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Historical Romance

If you enjoy historical romances by Bertrice Small or Sabrina Jeffries, try these authors:

Heart of a Samurai

Margi Preus has created a masterpiece with this fascinating, exciting, and factual historical novel. In 1841, fourteen-year-old Manjiro and his four friends find themselves fighting for survival on a deserted island after their fishing boat is destroyed in a storm. Luckily, an American whaling ship rescues them before they perish. They cannot return to Japan because the country's borders are closed to both foreigners and to citizens who have strayed. Imprisonment or even death would await them. Manjiro is curious, intelligent and eager to help with the work on Captain Whitfield's ship. They become very close and Captain Whitfield takes Manjiro home with him to Massachusetts where he attends school and helps on the Whitfield's farm. He is believed to be the first Japanese person to set foot in America.

Fantastic Fairy Tales

Do you enjoy curses, trapped princesses, and impossible tasks? If you enjoyed books like Ella Ehcanted, here's some more for you:

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

The fairy-tale detectives by Michael Buckley ; pictures by Peter Ferguson

Into the Wild : a novel by Sarah Beth Durst

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

The frog princess by E.D. Baker

New Romances for October

Each month I compile a list of the new romances received the previous month by the library. (You can find paper copies of this list at the end of the romance shelf.) Every time I do this bibliography, a few titles catch my eye. Here are the October romance purchases which got my attention.

Sinful in satin by Madeline Hunter

Something wicked by Michelle Rowen

Ghost Stories

Whether your interest is scholarly pursuit or just a desire to be scared out of your wits, we've compiled a list of films and audiobooks, both frightening and humorous; books, both fiction and fact; and websites to visit for those curious about the supernatural.

Feature Films

The following films will either have you at the edge of your seat or falling off your seat laughing.

An American haunting by AfterDark Films; MediaPro Pictures; Midsummer Films; Redbus Pictures; Remstar Films; Sweetpea Entertainment — This movie is based on the true story of The Bell Witch of Tennesee. In 1818, slight, unexplained noises were heard in the Bell family's home. As the spirit grew, it increasingly persecuted the father, John, and his daughter, Betsy and began speaking to the family, although it refused to say why it was there. It pronounced a death sentence on John and within a year, he was dead. The film explains what happened on the night the spirit was born and what led to its horrific acts of torment.

Ghostbusters by Columbia Pictures, a Black Rhino/Bernie Brillstein production — When ghosts go on a rampage, only three men can save the world. Soon every spook in the city is loose and our heroes face the supreme challenge. If you want your spirits raised, who you gonna call? The Ghostbusters! Stars Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd.

2010 Anthony Awards Announced at Bouchercon

Announcing the results of 2010 Anthony Awards:

Best Novel

The brutal telling by Louise Penny — (Minotaur)

Also nominated

The last child by John Hart — (Minotaur)

The mystic arts of erasing all signs of death : a novel by Charlie Huston — (Ballantine Books)

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2010 Shamus Awards Announced

The following books and authors have won the 2010 Shamus Awards, bestowed by the Private Eye Writers of America in recognition of the private eye genre and its writers.

Best Hardcover P.I. Novel

Locked in by Marcia Muller — (Grand Central)

Also nominated

The silent hour by Michael Koryta — (Minotaur)

The Search for WondLa

Tony DiTerilizzi has created another fantastical masterpiece with The Search for WondLa, the first book of a trilogy. Eva Nine has lived a pleasant, but sometimes boring, secluded existence in an underground, artificial world with her robot 'mom' for her first twelve years. A paid huntsman radically changes this life when he destroys their home and captures Eva. With the help of some strange creatures, who soon become her best friends, Eva manages to escape. Together they embark on a thrilling journey packed with awesome encounters of every sort as Eva courageously searches for other human beings. Readers can only hope that book #2 won't be long in coming.

Fiction Set in the Sixties

If you liked The Help by Kathryn Stockett, here's a selection of other novels which explore their characters' lives in this time of social change:

The secret life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Plum wine: a novel by Angela Davis-Gardner

Try a classic for your next book club

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte — Credited by some as the first true Romance novel, this classic tale of a young governess who falls in love with her employer is full of drama and passion. Evidence of the book's enduring appeal is over 600 Amazon.com reviewers have rated this book 5 stars.

Fiction Set in (or just after) World War II

The following novels focus on interpersonal relationships, exploring romantic entaglements and friendships during this time of global upheaval:

The Granville sisters by Una-Mary Parker

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

The wedding officer: a novel of culinary seduction by Anthony Capella

Chasing Lincoln's Killer

Tense, gripping, and even at times gruesome, this mystery has an extra punch from the fact that it's true. If you are looking for a great bit of historical non-fiction that reads as well as any fictional thriller then check this out. Chasing Lincoln's Killer chronicles the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth in all its harrowing detail. It's excellent as an audio book too with voice work by Will Paton.

Historical Fantasy At Its Best!

Suspense, action, mystery, historical facts, supernatural, good and evil — the Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh combines all of these elements to make one gripping read. Warning! You may not be able to put the book down to do the basic necessities of life.

Must-Read Fiction!

It has been quite a while since I read a book that impressed me as much as The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst. The story revolves around a best-selling author who has been estranged from her famous rock-singer son for the past four years, a residual effect of a past family tragedy. When her son is suddenly charged with the murder of his girlfriend, however, she desperately tries to make her way back into his life and piece together what actually happened. Interspersed throughout the novel are chapters of the newest book the main character is working on, which is a compilation of the endings of all of her previous books followed by new endings for each them.

Knuffle Bunny Free

Author Mo Willems brings Knuffle Bunny back for one last adventure in Knuffle Bunny Free: an Unexpected Diversion. Trixie and her family are off on a fantastic trip to visit her grandparents — all the way in Holland! But does Knuffle Bunny have different travel plans? Check it out and enjoy a special story of discovery and growing up.

If you are new to the Knuffle Bunny series, check out the other tales of Trixie and Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale and Knuffle Bunny Too: a Case of Mistaken Identity.

Attention Sherlock Holmes Fans!

Sherlock Holmes fans… check this out! The Adventure of the Dancing Men by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is now available as a kids graphic novel. Currently this item can be found on the Children's New Book Shelf. If they are all out, be sure to put a hold on it so that you can dash along with our detective hero. Have fun solving the crime along with everyone's favorite detective Sherlock Holmes and his always faithful side-kick, Dr. Watson. Enjoy!

Detroit Author Michael Zadoorian Visits September 22

Meet Michael Zadoorian, Detroit native and author of the highly-acclaimed novel The Leisure Seeker. Ella, in the late stages of cancer, and John, suffering from Alzheimer's, take their last road trip from the Detroit suburbs to Disneyland via Route 66, against the advice of doctors and their children. Zadoorian is also the author of The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit and Second Hand. Zadoorian visits the Canton Public Library on Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00PM.

Sweeping Sagas

Did you love the romance of Twilight series? Or the history in the Outlander series? Here is a list of books for you. Since they're all the first books of their own series, you won't run out of books too quickly.

Vintner's Book Discussion — Fall, 2010

Here is the agenda and schedule for our newest book discussion at Vintner's Winery. Come join us for wine and mysteries on the third Tuesday of each month:

September 21st, 7:00-8:00PM for The Merlot Murders by Ellen Crosby

October 19th, 7:00-8:00PM for Grape Expectations by Tamar Myers

November 16th, 7:00-8:00PM for Deadly Vintage by Elaine Flinn

Copies of each book are available one month prior to the corresponding book discussion. Ask at the Adult Reference Desk for your copy.

2010 Hugo Award Winners

The 2010 Hugo Awards, given each year for the best in science fiction and fantasy, have been announced. The winners for best novel are:

The city & the city by China Miéville

The windup girl by Paolo Bacigalupi