A guide to books we're reading and talking about this year.
Last Updated: Dec 11, 2014
When schools and businesses in Ferguson, Missouri closed last month, the public library stayed open to provide "a quiet oasis to catch our breath, learn and think about what to do next." As library director Scott Bonner explained, this really is what libraries do every day and particularly in times of crisis, they are such an important center for the community. I hope those donations are still rolling in!
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We are indeed fortunate that there are more books than we will ever have the time to read. What follows below are my personal fab five favorites that I read in 2014. If you agree with any of my picks, take the poll in the far left column (or disagree with them all!) Better yet ... send me some feedback in the poll on the far right column and be sure to include your "best book" read in 2014.
This is my "hands down, best book I've read this year" choice. From Amazon: "Set against the rugged beauty of Washington State at the turn of the twentieth century, Amanda Coplin’s debut novel ... introduces readers to William Talmadge and his lovingly cultivated orchards of apples and apricots. Coplin’s characters are deeply rooted in the mystery of the American West, and she brings them together, like the grafting of Talmadge’s trees, to form a unique family bound not by blood but by the shared experience of tragedy, the land, and ultimately fate."
Leadership in the Crucible of Work
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
I had the opportunity to hear Sandy Shugart, the president of Valencia College, at a conference last summer. His thoughts (and poetry) on the topic of leadership are at once inspiring and pragmatic. He also is not afraid to venture into some very different territory, including a chapter on dealing with evil in the workplace.
The Beautiful Mystery
Publication Date: 2013-07-02
Is there anything better than "discovering" a new author who has written a fairly lengthy series? That was the "case" for me in finding Louise Penny and her Chief Inspector Gamache. I find these mysteries to be a great blend of police procedural and cozy - just right for a rainy winter night.
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
You may know Ann Patchett from her very popular novels including Bell Canto and State of Wonder (one of my personal favorites). This is a collection of her essays and provide a very different side of this talented author who started out writing for Seventeen magazine.
Vampires in the Lemon Grove
Publication Date: 2014-01-14
At the start of 2014, I had the goal of reading short stories by an author new to me each month. Although I didn't manage that every month, I'd certainly recommend it as an easy way to get out of the reading comfort zone. Karen Russell is particularly interesting because she borders on horror and the fantastic. Just ask Thom Lee how often he thinks about those women with the silkworms!
Send me the name of the book you liked best in 2014. Just give me the author and title in the "additional comments" box below and I'll build a libguide of reoommendations. Read on!