Thursday, September 25, 2014

Current #1 NYT Best Seller

“What If” by Randall Monroe is the current #1 NYT Best Seller in Hardcover Non-Fiction. The author is a former NASA roboticist and the creator of the exceedingly popular webcomic called “xkcd” that encompasses the subjects of science, language, and love. A multitude of Mr. Monroe’s fans write to him with all kinds of questions. This book includes never before seen questions and the response from the author. It is an Amazon.com “Best Book of the Month” in September, and the enthusiastic reviews keep piling in. Download it with your library card today.




“For scientists, the price of progress is specialization. When the goal of any researcher is to lay claim to a tiny niche in a crowded discipline, it’s hard for laypeople to find answers to the really important interdisciplinary questions. Questions like, 'Is it possible to build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?' Fortunately, such people can turn to Randall Munroe, the author of the XKCD comic strip loved by fans of internet culture. . . . For Munroe, who writes with a clarity and wit honed over eight years of writing captions for his webcomic, the fact that a question might be impossible to solve is no deterrent to pursuing it.” —Wall Street Journal Speakeasy blog

“..required reading for techies across the world”- The New York Times

The best book I have read in a long time…fun, engaging, hilarious…informative and enjoyable”- An Amazon.com reader review



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Season of Storms arrives on Freading


New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author Susanna Kearsley has won two RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best Historical Fiction, she has won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and has been nominated for a RITA Award which promotes excellence in the Romance genre.  Just a couple of her outstanding top sellers include “The Firebird” and “The Winter Sea”, both of which are available on Freading.  Just last week “ Season of Storms” became available for sale. Download it with your library card today.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Authors

New on Freading

New titles arrive on Freading weekly. Just a couple of the more notable authors to have works that were added to the site recently include
 Arthur C. Clarke and Kurt Vonnegut.


Arthur C. Clarke wrote science fiction novels that were best sellers all over the world. According to the New York Times “Of his scores of books, some like “Childhood’s End,” have been in print continuously. His works have been translated into some 40 languages, and worldwide sales have been estimated at more than $25 million.” Also according to the Times, his visions for human beings in space was “acknowledged by American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts, by scientists like the astronomer Carl Sagan and by movie and television producers.”. One of his most famous releases entitled “2001: A Space Odyssey” became a Stanley Kubrick film that won 14 awards, including an Oscar.

 
 Literary icon Kurt Vonnegut may be best known for his works such as “Breakfast of Champions”, “Slaughterhouse Five” and “Cat’s Cradle”. According to the Indiana Historical Society (the author’s native state) his experiences in the U.S. Army fighting in the Battle of The Bulge and his time as a prisoner of war helped form some of the subject matter he wrote about. Nielson Bookscan, which tracks about 70% of industry sales, states that “Slaughterhouse Five” has sold over 280,000 copies since 2006. The Today Show website states that figure “is more than four times the combined pace of six of the most talked about books in the past 60 years”.  In comparing Vonnegut to another well known author, Norman Mailer, the Vice President of Merchandising at Barnes & Noble is quoted as saying “ Mailer’s books don’t have the same staying power (as Vonnegut)..people get hooked on Vonnegut and they stay with him…he is on our summer reading lists for students and we have adults saying –I’m going to read this again”


Read these books and more from these two featured authors on Freading.






Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Julia Alvarez wins National Medal of Arts

Julia Alvarez wins National Medal of Arts

It was just announced that the novelist, poet & essayist Julia Alvarez has won a 2013 National Medal of Arts. She will join fellow recipients at the White House on Monday, July 28th,  at 3pm. The event will be streamed live. The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and patrons of the arts by the United States Government. Ms. Alvarez is the author of numerous critically acclaimed novels including:
“How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents”
“In The Time of Butterflies” and “A Wedding in Haiti”.


According to the National Endowment for the Arts,  the author was chosen for this particular honor “for her extraordinary storytelling..she..reveals the human capacity for strength in the face of oppression”.


 


 

 



All of the novels captioned above by this award-winning author are available on Freading.

Monday, July 14, 2014

What's New


There are new arrivals on Freading all the time. Here are just a few suggestions to take with you wherever you go this summer. You can browse through these and more on the Freading site, but your travel bag will never get any heavier!

 

 

Martian Summer
By Andrew Kessler
The Discovery Channel producer author won what he refers to as the "space-nerd lottery". He was allowed to witness the 2009 Phoenix Mars Lander mission from a NASA control room.  Water and ice were discovered on Mars during this mission.  Kessler captures the breathless moment -to -moment experiences within the room as new discoveries are made, as well as the long days that are all hard work with nothing to show for them.

A candid and precise account of the ups and downs of a space mission. It gives the feel of the pressure and excitement at mission control”-Nilton Renno, Professor of Atmospheric and Space Sciences, University of Michigan

An informative and even charming semi-insider account of how such a mission operates, how humans fare on Mars time, and how scientists and administrators behave under extreme stress.” —The Washington Post

Readers will thrill to this slightly offbeat firsthand account of scientific determination and stubborn intellect. . . . This behind-the-scenes look delivers a fascinating journey of discovery peppered with humor.” —Publishers Weekly


In The Shadows of the Morning
By Philip Caputo
Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Vietnam Veteran, and former war correspondent Philip Caputo shares his astounding adventures around the globe in this unforgettable collection of essays. From his time in the jungles of Vietnam as a soldier, to his experiences with wild animals in Africa while working for National Geographic, Caputo keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

“Always a thoughtful, intelligent writer”- The New York Times

“Can make the reader shiver with the anticipation of danger in the wild, yet appreciate the need to experience it. “- Publisher’s Weekly

Journal of A Solitude
 by May Sarton
Extraordinary memoir of the author during her time living alone in New Hampshire. The pages bring to life her quest for inner peace and her search to figure out who she really is.  Anyone who has struggled with their own identity or with connections to others in their life will appreciate this refreshing work.

“…rich in the love of nature and the love of solitude. This is a beautiful book, wise and warm…”- Cleveland Plain Dealer

Expecting: A Novel
By Ann Hamilton
Laurie and Alan are finally expecting their long anticipated first child when they are handed the news that the fertility clinic had a mix-up. The television screenwriter author Ann Hamilton (Grey’s Anatomy, Thirtysomething, Party of Five) makes you want to read this entire novel in one sitting.

“Ripe with conflict and controversy, “Expecting” is the perfect book club pick. Ann Lewis Hamilton takes a serious subject matter-infertility-and layers it with havoc, heart, and humor”-Lori Spielman, author of The Life List

“an exuberant celebration of contemporary families in all their insane, messy beauty”-Jillian Medoff, Best-Selling author of “I Couldn’t Love You More” and “Hunger Point”


                                                           Breathe Annie, Breathe
                                                              By Miranda Kenneally
 Contemporary Young Adult pick from the author of the bestselling “Catching Jordan”.  Annie admits she always came in dead last when doing sprints for the Presidential Fitness Test. She doesn’t even like running. Now she is training for a marathon. It’s a race her boyfriend was supposed to enter, before he died in an accident.

"Annie's grieving and growth are realistic, and she makes it to the starting line in the best shape-physical and emotional-to tackle the challenges ahead... a pleasingly deliberate look at grief and healing." - Kirkus






Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Author Kaye Gibbons

Award-Winning Books by Kaye Gibbons


Author Kaye Gibbons rose out of a troubled, poverty-stricken childhood to graduate from college and become an award-winning, nationally recognized novelist. Her semi-autobiographical debut novel entitled “Ellen Foster” won the Louis D. Rubin Jr. Prize in Creative Writing, a special Citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. The CBS Television Network also developed it in to a Hallmark Movie It is an Oprah’s Book Club Selection. The book centers around a young girl who has a difficult childhood, but faces it head-on, and refuses to be a victim.



Her second novel, “A Virtuous Woman” is a lovely, beautifully written story of a young woman who was abandoned by her first husband. When she meets an unsuccessful, never married man that is 20 years her senior, it’s becomes difficult to tell which one needs the other more. This title is also an Oprah’s Book Club Selection.


Gibbons received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for her third novel “A Cure For Dreams”. It won the Chicago Tribune Award for Fiction, The Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, and the PEN Revson Award for the “Best Work of Fiction by An American Writer Under The Age of 35.” The book is the story of a mother’s life during the great depression, as told through her daughter. It captures the sense of community and belonging in a wonderful manner.




All of these books by Kaye Gibbons are available for downloading on the Freading site.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Featured Author

Featured Author: Gina Frangello

Gina Frangello has edited the award-winning fiction magazine Other Voices for over a decade. She is also the Sunday editor of The Rumpus and the fiction editor of The Nervous Breakdown. What happens when a long-time editor starts writing novels? Sensational stories that you can’t put down.


The latest novel from this author is
A Life In Men. It is the soul-searching story of a life-long friendship between two women that ends unexpectedly. Before the reasons for the abrupt departure can be explored, one of them dies of cancer. The sudden passing leaves the remaining friend full of questions, sadness, and a personal search for meaning.

“A stunning novel--Frangello’s broken characters live in a world of terror and redemption, of magnificent sadness and beauty.”
Kirkus Reviews

“In this bravura performance, a quantum creative leap . . . Frangello astutely dissects the quandaries of female sexuality, adoption, terminal illness, and compound heartbreak in a torrent of tough-minded observations, audacious candor, and storytelling moxie.”
Booklist



  An earlier thought provoking release from the Frangello entitled My Sister’s Continent, is a contemporary retelling of Freud’s famous “Dora” case study. Character Kirby is a young woman so much in dread of her twin sister’s return to town that she enters into therapy to deal with it. The therapy “fails” and she uses her twin’s journal to reconstruct memories of their life in her own way.

“A refreshing rebuttal to the canard that feminism is humorless, and the deep pun in the title is priceless.”
 --Chicago Tribune

Frangello is uncanny and mesmerizing in this smart, suspenseful psychosexual drama.

- Booklist