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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Top 10 Sci Fi/Fantasy Books.

According to this months Booklist these are your best Adult Science Fiction and Fantancy choice.

The Child Thief
By: Brom

The Enchantment Emporium
By: Tanya Huff

The Good Humor Man;or, Calorie 3501
By: Andrew Fix

He Walked Among Us
By: Norman spinrad

Liberating Atlantis
By: Harry Turtledove

The Magicians
By: Lev Grossman

The Painting and the City
By: Robert Freeman

There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kil Her Neighbor's Baby
By: Ludmilla Pertushevskaya

Total Oblivion, More or Less
By: Alan DeNiro

Touched by an Alien
By: Gini Koch

Friday, May 28, 2010

Book Club In A Bag

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, May 27, 2010

Stieg Larsson

The Afterlife of Stieg Larsson

The New York Times Magazine recently published an article about the late Stieg Larson.
Stieg Larsson's novels were not published until after his death in 2004. The third is due out in the U.S. this month.
The Merrick Library owns all three novels.

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

Madden, Bill. Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball.

It startles not only baseball fans but people of every interest to see how quickly George Steinbrenner has faded from the limelight. The only regular “view” these days is the back-of-the-head depiction of the New York Yankees owner in reruns of “Seinfeld.” This is a far cry from the rich man’s son who bought the Yanks from CBS in 1972 for only $10 million at a time when free agency demanded a huge checkbook. Though at the outset Steinbrenner said that the family shipping business would limit his involvement with baseball, he eventually micromanaged his team covering everything from players’ hairdos to the cleanliness of Yankee Stadium. Madden, a three-decade baseball writer for the Daily News, is quick to point out that the two most successful periods for the Yankees (1977-78, 1996-2000) in the Steinbrenner era were after his two suspensions from the game. Madden also details the five times the troubled Billy Martin was both hired and fired by “The Boss.”

Friday, May 21, 2010

Oprah's June Book Pics.

"Anthropology of an American Girl"
H.T. Hamann

"A Visit from the Goon Squad"
Jennifer Egan

"Try to Remember"
Iris Gomez

"The Invisible Bridge"
Julie Orringer

"A Fierce Radiance"
Lauren Belfer

"Unfinished Business"
Lee Kravitz

"Slow Love"
Dominique Browning

New York Times Literary Treat of the Week...

Sides, Hampton. Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin.

Sides was a six-year-old native of Memphis, Tennessee when Dr. King was assassinated there on April 4, 1968. The author’s father worked in the law firm that backed the civil rights leader’s marches of behalf of striking Memphis garbage collectors. Much of this book parallels the steps to that fateful day by both Dr. King and the man referred to mostly by the alias Eric Galt (real name James Earl Ray). After the killing, Galt/Ray fled to Canada and then to England in an attempt to find sanctuary in the “white supremacist” nation of Rhodesia. Eventually captured, Ray would escape briefly from a Tennessee prison in 1977 only to nabbed again and get his sentence rounded out to 100 years. His claims to being part of a secret society actually responsible for the King slaying were never taken seriously. This tragedy was recently depicted in an episode of the PBS series "The American Experience."

Also by Hampton Sides at Merrick Library:

Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West
Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War Two’s Most Dramatic Mission

Reviewed by librarian Bob.

Monday, May 17, 2010

More Books to Movies

Round two of the popular Candice Bushnell novel, Sex and the City, will be hitting the theaters May 27, 2010!

Unless you've been on a Cosmo bender for the last few months, you know that Sex and the City 2 is headed to the multiplex, and with it, every red-blooded, Louboutin-loving woman in America.

New Travel DVD


A fascinating tour of America's national parks and their historic lodges, including Grand Lodges; Canyon Lodges; Glacier Lodges; Pacific Northwest; and The West/Pacific Rim. This collection showcases the many ways to enjoy the beauty of our national parks.

Books To Movies!!

Eclipse (The Twilight Saga) by Stephenie Meyer

Release Date:30 June 2010

As a string of mysterious killings grips Seattle, Bella, whose high
school graduation is fast approaching, is forced to choose between her
love for vampire Edward and her friendship with werewolf Jacob.

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

Leon, Donna. A Question of Belief. Atlantic Monthly.
Doiron, Paul. The Poacher's Son. Minotaur.
Harvey, Michael. The Third Rail. Knopf.
Mackenzie, Jassy. Random Violence. Soho.

Want a vacation that could not be conceived by any travel agent? Then follow the detective in each of these new arrivals to Merrick's mystery collection. First, fly to Italy and link up in Venice with Guido Brunetti (A Question of Belief) as he hunts the killer of a government official mixed up with a shady real estate tycoon. Next, visit the backwoods of Maine and first-year game warden Mike Bowditch (The Poacher's Son) as he tries to clear his flawed father of a murder charge. Then it is time to feel the pulse of Chicago as private eye Michael Kelly (The Third Rail) seeks to prevent the sabotage of his city's transit system. Finally, head to Johannesburg, South Africa with Jade de Jong (Random Violence) as she returns to her homeland after a decade to aid police in solving the murder of a prominent woman who was strangely outside her fortress/home.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Don't Miss These New Audiobooks!

Listen to their stories!

Laura Bush recounts her life from Midland, Texas, to becoming a teacher, a librarian, a mother and First Lady of the United States.

Drawing on lessons learned before and during his celebrated career as well as his harrowing struggles with Parkinson's disease, famed actor Michael J. Fox presents a poignant memoir about achieving success and capitalizing on personal strengths.

Actress Molly Ringwald, a teen sensation in the 1980s, discusses her career and life as a middle-aged woman.

Comedian Silverman's memoir that mixes showbiz moments with the more serious subject of her teenage bout with depression as well as stories of her childhood and adolescence.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Heart of the Matter

Emily Giffin's lates novel, "Heart of the Matter", will be released on May 11th. Her fans won't be disappointed.

In the popular Giffin's latest, Nick Russo is a pediatric plastic surgeon; his wife, Tessa (sister of Dex, from Something Borrowed), is a professor turned stay-at-home mom living a cushy life in Boston. Nick is called in to care for a six-year-old burn victim, and Nick's devotion to his work is soon tangled up in his attraction to the boy's mother, Valerie, a single attorney. Narrated in turn by Tessa and Valerie, the action centers around—will they or won't they, and, if they do, will Tessa forgive him? While unclear what Nick finds so unsatisfying in his marriage, adultery is always tempting and Tessa and Valerie both have their charms. Longtime fans will enjoy the cameos, but for the best of Giffin, don't miss her earlier works.

Lee Child

"61 Hours" Jack Reacher is Back!

After a brief stop in New York City (Gone Tomorrow), Jack Reacher is back in his element—Smalltown, U.S.A.—in bestseller Child's fine 14th thriller to feature the roving ex-military cop. When a tour bus on which he bummed a ride skids off the road and crashes, Reacher finds himself in Bolton, S.Dak., a tiny burg with big problems. A highly sophisticated methamphetamine lab run by a vicious Mexican drug cartel has begun operating outside town at an abandoned military facility. After figuring out the snow-bound, marooned Reacher's smart, great with weapons, and capable of tapping military intelligence, the helpless local cops enlist his assistance, and, as always, he displays plenty of derring-do, mental acuity, and good old-fashioned decency. While the action is slower than usual, series fans will appreciate some new insights that Child provides into his hero's psyche and background as well as a cliffhanger ending.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

James Patterson New Release.

< “Don't Blink” is due to hit the shelves this fall and already people are placing their reserves on the soon to be best seller.

New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for three reasons--the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police's fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.
Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a legendary baseball bad-boy. In the chaos, he accidentally captures a key piece of evidence that lands him in the middle of an all-out war between Italian and Russian mafia forces. NYPD captains, district attorneys, mayoral candidates, media kingpins, and one shockingly beautiful magazine editor are all pushing their own agendas--on both sides of the law.
Back off--or die--is the clear message Nick receives as he investigates for a story of his own. Heedless, and perhaps in love with his beautiful editor, Nick endures humiliation, threats, violence, and worse in a thriller that overturns every expectation and finishes with the kind of flourish only James Patterson knows.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Crime, Crime, Crime!

The Year's best crime novels; brought to you by Booklist.

"The Brutal Telling" by Louise Penny
"Cemetery Road" by Gar Anthony Haywood
"The Dark Horse" by Craig Johnson
"The Darkest Room" by Johan Theorin
"False Mermaid" by Erin Hart
"The Girl Who Played with Fire" by Stieg Larsson
"The God of Hive" by Laurie R. King
"The Godfather of Kathmandu" by John Burdett
"A Thousand Cuts" by Simon Lelic
"Bad Things Happen" by Harry Dolan
"Bait" by Nick Browniee
"The Case of the Missing Servant" by Tarquin Hall
"Snow Angels" by James Thompson
"The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley

Monday, May 3, 2010

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

Miller, Lisa. Heaven: Our 2000-Year-Old Fascination With the Afterlife.

Librarian Bob has reviewed this piece.

This historical and present-day survey about a place which a vast majority of polled Americans say exists focuses mainly on the believers, not the beliefs. Miller, the religion editor of Newsweek, points out that the image of heaven changes as do people. Among those interviewed is archaeologist Rachel Hallotte, daughter of novelist Cynthia Ozick, who claims the ancient Israelite practice of building homes over burial caves was a form of ancestor worship. The Mormon view that marriages on earth continue in heaven was borrowed from the 18th century Swedish philosopher/mystic Emanuel Swedenborg. Miller gives more attention to moderate interpretations of Islam's Koran than the radical viewpoint that inspires violence and possible martyrdom all for the promise of attending virgins in the next life. A look into popular culture includes considering the Talking Heads song "Heaven" and Alice Sebold's acclaimed novel "The Lovely Bones."