Next month, our book club will be reading Emma by Alexander McCall Smith. This is a modern retelling of the Jane Austen classic. In this version of the story, Emma Woodhouse returns home after school to live with her widowed father and to start her own interior design business. While home, she is busy with the things she does best: matchmaking and offering advice.
Want more? Try out one of these Jane Austen retellings:
Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by Beth Pattillo
Want to read the original stories? We have those too!
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
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Monday, March 20, 2017
Book Madness is back! While many are turning their heads toward college basketball for the NCAA tournament, we are watching the most popular books from 2016 compete in their own tournament. We won't know which book will win until April, but it will be fun to see how things shake out.
Last year's final four books were The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, The Liar by Nora Roberts, Gray Mountain by John Grisham, and The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Ultimately, The Nightingale came out on top.
After the weekend, we have narrowed our competitors down to the Sweet Sixteen!
Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich (8)
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (4)
The Last Mile by David Baldacci (3)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (7)
15th Affair by James Patterson (1)
Extreme Prey by John Sandford (4)
Off the Grid by C.J. Box (11)
See Me by Nicholas Sparks (2)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (1)
The Guilty by David Baldacci (4)
Blue by Danielle Steel (3)
Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb(7)
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham (1)
X by Sue Grafton (4)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (3)
Private Paris by James Patterson (2)
To take a look at the complete bracket or see the complete book list, stop by the library's book madness display!
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Monday, March 13, 2017
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Regen Barnhill is the winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal. The Newbery Medal is awarded each year by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year. For more information on the Newbery Medal, or to see past winners, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal
The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a fantasy tale about a girl raised by a witch. Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch in order to keep her from hurting the town. However, the witch, Xan, is actually kind. She rescues the children and delivers them to families on the other side of the forest, feeding them starlight on the way. One year, she accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead. This gives the child magic abilities. Xan decides that she must raise this girl (who she names Luna) as her own. In order to keep Luna safe from her own power, Xan locks it deep inside Luna. Then, on her 13th birthday, Luna's magical abilities begin to emerge. At the same time, a young man from the Protectorate has decided to free his people by killing the witch. It will be up to Luna to protect those she loves.
Already finished The Girl Who Drank the Moon? Then, give one of these a try!
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
The Runway Princess by Kate Coombs
Howl's Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones
Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire
The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Monday, March 6, 2017
This month we will be reading Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's for Book to Movie Club. Truman Capote is a novelist and playwright; he wrote numerous short stories, novels, and plays. He is best known for Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood. Breakfast at Tiffany's is a novella that centers around Holly Golightly, and it was made into a movie starring Audrey Hepburn in 1961.
If you enjoyed Breakfast at Tiffany's, you may like some of these works as well.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
Slade House by David Mitchell
If you enjoyed Audrey Hepburn's performance, then you may want to check out some of her other films.
War and Peace
The Children's Hour
My Fair Lady
How to Steal a Million
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