2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Finalists

Six finalists, three fiction and three nonfiction, have been selected for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The two medal winners will be announced on January 27, 2019, at the American Library Association Midwinter meeting in Seattle. FICTION This evocative novel, equally rich in character and adventure, tells the wonderfully strange… Continue Reading 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Finalists

New Books 10/15/18

October seems a fitting month to offer a book about leading vampire Prince Lestat and another book about how Dracula came to be.  All this and more in this week’s list.   Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber Josie Avery takes a summer position cooking at a lakeside lodge in a remote Alaskan town and quickly… Continue Reading New Books 10/15/18

New Books 10/8/18

It is natural to respond with fight or flight when we feel threatened.  This very human response also makes for a page-turning read as we consider the response to threat of a character in a story.  We can feel the tension as we contemplate what we would do in that character’s place.  This week’s offerings… Continue Reading New Books 10/8/18

New Books 10/1/18

We are drawn to books for a variety of individual reasons, but certain key elements might be the fast-paced action in a plot driven thriller or the beauty of language in a literary work.  Well-developed characters are often a key element. Some of the characters in these new books are dealing with the past by… Continue Reading New Books 10/1/18