2014 Man Booker Longlist

by Tony Mareino,
LBPH Reader Advisor

This year marked the first time in the history of the Man Booker Prize to celebrate authors outside of the Commonwealth of Nations (aka the British Commonwealth). This development has made the longlist announced last week eclectic and exciting. Americans of note include 2006 National Book Award author Richard Powers, as well as bestsellers Karen Jo Fowler and Joshua Ferris. While some of the nominated books are a little too new to be recorded for our collection just yet, I wanted to compile a post featuring some of the excellent authors prior works. In addition, we will look at their current successes.Man Booker Prize

Joseph O’Neill is among the nominees for his latest, The Dog. He previously won the PEN/Faulkner in 2008 for Netherland. Check it out – DB 67189. Howard Jacobson is looking to become a two-time Booker winner with his effort, J. He previously won in 2010 for The Finkler QuestionDB 71932. David Mitchell, an author whose work seems to win or be nominated any time he puts ink to the page, has another deserving effort with The Bone Clocks. Get familiar with his work in The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – DB 71475. Finally, Ali Smith (nominated this year for How to Be Both) is another name synonymous with acclaim – having been nominated for the Man Booker and Orange Prize several times, and winning the Whitbread Novel of the Year for The Accidental – DB 61928.

The longlist for 2014 also features authors in our collection such as Richard Flanagan, Niall Williams, Siri Hustvedt, and David Nicholls (whose last novel, One Day – DB 72311, was made into a motion picture). If you want to get a head start on the three novels remaining so you can share your opinion when the shortlist is announced, check out these titles from this year:

Cover for Orfeo by Richard PowersOrfeo
by Richard Powers
DB 78227
Future America. When he calls emergency services for help with his dying dog, composer Peter Els sets in motion a chain of events that forces him to flee from Homeland Security. Els’s search for music in everything has people thinking he is a bioterrorist. Some strong language. 2014.


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
by Karen Jo Fowler
DB 76947
1996. Rosemary Cooke is away at college and her sister Fern and brother Lowell are long gone. As Rosemary slowly reveals, Fern is a chimpanzee–who was removed from the family home when Rosemary was five–and Lowell became an animal-rights activist who Cover for To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferrisblamed Rosemary. Strong language. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
by Joshua Ferris
DB 78771
Successful Manhattan dentist Paul O’Rourke finds himself impersonated in social media accounts established inexplicably in his name. The imposture gradually forces Paul to confront his past and ultimately to question his own identity. By the author of “Then We Came to the End” (DB 65387). UNRATED. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

ADA 24th Anniversary

by LBPH Staff

The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed into law in 1990, this year marking its 24th anniversary. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, and functions as a way to continue the discussion surrounding issues in the Disability Rights community and how the civil rights intersects with those issues. July 26th marks the date of this historic moment (find out more here).

Image of figure walking with caneThere is also a local event celebrating the passage of the ADA on Friday, July 25th at 11 AM til 2 PM at the County Courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh, where local representatives of the disability community will acknowledge the historical importance of the ADA as well as the challenges which lie ahead. Naturally, we at LBPH will be there too, please drop by to say hello!

The local sponsor for the even is the Three Rivers Center for Independent Living.

We here at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped wish you all a happy ADA Anniversary!

Young Adult Summer Reading

by Abbey Lukiewski,
LBPH Reader Advisor

A book is read in front of a clear summer sky

It’s July. Summer is already half way over. This completely blew my mind the other day. So I decided to write down a couple of books that could be great summer reads. Some of them I have read, and others are recommendations that I happened upon based on what is popular this summer. So whether you are just beginning to start your summer reading (it’s been a month already!) or if you are slowing down on your summer reading and need a couple of new ideas, here are some books that have been on my to read list.

Cover for Eleanor and Park by Rowell

Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell
DB 76406
1986. After socially painful circumstances toss Eleanor and Park together, they form an unlikely–and extraordinary–romance. Although the two sixteen-year-olds know that the odds of remaining together forever are slim, they find the courage to try. Strong language. For senior high readers.  2013.

Etiquette and Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1
by Gail Carriger
DB 77373
Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her fourteen-year-old daughter Sophronia to become a proper lady and enrolls her in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality–where Sophronia also learns the arts of deceit, espionage, and modern weaponry.Cover for All the Truth That's in Me by Berry UNRATED. Commercial audiobook.   For senior high readers. 2013.

All the Truth That’s in Me
by Julie Berry
DB 78085
Judith and her best friend disappear for two years without a trace. One day Judith returns, scarred and with her tongue cut out. The townsfolk want to know what happened, but she is afraid to share the truth. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2013.

The Beautiful Game and the Copa del Mundo

by Eric Meisberger,
LBPH Reader Advisor

Every four years most of the world comes to a crawl and holds its breath. Why? The World Cup is being played. Until fairly recently the United States has been lacking is mass fanatical support for soccer, but this World Cup proved that there are large groups of soccer fanatics here in the USA who support the US Men’s National Team. After being beaten by Belgium in overtime in the 2014 tournament, the US players and fans can hold their heads high knowing that they performed well (making it out of the so-called “group of death” to the knock-out stage Round of 16), and that they proved to many that soccer in the USA is here to stay! If you are already a fan of the beautiful game, or a newcomer to the world’s most popular sport, get your soccer reading needs here! Check out the following titles:

Cover for How Soccers Explains the World by Foer

How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
by Franklin Foer
DB 63439
Journalist’s analysis of soccer and global interdependence asserts that study of the game leads to an understanding of international politics. Topics include hooliganism, ethnic sectarianism, anti-Semitism, fan recruitment by Serbian militants, and cultural movements in South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Strong language. 2004.

Maradona: The Autobiography of Soccer’s Greatest and Most Controversial Star
by Diego Maradona
DB 66260
Argentinean soccer star recounts his rise from the slums of Buenos Aires to the Boca Juniors soccer club and the rank of international superstar. Details the most important games of his career at home and in Europe. Describes his drug controversies and 2004 heart attack. Strong language. 2004.

Outcasts United: A Refugee Soccer Team, an American Town
by Warren St. John
DB 71423
New York Times reporter describes American-educated Jordanian coach Luma Mufleh’s efforts to establish soccer teams for refugee boys in Clarkston, Georgia. Examines the social and economic difficulties faced by displaced persons in the tight-knit community and highlights Mufleh’s determination to help the families assimilate. 2009.

NLS Firsts

by Eric Meisberger,
LBPH Reader Advisor

I was doing a bit of research on the early days of the National Library Service and I came across a list of the first talking books that were produced back in 1934 for the program. The first batch of books that the NLS made included some classic American documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address and Washington’s farewell address. In addition to these titles, the NLS got a few works by Shakespeare, and for more contemporary (for the time!) titles the NLS chose books by Wodehouse and Kipling. Many of the first books produced by the NLS for the Talking Book program are still in our collection today! See the list below for an idea of what the first National Library Service Talking Book patrons could have heard in the 1930s.

A group of early listeners gather around a recording on vinyl from the National Library Service
The Citizen’s Constitution: An Annotated Guide
by Seth Lipinsky
DB 70672
Former editor of the “New York Sun” presents an annotated, layman’s edition of the U.S. Constitution that spells out the country’s laws in plain English. Gives social and political context to the document and cites different opinions regarding the meaning of words and phrases, including significant court cases. 2009.

As You Like It
by William Shakespeare
DB 26344/ CL 1133
A pastoral comedy set primarily in the forest of Arden. A duke is exiled by his cruel brother, who later banishes his daughter as well. The action switches from the court to the forest where the exiles and friends wander in a maze of romances and mixed identities. Dramatized version.

Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: The Story of the Gettysburg Address
by Jean Fritz
DB 50176
Provides background material on the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, and his reason for making a speech at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863. Includes a copy of the text. For grades 2-4. 1993.

Enter Jeeves: Fifteen Early Stories
By P.G. Wodehouse
DB 62423
Collection of short stories featuring brainy butler Jeeves and his dim-witted, aristocratic employer, Bertie Wooster. Includes the first eight Jeeves stories and their prototype, the Reggie Pepper series. 1997.

Best of BARD: June 2014

by Tony Mareino,
LBPH Reader Advisor

Dear readers, it feels like June came and went in a flash, and we must have all been worn out from James Patterson’s representation on the charts in May, because he is no where to be found in our Top Five downloads from BARD for June. Some good showing from Robb, Coben, and Evanovich’s latest efforts, with newcomer Kelly Parsons making a big debut, as well as an oldie-but-goodie from legal thriller Scott Turow kept our interest as we beat the heat. A July prediction: a strong showing from King Patterson as he seeks to regain his spot on the charts and in our hearts, minds, and souls. Keep cool this July, keep on reading, and we’ll see what comes next for the Top Five!

Concealed in Death
by J.D. Robb
DB 78480
After her husband finds human remains in the wall of a building he is retrofitting, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s team discovers twelve bodies hidden there–all girls between the ages of twelve and sixteen. Now Eve must identify the victims–and their killer. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2014.

Pleading Guilty
by Scott Turow
DB 35954/ CL 5255
When attorney Bert Kamin vanishes along with a large chunk of a client’s money, the firm partners turn to another of their attorneys–ex-cop Mack Malloy–for confidential help. Secretly impressed by Kamin’s daring, Malloy begins his search. A trail of frightening clues leads Malloy to believe that Kamin is in even deeper trouble than suspected–maybe even dead. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1993.

Takedown Twenty
by Janet Evanovich
DB 77815/ CL 15248
Bounty hunter Stephanie and her sidekick Lulu are assigned to bring in mobster “Uncle Sunny” Eunuch–the godfather of Stephanie’s cop boyfriend. Meanwhile, security expert Ranger needs Stephanie’s help investigating the suspicious death of a bingo buddy of Stephanie’s grandmother. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2013.

Missing YouCover for Missing You by Coben
by Harlan Coben
DB 78398/ CL 15322
NYPD detective Kat’s past haunts her: the man convicted of killing her father recants and her ex-fiance reappears on an online dating site. When a teen asks for help finding his mother, Kat doesn’t realize her personal connection to the case. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2014.

Doing Harm
by Kelly Parsons
DB 78541
Married with two small children, chief resident Steve Mitchell hopes to stay on at Boston’s University Hospital as a surgeon and professor. Instead, his career chances evaporate when a routine operation goes wrong–and he realizes a killer is framing him. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2014.


by LBPH Staff

A reminder that LBPH will be closed on Friday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. Happy Fourth! We will resume regular hours on Monday, July 7th.

Picture: American Flag in front of sunlit sky