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