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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Orange Prize for Fiction Winner Announced Print Email

Jacket cover from Madeline Miller's American author Madeline Miller has won the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction with her debut novel The Song of Achilles, which will transport you to Greece during the age of heroes, where young princes Patroclus and Achilles go to the rescue of kidnapped Helen of Sparta. Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, this page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career. 2012 marks the seventeenth year of the Orange Prize, which celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

Craig Johnson - Books into TV Print Email

Jacket cover of Craig Johnson's You might want to check out one of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries before the A&E television series premieres June 3rd, starring Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire, Katee Sackhoff as Vic Moretti and Lou Diamond Phillips as Henry Standing Bear.  In his latest Longmire mystery, when the site of his daughter's upcoming wedding burns down, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire and his friend, Henry Standing Bear, witness the falling death of a young Crow woman and are recruited into an investigation that incites the wrath of the bride-to-be.  ShelfAwareness recently interviewed Johnson about the upcoming television series.  While praising the cast in the interview, Johnson says, "It's kind of nice to have a cast that reads, because they all ran out and bought all the books."  YAY for reading!

Something for Everyone Print Email

Jacket covers from three titles on the L.A. Times book award listThere's something for every type of reader among these winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, which were announced recently to launch the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Biography: Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned by John A. Farrell
Current interest: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Fiction: Luminarium by Alex Shakar
First fiction: Shards by Ismet Prcic
Graphic novel: Finder: Voice by Carla Speed McNeil
History: Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America by Richard White
Mystery/thriller: 11/22/1963 by Stephen King
Science and technology: Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar
Young adult literature: The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman

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.

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