Readers Advisor

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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Farewell, P.D. James Print Email

P.D. James, often called "the Queen of Crime", passed away November 27 at the age of 94. James was best known for her mysteries featuring detective Adam Dalgliesh of the Scotland Yard and private investigator Cordelia Gray. The series, which began with 1962's Cover Her Face, was also adapted for television, as was James's most recent novel Death Comes to Pemberley, a murder mystery spun off from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Though she was a writer for most of her life, James's first book wasn't published until she was 42; she described hearing of her novel's acceptance as "certainly one of the great moments of my life. . . I remember dancing for joy." Learn more about P.D. James through her books, available at your library.

Fall's Big Books - Celebrity Bios Print Email

Book covers for biographies of George W. Bush, Amy Poehler, Neil Patrick Harris & Jennifer LopezCelebrity books are a staple of the fall publishing season, and this year is no exception, with lots of buzzworthy new titles on library shelves now. SNL alum Amy Poehler's Yes Please incorporates memoir with lists, random thoughts and other pieces (haikus!), for a book that is as quirky as Poehler herself, and just as popular. Also atypical is Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography. The actor borrows the format of an iconic children's series to tell his life story in a truly unique fashion. Fans of Jennifer Lopez have been eagerly awaiting her book True Love, in which the entertainer reflects on a two-year period in her life, describing the lessons she learned throughout those challenging days. And 41: A Portrait of My Father examines the life of President George H.W. Bush through a perspective unlike any other: that of his son, President George W. Bush. Check out one of these hot titles to walk a mile in some very famous shoes!

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.

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