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Readers AdvisorHey!  I'm Lisa G - your guide to "What Do I Read Next?".  Look around this page to find ideas for your next read.  Many of our lists are hand-selected and linked to the catalog, making it easy to place requests.  Have a blast!
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Cheryl Strayed Comes to Bellingham Print Email

Author photo of Cheryl Strayed

Whatcom County readers have a great opportunity to see and hear Cheryl Strayed in person and take part in a live-broadcast radio show when she is the featured guest on the Village Books Chuckanut Radio HourWild, Strayed's account of her Pacific Crest Trail hiking adventure, is the current selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0, so it has of course been wildly popular (trail and childhood photos).  Strayed is also Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus—who dispenses wise advice on everything from cheating lovers to financial woes.  Tiny Beautiful Things collects the best of Dear Sugar in essays that grapple with life's biggest questions with grace, compassion and humor.  The radio hour on July 24th will celebrate both of these new books—ticket, date/time and location information here

 
Way To Go Taggers! Print Email

A selection of five jacket images from books on the WCLS2012 listWhen searching for vacation reading this summer, check out the WCLS2012 list of favorites posted by adult summer reading participants.  Thanks to all the taggers, this list is getting quite long!  Use the options along the left to narrow the focus - content lets you choose fiction or nonfiction, audience limits to adult, teen or kid's books, and form/genre, topic and region helps you get even more specific about your interests.  Then add your own favorite to the list!  Find out more about the adult summer reading program and how to tag your favorite books HERE.

 
Stellar Southern Fiction Print Email
Jacket cover from Readers will savor the unforgettable characters and settings of the South in The Lost Saints of Tennessee by Alabama writer Amy Franklin-Willis in this well-rendered debut. Everyone had high hopes for Ezekiel Cooper, smartest boy in his high school class.  But tragedy strikes when Zeke's mentally challenged twin brother dies in a drowning accident, changing the course of Zeke's life.  A decade and a divorce later, Zeke splits town with his loyal dog and enough pain pills to kill them both.  But fate has other plans for him as he is given the opportunity to heal and make amends at his cousin's lush Virginia horse farm. With echoes of The Prince of Tides and Bastard out of Carolina, you'll find yourself rooting for these characters to the very last page.
 
Graphic Novels for Beginners Print Email
Jacket covers from the graphic novels Each year, the adult summer reading program has an option that includes suggestions for broadening your horizons as a reader and information consumer.  If you're exploring the Wide Awake Reader Challenge this year, one of those options is to read a graphic novel.  Graphic novels have won awards such as the Pulitzer (Maus), the Printz (American Born Chinese), and the World Fantasy Award (The Sandman).  They provide opportunities for different ways of learning and understanding a subject.  Are you inspired to explore?  Check out this list of good graphic novels for beginners or browse all adult graphic novels in the library catalog.
 
June is Audiobook Month! Print Email
Jacket covers from Recent studies have shown that one in every five American households listen to audiobooks.  And if you were to question those listeners, my bet is that they would unanimously tell you that it is the reader who makes the book come alive.  A fabulous book can be ruined by a narrator whose voice is like fingers on a chalkboard (as one listener recently described an audio experience to me).  So how to find the wonderful narrators?  One way is to check the annual Audie Awards which recognize excellence in solo narration by male and female readers, as well as honoring authors reading their own works.  This year's honors in the above categories go to narrators Simon Vance (for The King's Speech), Rosalyn Landor (for The Winter Sea), and Libba Bray (reading her teen book Beauty Queens).  Once you find a narrator you really enjoy, an author search with their name will find their other works in the catalog.  Happy Listening!  (Note: The Winter Sea is only available through Audible.com, a subscription audio service - not available for library purchase at this time.)
 
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