Friday, February 22, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI: Titles Available in Freading

A recent article in Publishers Weekly states that "Sales of books about Pope Benedict XVI have skyrocketed since his resignation."

The Pope’s War
by Matthew Fox
The Pope's War* offers a provocative look at three decades of corruption in the Catholic Church, focusing on Josef Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI. Matthew Fox presents insights from his 12-year, up-close-and-personal battle with Ratzinger, tracing the historical roots of degradation in the Church and offering a new way to understand why Benedict XVI is now mired in crisis as Pope. Fox then outlines his vision for a new Catholicism-one that is not Vatican-based but truly universal, celebrating critical thinking, diversity, and justice.

Pope Benedict XVI: In My Own Words
by Daniel Michaels Ph.D. (Compiler, Editor)
This collection of writings reveals the Holy Father's beliefs on religious truth and freedom, Church and culture, the Eucharist, Christian unity, and ministry and service. These words display Benedict's zeal and provide hope for the church.

Look for "The Pope's War", "Pope Benedict XVI: In My Own Words" and other great titles in your library's Freading collection.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Checkmate, My Lord by Tracey Devlyn: PW Starred Review

Checkmate, My Lord by Tracey Devlyn (Sourcebooks Casablanca)
The second book in Devlyn’s Nexus series (after A Lady’s Revenge) craftily combines espionage in Regency England with a healthy dose of sizzling romance. Widow Catherine Ashcroft has asked Sebastian Danvers, Lord Somerton, to examine her husband’s last letters to her, believing they hold the clues to Ashcroft’s murder. Sebastian, a spy for the Crown, agrees to assist her; he has little else to do, having been banished from London while his ties to a double agent are investigated. As Sebastian resumes his neglected duties as lord of Bellamere Park, Catherine helps him to regain the trust of his tenants. Her willingness to embark on a love affair with him baffles Sebastian, who clearly wants no long-term relationship and wonders whether her persistence masks hidden motives. Catherine’s struggles as a widow and the mother of a young daughter reveal a hidden strength not often present in Regency-era heroines, and Sebastian’s dark, emotionally guarded demeanor is laced with complexity that only the most stalwart heroine can unravel. Devlyn’s seamless writing will entice readers and keep them eager for the next installment.

*A Lady's Revenge (Book 1 of the Nexus series) also available in Freading. 

"Devlyn delivers an emotional, powerful read." ~ RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"Devlyn's edgy and sexy series is gaining momentum, and historical-romantic suspense fans, particularly those who enjoy Brenda Joyce, will delight in this." ~ Booklist 

"Love the characters, lots of mystery, murders, spies and lots of romance!!!!!!!! CHECKMATE MY LORD is an edge of your seat exciting read!" ~ Fresh Fiction

Once Again a Bride by Jane Ashford: Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Once Again a Bride by Jane Ashford (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Ashford (Bride to Be) delights with a smoothly told Regency-era double romance in which gentry and faithful servants alike find family, love, and belonging. Young Charlotte Wylde was abused and neglected by her husband, Henry. When he’s murdered by footpads, Charlotte is surprised to be taken in as family by the busy household of Henry’s kind nephew, Sir Alexander Wylde. Though Alec’s young sisters only have friendship on their agenda, Alec’s aunt and nephew are less forthright in their expectations about the relationship. Alec slowly realizes what a gem Charlotte is as she discovers her freedom. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s maid, Lucy, catches the attention of sweet, sassy footman Ethan. This simple novel offers a near-perfect example of everything that makes this genre an escapist joy to read: unsought love triumphs despite difficult circumstances, unpleasantness is resolved and mysteries cleared, and good people get the happy lives they deserve. 

"A bit of gothic suspense, a double love story and the right touches of humor and sensuality add up to this delightfully fast-paced read about second chances and love's redeeming power." -- RT Book Reviews 4 stars

"Ashford spices up the plot of her latest Regency historical with an intriguing thread of mystery while at the same time realistically tempering the story with details about the social and political unrest of the time." -- Booklist

World Book Night 2013

I'm a giver!  

I had such a great time last year participating in World Book Night; I decided to do it again this year.

World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.  Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.  In 2012, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, Ireland, and Germany.

World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories. 

Applications to become a WBN 2013 Book Giver are now closed. 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"Ellen Foster" Now Available in Freading

"When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy."  (Very first sentence in Ellen Foster.)  

Easy there kid.

Today, I was digging around Freading and I came upon Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons.  You may remember this book - it was originally released in 1987 - I was still in high school...... :)

An Oprah Book Club selection in 1997; this enchanting novel won two literary awards: The Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and a citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation.

The novel follows the story of Ellen, the first person narrator, a young white American girl living under harsh conditions in the rural south in the 70's.

You can find it on the Featured titles list for a couple weeks in Freading.  It would be a great book club selection or summer reading selection.  

The beauty of the Freading eBook database is there is never a wait list.  If you have 20 patrons that want to download Ellen Foster at the exact same time - you are going to have 20 very happy patrons!

Friday, February 1, 2013

New and Notable Titles in Freading eBooks

The Day My Brain Exploded, by Ashok Rajamani (Memoir)
After a full-throttle brain bleed at the age of twenty-five, Ashok Rajamani, a first-generation Indian American, had to relearn everything: how to eat, how to walk and to speak, even things as basic as his sexual orientation. With humor and insight, he describes the events of that day (his brain exploded just before his brother’s wedding!), as well as the long, difficult recovery period. In the process, he introduces readers to his family—his principal support group, as well as a constant source of frustration and amazement. Irreverent, coruscating, angry, at times shocking, but always revelatory, his memoir takes the reader into unfamiliar territory, much like the experience Alice had when she fell down the rabbit hole. That he lived to tell the story is miraculous; that he tells it with such aplomb is simply remarkable.
"In this frank and witty account of his own brain "explosion," Rajamani describes in vivid detail the circumstances leading to the injury, and its devastating aftermath on both his family and himself, including chronic epilepsy and a freak form of blindness affecting the left-side of each eye.  With disarming drollery, the author also recounts his racism-ringed upbringing as an Indian American in white-dominated suburban Chicago.  Shedding much-needed light on a little-known medical trauma, Rajamani's sharp-edged prose is both informative and inspiring." - Booklist
"First-time author Rajamani delivers a fascinating look at his life and his recovery as a brain-injury patient that is both heartbreaking and uplifting." - Publisher's Weekly

Hikikomori and the Rental Sister: A Novel, by Jeff Backhaus
Thomas Tessler has cloistered himself in his bedroom and shut out the world for the past three years. His wife, Silke, lives right in the next room, but Thomas no longer shares his life with her, leaving his hideout only occasionally, in the wee hours of the night, to pick up food at the grocery store around the corner from their Manhattan apartment. Unable to cope with a devastating loss, Thomas has become isolated and withdrawn. He is hikikomori.
Desperate for one last chance to salvage their life together, Silke hires Megumi, a young  Japanese immigrant attuned to the hikikomori phenomenon, to lure Thomas back into the world. Fleeing from her own shattering experience, Megumi has buried her pain in a fast life spent in nightclubs with nameless men. Now she will try to help Thomas and Silke as a “rental sister,” as they are known in Japan. At first Thomas remains steadfast and sequestered, but as he grows to trust Megumi, a deepening and sensual relationship unfolds. 

“A mesmerizing debut at once sorrowful, intimate, and optimistic . . . Told in crisp and lyrical prose and a nontraditional narrative that shifts between first- and third-person, Backhaus’s novel is courageous and spare, an enthralling success.”—Booklist, starred review
"His writing, which is as clear and direct as flowing water...charts the hazardous path to a restored future." --The Wall Street Journal
"[a] quiet but poignant exploration of loneliness and self-discovery..." --USA TODAY (3.5 out of 4 stars)
"Told in a simple cadence that's almost poetic in its plainness, this elegant novel doesn't take long to read but leaves indelible impressions in its wake." --iBookstore (Editors' Choice)

Coming Soon to a Freading eBook Site Near You....

All This Talk of Love: A Novel, by Christopher Castellani (Feb. 5, 2013)

It’s been fifty years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America. That was the last time she saw her parents, her sisters and brothers—everything she knew and loved in the village of Santa Cecilia, Italy. Maddalena sees no need to open the door to the past and let the emotional baggage and unmended rifts of another life spill out.  But Prima was raised on the lore of the Old Country. And as she sees her parents aging, she hatches the idea to take the entire family back to Italy—hoping to reunite Maddalena with her estranged sister and let her parents see their homeland one last time. It is an idea that threatens to tear the Grasso family apart, until fate deals them some unwelcome surprises, and their trip home becomes a necessary journey. 
All This Talk of Love is an incandescent novel about sacrifice and hope, loss and love, myth and memory.


"At turns funny and tragic, Castellani's third novel recalls similar contemporary sagas, such as Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, but is far less cynical. Literary scholar Frankie reviles sentimentality, and the author manages to stop short of it while still making the story emotionally resonant. This reviewer defies anyone not to fall in love with the Grassos." -- Library Journal (starred) 
"Castellani writes movingly, affectingly, of immigrant life, of the dichotomy of cultures, of the persistence of love across generations." -- Kirkus Reviews
"In his long-awaited third novel, Castellani plumbs the depths of intricate family life and comes up with realistically complex characters, funny quirks that make utter sense, and an examination of the bonds that can both compel and repel...Family histories and secrets reveal themselves a wisp at a time, layered into the story with sugar and plenty of spice by Castellani's evocative writing." -- Booklist

Lady Eve's Indiscretion, by Grace Burrowes (Feb. 5, 2013)

Pretty, petite Evie Windham has been more indiscreet than her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Moreland, suspect. Fearing that a wedding night would reveal her past, she's running out of excuses to dodge adoring swains. Lucas Denning, the newly titled Marquis of Deene, has reason of his own for avoiding marriage. So Evie and Deene strike a deal, each agreeing to be the other's decoy. At this rate, matrimony could be avoided indefinitely...until the two are caught in a steamy kiss that no one was supposed to see.


"Burrowes delivers red-hot chemistry with a masterful mix of playfulness and sensuality."Publishers Weekly Starred Review