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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Now, close your eyes and breathe deep to take yourself to a place in the deep, south cotton plantations of Mississippi. The year is 1962 and integration has hardly begun. Most white women rarely finish college because their place is in the home. They become young mothers, some more successful than others and many can afford the luxury to hire help. Slaves have been free for over one hundred years, but something that has not died with slavery is the typical mammy figure, a big strong black woman that takes care and nurtures the children of white women.

Everyone's Reading 2010

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow is the 2010 Everyone's Reading selection. This novel defined the legal thriller genre and has an infamous surprise ending that most of us don't see coming. Everyone's Reading promotes community dialogue through the shared experience of reading the same book. Pick up a copy of Presumed Innocent at the Canton Public Library and join the discussion.
 
Author Scott Turow will make a special appearance at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill this evening at 7 PM.  A limited number of unclaimed tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, in the theatre lobby beginning at 6 PM.

Iron-Mania

Does the anticipation for Iron-Man 2 this summer have you going crazy? Well, tide yourself over with a little Invincible Iron Man: World's Most Wanted. One of the best Iron-man storylines in a long while, Tony Stark, no longer head of S.H.I.E.L.D., is a hunted man on the run. He's trying to wipe his own mind to make sure secrets stay hidden, avoid capture...plus Pepper Potts gets her own Iron-armor. Good stuff; take a peek.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


The Swedish film version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson’s phenomenon of a debut thriller, is set to open in U.S. theaters on March 19. Yes, it’s a subtitled flick.

Happy Birthday, Judy Blume!

It's Judy Blume's birthday tomorrow, February 12! Celebrate by checking out one of her books. One of my favorites is

Blubber — which is about bullying and name-calling and standing up for yourself.

Mockingjay

Scholastic has released the cover for the forthcoming third book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay:

Mockingjay won't be released until August, but in the meantime click over to Scholastic for a view of all three covers together and a little more information about Suzanne Collins' latest.

Murder Will Out

If you are a fan of Dorothy L. Sayers and/or good British mystery television productions, you've probably watched the Lord Peter Wimsey series based on Ms. Sayer's books featuring English actor Ian Carmichael. The programs were broadcast during the 1970s on the BBC and later on PBS Mystery and are now available on DVD! Mr. Carmichael died this last week at age 89. The Guardian and BBC News both feature obituaries, and Kim Malo shares her memories of Carmichael in the blog Hey, There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room.

Father Dowling Creator Dead at 80

Prominent Catholic author, professor, and cultural commentator Ralph McInerny died last Thursday, January 29 at the age of 80. McInerny was the creator of the popular Father Dowling mystery series, which became a television series starring Tom Bosley and Tracie Nelson in the 80s. A prolific writer, McInerny also wrote the University of Notre Dame Mysteries, the Andrew Broom mysteries, and several books under the name Monica Quill.

A Selection of New Romances

If you're looking for the latest romances, here are some books we just received in January 2010!

'Catcher In The Rye' Author J.D. Salinger Dies At 91

The famously reclusive author J.D. Salinger has died at his New Hampshire home, his literary representative said in a statement. He was 91 years old. He was best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature. Salinger's other works included Nine stories and Franny and Zoey.

National Book Critics Awards 2009

The National Book Awards were announced on Saturday evening, January 24 in New York City. The American Book Publisher’s Council, The Book Manufacturers’ Institute, and The American Booksellers’ Association jointly sponsor the Awards, bringing together the American literary community to honor the year’s best work in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young adult fiction. This year's winners are:


Fiction
: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Valentine's Day Is Right Around The Corner!

If you are looking for a way to get your romantic juices flowing or just looking for a good story with a happy ending, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti might be just what you need. If it isn't quite what you are looking for, check out the list of young adult love stories.

A Mad Hatter Birthday

Maybe you've read about the upcoming version of Alice in Wonderland that is coming to theaters on March 5. Or maybe you watched the SyFy channel's adaptation of this well-known story. There are also some recent literary adaptations of this strange and intriguing tale. All this recent hype is very appropriate, since Lewis Carroll's birthday is tomorrow, on January 27th! Of course, you can always check to see if his classic version of Alice in Wonderland is available here at the library.

James Patterson Inc.

According to the article in the New York Times Magazine yesterday, James Patterson is one of the most popular authors of all time. This very lengthy, but fascinating, portrait of a marketing-executive-turned-author, details the impact he has had on the Publishing industry. Patterson's latest title Worst Case is due to be published early February.

"Love means never having to say you're sorry." Erich Segal

Author Erich Segal died last week (January 17) at the age of 72. He was teaching Greek and Roman literature at Yale University, when his collaboration with the Beatles in 1968 on their movie Yellow Submarine and the production of a screenplay he wrote about the doomed romance of a Radcliffe scholarship girl and a Harvard old-money boy entitled Love Story brought Segal fame. Released in 1970, "Love Story" was a huge box-office hit. "Love Story", when released in paperback, had the largest print order in publishing history at the time, with 4,325,000 copies. Reaction to the book was strong and surprisingly controversial.

Recommended Literary Read: Orwell's 1984

AnnArbor.com's Sunday paper edition touts George Orwell's 1984 as "one novel that everyone should have under their [sic] literary belts." Orwell's grim prediction for the future is fully unveiled in the workings of the totalitarian state run by Big Brother. Often on the reading list of the public schools, this novel is one of those rare gems that is both entertaining and meaningful.

Mystery Writers of America Announces 2010 Nominees

Mystery Writers of America announced the Nominees for the 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2009. Best Novel Nominees are:

Creator of 'Spenser' Robert B. Parker Died

Bestselling American crime novelist, Robert B. Parker, creator of the wisecracking Boston private eye Spenser, died on Monday, January 18 at the age of 77. Robert B Parker, the American crime novelist, who has died aged 77, helped revive and modernize the hard-boiled private eye genre through his Spenser series of novels. In 2002, he was named Grand Master at the Edgar awards by the Mystery Writers of America. More than four million copies of his books have been sold around the world.

Teen ALA Schneider Family Award

The Schneider Family Book Award is a National Award which honors an author for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. This year's winner is Marcelo And The Real World by Francisco Stark. This book is a poignant and fun story about Marcelo, a high-functioning autistic teenager, who works in the mail room of his father's law firm for the summer. This book is not only an award winner but a must read for all teen literature lovers!

Appreciate a Dragon Day

Did you know that January 16 is Appreciate a Dragon Day?! It's a day where kids are encouraged to visit their local library to look for books about dragons. You can study what other cultures and societies believe about dragons, or just read a story about them. It sounds pretty fun, and there's no shortage of dragon books here! Dragonology is a pretty cool one to try, but there's plenty more to choose from, too! Happy reading!