PBS will air a Great American Read series starting Tuesday, May 22nd.

The series “explores the joy of reading as the nation votes for America’s best-loved book.” That list has also now been announced and it’s delightful. I love a reading list that includes The Picture of Dorian Gray; I, Alex Cross; Americanah by Adichie; William Paul Young’s The Shack; and Memoirs of a Geisha (which topped the NYT Bestseller List for pretty much the late 90’s), all in one!

Here also is an excellent article by LJ’s Barbara Hoffert.

Here are some others:

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The PBS Newshour had a great segment Friday highlighting “Titles to Fall For Now That Summer Is Over” – watch here [time permitting of course].  Louise Penny is one of the very most popular authors here at Sno-Isle, with Glass Houses currently holding at 261 holds on 59 copies.  This segment shows she’s just as delightful a reader’s advisor and book promoter as author.  One of her mentioned discoveries is the debut Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo, a Nigerian writer who once wrote in residence on Whidbey Island. This has 16 holds on 7 copies, a good start.  I still have an ARC – can Louise tempt you?

Pamela Paul, the other reviewer here, also has her own book on books out called My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues. No ARC of this I’m afraid but the current queue is short.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ARC available.

Stay With Me

Yejide and Akin fell in love and married while at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide agreed polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage– after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures– Yejide is still not pregnant. When her family arrives with a young woman they introduce as Akin’s second wife, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. She does–but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine.
“A novel about a married Nigerian couple who must grapple with staggering levels of loss and betrayal in their quest to create a family for themselves” — Provided by publisher.



No ARC but notable: 


My Life With Bob“Imagine keeping a record of every book you ever read. What would those titles say about you? With humor and warmth, the editor of The New York Times Book Review shares the stories that have shaped her life. For twenty-eight years, Pamela Paul has been keeping a diary that records the books she reads, rather than the life she leads. Or does it? Over time, it’s become clear that this Book of Books, or Bob, as she calls him, tells a much bigger story. For Paul, as for many readers, books reflect her inner life– her fantasies and hopes, her dreams and ideas. And her life, in turn, influences which books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, diversion or self-reflection, information or entertainment. My Life with Bob isn’t about what’s in those books; it’s about the relationship between books and readers. Bob was with her when she struggled to get through the Norton Anthology of English Literature in college and when she read Anna Karenina while living abroad alone. He was there when she fell in love and much needed when she sought solace in self-help and memoirs like Autobiography of a Face. Through marriage and divorce, remarriage (The Master and Margarita) and parenthood (The Hunger Games), professional setbacks and successes, Bob recorded what she read while all that happened. The diary–now coffee-stained and frayed–is the record of a lifelong love affair with books, and has come to mean more to her than any other material possession. My Life with Bob is a testament to the power of books to provide the perspective, courage, companionship, and ultimately self-knowledge to forge our own path”– Provided by publisher.


A picture book has a CD inside of it — what makes it

an Easy book or an E CD?

E CD spine label photo

This is a confusing issue and some clarification is needed:

An Easy book with an accompanying CD does not necessarily belong in the E CD collection.

  • The books that are designated E CD come from publishers that prepare the recordings in a specific fashion to facilitate reading for young children (actual text with page turn signals).
  •  Many Easy books with CDs are being published with a recording which may include a reading of the text but also provides additional information to enhance the story.
    • If the CD seems integral to the enjoyment of the book, a green sticker (1 CD 1 Book) is put on the front of the book (this decision is made by the selector).
    • If the CD does not appear integral to the reading of the book, than no green sticker is attached to the book (again, this decision is made by the selector).
  • All E CD books have a green sticker attached.
  • Some Easy books have a green sticker attached.

The green sticker does not visually indicate that a book is part of the Easy CD collection — it designates that a staff member needs to make sure that the CD was returned with the book at check-in so the next customer will find it in the book.

1+1 sticker photo


Publishers are including all sorts of additional things to kids books these days such as CDs with the author singing the story and web links to fun music or information.  These can enhance the enjoyment of the book (or maybe they want to make an old technology seem a bit more hip).

A good book in a child’s hand is worth a bit of confusion on our part.

Posting by Lorraine

I’m trying to take a more proactive look at media tie-in editions and novelizations as they are (re)printed/republished.  In keeping with our current practice, I’m not designating these for the new shelf, though they might make excellent fodder for display if they’re sitting in buildings.  If you have antennae for tie-ins, SINC’s would be welcome.

Tie-ins present, as you know, some challenges as well as opportunities.  Publishers’ and booksellers’ desire to enhance and repackage is in tension with our need to keep essentially the same content in its tidy place. Sometimes the title even changes, as when Saroo Brierley’s memoir A Long Way Home became Lion.  Often the cover features the movie’s leads, depriving readers forever thereafter of their imaginative freedom.

Here are a couple examples from this week.  Both titles will be the only edition we own and should be in the catalog shortly.


The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan

Cullinan, Thomas. The Beguiled. PRH, June.

The basis for the major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning, and directed by Sofia Coppola, about women at a boarding school in Civil War-era Virginia who vie for the affections of a wounded Union soldier

When an injured Union soldier is found in the Virginia woods at the height of the Civil War, he is brought to the nearby Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies to recover. Up until then, the residents of the boarding school had been shielded by their domineering headmistress from both the violence of the war and contact with the outside world, but the arrival of the attractive John McBurney will upend all of their lives.

The Beguiled sweeps the reader into a world where Southern gentility is played out against the increasingly ominous forebodings of a dark tragedy, as Corporal McBurney pits the women against each other in a bid for freedom. Combining the romantic entertainment of the historical novel with the probing insight of a work of psychological suspense, it is an eerie novel of sexual tension and repression, and of rivalry, jealousy, and, ultimately, vengeance.


Valerian City Of A Thousand Planets Novelization MMPB

Golden, Christie. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Titan Books, July.

The official novelization of the blockbuster movie, written and directed by visionary Luc Besson (Lucy, The Fifth Element).

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe



The Academy has announced its 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature goes to none other than Bob Dylan.

“for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

Several news and media sources are covering this announcement and Dylan’s output and career, among them Publisher’s Weekly, The New York Times, and NPR.

We probably don’t own all of his opus but I’ll highlight a few books we do own and some particularly relevant music (thanks Jim!), though we own much more. Don’t forget Hoopla! as a vehicle for connecting to his work.

Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits – Volumes 1 and 2.  [Contain early significant tracks]

Bob Dylan's greatest hitsBob Dylan's greatest hits. Volume II


Chronicles. Volume One. Simon & Schuster, 2004. [Confirmed volume 2 never yet completed]

Chronicles. Volume one

The first volume in a series of memoirs by a musical and political icon. Circa 1965, arguably the high point in his creative genius, Bob Dylan writes about the beginning of his music career, his early loves, and offers a very personal, anecdotal view of this time of creativity, innovation and music history.





Tarantula.  Scribner, 2004. 


Music legend Bob Dylan’s only work of fiction–a combination of stream of consciousness prose, lyrics, and poetry that gives fans insight into one of the most influential singer-songwriters of our time. Written in 1966, Tarantula is a collection of poems and prose that evokes the turbulence of the times in which it was written, and gives a unique insight into Dylan’s creative evolution. It captures Bob Dylan’s preoccupations at a crucial juncture in his artistic development, showcasing the imagination of a folk poet laureate who was able to combine the humanity and compassion of his country roots with the playful surrealism of modern art. Angry, funny, and strange, the poems and prose in this collection reflect the concerns found in Dylan’s most seminal music: a sense of protest, a verbal playfulness and spontaneity, and a belief in the artistic legitimacy of chronicling everyday life and eccentricity on the street.

This is a survivalist love story novel by the first winner of The Apprentice.  Curious? Comment to claim. Thanks!

First light

A father from Chicago takes a road trip to the city of Whitehorse, in Yukon Territory, with his wife and son. During the car ride, they reveal to the boy their harrowing experience surviving a horrific plane crash in the wilderness ten years before, which is how the boy, in fact, came to be born. Set amid the deep, wild woods of the Yukon, First Light tells the story of Daniel Albrecht and Kerry Egan, young lovers leaving a work trip in Alaska to plan their wedding back home in Chicago. Not long into their trip, both engines of their plane catch fire and send them careening into a mountainside in the middle of a terrible snowstorm. Kerry is seriously injured in the accident, and it soon becomes clear that search-and-rescue teams aren’t going to find the survivors in time to save her. Daniel–the one person with survival experience amid the passengers–makes the courageous decision to find help and bring it back to the rest of the passengers, hoping against hope he might save the woman he loves. He leaves Kerry in the care of their coworker, Phil Velez, himself seriously injured in the crash, and takes off into the woods to find a town, a house with a telephone, a road. Something. But Daniel’s choices are made all the more difficult by the presence of his boss, a stubborn man more interested in results than taking care of people. Only one man will come out of their trek alive, but it still may not be in time to save Kerry and the others back at the crash site, slowly dying from their injuries.  As the parents’ story draws to a close, the truth about the boy’s life, and the identity of his father, will at last be revealed.

Books that get re-printed as media tie-ins are still robust and often found in the catalog. Some seemingly don’t do quite as well as hoped – War Dogs and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates being two recent examples.

However, Toronto is in swing for life and lit inspired screenings, and Jim wanted to point out a nice link for you that has a reading list of book related to highlighted films at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The dates these are debuting are September 8th and 18th.

This list is interesting and goes way beyond the usual suspects.  Of course, once the movie comes out the main character (or real person!) is difficult to imagine any other way than how the lead actor looks.


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