Book Lists

Country of Extremes: Books about Modern China
By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Country of Extremes: Books about Modern China

Last night, I was fortunate to find myself at the Goodman Theatre for a “friends and family” preview of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play, The World of Extreme Happiness. It’s a fairly brutal, sometimes funny play about a young woman, Sunny, who has left the countryside for city life and a demeaning job at Jade River, a factory that is […]

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Which First Lines Will Make YOU Keep Reading?

Which First Lines Will Make YOU Keep Reading?

Cindy and Lynn: One of our favorite middle-school library contests is a First Lines Contest. We challenge students and staff to plunder the library collection to find strong opening lines that make them want to read more. This makes an easy bulletin board or website post and is a great kick-off to the school year. It’s […]

I’ll Be in Scotland Afore Ye

I’ll Be in Scotland Afore Ye

After 300 years as part of the United Kingdom, Scottish residents are voting on whether or not to become an independent country. You can show your solidarity by throwing on a kilt and binge-watching Sean Connery movies—or, you can transport yourself to the land of Loch Ness with these compelling reads. Be Near Me, by […]

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October 2014 LibraryReads
By September 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

October 2014 LibraryReads

October LibraryReads are here! Here are the ten books, all publishing in the month of October, with top votes from participating librarians. Check out all ten October titles below, including this month’s favorite, Garth Stein’s A Sudden Light, linked to Booklist reviews when available. Click here to learn more about LibraryReads, and here to add your voice to the conversation. A Sudden Light, by […]

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September 2014 LibraryReads

September 2014 LibraryReads

September LibraryReads are here! Here are the ten books, all publishing in the month of September, that participating librarians across the country loved and want to share with readers. Caitlin Doughty’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Stories from the Crematory achieved top honors as the month’s favorite. Check out all ten September titles […]

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2014 ITW Thriller Awards

2014 ITW Thriller Awards

We are thrilled to announce that the International Thriller Writers (ITW) have revealed the winners of their 2014 Thriller Awards. Last week, ITW concluded ThrillerFest IX in the city of mystery, crime, and suspense—New York—with the unveiling of the 2014 winners. Thrillmaster Award Scott Turow is the author of ten best-selling works of fiction, including […]

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August 2014 LibraryReads

August 2014 LibraryReads

The votes are in, ladies and gents! LibraryReads has posted the latest list of books librarians loved reading and couldn’t wait to share. One Kick, by Chelsea Cain, has been voted the favorite among books published in the month of August. The full top ten follows, linked to Booklist reviews when available. (Our take on some […]

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Power of the Word: "Leaders, read this!"

Power of the Word: "Leaders, read this!"

Summer is the season for exploration and discovery, and readers of all ages, interests, and tastes would love to visit the American Writers Museum—if only such a place existed. Although we have national museums celebrating the luminaries of baseball, rock and roll, the visual arts, various ethnic traditions, and science and technology, to categorize but […]

Top Ten First Lines

Top Ten First Lines

Cindy and Lynn: Author Paul Zindel once set off noise makers that sounded like firecrackers in our library during a presentation to our students. He told them that stories should start with a “Bang!” The added sound effect got the point across to our middle schoolers. We’ve always been on the lookout for good opening lines […]

Top 10 Book Titles

Top 10 Book Titles

Cindy and Lynn: It’s time for another Top 10 list (i.e. we’ve been busy playing and haven’t read the same titles to do a regular post).  Earlier this summer we posted our Top 10 Book Covers so the next logical progression is to feature our Top 10 Book Titles. This is in no way an exhaustive list…just books […]