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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Upcoming DVD Arrivals!

May 29, 2012

True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season
Starring Anna Paquin
The fourth season of the television series True Blood contains 12 episodes, bringing the series total to 48. The season premiered on June 26, 2011, with the storyline picking up twelve and a half months after the events of season three.

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Starring Tilda Swinton
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Author Signing

Rhett C. Bruno

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012, 7pm @ Book Revue of Huntington

Local Author Rhett C. Bruno will speak and sign his book, Isinda: Sting of the Sapphire Blade.

'That first step into murky water is always the most difficult,' Tarak began many years ago, under the shade of the mountains surrounding the Narsano peaks. 'You may never know what predators may lurk in the shadow what amount of blood must be drawn in the name of survival. Press on and the water will only grow more turbulent.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Audiobooks!

Stolen Prey, by John Sandford
Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed--husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There's something about the scene that pokes at Lucas's cop instincts--it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he's seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn't seem to fit. Until it does. And where it leads Lucas will take him into the darkest nightmare of his life

Rather Outspoken, by Dan Rather
The noted broadcast journalist traces his career while reflecting on the historical events of his time, sharing new insights into such topics as the Abu Ghraib scandal, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, and JFK's assassination.
Calling Invisible Women, by Jeanne Rae
A mom in her early fifties, Clover knows she no longer turns heads, and she's missed only when dinner isn't on the table on time. She feels like she may as well be invisible. But when she wakes up one morning to discover she really is invisible, she panics. But her husband and son don't even notice!How long has she been invisible to her family?There are others like Clover -- women of a certain age who seem to have disappeared. Clover decides to use her invisibility to get to know her family and her town better and to lead the way in helping invisible women to become appreciated again.

11th Hour, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco's most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department's evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer--even her closest friends.

This Is How : Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More, for Young and Old Alike, by Augusten Burroughs
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running With Scissors comes a groundbreaking book that explores how to survive the "un-survivable" and will challenge your notion of self-help books

Fifty Shades Darker, by E.L. James
After a brief break-up, Anastasia and Christian change their arrangement and both wrestle with their inner demons, as Anastasia tries to make an important decision.

Sins of the Father, by Jeffrey Archer
A second installment in a planned five-part series that began with Only Time Will Tell finds Harry despairing of a marriage to Emma and joining the Merchant Navy before assuming the identity of a fallen American soldier whose past proves even more turbulent than Harry's own.

The Unexpected Husband, by Debbie Macomber
Macomber is a master storyteller; any one of these characters could have been a stereotype in less talented hands.  Instead, these women and their stories are completely absorbing.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Books On The Big Screen!!

What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)
Based on What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Ed by Heidi Murkoff

Romance - 18 May 2012 (USA)

A look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn't always deliver what's expected.

Director: Kirk Jones
Writers: Shauna Cross (screenplay), Heather Hach (screenplay), Stars:Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison and Dennis Quaid

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Audiobooks!

Identifying the neurological processes behind behaviors while explaining that self-control and success are largely driven by habits, a guide by a Yale-educated investigative reporter for The New York Times shares scientifically based guidelines for achieving personal goals and overall well-being by adjusting specific habits.

   This is dedicated to your mastery of the art of realizing all your desires. The greatest gift you have been given is the gift of your imagination. Everything that now exists was once imagined. And everything that will ever exist must first be imagined. Wishes Fulfilled is designed to take you on a voyage of discovery, wherein you can begin to tap into the amazing manifesting powers that you possess within you and create a life in which all that you imagine for yourself                    becomes a present fact.

The latest book in the Godmothers series continues as Toots Loudenberry and her three best friends finds themselves navigating Hollywood's seedier side when a young starlet goes missing after last being seen with lawyer Chris Clay, the would-be beau of Toots' daughter, Abby.

When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Brunetti has little to work with. As subtle and engrossing as ever, Leon's Beastly Things is immensely enjoyable, intriguing, and ultimately moving.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New DVDs!

"Chronicle" Starring Dane Dehaan
Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

"Albert Nobbs" Starring Glenn Close
Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man, so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.

Friday, May 11, 2012


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Book Signing!

Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012, 7pm @ Book Revue
Pilot and Author Captain Sully Sullenberger will speak and sign his new book, Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage From America's Leaders.

“I’ve always felt that one of the most underrated aspects of leadership is the ability to create a shared sense of responsibility for the outcome: to inspire those around you to make tomorrow better than today, to constantly strive for excellence and to refuse to accept anything that’s barely adequate.”

Captain Sully has embarked on a personal quest to meet with distinguished Americans—young and old, famous and less well known—from fields as diverse as space exploration, business, government, education, sports, finance, medicine and the military. These are vastly different individuals with varied styles of leadership but all embody the credo of “leadership by example.” Sullenberger discusses with these leaders what it takes to achieve genuine leadership—a clear set of values, intense preparation, lifelong learning, making one’s actions match one’s words, creating a culture of trust, and caring for those one leads.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Book Signing....

Zoraida Cordova

Friday, May 11th, 2012, 7pm @ Book Revue

Author Zoraida Cordova will be here to sign her new young adult novel,

The Vicious Deep.

For Tristan Hart, everything changes with one crashing wave.
He was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth. His best friend Layla is convinced something is wrong. But how can he explain he can sense emotion like never before? How can he explain he's heir to a kingdom he never knew existed? That he's suddenly a
pawn in a battle as ancient as the gods.Something happened to him in those three days. He was claimed by the sea... and now it wants him back.

Monday, May 7, 2012

New Audiobooks!

When Anastasia Steele, a young literature student, interviews wealthy young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, their initial meeting introduces Anastasia to an exciting new world that will change them both forever.

Spanning four generations--from pre-World War II Transylvania to contemporary New York--a religion-themed tale shows what happens when unwavering love and unyielding law clash, in a novel set inside the most insular Hasidic sect, the Satmar.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Mara Einstein

Monday, May 7th, 2012, 7pm

Local Author Mara Einstein will speak about and sign her book,
Compassion, Inc.: How Corporate America Blurs the Line between What We
Buy, Who We Are, and Those We Help.

Pink ribbons, red dresses, and greenwashing--American corporations are scrambling to tug at consumer heartstrings through cause-related marketing, corporate social responsibility, and ethical branding, tactics that can increase sales by as much as 74%. Harmless? Marketing insider Mara Einstein demonstrates in this penetrating analysis why the answer is a resounding "No!" In Compassion, Inc. she outlines how cause-related marketing desensitizes the public by putting a pleasant face on complex problems. She takes us through the unseen ways in
which large sums of consumer dollars go into corporate coffers rather than helping the less fortunate. She also discusses companies that truly do make the world a better place, and those that just pretend to.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Book Club In A Bag Service

Check out 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.

Let Us Pick Your Next Read!

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

Books on the Big Screen!!

May 4

The Avengers

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner

Based on the Marvel comic books

Directed by Joss Whedon, this blockbuster comic-book movie brings together some of the biggest names in the Marvel universe including Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor

Based on the novel by Deborah Moggach
Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith

Author Signing

Bear Grylls

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012, 7pm @ Book Revue

Adventurer and Author Bear Grylls will speak and sign his memoir, Mud, Sweat and Tears: The Autobiography.

Already a #1 London Sunday Times Bestseller, Mud, Sweat, and Tears is the adrenaline-fueled autobiography of the mega-popular star of the hit survival series Man Vs. Wild, adventurer Bear Grylls. A former British Special Forces commando, a man who has always sought the ultimate in dangerous challenges, Bear’s true story reads like an outdoors action and adventure novel. But Bear’s story is true—full of breathtaking escapes and remarkable exploits that would make any Jack London or H. Ryder Haggard hero proud.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What Doesn't Kill You, by Iris Johansen
Trading information on the streets to survive after being abandoned at the age of 4, Catherine Ling is instructed by assassin and master poisoner Hu Chang before being recruited by the CIA and pitted against a rogue operative in a race to obtain a brutally deadly poison.  Iris Johansen is at her page-turning best in this novel that takes you from the corridors of Langley to the alleyways of Hong Kong, and the darkest places of the human soul.

Robert B. Parker's Lullaby, by Ace Atkins

Spenser takes up a seemingly open and closed cold case at the behest of a street-wise 16 year old girl, who believes her mother's murderers went free. As Spenser digs deeper into the mystery, he finds a much more dangerous and complex mystery than he bargained for.

Dorchester Terrace, by Anne Perry
Anne Perry's acclaimed Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels have made London's exclusive world of wealth and power an addictive literary destination for readers everywhere. This new masterpiece, a haunting story of love and treason, invites us not only into the secret places of Britain's power but also into the innermost sanctums of the fin de si├Ęcle Austro-Hungarian Empire.

End This Depression Now! by Paul Krugman
How bad have things gotten? How did we get stuck in what now can only be called a depression? And above all, how do we free ourselves? Krugman pursues these questions with his characteristic lucidity and insight. He has a powerful message for anyone who has suffered over these past four years—a quick, strong recovery is just one step away, if our leaders can find the "intellectual clarity and political will" to end this depression now.