Monday, October 18, 2010

Top Ten Business Books

Booklist published recently a listing of Top Ten Business Books.

The AARP Retirement Survival Guide: How to make smart financial decisions in good times and bad. By Julie Jason, published by Sterling.

Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage. By Eamon Javers, published by Harper.

The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage. By Roger Martin, published by Harvard Business.

Economics for the Rest of Us: Debunking the Science That Makes Life Dismal. By Moshe Adler, published by New Press.

The End of Wall Street. By Roger Lowenstein, published by Penguin.

Pull: The Power of the Semantic Web to Transform your Business. By David Siegel, published by Portfolio.

The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism. By Jocye Appleby, published by Norton.

Total Engagement: Using Games and Virtual Worlds to Change the Way People Work and Businesses Compete. By Byron Reeves and J. Leighton Read, published by Harvard Business.

War at the Wall Street Journal: Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire. By Sarah Ellison, published by Houghton.

Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World. By Linda Tarr-Whelan, published by Berrett-Koehler.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Nominees for National Book Awards announced

Thirteen female authors are included in the twenty finalists for the 2010 National Book Awards - the largest number ever.

Finalists for Fiction

Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America (Alfred A. Knopf)

Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.)

Nicole Krauss, Great House (W.W. Norton & Co.)

Lionel Shriver, So Much for That
(Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel (Coffee House Press)

Finalists for Nonfiction

Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
(Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group)

John W. Dower, Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq
(W.W. Norton & Co/The New Press )

Patti Smith, Just Kids (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Megan K. Stack, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War

Finalists for Poetry

Kathleen Graber, The Eternal City (Princeton University Press)

Terrance Hayes, Lighthead (Viking Penguin)

James Richardson, By the Numbers (Copper Canyon Press)

C.D. Wright, One with Others (Copper Canyon Press)

Monica Youn, Ignatz (Four Way Books)

Finalists for Young People's Literature

Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker (Little, Brown & Co.)

Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird
(Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)

Laura McNeal, Dark Water (Alfred A. Knopf)

Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown
(Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer
(Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

The winners in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young adult literature will be announced on
Nov. 17.

Howard Jacobson wins Man Booker Prize

The Man Book Prize 2010
was awarded to Howard Jacobson, 68, for his comic novel "The Finkler Question".

Britain's most prestigious literary award is given each year to a novel by an author in Britain, Ireland or one of the Commonwealth nations. It comes with a check for about $80,000 and a big increase in book sales and publicity.

Howard Jacobson on taking comic novels seriously
(article in THE GUARDIAN, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010)

Synopsis of THE FINKLER QUESTION and brief author bio

Previous Booker Prize Winners

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

American Moderns On Paper

"American Moderns on Paper" is the title of an exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT. It will run from Oct. 2, 2010 to Jan. 17, 2011. It presents a "selection of approximately 100 of the finest watercolors, pastels, and drawings by leading American modernists from the Wadsworth Atheneum's renowned collection of American art."

If you are a Hamden resident with a valid Hamden Library card, you can check out our free museum pass to the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Exhibition Catalog
Exhibition Website

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month

Come in and check out some of our vegetarian cookbooks and try out some new recipes. Get inspired!
Subscribe via e-mail to our LIFESTYLES bookletter for information on new cookbooks.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Eat, Drink, Art, Design

Eat, Drink, Art, Design is the title of an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, which runs from Sept. 21, 2010 to March 27, 2011. It features 60 objects for eating and drinking designed by artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, and Dale Chihuly.
"The show reveals the ways in which the table can be a domestic setting for families and feasts, as well as an intellectual space for ideas and history."

Exhibit website with pictures of some of the objects

Interactive Spode Website

Some of our newer books on dishes, table settings and the art
of dining (click on the covers for catalog links):