October 2010 Movers & Shakers

Here are the noteworthy titles that have been racing up our most popular charts this month.

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The Bells by Richard Harvell The Bells
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Moses Froben's mother may be a lowly deaf woman who rings the bells at the belfry, but his extraordinary vocal talent casts him into the limelight at the abbey in 18th century Switzerland. Castrated to preserve his angelic voice, the singer follows his heart to Mozart's Vienna. Mirella says, "The prose is redolent with music, as if the prose creates sounds and tones for the ear...I cannot say enough about the wonders and beauty of this novel." Moses Froben's mother may be a lowly deaf woman who rings the bells at the belfry, but his extraordinary vocal talent casts him into the limelight at the abbey in 18th century Switzerland. Castrated to preserve his angelic voice, the singer follows his heart to Mozart's Vienna. Mirella says, "The prose is redolent with music, as if the prose creates sounds and tones for the ear...I cannot say enough about the wonders and beauty of this novel."
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At Home by Bill Bryson At Home: A Short History of Private Life
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The author of A Walk in the Woods examines the inner rooms in people's lives. With characteristic wit and heaps of research, Bryson covers everything from the indoor plumbing of ancient civilizations to the evolution of houseplants to the odds of dying by falling down stairs. Gina says, "Delving into the history of the mundane and ordinary, [Bryson] lifts the subject into the interesting and extraordinary." The author of A Walk in the Woods examines the inner rooms in people's lives. With characteristic wit and heaps of research, Bryson covers everything from the indoor plumbing of ancient civilizations to the evolution of houseplants to the odds of dying by falling down stairs. Gina says, "Delving into the history of the mundane and ordinary, [Bryson] lifts the subject into the interesting and extraordinary."
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The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart The Wake of Forgiveness
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In this multigenerational story of farm life in early 1900s Texas, Karel is the youngest of four brothers and the best horseback rider in the region. But his father cannot look past the pain of losing Karel's mother in childbirth. Lydia recommends it for Cormac McCarthy fans, and Richard says it is "about hard men with broken hearts...and redemption that rises against all odds from soul-breaking struggle." In this multigenerational story of farm life in early 1900s Texas, Karel is the youngest of four brothers and the best horseback rider in the region. But his father cannot look past the pain of losing Karel's mother in childbirth. Lydia recommends it for Cormac McCarthy fans, and Richard says it is "about hard men with broken hearts...and redemption that rises against all odds from soul-breaking struggle."
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Running the Books by Avi Steinberg Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
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When an underemployed obituary writer answers a random want ad, he finds himself at a Boston prison as the new librarian. Steinberg's memoir recounts his days sharing literature with convicted drug dealers, pimps, and thieves. Benjamin calls it "a poignant examination of people...Parts of this book are humorous, parts sad, and parts downright disturbing, but I think the author really gets down to the nitty-gritty of how the people interact." When an underemployed obituary writer answers a random want ad, he finds himself at a Boston prison as the new librarian. Steinberg's memoir recounts his days sharing literature with convicted drug dealers, pimps, and thieves. Benjamin calls it "a poignant examination of people...Parts of this book are humorous, parts sad, and parts downright disturbing, but I think the author really gets down to the nitty-gritty of how the people interact."
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By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham By Nightfall
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Married couple Peter and Rebecca have everything discerning city dwellers could desire: fashionable careers, a trendy SoHo loft, and midlife crises simmering just below the surface. When Rebecca's handsome younger brother comes to visit, Peter finds himself questioning everything he's taken for granted. Ellen says, "Cunningham is such a talented writer and willing to tackle the hidden rot in our society, the middle-of-the-night, can't-sleep questions." Married couple Peter and Rebecca have everything discerning city dwellers could desire: fashionable careers, a trendy SoHo loft, and midlife crises simmering just below the surface. When Rebecca's handsome younger brother comes to visit, Peter finds himself questioning everything he's taken for granted. Ellen says, "Cunningham is such a talented writer and willing to tackle the hidden rot in our society, the middle-of-the-night, can't-sleep questions."
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Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King Please Ignore Vera Dietz
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High school senior Vera Dietz is mad at her ex-best friend Charlie (aka the secret love of her life). He ditched her for the wrong crowd. She's even more upset when he gets himself framed for an unthinkable crime and winds up dead. Can Vera forgive his final betrayal and help clear his name? Nancy calls it a "quirky and unconventional story that was heartbreaking and candid right down to the very last word." High school senior Vera Dietz is mad at her ex-best friend Charlie (aka the secret love of her life). He ditched her for the wrong crowd. She's even more upset when he gets himself framed for an unthinkable crime and winds up dead. Can Vera forgive his final betrayal and help clear his name? Nancy calls it a "quirky and unconventional story that was heartbreaking and candid right down to the very last word."
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