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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Pulitzer Prize 2015 Print Email

Pulitzer Prize medal logo

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners were named yesterday, the 99th year that the prizes have been awarded. Idaho author Anthony Doerr took home the fiction award for his WWII era novel All the Light We Cannot See, a book more than 10 years in the making. In nonfiction, Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction: A Natural History was the winner; like Doerr's book, Kolbert's has been a rich choice for book group discussion. The biography prize went to The Pope and Mussolini by David Kertzer, a portrait of two men that analyzes the rise of fascism in Europe. And the big winner for the history section was Elizabeth Fenn, with her book Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, which the judges called "an engrossing, original narrative". Add the prize-winning titles to your TBR list and see if you agree with the judges' distinction of these books as the best of the best.

Farewell, Ivan Doig Print Email

Photo of Ivan Doig, author

Iconic Northwest author Ivan Doig passed away last week at the age of 75, at his home in Seattle. Doig was a chronicler of the West in a way no other could quite match; his fiction and nonfiction alike captured the unique spirit and sensibility of our region and its people. Asked why he chose to become a writer, The New York Times quotes Doig as saying: "A lifetime of reasons, but here’s one: For the love of language and that daily tryst of the pair of us, it and me, creating something that did not exist before." Through his many books, Doig succeeded admirably in his goal - he leaves behind a literary legacy that readers will cherish for years to come. Honor Ivan Doig's life through his books, available at your library. (photo credit: Carol Doig)

A Year of Staff Picks - Deming Library Print Email

In 2015 we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. With spring in the air, we're headed to Deming Library for our April list!

Collage of photos of Deming branch staff members and picture of the branch building

Deming is a true community library, a hub of activity with staff whose interests span the collection. One of the most exciting things about this branch is the Deming Library Learning Garden, a space that features native plants and is tended by volunteers. The Bookworm Gardening Club for kids meets twice monthly in the spring and summer and joins a roster of popular programs including storytimes, author events, and the Good Yarns group for knitters and crocheters. The multi-talented Deming staff stay on their toes finding the best materials to recommend to their patrons. Check out this bustling branch soon, and enjoy these staff favorites hand-picked for you by the Deming pros!

A New Novel by Harper Lee! Print Email

Book cover for Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Cover art has just been revealed for the new novel by Harper Lee, due out July 2015, and the excitement for this release just keeps building. Lee's newly discovered book, titled Go Set a Watchman, is said to be the first work the author submitted to publishers, prior to the publication of the classicBook cover for To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird. Though not a true sequel, Watchman will feature the same characters we all know and love from Mockingbird, providing a fresh perspective on the events of that classic novel and examining "issues both personal and political". The announcement of the book's publication was met with enthusiasm from some parties and skepticism from others. Still, this is the biggest news to hit the book world in quite some time, and devoted readers everywhere are looking forward to this summer read!

"What If" - Alternate History Reads Print Email

Cover images for Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear; A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab; and Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson

Speculative fiction as a genre loves to ask the question, "what if?", and this is especially true in the alternate history subgenre. Taking real events or time periods and spinning them into imaginative scenarios, alt-history books dare readers to think about the past in an entirely different way. Give this intriguing genre a try with A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab, which envisions parallel universes containing different versions of London and one dangerous threat to all the worlds. Or visit a steampunk Seattle in Elizabeth Bear's Karen Memory, where a young bordello worker finds herself fighting for her very survival. And how would our world be changed if the Black Death had claimed 99% of the population? That's the puzzle at the center of Kim Stanley Robinson's sprawling spec-fic epic Years of Rice and Salt. Find these and other alt-history page turners at your library now!

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