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Readers Advisor

I’m Mary K.–librarian, mom, blogger, reader. I believe there’s no such thing as too many books–if you do, too, you’re in the right place! Browse this page for great finds from across our collection. What will you read next?

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National Book Awards 2014 Print Email

Congratulations to the 2014 National Book Award Winners, announced at last night's ceremony:

Book covers for the 2014 National Book Award Winners

Fiction -- Redeployment by Phil Klay

Nonfiction -- Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth & Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

Poetry -- Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück

Young People's Literature -- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Ursula Le Guin was also honored at the ceremony, as the 2014 Medalist for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In her acceptance speech, Le Guin spoke passionately about art and its relationship to the commercial sphere. "The name of our beautiful reward is not profit," Le Guin said. "Its name is freedom."

Check our catalog for the list of 2014 winners and finalists - just click to place your hold.

Nancy Pearl's Picks - Literacy Breakfast 2014 Print Email

Photo of librarian and author Nancy Pearl

Librarian extraordinaire Nancy Pearl once again energized Whatcom County readers with her appearance at the Whatcom Literacy Council's Annual Literacy Breakfast. Nancy is definitely a highlight of the event, and this year was no exception, as she shared her eclectic and intriguing list of recommended titles. (I was thrilled to hear her rave about Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, a recent read that I could not put down!) Check out the full list of Nancy's 2014 picks in our catalog - just click to place holds. And thanks to Whatcom Literacy Council, for the life-changing work they do to support literacy and learning in our communities!

Grace Under Fire Print Email

Author photo of Anne Lamott

Bestselling author Anne Lamott is known for her essays celebrating the business of life in all its messy glory. Book Riot recently shared a list of "17 Reasons Anne Lamott is the Coolest". I have to concur with all 17, adding only that Lamott says the things we all wish we were thinking. In her newest book, Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace, Lamott tackles topics like loss, love, family and spirituality through the lens of some of the toughest moments in her life (she writes in the prelude, "I have a lot of faith and a lot of fear a lot of the time."). Explore Small Victories and the rest of Lamott's work, to be amused and uplifted in equal measure.

Putting Pen to Paper Print Email

Logo for National Novel Writing Month - shield

This month, thousands of people worldwide will become novelists. It's all thanks to NaNoWriMo, a concept dreamed up by Chris Baty in 1999, in which participants write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days. NaNoWriMo has become so successful that you may have read a book that was written during this challenge. Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants and Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus were all NaNoWriMo creations. (Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles -- Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress -- came out of one marathon NaNoWriMo. Now that's dedication!) Inspired? Click over to our list of books on writing to kick off your project and see it through to the last chapter!
Behind Closed Doors Print Email

Ever read a locked room mystery? In these novels, a crime is committed under seemingly impossible circumstances. Keigo Higashino's new book Malice is a great example of the genre. The body of author Kunihiko Hidaka is discovered in his office, which is inaccessible to anyone. But someone's lying about what happened, and Detective Kaga is determined to get answers no matter what. As the story unfolds, readers must set aside their assumptions and examine everything as carefully as the detective -- not only the circumstances, but also the motive for the killing itself. Malice will keep you turning pages 'til the very end. . .and if you enjoy this type of puzzle, check out our curated list for more locked room mysteries to thrill!

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