, it is all excercise and dieting.  These books will come in the new year so that we can all try to get rid of the weight we just put on during the holiday season.

Cooking is a perenially popular display.  Think about a Get Fit display for the new year.  I am purchasing many new books in this area.

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best, best, best

November 10, 2010

and so it begins.  the best of lists are rolling out with Amazon, LJ (Top 10 with full list forthcoming November 18), and PW publicizing their favorites of the year.

as always, EarlyWord provides great online coverage and analysis of the lists.  also found (via GalleyCat) is largehearted boy’s Best of 2010” list o’ links that is extensive.

of the above top 10 lists, only 3 titles overlap:  “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot (of which we own 5! different editions), “The Warmth of Other Suns:  The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson, and “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen.

pulling the 2010 titles for display is next to impossible, but what about previous lists?  EarlyWord provides a list of links to the 2009 winners plus a spreadsheet of winners listed on the right-hand side of the blog about 1/2 down the page under a blue column heading titled “Best Books ’09.”  this is a great way to display multiple copies and audiobooks.

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everyone has a story

October 27, 2010

if there is anything that reading memoirs and listening to “This American Life” has taught me is that people are interesting.  from celebrities to us ordinary folk, there are some pretty fascinating tales out there.  one of the columns that i’ve always enjoyed from LJ is the BookSmack! feature on memoirs.

“Memoir Short Takes” was briefly on hiatus, but has returned for a twice monthly feature with alternating authors:  Therese Purcell Nielsen and Julie Kane.  this week’s reviews range from a fascination with fire to the life changing event of a premature baby.  what i appreciate most about these reviews are the frank opinions shared about the memoirs called “What I’m Telling My Friends.”  Purcell Nielson says this about Jay Varner’s  “Nothing Left To Burn: A Memoir”:

This book may resonate better with men than women, but I walked away wondering why Varner wrote this while his mother still lived. The demons you exorcise are not always your own.

bringing together reviews of memoirs into one column is a great source for displays.  a quick Google search brings up a nice list of columns to pull from.  best of all, a display of memoirs breaks up the ever daunting biography section into more manageable bites.

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thrilling awards on display

October 25, 2010

one of the go to sites for mystery and thriller readers is Stop, You’re Killing Me! compiled by that site is a handy list of award winners in the categories of mysteries, thrillers, and crime nonfiction.

a display highlighting recent Agatha winners and nominees or one highlighting multiple awards would be quite the attention getter.

(via GalleyCat)

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