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Other QueenWant to listen to Philippa Gregory's The Other Queen while running on the treadmill? Check out this title on Playaway and discover a new and convenient way to listen to audiobooks. Insert the library-provided rechargeable battery in the unit, plug in your headphones, and you're ready to listen. It’s that easy! You must return the battery with the unit to the library.

And the Printz Winner is......

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.  The Honors books are The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart, Nation by Terry Pratchett, Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan, The Astonishing Live of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II by M.T. Anderson.

2008 Top Nonfiction Picks

America 1908
by Jim Rasenberger
A breathtaking ride through the highs and lows of one spectacular, pivotal year in American history.

Year 2008 Top Fiction Picks

American Wife
by Curtis Sittenfeld
On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband’s presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House–and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, “almost in opposition to itself.” A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice learned the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid parents and small Wisconsin hometown. But a tragic accident when she was seventeen shattered her identity and made her understand the fragility of life and the tenuousness of luck.

Book of Lies
by Brad Meltzer
In Chapter Four of the Bible, Cain kills Abel. It is the world's most famous murder. But the Bible is silent about one key detail: the weapon Cain used to kill his brother. That weapon is still lost to history. In 1932, Mitchell Siegel was killed by three gunshots to his chest. While mourning, his son dreamed of a bulletproof man and created the world's greatest hero: Superman. And like Cain's murder weapon, the gun used in this unsolved murder has never been found. Until now.

NHL All-Star Game

It's the best in the Eastern Division against the Western in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game this Sunday January 25th in Montreal.  Find out who the superstars are in the league with the current edition of HockeyNow!

Lunch & a Book - April 9

Loving Frank (Nancy Horan): Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting in Oak Park, Illinois, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.

Teenreads.com Best Books of 2008

Teenreads.com has released their top teen reads for 2008.  Chosen were not only the big Blockbuster titles, such as Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer and Brisingr by Christopher Paolini, but also some really great stand-a-lones and books by new authors.  A few of my personal favorites were chosen including

Lunch & a Book - March 12

Finding My VoiceFinding My Voice(Diane Rehm): A leading radio personality describes her rise from an abusive childhood in an Arab-American household in Washington, D.C., to success in the field of radio and details her determined battle with spasmodic dysphonia, the rare neurological disorder that nearly destroyed her career.

A not-so-grim Swedish crime

Wallander's First Case, a short story by Henning Mankell, part of "The Pyramid"; this story was written after the main series, in response to readers' questions as to how the famous detective got started.

Are You a Locavore?

Locavore (noun): One who tries to eat only locally grown foods. Being a locavore is good for you, good for the earth, good for local farmers and good for the Michigan economy! Learn more about how and why to be a locavore; check out "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," by best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver, with Stephen L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver.

Lunch & a Book - February 12

Out Stealing HorsesOut Stealing Horses (Per Petterson): After a meeting with his only neighbor, 67-year-old Trond is forced to reflect upon a long-ago incident that marks the beginning of a series of losses for Trond and his childhood friend, Jon.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - June 15, 2009

Daughter of Fortune (Isabel Allende)

An orphan raised in Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, young, vivacious Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849—a danger-filled quest that will become a momentous journey of transformation.

Senior Book Discussion - June 24, 2009

An Unfinished Life (Mark Spragg)

An old rancher reluctantly takes in his estranged daughter-in-law, Jean, and granddaughter, Griff. Mark Spragg tells the story of a complex, prodigal homecoming.

"The Namesake" will be showing here on February 18th

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri"The Namesake" is our choice for the February movie/book discussion, known as "From Page to Stage." Click on the link to find a copy of the book.  A sound recording of the book might also be available. Register online to be able to attend.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - May 18, 2009

The Devil in the White City (Erik Larson)

A spellbinding bestseller that intertwines the true tale of two men—the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World's Fair, striving to secure America's place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death.

Senior Book Discussion - May 27, 2009

Pope Joan (Donna Woolfolk Cross)

There are few historical heroines as fascinating and controversial as Pope Joan, a woman whose hunger for knowledge and independent nature led her to pass as a man and ultimately to attain the high seat in Rome. Pope Joan is a spellbinding tale of a woman who gave up everything, even her very name, for the sake of knowledge.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Apr 20, 2009

March (Geraldine Brooks)

As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the Civil War, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs.

Senior Book Discussion - Apr 22, 2009

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night (Mark Haddon)

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. He has Asperger Syndrome. Christopher is on a quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Mar 16, 2009

Everyone's Reading Finding My Voice (Diane Rehm) and The Nick Adams Stories (Ernest Hemingway)

The first title is the Everyone's Reading selection for 2009, in which a leading radio personality describes her rise from an abusive childhood in an Arab-American household in Washington, D.C., to success in the field of radio and details her determined battle with spasmodic dysphonia, the rare neurological disorder that nearly destroyed her career.