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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National Book Awards Longlist Print Email

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Last week, the National Book Foundation (sponsor of the National Book Award) made the longlist of titles being considered for the award available to the public for the first time ever.  Ten titles have been selected for consideration in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature categories.  Finalists will be announced on October 16th and winners for each category on November 20th.  By making the longlist public, the National Book Foundation hopes to expand the reading audience for all of the great candidates.  Check out the longlisted titles in the library catalog:  Fiction - Nonfiction - Poetry - Young People's Literature  (Beyond the Catalog requests can be placed for any titles not owned.)

Use Your Library Card to Learn a Language Print Email

Mango Languages logo - the word Free to Whatcom County residents, use your library card to access the online Mango language learning program to prepare for travel to other countries.  Easy, self-paced lessons guide you through the basics of travel conversations, or go further with in-depth training.  Android and iPhone apps let you learn on the go, and video lessons are coming soon.  Courses include 56 languages – from French, German, Italian and Spanish to Dutch, Hawaiian, Icelandic and Pashto!  September is National Library Card Sign-up Month - make sure you and all your family members have cards!  Need a card?  Sign up for a temporary card online and start using Mango right away! 

Living with Alzheimer's Print Email

Jacket cover from Lisa Genova's September is World Alzheimer's month, a time to remember and honor the 35 million people around the world whose lives have been changed by this all too common disease. Author Lisa Genova presents a heartbreakingly realistic portrayal of dealing with Alzheimer's in her debut novel, Still Alice. Professor Alice Howland has spent her career studying the brain--how can she accept that her own may be failing her? This sensitively told story is necessary reading for anyone whose life has been touched by Alzheimer's.  For related reading, try the subject heading Alzheimer's Disease - Fiction or this list of nonfiction information on the topic.

Top 10 September Books Loved by Librarians Print Email

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September launches a new newsletter - Library Reads - your connection to the top ten books being published each month that are librarian favorites.  Nominations and short reviews are accepted from librarians working in U.S. public libraries and the "top 10" list is sent out via e-newsletter at the beginning of 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!  The following links take you to the September lists in the library catalog where you can place requests:  Library Reads - Indie Next

An Icon Revealed Print Email

Jacket cover from the new biography When J.D. Salinger died in 2010, the elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye hadn't given an interview in nearly 30 years and hadn't published anything in 45 years. On September 3rd, the world will get to peek into the mysterious life of this iconic author with the publication of a definitive biography of this 20th century literary giant by David Shields and Shane Salerno. Written over the course of eight years, Salinger is based on interviews with more than 200 people and features over 100 never-before-published personal photographs. Salerno also directed and produced a documentary feature film companion to the book in which the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, Martin Sheen, E. L. Doctorow, and Gore Vidal share their thoughts on Salinger's life and work.  (NOTE: Scroll down to "videos" to watch the movie trailer in the library catalog!)

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