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Tomboy Bride

September 29, 2011

https://i2.wp.com/i43.tower.com/images/mm101905392/tomboy-bride-harriet-fish-backus-paperback-cover-art.jpgAuthor:  Harriet Fish Backus, foreword by Pam Houston.
Title:  Tomboy Bride: A Woman’s Personal Account of Life in Mining Camps of the West
Genre:  Western; Nonfiction.
Publication Date:  1969
Number of Pages:  306
Geographical Setting:  Telluride, CO; British Columbia; Idaho; and Leadville, CO
Time Period:  Early 20th Century
Series (If applicable):  N/A
Plot Summary:  Harriet Fish leaves her comfortable modern life to follow her high school sweetheart to the heights of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado.  This endearing true story details what life was like for the wife of a miner at the end of the glory days of the old west.  The story truly begins in the Tomboy Mines, high up above Telluride, CO.  There is only one road between Tomboy and Telluride and during winter it’s barely wide enough for two riders to pass each other.  The adventures that the young couple faces at the Tomboy mines are just the beginning of their story.  They face floods and fire in British Columbia, isolation in Elk City, Idaho and deadly storms and claim jumpers in Leadville, CO.  Through it all, it is the love that Harriet and George have for each other and their family that sees them through. This is a story about female relationships, daily struggles, survival, adventure, and love.

Subject Headings:  Western; Nonfiction; Colorado; British Columbia; Idaho; Mining; San Juan Mountains; Rocky Mountains; 20th Century; High Altitude Cooking.

Appeal:  Endearing; leisurely-pace; densely written; funny; real; human and animal struggles; female relationships; character-centered; descriptive settings; straightforward; women; romantic; western; nostalgic; historical details.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: descriptive settings; female relationships; historical details.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:
A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Lucy Bird.  This is the story of a woman who travels through the Rocky Mountains unaccompanied in the 1870s, her remarkable story is captured in her letters back to her sister in England.
Ghost Towns of the Mountain West: Your Guide to the Hidden History and Old West Haunts of Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Nevada by Philip Varney.  This book provides maps, descriptions, and stories of ghost towns throughout the West.  Those who enjoyed reading about the mines from the perspective of someone who lived at that time might enjoy reading about what they’ve become.
Silver Queen: The Fabulous Story of Baby Doe Tabor by Caroline Bancroft.  Bancroft tells the true story of the 2nd wife of Horace Tabor, a tale about a woman who had it all and lost it all.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:
My Ántonia by Willa Cather.  The classic story of an immigrant who must make her way in the American West.  There is an emphasis on the female characters; this is a love story, coming of age novel and a western.
Woman of the Frontier by Zane Grey.  The story of the struggles and hardships of a pioneer family trying to survive in Arizona.  Depicts strengths, struggles, and weaknesses of women trying to make it in the West.
These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine by Nancy Turner.  Turner tells the story of an uneducated pioneer woman who, against all odds, educates herself and learns how to survive and thrive in the “wild west”.                       Name:  Jessica Lake

Neverwhere

September 28, 2011

Author: Gaiman, Neil

Title: Neverwhere

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: 1996

Number of Pages: 370 p.

Geographical Setting: London

Time Period: present day

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: In this gritty urban fantasy, an ordinary character suddenly finds himself thrust into a wonderfully dark and twisted adventure.  Richard Meyhew is an average Scottish bloke living in London who leads an ordinary life, is engaged to a
beautiful woman and is happily moving up the corporate ladder.  His world is turned upside down, however, when he finds a strange young woman bleeding on the side of the road one night.   The appearance of two villainous men who are on her trail and her display of strange talents lead Richard to suspect she is no ordinary woman.  His desire to help her leads him into a series of amazing adventures in “London Below,” a bizarre society under the street of London filled with otherworldly characters, mythic beasts and sudden violence that force Richard to discover parts of himself that he did not know existed.  The blend of literary illusions, nonstop action, interesting characters, and an intricately plotted quest that takes place in the parallel world of London’s underground make this a compelling read.

Subject Headings:

Underground homeless persons Fiction; Underground areas Fiction; Businessmen Fiction; Subways Fiction; London (England) Fiction;
Fantasy fiction; Horror fiction.

Appeal Terms:

Dark fantasy; menacing atmosphere; nightmarish; intricate;
dangerous situations; edgy; gritty; eccentric characters; intruiging plot
twists; contemporary urban setting; witty; imaginative and surreal.

Three Words That Describe This Book: dark fantasy, edgy, intricate

Three relevant
authors and works (Fiction):

Terry Pratchett, The
Color of Magic.  
Book one of a
series, this novel tells the story of a tourist named Twoflower and a wizard as
they journey through a magical world.
Gaiman fans should enjoy the British humor and hapless protagonist.

Charles de Lint, The
Painted Boy
. The pioneer of urban fantasy, de Lint writes about fantastic
worlds that are parallel to ours.

Steven Millhauser, We
Others: New and Selected Stories
.  Millhauser
writes imaginative and thoughtful stories that are often allegories.  This collection features a vivid and
fantastic world peopled with offbeat but sympathetic characters.

Three relevant
authors and works (Nonfiction):

Marjorie Braymen , Atlantis, the
Biography of a Legend
.  This book examines
the legends of several centuries concerning the existence of Atlantis, the city
lost to the sea.

J.Mordaunt Crook The British
Museum
.  This reference book tells you everything you
need to know about the history and the collection contained at the British
Museum.

W.J. Passingham Romance of
London’s Underground
.  A unique history of
London’s subways the will explain origins of the names of the stops described
in Neverwhere.

Meghan

North and South

September 28, 2011

Author: John Jakes

Title: North and South

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: 1982

Number of Pages: 812

Geographical Setting: North and South United States, Mexico, West
Point, New York State.

Time Period: 1842-1861

Series (If applicable):
Part 1 of The North and South trilogy

Plot Summary:  The story revolves around the Hazards from Pennsylvania and the Mains from South Carolina during the time period from 1842 to the breakout of the Civil War.  George Hazard and Orry Main meet as cadets at West Point in 1842 and serve together during the Mexican War where Orry is severely injured and released from service. The men meet again closer to the onset of the Civil War and resume their friendship.  The book is made up of various family related conflicts but places emphasis on the two family’s
differences.  These would be common differences that set apart Northern and Southern Americans from one another at this point in time.  The Mains are rice growing southerners while the Hazards are industrial business minded northerners.  The issue of slavery is also a central part of the story.

Subject Headings: Family relationships, abolitionists, United States, History, 19th Century, Slavery, Revenge

 Appeal: Character-driven, historical details, dense, descriptive, accurate, emotionally charged, engaging, dramatic, complex

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Character-driven, historical details, engaging

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Battle Cry of Freedom: The
Civil War Era
by James McPherson.  Although the book deals with the entire Civil
War emphasis is placed on pre-war economical and political issues that drove
the war.

The Civil War by Bruce Catton.  Although
covering the entire war this book does cove the pre-war time periods that Jake’s
North and South takes place.

The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote.  Foote’s
historical series flows like a well written novel.  Time line wise volume 1 will coincide the
most with Jake’s North and South.

 3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara. This book deals with time period in the prior to
the outbreak of the Civil War.

Killer Angels by Michael Shaara.  This
book presents the Civil War from both the Northern and Southern
perspectives.

The Winds of War by Herman Wouk.  Although
not from the Civil War time period.
Similar to Jakes, Wouk is historically accurate and the book deals with
war time family situations.

Name: Bill P.

The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint

September 28, 2011

Title:  The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint

Author:  Udall, Brady

Publication Date:  2001

Number of Pages:  423

Genre:  Western

Geographical Setting:  The American West (mostly Arizona and Utah)

Time Period:  Modern setting, but otherwise unspecified date.  Spans first approximately thirty years of Edgar’s life.

Series:  N/A

Plot Summary:  At the age of seven, Edgar Presley Mint has his head run over by a mail truck.  Half Apache and half white, the story of Edgar Mint begins with his miraculous recovery in the hospital.  Abandoned by his alcoholic mother and crazed grandmother who give Edgar up for dead, Edgar is orphaned and sent to live at an Apache reservation school for delinquents with an old and distant uncle.  At the school, Edgar’s otherworldliness, introversion, and inability to socially mingle immediately type him as an outcast.  Armed with a typewriter and a dum-dum loving friend named Cecil, Edgar learns how to survive against the cruelty of children and the ignorance of adults while never losing his innocent yet perceptive outlook on life.  Edgar is then discovered and converted to the Mormon religion by two missionaries and is sent to live with a foster family in Utah, where he again struggles with the concepts of family, love, pain, and growing up.  The story is told from Edgar’s point of view, using alternating first-person and third-person perspectives.  The novel chronicles the life of Edgar from age seven until approximately age thirty, focusing on the years from 7-15 as Edgar encounters hardship after hardship, yet never completely losing faith that the miracle of his survival happened for a reason.  This is a beautifully written, picaresque novel that depicts the very unique character of Edgar Mint, a boy who doesn’t seem to fit anywhere yet tries with all his might to find the one place that he does.  Winner of the Spur Award (best novel of the American West) in 2002, it is thought-provoking and revealing, addressing real issues of Native Americans in the contemporary west, and emotionally engages the reader with Edgar’s quest from page one.

Subject Headings:  Apache Indians; Arizona; Head wounds and injuries; orphans; foster home care; boys; coming-of-age; Mormons; alcohol and drug abuse; families and family dysfunction; reservation schools; hospitals.

Appeal:  character centered, coming-of-age story, single point of view, linear storyline, emotionally engaging, moderately paced, picaresque, Dickensian storytelling, funny, heart-breaking, detailed setting, conversational, multicultural, quirky character, thoughtful, hopeful.

3 Terms that best describe this book: Emotionally engaging, funny, thoughtful

3 Relevant Authors and Works (Fiction): The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti (also features young, disabled protagonist on a journey to self-discovery).  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (adventures of a young boy growing up in a specific racial climate). The Misadventures of Silk and Shakespeare by Winfred Blevins (coming-of-age story that takes place in the West, humorous tone like certain parts in Edgar)

3 Relevant Authors and Works (Nonfiction):  Addie  by Mary Lee Settle (a nonfiction memoir that recounts the childhood of a young girl in the Kahawha Valley of West Virginia during the Great Depression); Oh what a slaughter: massacres in the American West, 1846-1890 by Larry McMurtry (recounts the slaughter of Native Americans in the West, authored by prolific and well-respected Western writer); Sitting Bull by Bill Yenne (documents the life of Sitting Bull, starting from his youth).

Name:  Rebecca C.

Neverwhere

September 28, 2011

Author: Gaiman, Neil

Title:  Neverwhere

Genre:  Fantasy Fiction

Publication Date: 2007 (recorded)

Number of pages: 10 sound discs (12.5 hours)

Geographical Setting: Present-Day London (England) and fantasy London Below

Time period: Contemporary

Series:  N/A

Plot Summary: The book tells a story of a young Englishman, Richard Mayhew, who enjoys routine and avoids conflict, that is until he impulsively helps a girl he finds bleeding on a sidewalk and is thrust into a fantastic world of London Below. There Richard and his companions, the girl named Door, a shadowy figure-Marquis de Carabas, and a she-warrior named Hunter, embark on a suspenseful quest of obsession, revenge against a powerful evil, and a desire to return home. This strangely believable parallel universe of London Below is inhabited by humans who “have fallen through the cracks” of the modern city, by revered rats, chilling vampires, brilliant angels, and many other colorful villains and heroes, amongst them a deliciously wicket couple of werewolf-like creatures, Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar, who add a brilliant touch of Victorian macabre to this story. In his imagining of London Below, Gaiman blends history, mythology and religion with the issues of good and evil, while on a deeper level the author sheds a satirical light on Londoners’ modern-day inability to “see” people who are homeless, addicted or just different.  Neverwhere is a fast-paced book with a dark and suspenseful story and a rich set of fantastic characters. The story is also sprinkled with witty word puns and literary allusions, making this book appealing not only to the fans of urban fantasy but to the readers of dark literary fiction. Finally, the unabridged, audio version of this book, as narrated by the author, only makes the story better. Neil Gaiman provides an intimate and pitch-perfect reading of the book. His accent emphasizes the setting of the story, his varied dialects provide unique personalities to the characters, and his even and calm tone adds to the suspense of the plot.

Subject Headings: English fiction—20th century, Parallel Universes, Quests, Underground Worlds, Villains, Heroes, Angels, Go0d and Evil.

Appeal: suspenseful, dark, menacing, character-driven, chilling, intricately-plotted, entertaining, witty, world-building, fast-paced, intimately-narrated, original, urban, imaginative.

3 Appeal Terms that Best Describe this Book: dark, engrossing, intimately-narrated.

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

1) London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets by Peter Ackroyd: a witty and engaging story about everything that lies underneath London, from streams, animals, ghost stories, Roman buildings to Victorian sewers, gang hideouts and modern train stations.

2) Necropolis: London and Its Dead by Catharine Arnold: a macabre historical tour of London’s dead with an emphasis on London’s plagues, fires, and burial grounds hidden underneath the contemporary city.

3) A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirit by Carol K. Mack and Dinah Mack: a great reference guide to the world’s most famous folkloric and mythological spirits, their sources and their role in the society.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

1) A Madness of Angels: or the Resurrection of Matthew Swift by Kate Griffin: a dark and witty story of Matthew Swift who wakes up in his London bed two years after being murdered and starts his quest for revenge.

2) The Pillars of Creation by Terry Goodkind: a story of a young woman, Jennsen, compelled by inhuman voices in her head on a vengeful quest against the demonic powers.

3) Kraken: an Anatomy by China Mieville: another urban fantasy vision of London (England), in which Billy, a young museum curator, is propelled into a supernatural underworld filled with magic squids, witches, golems and warriors.

Megan Rosol

The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell

September 28, 2011

Author: Loraine Despres

Title: The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell

Genre: Historical fiction, Humorous, Romance

Publication Date: 2005

Number of Pages: 335

Geographical Setting: Gentry, Louisiana, USA

Time Period: 1920

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: Widowed, rebellious Belle Cantrell is fighting for the vote in a small, Louisiana town in 1920 when she meets the mysterious, Chicagoan Rafe Rubenstein.  Belle tries to stay within the rules of  The Primer of Propriety for a lady but sometimes can’t help herself from indulging in some rule breaking.

Subject Headings: Women’s lives, Louisiana, 1920’s United States, women’s rights, suffrage movement

Appeal: atmospheric, gentle, relaxed writing, engaging, humorous, eccentric characters, flawed characters, closed-ending, character-driven, rural, small-town, conversational, nostalgic, impassioned

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Humorous, romantic, strong sense of place

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment by Eleanor Cliff. The history of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States.

A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot by Mary Walton. Biography of Alice Paul, a leader in the suffrage movement in the United States, who created the ‘Silent Sentinels’ were the first to picket the White House using peaceful civil disobedience.

Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement by Sally Gregory McMillen. Provides the early history of the women’s rights movement starting with the 1848 Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention and its impact on the movement and future women’s issues.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg.  This heartwarming novel is set in the southern United States1930’s with strong, unconventional female leads. The characters encounter racism in their small town while finding love

Loose Lips by Rita Mae Brown. Estranged sisters in small town Maryland are forced to open a beauty salon together during World War II with conversational writing  and a strong sense of place.

 The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora WeltyA widowed women returns home to Mississippi but eventually better understands herself and her family in this nostalgic, moving novel.

Name: Noelle Swanson

 

Neverwhere

September 28, 2011

Author: Gaiman, Neil

Title: Neverwhere

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: 1997

Number of Pages: 370

Geographical Setting: London, England

Time Period: Contemporary

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: Richard Mayhew, a young man with a steady job and a demanding fiancée, is living a perfectly normal life in London, until one night he encounters a young woman bleeding on the sidewalk and comes to her aid. After helping this young woman named Door, Richard finds himself part of a world that exists under London where rats rule and is filled with strange people and creatures who have fallen through the cracks of Upper London. Door is being pursued by the diabolical Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar, who have already killed the rest of her family, and Richard joins Door on a quest to find out why her family has been killed and why she is next. The quest takes Richard into a dark and dangerous world that will change his life forever.

Subject Headings: London, Urban Fantasy, Adventure/Quest

Appeal: Menacing Atmosphere, Dark Humor, Suspenseful, Multiple Points of View, Eccentric characters, Imaginative, Violent, Character-centered, Plot Twists, Descriptive, Urban, Gritty

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Imaginative, Violent, Urban

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?): Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, Charles de Lint, Robin McKinley. According to NoveList, readers who enjoy the humor in Neil Gaiman’s books, will enjoy Terry Pratchett’s British humor (The Color of Magic). Stephen King’s fantasy novels are darkly humorous (The Gunslinger). Charles de Lint and Robin McKinley write urban fantasy novels (The Onion Girl, Sunshine)

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

1) London Under: The Secret History Beneath The Streets by Peter Ackroyd. The author takes the reader into the fascinating, hidden world beneath Modern-day London.

2) Rats: Observations o the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan. This book contains everything you ever wanted to know about the urban rat.

3) Secret London: Exploring the Hidden City with Original Walks and Unusual Places to Visit by Andrew Duncan. This would be the perfect book for anyone inspired by Neverwhere to explore hidden London on their own.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

1) The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett. This novel would appeal to readers who enjoyed the humor in Neverwhere.

2) Sunshine by Robin McKinley. This novel has dark humor and involves a quest with two unlikely companions.

3) The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. This series features a quest across a dark landscape filled with dangerous creatures.

Name: Elizabeth Allen

Legends of Shannara: Bearers of the Black Staff

September 28, 2011

Author: Terry Brooks

Title: Bearers of the Black Staff

Genre: Fantasy fiction

Publication Date: August 24, 2010

Number of Pages: 353 pages (audio – 12 CDs)

Geographical Setting: A mythical, protected valley called Shannara.

Time Period: Post Apocalyptic

Series: Legends of Shannara

Plot Summary: In a valley protected by magical mists and a loner, Sider Ament, two young trackers find that demons have breached their valley and killed innocent trackers.  Sider is the only surviving member of the Knights of the Word and the Bearer of the Black staff.  He and the trackers seek to warn the inhabitants of the valley- humans, elves, lizards and spiders.  In doing so, they put themselves in danger from those who believe that the failure of the mists means the second coming of their God.  This forces them to seek help from other species in order to protect the impending demon invasion. They join with an Elven cast of characters and other humans to defend their valley. In their quest they encounter duplicitous royalty, demons, and the religious, who are on their own quest for power.  Sider Ament’s personal quest is to find a worthy successor to bear the black staff. The audio book is narrated by Phil Gigante, who is known for his ability to do characterizations. Listening to the audio version brings all of these characters to life.

Subject Headings: Refugees; Survival; Magic; Trolls; Knights and Knighthood; Magic sticks; Good and evil; Shannara (Imaginary place)
Appeal: reflective, fast-paced, engrossing, compelling, dangerous, foreboding, heartwarming, optimistic, flawed but memorable characters, well-developed, multiple plot lines, mystical, world building, nostalgic.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: heroic, richly detailed, strong sense of place.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

1) Tolkien & C.S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship by Colin Duriez. A commentary on the friendship and the inspiration for each authors’ fantasy works, including their spiritual beliefs.

2) Tales from a Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien.  A collection of short fantasy novellas and poetry with illustrations.

3) The Mythical Creatures Bible: The Definitive Guide to Legendary Beings by Brenda Rosen. Illustrations and history of the origins of mythical creatures and their basis in reality.

 

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

1)  Dragons of Autumn Twilight (DragonLance saga) by Margaret Weis. A world-building and fast-paced work including themes of good and evil with magic wielding creatures and humans.

2) Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters Fantasies) by Juliet Marillier.  These stories have young heroes/heroines that are noble, but sometimes behave badly.  They learn from their experiences and sometimes are fighting religious battles.

3) The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan. This series is chosen for the story of unlikely heroes banding together with other species to go on a dangerous quest in order to defeat evil.

Name:Cheryl R.

Butcher’s Crossing

September 28, 2011

Author: John Edward Williams

Title: Butcher’s Crossing

Genre: Western / Literary Fiction

Publication Date: 1960

Number of Pages: 240

Geographical Setting: Kansas / Colorado

Time Period: 1870s

Plot Summary: Naïve college boy Will Andrews flees his Harvard education for the wide open spaces of the West, where he hopes to find himself. In the Kansas frontier town of Butcher’s Crossing, Andrews hooks up with a hunter named Miller and ends up bankrolling a buffalo hunting expedition to Colorado. Andrews, Miller and the two other men in their crew endure an arduous journey, from survival mode in the wilderness to the ugly process of killing and skinning buffalo. After a point it becomes clear that hunting buffalo is not just an occupation for Miller, but a dangerous obsession—and Andrews is thrown into personal turmoil as his romantic notions of the West and nature are shattered by the grim reality of their journey.

Subject Headings: Western stories; Revisionist westerns; Buffalo hunting; Frontier life; Coming-of-age stories; Man vs. nature

Appeal: austere, cinematic, coming-of-age, descriptive, detailed, evocative, gritty, intense, physical, realistic, relaxed pace, strong sense of place, vivid

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: descriptive, gritty, physical

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

1) The Border and the Buffalo by John R. Cook [Memoir by an actual buffalo hunter that gives a detailed, first-hand account of the buffalo slaughter that occurred in the western territories during this time, as well as other descriptions of frontier life]

2) Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer [Idealistic young intellectual tries to brave the wilderness]

3) The Buffalo Hunters: The Story of the Hide Men by Mari Sandoz [Densely packed history of plains buffalo hunters]

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

1) The Morning River by W. Michael Gear [Both a western and a coming-of-age story; about a naïve Harvard idealist who faces gritty hardship in the west; realistic, descriptive, detailed]

2) Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy [Revisionist western, also about a massacre (of Indians rather than Buffalo) and the harshness of wilderness; gritty, intense, descriptive; Butcher’s Crossing often cited as precursor to this novel]

3) Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry [Western about an arduous journey; relaxed pace, gritty, descriptive]

Name: Brian W.

Dead Until Dark

September 28, 2011

Author: Charlaine Harris

Title: Dead Until Dark

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: 2001

Number of Pages: 292

Geographical Setting:Louisiana

Time Period: Present Day

Series: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Plot Summary:  Sookie Stackhouse seems like a normal small-town Louisiana waitress, but there is something different about her, she has telepathy.   While some might think it would be awesome to hear the thoughts of other people, Sookie finds it to be a curse.  Four years after they came out of the coffin,
Sookie finally meets a real life vampire, Bill Compton.  Sookie is immediately drawn to Bill and although he is a vampire, she is relieved because unlike humans, she cannot hear his thoughts.  Meanwhile, women in the town are being murdered and the only thing they have in common is “relationships”
with vampires, so Sookie fears she might be next.  Sookie, along with Bill, and a cast of quirky characters work to find out who is murdering the women, all while the idea of coexistence between humans and vampires is still fresh.

Subject Headings:  Vampires; Telepathy; Murder; Mystery; Small-town;Louisiana

Appeal: Mysterious, Fast-paced, Witty, Humorous, Steamy, Romantic,
Supernatural, Engaging, Quirky, Contemporary, Small-Town, Imaginative, Upbeat, Flawed characters

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Supernatural, Quirky, Humorous

Similar Authors and Works

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

1) The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the
Invention of Murder
by Daniel Stashower

True crime story of the 1841 murder of a 21 year old woman which was sensationalized becasuse of suspected
connections with Edgar Allen Poe.  (Novel-like writing, murder mystery, engaging)

2) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: a Savannah Story by John Berendt

True story of the murder of a young Savannah, GA boy and the trial that follows. (Murder Mystery, Set in the South, Engaging,
Quirky Characters, sometimes witty)

3) The Vampire Defanged: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero
by Susannah Clements

Analysis of pop culture vampire novels, movies, and television shows, including the Sookie Stackhouse books and
the True Blood television show. (Vampires, Humorous)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

1) Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson

Betsy Taylor is killed in a car accident and becomes undead, this is the story of her foray into the vampire world.  (Fantasy Fiction, Vampire stories, Funny,
Steamy, Fast-paced, Series)

2) Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Follows vampire hunter, Anita Blake as she investigates the murders of innocent vampires. (Fantasy Fiction, Mystery, Fast-Paced, Engaging,
Vampire Stories, Series)

3) One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

Follows bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum on her first assignment to track down the murderer of a vice cop.  (Mystery,
Fast-Paced, Funny, Witty, Series)

Name: Michelle Worthington