Blog Image

Introducing…Nancy’s Pearls!

Posted on February 22, 2016

Nancy Pearl’s Large Print Picks!

The World of Collection Development Is Your Oyster with Nancy’s Pearls

The large print section is one of the most popular areas of any public library – serving readers of all ages and reading abilities.  But when budgets are limited, choosing the right titles can be difficult.  How can you know which new titles will be the most sought after and beloved?  Sigh…if only you could tap into the expertise of the nation’s most recognized librarian known for her particular insight into reader tastes and interests….

Oh, wait.  You totally can.

Starting this month (and then every quarter for this year), Thorndike Press will bring you Nancy’s Pearls – eight titles recommended by Nancy for your Large Print Collection.

Her recommendations for this quarter include:
  • Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie — In the stunning conclusion to the trilogy, Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew and leave the people of Athoek Station in terrible danger. The odds aren’t good — but that’s never stopped her before.
  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan — An old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little understood art.
  • Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books by Michael Dirda — This volume collects 50 of Dirda’s witty and wide-ranging reflections on literary journalism, book collecting, and the writers he loves.
  • Death Wears a Mask by Ashley Weaver — Amory agrees to help lay a trap for a jewel thief at a lavish masked ball — and then one of the illustrious party guests is murdered.
  • Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben — Maya, a former special ops pilot, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe — who was brutally murdered two weeks ago.
  • Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig — An unlikely pair light out on the road together, meeting an ensemble of characters and having rollicking misadventures along the way. Charming, wise, and slyly funny, this is a last sweet gift from a treasured writer.
  • Treachery at Lancaster Gate: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel by Anne Perry — The latest Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery peers unflinchingly into the corrupt affairs of Victorian society on the brink of the century’s turn.
  • The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories by Ian Rankin –Collects all of Ian Rankin’s Rebus short stories for the first time, including two never-before published tales.
Nancy Pearl -69_RTAbout Nancy

The New York Times calls her “the talk of librarian circles.” In 2011, Library Journal called her Librarian of the Year. In 2004, she was named the 50th winner of the Women’s National Book Association Award for her extraordinary contribution to the world of books. We call her a brilliant collection development advisor.

Since the release of the best-selling Book Lust in 2003 and the librarian action figure modeled in her likeness, Nancy Pearl has become a rock star among readers and the tastemaker people turn to when deciding what to read next. She is a regular commentator about books on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” and she co-hosts the podcast That Stack of Books, available on ITunes. Find her on Twitter as @Nancy_Pearl and visit her website at to learn more about Nancy.

More recommendations are still to come, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, to place your order for this quarter’s picks, call 800-223-1244 or visit




Leave a Comment