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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New in Historical Fiction Print Email

Jacket covers of Two new historical fiction novels worth noting are both told at least partially from the point-of-view of the wife of a famous person.  The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin reveals the private dreams and disappointments of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, an accomplished aviator herself and wife to one of history's most famous aviators.  In a similar vein, Above All Things by Tanis Rideout interweaves the story of George Mallory's ill-fated 1924 attempt to be the first man to conquer Mount Everest and a single day in the life of his wife as she waits at home in England for news of his return.

What makes good historical fiction?  One thing to look for is evidence that the historical underpinnings of the novel are based on research, not just personal experience.  Watch for authors notes detailing their research or maybe even suggesting nonfiction resources from which to learn more.

 
What Makes a Good Book Club Book? Print Email

Jacket covers from three titles on this list - Fieldwork, A Plague of Doves, and In the WoodsI love what Nancy Pearl had to say about what makes a good book club selection in her recent Publishers Weekly "Check It Out" column.  One thing Nancy says does not produce good conversation is whether or not you liked the book.  Qualities likely to generate good conversation are:

  • The book has an ambiguous ending.
  • The main character has to make a life-altering decision.
  • The narrative structure is unusual.
  • The narrator is an unreliable character.

Click HERE for the list of titles that are Nancy's sure bets for book groups.

 
Dog Lover's Paradise Print Email

Cover images from the DVDs It's time once again for the best of the breeds to show their stuff at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, wrapping up coverage tonight (February 12th).  This would be a classic time to revisit Christopher Guest's hilarious mockumentary, Best in Show, or its counterpart documentary, Worst in Show, that covers the annual Petaluma, CA contest for the World's Ugliest Dog.  Or enjoy a selection from this list of titles tagged "dogoirs" (that would be a mashup word for dog memoir), started by Whatcom Adult Librarians and added to by other readers. 

 
Zinio - Always Available Magazines! Print Email

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What is Zinio?  A digital way to enjoy your favorite magazines using your library card! You see the exact same material you get in print‚ plus some magazines include features like video, audio and live links. Magazine issues are always available to read online or download to your computer or mobile device to read offline. Click HERE and login with your library card to see the 100 magazine titles that the library subscribes to.  It's like having your own subscription through your library card!

 
Books and Bites Print Email

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This delicious new Facebook page, Books & Bites, might help you find your next great read, but just a warning that visiting it on an empty stomach could be dangerous!  Authors Sarah Jio and Camille Noe Pagan have teamed up to talk about what they are reading and what yummy foods the books inspire.  Recent posts pair Kristin Hannah's Home Front with a recipe for comfort food moussaka or Tracey Garvis-Graves' On the Island with guilty pleasure Peanut Butter Bars. You might recognize Jio's name for her novels The Violets of March and Blackberry Winter; Camille Noe Pagan is a critically acclaimed author and journalist whose debut novel is titled The Art of Forgetting.
 
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