The Man Booker Prize 2013

November 21, 2013

From the Man Booker Prize Website:

“The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world’s most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers. Eleanor Catton was announced as the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries on Tuesday 15 October.”

Links to the Minuteman Catalog records of the winner of the 2013 prize and the books on the shortlist are below.

2013 Winner

Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries


NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names
Jim Crace, The Harvest
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland
Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being
Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary


Books to Celebrate Father’s Day

June 15, 2013 recently posted an article by Joanna Scutts entitled “Our Favorite Writers on Fathers and Fatherhood.” The article describes 6 books that celebrate father-son/father-daughter relationships. Scutts describes the selections as, “funny, daring, moving, and sincere, tackling large issues of race, sexuality, and inheritance alongside the comedy of day-to-day life, these are not sugar-coated reminiscences, but energetic, eloquent evocations of the mysteries of family.” The article contains vivid descriptions of the selected books. All are available to borrow through the Newton Free Library, links to their records in the Minuteman Catalog are below.

The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father by Alysia Abott

The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant by Dan Savage

Manhood For Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon

Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family by Alexander Waugh

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New York Times Article: What I Read That Summer

June 1, 2013

The New York Times recently posted an article about a summer reading list they put together by asking twelve writers to describe memorable summer reading experiences. The entire article is a wonderful read, it can be accessed on the New York Time‘s website:

Links to the books recommended by the authors are below:

Some Suggestions for Cooking Memoirs

April 7, 2013

Below are some links about classic and recently published cookbook-memoirs, a popular and growing genre of literature.

Search the Minuteman Library Catalog for cooking memoirs available from the library.

Some unique book recommendations from contributors to The New Yorker

December 30, 2012

The New Yorker magazine asked their  frequent contributors to select up to three of their favorite books published in 2012, the recommend titles are unique and worth looking through. The full list, along with descriptions and commentary, is available to read on The New Yorker website: A selection of the recommended books are listed below along with links to their records in the Newton Free Library Catalog.

The Constant Heart by Craig Nova
We Are Taking Only What We Need: Short Story Collection by Stephanie Powell Watts
Talking Heads’ Fear of Music by Jonathan Lethem
Gone to the Forest by Katie Kitamura
The First Four Notes by Matthew Guerrieri
Bewilderment by David Ferry
Shake Off by Mischa Hiller
Portrait of a Novel : Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece by Michael Gorra
Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962 by Yang Jisheng
Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay by Benjamin Taylor
Lenin’s Kisses by Yan Lianke

New York Times “Best of 2012” Book Lists

December 1, 2012

The New York Times “Best of 2012” book lists will be published in the December 2nd Book Review section of the print edition. The lists are also available online at:

The book lists include the books named the 10 and 100 best books (nonfiction, fiction, and poetry are all covered) as well as reviews of children’s books and cookbooks. The books on the New York Times “10 Best Books of 2012” list that are available through the Minuteman Library Network are below along with links to their records in the MLN network catalog.

The 10 Best Books of 2012: The year’s best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

FICTION UP THE BODIES By Hilary Mantel. A John Macrae Book/ Henry Holt & Company.

BUILDING STORIES By Chris Ware. Pantheon Books.

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING By Dave Eggers. McSweeney’s Books.

NW By Zadie Smith. The Penguin Press.

THE YELLOW BIRDS By Kevin Powers. Little, Brown & Company.

NONFICTION THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. By Katherine Boo. Random House.

FAR FROM THE TREE: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. By Andrew Solomon. Scribner.

THE PASSAGE OF POWER: The Years of Lyndon Johnson. By Robert A. Caro. Alfred A. Knopf.

THE PATRIARCH: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy. By David Nasaw. The Penguin Press.

WHY DOES THE WORLD EXIST? An Existential Detective Story. By Jim Holt. Liveright Publishing/W. W. Norton & Company.



2012 Man Booker Prize

November 3, 2012

Hilary Mantel won the 2012 Man Booker Prize for her novel, Bring up the Bodies. As described on the Man Booker Prize website, Mantel’s win is quite unique, “Hers is a story unique in Man Booker history. She becomes only the third author, after Peter Carey and J.M. Coetzee, to win the prize twice, which puts her in the empyrean. But she is also the first to win with a sequel (Wolf Hall won in 2009) and the first to win with such a brief interlude between books. Her resuscitation of Thomas Cromwell – and with him the historical novel – is one of the great achievements of modern literature. There is the last volume of her trilogy still to come so her Man Booker tale may yet have a further chapter.” –

The judges started with 145 novels and narrowed them down to a longlist which was released in July. Links to the Minuteman catalog records for the winning books by Mantel and those on the longlist are listed below.

2012 Winner:

Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel. Bring Up the Bodies is the sequel to Wolf Hall by Mantel, which won the Booker Prize in 2009.

Link to all of Mantel’s books available through the Newton Free Library.

2012 Man Booker Prize Longlist:

Nicola Barker, The Yips

Ned Beauman,The Teleportation Accident

André Brink, Philida

Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists

Michael Frayn, Skios

Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry 

Deborah Levy, Swimming Home

Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies (WINNER)

Alison Moore, The Lighthouse

Will Self, Umbrella

Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis

Sam Thompson, Communion Town