Help decide what Everett will read in February

Remember last February when Sherman Alexie came to town and we all read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian? Well the Everett Reads! program is at it again. February 2013 may seem like it is far off, but we in the library world like to plan ahead and this year we need your help.

We have compiled a list of potential selections for Everett Reads! this February, but need your help in making the final decision. Why don’t you take a few moments and choose the title you would pick. You can choose at this link, or come into the library and fill out a paper form.

In order to help your decision, the contenders are listed below with a brief synopsis to refresh your memory taken from our catalog. Don’t take too long though; you only have until Sept. 30th to get your selection to us.

Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George

Lynley is sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Creswell at the request of the man’s wealthy uncle. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise, but when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio’s digging finds that the clan is awash in secrets, lies and motives.

Ed King by David Guterson

When a mild-mannered actuary sleeps with the sexy British au pair who’s taking care of his children in Seattle in 1962, he sets in motion a tragedy of epic proportions. Their orphaned child, adopted and adored, grow up to be Edward Aaron King, a billionaire Internet tycoon and international celebrity— who unknowingly hurtles through life toward a fate he may have no power to shape.

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

The bestselling author of “Devil in the White City” turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

Robopacalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

Two decades into the future humans are battling for their very survival when a powerful AI computer goes rogue, and all the machines on earth rebel against their human controllers.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher’s soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe’s maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver.

The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter

Matt Prior is losing his job, his wife, and his house, and he’s about to lose his mind—until he discovers a way that he might possibly be able to save it all.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber

Here is a vibrant, humorous memoir of growing up with a gregarious Jordanian father who loved to cook. Diana Abu-Jaber weaves the story of her life in upstate New York and in Jordan around vividly remembered meals: everything from Lake Ontario shish kabob cookouts with her Arab-American cousins to goat stew feasts under a Bedouin tent in the desert.

West of Here by Jonathan Evison

Since the dawn of recorded history, the Klallam Indians have thrived upon the bounty of the Elwha River. In 1889, on the eve of Washington’s statehood, the Olympic Peninsula remains America’s last frontier. But not for long. As northwestern expansion reaches its feverish crescendo, the clock is ticking…

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

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