Jan Hoffman’s article (Sunday Styles, August 14, 2011, New York Times) is about the joys and healing power of books for Nina Sinkovitz who lost her dear, older sister to cancer. For three years Ms. Sinkovitz immersed herself in a frantic, busy life. Feeling little peace and a grave sense of sorrow, she committed herself to yet another project…read a book a day for one year! She fulfilled this promise and wrote a memoir, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: A Year of Magical Reading: a beautiful story of her family life/history plus the list of the 365 titles she read. From this almost unimaginable, wonderful, (enviable) experience came her blog www.readallday.org which contains thoughtful, carefully written reviews. Her amazingly eclectic list includes suggestions for every taste. Readers will not only be inspired but feel as though they have discovered a dear friend in Nina Sankovitz and her magical year. Don’t miss her wonderful book!
Looking for a quick way to find a good read? Your next book is just a click away! Yournextread.com‘s simple design allows you to easily search for book suggestions as recommended by other readers. Enter a title or author name and book covers instantly appear. Click and browse for Amazon reviews. Jump to the library’s online catalog and reserve your copy. Done!
NPR recently ran a survey of the “Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy” books and the results are quite interesting! See if you agree (and check how many you’ve read). For even more fun: before you click the link - try and guess which title got the #1 spot (hint: it is a fantasy classic).
Here are just a few of the titles that have recently received a “thumbs up” by your fellow Library patrons:
Mysteries by Ann Purser, particularly the Lois Meade mysteries set in England. Begin with Murder on Monday.
The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin – the first in a series set in 19th Century Istanbul; try if you like detailed historical mysteries in exotic settings.
Friendship Bread by Darian Gee – a nice story set in a small Illinois town (includes recipes!)
The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard – enjoyable characters with a nice twist.
Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington – This debut novel has been
called “profoundly moving” and received a starred review from
Booklist. Our patron said it is sad, but loved the father/daughter
dynamic. “It’s a beautiful story, beautifully written that would be
good for all ages – and I’m very picky.”
Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs – readers who enjoy forensic TV shows should enjoy this series (note: you don’t have to start at beginning).
And some nonfiction picks:
Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared To See by Robert Kurson (362.41 KUR) – another fascinating read from the author who brought us Shadow Divers.
In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect by Ronald Kessler (363.283 KES)