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Friday, April 30, 2010

A Conversation with Scott Turow

Wednesday, May 26 at 8:00pm
Best-selling author and attorney Scott Turow discusses his new novel, “Innocent,” and his seven other international best-sellers with New York Times writer at large Charles McGrath.
Tickets: $30
The TimesCenter, 242 West 41st St.

Book Expo America is Back in Town.

The Book Expo will be in NYC, starting May 25th - May 27th.

From the digital revolution to a new business model, the book industry is changing rapidly and BEA is changing, too. This year, in response to your suggestions and needs, we’re offering more than ever before: more content, more events, more titles and authors—and all that means even more buzz.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

New DVD Releases!

"The Tooth Fairy"
A bad deed on the part of a tough minor-league hockey player results in an unusual sentence: He must serve one week as a real-life tooth fairy.

"Nine" The Broadway Hit.

Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New York Times Literary Treat of the Week.........

Kellerman, Jesse. The Executor.

Librarian, Bob, has reviewed this article.

You have been thrown out of Harvard’s doctorate program in philosophy for not doing work in eight years. Your girlfriend has evicted you from the apartment you’ve shared with nothing but a duffel bag of clothes and a half-bust of Nietzsche. You answer an ad for a “Conversationalist” to a Viennese woman named Alma living in nearby Cambridge. Several hours a day talking about free will and a room in the house make it idyllic even though Alma’s drug-addicted nephew sponges off her. Then Alma is murdered, and both you and the police wonder who is guilty. That is the situation for Joseph Geist in Kellerman’s part satiric, thoroughly absorbing tale of those who perhaps think too much.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Audiobook Arrivals!

Wedding baker Laurel McBane is surrounded by romance working at Vows wedding planning company with her best friends Parker, Emma, and Mac. But she's too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries their clients seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker's older brother Delaney, on whom she's had a mega-crush since childhood.

In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjövallen, January 1960 nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene. Judge Birgitta Roslin's Andrén grandparents, and an Andrén family from Nevada are among the victims. She then discovers the nineteenth-century diary of an Andrén ancestor, a gang master on the American transcontinental railway, that describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers.

Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping.

With Asperger's syndrome, teenager Jacob Hunt is unable to have the same kind of social life other boys his age have. However, like other kids with AS, he has homed in on one particular interest: forensic analysis. He normally shows up to crime scenes and helps solve the case, but this time he is the prime suspect. When a murder leads police to question Jacob, they interpret his AS symptoms as a sign of guilt and cast a very public spotlight on Jacob and his family.

A rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. A radical young Irish monk struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. A 38-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. Weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann's allegory comes alive in the voices of the city's people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the "artistic crime of the century"--a mysterious tightrope walker dancing between the Twin Towers.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Obama has time to READ!

The Washington Post published an article about the White House's book discussions.
For the full article please click on this link.

New York Times Literary Treat of the Week........

Harman, Claire. Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered The World. Henry Holt.

In this last decade the popularity of Jane Austen's works has been at an all-time high. Yet when the novelist died in July 1817 at age 41 she almost disappeared into literary oblivion. Harman tells how an inaccurate yet persuasive biography by Austen's nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh in 1867 revived interest in both the author and her works. The "Janeite" cult of the late nineteenth century rivaled any present fans of Austen in wanting to know every detail of her craft and England during her lifetime. A biographer of various literary giants including Robert Louis Stevenson, Harman also echoes the view that Austen's technique paved the way for the modern novel in English literature. Some have disagreed, including Mark Twain who cared neither for Austen's style nor her novels.

Friday, April 16, 2010

New Merrick Marvel....

"Pearl of China" by Anchee Min

New York Times Literary Treat of the Week......

Librarian, Bob, has reviewed this NYT article.

Wilson, E.O. Anthill. W.W.Norton.

When a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, acknowledged authority on insects and outspoken advocate of biodiversity turns novelist that is major news. Wilson, who will be 81 this year, does not disappoint in his fictional debut. Viewed from the standpoint of a professor/family friend Raff Cody's Alabama childhood is tangled in a tug of war between his mother's social ambitions and father's emphasis on the lessons of manhood. Finding solace in the study of insects, Raff writes an undergraduate thesis entitled "The Anthill Chronicles" (takes up the middle section of the book) which views life from the ant's point of view. Gaining a "grow or die" philosophy from his research Raff has amassed the determination to stop real estate developers from buying up a place he hold dear: one of the last pine savanna areas in the state

Also by E.O. Wilson at Merrick Library:
The Future of Life
In Search of Nature
The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Books for Dudes!

Books for Dudes: Murder by Death; Or How Mysteries Will Help You Live

For the full article please visit this link.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Non-Fiction Audiobook Arrivals!

Revealing how she went from being a cash-strapped nobody to a Wall Street guru, Marianna Olszewski presents a financial guide tailored specifically to women. Here, listeners will discover how to overcome stress and develop positive spending habits, all while learning Olszewski's proven success secrets.

A companion audiobook to the popular HBO miniseries about the Pacific during WWII.

Analyzes the multinational conflicts that set the stage for World War II, the Chinese communist revolution, and the Korean War, documenting Theodore Roosevelt's 1905 diplomatic mission in the Pacific through which the United States forged ill-fated covert agreements.

Michael Lewis offers a critical look at the financial collapse of 2008 and reveals how the American economy shot itself in the foot. With cynical wit and humor, Lewis exposes the bungling villains who steered the economy toward a recession and chronicles the harrowing attempts of a few hopeless heroes who foresaw this tragedy.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Alec Baldwin Buys Massapequa Bookmobile.

Back in February Alec Baldwin, who grew up in Massapequa, purchased the Library's Bookmobile for $1,000.00. Visit this link for the full article.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Fiction Titles.

"Red Inferno" by Robert Conroy

"The Botticelli Secret" by Marina fiorato

"Dog Boy" by Eva Hornung

"Bid Girl" Danielle Steel

Saturday, April 3, 2010

New York Times Literary Treat of the Week......

Morris, James McGrath. Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print and Power.

Librarian Bob has reviewed this NYT highlighted article.

In this Internet era where daily newspaper circulation has declined and many such institutions have closed it is helpful to remember a time when the printed word reigned and publishers were regarded as royalty. Joseph Pulitzer, once a teenage immigrant from Hungary, became such a giant. Morris chronicles how after Civil War service Pulitzer learned English at the St. Louis Mercantile Library, was elected to the Missouri legislature, and later bought the first of numerous newspapers. His New York World had the largest circulation of any paper in the 1880s largely due to Pulitzer’s understanding the new demographic of immigrant and female readers. Pulitzer depicted Theodore Roosevelt as a demagogue which eventually enraged the President into urging a Justice Department investigation. Such scrutiny was one of many troubles in Pulitzer’s last years along with fruitlessly seeking a cure for blindness and estrangement from a family he had long treated callously.