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Welcome to the Book Nook! Whatever your reading pleasure or fancy, the Book Nook will bring you suggestions and reviews to spin off ideas for your next book to read.

2012 Good Thrills!

ThrillerFest was held in New York City in July.
Check out these top three picks published in 2012!

Best Hardcover
Stephen King

Best Paperback Original
The Last Minute
Jeff Abbott     

Best First Novel
Paul McEuen



Literary Pulitzer Prizes Announced!

swerve          malcolm x

For the first time since 1977, no Pulitzer Prize was awarded for fiction this year.

Still, there are pleny of good books to read!

Here are the 2012 winners:

Fiction          No award given. The finalists:

                     Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

                     Swamplandia by Karen Russell

                     The Pale King by David Foster


Drama          Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes


History          Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable


Biography     George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis


Poetry           Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith



Nonfiction    The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by

                      Stephen Greenblatt

Best Books of the Year!

Whether a books is good is a personal call, but here are the best books of 2011 according to some well-known publications and critics. You'll find fiction and nonfiction selections in these lists. Any maybe you'll hook up with a good read for you!

Tigers wifeThe New York Times

The Washington Post

The Wall Street Journal Fiction

The Wall Street Journal Nonfiction



Publishers Weekly

Entertainment Weekly Novels

O Magazine Fiction

O Magazine Nonfiction



NPR Critic

And for those of you who know when to beat ‘em and when to fold ‘em, these cookbooks created quite a stir in 2011:

South cookbookNPR Best Cookbooks

Epicurious Best Cookbooks 2011

New York Times Notable Cookbooks

Blue-Ribbon Books: National Book Awards 2011

salvage swerve

Last evening, two blocks from Occupy Wall Street, authors were anxiously occupying their time at a dinner ceremony to announce the winners of the National Book Awards 2011. Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones, a 12-day account of a poor African-American family trying to weather Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi, won the National Book Award for fiction. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt took the top prize in the non-fiction category. Visit the National Book Foundation website to find out about other winners.

Running the Books

Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon (1967), was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame on October 1, 2011. She broke the gender barrier and paved the way  for women in running. She still runs and today and is an award-winning television commentator. Her book, Marathon Woman, is available at the library as well as this 2011 selection Running for Women.