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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Happy National Poetry Month! Print Email

Image of someone holding a smart phone with the poem flow app on it (poem title and author)Treat yourself to some delicious words with the too-cool Poem Flow (posted on our nonfiction feature page, or get the app!)  Sad news last week in the poetry world was the passage of Adrienne Rich, iconic feminist poet and intellectual, who could sum up her reason for writing in seven words: "the creation of a society without domination."  (Read the NYT obituary here.)  Spend some time this month exploring new poetry in the library collection - here's a list to get you started!

Book Lust Rediscoveries Print Email

Jacket cover of After Life by Rhian Ellis, showing a grayscale photo of a foggy forest with a young woman walking into the mist, her back to the cameraPromo photo of Nancy Pearl, librarian and author of the Book Lust series, wire frame glasses and very short cropped salt-and-pepper hairBetween now and the end of the year, Nancy Pearl and will be reprinting six of Nancy's favorite reads in what they are calling the Book Lust Rediscoveries series.  They intend to republish six titles each year that are mentioned by Nancy in her Book Lust recommendation series, titles originally published between 1960-2000 that have since fallen out-of-print.  Coming this spring are reprints of After Life by Rhian Ellis and A Gay And Melancholy Sound by Merle Miller, each with an introduction by Nancy and suggested questions for discussion.  (These ought to be good books for book groups!)  I'm reading After Life right now and was gripped from the very first line: "First, I had to get his body into the boat."  Set in upstate New York in a wonderfully eccentric community of mystics and spirtitualists (based on the real community of Lily Dale, NY), the narrator, medium Naomi Ash, certainly has a compelling personality but I'm still not sure that I totally trust her account of things!

What to Read while Waiting for "Wild" Print Email

Jacket cover of We have a waiting list for Wild, Cheryl Strayed's memoir of the three-month's she spent on the Pacific Crest Trail hiking solo, but having just finished reading it I can tell you it is well worth waiting for!  An inspiring story of how she transformed herself from a hiker with NO previous experience who was remarkably unprepared for the rigors of the trail to earning the moniker "Queen of the PCT" (even though she lost her boots along the way and had to hike for miles in duct tape booties!)  While you are waiting, you might consider the highly entertaining The Cactus Eaters by Dan White or A Blistered Kind of Love told in alternate chapters by a couple who thru-hiked the whole trail.  Coincidentally, there is an interesting interview with Strayed in today's issue of Shelf Awareness for Readers.

Lisa Lutz in Shelf Awareness Print Email

Promo photo of author Lisa Lutz, straight dark hair, wearing what appears to be a dark business suit coatShelf Awareness for Readers is a newsletter that will give you leads on new, exciting titles as well as really interesting tidbits of news from the book publishing world.  It is issued on Tuesday and Friday and I promise that skimming through it will introduce you to enough compelling titles to made you want to start reading full-time.  Authors are often interviewed and the style is so conversational that it feels like it is just the two of you talking ... this short piece by Lisa Lutz, author of the Spellman series, is a good example. 

"I work from home. My commute is five feet down a hallway from my bedroom to my office. I wear pajamas until I'm required to leave the house or bathe. I brush my teeth, but not my hair. Who do I need to impress, the UPS guy? (In fact, I do worry about what he thinks of me.) My point is, unlike people who work among other humans, I don't particularly need to be presentable. I also don't need to be organized, prompt, poised or sociable. All I have to do is sit behind a desk and write a book. Until the book comes out, that is. Then every habit I've hammered into my psyche over the last year has to be undented when I embark on a book tour."  (Click here to read the rest!)

Books for a Better Life Print Email

Jacket covers from three of the titles that are on the 2011 Books for a Better Life award listBooks for a Better Life is an award presented by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society recognizing self-improvement books in ten categories.  All proceeds from the annual awards ceremony where winners are announced go to support multiple sclerosis research and programs and services to help people who are living with MS.  Since 1996, the award program has recognized 500 authors and raised $1.8 million!  Hall of Fame members include Jane Brody, Jack Canfield, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Suzanne Somers, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Dr. Oz.  Here are the lists of the recently announced 2011 winners as well as last year's 2010 winners.  Healthy reading!

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