Welcome to the pilot project of Big Library Read ™!
It’s your opportunity to unite as readers all over the world around a single eBook. This project allows millions of Library patrons from more than 7,500 participating libraries to simultaneously read Michael Malone’s critically-acclaimed ‘Four Corners of the Sky’ in OverDrive Read, Kindle and EPUB formats.
This book is master storyteller Michael Malone’s novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families. Malone brings characters to life as only he can.
Big Library Read enables users from 10 different countries on 5 different continents to join in one of the largest global reading events ever to occur. From May 16th until June 1st, you are able to log in to your digital library website and check out this wonderful tale about love, secrets and the mysterious bonds only families can form.
During this campaign, Overdrive will post discussion questions on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow them and Michael Malone and be a part of the dialogue. In addition, there will be a worldwide conversation using the hashtag #BigLibraryRead, so tweet your thoughts often. Next week, the book’s publisher, Sourcebooks, will host a live Facebook chat with author Michael Malone, enabling readers to have their questions answered in real time. More details will be coming soon.
Child of Vengeance: A Novel by David Kirk
A bold and vivid historical epic of feudal Japan based on the real-life exploits of the legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto.
Japan in the late 16th century was a land in turmoil. Lords of the great clans schemed against each other, served by aristocratic samurai bound to them by a rigid code of honor. Bennosuke is a high-born but lonely teenager living in his ancestral village. His mother died when he was a young boy, and his powerful warrior father Munisai has abandoned him for a life of service to his Lord, Shinmei. Bennosuke has been raised by his uncle Dorinbo, a Buddhist monk who urges the boy to forgo the violence of the samurai and embrace the contemplative life. But Bennosuke worships his absent father, and when Munisai returns, gravely injured, Bennosuke is forced to confront truths about his family's history and his own place in it. These revelations soon guide him down the samurai's path—awash with blood, bravery, and vengeance. His journey will culminate in the epochal battle of Sekigahara—in which Bennosuke will first proclaim his name as Mushashi Miyamoto. This rich and absorbing epic explores the complexities of one young man's quest while capturing a crucial turning point in Japanese history with visceral mastery, sharp psychological insight and tremendous narrative momentum. --- AMAZON
Praise for Child of Vengeance -
- "A brilliant piece of historical fiction --- loaded with treachery and betrayal --- that pulses with life. This one is going to find an honored place on many a keeper shelf. It's a must read debut from an exciting new voice." --Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling author of The Columbus Affair
Praise for David Kirk -
- "Kirk proves himself a worthy samurai novelist with this brutal account of real-life 17th-century swordsman Musashi Miyamoto… Kirk, who lives in Japan, positively seethes with energy when depicting bloody violence—from great battlefields to intimate ritual suicide—showing feudal Japan as a complex culture in which cunning and poetry are indispensable, and death and vengeance unavoidable."--Publishers Weekly
Additional books & DVDs about Samurai:
- Samurai : the weapons and spirit of the Japanese warrior by Clive Sinclaire. (2001) (Adult); Copies
- Heart of a samurai : based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus, (2010) Book (Teen); Copies
- Samurai : warlords of Japan by Arlan Dean (2005) Book (Child); Copies
- Shogun: the epic novel of Japan by James Clavell (1975) eBook; Copies
- Japan: Memoirs of a secret empire (2004) Directed by Michael Chin. Narrated by Richard Chamberlain. DVD; Copies
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It’s May and once again it’s time to prepare for Mother’s Day.
Time for buying flowers, candy, and heart felt greeting cards. Time for family outings and romantic candle lit dinners. But do you know how Mother’s day came to be? An American woman, by the name of Anna Jarvis, felt that mother’s deserved recognition for all the things they do. So she campaigned to have a special day set aside to celebrate mothers and motherhood. By 1914, Mother’s Day became a yearly fixture to our nation’s calendar – the second Sunday of each May. But Mother’s Day goes beyond just one’s mother. Grandmothers, Aunts, sisters, cousins, sisters-in-law, or even friends, can be celebrated at this time, for the motherly contributions that they have made to your life.
Now Mother’s day is a worldwide celebration. Though each nation celebrates on differing dates and in different ways, the reason for the celebration is the same. There is no other person on Earth that is as uniquely important as a mother. Bill Cosby once lamented that, after all of the contributions a father makes to the athletic development of his son, when the spot light finally falls on the boy, the boy’s only words are, “Hi, Mom!” Even in times of war, there has been many a man who has cried out for his mother when things got too much to bear. But how one feels about their mother can be a very complex and sometimes confusing thing. Fore no one in this world can bring you as much joy or as much anger and sorrow as your mother. The library is full of books devoted to that complex relationship and here are just a few. Some are from the point of view of the child, but some are from the point of view of the mother. Enjoy these stories, and don’t forget to make Sunday a Happy Mother’s Day!
What My Mother Gave Me (2013) Edited by Elizabeth Benedict
In What My Mother Gave Me, women look at the relationships between mothers and daughters through a new lens: a daughter’s story of a gift from her mother that has touched her to the bone and served as a model, a metaphor, or a touchstone in her own life. The contributors of these thirty-one original pieces include Pulitzer Prize winners, perennial bestselling novelists, and celebrated broadcast journalists.
Love You Forever (1995) By Robert Munsch and Illustrated by Sheila McGraw
If you were to try to pick a children’s book that most reflects the love a mother feels for her child, “Love You Forever” would have to be at the very top of the list. As the book opens a young mother is rocking her baby boy to sleep, while singing her love song. She is full of hope and happiness, but as the boy grows, he becomes: a naughty, destructive two year old; a messy and disrespectful nine year old; and a noisy, mysterious teenager. Sometimes the mother thinks that her child is wild enough to be in a zoo, but despite her frustration, every night she sneaks into her son’s room, takes him into her arms, rocks him, and sings her love song. Her love song continues through her son’s adulthood, but must end when she becomes too old and sick to continue. It is then left to her son to continue this song of love, which he sings to both his dying mother and his baby girl. This is a wonder full little book – but beware—this story can cause your heart to melt and tears to well up.
Mom & Me & Mom (2013) by Maya Angelou
The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother. Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights.
Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story (2013) by Carol Burnett
“More than anything, we are remembered for our smiles: the ones we share with our closest and dearest, and the one we bestow on a total stranger who needs it right then, and God has put us there to deliver.” — Carrie Hamilton
You are about to meet an extraordinary young woman, Carrie Hamilton. The daughter of one of television’s most recognizable and beloved stars, Carol Burnett, Carrie won the hearts of everyone she met with her kindness, quirky sense of humor, and wonderfully unconventional approach to life. Living in the spotlight of celebrity, but in an era when personal troubles were kept private, Carrie and Carol made a brave display of honesty and love by going public with teenager Carrie’s drug addiction and recovery. Carrie lived her adult life of sobriety to the fullest, enjoying happy and determined independence and achieving a successful artistic career as an actress, writer, musician, and director. Carrie’s passion for life and her humorist’s view of the world never wavered as she aggressively battled cancer. Carrie died at the age of 38.
The Key is Love: My Mother’s Wisdom, A Daughter’s Gratitude (2013) by Marie Osmond, with Marcia Wilkie
For beloved superstar Marie Osmond, one gift that her mother gave her stands above the rest: the gift to trust and follow her heart. Even when the path seemed bleak, it was this unwavering faith that allowed her to follow her dreams, both professional and personal, and survive the hardest times in her life. She, like so many women out there, has struggled through years of being a single parent and a working parent, while juggling the need to be there for her children and still be there for her other “family,” the multitude of fans and followers who look up to her. Drawing on the wisdom that Olive Osmond imparted over the years, Marie weaves a rich, touching, and honest memoir about her life offstage and off-camera, where she took on her most important role: motherhood. Through personal delights, dreams, downturns, and devastating tragedy, Marie offers insights on creating a strong family, raising happy and independent children, and, especially, moving forward when it seems impossible to do so.
What a Difference a Mom Makes (2012) by Dr. Kevin Leman
Every mom wants the best for her son. She wants him to succeed in life, to be a man of character, to find a good woman, to be a great dad. But sometimes boys are hard for moms to understand. Sometimes they're strange, annoying, and downright disgusting! Yet always they need a mother who is engaged and interested in them, because a mom is the most important person in a boy's life. In What a Difference a Mom Makes, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman uses his wit and wisdom to show Mom how to lay the groundwork that will allow her son to grow into a good man. Dr. Leman shows how to discipline a boy, how to command respect, how to let him fight his own battles, how to understand his sexuality, and how to weather the changes in the mother-son relationship as he grows up. Most of all, Leman shows Mom how to lighten up and have some fun along the way with that boy who will always have her heart.
Today Louisiana celebrates its birthday! On this day, April 30th, it became the 18th state.
Enjoy a few good reads.....
- Today is Monday in Louisiana by Johnette Downing, illustrated by Deborah Ousley Kadair
- Little Pierre: A Cajun Story from Louisiana by Robert D. Dan Souci, illustrated by David Catrow
- My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt
Check out more titles about Louisiana and those written by Louisiana authors.
Hit Me (A John Keller Mystery) by Lawrence Block
Available formats: Book: Regular print and Large print
"Nicholas Edwards lives in New Orleans renovating houses, doing honest work and making decent money at it. Between his family and his stamp collection, all his spare time is happily accounted for. Sometimes it's hard to remember that he used to kill people for a living.
But when the nation's economy tanks, taking the construction business with it, all it takes is one phone call to drag him back into the game.
Keller's work takes him to New York, the former home he hasn't dared revisit, where his target is the abbot of a midtown monastery. Another call puts him on a West Indies cruise, with several interesting fellow passengers-the government witness, the incandescent young woman keeping the witness company, and, sharing Keller's cabin, his wife, Julia. But the high drama comes in Cheyenne, where a recent widow is looking to sell her husband's stamp collection..." -- Amazon
- At times casually ruthless in snuffing out targets, Keller is also honest and ethical in his business dealings. A final assignment involving a child suggests that Keller may even play an unfamiliar white knight role, hopefully in the near future." (Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Other John Keller novels that are sure to be a “hit”:
The Last Outlaws by Thom Hatch (2013)
Available format: Standard book
“The Old West was coming to an end. Two legendary outlaws refused to go with it.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid—as leaders of the Wild Bunch, they planned and executed the most daring bank and train robberies of the day, with a professionalism never before seen by authorities. The close calls were many, but Butch and Sundance always managed to escape to rob again another day—that is, until they rode headlong into the 20th century. Knowing their time was up, Butch and Sundance, along with a mysterious beauty named Etta Place, headed to South America, vowing to leave their criminal careers behind. But riding the trails of Chile, Argentina and Bolivia, Butch and Sundance would find that crime wasn’t through with them just yet.”—Amazon
Praise for Thom Hatch:
- In The Last Outlaws, Thom Hatch brings these memorable characters to life like never before: Butch, the brains of the outfit; Sundance, the man of action; and the men on both sides of the law whom they fought with and against. From their early holdup attempts to that fateful day in Bolivia, author Thom hatch draws on a wealth of fresh research to go beyond the myth and provide a compelling new look at these legends of the Wild West.” --Amazon
Other books by Thom Hatch:
- Clashes of Calvary: The Civil War Careers of George Armstrong Custer and Jeb Stuart (2001) Available format: Standard book. Library Copies
- Encyclopedia of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution (1999) Available format: Standard print book. Library Copies
Other books and films about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid:
- Butch Cassidy Beyond the Grave (2012) by C. W. Jameson Available format: Standard print book. Library Copies
- The Sundance Kid: the Life of Harry Alonzo Longabaugh (2009) by Donna B. Ernst Available format: Standard print book. Library Copies
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Originally released 1969) DVD Directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katherine Ross.Library Copies
- The Legend of Butch and Sundance (2008) DVD Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan and starring David Rogers, Ryan Browning, Rachelle Lefevre.
- Blackthorn (2011) DVD Directed by Mateo Gil and starring Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega, and Stephen Rea.
Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason
Available formats: Book and eBook
”There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard. But it could always be worse. . . .
More than a year ago, mild-mannered Jason Getty killed a man he wished he’d never met. Then he planted the problem a little too close to home. Police unearth two bodies on his property—neither of which is the one Jason buried. As the action unfolds, involved parties discover that knowing more than one side of the story doesn't necessarily rule out a deadly margin of error.” -- Amazon
Praise for Three Graves Full
- “Three Graves Full is something special—an offbeat, high-class mystery that blends black humor with dark lyricism, and deft, intricate plotting with dead-on psychological insight.” – Tana French, Edgar Award—winning author of In the Woods.
Praise for Jamie Mason:
- “Three Graves Full is an astonishing debut novel, smart and stylish and wonderfully light on its feet. Jamie Mason writes crisp, surprising sentences, and this aura of wit infuses her lovely plot with an absolutely Hitchcockian menace. I think she was probably born to be a writer, and I eagerly look forward to whatever she will do next.” –Peter Straub, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Talisman.
- “Jamie Mason wields a pen that magically blends beautiful prose with unrelenting thrills. Each page delivers something new and fresh; in her hands, even the mundane becomes extraordinary. Grab a chair with a comfortable edge, because Mason will keep you poised there until the final page.” –Alex Adams, critically acclaimed author of White Horse.
The Aviator’s Wife: a Novel by Melanie Benjamin
Available formats: Book and eAudio
“Anne Morrow Lindbergh, lived her life in the shadows. First the shadow of her father, Dwight Whitney Morrow, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (1927-1930), and then the shadow of her famous husband, Colonel Charles Lindbergh, whom she met after his 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Because she was eclipsed by those around her, not much is known of Anne’s personal life. Indeed, Melanie Benjamin did not find her task of bringing Anne back into the light as easy as the other ladies she has researched. But then, it was the mystery of Anne that attracted Melanie and drove her to learn more.
Despite the fact that this book is a fictionalization of Annie’s life, Melanie has succeeded in giving the reader some measure of what Annie’s life must have been like. With the help of in depth research and more than just a little intuition, Melanie paints a picture of Anne Lindbergh never before imagined. From her tumultuous highs, to her heartbreaking lows, you will learn that Anne Morrow Lindbergh is more than just “the Aviator’s Wife”.
Praise for The Aviator’s Wife -
- “A story of both triumph and pain that will take your breath away.”—Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker
- “An unflinching exploration of the most intriguing, public, and tragic marriage of the twentieth century.”—Francine Mathews, author of Jack 1939
- “Offers a fascinating glimpse into the uneasy marriage of one of America’s most intriguing couples. Be prepared to question all you know about the Lindberghs.”—Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Painted Girls
Also by Melanie Benjamin –
- Alice I Have Been: A Novel (2012) Library Copies; Available formats: Book & eBook
- The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel (2012) Library Copies; Book & eAudio
Checkout these titles:
- The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott (2012) Library Copies; Book
- Jack 1939 by Francine Mathews (2012) Library Copies; Book
- The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan (2013) Library Copies; Book
- Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (2007) Library Copies: Book, eBook & Audio CD
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (2011) Library Copies; Book, eBook & eAudio
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