October Book Awards

Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

The Nobel Prize for Literature 2010

Mario Vargas Llosa

The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa

Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Language of Passion by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Way to Paradise by Mario Vargas Llosa

National Book Award Finalists 2010

Parrot and Olivier in America: A Novel by Peter Carey

Great House by Nicole Krauss

So Much for That by Lionel Shriver

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor–Hiroshima–9-11–Iraq by John W. Dower

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Teen Read Week- Books with Beat

October 17-23 is Teen Read Week, and this year’s theme is Books with Beat. Over the next few days, titles that are guaranteed to make you burst into song, rock out, or bust a gut laughing will be reviewed on the blog.

All these titles are available downstairs in our Young Adult collection in book and audiobook format (CD, tape, playaway). Several lucky titles are available to our patrons through Live-Brary in e-book and MP3/iPod compatible formats.

Here are some titles guaranteed to make you tap your toes, burst into song, or rock out. All these titles are available in our Young Adult collection – and a lucky few are also available either as e-books or audio books. Check out our catalog for more details.

Awesome Book With Beat: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Our Teen Services librarian read this back in May or June, and was bouncing around for a good week afterward. Audrey is your average music-loving girl – who just happens to have a song written about her. Think that’s awesome? It’s not in her case. Throw in a wisecracking best friend (“My name is Victoria, like the Queen”), a job at the Scooper Dooper, and a potted plant that serves as a hall pass – and you’ll be cracking up and downloading almost every song Robin Benway even *references*. (Miss Kate’s favorite song from the book: Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J).

Audrey, Wait! is available in hardcover in our YA section.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Read a memoir, view a documentary about breast cancer survivors and educators, and research current information in the library’s collection.


Eating Pomegranates: A Memoir of Mothers, Daughters, and the BRCA Gene by Sarah Gabriel

The Everything Health Guide to Living with Breast Cancer: An Accessible and Comprehensive Resource for Women by Lucia Giuggio Carvalho with James A. Stewart

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan

No Family History: The Environmental Links to Breast Cancer by Sabrina McCormick

Pretty is What Changes: Impossible Choices, the Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny by Jessica Queller

Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer by Nancy G. Brinker with Joni Rodgers


Climb Against the Odds: Mount McKinley

Polly’s Globalwalk: The True Story of a Woman Who Discovered How Far She Could Go by Putting One Foot in Front of the Other…

New Oprah’s Book Club Selection

The 64th Oprah’s Book Club selection is Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.

Read one of Oprah’s past book club selections.

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Raised in the British colony of Valparaiso, Chile, pregnant Eliza follows her lover to California at the height of the Gold Rush and finds adventure and adversity on her road to independence and love.

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
A young Haitian girl comes of age torn between two cultures–the Haiti of her Tante Atie and Grandmother Ife, and the New York of her mother Martine.

Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Follows Trudi Montag, a dwarf who serves as her town’s librarian, unofficial historian, and recorder of the secret stories of her people, in a novel that charts the course of German history in the first half of the twentieth century.

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
In India during the mid-1970s, after a “state of internal emergency” is declared, four very different people–a widowed seamstress, a student, and a man and his nephew who have fled their village’s caste violence–find their lives becoming inextricably intertwined.

The Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds
Ninah Huff, the teenage granddaughter of the founder of an isolated religious community, causes controversy when she is discovered to be pregnant with what she claims is a holy child.

Cane River by Lalita Tademy
Follows four generations of African American women from slavery to the early 20th century as they struggle for economic security and the future of their families along the Cane River in rural Louisiana.

Adult Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up

Thanks to all our Adult Summer Reading Club participants and all who attended our wrap-up party!

Books that readers especially enjoyed include:

97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

World Without End by Ken Follett

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Traveling Women

Enjoy Eat, Pray, Love? Find other accounts of women’s travels abroad, courtesy of NoveList Plus.

The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy
by Rachel Cusk

That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story by Marlena de Blasi

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story by Sue Monk Kidd & Ann Kidd Taylor

Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere by Jan Morris

My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere by Susan Orlean

Expat: Women’s True Tales of Life Abroad by Christina Henry de Tessan

A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick, and Christina Henry De Tessan

Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year

The longlist of finalists for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award covers modern business issues, including management, finance, and economics. Selected titles include:

How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities by John Cassidy

Union Atlantic: A Novel by Adam Haslett

The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis

More Money than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite by Sebastian Mallaby

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington fought to Save the Financial System From Crisis–and Themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin

Man Booker Prize 2010 Longlist Announced

The 13 books on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010 have been announced.

Titles that the library owns include:

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

The Long Song by Andrea Levy

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

February by Lisa Moore

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

The winner will be announced on October 12th.

LOL Summer Reads

Looking for a genuinely funny book to take to the beach? As NPR correspondent Heller McAlpin asks in this piece, “Who would think it would be so hard to find good books that are funny without being stupid?”

Her suggestions:

Dead End Gene Pool, by Wendy Burden

How Did You Get This Number, by Sloane Crosley

The Three Weissmanns of Westport, by Cathleen Schine

The Frozen Rabbi, by Steve Stern

Have fun!