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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist:

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(Formerly known as The Orange Prize)

"The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction – the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman – is delighted to announce the 2014 shortlist.
This year’s six shortlisted books were whittled down from a twenty-strong longlist, which can be found here. The shortlist boasts one previous Orange Prize winner, one previously shortlisted author and three debut novelists.
Chair judge, Helen Fraser, describes the shortlist as, “brilliant, original and gripping.”
The judges must now choose an overall winner, who will be announced at an awards ceremony in The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, on 4th June 2014
Visit our Twitter and Facebook pages for daily updates on the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction."
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah
Hannah Kent – Burial Rites
Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland
Audrey Magee – The Undertaking*
Eimear McBride – A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing*
Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch
The Merrick Library has them!  
Come in and pick yours up today.
*- soon to be published in the US

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New TV Shows, Documentaries & Excercise on DVD...

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"Broadchurch: The Complete First Season" - from BBC America - David Tenant ("Bright Young Things") and Olivia Colman ("Hyde Park on Hudson") star as two detectives racing to solve the murder of a young boy over which there is a media frenzy that threatens to rip apart the deceased's coastal home town.

"House of Cards: The Complete First Season" - from Netflix  House Majority Whip Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is out to destroy all his political enemies: even the President of the United States! - also starring Robin Wright (Golden Globe Winner: Best Actress in a TV Series) as his wife Claire.

"Lilyhammer: Season 1" - Frank Tagliano (Steven Van Zandt, "The Sopranos") told on the Mafia, so now he is hiding out in the Norwegian town which hosted the Winter Olympics twenty years ago - turns out Frank's street smarts come in handy there! 

 "Orphan Black: Season One" - from Canada - Tatiana Maslany ("The Vow") is Sarah, a fugitive who assumes the identity of a lookalike who just committed suicide - That is only the start of her troubles! 

"Mr. Selfridge: Season 2" - as seen on PBS and rooted in a true story - Jeremy Piven returns in the title role as the American-born owner of London's most flamboyant department store, which after five years might be enjoying its last taste of decadent glory before war engulfs England - also starring Ron Cook ("Confetti") and Frances O'Connor ("Jayne Mansfield's Car").


 "20 Feet From Stardom" - ever wonder about the backup singers to your favorite music icons? Their true stories will more than surprise you - includes special appearances by David Bowie, Sheryl Crow, Mick Jagger, Bette Midler, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Stevie Wonder.

"Dirty Wars" - follow investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill as he learns about America's covert operations in Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen - winner of the Best Documentary Cinematography  Award at the Sundance Film Festival (Note: Mr. Scahill's 2007 best seller "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army" is in Merrick Library's Non-Fiction collection). 



 "Leslie Sansome: Just Walk: Walk to the Hits - Radio Remixes" - how about a three-mile walk to a constant dance beat? America's favorite walking motivator provides the basics for it all in one DVD package - and it is FUN!