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Vote for Your Favorite!
Join the Great American Read on PBS and cast your vote for your favorite novel--the book that has meant the most to you.
Last spring, PBS presented a list of 100 books that were the result of a survey that asked Americans to name their most-loved novel. Approximately 7,200 people participated; the results were tallied and organized based on PBS' selection criteria and overseen by an advisory panel of 13 literary industry professionals.
Go to pbs.org/greatamericanread for the list of the 100 finalists. On this site you can cast your vote for your favorite (or favorites--it seems you can vote for more than one book!). There are four ways to vote: online, through social media, text message with unique keyword hashtags for each books, or using a toll-free phone number for each book. Information is available on the PBS website.
There is an accompanying television series that began with a "Launch Special," May 22, 2018, and the "Fall Kickoff" was September 11; both episodes can be viewed on the PBS website. The series continues for the next four Tuesdays in September and October. Final day for your vote is October 17. The series finale will be aired October 23, in which the results of the nationwide vote to choose America's best-loved book will be revealed.
Don't miss out--make sure your voice is heard, and vote for your favorite. And share your vote with us by e-mailing your choice to email@example.com. We'll keep track to see how our results compare with the national vote.
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While you're in the voting mood, make sure you are registered to vote in the November elections!
Last day to register to vote in the November 6, 2018 MA State Election is Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
All the Massachusetts information you need about the when, where, and how located HERE!
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Also from PBS...
Have you wanted to join a book club but are unable to commit to a date and time? Then consider following the PBS/New York Times book club-Now Read This. Each month, readers are able to follow along at their own pace, using the PBS website's discussion questions and author interviews.
The club was launched last January with the selection of Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing. So far, there has been a mix of fiction and non-fiction, with a diverse range of authors. September's book is Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World by Robert Kaplan, succinctly described as "a mix of road trip, memoir, history and political analysis." Discussion questions and an annotated page from Earning the Rockies are now posted on the webpage.
Visit pbs.org/nowreadthis where you can find a complete list of the books selected so far this year with videos of the author interviews, discussion questions. and additional information about the authors and their books. Submit a question to the author via PBS and you may be selected to appear on the PBS Newshour!
Amid the fire and fury of Bob Woodward's book Fear*, there are other titles worth noting! Among them:
Doris Kearns Goodwin
In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.
Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?
Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)--to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entries into public life, we encounter them at a time when their paths were filled with confusion, fear, and hope.
Leadership tells the story of how they all collided with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives and threatened to shatter forever their ambitions. Nonetheless, they emerged fitted to confront the contours and dilemmas of their times.
New York Times best selling author William Martin continues the adventures of Boston-based, rare-book dealer Peter Fallon as Fallon and his girlfriend Evangeline Carrington head to California to search for a lost journal that details the history of the California Gold Rush. Acclaimed for his historical novels, Martin doesn't disappointment in this novel where "past and present intertwine as two stories of the eternal struggle for power and wealth become one."
We have autographed copies of Bound for Gold in the bookstore--a great holiday gift for the historical fiction reader on your list!
*add your name to the Fear waiting list, by ordering online HERE.
New for kids:
Celebrating Books and Libraries
This fall we're seeing lots of beautiful picture books coming through, but for the moment, I'm excited to share two new picture books that celebrate books, reading, and libraries:
Dreamers/Soñadores and Turning Pages: My Life Story. In Dreamers, the Spanish version Soñadores is also available, Yuyi Morales narrates her own immigration story and journey to America with her young son along with her eventual discovery of the public library. Not only is this stunning book a love-letter to the power of libraries, it is also a family reading list. Look for your favorites among the books pictured, and add a few new ones to your own library. Morales has received a Caldecott Honor award and numerous Pura Belpré awards. Check out Dreamers and you'll see why.
Also celebrating the importance of reading, Sonia Sotomayor's new picture book Turning Point: My Life Story explains how books inspired, challenged, and motivated her. We have limited quantities of signed copies available!