Jo’s Pick of the Week: The Weight of a Piano

The publishing industry traditionally releases its top books later in the year, but I usually discover a gem or two in the early months. One such treasure is The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander. This evocative novel tells the complicated story of a seemingly ordinary, upright Blüthner piano. When an artisan picks the…

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…