Monthly Archives: December 2010

“What’s that guy’s name again?”

We are often asked how to pronounce some authors’ names. Here is a great list of pronunciations of a few authors, thanks to McNally Jackson.
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Staff Top Ten Books for 2010

For the third year in a row, we’ve compiled our top ten books that we read in 2010. The books are not necessarily published in 2010, but we read them in 2010. They are also not ranked in order of importance; just in the order that we remember them. Here goes:
Gail’s list:
1. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
2. Healing of America; The Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, by T.R. Reid
3. The City and the City, by China Mieville
4. The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag: A Flavia De Luce Mystery, by Alan Bradley
5. When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
6. The Passage, by Justin Cronin
7. Sheen on the Silk, by Anne Perry
8. Blackout, by Connie Willis
9. Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana De Rosnay

Jen’s List:
1. Alice I have Been by Melanie Benjamin
2. I am Nujood, age 10 and divorced by Nujood Ali
3. Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry
4. Rock and Roll will Save Your Life: a book by and for the fanatics among us (with bitchin’ soundtrack) by Steve Almond
5. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
6. My name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
7. The tower, the zoo, and the tortoise by Julia Stuart
8. Island beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
9. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
10. The Rebellion of Jane Clarke by Sally Gunning

Lisa’s List:
1. Half-Broke Horses, Jeanette Walls
2. The Strange Return of Sherlock Holmes, Barry Grant
3. Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin
4. The Gardner Heist, Ulrich Boser
5. The Rebellion of Jane Clark, Sally Gunning
6 Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly
7. Grave Secret, Charlaine Harris
8. The Map of True Places, Brunonia Barry
9. Falling In, Francis O’Roarke Dowell
10. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, Rick Riordan

If you want more Lists for 2010, try this series of lists from NPR:
Best Books of 2010: The Complete List
Also the blog Largehearted Boy has kindly compiled all of the 2010 lists. Check frequently for updates.
Online “Best Books of 2010”

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Newsletter and a link

The December newsletter can be viewed HERE.

Also, here is the December highlights from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Click Here
Remember that the library has discount passes to the Gardner, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, which has just reopened its American wing. You can check out both passes on one card for a day. They make a great day trip to Boston for visiting relatives and college students.

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