Friday, May 28, 2010

The Dewey Divas and Dudes, Spring/Summer 2010 Picks

One of many people's favourite sessions at any Canadian library conference are the Dewey Divas and Dudes. A group of passionate librarians, they put together their picks for their favourite upcoming titles and present them to the session attendees in booktalk fashion - an overview of the book and why they loved it, in a way that makes you want to run out and read them all immediately. I attended one of their sessions at ALC this year and thought I would pass along some of their favourite adult books for spring/summer 2010.

From Oxford University Press:

A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire, J.D. McKeown, June 2010, $21.95, 9780195393750

Cleopatra: A Biography, Duane W. Roller, April 2010, $27.95, 9780195365535

Plundered Planet, Paul Collier, June 2010, $29.95, 9780195395259

Angels: A History, David Albert Jones, April 2010, $24.95, 9780199582952

Secret Language: Codes, Tricks, Spies, Thieves, and Symbols, Barry J. Blake, April 2010, $27.95, 9780199579280

Sense and Sociability, Lorne Tepperman, May 2010, $29.95, 9780195439298

Theodor Seuss Geisel, Donald E. Pease, April 2010, $24.95, 9780195323023

On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears, Stephen T. Asma, November 2009, $33.95, 9780195336160

How Fantasy Becomes Reality: Seeing Through the Media Influence, Karen E. Dill, October 2009, $34.95, 9780195372082

Racism in Canada, Issues in Canada Series, Vic Satzewich, August 2010, $16.95, 9780195430660

Crime in Canada, Issues in Canada Series, Diane Crocker, August 2010, $16.95, 9780195432473

From Random House of Canada:

Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training, Tom Jokinen, March 2010, $32.00, 9780307355683

Everything Flows, Vasily Grossman, trans. by Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Chandler and Anna Aslanyan, December 2009, $19.95, 9781590173282

Wish her Safe at Home, Stephen Benatar, January 2010, $19.95, 9781590173350

The Patience Stone, Atiq Rahimi, trans. by Polly McLean, January 2010, $19.95, 9781590513446

The American Girl, Monika Fagerholm, trans. by Katarina E. Tucker, February 2010, $19.95, 9781590513040

The Unspoken Truth, Angelica Garnett, February 2010, $34.95, 9780701184353

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, Bill McKibben, April 2010, $32.00, 9780307399182

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell, June 2010, $32.00, 9780676979299

One Day, David Nicholls, June 2010, $17.95, 9780307474711

From HarperCollins Canada:

Beneath the Sands of Egypt: Adventures of an Unconventional Archaeologist, Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D., July 2010, $28.99, 9780061732829

Juliet, Anne Fortier, August 2010, $29.99, 9781557684991

Locavore: From Farmers' Fields to Rooftop Gardens How Canadians are Changing the Way We Eat, Sarah Elton, March 2010, $32.99, 9781554684182

Mr. Peanut, Adam Ross, June 2010, $31.99, 9781554688371

Skin, Mo Hayder, April 2010, $22.99, 9781554686414

The Dark Vineyard, Martin Walker, May 2010, $27.99, 9781554682669

From NYRB Classics:

The Long Ships, Frans Gunnar Bengtsson, trans. by Michael Meyer, June 2010, $21.50, 9781590173466

Nightmare Alley, William Lindsay Gresham, April 2010, $17.95, 9781590173480

The Jokers, Albert Cossery, trans. by Anna Moschovakis, July 2010, $17.95, 9781590173251

The Mountain Lion, Jean Stafford, July 2010, $17.95, 9781590173527

The Murderess, Alexandros Papadiamantis, trans by. Peter Levi, June 2010, $14.95, 9781590173503

Pedigree, Georges Simenon, trans. by Robert Baldick, July 2010, $21.50, 9781590173510

Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking, Jessica Mitford, July 2010, $18.95, 9781590173558

A Posthumous Confession, Marcellus Emants, trans. by J.M. Coetzee, August 2010, $17.00, 9781590173473

I highly recommend their sessions if you ever get a chance. But in the meantime you can follow their blog "for ongoing book recommendations, book lists and rep adventures" at

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