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Favorite Books from the Readers' Round Table

Here is the round-up of the most buzzed about books from the latest Readers' Round Table.

All come with a seal of approval from readers like you! Make sure to attend our next meeting on Tuesday, April 29th at 2pm in the Meeting Room. As always, we will have pre-publication copies to give away and lively discussion on the latest in literature.


The Kept by James Scott

Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman

In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen

Ten Thousand Things by John Spurling

And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes

Redeployment by Phil Klay

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee

The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally

Death of Santini by Pat Conroy

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

 The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro




Americanah wins the National Book Critics Circle award

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah, which was selected by the New York Times as one of The 10 Best Books of 2013, has won this prestigious literary award. 

The novel is about a Nigerian blogger in Princeton who returns to her home country after spending over a decade in the United States to meet up with her longtime childhood boyfriend--who is now a husband and father.  Read more here.  

More books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


African Fiction

With a new novel out by author Ishmael Beah, whose memoir Long Time Gone was a bestseller and Oprah pick, interest in African fiction will be running high. While you're waiting for your hold on Beah's Radiance of Tomorrow, try one of these other interesting titles!


Achebe, Chinua.     Things Fall Apart

Adichie, Chimamanda.    Americanah

Akpan, Uwem.     Say You're One of Them

Benaron, Naomi.    Running the Rift

Bulawayo, NoViolet.     We Need New Names

Mengestu, Dinaw.     All Our Names

Ndibe, Okey.     Foreign Gods, Inc.

Oyeyemi, Helen.     The Icarus Girl


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2014 Audie Award Finalists Announced!

If you are an audiobook fan, The Audies are an exciting time. Sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, they are the audiobook equivalent of the Academy Awards. The finalists in 29 categories have been announced and now is a great time to listen to one you may have missed or, if you have never picked up an audiobook, try a title that has been recognized as one of the year's best narrations.

Three of our favorites from the full list of finalists:

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, narrated by the author.
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris, narrated by the author.
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra.