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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Meg Wolitzer and Nicole Kidman. You can't beat THAT combination...

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Nicole Kidman will star in the adaptation of The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer. Wlitzer is the best-selling author of The Interestings.
Read the article here from Entertainment Weekly!

What's it about?

A shy college freshman finds her perspectives transformed by a mentor activist at the center of the women's movement who challenges her to discover herself in ways that take her far from the traditional life she envisioned at the side of her boyfriend.
Reserve your copy here. 

Other Wolitzer titles can be found here. 

Meg Wolitzer

Friday, April 27, 2018

Join us at the Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion on May 2nd at 2:30pm...

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as we discuss, "Lucky Boy" by Shanthi Sekaran.  Shanthi will Skype in with us, so don't miss it! Copies at the Circulation Desk.
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Shanthi Sekaran gives voice to the devotion and anguish of motherhood through two women bound together by their love for one boy. Soli, a young undocumented Mexican woman in Berkeley, CA, finds that motherhood offers her an identity in a world where she's otherwise invisible.  From rural Oaxaca to Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto to the dreamscapes of Silicon Valley, Lucky Boy offers a moving and revelatory look at the evolving landscape of the American dream and the ever-changing borders of love.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Great American Read featuring 100 titles kicks off May 22nd at 8pm on CBS!

books libraries GIFONE HUNDRED TITLES! This is the list of America’s 100 most-loved books brought to you by The Great American Read.

The website says, "THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.  

The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.  It's designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books."
I won't show you all 100, but here's a sample:
Swan Song coverAmericanah coverAnd Then There Were None coverThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time cover

Foundation (Series) cover Game of Thrones (Series) coverGone with the Wind coverHeart of Darkness cover

Start reading now...!

Monday, April 23, 2018

The world celebrates William Shakespeare's birthday today...

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Well, we certainly have plenty of his work, but we also have these modern updates: 

   A Thousand Acres: A Novel by [Smiley, Jane]      
Jane Smiley earned the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for her reboot of King Lear in, A Thousand Acres. 
David Wrobleswski earned a bestseller spot for his take on Hamlet with The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. 
And this month Jo Nesbo gives it a go with Macbeth. 
Try them!
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A timely reminder. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Chinese Sci-Fi trilogy may hit the Amazon screen...

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is the first book in the 
Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy. 
For this initial title, Liu Cixin became the first Chinese author to ever be awarded 
the Hugo Award for best novel.

Place your holds here for each book:

Worth a look. There's a reason this trilogy
 has millions of fans across 
China and the globe. 
Yes, even here in Merrick. 
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I'll Be Gone in the Dark docu-series picked up by HBO...

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Michelle McNamara's 
stunning and chilling true-crime thriller 
will get the documentary series treatment 
via HBO. 
McNamara's book follows the awful and unsolved Golden State Killer case. 
Gillian Flynn penned the introduction to the book. 
Patton Oswalt wrote the afterword and 
will produce the series. 
McNamara (who was married to Oswalt) died before she could finish the book, 
but her lead researcher was one of the two people who were able to complete the project.

Monday, April 16, 2018

2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners are....

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DAMN. [Explicit] 
 These are the 2018 Winners!
Click here to see every Fiction winner of the Pulitzer Prize!

JK Rowling has finished the next Cormoran Strike novel!

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Lethal White is the fourth Cormoran Strike novel to be written under Rowling's pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.
See Rowling's twitter announcement here!
The first three books have already been adapted by the BBC so we have that to look forward to in June. 
Here are the three previous titles--
get your library cards ready!
Below is the cast of the BBC production starring Holliday Grainer and Tom Burke. CB Strike will be aired on Cinemax in June 2018. 

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Our next book discussion will include an author Skype!

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Join us Wednesday, May 2nd at 2:30 
as we discuss, 
"Lucky Boy" by Shanthi Sekaran.
Shanthi will Skype in to the discussion 
and we are so grateful!
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See you then!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

What to read next?

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My suggestion is 

It's the story of an undocumented Mexican single mom and Indian-American chef who are bound together by one lucky boy. 
This is a gripping and timely tale that you 
won't want to miss.
The Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion is thrilled to have author Shanthi Sekaran Skype in for our discussion on Wednesday, May 2nd at 2:30. You won't want to miss this one.
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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Novels that offer a new perspective of our world...

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Our friends at Off the Shelf have compiled this great list of historical fiction titles that offer new perspectives of our world. See the article here.
Place your holds here!
Here's a sample:
These are worth considering as well:
The Second Mrs. Hockaday: A Novel  News of the World 
 Order them here...!

Friday, April 6, 2018

2018 Hugo Award Finalists!

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What's a Hugo Award?
The Hugo Awards, first presented in 1953 and presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. 

                              2018 Hugo Awards Finalists

Best Novel

  • The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella

  • All Systems Red, by Martha Wells ( Publishing)
  • “And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)
  • Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor ( Publishing)
  • The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang ( Publishing)
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire ( Publishing)
  • River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey ( Publishing)

Best Short Story

  • “Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2017)
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,” by Fran Wilde (Uncanny, September 2017)
  • “Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny, September/October 2017)
  • “The Martian Obelisk,” by Linda Nagata (, July 19, 2017)
  • “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon, (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
  • “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)

Best Graphic Story

  • Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel)
  • Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
  • Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
  • Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form

  • Blade Runner 2049, written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Alcon Entertainment / Bud Yorkin Productions / Torridon Films / Columbia Pictures)
  • Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele (Blumhouse Productions / Monkeypaw Productions / QC Entertainment)
  • The Shape of Water, written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, directed by Guillermo del Toro (TSG Entertainment / Double Dare You / Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson (Lucasfilm, Ltd.)
  • Thor: Ragnarok, written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost; directed by Taika Waititi (Marvel Studios)
  • Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, directed by Patty Jenkins (DC Films / Warner Brothers)

Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form

  • Black Mirror: “USS Callister,” written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, directed by Toby Haynes (House of Tomorrow)
  • “The Deep” [song], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)
  • Doctor Who: “Twice Upon a Time,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Cymru Wales)
  • The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit,” written and directed by Michael Schur (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)
  • The Good Place: “The Trolley Problem,” written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, directed by Dean Holland (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)
  • Star Trek: Discovery: “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” written by Aron Eli Coleite & Jesse Alexander, directed by David M. Barrett (CBS Television Studios)
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Kenneth Branagh to star and produce "A Gentleman from Moscow"...

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Well this news made ME sit up and pay attention!
An Entertainment One TV production, there's no word on when production will begin, but it seems things are in motion. Here are some links to find out more:
From Variety
From The Hollywood Reporter
From Deadline
Reserve the book here. 


Deemed unrepentant by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across the street from the Kremlin, where he lives in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.

I'd also love to see this book get the Wes Anderson treatment.