N.org's Weekly Book Report for March 27, 2007

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It's that time of week again, the book lists from your local public library and book sellers. And don't tell me that you can't read - how would you know what I just wrote? Ya gotta get up pretty early in the morning to slip that one past me...

The lists of lists, inside...

The Northfield Public Library leads us off with a list of the most requested items for the past week:

  1. Stalemate by Iris Johansen
  2. Cross by James Patterson
  3. Double Bind by Christopher bohjalian
  4. Step on a crack by James Patterson
  5. Nineteen minutes by Jodi Picoult
  6. Sisters by Danielle Steel
  7. Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  8. Plum lovin' by Janet Evanovich

And that's just the beginning, can see the full list of new and ordered items by clicking here.

Six Picks: RCB Staff Recommendations 

Each month River City booksellers handpick a batch of titles they are especially excited about and put them on sale for 25 percent off. Customers who browse the “staff picks” section find classic novels, current nonfiction, and books that make children smile. It’s always an eclectic mix. Here’s a sample of the current month’s selections

1. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer  

Comment: Krakauer shifts the focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief in a true story of a double murder committed by two brothers who insist God commanded them to kill. Krakauer’s narrative style is popular; RCB booksellers are also featuring Into the Wild

2. The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend 

Comment: This is the perfect read-aloud book by the author of Hit By A Farm, one of the most popular adult books at River City Books in recent months. A flustered cat is on the verge of crying fowl in a farmyard story that will crack kids up. 

3. Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran  

Comment: An unprecedented account of life in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a walled-off enclave of towering plants, villas, and sparkling swimming pools that has served as the headquarters for the American occupation of Iraq. Store manager Jon Lee is high on this one. 

4. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter 

Comment: Potter created many memorable children’s characters, including Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten, Jemima Puddle-duck and Jeremy Fisher. But whatever the tale, both children and adults are frequently delighted by the artistry in Potter’s illustrations. Of course, her stories are also just great reads.

5. The Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman 

Comment: Pullman tells the story of 16-year-old Sally Lockhart, who becomes involved in a deadly web of events as she searches for a mysterious ruby. This novel is a flat-out page-turner.

6. Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier 

Comment: Another wildly popular book from the author of Cold Mountain

(For more discussion about books that are drawing rave reviews at River City Books, check out the regularly updated RCBlog at www.rivercitybooksonline.com)

That's all for this week.  Join us again next week.  Better start readin', you've got a long ways to go until then. :)


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