Need You Now

The Nashville trio Lady Antebellum was the 2009 Country Music Award’s Vocal Group of the Year, and “I Run to You” was CMA’s 2009 Single of the Year. They have followed up their self-titled debut with something of a pop crossover in “Need You Now”. The single was their second #1 hit, and CMA’s 2010 Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year.

The Stress of Her Regard

An award winner when first published in 1989, The Stress of Her Regard attempts to explain how real events in the lives of several 19th century English Romantic writers (Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley, John Keats and others) were influenced by the sometimes good, sometimes evil powers of various vampires, fairies, Lamia, and succubi. This “secret history” involves Dr.

Leave Your Sleep

Natalie Merchant’s newest studio album is a gem of creative collaboration, combining musical styles as varied as Cajun and chamber music, Celtic and jazz to present 30 new poem-songs adapted from British and American poetry, recorded in a series of live ensemble workshops. Lots to enjoy here!

Love and War Masterpeace

It’s easy to wrap your inner “what’s goin’ on?” around this ambitious and compelling 2-CD project, DeVaughn’s third.  This time he taps artists Jill Scott, Damian Marley, Ludacris, Anthony Hamilton and others to explore relationships and the world in the midst of constant war.  Add Dr. Cornel West doing social commentary interludes for a powerful combo of R&B, jazz and hip-hop. Fresh off 2 Grammy nominations and a BET Award, Raheem DeVaughn has another likely winner in Masterpeace.

Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally

For a year, this husband-wife team lived the “hundred-mile-diet," eating only food grown in that radius of home. They were alarmed at the 1500-mile average journey of a food item to their grocery store, with its emissions, pollution, and loss of nutrients.  Besides being helpful to the environment, their locavore diet would help the local farmers and the communities where they live. Living in British Columbia, Canada, though, isn’t as produce-prolific as, say, Salinas, California, and so their search for local sources took on some serious urgency.

The Graveyard Book

Somewhere in contemporary Britain, "the man Jack" uses his razor-sharp knife to murder a family, but the youngest, a toddler, slips away. The boy ends up in a graveyard, where the ghostly inhabitants adopt him to keep him safe. Nobody Owens, named because he "looks like nobody but himself," grows up among a multigenerational cast of characters from different historical periods that includes an opinionated young witch; and Bod's beloved mentor and guardian, Silas, who is neither living nor dead and has secrets of his own.

Planet Earth

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill nature documentary. Five years in the making, the series explores the animals and habitats of earth and lets you witness a piranha feeding frenzy, mating rituals of birds of paradise and a pride of lions on the hunt. Lots of amazing cinematography, so be sure to watch the special feature, "Planet Earth Diaries" to see how they captured these scenes on film. Don’t have time to watch all 11 episodes? Start with one of my favorites, “Ocean Deep”, to see a vampire squid and a dumbo octopus.

Scarpetta Factor

A young female murder victim at the morgue...the sudden disappearance of a financial advisor.....a Christmas card and phone call from a former mental there a connection between them or is it just coincidence?

My Name is Mary Sutter

Mary Sutter is a young midwife in 19th century Albany. Her renowned skills do nothing to help her attain what she really wants, however: training as a surgeon. But the Civil War changes everything. Mary volunteers as a nurse in Washington, D.C. and eventually is taken under the wing of surgeon William Stipp, an older man who falls in love with his talented pupil. Mary also develops a relationship with surgeon James Blevins, the very one who denied her an apprenticeship in Albany.

The Spellman Files

28-year-old Isabel “Izzy” Spellman has worked for her family’s private investigation firm all her life. Dysfunction is rampant and hilarious. Her parents routinely run background and credit checks on her dates, 14-year-old sister Rae tails strangers just for the fun of it, and Uncle Ray periodically disappears on extended weekend benders and needs to be hunted down and fetched home. When Izzy starts dating Daniel, a dentist, she goes to amazing lengths to keep him away from her family and vice versa.

The Last Child

 It’s been a year since 13-year-old Johnny Merrimon’s twin sister Alyssa disappeared. His dad left and his mom is now a pill popper and a drunk and is the kept woman of the local rich man, who has a violent streak and hates Johnny. The lead detective who investigated Alyssa’s disappearance, Clyde Hunt, continues to obsess about the case to the detriment of his personal and professional life. Johnny searches for Alyssa constantly, and things heat up when another local girl goes missing. This book has an incredible number of surprising twists and turns.

Your Money or Your Life

This is probably the benchmark book in the Voluntary Simplicity movement, the book which takes us through the steps necessary to get a grip on our finances, our values, and our life's dreams. What is our time worth? What is our money worth? Do we control our possessions or do we work extra hours to sustain a life filled with possessions that ultimately control us? What constitutes satisfaction, and will more stuff make us more satisfied or less so?

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Jared Diamond gives us a panoramic look at societies today and throughout history's breadth and depth, how they flourished and why they failed. For some, it was because of abuse of the natural resources; for others, war with neighbors; still others because of climate change beyond the society's ability to adjust.

Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology

If you have dreams of living off the grid, or vicariously enjoy the journeys of those who do, you’ll love this book, and admire the pluck of the author and his wife as they deal with their joys and challenges. The couple lived among the Amish and Mennonites for a year and a half without electricity and technology.  As they manage their livestock, their buggy, their crops, and their daily chores, they learn what a rich and full life it can be.


If you need a dose of deep peace, try this delicious recording by the four-time Grammy nominated Austin-based choral group Conspirare,singing: Requiem by Herbert Howells; Three Songs of Faith (based on poems by ee cummings) by Eric Whitacre; We Remember Them by Donald Grantham; Missa de Requiem  by Ildebrando Pizzetti; The Road Home by Stephen Paulus; and  Requiem  by Eliza Gilkyson. The notes say that the assembled pieces reflect on death, loss, and gratitude for living.

Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2015 Prize in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich

National Book Award

2015 Prize for Fiction
Fortune Smiles
by Adam Johnson

2015 Prize for Nonfiction
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Newbery Medal
2016 award
Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña

Caldecott Medal
2016 award
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
y Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Printz Award

2016 award
Bone Gap

by Laura Ruby

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
The Last Mile
, by David Baldacci
The Obsession
, by Nora Roberts
Stuck-up Suit, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Bounty, by Kristen Ashley
The Girl on the Train
, by Paula Hawkins

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sale)
The Rainbow Comes and Goes, by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
The Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington
When Breath Becomes Air
, by Paul Kalanithi
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar
Alexander Hamilton
, by Ron Chernow


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Academy Awards

American Booksellers Association National Indie Bestsellers

Billboard Top 100 songs

Caldecott Medal

Coretta Scott King Award

New York Times Bestsellers

Newbery Medal

Printz Award