Want to read the next big hollywood blockbuster before it's even made? Patrick Rothfusses Kingkiller series spurred a bidding war this month!

If you're a fan of fantasy fiction there is a good possibility that you've heard the name Patrick Rothfuss sometime in the past decade. His works include epic fantasies and not for children picture books a novella and short stories but the title that was on the tips of all the movie execs lips this past month was Name of the Wind.

Name of the Wind is the story of young Kvothe (pronounced like Quothe), his adventures and misadventures as he strives to learn magic and gains some powerful foes along the way. What makes this fantasy different from others is that it doesn't seem to follow a formula for a story like so many fantasies do, rather it is a man recounting the story of his youth to an historian. It could be said that the book is many shorter stories combined into one greater narrative that continues into the second book of the series The Wise Man's Fear and will conclude in the final book of the trilogy which will be entitled Doors of Stone which currently has no publication date.

So if you want to check out the latest hollywood craze before it's even begun filming check out Patrick Rothfuss' work!

2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced!


The 13 books nominated for the prestigious Man Booker Prize were announced yesterday, July 29th. This is the second year in which authors of all nationalities are eligible for the award - previously only authors from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth were considered. The award is given for an outstanding work of fiction, and is selected by a panel of five judges.

The list of nominees includes 5 Americans, up from 4 in last year's list. They include:
Bill Clegg - Did You Ever Have A Family? (release date September 8, 2015)
Leila Lalami - The Moor's Account (release date September 9, 2015)
Marilynne Robinson - Lila
Anne Tyler - A Spool of Blue Thread
Hanya Yanagihara - A Little Life

You can find copies of all of the finalist books published so far that are owned by AADL on this list. The shortlist will be announced on September 15, revealing the final 6 titles under consideration. The winner will be announced October 13, 2015, so stay tuned!

NPR Books' Summer Of Love

The hottest month of the summer is almost upon us and in honor of their Summer of Love theme this year, NPR Books has just released a list of 100 swoon-worthy romances to keep you occupied during August and beyond. Readers and authors alike voted on their favorite romance novels, and then the votes were tallied and divided into categories to produce the final list, which you can check out here!

I love the diversity of the list: it includes historical, paranormal and LBGT romances, classics such as Pride and Prejudice, and entire series. There's even a YA category! Even readers who don't consider themselves readers of romance novels will be able to find something that catches their eye. Look for any of the books that interest you from the list in our catalog!

PreK Bits - "K" is for kangaroos and Katy

Ms. Rachel brought baby kangaroos to Storytime.
POUCH! has two baby kangaroos who are uncertain whether ‘tis better to be inside or outside mama's pouch.
Mr. Beau DeLoach played guitar while Ms. Rachel led the music & motion to "Walk, walk, walk ... until we stop!".
You can do this song with Raffi from the CD RISE And SHINE
KATY NO-POCKET was born without a pouch. Her baby Freddy keeps getting left behind. Katy sets out to solve the problem.

For more famous kangaroo stories try these favorites:
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A KANGAROO?
BIG RED KANGAROO
A KANGAROO MOB and on DVD KANGAROO MOB
POCKET BABIES And OTHER AMAZING MARSUPIALS
WEIRD And WILD ANIMAL FACTS
Boing ... boing ... boing ... boing.

Focus on Folktales: Jessica Souhami

London born author Jessica Souhami studied at the Central School of Art and Design. In 1980 she formed Mme Souhamiand Co, a travelling puppet company using colorful shadow puppets with a musical accompaniment and storyteller. By the early 1990s she stopped touring, but still wanted to tell stories, yet through books. Her first was The Leopard’s Drum.

She has adapted and illustrated numerous folktales for children, and her books are absolutely delightful! You might recognize some of the stories from attending preschool storytimes at the library.

Here are more of Souhami’s books that AADL owns that are worth taking a look at – the illustrations are wonderful, and with her cut-out illustration style with characters leaping across pages, you can absolutely visualize her work done in shadow puppet form.

Mrs. McCool and the Giant Cuhullin

Foxy!

The Little, Little House

Sausages

No dinner!: The Story of the Old Woman and the Pumpkin

Rama and the Demon King: An Ancient Tale from India

Her newest, Honk Honk! Hold Tight!, is coming out soon!

What goes bump in the nights gets smacked by the hand- Thomas Alsop Volume 1: The Hand of the Island.

What would you do if you were "the Hand of Manhattan" a man with psychic abilities and charged with the responsibility for looking after an entire island from the evils that lurk in the dark. Thomas Alsop becomes an internet and reality TV sensation. This story is John Constantine meets Jersey Shore (maybe more like American Ninja Warrior). This volume will introduce you to "The Hand" and show just how dangerous his life is. Not only does he have to deal with the day to day saving the world (or at least a small part of it) he has a publicist and a TV studio to handle.

This is a gritty story of a modern day warlock with modern day problems and it intense at times. The artwork is superb and really reflects the underlying nature of the world that Thomas lives in.

So check out Thomas Alsop!

Cupcakes and Cashmere

I just can’t resist the allure of a stylish “how-to” book! In her books Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease and Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home, popular lifestyle blogger Emily Schuman offers unique tips for styling your wardrobe and home with an emphasis on DIY projects. The books are small in scale, but packed full of elegant decorative solutions. High style meets old-fashioned hands-on, do-it-yourself know how. Cupcakes and Cashmere is organized by season; the Fall section includes ‘tips on tights’ and ‘a haunting halloween,’ in which Schuman provides suggestions for finding the perfect pair of Autumn legwear and hosting a pleasantly ghoulish party with themed cupcakes and inspiring costumes. If you’re like me, and love browsing a book for for elevated style ideas, but prefer simple suggestions – give these a try!

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #544 - “Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.” ~ Walter Scott

If you are still waiting around for The Girl on the Train (or just looking for the next good thriller), then I suggest you try The Truth and Other Lies * * by German screenwriter Sascha Arango. Right now, this debut is flying somewhat under the media radar but I cannot guarantee that for much longer.

Henry Hayden, best-selling author is often praised for his thrillers of "strange happenings, dark secrets, dangers lurking everywhere, and really brilliant villains". Little does the reading public know fiction resembles the truth, and that this charming, modest and generous man is a carefully constructed facade. With his mistress/editor pregnant and his wife Martha's (who is the actual writer of the novels) untimely death; his past which he has painstakingly kept hidden, is finally catching up with him. Ingeniously weaving more lies and half-truths into a story as the police close in, Henry might just survive.

"A cross between James M. Cain and Patricia Highsmith, with a wide streak of sardonic humor, this is one wicked tale."

The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich, a pseudonym adopted by Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment, for their collaboration on a book their dying friend Katherine Russell Rich didn’t have time to write.(EW reveals the real story in an interview with the authors).

Morgan Prager, a criminal justice grad student returns to her Brooklyn apartment to find the mutilated corpse of her fiancé, Bennett, splayed across her bed and her beloved dogs, a Great Pyrenees, and two pit bulls, covered in blood. When she tries to locate Bennett's parents, she discovers that everything she knows of him is a lie. As the dogs face court mandate destruction, Morgan's research into Bennett's identity has taken on an urgency, especially when she finds herself on a trail littered with the bodies of other women engaged to Bennett.

"Sexy, disturbing, and highly suspenseful, this is a brilliant collaboration between two outstanding writers... who have created an emotionally and erotically charged thriller that vibrates with tension and passion."

Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant, a dark psychological thriller that is a departure from her chick lit. novels.

On the first anniversary of her husband Zach's death in a car crash, school librarian Lizzie Carter visits the accident scene in Cornwall for the first time only to find that someone named Xenia has left a bouquet and a love letter for Zach. Then things start being moved around and vanishing from their London house, she becomes convinced that Zach, always unstable and controlling, has faked his death and is just waiting for the right moment to kill her.

"The suspense builds with each page as secrets are revealed and the sense of menace grows at each turn. Durrant's fast-paced psychological thriller will satisfy readers who enjoyed Elizabeth Haynes's Into the Darkest Corner."

* * = 2 starred reviews

Ann Rule, true crime writer dies

Ann Rule: WriterAnn Rule: Writer
Ann Rule, true crime writer of over 30 books and numerous magazine articles, passed away Sunday. She was most famous for her book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the serial killer, Ted Bundy, who was also her co-worker at a Seattle suicide hotline. She was born Ann Stackhouse in Lowell, Michigan in 1930 or 1931. As an adult she moved to Washington and became an officer in the Seattle Police Department. She came from a family with law enforcement and criminal justice backgrounds, both her grandfather and uncle were police officers in Michigan, her cousin was a Prosecuting Attorney and another uncle was the Medical Examiner. As a child, she would often visit her grandparents in Stanton, Michigan where she helped her grandmother prepare meals for prison inmates. Her life-long interest in the prison system and criminal behavior, as well as her career in law enforcement, helped to shape her into the writer she was to become.

Animals in Disguise!

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a picture book where animals dress up in disguise! On that note, I have three books to recommend.

First up, take a look at the new David J. Plant book Hungry Roscoe. Poor Roscoe the raccoon only wants a tasty treat that isn’t rotten food out of the garbage. He hears about the wonderful food and the zoo and decides to try to sneak in, wearing a variety of homemade animal costumes. His less than convincing disguises get him nowhere and all seems lost until the tricky zoo monkeys hatch a plan. Hilarious, and with great drawings, this book is a winner!

Author Adam Rubin may be best known for the popular title Dragons Love Tacos, but my favorite of his titles is Secret Pizza Party, which features another sneaky raccoon. The raccoon in this book only wants to eat his favorite food, pizza, but he is not very good at getting it without encountering perilous circumstances. Raccoon comes up with a clever plan to crash a pizza party disguised as a regular pizza loving human, but things go awry when he goes a little too pizza crazy.

Finally, the beautifully illustrated Animal Masquerade is a simple story in which each animal dresses up like the preceding it. This book is great for younger readers, who will get a kick out of identifying both the original animal and what costume it’s wearing. Despite the repetition, adults shouldn’t dread reading this to their kids- there are plenty of sly jokes to amuse everyone.

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