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Sunshine by Robin McKinley is this week’s Staff Pick.  A refreshing take on vampires, this is a unique fantasy and very well done.  It’s an all time favorite of our staffer.

There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it’s unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while.

Unfortunately, she wasn’t alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don’t, when they’re vampires.

They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion – within easy reach of a figure stirring in the moonlight.

She knows that he is a vampire. She knows that she’s to be his dinner, and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet, as dawn breaks, she finds that he has not attempted to harm her. And now it is he who needs her to help him survive the day…”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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As You Wish is the aptly named part-biography and part behind-the-scenes look at The Princess Bride.  We have several staffers who love the film, and those that have read As You Wish love it.  A must for all Princess Bride fans!

“From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.

Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets, backstage stories, and answers to lingering questions about off-screen romances that have plagued fans for years!”–Taken from Goodreads.com.


As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

Cary Elwes, Joe Layden

Published: Oct 14, 2014 by Touchstone
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Life After Life is this week’s staff pick. By Kate Atkinson, this book follows the unusual life of Ursula Todd who continuously reincarnates, and whose life plays out a bit differently each time.  Our staffer loved this book and thinks it deserves all those awards it won.  While initially confusing it’s worth the effort, and soon the life on loop becomes quite normal and you can’t wait to see where Ursula goes next. Highly recommended for anyone who likes the unusual.  A companion novel about her brother Teddy will be released in May, making now a great time to read all about Ursula.

“On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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Her by Harriet Lane is this week’s staff pick.  Our staffer called it an ‘engrossing psychological suspense novel’ about two women and their apparent friendship.  You can find this one in New Fiction.

You don’t remember her–but she remembers you.

On the face of it, Emma and Nina have very little in common. Isolated and exhausted by early motherhood, Emma finds her confidence is fading fast. Nina–sophisticated, generous, effortlessly in control–seems to have all the answers.

It’s easy to see why Emma is drawn to Nina. But what does Nina see in her?

A seemingly innocent friendship slowly develops into a dangerous game of cat and mouse as Nina eases her way into Emma’s life. Soon, it becomes clear that Nina wants something from the unwitting Emma–something that might just destroy her.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

 

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For the end of 2014/beginning of 2015 instead of a new Staff Pick of the Week, we’re going to list the books that you, our fantastic patrons, read the most this year.  We’re going to do the Top 10 in several categories.

We also have your most read titles of 2014 on Bookmarks at the Circulation desk!

Adult Fiction: 

1. Inferno – Dan Brown

2. Sycamore Row – John Grisham

3. The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult

4. The Hit – David Baldacci

5. Mistress – James Patterson

6. And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

7. Cross My Heart – James Patterson

8. Daddy’s Gone A Hunting – Mary Higgins Clark

9. NYPD Red 2 – James Patterson

10. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

 

Young Adult Fiction:

1. Allegiant – Veronica Roth

2. Prodigy – Marie Lu

3. Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

4. The Elite – Kiera Cass

5. The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen

6. Ali’s Pretty Little Lies – Sara Shepard

7. The Kiss – James Patterson

8. The Fall of Five – Pittacus Lore

9. Perfect Scoundrels – Ally Carter

10. Oblivion – Anthony Horowitz
Biography:

1. My Beloved World – Sonia Sotomayor

2. Waiting to be Heard – Amanda Knox

3. The First Muslim: The story of Muhammad – Lesley Hazleton

4. A House in the Sky – Amanda Lindhout

5. The Reason I Jump – Naoki Higashida

6. I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

7. Empty Mantions – Bill Dedman

8. Ava Gardner – Peter Evans

9. Anne Frank – Melissa Muller

10. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks – Jeanne Theoharis

 

Nonfiction:

1. Lean in : women, work, and the will to lead – Sheryl Sandberg

2. David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants – Malcolm Gladwell

3. Killing Jesus : a history – Bill O’Reilly

4. Core strength training : the complete step-by-step guide to a stronger body and better posture for men and women

5. Dad is fat – Jim Gaffigan

6. The bully pulpit : Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the golden age of journalism – Doris Kearns Goodwin

7. Culinaria Hungary – Aniko Gergely

8. Zealot : the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth – Reza Aslan

9. The adobo road cookbook : a Filipino food journey – Marvin Gabpultos

10. Past tense : 365 daily tools for putting stress behind you – for good! – Shawn Kilgarlin

 

J FIC:

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Hard Luck – Jeff Kinney

2. The House of Hades – Rick Riordan

3. Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker – Rachel Renee Russell

4. Big Nate Flips Out – Lincoln Peirce

5. The First Samurai – Leonardo Favia

6. Stick Dog – Tom Watson

7. Day of Doom – David Baldacci

8. My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar – James Patterson

9. The Secret of the Fairies – Thea Stilton

10. Mystery of the Midnight Rider – Carolyn Keene