Nice New Book Goodness!

Selected by Jen
Selected by Jen

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!

LibraryReads

Librarian picked best reads
Librarian picked best reads

The top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love. 

From LibraryReads Frequently Asked Questions

What are the goals of LibraryReads?

First and foremost: we want to help connect our favorite books to as many readers as possible! And we want to showcase the incredible power that public library staff has in helping to building word-of-mouth for new books, and the important role we play in creating audiences for all kinds of authors.

Check out LibraryReads' website to learn more. 

All's Fair

If you’re of a certain age, you may have fond memories of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, held in Flushing Meadows. Over 50 million fairgoers remember the enormous Unisphere, “It’s a Small World,” the first look at touch-tone phones, color TV, and the Ford Mustang, the giant Uniroyal tire, Pop Art graphics, and the sweet taste of Bel-Gem waffles.

Behind the dazzling scenery, though, is a story of politics, the burgeoning Civil Rights movement, and unprecedented cultural change. The Fair took place just as the 60s were moving from black and white to color. Joseph Tirella's new book Tomorrow-land explains how the 1964-1965 World's Fair was never officially approved by the Bureau of International Expositions, details the passive-aggressive tactics of Robert Moses, and provides full perspective on this milestone event.

The pavilions were dismantled, artifacts sent to museums or in some cases lost forever, but the memories and history remain. Tomorrow-land brings us back to yesterday, when the future seemed unlimited, bright, and just around the corner. Nearly 50 years later, you can almost smell those delicious waffles in the air still...

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

¡Oralé! is the message from the SoNo Loft this week .  Don’t worry!  I did not know what this meant either.  But as is always the case of The Loft, the message is uplifting.  It turns out this can mean many things.   It is a sort of Mexican street slang that can mean okay! or let’s do it! or it can be the Chicano equivalent of yeehaw!   What a nice positive message for the beginning of the year.  Thanks SoNo Loft.   This week we have Mississippi, Vermont, and our very own home state of Connecticut!  Specifically Fairfield County.


Let us begin!


Abby is reading Natchez Burning by Greg Iles due out 4/29/14. I know she is not alone in being pleased to see him back. “Iles returns to Natchez, Mississippi home of Penn Cage who wears many hats. A former prosecutor, bestselling author, widower, father, and now mayor, Penn learns his physician father whom he idolizes and is highly respected across the racial lines of Natchez is keeping some deadly secrets.  The story goes back to the early days of the civil rights movement which was not embraced by a great portion of Mississippians. Segregation, a legacy of intense racism, and corruption made it difficult for those attempting to do the right thing to remain safe. The voices that spoke out in favor of justice were often silenced in brutal ways. In Natchez Burning, Penn must assist his father who is facing a murder charge but is unwilling to speak out in his own defense. As Penn works to unmask the ugly secrets of Natchez in the 1960’s to help his father, he may also provide justice for the many victims of the era’s brutality. It’s nice to see Iles back and in such good form following a near fatal car accident a few years ago.”


Thomas of Material Management and my son loves himself some dysfunction.  I am just going to believe that this is because I have provided him with such a lovely stable home life that he needs to read about these things to learn about them.  Yup.  That’s what I am telling myself.  “Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson is the tale of a boy growing up in Vermont during the mid-1980s. After his best friend dies from an accidental drug overdose instigated by his estranged father's girlfriend's daughter, Jude is sent to New York to live with his father in order to stay out of trouble. He soon falls in with the straight edge punk movement and begins running into even more problems than previously expected. If you like reading about slow motion train wrecks, then this book is totally for you!”


I am loving The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson which is due out in March.  Anders Hill lives up the tracks in my neck of the County and he is not going gentle into his 60’s.  In fact he is making some rather drastic changes.  He has left his wife, quit his job and is embracing middle of the day drinking with vigor.  But when things begin to really unravel, Anders wonders if there can be happiness found without dwelling in The Land of Steady Habits.  The writing is glorious and you can really tell that the author spent his formative years dwelling amongst us.  The descriptions of WASP ritual are spot on and it will make you gasp and then laugh out loud for the recognition of it.  

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!

Introducing: You Are What You Read Next

Main Street
Main Street

The Darien Library is proud to offer You Are What You Read Next, a new online Reader's Advisory service offering personalized book recommedations. If you've spoken with our readers' advisors at the Welcome Desk before, you know that we have a full staff of trained librarians to help you find that perfect next read. Whether you're in the mood for the hottest new mystery, want to go back to the classics, or have a few questions about the book all your friends are reading, we're here with answers and recommendations. Now we're taking that show online with our online form You Are What You Read Next

If you take just 5-10 minutes to answer a few questions about what you're looking for in your next few books, we'll send you a list of 5 hand-picked books in whatever format you prefer. You don't even have to answer all the questions--just the ones that you think are necessary. Click here to get started. We can't wait to hear from you!

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

What can I possibly say about this week that won’t devolve into whining, swearing and weeping?  It was a rough one.  We had artic cold, transportation woes, some water, and a whole lot of winter discontent.  The real  sorrow here is that it is only the end of the first week of January.   We have a whole lot of winter to slog through yet.  But there is hope!  While I was walking to the train last night I noticed something. Something magical.  Something that made my heart soar.

It was still light out. 

At 5:00 p.m.

So while we are still in the thick of it, there are glimmers that it won’t be forever.  It will just feel that way.

This week we have Chechnya, dysfunction (of course), deception, Scientology, The Street, precocity, danger (!), and mental illness.

Let us begin!

Nice New Book Goodness!

Selected by Jen
Selected by Jen

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!

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

Happy New Year!  We are pleased to announce that we have kicked the Hellidays to the curb and we are full speed ahead for a glorious new year and getting back to what passes for normal.  As is the case, sometimes the recovery time for things getting back to normal lags. The SoNo Loft has no new words for us.  Sweet Ann wishes she had words but she is too busy coughing to speak.  I know that you join me in wishing her a speedy recovery. We have no playlist for the New Year.  But I am pleased to announce that The TC made it back safe and sound from The Homeland, and the decorations are coming down. So yes.  Back to what passes for normal. This week we have some mystery, romance, miracles, Paris, Detroit, coincidence, Rilke and sheep.  Yes.  Sheep.


Let us begin!

Darien Library's Top 10 Books of 2013: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Darien Library's #1 Book of 2013!
Darien Library's #1 Book of 2013!

Announcing Darien Library's #1 book of 2013, as voted in by the Darien librarians: Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes! This book got more votes than any other book by far. It swept us away early in the year and never stopped charming librarians or patrons. Pat T. summed it up perfectly when she added it to our Pinterest board, saying: "A lovely romantic story about a young lady who becomes a caregiver for a quadriplegic man and how their relationship develops in unexpected ways."

Ann added, when she wrote it up for You Are What You Read: "This is the heartfelt story of Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. Lou Clark is twenty-six and stuck in her life by an event that happened to her when she was younger. She is content to work at a cafe and live in her small girlhood bedroom with her parents. When her job ends abruptly she becomes the paid companion to Will Traynor, a quadriplegic, who was injured in an accident at the height of his fast-paced career and life. Will is trapped in his life, wheelchair bound and unhappy. After some initial difficulty, Will and Lou begin to enjoy their time together and their lives become larger. Decisions will impact their lives in ways they can’t predict. This is a wonderful book with beautifully written characters that will remain with you long after their story is finished."

Jeanne chimed in: "I joined the Jojo Moyes fan club when I finished reading and listening to Me Before You. Susan Lyons is a terrific British narrator and the story of Will Traynor, sentenced to life in a wheelchair when he is hit by a motorcyclist on a rainy day and Louisa Clark, his feisty new care companion is written in a way that you can’t put it down until the last tissue is crumpled. So, I needed both print and audio!"

Well, there you have it--our favorite books of the year! Below, reminders of the rest of the list. Now, on to 2014!

#10: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
#9: A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
#8: Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
#7: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
#6: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
#5: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
#4: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
#3: Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
#2: Transatlantic by Colum McCann

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