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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On the Lower Rungs of America's Pastime Print Email

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Popular sports writer and author John Feinstein takes a look at an often-overlooked aspect of professional baseball in his new book, Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball. By focusing on the experiences of "eight men out"-- from coaches and players to umpires and announcers--over the course of the 2012 season, Feinstein finally gives everyone down at the farm a fair shake. Each story is different, but the combined frustrations of the minors with the tantalizing promise of the big leagues weigh heavily upon each participant in this well-reported account.

Teen Adventure Gets the Hollywood Treatment Print Email

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Veronica Roth made waves with her thrilling and insightful young adult novel, Divergent, and became a bestselling author at the age of 21.  The book is set in a dystopian future Chicago where society has split into five ideological factions--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent).  In the eagerly anticipated film version, 16-year-old Tris Prior, played by Shailene Woodley, and the enigmatic Four, played by Theo James, discover a sinister plot against members secretly categorized as "divergent."  Pick up a copy of Roth's novel before you see this thrilling, romantic adventure unfold on the big screen March 21st.

Whatcom READS! 2015 Print Email

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Now that all of this year's Whatcom READS! activities are over, it's time to get reading next year's title!  In case you missed the announcement made at Cheryl Strayed's speaking events, author Daniel James Brown has agreed to visit Whatcom County over three days next February to talk about his NYT bestselling book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  Brown's telling of the University of Washington’s rowing team's quest to win gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is hard to put down and will keep you up way too late succumbing to “just one more chapter.”  And like Cheryl Strayed's Wild, Boys in the Boat is also destined to be a movie, to be directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss Print Email

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March 2nd marks the 110th birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, Seuss abandoned plans to earn a doctorate in literature and instead pursued his love of drawing.  He went on to write 46 children's books.  Seuss himself said, "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child," so celebrate this literary life by picking up a copy of Green Eggs and Ham, the author's most-read classic.  Laugh along while Sam-I-Am offers a plate of green eggs and ham to the frustrated unnamed narrator in all kinds of silly locations, from a house to a box and a tree to a train, and inspire a new generation of bookworms!

A Spirited Portrait of Three Pioneering Sisters Print Email

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Diane Jacobs explores a famous family's activism in Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters.  On shelves just in time for Women's History Month, this intriguing joint biography follows Abigail Adams, the wife of President John Adams, and her two sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody.  Jacobs draws heavily on their lively correspondence to paint a picture of the three women, who shared progressive ideas in early America.  From serving as mayor and establishing the second coeducational school in U.S. history to taking charge of a vital family farm, these women have independent stories that shine.

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