Staff Picks: Meet Your Baker

maureenMaureen thinks, “Fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy Meet Your Baker, the first in a series by Ellie Alexander.  Pastry chef, Jules Capshaw, returns to her hometown to help run the family bakery and mend a broken heart.  But when she discovers a murdered customer in the bakery’s kitchen she is pulled into helping solve the case.  Can Jules solve the murder and save the family bakery?”

Staff Picks: Dark Skies

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Chris at the Frostburg Library says,  “X-Files fans will love Dark Skies. When strange things begin to occur in the Barrett home, parents Daniel and Lacy look for natural explanations, but as matters escalate, their doubts become a terrifying battle to protect their young sons from extraterrestrial forces. Full of suspense, this film will make you want to sleep with the lights on.”

National Book Awards Finalists

The National Book Foundation announced the finalists for this year’s National Book Awards. The winners will be named November 16 at the 67th NBA benefit dinner and ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. This year’s shortlisted titles are:

Fiction
The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder (Norton)
News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Morrow)
The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan (Viking)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (Amistad)

Nonfiction
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild (The New Press)
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (Nation Books)
Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Harvard University Press)
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson (Pantheon)

Poetry
The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky (Brooklyn Arts Press)
Collected Poems 1974-2004 by Rita Dove (Norton)
Archeophonics by Peter Gizzi (Wesleyan University Press)
The Abridged History of Rainfall by Jay Hopler (McSweeney’s)
Look by Solmaz Sharif (Graywolf Press)

Young People’s Literature
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions)
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (Little, Brown)
Ghost by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum)
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte)

Check this out! The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America’s UFO Highway by Ben Mezrich

Most people have hobbies, and Chuck Zukowski, part-time microchip engineer and volunteer sheriff’s deputy, is no different. His hobby–turned near obsession–consists of collecting data and evidence on the possibility that aliens visit and inhabit the earth on a regular basis, earning him the nickname “the Mulder of El Paso.”

For more than 20 years, Zukowski has collected information and conducted onsite investigations into mysterious sightings of lights in the night sky; hundreds of exsanguinated and bizarrely mutilated cattle and horses; natural geological disturbances; and pranks, hoaxes and mistaken identities. Ben Mezrich, author of The Accidental Billionaires, brings Zukoswki’s story of UFOs and dead livestock into the mainstream, allowing readers a look at the incredible amount of evidence that exists to substantiate the idea that we are not alone in the universe.

Case by case–Roswell, Area 51, cattle ranches across the Southwest–Mezrich puts readers in Zukowski’s shoes, sharing his excitement and adrenaline rushes, and the fears, frustration and anger that have accompanied the task of investigating events that most people don’t believe happened. He includes Zukowski’s dealings with the Mutual UFO Network, the Bigelow Aerospace company and its founder, a fellow UFO believer, and Zukowski and his sister’s nerve-wracking encounters with government officials in black SUVs. Whether you believe in UFOs or not, Mezrich’s professional and entertaining approach to a semi-taboo subject will have readers shaking their heads and checking the night sky for any unusual sights or sounds. —Lee E. Cart, freelance writer and book reviewer.

Thanks to Shelf Awareness for this review

 

New York Times Best Sellers at ACLS for July 3, 2016

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FICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

ME BEFORE YOU, by Jojo Moyes. (Penguin.) A young woman who has barely been farther afield than her English village finds herself while caring for a wealthy, embittered quadriplegic. Originally published in 2012.

END OF WATCH by Stephen King.  The conclusion of the Bill Hodges trilogy.

THE PURSUIT by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. The F.B.I. agent Kate O’Hare and her con man partner, Nick Fox, face off against a dangerous ex-Serbian military officer.

BAY OF SIGHS by Nora Roberts.  In this second installment of the Guardians trilogy, Sawyer brings the group to the island of Capri, where he’s drawn to the mermaid Annika.

HERE’S TO US by Elin Hilderbrand.  Sparks fly as a celebrity chef’s ex-wives pile into a small cabin in Nantucket to join his widow for the reading of his will.

FOREIGN AGENT by Brad Thor.  The counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath searches for an informant who has compromised an American mission in Syria.

THE GIRLS by Emma Cline. In the summer of 1969, a California teenager is drawn to a Manson-like cult.

GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee. In the mid 1950s, a grown up Jean Louise Finch retruns to Maycomb and realizes that her adored father is a racsist.

BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley.  After a private jet crashes, a firestorm of media madness ensues.

CROSS KILL by James Patterson.  Alex Cross thinks he’s seeing things when a killer thought long dead returns to action.

NONFICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

ALEXANDER HAMILTON, by Ron Chernow.  A biography of the first Treasury secretary, a major author of the Federalist Papers and an advocate of strong central government. Originally published in 2004 and the basis of the Broadway play.

BILL O’REILLY’S LEGENDS AND LIES: THE PATRIOTS by David Fisher Stories of the American Revolution; a companion volume to the Fox News series.

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR, by Paul Kalanithi.  A memoir by a physician who received a diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36.

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. (Grand Central /Melcher Media.) The libretto of the Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, annotated by its creator, along with backstage photos, a production history and interviews with the cast.

GRIT, by Angela Duckworth. A psychologist argues that passion and perseverance are the keys to success.

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SECRET SIX by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. The story of the Culper spy ring, which aided the American cause during the Revolution.

THE POWER OF HABIT by Charles Duhigg.  A Times reporter’s account of the science behind how we form, and break, habits.

THE EIGHTY-DOLLAR CHAMPION by Elizabeth Letts.  The story of Snowman the horse, the jumper and national celebrity.

JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson.  A law professor and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

BELLE by Paula Byrne.  The story of a mixed-race girl raised as a lady in 18th-century England; the inspiration for the 2014 movie.

New York Times Best Sellers at ACLS for June 26, 2016

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

FICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

BAY OF SIGHS by Nora Roberts.  In this second installment of the Guardians trilogy, Sawyer brings the group to the island of Capri, where he’s drawn to the mermaid Annika.

ME BEFORE YOU, by Jojo Moyes. (Penguin.) A young woman who has barely been farther afield than her English village finds herself while caring for a wealthy, embittered quadriplegic. Originally published in 2012.

FOREIGN AGENT by Brad Thor.  The counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath searches for an informant who has compromised an American mission in Syria.

END OF WATCH by Stephen King.  The conclusion of the Bill Hodges trilogy.

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah. Two sisters are separated in World War II France: one in the countryside, the other in Paris.

HERE’S TO US by Elin Hilderbrand.  Sparks fly as a celebrity chef’s ex-wives pile into a small cabin in Nantucket to join his widow for the reading of his will.

TOM CLANCY: DUTY AND HONOR  by Grant Blackwood.  A secretive German organization is trying to kill Tom Clancy’s character Jack Ryan Jr. (Clancy died in 2013.)

THE GIRLS by Emma Cline. In the summer of 1969, a California teenager is drawn to a Manson-like cult.

CROSS KILL by James Patterson.  Alex Cross thinks he’s seeing things when a killer thought long dead returns to action.

AFTER YOU, by Jojo Moyes.  (Pamela Dorman/Viking). After the death of Will Traynor, Louisa Clark joins a grief support group that may lead her to new love.

NONFICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

BILL O’REILLY’S LEGENDS AND LIES: THE PATRIOTS by David Fisher Stories of the American Revolution; a companion volume to the Fox News series.

ALEXANDER HAMILTON, by Ron Chernow.  A biography of the first Treasury secretary, a major author of the Federalist Papers and an advocate of strong central government. Originally published in 2004 and the basis of the Broadway play.

FURIOUSLY HAPPY, by Jenny Lawson.  A humorous treatment of the author’s experience of depression and anxiety disorder.

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. (Grand Central /Melcher Media.) The libretto of the Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, annotated by its creator, along with backstage photos, a production history and interviews with the cast.

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR, by Paul Kalanithi.  A memoir by a physician who received a diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36.

CLAPTON, by Eric Clapton.  The renowned rock guitarist looks back on his life and his music; first published in 2007.

GRIT, by Angela Duckworth. A psychologist argues that passion and perseverance are the keys to success.

EVERY LITTLE STEP, by Bobby Brown with Nick Chiles. The performer looks back at his career, his tumultuous marriage to Whitney Houston and his relationship with their daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

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

FIVE PRESIDENTS,  by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin.  A retired Secret Service agent discusses his experience with presidents from Eisenhower to Ford.

 

New York Times Best Sellers at ACLS for June 19, 2016

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

FICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

END OF WATCH by Stephen King.  The conclusion of the Bill Hodges trilogy.

ME BEFORE YOU, by Jojo Moyes. (Penguin.) A young woman who has barely been farther afield than her English village finds herself while caring for a wealthy, embittered quadriplegic. Originally published in 2012.

CROSS KILL by James Patterson.  Alex Cross thinks he’s seeing things when a killer thought long dead returns to action.

DISHONORABLE INTENTIONS by Stuart Woods.  The New York lawyer Stone Barrington and his latest girlfriend are pursued by her ex-husband, who has connections with the Russian mob.

AFTER YOU, by Jojo Moyes.  (Pamela Dorman/Viking). After the death of Will Traynor, Louisa Clark joins a grief support group that may lead her to new love.

THE HOUSE OF SECRETS  by Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg  The host of a conspiracy TV show is dead, his daughter injured and in the grip of amnesia.

BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley. After a private jet crashes, a firestorm of media madness ensues.

THE GIRLS ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins.  A psychological thriller set in the environs of London is full of complications and betrayals.

THE EMPEROR’S REVENGE by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison Juan Cabrillo teams up with a former C.I.A. colleague to thwart a plan involving the death of millions and international economic meltdown.

ZOO 2 by James Patterson and Max DiLallo Human mutation proves a curse and a blessing after another siege of beasts.

NONFICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

BILL O’REILLY’S LEGENDS AND LIES: THE PATRIOTS by David Fisher (Holt) Stories of the American Revolution; a companion volume to the Fox News series.

ALEXANDER HAMILTON, by Ron Chernow. (Penguin.) A biography of the first Treasury secretary, a major author of the Federalist Papers and an advocate of strong central government. Originally published in 2004 and the basis of the Broadway play.

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR, by Paul Kalanithi. (Random House.) A memoir by a physician who received a diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36.

GRUNT by Mary Roach The science that attempts to overcome the challenges soldiers face.

GRIT, by Angela Duckworth. (Scribner.) A psychologist argues that passion and perseverance are the keys to success.

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. (Grand Central /Melcher Media.) The libretto of the Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, annotated by its creator, along with backstage photos, a production history and interviews with the cast.

BUT WHAT IF WE’RE WRONG? by Chuck Klosterman.  Imagining the contemporary world as it will appear to those for whom it will be the distant past.

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

THE GENE by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)  This overview of the history and science of genetics also considers moral questions and prospects for future advances in treating disease. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Emperor of All Maladies.”

SHOE DOG, by Phil Knight. (Scribner.) A memoir by the founder of Nike.