The top 10 books about Chicago: From Saul Bellow to Philip Roth

From Saul Bellow to Philip Roth, novelist Andrew Rosenheim salutes the writers who have captured the beauty, and the ugliness, of his hometown.

 

From the Guardian

The New Yorker is opening its archive

The New Yorker has announced that it will be releasing its online archives dating back to 2007 for a three month period in an effort to reboot its online presence.

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New York Times Best Sellers at ACLS for July 20, 2014

Get the latest NYT Best Sellers at the Allegany County Library System.

FICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

ACT OF WARby Brad Thor. (Emily Bestler/Atria.) The counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath undertakes two dangerous missions as America faces an imminent attack.

POWER PLAY, by Catherine Coulter. (Putnam.) The F.B.I. agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are out to discover who is trying to kill the ambassador to Britain.

GONE GIRLby Gillian Flynn. (Crown.) A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?

INVISIBLEby James Patterson and David Ellis. (Little, Brown.) Searching for her sister’s killer, a former F.B.I. researcher finds a link between scores of unsolved cases.

TOP SECRET TWENTY-ONEby Janet Evanovich. (Bantam.) The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a dealer who sells more than used cars.

THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt. (Little, Brown.) A painting smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a bombing becomes a boy’s prize, guilt and burden.

THE SILKWORMby Robert Galbraith. (Mulholland/Little, Brown.) The private detective Cormoran Strike steps in when the author of a roman à clef set in literary London is murdered; by J. K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously.

HUDSONby Laurelin Paige. (Laurelin Paige.) A companion novel to the Fixed trilogy, from Hudson’s point of view.

THE GIRLS OF AUGUSTby Anne Rivers Siddons. (Grand Central.) Four friends who vacation together are shaken by surprising discoveries.

ORPHAN TRAINby Christina Baker Kline. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) A historical novel about orphans swept off the streets of New York and sent to the Midwest in the 1920s.

 

NONFICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

AMERICAby Dinesh D’Souza. (Regnery.) A defense of America against the view that its power in the world should be diminished; also a documentary film.

BLOOD FEUDby Edward Klein. (Regnery.) A journalist describes animosity behind the alliance between the Clinton and Obama families.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACKby Piper Kerman. (Spiegel & Grau.) A Brooklyn woman’s prison memoir. The basis for the Netflix series, originally published in 2010.

THE BOYS IN THE BOATby Daniel James Brown. (Viking.) The University of Washington’s eight-oar crew and their quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

HARD CHOICESby Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Simon & Schuster.) Clinton’s memoir focuses on her years as secretary of state and her views on America’s role in the world.

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. (Thomas Nelson.) A father recounts his 3-year-old son’s encounter with Jesus during an appendectomy.

DAVID AND GOLIATHby Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown.) How disadvantages can work in our favor; from the author of “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers.”

ONE NATION, by Ben Carson with Candy Carson. (Sentinel.) Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, now a Fox News contributor, offers solutions to problems in health and education based on capitalism, not government.

A THREE DOG LIFE, by Abigail Thomas. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.) How Thomas rebuilt her life after her husband sustained a devastating brain injury in a car accident. Originally published in 2006.

 

 

20 Excellent Autobiographical Novels

These are the novels where you won’t find a forward that includes the words “Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental”.

From BookRiot.com:  20 Excellent Autobiographical Novels

22 Books You Should Read Now, Based On Your Childhood Favorites

22 Books You Should Read Now, Based On Your Childhood Favorites

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New York Times Best Sellers at ACLS for July 6, 2014

Get the latest NYT Best Sellers at the Allegany County Library System.

FICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

INVISIBLEby James Patterson and David Ellis. (Little, Brown.) Searching for her sister’s killer, a former F.B.I. researcher finds a link between scores of unsolved cases.

TOP SECRET TWENTY-ONEby Janet Evanovich. (Bantam.) The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a dealer who sells more than used cars.

THE SILKWORMby Robert Galbraith. (Mulholland/Little, Brown.) The private detective Cormoran Strike steps in when the author of a roman à clef set in literary London is murdered; by J. K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously.

BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION, by Jamie McGuire. (Atria.) Just when Trenton Maddox thinks his life is returning to normal, he sets eyes on Cami Camlin; a Maddox Brothers novel.

THE CITY, by Dean Koontz. (Bantam.) A musician, part of a famous family, looks back over the events of his life, beginning during his childhood in the 1960s.

THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt. (Little, Brown.) A painting smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a bombing becomes a boy’s prize, guilt and burden.

THE NEIGHBOR, by Dean Koontz. (Bantam.) In 1967, a secretive new neighbor takes up residence next door to a young brother and sister in a troubled family; an e-book short-story prequel to “The City.”

GONE GIRLby Gillian Flynn. (Crown.) A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?

SPICE BOX, by Raine Miller, Cathryn Fox and others. (Various publishers.) A collection of 16 steamy stories.

MR. MERCEDES, by Stephen King. (Scribner.) A driver plows into a crowd at a job fair, killing eight. The killer then taunts a suicidal ex-cop, who must stop a deadlier attack.

 

NONFICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

BLOOD FEUDby Edward Klein. (Regnery.) A journalist describes animosity behind the alliance between the Clinton and Obama families.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACKby Piper Kerman. (Spiegel & Grau.) A Brooklyn woman’s prison memoir. The basis for the Netflix series, originally published in 2010.

THE BOYS IN THE BOATby Daniel James Brown. (Viking.) The University of Washington’s eight-oar crew and their quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

HARD CHOICESby Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Simon & Schuster.) Clinton’s memoir focuses on her years as secretary of state and her views on America’s role in the world.

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. (Thomas Nelson.) A father recounts his 3-year-old son’s encounter with Jesus during an appendectomy.

LONE SURVIVOR, by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. (Little, Brown.) The only survivor of a Navy SEALs operation in northern Afghanistan describes the battle and his escape. First published in 2007; the basis for the movie

ONE NATION, by Ben Carson with Candy Carson. (Sentinel.) Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, now a Fox News contributor, offers solutions to problems in health and education based on capitalism, not government.

THINK LIKE A FREAK, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) How to solve problems creatively, from the authors of “Freakonomics.”

CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, by Thomas Piketty. (Belknap/Harvard University.) A French economist’s analysis of centuries of economic history predicts worsening inequality and proposes solutions.

 

 

 

20 Classic and Contemporary Books About World War I

Brutally honest, unrelenting and poetic, novels can teach us about war on a deeper level than your standard textbook.

June 28 marks the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, an event considered to be the catalyst of World War I. In remembrance of the Great War, the massive online book club that isGoodReads has pooled together 20 of the most highly rated novels about the conflict.

From memoirs about the front lines to contemporary steampunk fiction, this collection is both a great recommendation list for the history fanatic in your life, and a fascinating look at how we’re keeping World War I in the public consciousness.

Take a look at the list, containing 10 classics and 10 modern stories about World War I.

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