Thursday, January 15, 2009

Survey Results and Tiebreaker poll

Thanks to everyone who voted for the February and March selections.

Our nonfiction reading selection for March will be The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed.

It edged out Here if You Need Me by Kate Braestrup by just one vote.

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed is the 2008 National Book Award Winner in nonfiction and may be in high demand at your library, so you may want to get on the hold list right away.

For the February fiction poll, there was a tie between The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks.

Please vote in the tiebreaker poll below for your top choice by Saturday evening. I'll announce the winner on Sunday.

Here are descriptions of the books again:

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
In his 14th book, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks tells the unforgettable story of a man whose brushes with death lead him to the love of his life.

Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks's new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories only a master such as Sparks can write.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author's tale of gothic strangeness -- featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess,a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.


Michelle said...

I can't seem to vote, but my vote is with the Nicolas Sparks novel.

N.Vasillis said...

I can't seem to vote either, but my vote is for The Thirteenth Tale.

Jill said...

Hi Michelle and Vasilly,
Can you try one more time. For some reason, the poll had closed, and I re-opened it. If it doesn't work, I will be sure to count your votes.


N.Vasillis said...

I voted. Thanks! Have we picked a date yet for February yet? What about the 2nd Friday in February? That will give us all four weeks to read next month's book?

Jill said...

Hi Vasilly,
Excellent suggestion. The Thirteenth Tale was the winner AND the second Friday in Feb is the 13th. Creeeeeeeepy! :)