Sunday, 27 September 2009

Challenge Yourself!

Banned Book Week

September 26 - October 3, 2009

Sunday, 13 September 2009

American Rust: A Novel

If you are a Cormac McCarthy fan, you will probably enjoy this debut novel by Philipp Meyer. Just like McCarthy, Meyer takes readers down long dark roads leading to ultimate despair.

Meet Billy Poe and Isaac English, high school buddies with failed dreams, giving up on any future in Buell, Pennsylvania, a dried up steel town. One fateful night, they take off leaving a trail of violence behind them. What starts as a fight with some transients in an old steel warehouse turns into murder of the worst kind. One bad decision, leads to another and another leaving both characters questioning their choices in life.

Isaac is tired of caring for the "old man," resentful of his mother's suicide and angry with his sister, Lee, for chasing her academic dreams. And Billy isn't any better off. Laid off from his menial job and living with his mother, Grace, in a run down trailer, he watches her throw her life away on an abusive husband and useless boyfriends.

American Rust is a story of loyalty and love in disintegrating America. Morals and values are explored and exploited. What is right may be right, but it can also be wrong. Billy and Isaac are similar to Steinbeck characters and Meyer's honest style of writing is comparable to Faulkner.


Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Prepub Alert

Below is a prepublication list of popular fiction. Publishers are releasing these novels just in time for the holidays, although you can pre-order them now through

U for Undertow by Sue Grafton
The Disappeared by M.R. Hall
Divine Misdemeanors by Laurell K. Hamilton
Breathless by Dean Koontz
La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith
Too Many Murders by Colleen McCullough
New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherford
Hollywood Moon by Joseph Wambaugh

Too Much Money by Dominick Dunne



Friday, 4 September 2009

Do you have a library card?

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Dominick Dunne 1925-2009

Best known for his partying in Hollywood with the rich and famous, penning sensational articles in Vanity Fair and the reporting of celebrity trials including O.J. Simpson, Dunne died last August after completing, Too Much Money.

In his follow-up to People Like Us, published in July 1989, the 83 year-old author recreates New York high society characters Lil Altemus and Ruby and Elias Renthal as they try to solve the murder of a millionaire magazine publisher. Hmm...expect lots of dirt and gossip on unscrupulous high rollers, society snobs and wannabes climbing the social ladder!

Look for the release of Too Much Money December 2009.


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