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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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The New Western Genre Print Email

Jacket covers of the five books mentioned in this text

When most of us think of reading westerns, classic western authors such as Louis L'Amour or Zane Grey come to mind.  But several contemporary authors are taking the themes of the traditional Western and applying them in more contemporary settings.  If you enjoy stories about semi-nomadic wanderers who live hard lives, mostly in wilderness settings, dealing with questions of honor and justice, you might want to try one of these stories of the new west.  Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series is the first author to come to mind, made popular by the A&E television series.  I'd also suggest Mark Spragg (start with Bone Fire), Willy Vlautin (especially Lean on Pete), Annie Proulx (try her Wyoming stories or Brokeback Mountain), and Cormac McCarthy's Border trilogy.  Want more?  Here's a list of of wild west titles, some classic, some contemporary.

Life of Pi Comes to Theaters Print Email

Jacket cover from movie tie-in version of Life of Pi, showing a young Indian boy standing in a boat, a tiger sitting in the foreground

Yann Martel's Life of Pi spent 57 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list after its publication in 2001.  More than a decade later, a film version of the novel opens in theaters on November 21st, capturing on the big screen the surprising story of a boy stuck in a lifeboat with wild animals.  Blending Pi's adventures of the mind and spirit with his incredible physical journey, the book is a holistic coming-of-age story that connects with a wide range of readers and audiences.  If you haven't yet read the mysterious and alluring Life of Pi, make sure to catch up before the movie premieres this month.

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???

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