Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Award Winners - 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Awards

Mystery Writers of America celebrates the anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birth by announcing the nominations for Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced the previous year. The Edgar® Awards for 2011 were presented on April 26, 2012. Winners are listed in bold.

Best Novel
The Ranger by Ace Atkins (F Atk)
Gone by Mo Hayder (F Hay)
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (F Hig)
1222 by Anne Holt (F Hol)
Field Gray by Philip Kerr (F Ker)

Best First Novel
Red on Red by Edward Conlon (F Con)
Last to Fold by David Duffy (F Duf)
All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen (F Ros)
Bent Road by Lori Roy (F Roy)
Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder (F Ulf)

Best Paperback Original
The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett (F Ben)
The Faces of Angels by Lucretia Grindle (F Gri)
The Dog Sox by Russell Hill
Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley (F Sta)
Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis (F Tal)

Best Fact Crime
The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins
The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge by T.J. English
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard (973.8 Mil)
Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender by Steve Miller
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter by Mark Seal (364 Sea)

Best Critical Biographical
The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer & John-Henri Holmberg
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making by John Curran (823 Cur)
On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda (823 Dir)
Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film by Philippa Gates
Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds and Marnie by Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick

Mary Higgins Clark
Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton (F Bol)
Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron
Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick (F Ham)
Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry (F Hen)
Murder Most Persuasive by Tracy Kiely

Saturday, May 19, 2012

New book club bags!

Hey book clubs! We've nearly doubled our collection of Book Club in a Bag kits. Many of our additions were just released in paperback, so they're very new titles. We've also added several more non-fiction books to spice things up a bit. Here's a list of titles currently available:

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
In the Woods by Tana French
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz - coming August 2012!
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - coming July 2012!
Pale Rose of England by Sandra Worth
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Room by Emma Donoghue
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt
State of Wonder by Ann Patchet
The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Award Winners - 2011 Bram Stoker Award Winners

Each year, the Horror Writers Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work, Dracula. The Bram Stoker Awards were instituted immediately after the organization's incorporation in 1987. Last years' awards were presented on March 31, 2012. Come check some out at the library!

Novel: Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney (F McK)
First Novel: Isis Unbound by Allyson Bird (only available in Kindle format from Amazon)
Long Fiction: “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine” by Peter Straub (on order)
Short Fiction: “Herman Wouk Is Still Alive” by Stephen King (The Atlantic Magazine, May 2011)
Anthology: Demons: Encounters with the Devil and his Minions, Fallen Angels and the Possessed edited by John Skipp (SC Dem)
Fiction Collection: The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares by Joyce Carol Oates (F Oat)
Vampire Novel of the Century: Richard Matheson for his modern classic I Am Legend (F Mat)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Samuels Says - "Which books have covers that you love?"

This month for our display, we asked the staff, "Which books have covers that you love?" (We shouldn't judge books by their covers, but we do!) Here are our picks— we'd love to hear yours too!

The River of Doubt by Candice Millard (918.1 Mil)
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson (943.086 Lar)
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan (394.12 Pol)
Haunted Ground by Erin Hart (F Har)
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith (F McC)
Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George (F Geo)
The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson (F Tho)
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson (F Atk)
I Am Half-sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley (F Bra)
I Thought You Were Dead by Peter Nelson (F Nel)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (F Mor)
Walking in Circles before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe (F Mar)
Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (F Bro)
The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Spencer Quinn (F Qui)
Unsaid by Neil Abramson (F Abr)
Still Alice by Lisa Genova (F Gen)
I Still Dream about You by Fannie Flagg (F Fla)
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill (F Hil)
Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos  Montalván (362.4 Mon)

Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik (F Lan)
Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand (F Hil)
Beach Trip by Cathy Holton (F Hol)
Embrace the Grim Reaper by Judy Clemens (F Cle)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (F Sto)
Lifeguard by James Patterson (F Pat)
Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage (355.424 Goo)
My Summer of Southern Discomfort by Stephanie Gayle (F Gay)
Waking Up Dixie by Haywood Smith (F Smi)
Lowcountry Summer by Dorthea Frank (F Fra)
The Outer Banks House by Diann DuCharme (F DuC)
The Hot Flash Club Chills Out by Nancy Thayer (F Tha)
Dollar Daze by Karin Gillespie (F Gil)
Jacob’s Ladder by Brian Keaney (F Kea)
Jacob’s Ladder by Donald McCaig (F McC)
Out to Pasture by Effie Leland (F Wi)
I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman (F Lip)
Sonata for Miriam by Linda Olsson (F Ols) — it has the cool name! :)
Toys by James Patterson (F Pat)
Other Waters by Eleni Gage (F Gag)
Cooking the Books by Kerry Greenwood (F Gre)
Sugar Rush by Donna Kauffman (F Kau)
American Pickers Guide to Picking by Libby Callaway (745.107 Cal)

Anything by Tana French (F Fre)
Shiver, Linger, and Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (YAF Sti)
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins (YAF Hop)
The Returning by Christine Hinwood (YAF Hin)
Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams (YAF Wil)
Everlasting by Angie Frazier (YAF Fra)
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (YAF Cas)
Dracula My Love by Syrie James (F Jam)
If Jack’s in Love by Stephen Wetta (F Wet)
The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman (F Per)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (F Mor)
The Art of French Kissing by Kristin Harmel (F Har)
Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland (F Vre)
The Two Lives of Miss Charlotte Merryweather by Alexandra Potter (F Pot)
Fly Me to the Moon by Alyson Nöel (F Noe)
Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding (F Fie)
Nefertiti by Michelle Moran (F Mor)
Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon (F Tur)
The Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones (F Jon)
Bookends and Mr. Maybe by Jane Green (F Gre)
War Dances by Sherman Alexie (F Ale)
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart  by Mathias Malzieu (F Mal)
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (F Bla)
Any in the Sookie Stackhouse series, especially Dead Reckoning and Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (F Har)
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (F Kos)
Her Fearful Symmetry and The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger (F Nif)
Confederates in the Attic (973.7 Hor) and Blue Latitudes (910.92 Hor) by Tony Horwitz
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Landing by Emma Donoghue (F Don)
Jennifer Government by Max Barry (F Bar)
A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cossé
Death’s Excellent Vacation (SC Dea)
One Day by David Nicholls (F Nic)
This Book is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson (027 Joh)
Almost anything by Bill Bryson—A Walk in the Woods (917.4 Bry), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (Bio Bryson Bill), Notes from a Small Island (910.104 Br), Neither Here Nor There (914.0455 Bry), etc.

The Double-Jack Murders by Patrick F. McManus (F McM)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (J F Sel)
Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger  (J F Ang)  - it glows in the dark!
The Last Hero: A Discworld Fable by Terry Pratchett (F Pra)
Snuff by Terry Pratchett (F Pra)
The Bromeliad Trilogy—Truckers, Diggers, and Wings by Terry Pratchett (YAF Pra)
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and the rest of the Thursday Next series (F Ffo)
Storms of My Grandchildren by James Hansen (363.738 Han)
Geek: Fantasy Novel by E. Archer (YAF Arc)
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (YAF Gar)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman  (YAF Gai)
Stardust by Neil Gaiman (F Gai)
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (F Gai)
The Annotated Peter Pan by James Barrie (823 Bar)
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (YAF Cla)
Becoming Queen Victoria by Kate Williams (Bio Victoria Queen)
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn (JF Hah)
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (F Pra)
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell (641.5 Pow)
100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson (JF Wil)
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (813.54 Kin)
Any of the Sweet Potato Queens books by Jill Conner Browne
Any of the Sisters Grimm books by Michael Buckley (J F Buc)
Any of Jan Brett’s books (E Bre)
Any of Graeme Base’s books (E Bas)

Ireland in Poetry (821.008 Ir)
Amandine by Marlena de Blasi (F De B)
Escape to Provence by Owen Franken (914.4 Fra)
Dewey by Vicki Myron (636.8 Myr)
The Rough Guide to Scandinavia (914.8 Rou)
The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook (641.59 Jen)
The Night Drifter by Susan Carroll (F Ca)
When Passion Rules by Johanna Lindsey (F Lin)
Waverly Inspirations (747 Wav)
Dog on It by Spencer Quinn (F Qui)
The Land of Mango Sunsets by Dorthea Benton Frank (F Fra)
Garden Spells by Sarah Allen (F All)
The Harrowsmith Salad Garden (635.7 Fo)
Herb Garden Design by Ethne Clark (635.7 Cla)
Daffodils for American Gardens by Brent Heath (635.934 He)
The Last Flowers of Manet (759.4 Mo)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (YAF Row)
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (F To)
A Fault in Our Stars by John Green (YAF Gre)
Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger (J F Ang)
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (F Tol)
Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Classic PB Gol)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (YAF Col)
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss (ER Seu)
Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell (J F Rus)
Ghost Hunt by Jason Halves (J F Hal)

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (F Gol)
Wings by Aprilynne Pike (YAF Pik)
Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (YAF Rya)
Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White (YAF Whi)
Gothic Lolita by Dakota Lane (YAF Lan)
Wait till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (J F Hah)
The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir (942.052 We)
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (YAF Wes)
Skinned by Robin Wasserman (YAF Was)
Mister Monday by Garth Nix (YAF Nix)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (F Mor)
Slovenia by Tamra Orr (J 949.73 Orr) - I liked it so much that I had to vacation there!
Any Tana French book (F Fre)
The Year We Seized the Day by Elizabeth Best (796.51 Bes)
The Woman Who Changed Her Brain (362.3 Arr)

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (YAF Yov) - divinely creepy!
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (YAF Fit)
Everneath by Brodi Ashton (YAF Ash) - I want her dress.
Beastly by Alex Flinn (YAF Fli)
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (YAF Cas)
Fallen by Lauren Kate (YAF Kat)
The Space between Trees by Kate Williams (YAF Wil)
Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams (YAF Wil)
How to (Un)cage a Girl by Francesca Lia Block (YAF 811 Blo)
Wither by Lauren DeStefano (YAF DeS)
The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw (F Sha)
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (YAF Sti)
Blood Magic by Tessa Grafton (YAF Gra)
Soulless by Gail Carriger (F Car)
A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na (E Na)

Krakatoa (363.349 Win) and The Map that Changed the World (550.92 Win) by Simon Winchester
Batman: The Complete History by Les Daniels (741.5 Dan)
Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz by Charles Schulz (741.5 Sch)
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer (F Mai)
Any in the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (YAF Sni)
The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories (SC Bla)
Anything Considered by Peter Mayle (F May)
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safron Foer (F Foe)
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! edited by Otto Penzler (F Zom)
The Sweetest Fig by Chris van Allsburg (E Va)
The Clothes They Stood Up In by Alan Bennett (F Ben)
Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison (362.196 Rob)
Rock & Roll Generation: Teen Life in the 50s (306.0973 Roc)
Vanished Smile by R.A. Scotti (759.5 Sco)
Film Crazy by Patrick McGilligan (791.43 McG)
Burn This Book edited by Toni Morrison (808.8 Mor)
Plum Pie by P.G. Wodehouse (F Wo)
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk (F Pal)

Grandpa’s Teeth by Rod Clement (E Cl)
A Career as an Auto Mechanic by Tamra B. Orr (J 629.28 Orr)
Dr. Dog by Babette Cole (J 613.4 Co)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (J F Kin)
Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith (J F Smi)
Snail City by Jane O’Connor (ER O’Co)
R Robot Saves Lunch by R. Nicholas Kuszyk (E Kus)
Chip Wants a Dog by William Wegman (E Weg)

Secretariat’s Meadow by Kate Chenery Tweedy (636.12 Twe)
Storey’s Horse-Lover’s Encyclopedia (636.1 Sto)
Baring Arms by Jo-Ann Power (F Pow)

Kathy J.:
Holly Claus: The Christmas Princess by Brittney Ryan (E Rya)
Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo (E DiC)
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (E Hen)
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani (F Tri)
Sam the Snowman by Susan Winget (E Win)
The Fancy Nancy books by Jane O’Connor (E O’Co)
The Angelina Ballerina books by Katharine Holabird (E Hol)