Two intriguing titles are out this month based on historic November anniversaries:
November 22, 1963 changed the United
States forever. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding
in his motorcade, and a broken-hearted America has spent nearly 50 years
remembering and speculating about the tragic events in Dallas. In his
latest novel, mega-best-selling writer Stephen King asks a fascinating
question: What if you could go back in time and change that day? More
specifically: What if you could save JFK? In 11/22/63,
an English teacher travels back to 1958 and begins a quest to alter
history. Space and time are placed on the line in King’s
thought-provoking and much-anticipated novel. Remember this iconic
moment in history with a truly imaginative, harrowing read.
The only unsolved airline hijacking in American history occurred on November 24, 1971. The suspect, a man using the name D.B. Cooper, has remained unidentified since the fateful day when he collected a ransom of $200,000 and parachuted from a rear exit door of the hijacked Boeing 727. The FBI investigation has gone on for 40 years, and the man behind the crime became a legend. Geoffrey Gray’s Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper delves into this great American mystery and the tumultuous period in which it occurred. With Nixon in the White House, war raging in Vietnam and social unrest at home, Cooper came to be regarded as something of a Robin Hood-esque figure. The still-perplexing questions about what happened to this shadowy figure when he jumped from the plane will fascinate true-crime fans.
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!
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).
There certainly are a lot of book-related events taking place during the rest of March and into April! Here are just a few highlights:
March 18-20 : Used Book Sale – The annual Spring book sale at the Library is this weekend. This is a great way to find bargains and support the Friends of the Library. Doors open at 2:30pm on Friday and everything ends at 2pm on Sunday. Find additional details on our website
April 12: Author Visit – Henry Kisor (two-time Pulitzer nominee, retired book editor of the Chicago Sun Times, author and blogger) will discuss his memoir, What’s That Pig Outdoors? – an engaging account of his life as a deaf person in a hearing culture. More details are available on our Special Events page
April 1 – 23: Tuesdays with Morrie – this popular nonfiction title is being presented on stage at the Steel Beam Theatre. Please visit their website for more information.
There have been a lot of great things in the news lately for fantasy readers – here’s a quick recap of some highlights that caught my attention:
George R. R. Martin
First we learned that the HBO adaptation of Martin’s book Game of Thrones will begin on April 17. This 10-part series is sure to be a hit not only with Martin fans but with all those who love epic fantasy. You can find out much more at the official site.
Then it was announced that the long-awaited book five of the A Song of Fire and Ice series has a firm publication date! That’s right, after six years of waiting fans can plan to spend their summer enjoying the 900+ pages of A Dance with Dragons.
(By the way, for those who need a few titles to tide them over, check out our If You Like… George R. R. Martin booklist)
Another highly anticipated fantasy book, The Wise Man’s Fear, book 2 in the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, is also now available after a lengthy wait by fans.
Tor.com Reader’s Poll Results
Actually, this piece of news contains both Science Fiction and Fantasy news. Readers were asked to vote for the “best SFF novels of the decade” and despite whether you agree with the results, there are some great titles on the top 10 list. (By the way, John Scalzi, author of the book at the #1 spot on the list – and a personal favorite – recently blogged that Old Man’s War is being adapted into a movie).
And in some “not so great” (but perfectly understandable) news, filming of The Hobbit has been delayed due to the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.
With all gabillion of our copies of Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 phenom, The Help, still in circulation (I can’t think of the last time I actually saw one on the shelf!), it’s no wonder that the book continues to make headlines.
First, there’s the behind-the-scenes buzz about the upcoming movie, slated for release late this summer. The cast combines relative unknowns such as Emma Stone as Skeeter Phelan; Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of Ron) as Hilly Holbrook; Jessica Chastain as Celia Foote; and Ahna O’Reilly as Elizabeth Leefolt, with veteran actresses Sissy Spacek as Missus Walters; Cicely Tyson as Constantine; and Allison Janney as Charlotte Phelan. The prime roles of Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson go to Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, respectively. Fans of the audiobook will recognize Spencer as the narrator of Minny’s character.
In the meantime, the Chicago Tribune has announced the launch of a new lecture series called “Author Talks,” with Kathryn Stockett as the invited guest for Friday, May 6. Full details can be found online.
And while all this information may be very — wait for it — helpful, there’s one last bit of juicy gossip to throw into the mix. Stockett has just been sued by a woman in Jackson, Mississippi (where the novel takes place) who claims that she is the real-life inspiration for Aibileen — and she’s not happy about it. Read more about it at the online “Books” section of The New York Times.
Our delicious collection of cookbooks remains a very popular choice among patrons. Readers continually love to browse the newest publications in search of savory, nutritious, and beautifully-illustrated recipes. Some titles boasting the most circulations for 2010 include:
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
Williams-Sonoma Comfort Food: Warm and Hearty
The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook
Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast
What We Eat When We Eat Alone
Top 100 Finger Foods: 100 Recipes for a Healthy, Happy Child
Cook This, Not That: Kitchen Survival Guide
The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet
Good HouseKeeping Blend It!: 150 Sensational Recipes to Make in Your Blender
Williams-Sonoma Essentials of French Cooking
500 Mexican Dishes: The Only Compendium of Mexican Dishes You’ll Ever Need
If you’re interested in more “best of” cookbook lists for 2010, take a look at what some of these sites rank as their favorites:
Getting hungry? Bet you can imagine something wonderful cooking in the kitchen already…
Something else to be thankful for this season–Thanksgiving reads @ your library:
A Ghost at the Table Suzanne Berne
Thanksgiving Night Richard Bausch
The Thanksgiving Visitor Truman Capote
Betty Crocker Complete Thanksgiving Cookbook 641.568 CRO
Paula Deen Celebrates! 641.568 DEE
Williams – Sonoma Thanksgiving Entertaining 641.568 PAP
Parties and Projects for the Holidays 641.568 CON
The Travel Mom’s Ultimate Book of Family Travel 910.202 KAU
Thanksgiving Ceremony: New Traditions for America’s Family Feast 394.2649 BLE
We also have a great collection of entertainment DVD’s just right for family viewing.
Come browse our new display shelves. Most movies can be checked out for one week.
Came across this short list of fall fiction in last weekend’s Chicago Tribune, compiled to help us all get in the mood for the change in seasons. As the days grow shorter and the air turns cool, consider sampling these AUTUMN READS: