Barbara Kingsolver is an amazing writer, and the staff member who recommended her loves all of her work (except The Poisonwood Bible, but try that too).  We recommend her work, especially Animal Dreams which is a stand alone novel about a woman returning home to confront her past and her distant father.  She finds a town threatened by a silent environmental catastrophe, startling clues to her own identity, and a man who could change the course of her life.  It’s a quick read and the characters will stay with you forever.

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To those of you celebrating the holiday, Happy Easter! We hope you have a safe and wonderful day.

If you’ll be stuck in the car on the way to Aunt Sally’s, don’t forget to bring something to keep you and your family entertained for the ride, like one of our audiobooks.

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky.  Salt is about the history of salt and it’s impact on human society over the years- it has been used as currency, influenced trade routes and cities, started wars, secured empires… and more.  Sound intriguing? It is, our staffer can’t stop raving about it.  Check it out today!

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J.K. Rowling has announced she is writing 2 new Harry Potter books.  In honor of that, the Harry Potter series is our staff pick of the week.   Equally magical on the first, second, third… however many re-reads, Harry and his gang are some of our favorite characters, and there’s something in these stories for everyone.

A new trilogy about 70 years before Harry’s era is also in the works.

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It’s National Poetry Month!  It’s time to enjoy your favorite poets or find some new ones like Jalal al-Din Rumi, Billy Collins, e.e. cummings, an anthology of poets, or one of the many other famous and not-so-famous poets we have in the collection.  Don’t like poetry?  Not a problem.  Try a novel in verse, you might be surprised at how much you like it.  Some of the novels in verse in our collection are:

-The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber (secret identities, faked murder, and enough drama for at least three Shakespeare plays)

-Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge (modern true stories behind fairy tales)

-Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski (a topsy-turvy modern Romeo and Juliet tale)

-After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy (two high school seniors getting through their last semester)

-The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones (a novel of middle age, motherhood, marriage and mayhem)

… the list goes on.  Try something new this month and tell us if you like it.

 

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The shortlist for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals has been announced!  Have you read the books?  Let us know what you think!  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, one of the fiction shortlist selections, is one of our staff picks.  Also on the fiction shortlist are:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

The nonfiction shortlist is:

On Paper: The Everything of its Two-Thousand Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin

 

If you’ve read one of these six books and want more, check out these similar nonfiction and fiction titles.