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Looking for your next great read? The editors at Library Journal just put out their Best Books of 2014. Below are their lists, and any of these are sure to give you an excellent read. Of course, if these don’t strike you, your librarians at WPL are here to help you find a book you [...]

Beautiful You: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk             Palahniuk’s latest is about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. A new line of toys for women is out and millions line up to get one. The manufacturer has a plan for world domination with these new toys that must be [...]

  October is National Reading Group month, put on by the Women’s National Book Association. Book clubs are popular in Willmar, and here at the library we offer two for individuals to join. The organization puts out a list of great group reads, with the goal being to “help passionate readers find those great gems [...]

On October 15, the National Book Award finalists were announced, narrowing each field down to 5 choices. Below are the finalists from each category. Let us know if you’re rooting for one or have read any of the choices! Winners will be announced next month.   Fiction All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony [...]

October 13, 2014 Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult             Bestselling author Jodi Picoult is back with her new book, Leaving Time. Jenna’s mother disappeared a decade ago and she has never stopped searching for the truth. She enlists the help of a psychic and a private detective but soon realizes [...]

The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded yesterday, going to French writer Patrick Modiano. Modiano is known for his novels set during the Nazi occupation of France, focusing on themes of memory, loss and identity. He is the 15th French writer to receive the award. His body of works include about 30 titles, of which [...]

October 6, 2014 The Secrets of Life and Death┬áby Rebecca Alexander             A professor and a mysterious woman set out to uncover the truth about the person hunting her. They must work together to solve this centuries old mystery in this novel that weaves historical with contemporary fiction. Some Luck [...]

Every year, the National Book Foundation chooses winners for the National Book Awards. Started in 1950, the National Book Award is an American Literary Prize. Entries, submitted by publishers, are judged by a panel of writers or experts in the literary field. The criteria for entries is as follows: the author must be an American [...]

September 29, 2014 George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends by Ellen Harris             Although Handel’s music is known worldwide, the man himself is a bit of a mystery. Harris spent years tracking down any information she could and has compiled it into a book that weaves Handel’s music into [...]

September 22, 2014 The Day of Atonement by David Liss             Sebastian Foxx, pulled away from his home at age 13 due to the Portuguese Inquisition, returns to the city of Lisbon in 1755 to find the man who killed his father. As he gains a crew, he is pulled [...]