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Friday, December 30, 2011

New DVDs for the New Year!

Out January 3:

"The Guard" - where international crimefighting meets "The Odd Couple!" - stars Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle ("Iron Man 2")

"The Hangover Part II" - trust this group of friends to complicate a wedding, even in Thailand! - stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifanakis and Ed Helms (TV's "The Office")

"I Don't Know How She Does It" - promotion and temptation takes a marriage of professionals to the limit - stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan

"Mildred Pierce" - the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries based on the provocative novel by James M. Cain and starring Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood and Guy Pearce

"Puncture" - can a contaminated needle cause a local team of personal injury lawyers the famous mounting odds? - stars Chris Evans, Brett Cullen and Michael Biehn

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Reader's Circle

Are you looking to start or join a book club? Welcome! This is a book club networking site with listings for local groups, author events, and phone chats. Check out the link on our Reader's Advisory Blog!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Book Club In A BAG

Welcome to the Merrick Library's Book Club in A Bag Program. Each bag contains 10 copies of a title, discussion information, discussion leader tips, and a book sign up sheet to help the leader keep track of the books. The Reference Department has been very busy gathering multiple copies of several titles for your discussion groups. You will be able to check them out as one complete kit. Also included will be everything you need to lead your group; author biographies, discussion questions, critical material and more! All of the work has already been done for you. All you need are some interested readers, some snacks, great conversation, and you are good to go! Please call the Reference Desk for more information. (516) 377-6112 x112 or x113.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

New DVD Arrivals!

"Apollo 18" - ever wonder why we never went back to the moon? Here's one possible explanation - stars Warren Christie and Lloyd Owen

"The First Grader" - based on the true story of a venerable Kenyan who proves it is never too late to get an education - stars Naomie Harris and Sam Feuer

Monday, December 19, 2011

Books on the Big Screen!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
20 December 2011 (USA)

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman
who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a
young computer hacker.

Director: David Fincher
Writers: Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Stieg Larsson (novel)
Stars:Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Stellan Skarsgård

New DVD Arrivals!

Out December 20:

"Glee: The Concert Movie" - the phenomenally talented cast of Fox's megahit series in performance - includes Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele

"Margin Call" - an investment firm faces possible disaster in the face of 2008's financial meltdown - stars Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany and Demi Moore

"Midnight in Paris" - an engaged couple find they have life options - directed by Woody Allen and starring Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson

"Straw Dogs" - newlyweds seeking peace in a Southern town find anyhing but solace - remake of the 1971 Sam Peckinpah classic and starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and James Woods

"The Tempest" - retelling of Shakespeare's final play concerning magic and revenge - stars Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina and Russell Brand

"Warrior" - enter the world of mixed martial arts and how it divides and then unites a family - stars Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte and Jennifer Morrison

Booklist's Top 10 Health and Wellness Books

Alzheimer’s in America: The Shriver Report on Women and Alzheimer’s. By Maria Shriver and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Peabody Award–winning journalist Shriver presents a comprehensive, heartbreaking account of what it’s like to be an Alzheimer’s patient or caregiver in the U.S. today.

Beautiful Unbroken: One Nurse’s Life. By Mary Jane Nealon.
A poet and a nurse, Nealon draws on her passion for words and preternatural “way” with patients to create an extraordinarily graceful medical memoir and song to caregiving.

Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon. By Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa and Mim Eichler Rivas.
As a teenager in Mexico, Quiñones-Hinojosa was determined to pursue a better life in the U.S., never imagining that he would become a neurosurgeon, professor, and brain-cancer research scientist.

Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It. By Paul R. Epstein and Dan Ferber.
Health and global environment expert Epstein and award-winning science journalist Ferber report on how climate change is already causing an epidemic of epidemics, including malaria and cholera.

Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All. By Paul A. Offit.
Infectious-disease expert Offit intensifies his crusade to encourage parents to trust the scientific data proving the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now: Gaining the Upper Hand in Your Medical Care. By Steven Z. Kussin.
Physician Kussin’s primer on how to get the best possible medical care is dramatic, realistic, and potentially life-saving.

One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing. By Diane Ackerman.
With her signature brilliance and empathy, Ackerman (The Zookeeper’s Wife, 2007) tells the affecting story of how her husband, writer Paul West (The Shadow Factory, 2008), reclaimed language and mobility after a severe stroke.

A Planet of Viruses. By Carl Zimmer.
Zimmer’s information-packed, superbly readable look at virological knowledge awakens readers to the fact that not only are viruses everywhere but we couldn’t live without them.

Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform. By Paul Starr.
Pulitzer Prize winner Starr explicates the controversial Affordable Care Act and questions whether Americans can “summon the elementary decency toward the sick that characterizes other democracies.

The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today. By Rob Dunn.
Biologist Dunn explains that we need the microscopic critters, or tiny “wildlife,” that live in our bodies, and that our fanatic antibacterial efforts make us more, not less, vulnerable to disease.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

New DVD Arrival!

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two" - the young wizard and his friends face the final battle with Lord Voldemort - stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Ralph Fiennes

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Notable Books for Adults List, 2011

Notable Books for Adults List, 2011

Nashville Chrome by Rick Bass.

This lovely and unsettling account of pop trio The Browns reels you in as though the concept of rags to riches were brand new.

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue.

Five-year-old Jack vividly narrates the story of his life confined in a room with his mother in this unsettling exploration of resilience and hope.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.

A‘70s punk band becomes the touchstone for a motley crew who spin their interconnected stories over time and distance.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.

Two men – one black, one white – must confront the secrets surrounding their childhood friendship following the disappearance of two girls in rural Mississippi.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.

This incisive portrait of the fractured Berglund brood captures the zeitgeist of contemporary America.

Next by James Hynes.

Welcome to the worst day of Kevin Quinn’s life as he battles the anxieties of the modern world in steamy Austin, Texas.

The Surrendered by Chang Rae Lee.

The complex entangled lives of three people forever scarred by the Korean War are sympathetically portrayed in gorgeous prose.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes.

An ambitious and idealistic American Marine faces the horror, heroism, futility, and pragmatism of war in this visceral portrayal of life in-country.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel by David Mitchell.

A young clerk attempts to establish himself in the artificial and intense world of Dejima, the Dutch trading colony in 1800s Japan.

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray.

Filled warmth and humor, this coming-of-age novel set in a Dublin boys schools is a sprawling homage to adolescence, string theory, donuts, and unrequited love.

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli.

The adrenaline high that danger offers infects photojournalist Helen Adams as she documents the war in Vietnam.

The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel by Brady Udall.

In this big-hearted novel, Golden Richards and his clan navigate their chaotic lives as each clamors to be noticed.

Monday, December 12, 2011


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Friday, December 9, 2011

New DVD Arrivals!!

"Cowboys and Aliens" - a shackled stranger without memory leads an 1870s Arizona town against a force greater than any outlaw - stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde

"The Debt" - the record is set straight about the capture for Israel of a prominent Nazi war criminal thirty years before - stars Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Jessica Chastain

Book Signing@ Book Revue


Sunday, December 11th, 3pm @ Book Revue in Huntington
Authors JOHN RULLO & KIRPAL GORDON will speak about and sign their respective novels "Planet Love" & "Round Earth, Open Sky."

PLANET LOVE: As the world seems to be turning apocalyptic, John Rullo experiences an inexplicable encounter with a supernatural entity that overwhelms him and turns his life inside out. Just when he thinks he has seen the full picture, a string of events unfold that leads to both the end of the world as he knew it and his role in Earth’s rebirth. Based upon real life events, Planet Love’s story of hope, intrigue and mystery speaks to our everlasting search for the ground of our being and our unity with all life.

ROUND EARTH, OPEN SKY: A psychological suspense thriller and a Native American sci-fi road novel, Round Earth, Open Sky by Kirpal Gordon is also a humorous inquiry into the nature of human identity. Sky Man, an immortal, tricked by human sorcery, falls out of the sky and into a dead human out in the Sonoran desert. When Moses, a Brooklyn photographer heading home, picks him up, every stop reveals another clue to the dead man’s identity which Sky Man coheres in order to make his ascent to his sky people. Available for $14.95 at the show.

A graduate of Queens College with a degree in communication arts and a minor in creative writing, John Rullo has spent the last forty years composing and performing songs in rock bands in the New York metropolitan area. Retired from his day job, he now writes his unique blend of irreverent memoir and Socratic inquiry with the same inspiration he’d first found in songwriting. The father of three grown children, he lives on Long Island with his wife, Joann.

Born and bred and currently in residence in New York City, Kirpal Gordon has also lived in Mexico, the Texas Hill Country, Arizona’s Valley of the Sun, New Orleans and the mid-Hudson Valley. His stories, essays, reviews, prose poems and interviews regularly appear in print and on the net. For samples of his work or information on his literary services, readings and performances, visit

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Books to Movies

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
16 December 2011 (USA)

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and
bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Director: Guy Ritchie
Writers: Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney,
Stars:Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Jared Harris

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New DVDs!

Out December 13:

"Kung Fu Panda 2" - the further animated adventures of Po the Dragon Warrior featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen and Jackie Chan

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" - when a drug makes a chimpanzee human within there is revolution without - stars James Franco, John Lithgow and Frieda Pinto

Monday, December 5, 2011

100 Notable Books of 2011 - NYTIMES.COM

The 100 Notable Books of 2011 according to the New York Times is out!

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Friday, December 2, 2011

New DVD Arrivals!

Just Out:

"Case Histories" - BBC whodunits recently aired on the PBS series "Masterpiece Mystery" and based on the acclaimed novel by Kate Atkinson - stars Jason Isaacs

Out December 2:

"Friends With Benefits" - no matter what a couple does, love has its complications - stars Mila Kunis ("The Black Swan") and Justin Timberlake ("The Social Network")

"The Smurfs" - the animated family favorites have dropped into the real world - stars Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris and featuries the voices of Jonathan Winters, George Lopez and Katy Perry

Out December 6:

"The Help" - the ultimate insider's book turns a Sixties Southern town on its ear - based on the mega-best selling novel by Kathryn Stockett and starring Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard and Cicely Tyson

"Mammuth" - from France - a man takes a motorcycle trip to insure his retirement, financially and otherwise - stars Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" - how they turned an apartment upside down and reunited a family - based on the classic children's tale by Richard Atwater and starring Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury

"Point Blank" - from France - how far will a male nurse go to save his kidnapped and expectant wife? - stars Gilles Lellouche and Elena Anaya

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Book Signing @ Book Revue!

Tuesday, December 6th, 7pm @ Book Revue in Huntington.

Author, PAUL GRIFFIN, will speak about and sign his new book, "Stay With Me".

An urban romance that will capture your soul, break your heart, and restore your faith in the human spirit Fifteen-year-olds Cece and Mack didn't expect to fall in love. She's a sensitive A student; he's a high school dropout. But soon they're spending every moment together, bonding over a rescued dog, telling their secrets, making plans for the future. Everything is perfect. Until. "Until." Mack makes a horrible mistake, and in just a few minutes, the future they'd planned becomes impossible. In this stark new reality, both of them must find meaning and hope in the memories of what they had, to survive when the person they love can't stay. From award-winning writer Paul Griffin, "Stay with Me" is both heartbreaking and uplifting, filled with characters (both dog and human) that will forever change the way you look at the world.

Paul began writing his first novel as he finished college, in 1988. That novel and many others went unpublished. Meanwhile, he worked on the truck docks and in construction, as a dog trainer and a driver, teacher, tutor, EMT, butler, bartender, waiter, cook and dishwasher (alongside Vin Diesel). The hardest and best work was the teaching. Paul started working with at-risk, incarcerated and special needs teens in 1989, with a concentration in conflict resolution workshops aimed at stemming the spread of violence, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS among young adults. These days his workshops focus on helping young men and women tell their life stories as they reach out to counselors, judges, admissions officers and potential employers. Twenty years to the day after Paul graduated Dartmouth, Penguin/Dial released his “first” (twenty-fourth) novel Ten Mile River and then The Orange Houses a year later. Dial is publishing a third novel, Stay With Me, in the fall of 2011, a fourth, Burning Blue, a mystery, in 2012 and a fifth, tentatively a sci-fi romance, in 2013. Paul lives in Washington Heights, NYC with three dogs and one wife, documentary moviemaker Risa Morimoto.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


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Monday, November 28, 2011

New DVD Arrivals!

"Crazy, Stupid Love" - newly divorced Cal makes an awkward return to the dating scene - stars Steve Carell, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone ("The Help")

"One Day" - a friendship of opposites develops into romance over twenty years - based on the best-selling novel by David Nichols and starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess

"Our Idiot Brother" - there is always one in the family not in step with the times - stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel (TV's "New Girl")

"30 Minutes or Less" - what can bring two ex-best friends together? - how about a bank robbery? - stars Jesse Eisenberg and Danny McBride

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Top Ten Art Books of 2011

From Booklist Magazine

The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock ’n’ Roll
. By Preston Lauterbach.
In this terrific popular history, music journalist Lauterbach resurrects a thriving African American subculture that nurtured rock ’n’ roll, vividly portraying the famous (B. B. King, Little Richard) and the unsung.

Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters. By Donald Bogle.
A multitalented performer, Waters made history in Harlem nightclubs, on Broadway, and in Hollywood movies, struggling with sexism and racism and living a tempestuous life, which Bogle expertly chronicles.

Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter. By Patricia Albers.
Albers draws on the nuanced power of Joan Mitchell’s abstract paintings to create the first comprehensive biography of this dazzlingly independent artist, who held her own in the macho New York art world.

John Huston: Courage and Art. By Jeffrey Meyers.
By balancing the flamboyant life with the landmark works of legendary movie director John Huston, veteran biographer Meyers reveals how a flawed man produced nearly flawless and indelible films.

A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians—from Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between. By Stuart Isacoff.
Isacoff offers an encyclopedic history of the beloved instrument and profiles such masters of the keyboard as Beethoven, Gershwin, and Oscar Peterson in this big slice of heaven for piano lovers.

The Paper Garden: An Artist (Begins Her Life’s Work) at 72. By Molly Peacock.
Esteemed poet Peacock chronicles the remarkable, many-chaptered life of English artist Mary Granville Pendarves Delany (1700–88) and marvels over her “flower mosaiks,” entwining aspects of her own life with Delany’s to evocative effect.

Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark. By Brian Kellow.
Kellow matches extensive research with acute perception in his sensitive and definitive biography of Pauline Kael, America’s foremost, and most controversial, movie critic.

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend. By Susan Orlean.
The first to delve into the amazing story of Rin Tin Tin, “the archetypal dog hero,” Orlean tells, with insight and vigor, a far-reaching tale of war, creative intrepidness, and the ascent of film and television.

33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day. By Dorian Lynskey.
Music critic Lynskey offers a compelling, comprehensive look at 33 protest songs, including “We Shall Overcome,” that span seven decades, five continents, and the labor, civil rights, antiwar, and gay rights movements.

Willie Dixon: Preacher of the Blues. By Mitsutoshi Inaba.
Musicologist Inaba offers a groundbreaking and satisfying biography of songwriter and performer Willie Dixon as a multifaceted blues innovator and essential presence in American music.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Book Club In A Bag!

Welcome to the Merrick Library's Book Club in A Bag Program. Each bag contains 10 copies of a title, discussion information, discussion leader tips, and a book sign up sheet to help the leader keep track of the books. The Reference Department has been very busy gathering multiple copies of several titles for your discussion groups. You will be able to check them out as one complete kit. Also included will be everything you need to lead your group; author biographies, discussion questions, critical material and more! All of the work has already been done for you. All you need are some interested readers, some snacks, great conversation, and you are good to go! Please call the Reference Desk for more information. (516) 377-6112 x112 or x113.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New DVDs!

Just Out:

"Yamla Pagla Deewana" - from India - is the newest member of a con artist family a help or a hindrance?

Out November 22:

"Sarah's Key" - a family secret entwines Holocaust era- and present day Paris - based on the acclaimed novel by Tatiana de Rosnay and starring Kristin Scott Thomas

"Super 8" - a train disaster in 1970s Ohio may not have been an accident - it's all on film! - stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning and Kyle Chandler (TV's "Friday Night Lights")

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Book Signing Today! @ Book Revue


Wednesday, November 16th, 7pm @ Book Revue in Huntington.

Emmy award-winning host, REGIS PHILBIN, will speak about and sign new
memoir, How I Got This Way.

Regis Philbin has regaled television audiences with his stories for more than 50 years, but he’s saved the most hilarious, surprising, heartfelt and inspiring tales for now. In what is essentially a memoir and a primer for living the good life all rolled into one, this beloved TV icon shares the secrets to success and happiness as he has learned them from his innumerable celebrity encounters, friendships and of course, from his relationship with his loving wife and family Emmy Award-winning television star Regis Philbin has entertained millions of Americans every weekday morning for the past 28 years hosting, in various incarnations, the popular show Live! with Regis and Kelly. Referred to often as the “hardest working man in television,” he has rubbed elbows and egos with countless personalities. His innate curiosity and wit has enabled him to learn great life lessons from the most legendary and formidable of them. Now in a most unique memoir Regis shares all that these experiences have taught him about achieving success and happiness—and about maintaining both for as long as he has! It is the ultimate gift to his fans as he departs the show in November of 2011, closing one very long and rich chapter of his life to begin yet another.

Invaluable advice closes each chapter with the trademark gratitude and humility that has made Regis Philbin such a national treasure. Inspiring anecdotes, laugh-out-loud tales and awkward celebrity moments make this so much more than a memoir—it truly is Regis’s personal guide to living a positive life. Marked by same tongue-in-cheek humor and candor Regis has always displayed, this book will serve and endure as a reminder of why America has related to and loved this one-of-a-kind television legend for so many decades.

Monday, November 14, 2011

New Non-fiction Audiobook arrivals!

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

William Shatner has had a million lives, it seems, since he played James Tiberius Kirk on Star Trek. In fact, he's become an icon adored as much for being William Shatner as for his many starring roles. Shatner Rules gives his many fans a glimpse inside the genius of this unpredictable star. With insight, wisdom, and, of course, a heavy dose of humor, Mr. Shatner reveals the truth behind his persona and his own career longevity

You can live better on less. Much less! In a time of rising prices and economic stress, everyone wants to spend less. But who among us wants to slash our quality of life? Popular blogger and money-saving expert Kelly Hancock has wonderful news for you. In Saving Savvy, you’ll discover practical strategies to stretch your dollars—without spending more time than you can afford. As you explore, you’ll learn: -To avoid paying full-price for the things you purchase most frequently. -Tips for clarifying your financial goals and key steps for reaching them. -Secrets of expert grocery shoppers that can save you up to 75 percent or more each month, leaving more in your pocket for other priorities. (And no, it’s not just about coupons!) -Ways to organize yourself and plan ahead to save you time and money. -How to give more—and more often—to the causes, people and ministries you care about. As Kelly takes you step by simple step through the process, you’ll find scores of savvy saving and living generously tips. And through her popular blog, she has harvested the collective wisdom of thousands of people just like you. No matter what your circumstance, no matter how much—or little—time you have, you can learn how to get control of your spending, and start saving money today.

Candice Millard chronicles the life of President James A. Garfield, from his upbringing to his untimely death. Garfield's short time in office was devoted to cleaning up the corruption that was rife in a country still reeling from the Civil War. However, everything changed when Garfield was shot in the back by a disgruntled office worker. While the president's health slowly declined, a power struggle erupted over control of the administration, and the country's fate hung in the balance.

The gripping true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-occupied Paris. Dr. Marcel Petiot was eventually charged with 27 murders, although authorities suspected the total was considerably higher. The trial became a circus, and Petiot enjoyed the spotlight. A harrowing exploration of murder, betrayal, and evil of staggering proportions.

Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on “the future of God,” one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist. This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious—but respectful—clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship.
In War of the Worldviews these two great thinkers battle over the cosmos, evolution and life, the human brain, and God, probing the fundamental questions that define the human experience.

Rooted in the values, lessons, and verities of generations past and of his South Dakota upbringing, Brokaw weaves together stories of Americans who are making a difference and personal stories from his own family history, to engage us in a conversation about our country and to offer ideas for how we can revitalize the promise of the American Dream.

New DVD Arrivals!

"Beginners" - how open one is to love may depend on a parent's example - stars Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer

"Larry Crowne" - an unemployed man finds community and romance at a local college - stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts

"Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides" - what scares Jack Sparrow more: a woman from his past or Blackbeard The Pirate? - stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Geoffrey Rush

"The Tree" - is it unresolved grief or the presence of a dead husband outside a widow's house? - stars Charlotte Gainsbourg ("Golden Door," "The City of Your Final Destination")

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Celebrating Good Food and Good Wine!

Here are some great new titles to celebrate this theme!

"Comfort Food Fix" By Ellie Krieger

"Meals in Minutes" By Jamie Oliver

"The Art of Eating" By Edward Behr

"A Vinyard in My Glass" By Gerald Asher

Monday, November 7, 2011

New DVD!!

Out November 8:

"The Change-Up" - comedy about two buddies who find themelves in each other's skin - which one has it made? - stars Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann and Alan Arkin

Friday, November 4, 2011

John Sandford

A movie adaptation of John Sandford's novel Certain Prey starring Mark Harmon will be aired on USA Network Sunday, November 6 at 9 p.m. Star of the long-running CBS series "NCIS", Mr. Harmon will be portraying Sandford's venerable Minneapolis police detective Lucas Davenport. The actor in a November 3 "Today Show" interview hinted that "Certain Prey" might be the start of a TV movie series.

Merrick Library has many of John Sandford's Lucas Davenport adventures in print and on recording including the recent Buried Prey.

Chelsea Handler

On Tuesday, November 1, the Biography Channel premiered an hour on Chelsea Handler. Among details about the comedienne/TV talk show host was the fact that her new audience for the late-night E! network series was due largely to the success of her best-selling books!

Merrick Library has all four of her works:

My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands
Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me

Thursday, November 3, 2011


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Book Club In A Bag!

Welcome to the Merrick Library's Book Club in A Bag Program. Each bag contains 10 copies of a title, discussion information, discussion leader tips, and a book sign up sheet to help the leader keep track of the books. The Reference Department has been very busy gathering multiple copies of several titles for your discussion groups. You will be able to check them out as one complete kit. Also included will be everything you need to lead your group; author biographies, discussion questions, critical material and more! All of the work has already been done for you. All you need are some interested readers, some snacks, great conversation, and you are good to go! Please call the Reference Desk for more information. (516) 377-6112 x112 or x113.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Book Signing @ Book Revue.


Wednesday, November 2nd, 7pm @ Book Revue; Huntington.

Lead guitarist of Black Sabbath, TONY IOMMI, will sign his new memoir Iron Man.

Tony Iommi—the only original member of Black Sabbath who stayed with the group from its inception—would become to be known as the father of heavy metal. In his memoir, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath, he tells how, when he was a teenager, the ends of the two middle fingers on his right hand were sliced off by a piece of machinery. Doctors were able to take skin from one of his arms and graft it to his fingertips, but Iommi would never play the guitar normally again. He had to learn how to compensate for his disability by making the music sound “fuller.” Today, he’s credited for inspiring and producing the deeper, more powerful musical tones for which Black Sabbath became famous.

In 2000—thirty years after it was first released—Black Sabbath won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for their song “Iron Man.” They even performed at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. But their success wasn’t immediate or without hardship. From drug and alcohol abuse, to marital discord, to being called “Satanists,” to constant management problems and exits by band members—most notably Ozzy Osbourne—the musicians of Black Sabbath didn’t have an easy time of it. In Iron Man, Iommi gives us a glimpse of what he experienced as a member of this legendary group, taking us through some of the band’s most bizarre moments onstage and backstage, and bringing us from the recording studios to the (trashed) hotel rooms. Throughout, we see the camaraderie within the band, as well as the struggles each member went through on their way to the top of the charts.

Tony Iommi is a cofounding member and lead guitarist of Black Sabbath and is among the most influential guitarists of all time. Born in 1948, he lives in Birmingham, England.

New DVDs in November!

"Cars 2" - a tow truck an international spy? Disney will have you believing it! - features the voices of Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer and Larry the Cable Guy

"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" - drama of separated friends in China based on the acclaimed novel by Lisa See - stars Bingbing Li and Vivian Wu

"Trespass" - a tale of abduction and corruption directed by supense master Joel Schumacher ("The Number 23," "Veronica Guerin") and starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman

"Water for Elephants" - can a love brought about by a special circus animal survive? - based on the popular novel by Sara Gruen and starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson (Teen Choice Award winner)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Booklist's Top Ten First Novels

The Arriviste. By James Wallenstein.
Energetic and naive Bud Younger moves in next door to silver-haired venture capitalist Neil Fox and wheedles his way into a treacherous deal in Wallenstein’s riptide debut about emotional bankruptcy and betrayal.

The Art of Fielding. By Chad Harbach.
Henry Skrimshander, a shortstop of phenomenal ability, is at the center of first-novelist Harbach’s psychologically astute baseball saga set at a small liberal-arts school in Wisconsin.

The Borrower. By Rebecca Makkai.
In Makkai’s picaresque first novel, Lucy, a 26-year-old children’s librarian, “borrows” her favorite patron, bright, book-loving 10-year-old Ian, after his fundamentalist parents enroll him in a program meant to “cure” his nascent homosexuality.

The Family Fang. By Kevin Wilson.
First-time novelist Wilson mixes dire humor and melancholy in this satirical portrait of the uniquely dysfunctional Fangs––husband-and-wife performance artists Caleb and Camille and their children, Annie and Buster—and offers a scathing critique of how the baby-boom generation maltreated Gen X.

The Language of Flowers. By Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
In Diffenbaugh’s enchanting and ennobling debut, Victoria, an abused ward of the California foster-care system, finds her way to a fulfilling life after working with a florist and learning about the hidden meaning of flowers.

The Submission. By Amy Waldman.
Waldman’s magnetizing first novel brilliantly dramatizes the painful legacy of 9/11 as a disparate group—including two very different 9/11 widows; the brother of a lost firefighter; a journalist; and an architect, the son of Muslim immigrants—confronts the life-and-death moral quandaries associated with choosing the design for a ground zero memorial.

Swamplandia! By Karen Russell.
In Russell’s mythic, lavishly imagined first novel, a shabby tourist attraction deep in the haunted Everglades morphs into a spectacularly strange realm of archetypal mystery and danger as young Ava searches for her missing sister.

The Taker. By Alma Katsu.
Katsu’s mesmerizing, original debut arcs between a Puritan community and a present-day young woman found in the Maine woods who claims that she has killed a man and that she’s immortal.

When God Was a Rabbit. By Sarah Winman.
English actress Winman has written a wonderfully wise and darkly humorous tale of young Elly and her older brother, Joe; and of love and friendship, family uncircumscribed by biological bonds, and loss worse than death.

The World Beneath. By Cate Kennedy.
In her gripping debut novel, Kennedy scathingly portrays Rich and Sandy, a long-divorced couple who have accomplished little, and turns the wilderness into another vividly rendered character when Rich takes their sullen teenage daughter hiking in Tasmania.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Must Read Books for the Fallfrom the Daily Beast

"AFTER LAZY DAYS of reading fat thrillers on the beach, it’s time to get serious with the annual fall reading bonanza when publishers release all their marquee names, big stars, and prize contenders."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Attention Lee Child Fans!

For pure fun, the Reacher novels are easily the best thriller series going, and Lee Child has created a formula and a style that, over 16 books, has made him one of the most popular authors in America.

"The Affair" is the latest novel to hit the shelves!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Let Us Pick Your Next Read!

Merrick Library's Reference Department would like to make choosing your next read easier. Fill out this short questionnaire and our staff will provide you with up to 5titles according to your preferences. You will be notified when your selections are available at the Reference Desk.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

New To Our DVD Collection!

Just Out:

"The Kennedys" - you've seen the headlines and heard about the controversy - now see the miniseries! - stars Greg Kinnear, Katie Holmes, Barry Pepper (Emmy winner) and Tom Wilkinson

Out October 25:

"Captain America: The First Avenger" - before all pretenders he was the ultimate fighter! - based on the time-honored Marvel Comics series - stars Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci

"The Winnie the Pooh Movie" - further adventures of the beloved characters created by A.A. Milne - features the voices of Craig Ferguson and Tom Kenny ("Spongebob Squarepants") plus narration by John Cleese

Book Signing @ Book Revue!


Tuesday, October 25th, 7pm

Grammy Award Winner & Bestselling author, JUDY COLLINS, will speak about and sign her new book When You Wish Upon a Star.

When You Wish Upon a Star, based on the classic 1940 Oscar winning song, is beloved by listeners from 2 to 92 for its sweet hopefulness, poignant melody, and simple yet profound lyrics. Promising that "anything your heart desires will come to you," it appeals to the believer and child in all of us; the words weave a vision of a world rich in love and happiness—a world open to everyone, "no matter who you are." And no singer can capture the haunting beauty of this classic like Judy Collins, with her clear, pure, and emotionally resonant voice. The CD that is embedded in the cover includes the title track, plus two original songs written especially for this book by Judy Collins. When You Wish Upon a Star was ranked #7 by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest movie songs of all time on their “AFI 100 Years…100 Songs” list, andwe know that fans of the song will absolutely admire and adore Collins’ magnificent version.

For more than five decades, Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her superlative soprano and her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes. Enjoying a career full of accolades, including a Grammy® and an Academy Award® nomination, she continues to perform globally, and almost constantly, at age 71, while making time for social activism. She is also the author of several books, both fiction and nonfiction, and recently collaborated on the New York Times Best-Seller Over the Rainbow, illustrated by Eric Puybaret, acclaimed painter and best-selling illustrator, whose magical art brings out the dreams in all of us. Now, Judy Collins and Eric Puybaret are collaborating once again to bring another classic song to life, with equally enchanting results.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Non-fiction Audiobook Arrivals!

Between 2002 and 2008, the world embraced a wave of cheap credit that allowed people to enjoy spoils they usually wouldn't be able to afford. However, when the bubble burst in late 2008, everything came crashing down, including most of Europe. Here, Michael Lewis investigates the causes of the 2008 financial meltdown and projects what awaits the countries that were, and still are, most affected.

True leadership isn't a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than "the boss" people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership-where experience will allow you to extend your influence beyond your immediate reach and time for the benefit of others. The 5 Levels of Leadership are: Position - Permission - Production - People Development - Pinnacle. Through humor, in-depth insight, and examples, internationally recognized leadership expert John C. Maxwell describes each of these stages of leadership. He shows you how to master each level and rise up to the next to become a more influential, respected, and successful leader.

Moore is his own meta-Forrest Gump, as one moment he's an 11-year old boy stuck on a Senate elevator with Bobby Kennedy and the next moment he's inside the Bitburg cemetery with a dazed and confused Ronald Reagan. Changing planes in Vienna, he escapes death at the hands of the terrorist Abu Nidal. All of this is the stuff that makes for great fiction, but every one of these stories is true and from the life of one Michael Moore.

Dale Carnegie’s principles have endured for nearly a century. Since its original publication in 1936, his timeless classic How to Win Friends and Influence People has gone on to sell 15 million copies. Now, introducing new listeners to Carnegie’s words of wisdom, comes How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age, a new guide for a new era.
Dale Carnegie could never have predicted the trajectory that new media would take, and the ways that the simple television screen would be adapted into computers and handheld communication devices. He didn’t know the term “social media” and Facebook was something not even dreamed of in Buck Rogers cartoons. And yet his lessons remain relevant for everyone who communicates online today. In fact, with problems such as cyber bullying and email etiquette, we need Carnegie’s help more than ever. Dale Carnegie and Associates, Inc. has re-imagined Carnegie’s lasting lessons for this difficult digital age, reframing Carnegie’s insights about communication, self-expression, and leadership. This book is a must-have guide for anyone who wants to find success on Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, and any social media format today and in the future.

In the summer of 1944, Denis Avey was being held in a British POW labour camp, E715, near Auschwitz III. He had heard of the brutality meted out to the prisoners there and he was determined to witness what he could.He hatched a plan to swap places with a Jewish inmate and smuggled himself into his sector of the camp. He spent the night there on two occasions and experienced at first-hand the cruelty of a place where slave workers, had been sentenced to death through labor. Astonishingly, he survived to witness the aftermath of the Death March where thousands of prisoners were murdered by the Nazis as the Soviet Army advanced. After his own long trek right across central Europe he was repatriated to Britain. For decades he couldn't bring himself to revisit the past that haunted his dreams, but now Denis Avey feels able to tell the full story—a tale as gripping as it is moving—which offers us a unique insight into the mind of an ordinary man whose moral and physical courage are almost beyond belief.

A bestselling, groundbreaking author investigates successful long term marriages, interviewing wives and their uncensored strategies for staying married. In raw, candid, titillating stories, Krasnow's cast of wise women give voice to the truth about marriage and the importance of maintaining a strong sense of self apart from the relationship. Some spend summers separately from their partners. Some make time for wine with the girls. One septuagenarian has a recurring date with an old flame from high school. In every case, the marriage operates on many tracks, giving both spouses license to pursue the question "Who am I apart from my marriage?" Krasnow's goal is to give women permission to create their own marriages at any age. Marital bliss is possible, she says, if each partner is blissful apart from the other.

The stand-up comedian, television host, best-selling author and actress candidly discusses her personal life, her professional career and describes what it was like to become a judge on American Idol.