Wednesday, December 23, 2009

ricklibrarian Books That Matter 2009 and Other Awards

2009 was an exciting year for my family. We visited our mothers in Arizona and Texas, attended the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, enjoyed a great summer filled with cultural activities, and took a trip to Australia and New Zealand. I also published a book. It will be difficult for 2010 to match the past year.

Looking back, I see many books and movies worth remembering. So it is time again to issue the ricklibrarian Books That Matter and Other Awards. Happy Holiday Reading!

Recent Nonfiction

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder

Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave Trading Family in U. S. History by Thomas Norman DeWolf

The Oxford Project with photographs by Peter Feldstein and text by Stephen G. Bloom

White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple

The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America by Raymond Arsenault

Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet by Edward Humes

Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and His Brothers in the Civil War by Robert Roper

The Painter's Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art by Hugh Howard

Recent Fiction

Dream City by Brendan Short

The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Great Old Books

Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?: From the Projects to Prep School by Charlise Lyles

Children's Books

Little Audrey by Ruth White

Babar's Museum of Art (Closed Mondays) by Laurent de Brunhoff

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
by Kadir Nelson

Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand


The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

Readers' Advisory - It has been a great year in this category.

The Inside Scoop: A Guide to Nonfiction Investigative Writing and Exposés
by Sarah Statz Cords

Read On ... Women's Fiction by Rebecca Vnuk

The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, Second Edition
by Joyce Saricks

Read On ... Life Stories by Rosalind Reisner


The Singing Revolution

Curse of the Golden Flower

Nobody Knows

As We Forgive


Blog in Library Science

Points of Reference

Presentations at Conferences

Rethinking Reference Collections

Helping Job Hunters: Recommendations and Resources for Librarians

Unconference at ALA in Chicago

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