The Tenth Parallel

The Tenth Parallel

It seems like anti-Islam sentiment is at an all-time high since the attacks on the World Trade Center. We can disagree on whether a mosque should be built five feet or five miles from the site of the attacks, but it's plain that inter-relgion relations are a hot topic.

One recent book that provides insight and clarity on the issue is Eliza Griswold's The Tenth Parallel, the title of which refers to a line of latitude that is a front line between Christians and Muslims--a place where those populations come into contact with eachother daily.

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Freedom hits #1!

Freedom hits #1!

Congrats to Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, which will hit #1 on the September 19th New York Times  Best Sellers list! And just last week Nora over at EarlyWord pointed out that Mockingjay had more holds than Freedom. So come on librarians, put your book-talking powers to good use and let your patrons know what an amazing book this is!

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We Love Lesa.

We Love Lesa.

We love all librarians equally. Except for the ones that we especially love. Like Lesa Holstine? Why? because she knows that the way into our hearts, and an endless supply of galleys, is talking about our books. But she went above and beyond a normal blog post with this amazing video extravaganza.

Thank you, Lesa!

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Seven Stars, Two Mysteries

Seven Stars, Two Mysteries

Two mysteries. One Canadian, the other Icelandic. Seven starred reviews (Kirkus, we love you, but stop being... well... Kirkus). I'll let the reviews speak for themselves.

Bury Your Dead: "Brilliantly provocative" --Library Journal

"One of the most elaborately constructed and remarkably moving
mysteries in years." --Booklist

"Bring on the awards." --Kirkus

"Few writers in any
genre can match Penny's ability to combine heartbreak and hope in the same
scene." --Publishers Weekly

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Nancy Pearl’s Under the Radar Reads

Nancy Pearl’s Under the Radar Reads

The always
amazing Nancy Pearl highlighted her
favorite summer reads on NPR
yesterday, proving something that we've known all along: when Nancy Pearl speaks, readers
listen.

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Dante’s Gone Graphic!

Dante’s Gone Graphic!

700-year-old epic poetry doesn't generally come to mind after hearing about a new graphic adaptation. However, it's time to think again, because Seymor Chwast's adaptation of Dante's Divine Comedy is turning lots of heads. Including those of trade reviewers.

"With his signature mix of humor, artistry, and high-level design, he conveys a breathtaking amount of information in clear black and white line drawings. It all works seamlessly as Chwast does a stunning job of telling Dante's story in his own brilliant style." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Penny wins the AGATHA!

Penny wins the AGATHA!

Congratulations to Louise Penny, whose title The Brutal Telling just won the Agatha award!

First the Booklist Top Ten, then an Agatha? And Talia just talked about it in the Booklist Mystery & Crime webinar, which I think is as prestigious as both those awards combined! I think I smell a NBCC award, maybe even a Nobel Peace Prize! Ok, maybe that's a stretch.

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