Book Buzz
Nancy Pearl
March 22, 2006 10:30-11:30

Nancy Pearl, Librarian, Book enthusiast, Action Figure Model

Since Nancy Pearl focuses on mostly Adult titles, I do not know if some of the titles will be appropriate for Young Adults, but they may be appropriate for you the book lover.

This event is so popular that many people are sitting in the lobby.

“People clap at the beginning out of faith and hope. And they clap at the end out of charity”

“We are here today because we can’t be reading, so we do the next best thing and talk about them”-Nancy Pearl

“We forget just how practical reading can be” – Nancy Pearl

She was in the Mallory hotel and when she shut the door, the handle didn’t work. When she tried the handle, it did not work and she thought: “I’m locked in the bathroom in the Mallory hotel, and I have nothing to read” –Nancy Pearl

“How many people brought at least two books to the conference?” Most of the room raised a hand.

Four editors from the publishing world. (I am sorry I know I will butcher the names, I am so very sorry)

Marcy Presell- Head of library marketing for Random House

Nora Robinson- Began career in Baltimore county, went to Library Journal
Time Warner Book Group

Virgina Stanely- Library Marketing for Harper Collins

Tellya Ross- Jewish studies from Barnard. Head of Library Marketing Holts Spring.


“Hardest to pick out the books to talk about”

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
already out
“Remember me when I am Gone”
Alternative World
World of all the people who already died
As long as someone remembers them that is alive
Once forgotten they disappear

“Reminds us what it means to be alive”
Nancy-Going to be on my list of the top ten list of fiction
Literally power of memory
For people who read for character

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
A tender mysterious coming of age story
rural England
Great for YA audience

breaks treasured Christmas ornament
spends year trying to replace
Characters leap off the page

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
What makes us happy
what we think will and why it doesn’t
“Why does the line at the grocery store slow down just when you get in it”
“Why will a wife forgive infidelity, but gets mad about dirty dishes?”

Professor at Harvard

The Attack by Yasmina Khadra
A doctor who’s wife is killed in a terriost attack
discovers secret about her

Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado
1972 a plane carrying a group of athles crashes in Andes
One of the most amazing survival stories told through the voice of one of the boys who walked over the Andes with Airline seats as snowshoes

Gives message of Hope.

The Man of my Dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld
Author of Prep
Hannah is 14 in 1991,
Magazines cover elaborate weddings
Parents marriage falling apart
then She grows up
How can she find true love

The Whole World Over by Julia Glass
Story of woman in a bad marriage
chef in Brooklen
Gets attention of Offical from New Mexico
Becomes professional chef for him

The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl
Edgar Allan Poe didn’t die of natural causes

when researching book author found some new information about him

Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
Grim but important
man who is knife welding alcoholic heron addict who spends half his live in prision

The Good, Good Pig by Sy Montgomery
A woman adopts small pig, and he grows to 750lbs
about community

The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille
Very scientific
Why Americans like
Why German kids need instructions to play legos

A Day with a Perfect Stranger by David Geregory
After Dinner with a perfect stranger
Seatmate is Jesus

Wisdom of Our Fathers by Tim Russert

The New Ann Coulter by Ann Coulter

Armageddon’s Children by Terry Brooks

Glass Books of the Dream Eater by Gordon Dahlquist

Culture Warrior by Bill O’Reilly

Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier

Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides
Coldmountain guy
The Audacity of Hope by Barrack Obama

Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell by Karen DeYoung

Foxworthy’s Redneck Dictionary II by Jeff Foxworthy

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten

Rachael Ray 2, 4, 6, 8 by Rachael Ray

Talla Ross from Holtzbrinkck

Request Adult Books for Teens Catalog

St. Martin’s Minotaur (Mystery Publisher)

The King of Lies by John Hart

Sequence by Lori Andrews

Still life by Louise Penny
Quebec country side

first book in three
People that don’t read mysteries will love this book

The Darkest Place by Daniel Judson

Heart of the World by Linda Barnes
Most intense, most suspenseful Carlotta Carlyle Mystery

Cold Kill by David Lawrence
part of a series

Tella’s favorite
Blood and Guts

No Nest for the Wicket by Donna Andrews
7th installment

The Highly Effective Detective by Richard Yancey
a loveable but bumbling investigator
first book in serious

Inside the mind of Gideon rayburn by Sarah Miller
For YA audience
inside Gideon’s mind
funny sexy wise and more human than you ever imagined

Trying to get authors in libraries check out website for more


The Girl from Charnelle by K. L. Cook(man)
Coming of Age story
reminded of She’s come undone

Full of Grace by Dorothea Benton Frank

funny southern story about couple who are retired

Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews
Sequel to Savannah Blues
one woman’s discovery about what’s important in life
Southern Fiction

No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
Series, but can start anywhere

“Great speaker” Virgina
Has won every mystery author award

Coronado: A Collection of Stories by Dennis Lehane
Author of Mystic River and Shutter Island
Wonderful short story writer
Collection of previously published, and one new

Abundance: A novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund
Historical Fiction
make you feel like you are there

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood
was executive at Microsoft
walked about from Microsoft to start a non-profit dedicated to fight against illiteracy in the world.
Room to Read
Building schools and libraries faster than Starbucks did in its first 5 years

Nancy-Remember to pick up Galleys, and realse lists. Do what the patrons do and start placing holds on them in the library

Nora Robinson

Smitten: a kitten’s guide to happiness by Rachael Hale
Adorable kitten on the cover

My Smart Puppy

how to raise puppies

Monkey Portraits by Jill Greenberg

“Librarians say they need to know about books as early as possible”-Virginia

A perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder by Eric Abrahamsom and David H. Freedman (Coming in January)

YA titles
Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Zie

The It Girl
James Patterson- Maximum Ride
Kids who are genetically engineered

“Young adult novels deal with so many issues that we tend to forget about.”

Girl falls in love with a Vampire

New Moon

Second in series

Incantation by Alice Hoffman (October)
Historical Novel
Jewish during Spanish Inquisition

Skylight Confession by Alice Hoffman
for Adult
Family issues

How Opal Mehta got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life by Kaavya Viswanathan
Opal spent entire life to get into Harvard
Out in Audio- American Accent of daughter and Indian of parents

“thinking about audio galley book club”
The Notebook Girls
Adult books
Parents see how kids are behaving

Four real girls notebooks
they pass around among each other

The Girls by Lori Lansens
Printing books early Coming in May
two sisters who are very close
conjoined twins
Steven Spielberg has purchased as potential movie

Sleep away the pounds by Cherie Calbom

About Jami Schwarzwalder

Currently a teen librarian with the Pierce County Library System in Tacoma, WA.She is passionate about technology, making, and learning. See what I'm up to at

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