Thursday, March 10, 2011

Top 5 most requested titles for February 2011

List by Danielle and Natalie
"Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered."
~ Oscar Wilde

New titles by best-selling authors take up the majority of places on our list this month, rather than the books-into-movies heavyweights which often take out top spots. Speaking of which, if the recent Oscars made you curious enough to check out some of the books behind the hit films, here are some handy links:

True grit /Charles Portis
The accidental billionaires : sex, money, betrayal and the founding of Facebook / Ben Mezrich(The basis for 'The social network')
The King's speech : how one man saved the British Monarchy / Mark Logue and Peter Conradi(also have a look at Natalie's History and Current Events eNewsletter which discusses this film and King George VI)
127 hours: between a rock and a hard place / Aron Ralston
Winter's bone / Daniel Woodrell
Rabbit hole / David Lindsay-Abaire

Diary of a wimpy kid : Greg Heffley's journal / by Jeff Kinney
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.
Fall of giants / Ken Follett
Follows the fates of five interrelated families--American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh--as they move through the dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.
The free range cook / Annabel Langbein
The companion cookbook to the TV series of the same name, Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook shares the secrets to cooking great food in a simple, natural way. Photographed around Annabel's lakeside cabin in Central Otago, The Free Range Cook is much more than a recipe book. Alongside the photographs of fresh, seasonal dishes, gorgeous images transport the reader into Annabel's country life - where she cooks on a simple double gas burner and chops wood to fuel an outdoor bread oven. Recipes are organised according to their source ... From the Garden, From the Farm, From the Oven, From the Larder, From the Orchard, and From Lake and Sea, and interspersed throughout the book are delicious menus taken from the TV series that provide three of four impressive courses to share with friends and family.
Minding Frankie / Maeve Binchy
Noel and Lisa are among the most supportive parents at the nursery but in fact neither of them has a blood relationship with Frankie at all. They are there because of a promise that soon became a life-line to keeping their lives on track and their demons at bay. The problem is keeping the situation under wraps from the local social workers as if Frankie was taken away they have no doubt their lives would fall apart.
Worth dying for / Lee Child
In the corn country of Nebraska, ex-police officer Jack Reacher runs afoul of the local Duncan clan--and its criminal connections--when he investigates a decades-old, unsolved case of a missing child.

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