Sunday, April 20, 2014

Women's Fiction

What is Women's Fiction?
The Women's Fiction genre have novels that have female protagonists (main characters) and mainly focus on their relationships with friends, family, and love interests.  Women's Fiction is mostly written by women.

Who Reads Women's Fiction?
Mostly women, although there are some teenagers who enjoy Women's Fiction.

What makes Women's Fiction appealing to readers?
The characters and the storylines are major appeal factors.  Most readers feel like they can relate to the protagonist.

Women's Fiction is so broad, any way I can break it down further?
Yes!  Women's Fiction has so many sub-genres like: Chick-Lit, Mommy-Lit, Widow/Divorcee Lit, Christian Chick Lit, Ethnic Chick Lit, and Issue Driven Lit.  Current trends suggest that the Issue Driven plot has taken off, with authors such as Jodi Picoult and Jane Green.

Are there awards for Women's Fiction?

Yes!  Originally called the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to a female author of any nationality for the best original novel published in the United Kingdom in the preceding year.  And yes, Baileys as in Baileys Irish Creme.

What are some books I might enjoy?

Paralyzed by a tragic chairlift accident, seventeen-year-old competitive skier Lily struggles with the loss of her Olympic dreams before meeting a young man, Teddy, who has overcome his own devastating injuries to pursue an enriching life.

Pacing: Book unfolds at a leisurely pace, with the book focusing more on description than dialogue.
Characterization: Multiple characters are introduced, and their lives intertwine eventually in the novel.
Story Line:  I would describe Winners as a serious drama, with all of the characters having to overcome various obstacles.
Frame: The ski resort becomes a very important aspect of the setting, and the rehabilitation clinic also sets the tone for the rest of the novel.

Pride and Prejudice
A romantic tale of English country family life as Elizabeth Bennet and her four sisters are forced to marry well in order to keep the Bennet estate in their family.

Pacing: Book unfolds at a leisurely pace.  Austen places emphasis on dialogue, which makes the story unfold faster.
Characterization: The Bennet family is the focus of this novel, with characters and secondary characters developed over time.  
Story Line:  Pride and Prejudice's story line falls under the gentle category.  Elizabeth Bennet grows and matures throughout the novel.
Frame: Set at the turn of the nineteenth century, the time period colors everything in the novel.  The descriptions of the houses and the clothing are beautifully detailed.

Jane Green

Another Piece of My Heart
Marrying a divorced father of two, Andi finds herself struggling to gain her stepdaughters' acceptance while preserving family peace in the face of daily dramas and competitions for her husband's attention.

Pacing: This novel falls in the middle of pacing.  There are some parts of the story that are so powerful, it makes you read faster just so you can find out how it turns out.  
Characterization: The story is told from the point of view of Andi, who has just become a stepmother and Emily, Andi's oldest stepdaughter.  Their relationship drives the entire story.
Story Line:  This story is family-centered, and it highlights motherhood from several different aspects.
Frame: The background is subtle, and not a large part of the plot.  

Want Even More? Check out these authors!
Classic: Mary McCarthy  ♦  Elizabeth Cadell  ♦  Rosamunde Pilcher
Current: Emily Giffin  ♦  Jennifer Weiner  ♦  Jodi Picoult

Try searching with these subject terms:
Self-realization In Women Fiction
Man Woman Relationships Fiction
Domestic Fiction

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Spring Fling has come and gone

We hope you enjoyed the great selection of crafts, vendors, food, and books at the annual Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Event that took place on Saturday, April 12!

If you missed it but would REALLY like to buy some great used books, don't despair! There are still plenty of books on the book sale shelves in the library.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book Club Reads: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


The Augusta Library Book Club met on Wednesday, April 9, to discuss Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The members' reactions to the book were a bit complicated; although the characters were dysfunctional and the plot was twisted, the Book Club found it highly engaging. There were lively discussions of the characters' motivations, the plot's plausibility, and the media's role in the story--not to mention other topics, including famous bars and their patrons. (A few members were able to contribute insights to THAT topic based on firsthand experience.)

Gone Girl is definitely not for people seeking lighthearted entertainment, but most Book Club members felt it was well worth reading. A few even expressed interest in reading Flynn's other work and in seeing the upcoming Gone Girl movie. Although there was some discussion about what makes an author capable of creating such nasty characters and such a disturbing plot, Gillian Flynn seems to have won new fans in Augusta.

The next Book Club meeting will take place in the library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14. The May book is The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore. Copies have been ordered for current Book Club members, but new members are always welcome to participate. Any first-time members can order a copy through the MORE system or talk to library staff to obtain copies.

Please contact the library at (715) 286-2720 or if you would like more information about this or other Augusta Memorial Public Library programs.

Lunar Chronicles Read Alikes

Are you like Cassie, and can't get enough of the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer?  Well here's some books to tide you over before the fourth book, Winter, is released on February 5, 2015.  

Abandon by Meg Cabot
Abandon is based on the Greek mythology of Persephone, who is supposed to spend half of her year in the Underworld with Hades.  Except when Pierce dies, instead of a creepy Hades, we get a very swoonworthy John who is in charge of the Underworld.  

Beastly by Alex Flynn
Flynn writes a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast from the point of view of the Beast.  The Beast is a private school student who is turned  into a monster and must find true love before he can become human again.  A movie was made in 2011 starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer.

Grim edited by Christine Johnson
A collection of short stories inspired by classic fairy tales, only with a dark twist.  This book includes stories from such well known authors as Ellen Hopkins, Rachel Hawkins, and Sarah Rees-Brennan.

Written by Chris Colfer of Glee fame, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell focuses on Alex and Conner who enter a world of magic through a mysterious book of fairy tales.

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance for King Under Stone every night.  Together with her love, Galen, they will figure how to break the curse and live happily ever after.  Princess of the Midnight Ball is based on the Grimm tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
If you're interested in more of the steampunk angle, check out Carriger's Finishing School series.  Set in Steampunk England, Sophronia does not want to go to finishing school.  Once there, she is surprised to learn that the school teaches not only dance, dress, and etiquette, but also espionage as well.

Check out the book trailer for book one, Etiquette and Espionage and book two, Curtsies and Conspiracies.

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Matt and Kate team up to search for mysterious winged creatures that are said to be living hundreds of feet above the surface of the Earth.  This book was a Printz Honor book in 2005 (that's a big deal!).

Interested in Steampunk fashion?  Check this inspirational lookbook out!
Still haven't read the Lunar Chronicles?  Click the link to put your copy on reserve!