This weekend was a big week for book award announcements. Here’s another one to check out.

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes for the best books of 2014 were announced on Saturday, April 18th. The awards, given in 10 categories, began in 1980. Works are eligible during the year of their first US publication. The winners are listed below. Follow this link for more information about the award and the winners.

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The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced this week. The fiction winner, All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, came as no surprise. This novel was inspired by the horrors of World War II and explores human nature and the contradictory power of technology. Elizabeth Kolbert won the nonfiction prize for The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. Her book explores nature and forces readers to consider the threat that human behavior poses to a diverse world. Check these out from our library and take a look at the list of finalists for more book recommendations.


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The 27th Annual Minnesota Book Awards were presented this past Saturday in St. Paul. The Book Awards seek to connect readers to Minnesota books, authors, publishers, libraries and more. In addition to presenting awards to Minnesota authors, programs and outreach activities take place each year around the state. Below are the winners in their respective categories. Click on the titles to view our catalog listings. For more information on these books, check out the Awards website.


Read one of these and loved it? Think someone else deserved to win? Let us know what you think about this year’s winners!

Memory Man by David Baldacci

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On his very first play as a pro football player, Amos Decker suffered a head on collision, leaving him with the ability to never forget anything. Now, as a police detective, he comes home to find his family murdered. When a man confesses a year later, Decker is brought back into the investigation and has to confront the ugly burdens to solve the case. Fans of Baldacci will love this new character and readers won’t be able to put it down.

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles

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The Bone Tree is the second book in Iles’ epic trilogy, continuing where Natchez Burning left off. Southern Lawyer Penn Cage works to save his father and uncovers a secret – a place known as the bone tree. How far will Penn Cage go to protect those he loves? Read and find out.

Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

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When a member of the Kern Secretarial Agency is found dead, Ursula is convinced it was murder. With help, she works to identity the killer and in the process each must reveal their darkest secrets.

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

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A young woman is denied love by her mother due to her skin color and loses the man she loves due to anger. The way a childhood can shape one’s adult life comes to light through the story of this young woman by award winning author Toni Morrison.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by John Krakauer








Bestselling nonfiction writer Jon Krakauer turns his attention to a series of rapes in the college town of Missoula between 2008 and 2012 in his newest book out this week. Krakauer goes in depth in a few of the rapes, chronicling the details of the crime, the aftermath and the investigations that followed. His in depth look brings up ideological questions about campus rape and how they are handled across the country, giving readers a lot to think about.

The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander

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Elizabeth Alexander, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, reflects on her life after the sudden death of her husband. Reflecting on her marriage, she details the quest she embarked on to find meaning and acceptance in the wake of loss. This book is a must read for anyone who has loved and lost.

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The library is pleased to announce that we have two new technology options for our patrons. First, we have added a wireless printer at the Children’s Desk. This gives you the capability to print from your phone, tablet, or laptop. Instructions can be found at the desk and staff is happy to help you print. This is great for quick print jobs, such as forms and documents you may have on your phone.

Second, we have added two laptops that are available for patrons to use in the library. Using a valid Pioneerland library card, patrons 16 and older may check out laptops and use them in the library. This gives patrons flexibility if they would like to take a computer into a study room or other area in the library. They may be reserved the same way as library computers – reservations are accepted the day of by phone or in person.

We are excited to offer these new options at the Willmar Public Library and hope you take advantage of them. As always, feel free to stop in or call with any questions. computer-1881_640

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The Liar by Nora Roberts








Shelby Foxworth lost her husband but soon discovers that the man she loved never really existed. As she uncovers the truth about who she thought her husband was, she moves back to her hometown to start over. That is not the end of the secrets about her husband, however, and the move puts her closer to danger than she ever was before.

Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline

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Dr. Eric Parrish’s work life has never been better but things at home are not going as well. Newly divorced, he is doing the best he can for his daughter. When he takes on a new patient, Max, his whole world crumbles. Are the ensuing events random or is something deliberately trying to ruin Eric’s life? Readers will be thrown into the grips of a sociopath in this new thriller by popular author Scottoline.

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair

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When Jennifer Teege recognizes her biological grandmother in a book, she discovers her grandfather was a vicious Nazi commandant. Adopted, Teege was never told of this fact by the biological relatives she had contact with. This book, interwoven with a journalist’s take on the story, tells of Teege’s discover and further research to learn more about her grandfather, learning in the process that as a black woman, he would have shot her.

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

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Fans of McCreight’s first book, Reconstructing Amelia, will want to pick up her new one out this week. When the body of an infant is found in the woods, community members are devastated and want answers. Three women in particular are impacted and their stories are presented to form the truth of who the infant is.

House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy

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A young couple had it all, until suddenly lost jobs changed their whole world. Inheriting land from his grandmother, they move to Swannhaven hoping for better luck. With a secret buried in this odd town, will Ben and Caroline figure it out soon enough to save their family? Read this debut to find out.

The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg

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Berg’s new historical fiction novel is based on the scandalous life of novelist George Sand. After leaving her husband, Sand moved to Paris where she wrote, wore men’s clothing and had affairs with famous men and women. Berg provides readers insight into the heart and mind of a woman considered by many to be a genius of her time.

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

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The Turner’s have lived in the same house for over 50 years, making tons of memories in the place many call home even after they’ve started their own families. When the matriarch Viola is forced to move in with her son due to health problems, the family finds out that the house is worth a tenth of its mortgage. The family comes together to decide what to do and must reckon with the past. Readers will be forced to think about the price they pay for the future and what the physical space of home means to them.

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The 2015 Carnegie Medal Shortlist was announced earlier this week. Given since 2012 by the American Library Association, the award recognizes excellence in literature in both fiction and nonfiction, with the winners being chosen by a panel of experts who work closely with adult readers. The winners will be announced from the shortlisted titles below on June 27, 2015.


Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee


Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson



Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Dead Wakethe newest book by bestselling author Erik Larson, came out last month and has stayed on bestselling book lists across the country. Larson, known for his in-depth look at historical events, has become popular due to the way his non-fiction titles read like fiction. He makes historical figures into intriguing characters that readers become attached to. Given the amount of research that goes into his books, he doesn’t publish as much as some readers may like. Listed below are some great books similar to Larson that you may want to try.


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Hot Pursuit by Stuart Woods








In the next Stone Barrington novel, Stone travels to Wichita to take possession of his plane is given an invitation to a private club open only to exclusive members.

Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge








A year ago, Travis McKinley shocked everyone by winning the PGA Senior Open. He should be enjoying his success but he feels like he doesn’t deserve it. When he befriends a troubled teen, he gets a shot a redemption. Sometimes, the greatest miracles happen when no one is watching. This is Patterson’s second book featuring pro-golfer Travis McKinley – the first was titled Miracle on the 17th Green.

Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith








Best known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels, McCall Smith takes on The Austen Project, a series of Jane Austen rewrites commissioned by HarperCollins in the U.K. In this modern retelling, Emma goes to live with her father after graduating. While trying to launch her own business, she offers guidance to others in her wise, witty and enchanting manner. Both fans of Austen and Smith will enjoy this remake.

The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits








Featured on the cover of the New York Times book review, The Folded Clock is a diary of Julavits, a forty something woman. Inspired by the detailed diary she kept as a kid, Julavits presents a personal look into her daily life and her past. Her sense of humor will appeal to readers, especially fans of lighthearted memoirs.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen








In 1875, a general of the Vietnamese Army sits in his villa making a list of the individuals who will be put on the last flights out of the country. As they begin a new life in L.A., they are unaware that their captain is reporting to the Viet Cong. This book chronicles the story of his captain, exploring a life between two worlds and the legacy of the Vietnam War today. Fans of spy novels and historical fiction should put this one on their to-read list.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan








The Royal We is a delightful spin on William and Kate by the founders of the fashion site Go Fug Yourself. Bex falls for Nick at Oxford, the future king of Great Britain, and is pushed into the spotlight. Unprepared, she struggles to face the pressures and winds up in trouble. Now, on the eve of the wedding, she must face the biggest choice of her life.

The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer








Bill stumbles upon three acres of land and decides to buy it, seeing his future family happy there. He finds a wife, Penny, and later come four children. Thirty years later, the youngest child returns home and sets off a struggle over the family’s future. One by one, the siblings tell their story and paint a picture of this family readers will become intrigued by. Packer’s novel explores the idea of just how much our adult lives are shaped by past events.

Orhan’s Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian








Orhan’s grandfather, Kemal, is found dead and in his will he leaves the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away. Curious, Orhan boards a plane to L.A. to find out who this stranger is, only to discover that her past could threaten his future. If her full story is told, the entire family legacy may come undone. Her debut novel, Ohanesian presents a powerful tale about the hidden stories that can haunt families for generations.

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley







Amateur code breaker Sara Thomas is hired to crack the mysterious journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas. In beginning her work, Sara finds complications from all involved. The journal is a first-hand account of Mary’s involvement in a dangerous intrigue. As the tale grows more dire, Sara must choose which road will lead her safely home. Readers will enjoy a bit of puzzle solving in this historical fiction work that blends stories from two time periods. 

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The Willmar Public Library would like YOU to create a new library bookmark! From now until Saturday, April 18th, design a bookmark for the library and you could see your design printed and handed out to our patrons. This contest is available for all ages. Sheets can be picked up at the library or taken from the image below. This contest runs in conjunction with National Library Week, which runs April 12-April 18. For more information on our events during that week, check out our website.

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