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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Books for a Better Life Award Print Email

Jacket covers from three books on this list - Happily Even After, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, and The American Way of Eating

Sponsored the the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and awarded annually, the Books for a Better Life Award was founded in 1995 with the intention of recognizing self-improvement book authors.  The award is given to books published during the previous year in ten categories, ranging from cookbooks to spirituality.  Check out the 2013 winners, announced at a ceremony on March 11th. 

Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist Announced Print Email

Comparison of three book covers - British and U.S. editions

The 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist was announced on Wednesday, March 13th. The award, in its 18th year and formerly known as the Orange Prize, celebrates writing by women in English from around the world. This year's competition is steep, with Hilary Mantel striving to clean sweep Britain's top three literary prizes for Bring Up the Bodies. (This title previously won the Booker and Costa prizes.) Nominees include Gillian Flynn for her oh-so-popular bestseller Gone Girl, as well as previous winners Barbara Kingsolver and Zadie Smith. The winner will be announced in London on June 5th, 2013. It is interesting to compare the cover art for the British editions featured on the Women's Prize for Fiction website with the U.S. cover art which can be seen by viewing the list in the library catalog. All good reading - enjoy!

Lowry's Stunning Finale Print Email

Silhouettes of bare tree branches, snowy sky, and the eyes and forehead of a young person looking out searchingly from the lower left hand corner

Lois Lowry's The Giver won the Newbery Medal in 1994 for its thought-provoking exploration of a world without choices. Then came Gathering Blue and Messenger, which explore the same haunting themes. Technically for children, these books and the questions they invoke have intrigued readers of all ages. Lowry, who celebrates her 76th birthday on March 20, recently concluded The Giver quartet with the publication of Son. Set in the same familiar world, Son follows a 14-year-old birth mother's quest to find her child after he is taken from her. This thrilling conclusion to an acclaimed series once again raises fascinating questions and offers a powerful message about hope and the nature of love.

Hot Lists! Finding New Reading Print Email

Bright red box with bold yellow type reading You’ve just finished a book and you’re sorry to see it end. What will you read next? Finding your next great read may be as simple as opening email! And today would be a GREAT day to sign up for eNewsletters (if you have not done so already) as most of them publish between the 9th and the 13th of the month.  Topics include fiction genres, new and notable nonfiction, DVDs, audiobooks, teen picks and children's picture and chapter books.  To see a sample, click on any of the links on this page.  Your email will not be used for any other purpose and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Whatcom READS! Followup Title Print Email

If this year's Whatcom READS! title, Snow Falling on Cedars, and related programs around the county sparked your interest in the experiences of Japanese-Americans during World War II, you might want to get on the list for this just-published title. Author Jan Morrill based The Red Kimono on the experience of her mother, a Buddhist Japanese-American who was an internee during the war. Morrill tells the story from the point-of-view of three teenage protagonists: nine-year old Sachiko and her 17-year old brother, Nobu, who struggle to understand why their community has turned against them, and Terrence, an African-American teenager who has just learned that his father was killed at Pearl Harbor.  All three respond to these forces outside their control in different ways; one learns acceptance, one is imprisoned by resentment, and one will seek a path to forgiveness.

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