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Heather Barbieir

Paula Walters - Monday, May 21, 2012

Thank you everyone who attended the Jonathan Evison program yesterday at WPL.  I am sure that you will agree with me that he was absolutely delightful.  For those of you that could not attend but are fans, you will be happy to know that his next book will be published this August.  The title is The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, as he mentioned yesterday all three of his novels deal somewhat with caregiving.

NCRL has another author coming to WPL on Thursday June 28th at 7 p.m.   Heather Barbieir majored in English at the University of Washington.  After graduation she was employed by newspapers and magazines editing, writing reviews and feature articles.   

Her first novel, Snow in July, was published in 2004.  This novel takes place in Montana.  It is the story of the complicated love of two sisters.  Their world collides, love is tested and heart wrenching decisions must be made.

Her second novel, The Lace Makers of Glenmara, was published in 2009.  It is about a heartbroken American designer, who relocates to Ireland.  Kate Robinson discovers, inspiration, comfort and friendship in a quaint Irish village, when she meets and joins an intimate  circle of lacemakers.

Her new novel, The Cottage at Glass Beach, is about a political wife and doting mother.  Nora Cunningham's husband is the attorney general in Massachusetts.  When it is revealed to her and the general public, that her husband has been unfaithful, she flees with her two young daughters to Burke Island, off the coast of Maine.  She left the island decades ago after her mother disappeared at sea.  Now back on the island she is forced to face the truth about her failing marriage, her mother's disappearance, and her long buried past. 

Heather Barbiei is a local Northwest author.  She lives in Seattle, and is currently working on her fourth novel.  I hope that many of you will be able to attend the June program.

Reading Group Choices Top Ten Book Club Favorites of 2011

Paula Walters - Monday, May 14, 2012

Reading Group Choices Top Ten Book Club Favorites of 2011

The following list is the top 10 book club favorites from Reading Group Choice.  Each year they ask thousands of books clubs what books they read and which were their favorites.

How many of these books have you and/or your book club read?

I have read all except Cutting for Stone and The Book Thief.  Both of these are on my ‘books to read list’ along with many others!!

I enjoyed all of these books.  NCRL has copies of all of these in the book club selections.

Let me know which of these books you read and did you like them?

It would also be fun if you made your own list.  What are your favorite or your book clubs favorite books that you read in 2011?

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

2. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

4. Room by Emma Donoghue

5. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

6. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

7. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

8. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Jonathan Evison

Paula Walters - Monday, May 07, 2012

A reminder that Northwest author Jonathan Evison will be reading from his second novel, West of Here, at the Wenatchee Public Library, on Sunday May 20th.  The program starts at 1:30.  After his reading he will answer questions and there will be a book signing.  A Book for All Seasons will be selling his books.


Mr. Evison was born in San Jose, California and now lives on Bainbridge Island.

His first novel, All  About Lulu, was published in 2008.  It won the Washington State Book Award.  This is a story of love and loss, growing up and moving on.  William  Miller Jr is a scrawny loner.  In the mid seventies, his mother dies of cancer, when he is seven years old.  He is an awkward vegetarian, living with a macho father, and twin brothers in which he has nothing in common.  His father remarries and William falls in love with his new stepsister, Lulu.  They have a close relationship, but after a summer at cheerleading camp Lulu returns home and is distant and hostile.  William pines for the relationship they shared for years but in the early 1990’s he discovers things about Lulu that he would rather not know. 


Mr. Evison’s second novel, West of Here, was published in 2011.  It won the 2012 Pacific Northwest Best Sellers Award, and the Booklist Editor’s Choice Award.  The novel is set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington’s Pacific coast. Part of the book focuses on the founder’s of the town in 1890. He also tells the story of their descendants in 2006. The novel develops a conversation between the two, the founders rushing blindly toward the future while the descendants struggle to undo the damage of the past.


Mr. Evison is known for his colorful book touring.  In 2009 he was nominated by the American Book Association as Most Engaging Speaker.  The emails I have received from him have been extremely entertaining.  I am expecting a wonderful program.  Hope to see all of you on the 20th!!

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