Monday, November 7, 2016

2016 Goodreads 'Choice Awards' Nominees

The Goodreads 'Choice Awards' are the only major book award decided completely by readers according to the Goodreads website. Over a million votes for the best books of 2016 have already been cast, but there is still time to go on to the site and vote for your favorites. Before you make your choice, here are nominees that are available for free with your library card on Freading:

The Moon in The Palace by Weina Dai Randel
Nominated for the "Best in Historical Fiction", The Moon in the Palace is the exceptional story of the first female ruler of China. The book starts out by following young Mei Wu as she is educated in numerous subjects by her father. When she is summoned to serve the Emperor at only thirteen, she is the most educated woman in the palace. She declines from trying to impress anyone with feminine wiles, and instead relies on her wits. This tactic earns eventually her the most powerful seat in the country.

"The real triumph of The Moon in the Palace is how Randel succeeds in showing court politics exclusively through female eyes, and how every decision and subsequent action, success, and failure are skillfully plotted like a chess match by the palace women... Magical." -- Washington Independent Book Review of Books

“Like fragile yet strong silk threads, Randel’s beautifully composed debut ensnares readers in the dynamic story of the young girl who would become Empress of the Bright Moon. Randel’s novel is an impressive tale of lethal court intrigue that is seductive and alluring. It is a story of one woman’s rise to power, but also of the relationships between the women of the palace. Readers will be transported by the colorful, fairy-tale-like story.”
 RT Book Reviews, Top Pick, 4-1/2 stars 

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
*A #1 New York Times Best Seller
Young Adult Fiction nominee "This Is Where It Ends" is the timely, terrifying novel of  gun violence at a high school. It encompasses the monstrous insanity of one lone perpetrator and the unwavering bravery of everyday people who give everything to help one another.

"With an ending that will leave readers rocked with fear, grief, chills and tears, this outstanding debut will hit close to home and is best suited for older teens." - BookPage

Real Food, Fake Food by Larry Olmstead
A 'Best Food' nomination, Real Food, Fake Food reveals the truth behind what we are eating every day. For instance, did you know that 75 to 80 percent of the extra virgin olive oil sold in the U.S. is not real? Disappointing information considering how expensive it is and how healthy the average consumer thinks it is. Many foods we would never suspect have the same problem. Read this book and know what you are eating.

“Olmsted’s well-researched exposé reveals how often what we eat isn’t what it seems. (Parmesan cheese made of wood pulp or fake lobster rolls, anyone?) Eye-opening.”—PEOPLE magazine

 “Olmsted boldly walks readers through a course in food authenticity that covers olive oil, cheese, Champagne, seafood, steak, coffee, and more. Readers will be inspired by his intensity and clarity, and floored by how far some counterfeiters go to fool consumers and some historic food institutions go to protect their products and their names. Olmsted’s research is impressive, and he lets no stone go unturned. He lets the terrifying facts speak for themselves, adding just a little humor . . . Olmsted’s sharp language will hopefully put fires under counterfeiters everywhere . . . With the guiding hand of a good friend and prose that keeps the reader’s eye moving, Olmsted insists that readers ‘shop better and cook more.’”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini
Nominated for "Best Cookbook", this volume is for anyone who is trying to more color and vegetables into their diet. The author gives information on everything from what vegetables to try during different seasons to exactly how to cook them, cut them, and what to pair them with. Although these recipes allow vegetables to be a meal of their own, the recipes are not just for vegetarians. They are for anyone trying to make being healthy a little more fun.

“Chef Cara Mangini’s forthcoming book, The Vegetable Butcher, is nothing short of a veg-o-pedia. It’s packed with tips for buying the best stuff, plus a haul of killer recipes and step-by-step instructions for slicing and dicing everything from artichokes to zucchini.” 

Project Smoke by Steven Raichlen
Another "Best Cookbook" nominee is this latest installment by America's "Master Griller" (per Esquire Magazine).  It's a tantalizing collection of over one hundred recipes of smoked food. It includes many options you might have never thought of smoking such as "Crab-Bacon Poppers" and "Smoked Cheesecake". 

“The book is loaded with gorgeous, I-need-to-make-that-right now photos, but it’s also a super accessible soup-to-nuts primer on everything you need to know, and then some, whether you’re a novice, an enthusiast, or a total all-out smoked food addict. There’s hot smoking and cold-smoking, smoke-braising, tea-smoking, “caveman” smoking direct on embers, and stovetop smoking. Who wouldn’t want to know the 10 steps to perfect brisket, or how to make best-ever Chinese barbecued pork, smoked nachos, and bacon from scratch?”—Food & Wine online

The Universe of Us by Lang Leav
Selected for a "Best Poetry" nomination, The Universe of Us is an exquisitely written, accessible, and unforgettable volume of short poems full of rich meaning. Her words will stay with you wherever you go. 

"Lang Leav always writes so beautifully, but this is by far the best book of hers yet. It is filled with nostalgia, lust, love, longing, and self-empowerment. Do yourself a favor and buy this book."
-An reader review