Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Attention Book Groups

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helene Simonson

Retired Major Ernest Pettigrew leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Available as a Book Group To Go bag

Saturday, October 15, 2011

National Book Award Finalists!

Attention Red Carpet Hounds! The nominees for readers' answer to the Emmys have been announced! To fill out your reading list between now and November 16 (because then, of course, you'll have already read the winner when no one else can find a copy of it), read on...

In Fiction:

The Sojourn by Andrew Krivek

Jozef Vinich, WWI marksman, manages the daily life of trench warfare and confronts his own past in order to return to life and love. "Emotionall charged."

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

Natalia Stefanovi, a doctor when not on suspension, digs into her history by travelling to the village of her beloved grandfather. "Her unsentimental faith in language, dream and memory is a pleasure."

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Eight intertwined stories of eight young women brought from Japan to San Fransisco nearly a century ago as "picture brides." "Spare yet poignant...clear, elegant prose."

Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman
A collection of short fiction that is both previously published and previously unpublished, many are calling this the quintessential Pearlman colume. For fan of Alice Munro and Nicole Krauss.

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
A motherless family pulls together to take care of one another without aid from their self-absorbed father. The story take place over the course of 12 days as a hurricane builds in the nearby Gulf.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Attention Book Groups

A new fiction title, Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin is now available as a Book Group to Go bag:

When Alice Ripley's boyfriend breaks up with her and she loses her job at the library during the Great Depression, she heads to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, where she volunteers to stay for a while to help the librarian there.