Sunday, June 27, 2010
Book 1. Clan of the Cave Bear
Book 2. Valley of Horses
Book 3. Mammoth Hunters
Book 4. Plains of Passage
Book 5. Shelters of Stone
Saturday, June 26, 2010
THE MALTESE FALCON - Audiobook Adaptation
Dashiell Hammett, Read by Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, Edward Herrmann, and a Full Cast
NELSON MANDELA'S FAVORITE AFRICAN FOLKTALES - Audiobook of the Year
Nelson Mandela [Ed.], Read by Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Parminder Nagra, Sophie Okonedo, CCH Pounder, Alan Rickman, Jurnee Smollett, Charlize Theron, Blair Underwood, Forest Whitaker, Alfre Woodard
NURTURESHOCK - Personal Development winner Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman, Read by Po Bronson
THE TIME OF MY LIFE - Audiobook of the Year Runner Up
Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, Read by Patrick Swayze
Simon & Schuster Audioa
THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS - Audio Drama Runner Up
C.S. Lewis, Read by Andy Serkis, Geoffrey Palmer, Eileen Page, Laura Michelle Kelly, and a Full Cast
Focus on the Family
ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED - Biography/Memoir winner
Miep Gies, Alison Leslie Gold, Read by Barbara Rosenblatt
RAIN - Business/Educational winnerJeffrey J. Fox, Read by Jeffrey J. Fox
GREAT EXPECTATIONS - Classic winner
Charles Dickens, Read by Charlton Griffin
THE HELP - Distinguished achievement in production winner
Kathryn Stockett, Read by Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell
Penguin Audio/ Books on Tape
TEARS IN THE DARKNESS - History winner
Elizabeth M. Norman, Michael Norman, Read by Michael Prichard
WOLF HALL - Literary fiction winner
Hilary Mantel, Read by Simon Slater
Macmillan Audio/ BBC Audiobooks America
DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS - Mystery & Suspense winner
Walter Mosley, Read by Michael Boatman
THE NATIONAL PARKS - Nonfiction winner
Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan,
Read by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
Books on Tape
LA TRAVERSIA DE ENRIQUE/ ENRIQUE'S JOURNEY - Spanish language winner
Sonia Nazario, Read by Adriana Sananes
Recorded Books/ AudioLibros
DARLING JIM - Thriller/Suspense winner
Christian Moerk, Read by Stephen Hoye, Justine Eyre
BLACK MASK AUDIO MAGAZINE, VOL. 1 - Short Stories/Collections winner
Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Earl Stanley Gardner, et al., Read by Richard Ferrone, Grover Gardner, Anthony Heald, Malcolm Hillgartner, William Hughes, Lorna Raver, Burt Ross, Rochelle Savitt, Christine Williams, Tom Weiner, Kaitlin Hopkins, George Guidall, Jeff Woodman
BELLWETHER - Science Fiction/Fantasy winner
Connie Willis, Read by Kate Reading
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
If you're reading this blog, there's a good chance you have a special relationship with books. By "books" I mean those rectangular things with paper pages all bound together with some sort of cover. You remember. Those who love books share a common affliction: the inability to "weed" your collection. Read this short column in Chronicle of Higher Education--not for practical tips to make the job any easier, but for some reassurance that you are not alone. And, even if you are not in the habit of reading the comments attached to blog entries, read these.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The following are the most popular history books published in 2010. Popularity is based upon library circulation.
1 The Legacy of the Second World War
by John Lukacs.
In this work, which offers both an accessible primer for students and challenging new theses for scholars, Lukacs addresses the perplexing and often overlooked questions about World War II, revealing the ways in which the war and its legacy still touch lives today.
2 Anything Goes: a biography of the roaring twenties
by Lucy Moore.
Moore interweaves stories of the compelling people and events that characterized the 1920s to produce a gripping portrait of the Jazz Age. She reveals that the Roaring Twenties were an epoch of passion and change--an age, she observes, not unlike our own.
3 Americans in Paris: life and death under Nazi occupation
by Charles Glass.
Before the Second World War began, approximately thirty thousand Americans lived in Paris, and when war broke out in 1939 almost five thousand remained. As citizens of a neutral nation, the Americans in Paris believed they had little to fear. They were wrong.
4 The Harvard Psychedelic Club: how Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil killed the fifties and ushered in a new age for America
by Don Lattin.
Lattin describes one of the engines that drove the revolution of the 1960s. His style is narrative nonfiction, using spoken and written interviews to construct dialogue as it might have occurred, in most cases reviewed for accuracy by at least one of the actual participants in a conversation. Chapters describe their first encounter with psychedelic drugs, the research they began, infighting and exposure, expulsion, San Francisco, pilgrimage and exile, the impact on the lives of the four, and their impact on the world.
5 Citizens of London: the Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest hour
by Lynne Olson.
Here is the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and a reluctant American public to support the British at a critical time.
6 The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: how the daughters of Genghis Khan rescued his empire
by Jack Weatherford.
After Genghis Khan's death in 1227, conflicts erupted between his daughters and his daughters-in-law; what began as a war between powerful women soon became a war against women in power as brother turned against sister, son against mother. At the end of this epic struggle, the dynasty of the Mongol queens had seemingly been extinguished forever, as even their names were erased from the historical record.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
With this blog and our Staff Picks blog, the WFL staff tries to bring titles that may of interest to readers in the community. There are many websites that are available to check for titles of interest including LibraryThing, Genrefluent, Bookpage, GoodReads, Shelfari, etc.
Today I would like to introduce you to Overbooked, created by Ann Chambers Theis in 1994. It was the winner of the 2008 Louis Shores-Greenwood Publishing Award for excellence in reviewing books. The site claims to provide "annotated lists of nonfiction, fiction and mystery books which received starred reviews [from library journals Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews all in one place], themed booklists, featured title lists, and hot lists of US fiction [new] releases and notable books." (from website)
So if you are unsure what to read next, try Overbooked to see what may meet your tastes! SH