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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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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.
"Button Boy" Sequel, Also Set in Ferndale Print Email
Jacket covers from Lawrence Kadow's

What happens when an apocalyptic climate-change-induced storm hits the Pacific Northwest? Oil reserves are gone, subzero temperatures are the norm, and the shortened summers are too cold and damp to grow adequate food.  Local author Lawrence Kadow makes Ferndale the setting for his post-apocalyptic fictional trilogy, eventually to include a prequel.  Start with Button Boy, then follow the lives of four survivor families in the just-published The Ferndale Sector, "brought together by necessity to protect what little they had, defending themselves against packs of ruthless men drifting across the decimated landscape, picking from the bones of civilization." (book jacket)  BRRR!  Hard to put down, great readalike if you enjoy books/movies like Cormac McCarthy's The Road.

2013 Alex Awards Announced! Print Email

Three covers from Alex Award winners: Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore, Juvenile in Justice, and PureThe Alex Awards were announced this morning (1/28) at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle.  These awards recognize books published for adults that have special appeal to teen readers.  Great for reading together with a teen - and the Alex Award stamp marks them as titles with broad appeal to adult readers as well.  Here's this year's list:

Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman
Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard
Pure by Julianna Baggott
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Edgar Award Nominees Announced Print Email

Jacket covers of the seven nominees for

The Edgar Awards, sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America, are awarded each spring, recognizing exceptional titles in the mystery genre published in the U.S. during the previous year. Winners for 2013 will be announced at a NYC banquet on May 2nd. This booklist contains a selection of nominees currently owned in the WCLS collection.  In most cases, the list links to the print format, but simply click on the author's name and sort by title to see if the title is owned in other formats.  Also recognized this year is the publisher Akashic Books for their Noir Series of location-based short story anthologies.  Click HERE to explore winners from previous years.

WWII Concentration Camps Print Email

Images of Dr. Robert Keller, WWU Professor Emeritus, and the jacket covers from the two books mentioned in this articleIf the 2013 Whatcom READS! selection Snow Falling on Cedars has piqued your curiosity about Japanese internment camps during WWII, there are plenty of programs planned to help you learn more about this event in our history. Dr. Robert Keller, WWU Professor Emeritus, presents "Reconciling the Past: The History, Literature and Ethics of Japanese Removal," asking the question: How do we come to terms with dark parts of our history? on Tuesday, January 22nd at Fairhaven Library and Saturday, February 9th at Blaine Library.

Enhance your reading of Snow Falling on Cedars with these new nonfiction titles about Japanese internment camps: In Colors of Confinement, Bill Manbo tells how he photo documented his family’s internment using Kodachrome film, at the time a new technology, in stunning images of daily life at the Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming. Linda Tamura's Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: coming home to Hood River tells of Japanese-American soldiers from families of landowners and fruit growers who served on front lines and as linguists, cooks and medics – only to find that their hometown attempted to block their return after the war.

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