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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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Carnegie Award Finalists Print Email
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Selection committee chair Nancy Pearl announced the six finalists for the first annual Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction recently.  The awards are made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The winning titles (one fiction and one nonfiction) will be announced at a special event at the American Library Association Annual Conference on Sunday, June 24, in Anaheim, CA—the cash prize for the two winning authors is $5,000, while the four remaining finalists will each receive $1,500.  Click on any of the titles above to view and reserve in the library catalog.  (Musings - does having "Russell" in your name and putting a reptile on the cover better your chances for being a fiction finalist?)

 
New DVD eNewsletter Print Email

Jacket covers from the first three DVDs on the new DVD newsletter listCalling all movie buffs!  The library has a new DVD e-newsletter that can help you find - not the most popular DVDs - but interesting, well-reviewed films that may not have been caught by your movie radar.  Published on the 13th of each month, all titles are hand-picked by the librarian who selects DVDs.  Check out this month's selections here and visit our newsletter signup page to subscribe.

 
Top Book Group Books in April Print Email

Attention book groups!  Looking for great reads?  These titles were the most popular book club books during April based on votes from readers and leaders of more than 32,000 book clubs registered at Bookmovement.com:

Jacket covers from three books on the list1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James
3. Defending Jacob by William Landay
4. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
6. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
7. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
8. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
9. Room by Emma Donoghue
10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Rising Stars:
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 
Manfiction List Print Email

Jacket covers from four titles on the Esquire 75 books every man should read listSeveral years ago, Esquire magazine published a list of "the 75 books every man should read," touting it as "an unranked, incomplete, utterly biased list of the greatest works of literature ever published."  Despite criticism that it only contains one book written by a woman - ironically, A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor - the list has a nice balance between classics and contemporary authors, humorous and serious.  With summer reading just around the corner, there are plenty of ideas here to keep guys reading all summer long.  Scan the Esquire list with cover images here or see a text-only list that could be printed here.

 
Agatha Award Winners Print Email
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The Agatha Awards, named in honor of Agatha Christie, recognize excellent writing in the "traditional" mystery.  Awarded annually by Malice Domestic at their "fun fan" convention in Washington D.C., the genre is loosely defined as containing no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence.  If you are an Agatha Christie fan, or prefer to steer clear of more hard-boiled mysteries, these winners might be just your cup of tea.  Click on any of the book titles above to reserve in the library catalog.  (To see the list of all nominees, click here.)  Congratulations to Sara J. Henry whose book Learning to Swim also just won an Edgar Award!  Mystery writers take note - the winner for best nonfiction, Books, Crooks and Counselors, is a mystery-writing lawyer answering questions about how to write accurately about criminal law and courtroom procedure.  Great reference! 

 
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