Featured Authors - ABCReads

A selection of recommended books from the ABCReads blog

Introduction

abc reads is the organizational blog of the Public Library ABQ-BERNCO. On this Featured Authors page, we repost and reinvigorate contributions from the past several years. Scroll to see recommendations of great authors and click the ABCReads links to visit the blog website!

Entries


Rudolfo Anaya - April 16, 2011

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Anaya is the quintessential New Mexico author. Most his stories take place in the region and explore the relationship between the native culture and that which arrived with the expansion of the southwest US. His debut novel, Bless Me, Ultima, won the Premio Quinto Sol literary award, establishing Anaya as a critical voice for Chicano issues. Born in 1937 in Pastura, New Mexico, Anaya moved around the state and finally settled in Albuquerque, where he earned several degrees from UNM and found his style in a variation of Magical Realism and "the duality of Chicano identity — an Aztec-Spanish past, an English-speaking present." Biography from Literary Reference Center.

Links to reviews of selected titles. Click on the image to view catalog records at the Public Library ABQ-BERNCO. Links are best viewed from a branch; otherwise some links will require users to log in.

  1. NEA Big Read Interview
  2. Goodreads reviews of Jemez Spring

  3. LA Times Book Review of Albuquerque

  4. UNM Press Summary and Acclaim for The First Tortilla

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Amy Stewart - February 28, 2013

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Amy Stewart's nature writing explores the perils and pleasures of the natural world, ranging from her first gardening experience, to darkly comical books about plants and bugs, to an investigation into the flower business. An avid gardener, her well-researched books display passion for her subjects as well as a fascinating array of information, and she is multi-disciplinary in her approach, including history, mythology, and commerce as well as science. Stewart's use of humor and her sense of connection to people and places keep her books engaging. Start with: Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects. Biography from NoveList Plus.

Links to catalog records at the Public Library ABQ-BERNCO and to reviews of selected titles. Links are best viewed from a library branch.

  1. Lady Cop Makes Trouble OneClickdigital eAudioBook

  2. Girl Waits With Gun Library Catalog Record

  3. Wicked Plants: The weed that killed Lincoln's mother and other botanical atrocities Library Catalog Record

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Lev Grossman - March 10, 2015

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The son of two English professors, Grossman has been writing for periodicals and penning his own creative stories since the mid 1990's. With his Magicians series, he joined the company of writers like R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan; some have likened the series to Harry Potter, except for adults. But the complex plots and even more complex characters -- who fight with the modern maladies of depression, a longing for creativity, and escapism via technology -- set the author apart and make for an outstanding read.

Links to the catalog record at the Public Library ABQ-BERNCO, interviews with the author, and author homepage.

  1. The Magicians: Season One (Video) Library Catalog Record

  2. The Codex (Ebook and Bound Copy) Library Catalog Records

  3. The Magician King (Also available as eBook) Library Catalog Record


Sigrid Nunez - May 31, 2016

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Sigrid Nunez published her first book, A Feather on the Breath of God in 1995. It was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction and also received the Association for Asian American Studies Award for best novel of the year. More information from NPR author/subject page

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  1. Last of Her Kind New York Times Book Review & Library Catalog Record

  2. Naked Sleeper NoveList Review & Library Catalog Record

  3. Salvation City (Available as eBook from the Public Library ABQ-BERNCO) NoveList Review & Library Catalog Record

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Pat Barker - September 20, 2016

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Barker dramatizes the events and circumstances of WWI through character-driven stories and powerful dialogue that will keep readers moving through her single works and trilogies. Biography from Literary Reference Center.

Links to the catalog record at the Public Library ABQ-BERNCO and to reviews of selected titles. Links are best viewed from a branch; otherwise some links will require users to log in.

  1. Noonday NoveList Review & Library Catalog Record

  2. Toby's Room NoveList Review & Library Catalog Record

  3. The Ghost Road NoveList Review & Library Catalog Record

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