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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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Youngest Author, Longest Book Print Email

The image of a woman's face, partially visible as seen through circles portraying what appears to be the phases of the moon

This year's Man Booker Prizes goes to Eleanor Catton for her novel The Luminaries, a murder mystery set during the 1860s New Zealand Gold Rush.  Catton, a New Zealander, makes Booker Prize history in being the youngest award recipient (she was 27 when she completed the novel) and in having written the longest award-winning novel.  (Reading a print version of the 800+ page novel could be considered exercise.)  Robert Macfarlane, chair of the judging panel, says of it: "Maturity is evident in every sentence, in the rhythms and balances. It is a novel of astonishing control."  The Luminaries was released in the U.S. yesterday (10/15) by Little, Brown and is Ms. Catton's second novel.

Two Top-notch Monthly Booklists Print Email

Jacket covers from three books from this lists -

Lots of book awards are being announced this month - so watch Book Buzz for the latest info and links to those award winners in the library catalog.  Another great way to find exciting new titles are booklists compiled by people who spend all day every day with books.  Launched in September of this year, Library Reads focuses on new releases and is a list of the ten top-nominated librarian favorites each month.  It is similar in concept to the Indie Next list published by the independent bookseller community.  Both are great places to find new reading!  Visit the library catalog to check out current selections:  Library Reads - Indie Next

2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Print Email

Jacket covers of the two award winning books

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, inaugurated in 2006, is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. The prize celebrates books that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view.  This year's winners are The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (fiction) and Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon (nonfiction).  Runners-up were Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain for fiction and Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King for nonfiction.  In addition, Wendell Berry was the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award recognizing his works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry that explore “how humans can live more harmoniously with both the land and each other.”  Interested?  Check out the 2013 titles in the library catalog (linked above), last year's blog entry, the 2013 finalists list, and past award winners.

Anne Rice's Wintry Wolf Tale Print Email

Jacket cover of Anne Rice's Anne Rice, who celebrates her 72nd birthday today (October 4th), returns this month with the second installment in the Wolf Gift Chronicles, The Wolves of Midwinter. Readers catch up with new werewolf Reuben Golding and his family of shapeshifters, a unique and cultured group dedicated to using their "wolf gift" to protect innocent humans rather than maul them. Set on the appropriately gray and moody coast of northern California, Rice's new novel is not the typical fantasy-adventure--instead the story hinges on family drama and the ever-complicated nature of romantic entanglements. The first book in this series, The Wolf Gift, was a bestseller, and readers are expected to flock once again to the latest offering from Rice, still the leader of the pack in supernatural fiction.

A Riveting Survival Story Print Email

Jacket cover showing a picture of Captain Phillips leaning on the rail of a boat with open water behind himA film adaptation of Captain Richard Phillips' harrowing survival story is coming to theaters October 11th.  A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, published in 2010, tells Phillips' true story of setting out on a cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, and being kidnapped and held for ransom by pirates off the coast of Somalia.  Phillips' story is heart-pounding as he takes the readers through every detail of his ordeal, from the moment the pirates board his ship through the final, breathless U.S. Navy SEAL hostage rescue.  Check out a copy of the captain's first hand account before you head to the theater to see Captain Phillips, the film version starring Tom Hanks.

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