Searching for 2018’s best nonfiction

Yesterday I looked at the novels that received the most accolades this year from book reviewers. Today I will tackle nonfiction. I expanded my quest in 2018 and compiled 30 notable lists, including our own favorites from the Cook Memorial Public Library District’s reference desk staffers. I’ve included links to our catalog for book descriptions,…

Searching for 2018’s best fiction

When every year wraps up, this avowed book geek searches for the titles receiving the most love from reviewers. Today I will tackle fiction. You can find  my post about the top nonfiction here. I expanded my quest in 2018 and compiled 30 notable lists, including our own favorites from the Cook Memorial Public Library…

Jo’s Weekend Read: November Road by Lou Berney

Lou Berney’s new novel, November Road, is going to be one of my favorite books of 2018. The Oklahoma native weaves a spine-tingling story set in the weeks after the John F. Kennedy assassination that is both thriller and love story. His two main characters, Frank and Charlotte, are wonderfully complex, likeable and courageous. Both…

Bouchercon: A celebration of mystery authors and readers

  “What’s scarier than your family?’’ –Author Lisa Unger’s tongue-and-cheek remark on the 2018 Bouchercon panel, The Fear Factor: Threatening Family in Thrillers I was fortunate to attend my fourth Bouchercon mystery convention this month in St. Petersburg, Fla., where hundreds of authors talked about their craft with more than a thousand readers. I enjoyed…