• Monday Morning Book Group B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Cup): 11 a.m. Sept. 9 at 11 a.m., Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. -- "The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman. Bring a cup for free coffee and a discussion the first Monday of each month. No registration required. Copies available at the Check Out Desk. Information: 330-673-4414 or email@example.com.
• Reed Memorial Library's Adult Book Discussion: 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11, 167 E. Main St. -- "The 19th Wife" by David Ebershoff, which intertwines the story of Ann Eliza Young, the 19th wife of Brigham Young, and a modern mystery in which a polygamous man has been found murdered and one of his wives is accused of the crime. Copies available at the circulation desk. Information: 330-296-2827, ext. 200.
• Kid Lit for Grown-Ups: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. -- "Gorgeous" by Paul Rudnick and "Lincoln's Grave Robbers" by Steve Sheinkin. Meets the second Thursday of each month. No registration required. Copies available at the Check Out Desk. Information: 330-673-4414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Pierce Streetsboro Library's Book Discussion Club: 3 p.m. Sept. 16, library's meeting room, 8990 Kirby Lane -- "Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat" by David Dosa, a true story of a nursing home cat who refuses to leave dying patients' bedsides. Light refreshments courtesy of the Friends of Pierce Streetsboro Library. Copies available at the library. To register: 330-626-4458.
• Your High School Reading List: Sept. 17 (Call for time), Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. -- "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau. Discuss classic works of literature on the third Tuesday of each month. No registration required. Copies available at the Check Out Desk. Information: 330-673-4414 or email@example.com.
• Pizza & Pages: Noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 21, Kent Free Library -- "Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen. This monthly book club for teens, grades six to nine, includes pizza, a book discussion, trivia contests, and crafts based on the books. Registration is required and begins Sept. 14 and closes at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20. Information and to register: Stop by or call 330-673-4414.
• Mystery Mondays: 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. -- "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson. Discuss mysteries on the last Monday of each month. No registration required. Copies available at the Check Out Desk. Information: 330-673-4414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Friends of Reed Memorial Library Book Sale: Sept. 19-22 (coinciding with Balloon A-Fair weekend) at 167 E. Main St., Ravenna. Sept. 19: Member's preview only 4-8 p.m.; Public sale: Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sept. 22, 1 to 4 p.m. (Donation Day: Take books and leave a monetary donation.) Information: 330-296-2827, ext. 104.
• Windham Library Book Sale: Sept. 30-Oct. 4 during regular library hours at the library, 9005 Wilverne Drive. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Friday, noon to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The library is closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Information: 330-326-3145 or www.portagelibrary.org.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS
The Associated Press
Week ending September 1, 2013.
1. "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) (Little, Brown)
2. "How the Light Gets in" by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
3. "Mistress" by James Patterson/David Ellis (Little, Brown)
4. "Inferno" by Dan Brown (Doubleday)
5. "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead)
6. "Rose Harbor in Bloom" by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine)
7. "Bones of the Lost" by Kathy Reichs (Scribner)
8. "The Whole Enchilada" by Diane Mott Davidson (William Morrow)
9. "The Kill List" by Frederick Forsythe (Putnam)
10. "The Bone Season: A Novel" by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury)
11. "Night Film: A Novel" by Marisha Pessi (Random House)
12. "Kenobi" by John Jackson Miller (LucasBooks)
13. "First Sight" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)
14. "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty (Putnam/Amy Einhorn)
15. "The English Girl" by Daniel Silva (Harper)
1. "The Liberty Amendments" by Mark R. Levin (S&S/Threshold)
2. "Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander" by Phil Robertson (Howard Books)
3. "Zealot" by Reza Aslan (Random House)
4. "This Town" by Mark Leibovich (Blue Rider Press)
5. "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg (Knopf)
6. "The Duck Commander Family" by Willie Robertson, Korie Robertson and Mark Schlabach (Howard Books)
7. "Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias" by Jane Velez-Mitchell (William Morrow)
8. "Lawrence in Arabia" by Scott Anderson (Doubleday)
9. "Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World" by Phil McGraw (Bird Street Books)
10. "The Butler" by Wil Haygood (Atria/37 Ink)
11. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" by David Sedaris (Little, Brown)
12. "It's All Good" by Gwyneth Paltrow (Grand Central)
13. "Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson" by Jeff Guinn (Simon & Schuster)
14. "Jesus Today" by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson)
15. "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown (Gotham)
MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS
1. "The Hero" by Robyn Carr (Mira)
2. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Dell)
3. "Big Sky Wedding" by Linda Lael Miller (Harlequin)
4. "The Forgotten" by David Baldacci (Grand Central)
5. "The Last Man: A Novel" by Vince Flynn (Pocket Books)
6. "The Inn at Rose Harbor" by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine)
7. "Webster's New World Dictionary" by Michael Agnes (Pocket Books)
8. "Deception Cove" by Jayne Castle (Jove)
9. "University of Chicago Spanish-English Dictionary" by David Pharies (Pocket Books)
10. "Temptation" by Sherryl Woods (Mira)
11. "Low Pressure" by Sandra Brown (Vision)
12. "Heart of Texas, Vol. 3" by Debbie Macomber (Mira)
13. "Against the Mark" by Kat Martin (Mira)
14. "The Arrangement" by Mary Balogh (Dell)
15. "Falling for Mr. Dark & Dangerous" by Dina Palmer (Harlequin)
1. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Bantam)
2. "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling (Little, Brown)
3. "Winter of the World" by Ken Follett (NAL)
4. "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)
5. "Alex Cross, Run" by James Patterson (Grand Central)
6. "The Silent Wife" by A.S.A. Harrison (Penguin)
7. "I Declare" by Joel Osteen (FaithWords)
8. "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter (Harper Perennial)
9. "DSM-5" by American Psychiatric Association (APA)
10. "Joyland" by Stephen King (Hard Case Crime)
11. "Burn" by Maya Banks (Berkley)
12. "The Panther" by Nelson DeMille (Grand Central)
13. "Inquebrantable: Mi Historia, A Mi Manera" by Jenni Rivera (Atria)
14. "Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel" by Maria Semple (Back Bay Books)
15. "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed (Vintage)
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS
The Associated Press
Best-Selling Books Week Ended September 1.
1. "The Fall of Five" by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
2. "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) (Little, Brown)
3. "How the Light Gets in" by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
4. "Mistress" by James Patterson, David Ellis (Little, Brown)
5. "Inferno" by Dan Brown (Doubleday)
6. "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green (Dutton Books)
7. "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)
8. "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead)
9. "The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett" by Tom Angleberger (Amulet Books)
10. "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)
1. "The Liberty Amendments" by Mark Levin (Threshold Editions)
2. "One Direction" by One Direction (HarperCollins)
3. "Jesus Calling: Enjoy Peace in His Presence" by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson Publishers)
4. "StrengthsFinder 2.0" by Tom Rath (Gallup Press)
5. "Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander" by Phil Robertson and Mark Schlabach (Howard Books)
6. "Zealot" by Reza Aslan (Random House)
7. "This Town" by Mark Leibovich (Blue Rider Press)
8. "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg (Knopf)
9. "The Duck Commander Family" by Willie Robertson (Howard Books)
10. "Exposed" by Jane Velez-Mitchell (William Morrow)
1. "The Hero" by Robyn Carr (Harlequin)
2. "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty (Penguin Group)
3. "The Fall of Five" by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
4. "Pavilion of Women" by Pearl S. Buck (Open Road Media)
5. "How the Light Gets in" by Louise Penny (St. Martin's Press)
6. "Bones of the Lost" by Kathy Reichs (Scribner)
7. "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) (Little Brown)
8. "City of Bones" by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
9. "Exclusive" by Sandra Brown (Grand Central Publishing)
10. "Deception Cove" by Jayne Castle (Penguin Group USA)
1. "E-Squared" by Pam Grout (Hay House)
2. "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn (HarperCollins)
3. "A Three Dog Life" by Abigail Thomas (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
4. "Orange Is the New Black" by Piper Kerman (Random House)
5. "The Liberty Amendments" by Mark R. Levin (Threshold Editions)
6. "You Belong to Me and Other True Cases" by Ann Rule (Planet Ann Rule)
7. "Happy, Happy, Happy" by Phil Robertson (Howard Books)
8. "Freakonomics Rev. Ed." by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (HarperCollins)
9. "The Divine Secrets of the Whoopie Pie Sisters" by Sarah Price, "Whoopie Pie" Pam Jarrell (Helping Hands Press)
10. "Harvest Kitchen Cookbook" by Gooseberry Patch (Gooseberry Patch LLC)
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS
The Associated Press
1. "The Hero" by Robyn Carr (Harlequin MIRA)
2. "The Fall of Five," Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
3. "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)
4. "City of Bones" by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
5. "The Racketeer" John Grisham (Dell)
6. "Big Sky Wedding" by Linda Lael Miller (Harlequin HQN)
7. "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) (Little, Brown)
8. "How the Light Gets in" by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
9. "The Liberty Amendments" by Mark R. Levin (Threshold Editions)
10. "Divergent" by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)
11. "Bones of the Lost" by Kathy Reichs (Scribner)
12. "Deception Cove" by Jayne Castle (Jove)
13. "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green (Dutton Children's)
14. "City of Ashes" by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
15. "Mistress" by James Patterson, David Ellis (Little, Brown)
16. "The Forgotten" by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)
17. "Inferno" by Dan Brown (Knopf/Doubleday)
18. "The Whole Enchilada" by Diane Mott Davidson (William Morrow)
19. "Exclusive" by Sandra Brown (Grand Central Publishing)
20. "High Heat" by Lee Child (Delacorte)
21. "City of Glass" by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
23. "The Silent Wife" by A.S.A. Harrison (Penguin)
24. "The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo" by Kerrelyn Sparks (Avon)
25. "Envy" by Sandra Brown (Grand Central Publishing)
For the extended, interactive and searchable version of this list, visit http://books.usatoday.com/list/index
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
Maya Angelou to receive honorary book award
By Hillel Italie, Associated Press National Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- The book world is finally honoring Maya Angelou.
The poet and author of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" will be this year's recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community, the National Book Foundation announced Thursday. It is the first major literary prize for the 85-year-old Angelou, who has been celebrated everywhere from the Grammy Awards to the White House. She has received three Grammys for best spoken word album, a National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.
Speaking by telephone with The Associated Press on Thursday, Angelou said she couldn't wait to be in the same room as "some very big names in the literary world" and that the Literarian prize made her feel that she was "picking in high cotton."
"Dr. Angelou's body of work transcends the words on the page," the book foundation's executive director, Harold Augenbraum, said in a statement. "She has been on the front lines of history and the fight for social justice and decade after decade remains a symbol of the redemptive power of literature in the contemporary world."
E.L. Doctorow, a familiar name among prize judges, will receive an honorary medal for "contributions to American letters." Doctorow, 82, won the National Book Award in 1986 for "World's Fair" and was a finalist three other times. A native of New York City, he is best known for the million-selling historical novel "Ragtime," which has been adapted into a feature film and a Broadway musical.
"Doctorow is a master of historical fiction who has brought the events of the past to people all over the world in an extraordinary fashion. It is also a special opportunity to give tribute to a native New Yorker in his hometown," Augenbraum said.
"Any serious award such as this of the National Book Foundation has to be gratifying," Doctorow wrote in an email to The Associated Press, adding that he believed literary awards did not only benefit the writers. "There is a communal value -- they affirm the continuity of our literary culture."
Previous winners of the National Book Award medal being given to Doctorow include Philip Roth, Arthur Miller and Elmore Leonard. Dave Eggers, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and NPR's Terry Gross are among those who have received the Literarian Award.
Angelou, besides being a dancer, actress, filmmaker, singer and activist, has made historic contributions to reading and writing. "Caged Bird" is among the most widely read and widely taught memoirs of the past half-century, memorably documenting her rise from the rural, segregated South to international fame. Her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning," which she recited in 1993 at President Bill Clinton's first inaugural, quickly sold hundreds of thousands of copies.
"What I have always wanted is to be of use," Angelou said. "I will not be abused. I will not be misused -- not willingly. But I will be of use. Anybody who is not of use is useless."
But she has never won such top literary prizes as the Pulitzer or PEN/Faulkner and has never even been a nominee for a National Book Award, although she did serve with historians Robert Caro and Robert K. Massie as a judge in 1978 on the committee for best biography/autobiography. (The winner was W. Jackson Bate's biography of the 18th-century English critic Samuel Johnson.)
Angelou said she never worried about literary honors and that she always felt grateful for the winners.
"I know that makes me sound like all goody two-shoes," she said. "But only one name can be chosen for a prize. ... And, here now, I'm getting an award from the National Book Foundation for lifetime achievement of service to the community! It's a blessing. It's incredible."
A long list of nominees in the four competitive categories for the National Book Awards, which the Book Foundation presents, will be announced later this month. Angelou, whose primary residence is in North Carolina, has been in frail health and is expected to only make a brief appearance at the awards dinner and ceremony on Nov. 20.
Review: Reporters look inside NYPD's spy unit
By Donna Bryson, Associated Press
"Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America" (Touchstone Books), by Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman
In their reporting on a vast police spying operation that targeted Muslim New Yorkers, journalists Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman homed in on a central challenge facing a post 9/11 America. They wrote in one of a series of stories in 2011: "One of the enduring questions of the past decade is whether being safe requires giving up some liberty and privacy."
Since Apuzzo, Goldman and other Associated Press journalists who worked on the spying series won the 2012 Pulitzer for investigative reporting, Americans have grown ever more uneasy about the costs of the war on terror. Journalists like Apuzzo and Goldman have given us the information we need in an urgent national conversation.
Now, Apuzzo and Goldman have written a book that digs more deeply into what they came to see as the New York Police Department's attempt to build its own "miniature CIA." If you're a citizen, you need to read "Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America."
Apuzzo and Goldman frame their narrative within the story of a plot the nation's largest police department failed to uncover despite compiling maps of where Muslims live in New York, sending officers to take notes on conversations in cafes and restaurants in the city's Arab neighborhoods and designating mosques as "criminal enterprises" in order to maximize their oversight powers.
"When it mattered most, those programs failed," Apuzzo and Goldman write after describing how NYPD spies visited Najibullah Zazi's mosque in New York and the travel agency where he bought tickets to fly to Pakistan for al-Qaida training, but missed the young Afghan immigrant and his radicalization. In 2010, Zazi pleaded guilty to terrorism charges and confessed to plotting to bomb New York's subway system. The plot was foiled largely by the FBI.
Apuzzo and Goldman quote a supporter of New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as saying the NYPD foiled at least 14 Islamic terrorist plots. The journalists question those numbers.
"The NYPD's combination of publicity and secrecy prevented people from assessing whether its intelligence programs worked and are worth the cost in money and trust," write Apuzzo and Goldman, who went over hundreds of internal police memos and interviewed intelligence sources.
The Zazi passages can read like padding. But in that affair, the authors have a story worthy of a thriller. The book is peopled with spies, terrorists and decorated war heroes. The prose is declarative and compelling, with touches of humor: "Unlike your typical company ... office politics at the CIA were played by people TRAINED to lie, cheat, and manipulate."
New York police chief Kelly brought in a former CIA analyst to build "a deep roster of undercover officers, a web of informants and a team of linguists and analysts that were unrivaled by any police department in the country."
The operation, with a budget of $43 million and 400 staffers, took cues from Israel even though, as Apuzzo and Goldman point out, Brooklyn and Queens "were not occupied territories or disputed land." New York police officers were posted to London, Tel Aviv and Lyon. Really?
Yet, the book is sympathetic to police officials determined, even desperate, to protect a city that had been the target of a devastating terrorist attack. The authors' most pointed criticism is for those who failed to provide the oversight necessary in our check-and-balance democracy. Politicians and reporters were too quick to simply accept that police were doing the right thing. The FBI, whose agents knew what was going on in New York's mini CIA, could have opened a civil rights investigation, Apuzzo and Goldman write, but "there was little appetite for such a confrontation."
I was a reporter in Cairo on Sept. 11, 2001. My Arab colleagues seemed to realize even as they watched TV images of towers crumbling that the attacks would have a profound impact on their lives and their nations. Since returning to the United States, I have seen my fellow Americans grappling with how much they and their country have been changed.
Did, for example, the "security at any cost" mentality of the spy operation help fuel the NYPD's stop and frisk initiative? In calling for bringing that practice within the Constitution, U.S. District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin cited New York Times columnist Charles Blow. Blow says allowing security fears to outweigh Constitutional considerations amounts to "burning down a house to rid it of mice."
Apuzzo and Goldman have sounded an alarm.
Review: Latest in Fargo series is good read
By Jeff Ayers, Associated Press
"The Mayan Secrets: a Fargo Adventure" (Putnam), by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry
The Clive Cussler empire expands with another title in the Sam and Remi Fargo series. Co-written with Thomas Perry, "The Mayan Secrets" is also the best of the series so far.
The Fargo husband-and-wife treasure-hunting duo have had success in finding lost treasures. They have plenty of money and don't have to worry about day jobs or spending a month at a time away from home. So when an earthquake hits a section of Mexico, they feel compelled to supply humanitarian aid.
While giving their assistance, they stumble on an ancient Mayan artifact. This sealed pot clutched in the hands of a skeleton clearly has significance, and to make sure it's not damaged or lost in the cleanup, Sam and Remi have it shipped to their home in San Diego with the assurance they will give it back to the Mexican government.
When they open the pot, they discover a book that contains information about the Mayan culture. Word spreads of their find, and soon a woman arrives on their doorstep demanding the book.
The Fargo series has been the forgotten child of the various series that Cussler writes with several co-authors. This time, the story and characters gel into an adventure that feels like Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures.
Perry has written many terrific novels, and it's understandable why Cussler would want to write with him. Their first collaboration was spotty at best, but this time they've found their groove, and the end result is a blast.
'The Maid's Version' is superbly textured novel
By Bruce DeSilva, Associated Press
"The Maid's Version" (Little, Brown and Company), by Daniel Woodrell
It's been several years since the publication of Daniel Woodrell's slim, harrowing and much-celebrated "Winter's Bone." Now "The Maid's Version" has finally hit the bookstores, and it's even slimmer -- just 164 pages. But don't let that fool you. Woodrell can pack more story, truth and human emotion in that space than most writers can in three times the pages.
The new novel was inspired by a real event, an explosion that destroyed a dance hall in West Plains, Mo., in the 1920s, killing dozens of young people. Growing up in the Ozarks, Woodrell heard the back-porch stories -- whispers that the tragedy was no accident and that someone a member of his family once worked for might have somehow been to blame.
The author chose to tell his highly fictionalized version of a story through the memories of Alma DeGeer Dunahew as she gradually reveals facts, rumors and suspicions to her grandson. Alma -- bitter, vengeful and somewhat dotty -- thinks the rich banker she once worked for as a maid deliberately caused the explosion that killed, among others, her promiscuous sister. But other characters, including mobsters from St. Louis, local gypsies and a preacher who saw the dance hall as a den of iniquity, provide a host of plausible suspects.
The book's first line introduces Alma from the grandson's point of view in Woodrell's typically stark fashion: "She frightened me every dawn the summer I stayed with her."
On one level, the story is a who-dunnit, but it is much more than that. "The Maid's Version" is a superbly textured novel about a community coping with tragedy and poisoned by suspicions and festering anger. It is a novel about memory and about growing old. And it is also an exploration of the nature of storytelling itself.
Woodrell tells his story partly through the colloquial voices of its Ozark characters and partly through narration that manages to be both hard-boiled and richly poetic. Readers will be reminded once again why critics so often compare him to William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy.
Bruce DeSilva, winner of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award, is the author of "Cliff Walk" and "Rogue Island."
Survivor of Boston Marathon attacks has book deal
NEW YORK (AP) -- A man who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombings but managed to help identify the perpetrators is working on a memoir.
Jeff Bauman has a deal with Grand Central Publishing for "Stronger," scheduled to come out in April, one year after the attacks that killed three and injured many others. He is working on the book with Bret Witter, whose previous works include such best sellers as "Dewey" and "Until I Say Goodbye."
Grand Central announced Wednesday that the book would focus on Bauman's experiences during and after the bombings. He had been at the finish line, waiting for his girlfriend to complete the race, when the bombs exploded.
Bauman is currently a motivational speaker and said in statement that he wanted his book to "inspire others."