|The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
by Amanda Palmer
#1 Bestseller in Amazon Musician Biographies
Amanda Palmer may be known as the lead singer of the band Dresden Dolls, or for her marriage to award winning author Neil Gaiman, but Palmer shines as author in her own right in this autobiographical reflection on vulnerability, artistry, and trust.
Chronicling the success of her band’s 2012 Kickstarter campaign, The Art of Asking outlines the points made her 2013 TED Talk of the same name. Readers interested in the music industry, creativity, or those who simply have struggled with asking for help in their own lives will love this book.
|The Art of Asking References the following texts:|
|Daring Greatly : How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
by Brené Brown
“Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.” – Gotham Publishing
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
|The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World
by Lewis Hyde
“The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities.” – Vintage Publishing
| Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir
by Cyndi Lauper
“Legendary and iconic singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper offers a poignant account of the journey that led her to become an international superstar—from her years growing up in Queens, New York, to becoming an actress, a mother, an outspoken activist, and maintaining a music career that has lasted more than thirty years.” – Atria Books
|Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity
by Lawrence Lessig
“Lawrence Lessig, “the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era”, masterfully argues that never before in human history has the power to control creative progress been so concentrated in the hands of the powerful few, the so-called Big Media.” – Penguin Books
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|The Art of Asking FAQ|
|Everything You Wanted to Know About The Art of Asking|
|Interview – Metro News|
|Washingtonian – Review|
The Fever by Megan Abbott is a psychological thriller that keeps us wanting answers. We follow the inner dialogues of Deenie, her brother, Eli, and their father, Tom, along with Deenie’s two best friends. When her friend Lise suddenly is struck down with a terrible seizure in class, and remains in a coma, and other girls in the school also seem to be struck with a strange illness, the whole town erupts in accusations, first about the toxic lake that glows in the dark, and then about the HPV vaccine that most of the girls were given. Almost until the very end we cannot be sure what is causing the strange illnesses, but, finally, there is an answer, and it is a complete surprise. This novel is a fascinating look into where desire can lead, wreaking havoc on the lives it touches.
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Post by Eileen Jaffe, Pinal County Library District Cataloger
There’s no escaping E.L. James’ fan-fiction-to-self-published-bestselling series Fifty Shades. The cat-and-mouse game between innocent, clumsy Ana and billionaire philanthropist Christian Grey has captured the world’s attention and whether you love it or hate it, it looks like it’s here to stay. The movie, based on the first book in the series, will be released on Friday, February 13, 2015. Have you already read the Fifty Shades trilogy and want to read something similar while waiting for the movie? Then below are a few titles that might be of interest. Would you rather listen than read? The Fifty Shades trilogy is also available as a downloadable audiobook from OneClick Digital!
If you enjoyed Fifty Shades, try…
- The Sleeping Beauty trilogy by Anne Rice (published as A. N. Roquelaure) – Begin with The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty.
- The “Surrender” trilogy by Maya Banks – Begin with Sweet Surrender
- The “You” series by Sylvia Day - Begin with Bared to You
- Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard
- The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward – Begin with Dark Lover.
- Kushiel’s Legacy by Jacqueline Carey – Begin with Kushiel’s Dart.
- Addicted by Zane – Or try other works by Zane.
- Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
- The Blacktop Cowboys series by Lorelie James – Begin with Corralled.
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- The “Pleasure” series by Lora Leigh – Begin with Forbidden Pleasure.
- Never Too Much by Lori Foster
- The Meredith Gentry series by Laurell Hamilton – Begin with A Kiss of Shadows.
- The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
- Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
- Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: Pride and Prejudice Continues by Linda Berdoll
- The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
- On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
From around the web:
- RT Book Reviews – Fifty Shades of Grey
- The Daily Beast – 50 Shades of Grey Mania
- Dear Author – Fifty Shades Primer and If You Like…
- Shelf Awareness – Further Reading: More Shades
- The Guardian (UK) – Erotica: Better Reads than Fifty Shades of Grey
- 50 Shades of Infographic by Neomam
Woman With A Gun is the newest novel by Phillip Margolin. This is a murder mystery, plain and simple. Well, not so simple since there are numerous suspects and the original murder is not solved until the very end of the book. The photograph of the woman with a gun on the front cover is a photograph that the author saw in a restaurant, and he was so taken with it that he bought it and wrote this novel around it. There are a number of main characters, one of whom is the young woman novelist who sees the photograph at the Museum of Modern Art and is so excited by it that she wants to write a novel about it. Yes, just like Margolin! We are taken back in years to the original murder when the photograph was taken, and then the author dips into the lives of the different characters here and there through the years, finally returning to the young writer who probes in just the right places to solve everything. This novel is well written and totally engrossing and the photograph really is begging to tell a story.
Post by Eileen Jaffe, Cataloger, Pinal County Library District
An interesting reading challenge by PopSugar is making the rounds on social media, and the Pinal County Library District office is pretty excited about it! Some of the librarians are considering tackling the challenge as a New Year’s Resolution. Reading in and of itself is a good time, but finding books to match each of the challenge criteria is also a lot of fun. Some of the categories can feel like a puzzle waiting to be solved! Scroll down for some suggestions that may make finding the right book a little easier. As always, you can also contact your local librarian for book recommendations, or write us here.
If you’re interested in trying out the 2015 Reading Challenge, you can download a handy Word version here. How to find:
“A Book set in a different country”
This is a great way to take a vacation without ever leaving home. Begin your search for that perfect getaway by perusing Ann Morgan’s blog, “A Year of Reading the World: 196 countries, countless stories”
Fantastic Fiction’s homepage has links to Awards, Countries, Series and Years. Click on Countries, select a country, then click on any author. You may need to read the book’s summary to determine the setting.
“A Pulitzer Prize winning book” AND a “Play”
Visit the Pulitzer Prize website and knock out two categories at the same time. This may not be strictly “legal” but I won’t tell if you won’t. On the right side of the page you will see their “Letters, Drama, and Music” categories. Click on Drama to find a list of award winning plays.
“A Book more than 100 years old”
Project Gutenberg has thousands of free out-of-copyright books to choose from. Browse their catalog by category, or search by author or title. I recently discovered some mystery books written by Burton Egbert Stevenson that are quite good. Download these free books to your computer, tablet or smart phone, or create a list then borrow a copy from your local library.
“A Book with antonyms in the title”
This is an intriguing category but it’s not as easy as you might think to come up with a list of antonyms and then find books you might actually want to read. A good place to start is the Opposite Word website where you can browse or search for antonyms.
Create a list of antonyms, such as odd/even or before/after, then go to our catalog and do a keyword search using each pair of antonyms. Be sure to Search By Title to find your antonyms in the title of the book and not in the summary. If you’re not finding titles of interest in our catalog then you might want to try the same search at your favorite online bookstore.
“A Book that came out the year you were born”
To find the number one New York Times Best Sellers in fiction and non-fiction for the year you were born, go to Hawes Publications site.
If none of the number one titles appeal to you, the Hawes website also has a complete week-by-week list of fiction and non-fiction New York Times Best Sellers. To see these lists, type http://www.hawes.com followed by the year you were born in the address bar of your web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) If you were born in 1990 go to http://www.hawes.com/1990/1990
Here are some more examples:
Additionally, Krueger Books has list of Publisher’s Weekly Top Ten bestsellers.
“A Book with bad reviews”
Why would you want to read a book with a bad review? There are too many good books, and not enough time to read them, to waste time reading books with bad reviews. But after taking a look at BuzzFeed’s list of “11 Beloved Books with Shockingly Bad Reviews”, you may change your mind. You will be surprised at the reviews some of these well known books received at the time of publication.
You might also want to take a look at “15 Scathing Early Reviews of Classic Novels” from FlavorWire.
“A book that makes you cry”
This is a tricky category. What makes me cry might not affect you at all. And how do you know if a book will make you cry in advance? You could end up reading a lot of books before you find the one that makes you cry.
If the thought of searching for a book in this category makes you feel like crying, then take a look at LifeHack’s “20 Books that Are Guaranteed to Make You Cry” . Or FlavorWire’s “10 Books guaranteed to Make You Cry”.
“A Book written by an author with your same initials”
While it’s easy to find books written by authors that share your same first or last name, it’s not so easy to ones that with your same initials. A good resource for finding books in this category is Fantastic Fiction. There are two methods for finding authors with your initials:
1. Do an author search using your first name then scroll through the alphabetical list until you find authors whose last name starts with the same letter as yours.
2. Click on Top Authors, then click on the letter of your last name. Scroll through the results, looking for authors whose first name starts with the same letter as your own.
Want to stick to something classic? See if there’s any authors with you initials on the Classic Lit Authors A-to-Z About.com page.
The American Library Association compiles lists of challenged/banned books in order to inform the public of censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools. Visit ALA’s website for lists of books in this category but brace yourself, you may be surprised at some of the titles that have made the list.
Post by Shirley, Outreach Librarian for Pinal County Library District
Now that the holidays are over, your thoughts may be turning towards that anticipated (and sometimes dreaded) New Year’s Resolution. Your local public library has a large selection of books and DVDs on diet and exercise but I wanted to highlight a few eBooks from our 3M Cloud Library collection: The Paleo Diet is more popular than ever. Here are some titles to inspire you:
Living Paleo for Dummies by Melissa Joulwan
|Paleo Cookbook for Dummies by Kellyann Petrucci||Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry by Elana Amsterdam|
Going Vegetarian? These titles will help you started:
|Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko||Living Vegan for Dummies by Alexandra Jamieson||The $5 a Meal College Vegetarian Cookbook by Nicole Cormier||Food and Healing by Annemarie Colbin|
Peruse these titles if you want to get up off the couch and start moving, but remember reading about exercise isn’t the same as doing it!
You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren
Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You by Jillian Michaels
|Anatomy for Runners by Jay Dicharry||Stretching for Dummies by LaReine Chabut|
Are you new to eBooks? Then visit our website for help with the 3M Cloud Library and all of Pinal County’s digital products. http://bit.ly/pcelibrary Good luck with whatever you decide to tackle in 2015! Post by Shirley, Outreach Librarian, Pinal County Library District
Neil Shubin’s book, Your Inner Fish: A Journey in the 3.5-Million-Year History of the Human Body, was published in 2009 and in 2014 he hosted a three-part series by the same title on PBS. Prof. Shubin, a paleontologist and professor of anatomy, tells the story of evolution by tracing the various parts of the human body back millions years. One example that I found fascinating was that the structure of our hands resembles that of fish fins.
You don’t need to be a scientist to read his book or to enjoy the PBS series, and the story of his discoveries is both exciting and thought provoking. Reviewer Oliver Sacks calls Shubin’s work “an exhilarating and compelling scientific adventure story that will change forever how you understand what it means to be human” and I agree.
Review by Shirley, Pinal County Library District Outreach Librarian
Your Inner Fish on PBS
More by Neil Shubin:
The Universe Within
November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo.
Librarians are great advocates and participants of this challenge because it supports our goals of literacy, a love of creative fiction & reading, and it’s just plain fun!
Below you’ll find a compilation of NaNoWriMo resources, as well as a number of other helpful links to get you started on the path toward writing your novel.
Pinal County residents will find noteworthy the links to locally-oriented web forums, events, and meet-ups.
- What is NaNoWriMo?
- NaNoWriMo FAQ
- Create an account at NaNoWriMo.org
- NaNoWriMo Pep Talks
- Official NaNoWriMo Word-Count Helpers
- NaNoWriMo Writer Forums
- Find Local NaNoWriMo Events – Pinal County residents use the “Arizona – Elsewhere” Region.
- NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program – For writers 17 and under. Great resources for educators and families.
- Camp NaNoWriMo – Writing challenges for the months of April and July.
- NaNoWriMo-Style Events – Other writing challenges using the NaNoWriMo model.
- Ultimate Writing Resource List – TREMENDOUS compilation of creative writing tips online by Tumblr user LadyKnightsRPS.
- Books and other resources about creative writing within the Pinal County Library District catalog.
- 25 Helpful Websites for Creative Writers – Links to great resources about writing prompts, mechanics, forums, etc.
- Writing Programs by State
- Places to submit your work – Get published!
- Websites for writers – Share your work!
- MeetUp.com Literature & Writing groups in and around the Pinal County area.
Dear Daughter is the first novel by Elizabeth Little, and it definitely hits the mark. It opens with the release of Janie Jenkins on a technicality after ten years in prison for killing her mother. Did she do it? She really can’t remember, but what little she does remember from that night causes her to doubt her own guilt, and go on a search for the real murderer. Not that she got along with her mother, but … could she have killed her? Add to all of this the fact that she is a celebrity living in Beverly Hills, so when she gets out of prison, everyone is looking for her, some want to kill her, almost everyone still thinks she was guilty of her mother’s murder. So Janie sets off on her search, in disguise, and tells no one where she is going. She discovers her mother’s background and in the process makes many more discoveries about who her mother was, and who she is, herself. She is funny, and determined and a very resourceful character. The story has many twists and turns and by the end, there is one last surprise. This is an engrossing mystery that many will find hard to put down.
Post by Eileen Jaffe, Pinal County Library District Cataloger
If you’re like me, sometimes you like to re-read old favorites. Right now I’m re-reading the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. These historical mystery novels are set in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Egypt and focus on the exploits of Amelia Peabody and her archaeologist husband Emerson. Elizabeth Peters was a pen name for archaeologist Barbara Mertz so not only will you be reading a witty and entertaining mystery but you will learn a lot about the monuments, people, and culture of Egypt. She also wrote a companion book to the series, “Amelia Peabody’s Egypt: A Compendium,” which is full of old photos, anecdotes, and additional information about the region.
It’s best to begin with first book in the series, “Crocodile on the Sandbank.” For the most part, the books were written and published in chronological order however two were out of sequence. Having read the series in both publication and chronological order, I can tell you that both reading orders work equally well and make little difference in the development of the storyline or characters. Barbara Mertz died on August 8, 2013 and, as far as I can determine, there will be no more books in this series. This quote, which was posted on her website after her death, is particularly meaningful after having read the series:
“In the end the clouds will blow away and the falcon will fly through the portal of the dawn.”
– The Falcon at the Portal
The Amelia Peabody series is available in a variety of formats including large print, audiobook and eBook. The “Crocodile on the Sandbank” audiobook is also available for download through OneClickDigital audio books.
To find similar titles, try NoveList Plus.
You can find more information about Elizabeth Peters in the Gale database, “Books & Authors“.
Post by Shirley, Pinal County Library District Outreach Librarian