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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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Business Book of the Year Print Email

Jacket covers of the six business books listed below

Stay tuned - the winner of the 2012 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award will be announced November 1st in NYC (weather permitting!). The winning book is judged to have provided the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues and will be chosen from the following pool of finalists:

Several New Books-to-Movies Deals Print Email

Jacket covers from Taylor Stevens'

The Informationist, Taylor Stevens' debut thriller, has been optioned for a film by director James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) who was attacted to the smart and indomitable heroine, Vanessa "Michael" Munroe.  Of Munroe's character, USA Today writes that she "evokes the spirit and intelligence of the gutsy, damaged Salander [from Stieg Larsson's books]."  Good news for readers if you like this character; Stevens plans a seven-book series for her - The Innocent (#2) has already been published, and The Doll (#3) is due to be published in June 2013.  Other news has it that Lionsgate has recently closed a deal with Amor Towles to adapt his book Rules of Civility to the big screen.  Stay tuned!

Mantel Wins the Booker - Twice! Print Email

Jacket cover of Hilary Mantel's Several "firsts" are represented by the recent announcement that Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies is the winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.  She is the first person to win for a direct sequel - Bring Up the Bodies is the sequel to Wolf Hall - and if Wolf Hall sounds familiar that may be because it won the Booker in 2009.  Mantel is both the first woman and the first British author to win the award twice.  There have only been three double-win authors in the history of the award - she joins authors Peter Carey and J.M. Coetzee in this honor.  Selected from a shortlist of six and a longlist of 145 titles, Bring Up the Bodies delves into Tudor history, exploring the downfall of Anne Boleyn.  This is book two of an intended trilogy - can she score a triple Booker when the third is published???

Odd Documentaries Print Email

There have been some great documentaries shown at the Pickford Film Center so far during Doctober, the month-long celebration of the genre that continues through October 31st, bringing the best theatrical releases to Bellingham big screen.  In honor of the genre, here are a few film favorites loosely linked by being stories that make you laugh in amazement at just how weird and varied people are in their passions.  Enjoy!  Click on images to be linked to the library catalog.  Film lovers can also subscribe to our NEW DVDs e-newsletter to have film suggestions sent to your inbox each month!

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Cloud Atlas Hits the Big Screen Print Email

Jacket covers of the movie tie-in version of Cloud Atlas showing a collage of the characters and the original cover showing six panels of different images of clouds

A film adaptation of David Mitchell's iconic novel Cloud Atlas is coming to theaters October 26th.  Published in 2004, the book has captivated readers with its innovative structure and immense scope.  Filled with fascinating characters such as a 1970s journalist, an aspiring musician in 1930s Belgium and a survivor of a futuristic catastrophe in Hawaii, Cloud Atlas is a puzzle of a book that leaves readers with a sense of accomplishment upon completion.  Consider checking out a copy of the novel before you head to the theater to see the film version starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.

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