|annecp's Book Lists|
|Interesting New Fiction (Winter 2014) (10 titles)
New or forthcoming fiction titles that look like great escapes for the winter.
|National Book Award Finalists 2013 (20 titles)
The National Book Awards are announced Nov. 20. Here are most of the finalists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and Young People's Literature.
|Man Booker Prize 2013 (8 titles)
Nominees for this year's award.
*Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson
*The Kills by Richard House
*The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris
*The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
*Unexploded by Alison MacLeod
|Interesting New Nonfiction (Fall 2013) (9 titles)
A fiction reader's list of nonfiction titles that look supremely readable.
|Top 10 for 10 (10 titles)
10 best books I've read during 10 months of 2013.
|Interesting New Fiction (Fall 2013) (10 titles)
Just arrived or coming soon, these are the fiction titles I can't wait to read this fall.
|Interesting New Mysteries (Fall 2013) (10 titles)
Just in or coming soon, these titles promise to be fun, scary, always readable new mysteries.
|Interesting New Mysteries (Summer 2013) (10 titles)
Coming soon to a library near you!
|Graphic Novels Filmed (10 titles)
A list of exceptional graphic novels that went on to become stunning films.
|Pure Fluff (23 titles)
It's summer and I am reading fun books with great plots and I DO NOT apologize! :)
|Nonfiction for Fiction Readers (14 titles)
A good nonfiction book can embody a stirring narrative and memorable characters just as well as a novel can. You just have to know where to look.
|NPR Says So! (18 titles)
Books I'm dying to read based on author interviews, reviews and recommendations from NPR (www.npr.org/books)
|Spring Has Sprung! (11 titles)
Or at least use your powers of imagination with these springy titles!
|If I Could Choose the One Minneapolis One Read Book (10 titles)
These would be my 10 finalists for 1) a local author; 2) thought-provoking discussion; 3) page-turners that would inspire lots of reluctant readers to tune in.
|If It's Good Enough for Maureen Corrigan... (12 titles)
A professor at Georgetown University, Corrigan reviews new titles across a range of genres as a regular segment on NPR's Fresh Air. I have yet to be disappointed by a Corrigan-approved book. Here are some of her recent picks.
|Top O' the Mornin' (10 titles)
All things Irish for a joyful St. Patrick's Day!
|The Trials of Lent (11 titles)
Did you give up one of these vices for Lent? Do you feel tempted just looking at this list? Enjoy! :)
|Extraordinary Audio (17 titles)
Take it from someone who listens to five books a month: there are good audio experiences and there are GREAT ones! Here are some of the best audiobooks I've ever heard.
|Love Stories for Valentine's Day (12 titles)
12 stories that will make you fall in love with love!
|Think Warm (10 titles)
Sub-zero temperatures getting you down? Let your imagination take you--and your stomach!--to a warmer, happier place.
|It Started With a Book... (10 titles)
As we gear up for the Academy Awards, let's take a moment to remember some past Best Picture Winners that wouldn't even have been made were it not for an intrepid author who first wrote the book.
|The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner (14 titles)
Looking to create a memorable feast in a few weeks? Look to these books for ideas to think outside the box or refine old favorites. Yum!
|Wasted on the Young (13 titles)
Books I was forced to read for school that I appreciate now.
|Think Cool (10 titles)
Use the power of suggestion to forget about searing temperatures and tropical humidity.
|Gone Fishin': a Travel Writing Compilation (11 titles)
Writing so vivid, warm and inclusive, you can almost feel the breeze on your skin and taste the mojito on your tongue. If finances are keeping you from your dream destinations, maybe these stories will tide you over.
|The Plant-Based Gourmet (14 titles)
Adopting a plant-based diet is win-win-win-win: you leave a smaller carbon footprint, you contribute to your own improved health, you opt out of senseless animal suffering and you get to eat unbelievably delicious food. Still not convinced? You will be after perusing these delectable cookbooks!
|Celebrate America (13 titles)
As July 4th rolls around, pause to think about America's funny, poignant, heartwrenching, sometimes-losing, sometimes-winning battle to create freedom for all.
|Bro Lit (13 titles)
For the ladies, there's chick lit. For the guys, there's bro lit. Here are some bros not to be missed.
|Books To Sink Your Teeth Into (20 titles)
Picture yourself with a cold glass of lemonade, swinging in a hammock, no sound but a light breeze in your ear. Now picture yourself reading one of these engrossing tales!
|The Play's the Thing (14 titles)
A great play jumps off the page and comes alive, almost as if you were seeing it in performance. These beloved recent plays were hits in New York, but you can experience their power in the comfort of your own home.
|Living Vicariously 101: a Course for Stay-Cationers (12 titles)
Is the economy cramping your travel style? You're not alone! Until things turn around, live and breathe exotic locales through some great travel writing.
|Judge a Book By Its Movie (18 titles)
Once in a great while, a fantastic book becomes a fantastic movie, each bringing its own artistic merit to the table. These titles are worth reading and watching.
|Pitiful Adaptations (15 titles)
We all know the movie is never as good as the book, but these titles deserved better. Forget the movie. Read the book!
|One City, One Book (18 titles)
Minneapolis isn't the only city with a community-wide book club. Check out the books that are getting other cities talking!
|Beach Reads for Sex and the City Fans (21 titles)
Looking for a book to match the style, fun and sexiness of the HBO series? Look no further!
|The heretic’s daughter : a novel |
by Kathleen Kent
Chilling account of one family during the Salem Witch Trials, based on the author’s ancestors. Kent creates a vivid picture of the paranoid atmosphere of 17th-century Massachusetts and the cruel injustice of those unlucky enough to be accused. posted Dec 2, 2013 at 1:44PM
|Let the great world spin : a novel |
by Colum McCann
Colum McCann's masterpiece is thought-provoking, moving and a little slow for those not taken with his narrative hook: the tightrope walk of Philippe Petit. Worth a read, though, for the author's remarkable ability to understand characters of such varied backgrounds and personalities. He has true compassion for these people, whatever their flaws, and his ability to make each of them human to the reader is a remarkable accomplishment in and of itself. posted Oct 23, 2013 at 9:00AM
by French, Tana
Detective Cassie Maddox, now working in the Domestic Violence unit, is pulled back to her undercover roots when a murdered woman is found who bears an eerie resemblance to Cassie and, worse, a woman who was using one of Cassie’s aliases from years back. Like her brilliant In the Woods, French’s The Likenes is a slow-moving, satisfying read that creates atmosphere through tiny revelations. It is a pleasure to sit down with and explore over an extended period of time, right up to its nail-biting conclusion. posted Oct 4, 2013 at 1:01PM
|American wife : a novel |
by Curtis Sittenfeld
In her fictionalized biography of Laura Bush, Sittenfeld pulls you in from the start with her understanding of time and place, as well as her creation of a complex, intriguing protagonist. Despite a weak final section, you will have a hard time putting this one down. posted Sep 9, 2013 at 10:51AM
|The Burgess boys : a novel |
by Elizabeth Strout
Strout hits it out of the park with her latest novel, an exploration of family relationships at its core. Her characters are fully realized and fascinating, propelling the story forward until its satisfying conclusion. One of the best books I’ve read this summer. posted Sep 9, 2013 at 10:47AM