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Sell Me On: Kristin Hannah
Cover Art Maybe you've seen the name on the bestseller list or noticed her most recent book prominently displayed at a local bookstore. But who is Kristin Hannah? Is she an author you'd enjoy? Here's the scoop:

Name: Kristin Hannah
Genres: family relationships/gentle fiction/female friendship
Popular series written by Hannah: Hannah has been known for her stand-alone works until the recent publication of Fly Away, the sequel to her popular 2008 novel Firefly Lane.
What makes her stand out: Hannah writes gentle, emotional stories that speak to the heart and exhibit a rare understanding of female friendship. Readers often turn to her novels when they're looking for a satisfying tearjerker.
Where to start: the Kate and Tully stories, listed above, are probably this author's most popular works, but readers could start with any of her well-received novels, including Home Front, On Mystic Lake, and True Colors.
posted Jul 29, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Fiction

New Pen Pals season
Cover Art The Friends of Hennepin County Library recently announced the new line-up for their Pen Pals Author Lecture series. Commencing in October, this year's guests range from George Saunders, whose Tenth of December has received unanimous acclaim in recent months, to Art Spiegelman, whose graphic novel Maus established the genre as a legitimate art form and continues to be one of its most recognized and respected examples 20 years later.

Connect with your bibliophile friends and get your tickets early! It promises to be a memorable and extremely popular season!
posted Jul 24, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Events

For the love of great food
Cover Art In a season of family reunions, neighborhood block parties and any number of other get-togethers, finding new and exciting recipes to share is part of the fun. The James Beard Foundation Awards, presented this spring, honor cookbooks of all categories, including vegetarian and international cuisine, beverage recipes and baking and desserts. You can also find their picks for food memoirs and professional instruction books. Wherever your heart--and stomach!--is drawn, the JBF Awards offer some wonderful suggestions to expand your cooking repertoire this summer! Here is a brief sampling:

*Cookbook of the Year:
Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America
by Maricel E. Presilla

*American Cooking:
Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking
by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart

What Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits & Pieces
Photographer: Katie Quinn Davies
posted Jul 15, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Awards

Lightening up
Cover Art Among the most popular nonfiction titles are the essays, short stories and general musings of humorists. As they offer us a window into their wacky lives, we find some of the happiest escapes around. If you love David Sedaris, John Hodgman and Sloane Crosley, check out Bookspace's new list of Anecdotal Nonfiction. Further great summer reading awaits!
posted Jul 8, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Nonfiction

Summer listening for grown-ups!
Cover Art If you're not lying on a beach, you may be in the car on a summer road trip. For those with a long stretch of road ahead of them and a desire for a good story, behold! Fantastic audiobooks for summer reading:

*Extraordinary Audio
*Urban Fiction Audiobooks on CD
*Mysteries, Thrillers and Suspense
*Selected Fiction
*Award Winning Nonfiction
*Great Listening Experiences
posted Jul 1, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Audiobooks

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