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NEWS For Immediate Release February 3, 2009
DENVER—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selection for the 2009 Reading List award.
The Reading List annually recognizes the best books in eight genres: adrenaline (which includes suspense, thriller and adventure), fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction and women’s fiction. This year’s list includes novels that will please die-hard fans as well as introduce new readers to the pleasures of genre fiction.
The winning titles were selected by the Reading List Council, whose members include Neal Wyatt, chair, Richmond, Va.; Joyce Saricks, vice-chair, Downers Grove, Ill.; Jennifer Baker, The Seattle Public Library; Arlene Griffin, LSSI Library North Jackson Madison County Library; Mirja Johanson, Perrot Memorial Library; Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library District; Robert Renwick, Brooklyn Public Library; Jacqueline Sasaki, Ann Arbor District Library; Sharron Smith, Kitchener Public Library; Tapley Trudell, San Antonio Public Library; and Alan Ziebarth, Chicago Public Library.
Authors of these selected titles will be invited to speak at the Literary Tastes Breakfast, a ticketed RUSA event at the ALA Annual Conference. Find out more about RUSA events at the conference—scheduled for July 9-15 in Chicago—at www.ala.org/rusa.
The 2009 winners are:
Blue Heaven by C.J. Box, St. Martin, 9780312365707
In this relentlessly paced story two children witness a murder, elude crooked ex-cops, and find refuge with a taciturn rancher. The evocative landscape and emotional depth, along with the engaging characters and provocative story line, combine to create an unforgettable novel.
Read-Alikes: Killer Weekend by Ridley Pearson Nothing to Lose byLee Child Hombre by Elmore Leonard
Shortlist The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner, Dutton, 9780525950660 Hold Tight by Harlan Coben, Dutton, 9780525950608 L.A. Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker, Dutton, 9780525950554 Rules of Deception by Christopher Reich, Doubleday, 9780385524063
The Veil of Gold by Kim Wilkins, Tor, 9780765320063
The discovery of a golden bear in the walls of a derelict St. Petersburg bath house lifts the veil between the real world and that of fairy tales. Treachery is rampant and death is ever-present: stories aren’t safe, and love can’t rescue anyone—or can it?
Read-Alikes: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly Enchantment by Orson Scott Card Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint
Shortlist The House of the Stag by Kage Baker, TOR Books, 9780765317452 Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear, Roc, 9780451462091 Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost, Ballantine, 9780345497581 Small Favor byJim Butcher, Roc, 978045146189
The Steel Wave: A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara, Ballantine, 9780345461421
In this riveting tale of D-Day and its aftermath, Shaara closely follows events through the lives common soldiers and generals, Allies and Axis alike. A journalistic style underscores the drama of events, and the engaging warts-and-all portrayals add to the immediacy of the novel.
Read-Alikes: Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell An Army at Down: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson Killing Rommel bySteven Pressfield
Shortlist Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell, Random House, 9781400-64717 The Given Day by Dennis Lehane, William Morrow, 9780688163181 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, Dial Press, 9780385340991 The Whiskey Rebels byDavid Liss, Random House, 9781400064205
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow, Harper, 9780061430220
The insiders’ perspective and lyrical language of this haunting free verse novel offer a sympathetic glimpse into the lives of urban werewolves, a nightmarish noir world where violence and heartbreak go hand in hand.
Read-Alikes: Bitten byKelley Armstrong, The Wolfman by Nicholas Pekearo The Joe Pitt series by Charlie Huston
Shortlist Coffin County by Gary A. Braunbeck, Leisure, 9780843960501 Infected by Scott Sigler, Crown, 9780307406101 The Killing Circle byAndrew Pyper, St. Martin’s Minotaur, 9780312384760The Wolfman byNicholas Pekearo, Tor, 9780765320261
The Garden of Evil by David Hewson, Bantam Dell, 978-0385339575
In contemporary Rome an unknown lascivious painting by Caravaggio, grisly murders, and a heart-stopping chase mark series detective Nic Costa’s return. The perfidious villains can only be outwitted by inventive police work and an unexpected ally in this masterfully crafted puzzler.
Read-Alikes: The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez Reverte Dressed for Death by Donna Leon The Death Artist byJonathan Santlofer
Shortlist The Black Tower by Louis Bayard, William Morrow, 9780061173509 The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe, Harcourt, 9780151013470 The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny, St. Martin’s Press, 9780312352578 Vienna Blood by Frank Tallis, Random, 9780812977769
The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne, Berkley9780425219607
Take a British spymaster and a resourceful French agent, spice with clever banter, toss in a refreshing and unexpected plot, add a heaping measure of sexual chemistry, and the result is an irresistible read with Napoleon’s ambitions for England hanging in the balance.
Read-Alikes: Scandal by Amanda Quick It’s in His Kiss byJulia Quinn Seduced by a Spy byAndrea Pickens
Shortlist My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne, Berkley, 9780425222461 Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas, Bantam Books, 9780440244318 The Seduction of the Crimson Rose byLauren Willig, Dutton, 9780525950332Your Scandalous Ways byLoretta Chase,Avon Books, 9780061231247
Hunter's Run by George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham, Eos, 9780061373299
On a dangerous backwater planet, a criminal outcast stumbles across an alien race in hiding in this relentless and gritty adventure. Forced into a life-threatening hunt, he is irrevocably changed and learns what it means to be truly human. Read-Alikes: Downward to the Earth byRobert Silverberg Enemy Mine by Barry B. Longyear Thirteen by Richard K. Morgan
Shortlist The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez, Tom Doherty, 9780765318343 City at the End of Time byGreg Bear, Ballantine, 9780345448392 Matter byIain M.Banks, Orbit, 9780316005364A World Too Near byKay Kenyon, Pyr Books, 9781591026426
Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy, Algonquin Books 9781565125414
Set against the richly textured landscape of rural Vermont, Maloy’s optimistic and heartwarming novel chronicles one woman’s experience of widowhood as she remembers the pains and pleasures of her long marriage and moves into a new phase of her life.
Read-Alikes: Broken for You byStephanie Kallos The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg
Shortlist Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos, William Morrow, 9780061240270 Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner, Atria Books, 9780743294256 The Sugar Queen bySarah Addison Allen, Bantam Dell, 9780553805499 Thank You for All Things bySandra Kring, Bantam, 9780553591491
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