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Winter break diversions - librarians' recommendations

Looking for a great recent book, or a captivating film in theaters now, to enjoy over the winter break? Librarians at the Rutgers University Libraries enjoyed the following choices and heartily recommend them.


  • 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami (Sci-fi/fantasy)
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (movie version coming this spring)
  • The Best of Me, by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (recent film too)
  • Zero Day, by David Baldacci
  • Dances with Dragons, by George R. R. Martin (the latest installment in the Game of Thrones series)
  • El ruido de las cosas al caer, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (a suspense filled exploration of Columbia's drug war)
  • Reamde, by Neal Stephenson (a thriller featuring computer game designers, Chinese hackers, Russian mobsters, Jihadists, and American gun enthusiasts)
  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, by Charles Mann
  • And Justice There is None, or A Finer End, or any one of the 13 novels in the Duncan Kincaid/Jemma James mystery series by Deborah Crombie
  • Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized A City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars, by Paul Collins


  • The Artist
  • Hugo
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • War Horse

Posted January 4, 2012