Thursday, January 05, 2012

Books for All Seasons 2012: Book Reviews from BPL Librarians

Books for All Seasons coverEach year BPL staff list their favorite books from the previous year in a free guide called Season’s Readings. This year the library has revamped the look and title of the publication, renaming it Books for All Seasons and streamlining the design and content. Now published at the beginning of each year, Books for All Seasons will be available to the public year-round.

Books for All Seasons includes recommendations for adults, teens, and children in both fiction and nonfiction. Each book is chosen by a staff or board member as one that they enjoyed reading in the previous year—not necessarily one that was published in the previous year.

This year’s Books for All Seasons includes fiction titles such as American Vampire by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, and Stephen King; The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien; and The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. Nonfiction titles featured are At Home: a Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson; Bossypants by Tina Fey; and Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable. For children and teens, staff reviewed titles such as Step to This by Nikki Carter and What’s Special About Me, Mama? by Kristina Evans. These and many other reviews should appeal to readers of all ages and interests.

The Birmingham Public Library staff wants you to find the best books to read for the upcoming year and, with that in mind, has published this free annual guide to take you, our library patrons, directly to great reads. Pick up a copy of Books for All Seasons at your local library.

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