Librarians’ Favorite Book Recommendations, 2010

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the responses to our Favorite 2010 Books to Recommend challenge. We asked you to give us your own passionate book recommendations (not reviews, but an expressions of true love) and you came through. It’s like eavesdropping at the new book shelves.

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Here’s a few that sold me:

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love
Kristin Kimball
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Scribner – (2010-10-12)
ISBN / EAN: 1416551603 / 9781416551607

Corinne Chronopoulos: The Dirty Life tells the true story of a NYC journalist who falls for an organic farmer while writing a story about him. This may sound like a cliche story line – city girl goes to the country – but it is actually a story about where our food comes from and the choices we make when we eat. Kimball is a fantastic writer and I really loved hearing about how two people struggled to bring a piece of land alive and produce food for themselves and their community. This book made we want to be a farmer and changed the way I consume.


An Irish Country Courtship: A Novel (Irish Country Books)
Patrick Taylor
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Forge Books – (2010-09-28)
ISBN / EAN: 0765321742 / 9780765321749

Linda: I loved An Irish Country Courtship by Patrick Taylor. This series is one of my favorites for escapist reading. The author evokes life in a Northern Irish village in the mid-1960′s with wonderful characters and an exceptional ear for dialogue. There’s even a glossary at the end clarifying unfamiliar local expressions.


Turtle in Paradise
Jennifer L. Holm
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers – (2010-05-11)
ISBN / EAN: 0375836888 / 9780375836886

Susan: I like books that make the reader want to do further research into a specific time or event. This semi-autobiographical novel about a young girl who is shipped off to her mother’s family in Key West during the Great Depression has a wonderful cast of characters, real buried treasure, and an ending that will knock your socks off.


Boneshaker (Sci Fi Essential Books)
Cherie Priest
Retail Price: $15.99
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Tor Books – (2009-09-29)
ISBN / EAN: 0765318415 / 9780765318411

Debbi: Steampunk, zombies, airships & pirates, Seattle a long time ago, crazy inventors, single mother wanting only the best for her teenage son and highly poisonous materials floating around… completely unlike anything I’ve read before, quite outside my usual interests and I LOVED it.

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