genre: crime and mystery
sub genres: detective, suspense, crime/caper, legal thriller
definition: “deals with crimes, their detection, criminals, and their motives”
from Genreflecting: a guide to popular reading interests by Diana Tixier Herald
Guys, I really thought I had this one in the bag. And then I realized my booklist for this genre is FOUR BOOKS LONG. That’s terrible! In my defense, it’s because I do not include books cataloged as Adult in these lists. But still. Four books. Good grief.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t dig into this genre. I really do enjoy mysteries. I picked up my first Nancy Drew, every girl’s first mystery?, in elementary school. I liked Nancy and her friends a lot. They were mature, they seemed very sophisticated to me, and they were smart. They solved mysteries and outwitted criminals. I hoped I’d be that smart and brave if I were ever in the situations they often found themselves in.
When patrons come to the library looking for a good mystery book, I still recommend Nancy Drew. But I think she can be a bit difficult to dive into. A third grader, reading The Bungalow Mystery, asked me what a “jalopy” was. I admit, I didn’t remember the text was so outdated! But it was published in 1930 so what did I expect?
Michael Beil helped me out by publishing The Red Blazer Girls. Four best friends with unique talents that, when put together, can solve the toughest of cases. Stolen jewelry? Found! Missing (and very expensive) musical instruments? Recovered! These girls are unstoppable! Again, I’m drawn to the fact that these girls use their brains. They look at things differently, and it inspires me to look at things differently. I’ll never be Sherlock Holmes, but when I read a mystery I can pretend!
Do you read mysteries? Crime fiction? Why? I like to pretend I’m solving the case along with the characters, but I bet other people read this genre for different reasons. Enlighten me! Maybe you root for the criminals?
Click here >IRTB Crime< to download my Crime and Mystery booklist!
The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced the finalists for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.
The award is presented to the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books published in the United States for adults, with each winner receiving $5,000 and the finalists receiving $1,500. The medal presentation is slated for June 30 during the ALA annual conference in Chicago.
To check availability of the books in Cobb County Public Library System, please click on the titles below. The descriptions of the works are from the ALA.
The nonfiction finalists are:
Popular historian Egan turns the life and work of master photographer Edward Curtis into a gripping and heroic story of one man’s commitment to the three-decade project that ultimately resulted in The North American Indian, a 20-volume collection of words and pictures documenting the Native American peoples of the American West.
Science writer Quammen schools readers in the fascinating if alarming facts about zoonotic diseases—animal infections that sicken humans, such as rabies and Ebola. Drawing on the dramatic history of virology, he profiles brave viral sleuths and recounts his own hair-raising field adventures. A vital, in-depth account offered in the hope that knowledge will engender preparedness.
From board games, including one called The Mansion of Happiness, to public-library children’s rooms to cryogenics, historian Lepore’s episodic inquiry into our evolving perceptions of life and death is full of surprises, irreverent wit, and arresting perceptions.
The fiction nominees are:
“First, I’ll tell you about the robbery our parents committed.” So begins Ford’s riveting novel, an atmospheric and haunting tale of family, folly, exile, and endurance told in the precise and searching voice of Dell Parsons, a young man forced to navigate a harsh world.
In her fourteenth novel, Erdrich writes in the voice of a man reliving the fateful summer of his thirteenth year. Erdrich’s intimacy with her characters energizes this tale of hate crimes and vengeance, her latest immersion in the Ojibwe and white community she has been writing about for more than two decades.
Fast paced and street-talking tough, Díaz’s stories unveil lives shadowed by prejudice and poverty and bereft of reliable love and trust. These are precarious, unappreciated lives in which intimacy is a lost art, masculinity a parody, and kindness, reason, and hope struggle to survive like seedlings in a war zone.
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012. Last year’s winners were Anne Enright’s novel The Forgotten Waltz and the biography Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.
For more information and the long list of titles that were conisdered, please visit http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/carnegieadult.
You can find a lot of resume help at the library. There are books, with lots of examples. There is the Cobbworks Van, which travels around the county and offers in-person help writing resumes and cover letters. There is the library’s Winway Resume Builder, available on the public internet stations, which guides you through building your own resume. There are the resume templates available through Microsoft Word’s online Help link. And of course there is the internet, with its trove of resources.
But, as hopefully everyone realizes by now, just because something is on the internet doesn’t mean that it is trustworthy. Resume websites are no different. We frequently have to break it to patrons that they have fallen for an online bait-and-switch, when they were trying to make a resume. Here is how the most common version works:
You search Resume, and click on one of the top results. It may or may not call itself “free”. You enter your information, screen by screen, in the provided template.
But once you get to the end and are ready to print it or save it to your flash drive, you can’t! It informs you that you must pay for access to your own resume, often with an automatically recurring charge if you don’t cancel after a certain period of time. What happened to “free”? It was free to enter the information–not to save or print it! By this time it’s too late–you’ve given the website all your personal information, and unfortunately the library staff will be unable to delete or download it.
So instead please use the library’s resume building tools: style books, Winway, Microsoft Word templates, and the Cobbworks van. We will be happy to help you get started using them.
We’ve got even more new books for you! Take a look – which ones are you excited about?
|Paula Deen’s New Testament||Deen, Paula H.||10/15/2013|
|David and Goliath||Gladwell, Malcolm||10/1/2013|
|The Bully Pulpit||Goodwin, Doris Kearns||10/1/2013|
|One Summer||Bryson, Bill||10/1/2013|
|Quotations of William Jefferson Clinton||Clinton, Bill||5/9/2013|
|Killing Jesus||O’Reilly, Bill||9/24/2013|