We here at Blogging Book Topics sure like Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby. Can't say if it's the MVP award, the scoring title, the Gold Medal, the Stanley Cup, or just being the best hockey player in the world, but it sure is a pleasure to have him in our fair city and on our favorite team this side of the state.
In a candid interview with our hometown rag, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Crosby won further adoration by admitting to being a bit of a reader. We may not ever possess the skills around the blue paint like Sid does, but maybe we can read along with some of his recent favorites:
- Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
- DB 72129, CL 14498
- by Laura Hillenbrand
- Author of "Seabiscuit" (CL 7401,RC 51968) details the life of Louis Zamperini (b. 1917), an Olympic runner and World War II bombardier, who survived a plane crash and forty-seven days adrift at sea only to become a POW in Japan. Relates Louis's later religious awakening under Billy Graham's ministry. Violence. Bestseller. 2010.
- American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
- DB 74166, CL 14761
- by Chris Kyle
- Texas ranchhand-turned-Navy SEAL recalls his career as the sniper with the most kills in U.S. military history. Describes his training, his four tours of duty in Iraq, and the strains of deployment on his family life. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2012.
Best of BARD: November 2013
Watch your step you might fall. King Patterson worries not about a new book by Nora Roberts, or contenders like Catherine Coulter or John Sandford, he still maintains his top of the chart dominating performance for a record three months in a row. Impressive all the more is that the King does it without breaking a sweat, each month winning with a different title in his collection. When you're the cream of the crop, all that glitters is gold. Patterson keeps up the hits. Stay tuned for next month's Best of Bard to see if JP continues to make history.
- Second Honeymoon
- DB 77144, CL 15148
- by James Patterson
- Newlyweds step into their deluxe honeymoon sauna--and never step out again. When another couple is killed while boarding a flight to Rome, it becomes clear that someone is targeting honeymooners. As FBI agent John O'Hara investigates, Special Agent Sarah Brubaker hunts another ingenious serial killer. UNRATED. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2013.
- Whiskey Beach
- DB 76576, CL 15085
- by Nora Roberts
- Boston attorney Eli Landon retreats to his ancestral home after being acquitted of murdering his adulterous wife. Eli falls for the house's caretaker Abra Walsh while searching for the killer. But someone is lurking around the estate. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2013.
- For Your Eyes Only
- DB 44417
- by Rebecca York
- Jenny Larkin lost her sight in a car accident in high school. She blames herself, though no one else does. Ben Brisco has always loved Jenny, yet never expressed it. Their feelings come to the surface when Jenny becomes a possible witness in her best friend's murder. Some descriptions of sex. Harlequin. 1997
- The Devil's Code
- DB 51406
- by John Sandford
- Kidd and his associate and lover, LuEllen, investigate the death of a member of their computer hacking group. Kidd was last seen in "The Empress File" (RC 36590) and "The Fool's Run" (RC 30857), which appeared under the author's real name, John Camp. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2000.
- DB 77160, CL 15160
- by Catherine Coulter
- En route from San Francisco to join Dillon Savich's FBI unit in Washington, D.C., Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith learns his music-student sister has been attacked in her Virginia home. Meanwhile, Savich and his wife Lacey Sherlock investigate a politically significant murder. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2013.
City Series, Vol. XI: Moscow
Moscow. Cold, calculated, Russian. In America, we may think of Moscow in such terms because our fiction and cinema tells us to, but in reality it is a booming political and economic enterprise for Northern Europe – and the most populous city in all of Europe (take that, Paris!). Did you know that Moscow has the highest population of billionaires in the world? Now you do! Moscow sits on the Moskva River, boasts of many museums, sports teams, and other recreational activities – including over 90 parks and 4 botanical gardens (not so cold after all) while also harboring the Moscow Kremlin, where Russian President Vladimir Putin resides. Moscow was home to residents such as Wassily Kandinsky, Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anna Kournikova and Alexander Ovechkin. Discover the warmth of Moscow this winter with these titles:
- War and Peace
- DB 26275, CL 3515
- by Leo Tolstoy
- This is an epic historical novel that portrays five aristocratic families against the background of Russian social life during the Napoleonic Wars (1805-1814). It depicts campaign battles, the burning of Moscow, and the French army's winter retreat. 2007 translation, written in 1869.
- The Three Sisters
- DB 48039
- by Anton Chekhov
- Olga is an old-maid school teacher, Masha is unhappily married, and Irina works in a telegraph office. The sisters are overcome with boredom following the death of their father, commander of a Russian brigade. When their brother marries a country girl who tries to control everyone, the three find a new purpose in life. 1901.
- Gorky Park
- DB 15831, CL 3174
- by Martin Cruz Smith
- Hard-boiled detective novel in which three mutilated bodies are found frozen in the middle of Moscow's popular Gorky Park. Chief homicide investigator Arkady Renko, a disgruntled cynic, is reluctant to get involved in a case of interest to the KGB. His situation becomes more complicated when he falls in love with a Siberian dissident. Some strong language.
- Doctor Zhivago
- DB 75275, CL 6887
- by Boris Pasternak
- Poet/physician Yuri Andreevich Zhivago takes his family from Moscow to the Ural Mountains for safety during the Russian Revolution but he is forcibly conscripted. He also falls in love with Lara, a revolutionary's wife. Translation of Boris Pasternak's acclaimed 1955 novel by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. 2010.
City Series, Vol. VIII: Chicago
The City of the Big Shoulders, Chicago, is home to some brilliant literary settings and works. It’s also incredibly cold in the winter, thanks to being surrounded by giant Lake Michigan, and the Chicago and Calumet River. Fitting for the cold, Chicago is perhaps most famous for The Great Chicago Fire, but also the resilience the city inspired in rebuilding once of the most well-known cityscapes in the world. Chi-Town also beats with names like Michael Jordan, Saul Bellow, Gwendolyn Brooks, Roger Ebert, Sara Paretsky and our President Barack Obama. The Windy City represented America in the first World’s Fair held in the States, and has long been held as a cultural and industrial breaking ground. It may be the Second City but with books like these it’s number one in our collective hearts:
- The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
- DB 55748
- by Erik Larson
- The author traces the crimes of Dr. H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who preyed on young women during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair in the amazing landscape that architect Daniel H. Burnham created in a mere two years. Bestseller. 2003.
- The Jungle
- DB 52961, CL 6643
- by Upton Sinclair
- Grim account of the deplorable conditions in the Chicago meatpacking industry around 1900, as seen through the eyes of Lithuanian immigrant Jurgis Rudkus. When first published, the novel aroused the indignation of the American public and forced government investigations that led to the passage of pure food legislation. 1985 introduction. Some violence. 1906.
- The Time Traveler's Wife
- DB 57102, CL 12082
- by Audrey Niffenegger
- Librarian Henry DeTamble first meets his future wife, Clare, when he is twenty-eight and Clare is twenty--but Clare has actually known Henry since she was six. Henry suffers from Chrono-Impairment, a disorder that catapults him sporadically through time, complicating the couple's enduring love. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.
- Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1
- DB 67342
- by Jim Butcher
- Chicago. Harry Dresden, a wizard-for-hire specializing in paranormal investigations, helps the police probe the murders of mob enforcer Tommy and Tommy's lover, Jennifer, an escort who worked for a powerful vampire. Clues indicate rogue sorcery, but there are no leads and no suspects. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.
Best of BARD: October 2013
Another month, another dominating performance by the King. Patterson spins out gold and we can't help but revel in the mastery. Some strong performances by loveable underdogs gave JP a run, but in the end, the master prevails at the top of the BARD downloads for the month of October.
- DB 77304, CL 15192
- by James Patterson
- Ben is consumed by his obsessions--especially beautiful Diana Hotchkiss, whom he knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead, Ben's infatuation drives him to find out what happened. He soon discovers that the woman he pined for was hiding a shocking double life. UNRATED. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2013.
- Why do dogs have wet noses? and other imponderables of everyday life
- DB 33964
- by David Feldman
- The author of several books on "imponderables" offers another collection of those "little mysteries of everyday life that drive you nuts--until you get the answers". This time Feldman answers such questions as: Why are racquetballs blue? Where is Old Zealand? Do submarines have anchors? Why are blueprints blue? Why are peaches fuzzy? 1990.
- The Hit
- DB 76456, CL 15077
- by David Baldacci
- U.S. government hit man Will Robie's next target is fellow assassin Jessica Reel, who appears to have gone rogue and killed her handler. But something about the case feels wrong to Robie and he doesn't take the shot when he has the chance. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2013.
- Unintended Consequences
- DB 76421, CL 15105
- by Stuart Woods
- Attorney Stone Barrington wakes up in the American embassy in France with no memory of the past four days--or even why he traveled to Paris. He has wads of cash, a tuxedo, and an invitation to a posh party. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2013.
- Glass Beach
- DB 48411
- by Jill Landis
- Elizabeth Bennett finally finds peace for herself and her young daughter, Hadley, when her abusive husband dies. Then just as suddenly that peace is shattered when she learns her husband's illegitimate son is to run their Hawaiian ranch until Hadley reaches maturity. He and Elizabeth clash wills constantly. Some descriptions of sex. 1998.
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