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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Family Life Novels Print Email

Magazine cover from Sept/Oct 2012 issue of Bookmarks - a watercolor painting of an elegant, high-ceilinged library with stacks on both sides and a long reading table down the middle, framed by a high arching doorway, chandelier and large window on the far wallBookmarks magazine continues its Contemporary Life Stages novels series with a new booklist of titles that feature Family Life - from the joys and trials of parenthood to sibling relationships and family dysfunction.  Selections are all by contemporary authors and are identified by the decade or time period during which the novel takes place.  Previous lists in this series were Coming of Age, First Love, Careers, and MarriageBookmarks magazine is available for checkout at the Deming branch or click here to have an issue sent to your home library for pickup.

Hispanic Heritage Month Print Email

Jacket cover of Julia Alvarez's

September 15th begins the month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Mark the occasion by picking up Julia Alvarez's A Wedding in Haiti, a memoir chronicling her hilarious and life-changing experiences in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  Years after Alvarez promises a friend she will attend his wedding, she must fulfill her pledge by traveling across the turbulent nation of Haiti, bribing officials along the way.  A year later, she and her husband make the same journey, this time to find her friend in the devastation of the 2010 earthquake that struck the island nation.  Once we have become involved in a relationship, Alvarez declares, we are transformed by our obligation to it.  For a sampling of Hispanic authors, check out The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature.

New Northwest Stories Print Email

Jacket covers of The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin and Wilderness by Lance Weller, both featuring scenes from the Pacific NW

You might want to add these two new fall titles set in the Northwest to your reading list based on early reviews.  The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin, set at the turn of the 20th century, places two scared, desperate, and very pregnant teenage girls under the compassionate watch of a reclusive orchardist who sacrifices his ordered world and lonely harmony to open his heart and let them in.  This book also has one of the most beautiful covers yet this year.  Lance Weller's Wilderness features Abel, another lonely and damaged soul, whose Civil War wounds - both physical and spiritual - led him to pilgrimage to Washington State where he lives with his dog for companionship in a driftwood shack.  But the war is not yet done with him, and he must make one more journey to hold onto his humanity.  (This cover is great, too!)

What WCLS Read This Summer Print Email

Adult summer reading logo image, titled

The Adult Summer Reading program wrapped up recently with much increased participation over last year!  Thank you to everyone who contributed to the countywide summer reading list by tagging what they read, watched or listened to with a "WCLS2012" tag.  Here's the list for your enjoyment - sort the 1,200+ items using the left menu bar.  Besides print books, summer readers enjoyed ebooks and downloadable audio, magazines, music CDs, movies, large print, book club kits, and audiobooks on CD, cassette and Playaway!  Congratulations to all prize winners and a big thank you to businesses and organizations who donated prizes this year.  Check out the list of ASR sponsors here.

Julia Child Turns 100 Print Email

Jacket cover of Bob Spitz's Julia Child biography Before Rachael Ray and Martha Stewart, Julia Child was the original rock star of the kitchen. Child, born August 15, 1912 in Pasadena, was not a natural at cooking; she decided to enroll in Le Cordon Bleu in 1948 after experiencing a life-changing meal in Paris. Thirteen years later she published Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which remains a cookbook staple in kitchens across America. Dearie by Bob Spitz, published in early August to coincide with what would have been Child's 100th birthday, describes her incredible life story and explores how she acted as a role model for post-war American women, changing both the kitchen and the culture in the process.

Other recent high-demand books on Child include A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS by Jennet Conant and Julia Child's My Life in France, made popular by the feature film Julie and Julia starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child.  Interested in cooking memoirs?  Check out our list of "chefoirs!"

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