Where things come back: a novel by John Corey Whaley
Why we broke up: novel by Daniel Handler
Jasper Jones: a novel by Craig Silvey
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
When was the last time your book group read a classic? These five titles were made into films. All received Oscar nominations in one category or other.
Arrowsmith; Elmer Gantry; Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis
Far from the madding crowd by Thomas Hardy
One flew over the cuckoo's nest by Ken Kesey
Zombie felties: how to raise 16 gruesome felt creatures from the undead by Nicola Tedman & Sarah SkeateWho doesn't love a cute zombie? This book has a whole cast of the adorable undead, from the Thrilla, Classic, and Bunny Zombies seen on the cover to zombie kitties, babies, brides, and many more. These crafts are easy to make and a lot of fun besides. Find more about zombie felties on Facebook.
For more information please visit Turner Town's website and the Turner Syndrome Society.
Arc of justice: a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle — is the 2012 Great Michigan Read, but sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words:
The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association has announced the nominees for the 2012 Dilys Award. This award is given to the mystery titles booksellers most enjoyed selling throughout the year. The winning novel will be announced at the Left Coast Crime Convention in Sacremento on March 31. This year's nominees are:
Faithful Place: a novel by Tana French
Wicked autumn: a Max Tudor novel by G.M. Malliet
Dead end in Norvelt by Jack Gantos — justly deserved winning the Newbery. It is an entertaining as well enriching read set in 1962 Norvelt, Pennsylvania — a real place. Indeed, the story is partly autobiographical which is why the main character's name is Jackie Gantos. Jackie is grounded for the summer for doing a couple dumb things. He ends up having to be the "hired hands" for an arthritic elderly neighbor, Miss Volker. As he transcribes the obituaries for the local paper, a sinister pattern begins to emerge — far too many of the town's elderly are dying in rapid succession by bizarre causes. Zany characters and wild escapades are intermixed with fascinating historical facts about not only Norvelt, but renowned figures in world history.
I'm talking about the book and also the horses…
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is about killer horses. Magical, man-eating, maiming-people-within-the-first-few-chapters horses from the sea. And people who ride them. Don't roll your eyes at me. I'm serious. And, it's brilliant. Stiefvater somehow pulls off this strange mix of horror and horses and romance. Yes, it's also a love story. It's also a broken people finding each other story. A turning to animals when others let you down story. The animals just happen to be man-eating horses from the sea. The result is nothing short of beautiful. Check it out.
The American Library Association has announced the winners of the 2012 Youth Media Awards. Here are the winners, with special mentions below:
Dead end in Norvelt by Jack Gantos — Newbery Medal.
A ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka — Caldecott Medal
Dead end in Norvelt by Jack Gantos — has been awarded the Newbery Medal for 2012.
Newbery Honor books for 2012 are:
Inside out & back again by Thanhha Lai
Breaking Stalin's nose by written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
2011 North American Hammett Prize nominees have been announced by the International Crime Writers Association — North American Branch. The organization will name the Hammett Prize winner, during the Bloody Words Conference, in Toronto, June 1-3, 2012. The winner will receive a bronze trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.
Feast day of fools: a novel by James Lee Burke
Breakdown by Sara Paretsky — A first time Skype Event at Nicola's Books. Sara Paretsky will join Nicola's Books patrons via an Internet video conference on Tuesday, January 31 at 7:00 PM. A screen and projector hooked to a laptop will bring Ms. Paretsky to you to discuss her new V.I. Warshawski.