Sunday, August 2, 2015

Read the book that inspired PBS' 'Downton Abbey'


Are you a fan of the blockbuster hit series ‘Downton Abbey’ on PBS? You are not alone. A recent article in Variety states that it is the most popular drama in the history of PBS. Season 6 that starts in January of next year is sure to be an exciting one. According to the New York Times, the creator of the show, Julian Fellowes, was reading the scintillating ‘To Marry An English Lord’ by Gail MacColl and Carol Wallace when he came up with the idea for the program. Mr. Fellowes stated that the show takes up where this book leaves off. Download the inspiration for this brilliant drama via the Freading site.

“..delightful..dishing up spicy gossip, pithy social commentary..witty”- Publisher’s Weekly

“Large fortunes were made in post-Civil War America. Young heiresses, cold-shouldered by an entrenched aristocracy that scorned new money, looked across the sea to find husbands among titled young Englishmen who were long on status but very short of cash. Nancy Astor and Jennie Churchill are the most famous of more than 100 of these trans-Atlantic brides. This light-hearted bit of social history is lavishly illustrated and bedecked with sidebars and boxes of charts, lively quotes, and other supplementary material. A full register of these enterprising young ladies and a "Walking Tour" are included. Not only fun, but a definitive round-up of the players. Recommended.”
- Library Journal

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July 2015 LibraryReads.org Pick


When NYU student Leanne Brown was pursuing her graduate degree, she began to notice how many processed foods people around her ate. She decided to find out if it is possible to eat healthy, fresh foods while on the Federal Government assistance program that used to be referred to as Food Stamps. Her intention, per her disclosure in the book, is to create a resource for those on the program or on any budget. The result of her research is this amazing book full of tips on saving money at the grocery store, which foods are best to buy in bulk, and tons of healthy recipes with many ingredients you probably already have. As food prices are always on the rise, this is an outstanding resource. Download it to your phone from the library website and take it with you while food shopping. You will be amazed.

As much a recipe book (Brown’s) book is an idea book”
-       NPR
…genius..It contains healthy but tasty-sounding recipes, presented in a warm, you-can-do this tone.”
-National Geographic

striking…thank you to Leanne Brown”- Food & Wine


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amazon.com picks for the best books of 2015 (so far)

Amazon.com best books of the year (so far) picks for 2015
According to Forbes Magazine, Amazon.com is by far the largest seller of eBooks, holding 65% of the market. Many of their picks for the best books of 2015 (so far) are available for downloading, free of charge, from the library:

  
   

 



A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
The latest from award-winning author Susanna Kearsley is an exquisite story of two women living in very different times but whose lives intersect in amazing ways.

"Kearsley's decision to offer a fully developed, romantic lead with the perspective of Asperger's is a welcome and refreshing idea. Incorporating rich historical details that feel as vivid as the present enables readers to quickly lose sense of time as the author weaves threads from two eras into one dramatic tapestry." - Library Journal

The Descent by Tim Johnston
*A Breakout NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

*A USA Today Bestseller


*An Indie National Bestseller
The Courtland family decides to take their summer vacation in the Rocky Mountains before their athlete daughter, Caitlin, goes off to college. The parents hope the trip will possibly lend some aid their ailing marriage. When Caitlin doesn’t return from a run, will the family be torn apart?

“This is much more than your typical thriller. Tim Johnston has written a book that makes Gone Girl seem gimmicky . . . Johnston is an excellent writer. You want to set this one down so you can take a breath, and keep reading--all at the same time.- NPR


Orhan’s Inheritence By Aline Ohanesian
When Orhan’s brilliant businessman grandfather dies, Orhan inherits his store. The young man is shocked when he finds out that the family home has been left to an American woman who is a complete stranger to the family. He leaves his small village in Turkey and travels to California to try and discover why. 

A harrowing tale of unimaginable sacrifice . . . A novel that delves into the darkest corners of human history and emerges with a tenuous sense of hope.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review


1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die by Mimi Sheraton
Celebrated food critic Mimi Sheraton offers the best recipes from her travels around the world. A fascinating, mouthwatering experience with fantastic new foods to try.

“Mimi Sheraton was one of the few critics or writers on food who, had she expressed displeasure with me, would have caused me to consider quitting the business. As a chef, I feared and respected her. As a writer and observer and enthusiast—as someone who travels largely on his stomach—I can tell you that what Mimi doesn't know is hardly worth knowing. This fat, comprehensive guide to the 1,000 foods to eat before dying is just that: 1,000 foods you NEED to try, urgently. Read ... and seek.”
Anthony Bourdain, author, host, enthusiast

   Grow A Little Fruit Tree by Ann Ralph
Outstanding guide on how to grow fruit in the smallest of outdoor spaces. Not only are the trees practical but they are beautiful and fun to maintain.

“This is a delightful book that offers a TON of useful information”
- An Amazon.com reader review

                                     Mosiac Garden Projects by Mark Brody
Mosiacs brighten your garden year round, unlike any annual or perennial. This book offers everything from simple designs that a beginner can make, to more complex                                         projects.                                               
            

“I LOVE this book! It is clearly written, logically laid out, beautifully photographed and just so helpful. He includes LISTS of what to buy, so when going shopping, it is so easy. I'm a beginning mosaic artist who has taken 4 different classes from 4 different instructors. If I'd bought this book first, I think I could have skipped many of those classes.”
-An Amazon.com reader review

                  The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma by Nova Ren Suma
Heart-pounding thriller intended for grades nine and up. Two girls started out as close friends until one of them ended up somewhere she never thought she would be.

“Gripping . . . Just try to put this down.” —Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review

“The wholly realistic view of adolescents meeting the criminal justice system (with a heartbreaking contrast portrayed between the treatment of a wealthy girl and that of her poor multiracial friend) is touched at first with the slimmest twist of an otherworldly creepiness, escalating finally to the truly hair-raising and macabre. Eerie, painful and beautifully spine-chilling.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review




Thursday, June 11, 2015

Reading Group Choices' Favorites




Readinggroupchoices.com just announced which books were voted the favorite books of 2014 by their reading group members. If you are looking for suggestions for your book club/reading group, why not go with books that are available in digital format? That way all of your book club members can take them out at the same time, and no one has to remember to return them. Try the Reading Group Choices top picks “The Paris Architect” and “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” for your next book club meeting.

Praise for The Paris Architect:

“How far would you go to help a stranger? What would you risk? Would you trade your life for another's in the name of what is right? Belfoure explores these questions and others in this debut novel set in Paris during the Nazi occupation. Heart, reluctant heroism, and art blend together in this spine-chilling page-turner.”
-Publishers Weekly

“A beautiful and elegant account of an ordinary man's unexpected and reluctant descent into heroism during the second world war."
-Malcolm Gladwell


Praise for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry:

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry has a little bit of mystery and a little bit of romance, but is at its core a love story: love of books, love of family, love of community. It is as enchanting a book as you will read this year.”
      
BookPage

[A] sweet yet soulful tale of love, loss, the power of friendship—and books. Like sunshine on a breezy spring day, you won’t want it to end.”
      

Family Circle

Friday, May 1, 2015

2015 Edgar Award Winner for "Best Young Adult" Title


The Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar Awards every Spring. Named after Edgar Allen Poe, they are widely considered to be the most prestigious award within the genre. The Art of Secrets by James Klise won for the Young Adult category at the April 29, 2015 Awards.

*A Booklist Editor’s Choice Book

*A Booklist Top Crime Fiction Book

*A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book

Relationships, secrets and lies aplenty.” —Kirkus Reviews



“Will stay on readers’ minds long after the last page.”
 Booklist, starred review



“This story . . . culminates in a shocking twist of an ending that will engross readers until the very last page.”
The Christian Science Monitor