Ideas for One Book, One Community 2013

On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Darien Library staff members sat down with readers in the community to discuss possible selections for our town-wide One Book, One Community read for 2013. A really top notch collection of titles were pitched and we thought it would be fun to share with everyone! Below please find the 25 (yes, 25!) titles that were thrown into the gantlet Tuesday afternoon. We'd love your input in choosing the 2013 title from among the four finalists.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

The Aviator's Wife

Nice New Book Goodness!

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

Kiera and Pat's MUOM selections

Kiera's Picks:

Dirt by David Mann This psychological thriller is set on a nut farm- both literally and figuratively. Galen, a 23-year-old who has never spent a day away from his mother, Susie Q, longs to align his chakras and experience deep meditations. Unfortunately, his money-hoarding mom, deeply bitter aunt, sexually depraved cousin and poor dementia-ridden grandmother are all standing in his way to spritual fulfillment. When his mother threatens to send him to prison, Galen's last few screws come loose as he comtemplates how far he is willing to go to save himself. This page-turner will lead you into a sometimes comic, sometimes cruel, but altogether unsettling glimpse into a family gone to dirt. 

Breed by Chase Novak  A wealthy upper eastside couple, sick of failed infertility treatments, ventures to a shady doctor in eastern Europe for a miracle. And it works- they're having twins! But there is a dark, and rather gruesome, price to be paid for their new bundles of joy. This guilty pleasure read is a fun, sick, and twisted!

Timecrimes In this Spanish-language sci-fi horror film, a man accidentally finds himself in a murder mystery and a bit of a time travel conumdrum. Scary, fast-paced, and thought-provoking. 

Pat's Picks:

Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman  Tom, a lighthouse keeper and his wife Isabel live on a remote island off the coast of Australia and one day a boat comes ashore occupied by a dead man and a crying baby. This couple have been childless for years and Isabel convinces her husband not to report this missing baby. They raise the baby girl, Lucy, as their own but this deceptive act has profound consequences for both Tom and Isabel.

Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe  Tome Wolfe's latest novel arrived on Main Street yesterday and what has been said about this book is the author does for Miami what he did for New York in Bonfire of the Vanities. He has created a cast of exoctic characters and a plot that will keep you thoroughly entertained!

No Easy Day by Mark Owen  The author gives us a first person account about the planning and execution of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad. As a reader, you become immersed in the blow by blow description of the assault and amazed by the courageous risks taken by Seal Team Six.


More Tech Books Have Arrived!

What will you be learning this fall?
What will you be learning this fall?

At just before 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 6th, these tech books are not quite available to be picked up. However, these new books are so exciting, that I could not wait to post about them! These new books were selected for every day programs like Microsoft Office and to enchance your skills before you head to the Digital Media Lab!

Look for these books to be on the shelves tomorrow. Make your holds request now so you can be first in line! Look forward to more tech books to be arriving soon.

All A's!

Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt
Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt

In the sports world, even the most diehard fans of opposing teams have to tip their caps when a David beats a Goliath. If the Miami Heat wins a championship after assembling a virtual all-star team, there's little interest beyond the fan base. More than 30 years later, however, we all still remember the USA hockey team's stunning victory at the 1980 Olympic Games -- primarily because it was such an unexpected upset.

Major League Baseball's season takes place on an uneven playing field. Some of the small-market, less wealthy teams start the season with no realistic chance of making the playoffs, while other teams are perennially successful. Money is a large factor; in 2012, the highest team budget (Yankees) is almost four times the lowest (Padres). So how do those "poor" teams compete and, in some cases, succeed?

Enter Billy Beane, who took over the General Manager position for the Oakland A's in 1997, after a disappointing baseball career. He saw patterns and potential where nobody else did, and put together a roster of low-budget cast-offs and has-beens that surprised the old guard and created a blueprint that has literally changed the game. The book, and now the film, Moneyball tell his story in a way that even non-baseball fans will appreciate. You may have never visited Oakland, but you'll be rooting for his A's in Moneyball!


Tantalizing Non-Fiction Titles on Main Street

Only one of several tasty new books!
Only one of several tasty new books!

I usually take a photo-a-day to post on Darien Libary's social media, but while walking along Main Street this morning, this selection of non-fiction titles caught my eye. Thus I decided to create this booklist so you can directly request these particular titles instead of just looking at a photo!

Share your favorite non-fiction book in the comments? 

Ann and Asha's MUOMS Picks

Ann and Asha's MUOMS Picks
Ann and Asha's MUOMS Picks

Ann's Picks:

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. This is a wonderfully written book about love and loss .  June loves her Uncle Finn who is dying from aids in the 1980's when people did not know much about the disease or were open to different lifestyles.  Her mother, Finn's sister, refuses to let her family be around her brother's lover who she blames for giving her brother aids.  Uncle Finn and June have a wonderful relationship and June is devastated when he dies.  She then meets his partner, Toby, and they form a special relationship to fill Finn's void in their lives.  This book also explores sibling rivalry and family dynamics.  This is a wonderful read.

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. This is the second of Hilary Mantel's trilogy exploring the life of Thomas Cromwell.  In this book, Thomas Cromwell is plotting the replacement of Ann Boleyn with Henry VIII's new love interest Jane Seymour.  The book chronicles the last nine months of Ann's life and concentrates on her trial and death.  This story is familiar to all of us but in Miss Mantel's hand it is a page turner.

Asha's Picks:

Burn Down The Ground: A Memoir by Kambri Crews. Crews tells the story of growing up as a Child of Deaf Adults in rural Texas. She tells the story of growing up with her quiet, loving mother who is working hard to support her family, while her father is an abusive alcoholic who is slowly destroying the family. She struggles to find a balance between the two worlds while trying to find a niche for herself.

ParaNorman by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. Norman Babcock is not like the other children, in fact, he is reminded daily by everyone around him about how different he is. Norman is able to see and speak to ghosts, fun right? One day, his great uncle Prenderghast informs him that he needs to use his ability to keep the Blithe Hollow Witch asleep. Seems simple, until he realizes that something has gone awry with his plan and now the earth is shifting beneath him. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

Erin and Stephanie's MUOMS Picks

Erin and Stephanie's MUOMS Picks
Erin and Stephanie's MUOMS Picks

Erin's Picks:

Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark

Marcia Clark is best known for her work as head prosecutor during the O.J. Simpson trial. This is her second book involving her character District Attorney Rachel Knight. In her first book Guilt by Association, Knight's colleague is found dead at a crime scene and she must take over a high profile rape case. Instead, she grows more entangled with the circumstances surrounding the death of her colleague. In this follow up, Knight is asked to take on the case of a murdered homeless man. Just as she loses hope in finding any leads, clues are uncovered that link this murder to events in her first book. Marcia Clark certainly knows her way around the courtroom, but this novel gets us out of there and onto the streets of L.A.

Night Watch by Linda Fairstein

All this week, I've been waking up and thinking to myself Live this day like you're Alexandra Cooper. This is the 14th book in Linda Fairstein's popular Alexandra Cooper series. While on vacation in France with her restauranteur boyfriend Luc, Alexandra "Coop" Cooper is called back to New York to assist in a rape case involving an international banker. Meanwhile, back in France, the police in Luc's small village are trying to uncover the facts surrounding the death of a young woman who used to work for Luc. Can Luc be trusted? Is the international banker guilty? We'll have to read to find out.

Stephanie's Picks

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

A great book about James Garfield, one of our most improbable Presidents. His rise to the Presidency from utter poverty as a child, via Civil War heroics and a spate in Congress, is impressive on its own. But the really crazy thing about the book is that he was shot by a total nutball (whose story is also outlined) just a few months into his term! Then, amazingly, he survived the attack—and then his doctors basically killed him with their horrible medical practices. This was just before, for example, sterilization became a cornerstone of medicine (in fact at the time it was seen as quackery), and his doctors kept opening his wound and poking around in it to try to find the bullet with their non-sterile tools. They also fed him on a diet of rich foods like bacon and lamb chops every day even though he had a history of stomach issues. You can imagine. There’s also a fascinating story of a young Alexander Graham Bell (the very same as you’re thinking, yes) who was trying desperately to invent a machine to help find the bullet so it could be extracted before it was too late. Things got worse and worse and the activity of the entire country came to a complete halt as everyone anxiously awaited multiple updates a day as to Garfield’s progress. Mind-blowing and a real page-turner of a tragedy.

Afterwards by Rosamund Lipton

A great summer read, reminiscent of early Jodi Picoult mixed with Sophie Hannah. The book opens with Grace, mother of two, at her children’s school for an end-of-year celebration. When she sees the main building go up in flames and realizes her daughter is inside, she runs in to save her. Both suffer severe injuries, and in hospital, Grace finds that her consciousness can leave her physical body, which is in a coma, and wander the hospital (and even a bit beyond). As she watches and listens, not only does she learn more about her family, she also begins to suspect the fire was not accidental, but in fact a deliberate strike at her daughter—and to worry that the attacker will try again. Fast-paced and a little heart-wrenching. I wouldn’t recommend reading it on public transportation unless you are okay with crying in front of strangers. But it’s just perfect for the times when you need a book to take over your life for a few hours.

Janet and Elisabeth's MUOMS Picks

Janet's Pick: Devil at my Heels
Janet's Pick: Devil at my Heels

Janet's Picks:

Devil at My Heels by Louis Zamperini

Last year, one of our most popular non-fiction books was Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken -- the story of a juvenile delinquent turned Olympic track star, World War II airman, POW, and finally a survivor and man of faith. Louis Zamperini had written his own memoir, Devil At My Heels, years before Hillenbrand's book. Even if you've read Unbroken, these are his own words and thoughts: running the 1936 Berlin Olympics, adrift for 47 days on a rubber raft after his plane crashes in the Pacific, and two-plus years of torture in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Coming home after the war wasn't the end of his story, either. It almost seems unbelievable that at age 95, Zamperini is still alive and has silenced his stormy past. Devil At My Heels is a story of brutality and endurance that is simply unforgettable.

Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs

A.J. Jacobs is a master of the "gimmick memoir" -- he's previously written about reading the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z and living by strict Biblical guidelines for a year -- and his new book Drop Dead Healthy chronicles his quest to become the healthiest person on the planet. Now middle-aged, he's alarmed that his body is starting to resemble "a python that swallowed a goat." So, body part by body part, he tries to improve himself...with extreme chewing, sleep clinics, noise-cancelling headphones, caveman workouts, and nutritional make-overs. You'll laugh out loud (and find out that laughing actually burns calories) and even pick up a hint or two about keeping fit and healthy!


Elisabeth's Picks

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

30-something year old Pat Peoples has recently been released from a mental institution into the custody of his mother. Although his father and doctor are against his release, Pat is thrilled to be let out of “the bad place” because it means that “apart time” might finally be ending and he will be reunited with his wife, Nikki. Pat thinks he’s been in the institution for months, but he’s actually been in there for years. The world he comes home to is not the world he left. As he reunites with old friends and searches for his silver lining, he meets a woman named Tiffany who is recovering from her own mental issues. Together, they strike up a friendship which may the silver lining Pat is looking for. The movie adaptation of this book comes out in November and stars Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper, and The Hunger Game’s Jennifer Lawrence. Check out the trailer!

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

The sequel to Deborah Harkness’ bestseller A Discovery Of Witches was released yesterday. A Discovery of Witches tells the story of Dr. Diana Bishop, a historian currently taking a sabbatical for research at Oxford, and her forbidden bond with Dr. Matthew Clairemont, a professor at Oxford. Why is their relationship forbidden? Because Matthew is a vampire and Diana is a witch. Lest you think this is a typical wimpy vampire book, Entertainment Weekly said it was a “thoroughly grown-up novel packed with gorgeous historical detail and a gutsy, brainy heroine to match.” The sequel picks one minute after the previous novel ended, resolving a cliff-hanger that drove me crazy for a year!

New this Month in Large Print

Sophie by Emma Pearse
Sophie by Emma Pearse

New Large Print titles purchased through the generosity of the Anne R. Ferguson Large Print Book Fund.

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