Sunday, January 24, 2016

New York Times Best Sellers & People Magazine Pick

Do you like to look at the best seller lists for suggestions on what to read? Several of current The New York Times Best Selling E-Books are available to download for free from the Freading site. There will be no need to put these books on hold. Titles on Freading never run out. 

Misdiagnosed by Jody Berger
Many of us have gone to the doctor for a concern only to have him or her give just a few minutes of their time and send us out the door. This happened to the award-winning journalist author. In this case, she was given a life changing diagnoses before being shown the exit. It took an exhausting amount of time and learning how to be an advocate for herself to realize that her doctor was not correct.

"Misdiagnosed is a gripping mystery that begins with the MRI that first revealed the lesions on Berger's spine...a simple elimination diet was the cure, so she recommends that more people start with food and nutrition rather than pharmaceuticals, and ultimately learn to trust their instincts." 
Shelf Awareness for Readers

A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena DiBlasi
The author is divorced and traveling alone through Italy when she meets Fernando. He doesn't speak much English, and she only knows enough Italian to get by. Within two months, she puts her house in America up for sale and moves to Venice in order to be with her mystery man.

"Venice is almost synonymous with romance, and in this charming account de Blasi spares no detail in telling us how she fell under its spell. A journalist, restaurant critic, and food consultant, de Blasi left her home, her grown children, and her job as a chef in St. Louis to marry Fernando, a Venetian she barely knew. In defiance of the cynics who think true love in middle age is crazy, her marriage flourished, as these two strangers made a life together."
-Library Journal

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin
( Young Adult Best Seller)
Gorgeously written, heart-wrenching story of two teens who had been friends since childhood. In high school, they went their separate ways and fell into different relationships. The pair still had to see each other at holiday gatherings as their parents remained friendly, but they ignored each other. Then the unthinkable happens, and it comes to light that they cared for one another more than they realized.

" The heart of this novel is an examination of an unresolved childhood love that is so pure and sweet that it seems too fragile to survive the turbulent years of adolescence. Using tender prose that makes it hard not to care about the main characters, this title chronicles four years of high school and the confusing post-graduation period. At the end, when Nowlin reveals why Finny should have been with Autumn all along, readers are sure to feel the ache of life's capriciousness."
-School Library Journal

Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

* A People Magazine pick for "Best New Books"
*A #1 Indie Next Pick for January
* A January Pick
*An "Best Book of the Month" January pick
* A Women's Day Magazine 'Reader's Circle' pick for January 
Two women who live across the Atlantic Ocean from each other develop a touching friendship based on their love of books. When one decides to visit the other, nothing turns out as expected. 

"A heartwarming tale about literature's power to transform." - People

Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington
* A January 2016 Indie Next Pick
We meet Rocky when he is eight. He idolizes his sixteen-year-old half brother Paul who smokes and listens to "cool" music. Inexplicably, Paul picks Rocky up from school one day to go for a drive. He nearly abandons his younger sibling in the middle of no where, then goes back to get him. Shortly thereafter, Paul disappears. In this breathtaking novel, the author contemplates the messiness of love. Are we better off without it?

“This heartbreakingly effective coming-of-age story about the importance of love in one’s life is replete with moments of harsh cruelty and tender love. Beautifully written, it vividly brings to life its Southern characters, landscape, and small-town claustrophobia. Readers will stop and reread paragraphs, not because of confusion but for the pure joy of the language . . delight in discovering this fine new writer.”—Library Journal, starred review

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wall Street Journal & New York Times Best Seller

"The Water Is Wide" by Pat Conroy is now a #4 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and is back on the New York Times list as a #2 in E-Book Non Fiction. The memoir tells of the author's amazing experience trying to make his contribution to the world by teaching children on an isolated island. He learns as much from his students as they do from him.

“Reading PAT CONROY is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel.”
Houston Chronicle

“A hell of a good story.”
The New York Times

'The Water is Wide" is available on Freading 24 hours a day

Thursday, December 10, 2015

NPR's 'Best Books of 2015'

NPR just posted their choices for the best books of 2015. These books below are available with your library card twenty-four hours a day:

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Intended for grades nine and up, The Walls Around Us is a mesmerizing psychological thriller. It is the haunting story of female friendship gone wrong.
The Walls Around Us
“[An] Intricately plotted psychological horror story . . .  With evocative language, a shifting timeline, and more than one unreliable narrator, Suma subtly explores the balance of power between the talented and the mediocre, the rich and the poor, the brave and the cowardly--and the unpleasant truths that are released when these scales are upset.”
New York Times Book Review

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


Descent by Tim Johnston
The Courtland family decides to take a vacation together before their daughter Caitlin leaves for college. They arrive in the Rocky Mountains hoping for some positive changes. Caitlin is a runner and wants to challenge herself in the steep roads that the destination offers. Her parents hope that time together will help heal their own marriage difficulties. One morning, Caitlin heads out for a run with her brother. She does not return and her brother is badly injured.
Outstanding . . . The days when you had to choose between a great story and a great piece of writing? Gone.

“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.”
Alan Cheuse on NPR’s All Things Considered 


We Were Brothers by Barry Moser
Even though Barry and Tommy were raised by the same parents, in the same house, they were very different people. As they got older, their differences broadened.They stayed in touch with each other, but their relationship was fragile. After years of  living completely different lives, a particularly tense conversation ends what little connection they had. 

We Were Brothers 
“A complex meditation on how two men who grew up together came away with diametrically opposing views on so many social and civil-rights issues . . . [a] lyrical memoir . . . [Moser] writes movingly about his rapprochement with Tommy before his death in 2005.The brothers’ reconciliation is deeply affecting in a memoir that Barry Moser considers an homage to Tommy ‘as well as a history of our burdened brotherhood.’” 
The Boston Globe

"A valiantly forthright, superbly illustrated family crisply and frankly chronicling his battles and eventual reconciliation with his brother, Moser looks to a more caring and just future world."

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A National Endowment For The Arts 'Big Read' Selection

The National Endowment for the Arts just announced that Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones was selected for its 2016-2017 ‘Big Read’ program. Per the programbroadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book or poet” The Director of the Endowment was quoted as saying that she wanted the “incredible storytelling to inspire meaningful conversations.”

"A love story... full of perverse wisdom and proud joy....Jones's skill for wry understatement never
O, The Oprah Magazine

“A graceful and shining work about finding the truth.” – Library Journal, starred review

“It’s an amazing, amazing read.”
Jennifer Weiner on NBC’s “The Today Show”

“Impossible to put down until you find out how these sisters will discover their own versions of family.”
Los Angeles Times

Download Silver Sparrow from the Freading site today.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

*A #1 Indie Next Pick for November

*A LibraryReads Pick for November

The Award-winning and best-selling author of The Art Forger brings us the compelling story of a brilliant young artist who disappears without a trace just prior to the start of World War II.

“Shapiro follows the enthusiastically received The Art Forger (2012) with an even more polished and resonant tale. [Her] novel of epic moral failings is riveting, gracefully romantic, and sharply revelatory; it is also tragic in its timeliness as the world faces new refugee crises.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Shapiro’s plotting is deft, and the anonymous paintings and AlizĂ©e’s disappearance add mystery and intrigue to the tale. Like her well-received 2012 novel, “The Art Forger,” this new story takes us into the heart of what it means to be an artist. …vibrant and suspenseful. As tens of thousands of modern-day asylum-seekers from the Middle East and Africa surge into Europe, and pictures of their mistreatment are broadcast around the world, “The Muralist” is a grim reminder that history continues to repeat itself.” Washington Post

“In The Muralist, novelist B.A. Shapiro deftly layers American art history, the facts of World War II and the fictitious stories of Alizee and Dani. …The Muralist is a compelling mystery. …The Muralist elevates Shapiro to an even higher plane and is sure to be a crowning touch in an already celebrated career.” BookPage

“B. A. Shapiro once again pens the art world into vivid, sensual life. Set during World War II and the dawn of Abstract Expressionism, The Muralist is an intriguing story masterfully imagined about art, war, family, truth, and freedom. If you liked The Art Forger, you're going to love The Muralist!” —Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Witch's Boy

‘The Witch’s Boy’ just came out in paperback form this month, but it has been available on-line from the library website via Freading since it was released. Has your son or daughter read it yet?

*A 2015 ALSC Children’s Notable Book
*A Washington Post Best Book of 2014
*A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014
*A Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2014
*A Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best” 2014

“[The Witch’s Boy] should open young readers’ eyes to something that is all around them in the very world we live in: the magic of words.”
—The New York Times

This spellbinding fantasy begs for a cozy chair and several hours of uninterrupted reading time.”
The Washington Post