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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Flood of new eBooks and eAudio! Print Email

Ad for WA Anytime Library which reads

Good news for eBook readers and eAudio listeners!  A veritable flood of new materials is populating the Washington Anytime Library, thanks to some one-time-only “end of year” federal grant funds for library development, made available through the WA State Library.  (The WA Anytime Library is a consortium of libraries from around the state who cooperatively contribute to a digital collection that can be shared by library patrons at all participating locations.)  In the past week, over 100 audio titles and over 400 eBook titles have been added - and more to come!  Heads-up if you are a digital content user - visit us today to find lots of new and exciting reads!

What to Read while Waiting for Bernadette Print Email

Picture of Seattle skyline/space needle and the jacket cover of Maria Semple's Maria Semple's summer-released Where'd You Go, Bernadette has been enjoying bestseller status, thanks to NPR features on On Point and Morning Edition (and there is a waiting list for library copies).  This time around Semple hones her slightly wicked and razor-sharp wit on Seattle and Microsoft culture.  The story centers on brilliant architect, Bernadette, whose allergy for Seattle culture has developed into an agoraphobia that has her using a virtual assistant in India to accomplish most of her errands.  This becomes a problem when the family plans a vacation to Antarctica to celebrate daughter Bee acing her private school report card.  Bernadette mysteriously disappears, and Bee's dedication to finding her mother takes her to the ends of the earth and will have you turning the pages to discover "where did she go?"  Get on the list for this great read - and while you are waiting, check out some of these other novels also set in the great city of Seattle.

Family Life Novels Print Email

Magazine cover from Sept/Oct 2012 issue of Bookmarks - a watercolor painting of an elegant, high-ceilinged library with stacks on both sides and a long reading table down the middle, framed by a high arching doorway, chandelier and large window on the far wallBookmarks magazine continues its Contemporary Life Stages novels series with a new booklist of titles that feature Family Life - from the joys and trials of parenthood to sibling relationships and family dysfunction.  Selections are all by contemporary authors and are identified by the decade or time period during which the novel takes place.  Previous lists in this series were Coming of Age, First Love, Careers, and MarriageBookmarks magazine is available for checkout at the Deming branch or click here to have an issue sent to your home library for pickup.

Hispanic Heritage Month Print Email

Jacket cover of Julia Alvarez's

September 15th begins the month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Mark the occasion by picking up Julia Alvarez's A Wedding in Haiti, a memoir chronicling her hilarious and life-changing experiences in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  Years after Alvarez promises a friend she will attend his wedding, she must fulfill her pledge by traveling across the turbulent nation of Haiti, bribing officials along the way.  A year later, she and her husband make the same journey, this time to find her friend in the devastation of the 2010 earthquake that struck the island nation.  Once we have become involved in a relationship, Alvarez declares, we are transformed by our obligation to it.  For a sampling of Hispanic authors, check out The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature.

New Northwest Stories Print Email

Jacket covers of The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin and Wilderness by Lance Weller, both featuring scenes from the Pacific NW

You might want to add these two new fall titles set in the Northwest to your reading list based on early reviews.  The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin, set at the turn of the 20th century, places two scared, desperate, and very pregnant teenage girls under the compassionate watch of a reclusive orchardist who sacrifices his ordered world and lonely harmony to open his heart and let them in.  This book also has one of the most beautiful covers yet this year.  Lance Weller's Wilderness features Abel, another lonely and damaged soul, whose Civil War wounds - both physical and spiritual - led him to pilgrimage to Washington State where he lives with his dog for companionship in a driftwood shack.  But the war is not yet done with him, and he must make one more journey to hold onto his humanity.  (This cover is great, too!)

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