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Shan Tao Yun, formerly an inspector in Beijing, has been banished to Tibet in disgrace. China considers Tibet to be one of its autonomous regions, but in reality, many Tibetans live in persecution under Chinese authority. When a crime is committed and evidence is covered up by Chinese police, Shan begins his own investigation, during which a tender friendship develops between the Chinese investigator, who has immersed himself in Tibetan Buddhist life and belief, and one of the Tibetan monks he meets. Both men strive to hold on to Tibetan traditions as Shan tries to solve the mystery. If you enjoy this novel, try others in the Shan series by the same author.
Recommended by Mary
After graduating from school, Sabriel is ready for her next challenge. It comes sooner than expected when she receives a message delivered by the dead forcing Sabriel to cross the prohibited zone into the magical old kingdom. Sabriel isnít sure what is happening, all she knows is her father is in trouble and she must find him. After living in non-magical world of Ancelstierre, she might not be aware of the dangers facing her, even from the people or creatures claiming to help her. This book has a special place in my heart for being one of the first fantasy novels I read featuring a female main character. Not only that, Sabriel isnít an orphan and doesnít need the guidance of some older wizard to help her figure out what is going on. The characters, the setting, and the magic work together to make a book that is hard to put down.
Recommended by Kate
The idea of time travel is exciting; traveling back and forth in time to perfect the restoration of a cathedral is exhausting. Therefore, Ned Henry has been sent back to the Victorian era for a little bit of rest, and to fix a slight hiccup in the time stream caused by a colleague. Simple, right? Only the colleague doesnít know where the hiccup happened and the harder they try and find it, the more out of sync time becomes. If Ned is unsuccessful, it isnít just his job on the line, all of space and time could be destroyed.
Recommended by Kate
|Andri Snaer Magnason|
Icelandic couple Indridi and Sigrid are happy together, but in the dystopian world in which they live, where consumerism and technology reign, they are being "calculated apart" by a system which has determined that Sigrid is a better match for someone else. This love story, though surreal, provides commentary on our own rife-with-technology lifestyles, and is loaded with bizarre yet charming imagery. Reminiscent of Orwell, Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, but with an original, Icelandic flavor.
Recommended by Abe
Get ready for Bard-A-Thon, the week-long, 24 hour-a-day community reading of the complete works of William Shakespeare, coming to the Juneau Public Libraries and Perseverance Theatre on March 8, 2014, by watching this BBC-produced mini-series of the history plays Richard II, Henry IV Part 1 & 2, and Henry V. These four films are packed with acting talent, and you'll recognize a lot of familiar faces (Jeremy Irons, Patrick Stuart, John Hurt, Julie Walters, David Suchet and many, many more), as the English crown passes from one monarch to another during the tumultuous period of the Hundred Years' War. The performances are excellent, and with battle scenes galore, there's plenty of action.
Prefer the comedies? Seek out the recent Joss Whedon-directed production of Much Ado About Nothing.
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Recommended by Catherine
I don't ordinarily enjoy reading books about World War II -they are usually so obsessively gory- but this novel by Ken Follett (best-known for his book Pillars of the Earth) presents the events of that war in a different way. Follett describes what happened from the point of view of people from different families, socio-economic classes and nations, all trying to understand a conflict none of them wanted. Follett does a great job of telling the stories of lots of characters, and if you like this book, check out the second book, Winter of the World.
Recommended by Olga
Helena, a veterinarian, has died following a long illness, but she's not gone. Haunted by all the pets she euthanized during her lifetime, she lingers over her surviving husband and observes as he struggles to live without her, and with all of the pets she left behind. When Helena's friend winds up in a court battle over the fate of a chimpanzee that had been learning sign language and is now in danger of being used in scientific experiments, Helena is even more reluctant to move on to the next stage.
This isn't an easy book, but it is amazing.
Recommended by Mark
|Abigail Patner Glassenberg|
The projects in this book fall under the category of things I dream about making, but never get around to doing. Luckily, however, this book is fun to look at, just for the pictures of creatively sewn birds. The woodpecker and the swan are particularly impressive. For anyone who wants to sew their own bird, the book includes a helpful list of necessary supplies, detailed illustrated instructions for sewing, and patterns for each bird pictured in the book. Even if you never make your own artful bird, you will be impressed by the author's beautiful creations.
Recommended by Nila
The Akashic Noir Series books are anthologies of short stories published by Akashic Books with titles that represent cities or regions that feature in the stories, for example: Boston Noir, Las Vegas Noir, or Paris Noir.
This anthology represents the best of the USA series; short stories by mystery authors who are known for great writing. I can't think of a single story that wasn't compelling in this volume, and they are all different thematically.
Each one is a gem in the noir genre, and with short stories, if you find one that doesn't work for you, just go on to the next one. There is not a single story that I didn't finish.
From the first one by Dennis Lehane to the last one by Jeffery Deaver, the stories twist & roll with language sharp as a knife. What I love is that when a really great author does a short story, all his/her talent synthesizes the author's gift into a diamond of a tale!
The Library also has several of the individual Noir short story anthologies.
Recommended by Suzi
Illustrated by Susan Jeffers
This picture book is a good choice for wintertime. Illustrator Susan Jeffers pairs beautiful colored pencil drawings with Robert Frost's poem to capture the magic of going out in to the snowy woods. Readers young and old will enjoy poring over the illustrations to spot animals hidden amongst the snowy branches.
Recommended by Nila