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Pearls of 2012
Librarian Superstar Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust, More Book Lust, and Book Lust To Go, shared some of her favorites out of the books she read or re-read in 2012 during a recent interview on NPR's Morning Edition.
Check our catalog and place holds on her suggestions:
Heft by Liz Moore
America Aflame by David Goldfield
Among Others by Jo Walton
The Double Game by Dan Fesperma
Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay (on order)
We Learn Nothing: Essays and Cartoons by Tim Kreider
Man Booker Prize Announced!
The prestigious Man Booker Prize, first awarded in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, or the Republic of Ireland. Hilary Mantel won the prize for the second time with Bring Up the Bodies, a work of historical fiction. She won the prize in 2009 for Wolf Hall. The winner was announced on October 16. The books are the first two installmemts of a triology that sparks Tudor history to life with its focus on Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII. Mantel is the first Brtitish author to win the award twice, and third author to do so overall.
Some Like it Marilyn!
August marks the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death. Like James Dean, she still captures public interest so long after her passing. Here are some titles to help you explore the mystique of Marilyn.
The Empty Glass by J. I. Baker ( a novel) 2012
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by Randi Taraborrelli 2009
Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner
You may also enjoy these other works of nonfiction:
Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years by Keith Badman
Marilyn Monroe by Frank Lefkowitz
Marilyn at Rainbow’s End: Sex, Lies, Murder, and the Great Cover-up by Darwin Porter
And these novels based on her life:
Misfit: A Novel by Adam Braver 2012
Bye Bye, Baby by Max Allan Collins
Marilyn Monroe: Murder on 5th Helena Drive by Keya Morgan 2012
Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
Blue Ribbon Romances!
The Romance Writers of America (RWA) picked the top books of 2012 at their annual July conference. Winners were picked in several categories. Their award is called the RITA. All the 2012 RITA winners and runners up can be seen on the RWA website.