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Mass. Book Awards

The Mass. Book Awards have been listed. Find the list here. This site also includes a great list of suggested reading titles for both adults and kids. Look for the Plumb Library Summer Suggestions coming soon!

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New books this week

Some new books have come in.  Reserve yours now!

The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths Retold, by Cynthia Rylant

The Pain Nurse, by Jon Talton

Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Clara’s War: One Girl’s Story of Survival, by Clara Kramer

The 8th Confession, by James Patterson

Stone’s Fall, by Iain Pears

Home Safe, by Elizabeth Berg

Sunnyside, by Glen David Gold

Hotel for Dogs, and News for Dogs, by Lois Duncan

Drood, by Dan Simmons

The Language of Bees, by Laurie R. King

Wanting, by Richard Flanagan

Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting, by Michael Perry

Mr. and Miss Anonymous, by Fern Michaels

Summer on Blossom Street, by Debbie Macomber

The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton

Honk, Honk, Goose: Canada Geese Start a Family, by April Pulley Sayre

Monkey with a Toolbelt, by Chris Monroe

Maggie’s Monkeys, by Linda Sanders-Wells

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New books just received!

Company of Liars, by Karen Maitland

A Most Wanted Man, by John LeCarre

Sea of Poppies, by Amitav Ghosh

The Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell

Walking Through Walls, by Philip Smith

Cold Rock River, by Jackie Lee Miles

The Reluctant Widow, by Georgette Heyer

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Cheer

Little Face, by Sophie Hannah

The Witch’s Trinity, by Erika Mailman

Paying for College without Going Broke: 2009 Edition

Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash, by Wendeling Van Draanen

Searching for Schindler, by Thomas Keneally

American Prince, by Tony Curtis

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, by Vicki Myron

The Widows of Eastwick, by John Updike

Testimony, by Anita Shreve

Lion Among Men: Volume Three in the Wicked Years, by Gergory Maguire (also available on cd)

Rough Weather, by Robert B. Parker

Dark Summer, by Iris Johansen

Place your reserves now!

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Staff Review: The Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry

There’s already a bit of buzz about this book, and it’s not even out till the end of the month!  But I got my hands on an advance copy, and I couldn’t put it down.  Towner Whitney is dragged back to Salem, MA, when her beloved aunt dies under mysterious circumstances.  Aunt Eva was a “lace reader”, rather like a tea-leaf reader, and was well-known in certain circles in Salem.  Towner’s mother lives on nearby Yellow Dog Island with abused women, who weave the lace used in lace reading.  Slowly, through the book, we learn Towner’s history, about her defiant and reclusive mother; about Lyndley, Towner’s twin sister, who committed suicide when the girls were 18; about Emma, another aunt who was so beaten by her husband that she is now blind; Cal, Emma’s ex-husband and former alcoholic turned rabid born-again preacher; Rafferty, the police detective who becomes involved with Towner; and Salem itself, with its tourists, New Age hippies, Old Age townies, and its history.  Like lace, the story weaves a web around the reader and draws you in.  I predict that you will be hearing a lot about this book very soon.

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Stephanie, Ranger, and Joe

Hang on to your hats!  We’ve just received the new Stephanie Plum book by Janet Evanovich: Fearless Fourteen !  I just finished it this morning, and it’s just as much fun as the previous 13 books.  One of Morelli’s numerous relatives was involved in a bank robbery 10 years previous, and may have buried the money in the basement of Joe’s house.  That’s what the robber’s ex-partners think, and they kidnap a cousin of Joe’s to get him to find the money.  Stephanie ends up taking care of the cousin’s teenage son, plus a couple of the son’s goofy friends.  Meanwhile, Lula and Tank are engaged – maybe.  And Grandma Masur keeps escaping from the house in the night, and showing up at Joe’s with a jackhammer.  Reserve this book now to ensure beach or poolside reading!

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New stuff

Here are some new titles that we’ll be showcasing at this month’s “Tea and Titles”, happening today at 3:30:

Before Green Gables: The Prequel to Anne of Green Gables, by Budge Wilson.  Ever wonder what happened to Anne Shirley before she came to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert?  Well, in honor of the anniversary of the first printing of Anne of Green Gables, a noted Canadian author has been tapped to fill in the gaps of Anne’s early life, which she does very well.  Wilson is not L. M. Montgomery, but some of the charm of the Anne books is there.  Anne’s life is full of drudgery and heartbreak, but she manages to maintain her optimism and imagination with the help of some caring adults. 

Wit’s End, by Karen Joy Fowler, the author of The Jane Austen Book Club

Dervishes, by Beth Helms

The Winding Ways Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini

Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith, by Suzanne Shea

Playing with the Grown-Ups, by Sophia Dahl (Roald Dahl’s daughter)

Quiet Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian, by Scott Douglas

Maya Angelou: A Glorious Celebration, by Marcia Ann Gillespie

I am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee, by Charles J. Shields

There’s a bunch of new paperbacks, too, which I will note later.  The April Book Page has an interview with Joanne Harris, the author of Chocolat and Five Pieces of the Orange, and a review of her newest, a sequel to Chocolat.  We will be getting this book as soon as it is published later this month.

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New Books!

Some new items that have just come in:

People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks

Princess Mia, by Meg Cabot

The Crazy School, by Cornelia Read

Fault Tree, by Louise Ure

Dragons of Babel, by Michael Swanwick

Beginners Greek, by James Collins (a novel, NOT a book on learning Greek!)

Blue Heaven, by C. J. Box

Bleeding Kansas, by Sara Paretsky

The Senator’s Wife, by Sue Miller

The Pig Did It, by Joseph Caldwell

Plum Lucky, by Janet Evanovich

Notes from the Backseat, by Jody Gherman

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