Drum roll please. Which Fiction books do Library staff recommend?
Spy stories, thrillers, historical fiction, families, suspense, drama, and even a mystery that somehow escaped from that list. Hippies, baseball, horse racing, mercenaries, journeys, friendship, and J.K. Rowling sans Harry Potter.
These books also represent many formats including regular print, large print, spoken word, eBook and eAudio. A great book in the format of your choice. There is something for everyone here.
Which Childens’s books do ICPL staff recommend? Check out this great list for kids of all ages. From Darth Vader to Goldilocks with a few fairy tales and astronauts in-between, there’s something for everyone. Find your favorite child(ren) and curl up with a fun book.
Kick back, relax, maybe move a bit closer the the fireplace. What could be better during an Iowa snowstorm but some great biographies recommended by Iowa City Public Library staff? You’ll be so engrossed in these books you’ll forget about the snow!
2012 was a great book year. Yesterday we released our “Best of 2012-Nonfiction” list. Keep an eye out for upcoming recommendations for Fiction, Mystery and Books for Children.
ICPL Staff Selections for “Best Books of 2012″ – Nonfiction Titles
This is a fun list that includes two graphic novels and a book of poetry as well as books about art, family, famous people, arts & crafts and much more. Click on each title below to search the Library’s catalog for availability. And remember, if it is checked in, you can click on “Place a Hold” and Library staff will retrieve it for you. Just head to the Library to pick it up once you’ve received your Hold Notice.
Library staff love to read and share their favorite books. As 2012 comes to a close, we thought others would enjoy knowing our favorites for the year. We had a lot of fun putting together this list of ICPL Favorite Books of 2012. Watch the Staff Picks Blog this week for lists of books within individual genres. Today’s list is our “Best of the Best” list. These books received nominations from more than one staff person.
We hope you enjoy these lists and would love to hear which books were your favorites in 2012.
People are disappearing from a local hospital and Lingerie Buyer-turned Bounty Hunter Stephanie Plum, along with her zany cast of characters, is on the case. Stephanie’s love interest, Officer Joe Morelli, is also working on the case. Based on past experience, things don’t go well when Stephanie and Morelli work together and this is no exception. Also, because the bounty hunting business is slow, Stephanie must take on another job working with her other love interest, Ranger, on security detail for a high profile wedding. Ranger and the groom are retired from military Special Forces and someone wants to torture and kill them.
Throw in an obnoxious pink bridesmaid dress, a couple of blown-up cars, Grandma Mazur working undercover, a possessed Tiki doll, and Evanovich’s predictable formula for comedy and the outcome is a fun read that distracted me from thinking about pie and the serious book I was reading. ~Enjoy~~
The Year We Left Home by National Book Award author Jean Thompson has been selected as the 2013 All Iowa Reads book. As we approach 2013, think about setting a New Year’s Resolution to read this wonderful book and then plan a discussion with family, friends or neighbors. Or – watch the Iowa Center for the Book’s All Iowa Reads webpage and plan to attend one of the many book discussions planned throughout the State.
Thompson’sThe Year We Left Home begins in 1973 when the Erickson Family of Grenada, Iowa (near Ames) gathers for a family wedding. The story unfolds over the next 30 years through the eyes of the main characters. Ryan Erickson plans to escape small town life and begins his escape with studies in the “big city” at the University of Iowa. Newlywed Anita hopes for a fairytale life in her hometown, Blake dreams of a different life, and younger sister Torrie plans for her own escape. Cousin Chip, a war-damaged Vietnam Veteran, fluctuates between a need for freedom and the strong draw of home.
I believe this is my favorite All Iowa Reads book so far. I was a third-grader in Iowa in 1973 and many of the events described in the book are memories from my childhood. Lyrical writing helps me remember my experiences of cold Iowa winter days and the joy of an Iowa spring or fall. Memories such as the end of the Vietnam War, Farm Crisis, and Farah Fawcett hair represented my coming-of-age years and personal vacillation between wanting to “escape” from Iowa, love I have for my community, and ultimate decision to make a life here.
After you read this book, please let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. If not, I’d like to know what you thought about it. Happy Holidays!
James is a lonely 11-year-old who lives in a New York City apartment with his mother, step-father, and obnoxious younger brother. Marvin is a happy beetle who lives under the kitchen sink in James’ apartment with his extended family. This unlikely pair comes together after Marvin creates a miniature drawing to cheer James up after a dismal birthday party, and James is mistaken as the artist. The drawing is compared to drawings by the Renaissance era artist, Albrecht Durer. James’ father takes him to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Marvin rides along in James’ collar. At the Met they meet two curators who are working together to recover stolen Durer drawings. Soon they make a plan to work with the FBI, stage a theft, and hopefully track the drawing to the criminals who have stolen other Durer drawings. When things go wrong, it is up to James and Marvin to save the day!
I listened to this book and Jeremy Davidson’s narration is excellent. While listening I couldn’t help thinking of Claudia (From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler) and Chester (A Cricket in Times Square) and the wonders of discovering a great new book when I was a child. I will add Masterpiece to my list of favorites … I just wish I had my old treehouse to escape to with a good book! ~~Enjoy~~