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blue jasmineBlue Jasmine

Drama (PG-13)

After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal, elegant New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister Ginger’s modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

captain-phillipsCaptain Phillips

Drama (PG-13)

Based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, which was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

in a worldIn a World…

Comedy (R)

An unsuccessful vocal coach competes against her arrogant father in the movie trailer voice-over business.

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About Our Reading – 2013 #7 Looking ahead for 2014

about our reading 2013 3In December I asked our staff if they wouldn’t mind answering some questions about the books they read in 2013.  The answers have been posted in this blog during the last few weeks.  Today’s post is the last in the series, in which we look ahead to our reading for 2014.

If you have enjoyed the series and have any other questions you would like me to pose to the staff about their reading, please let us know in the comments section below.

2014Is there a book you have been putting off reading and are hoping to read in 2014?

Not putting off exactly but reading at an extremely slow pace: Middlemarch by George Eliot.  I like to read it when I know I will have a long uninterrupted block of time which does not happen too often. I hope to finish it in 2014! – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson – Neela, Head of Acquisitions

Winter of the World by Ken Follett – Audrey, Media Clerk

Perhaps about a 100 books – but who’s counting! – Brenda, Reference Librarian

The Stand by Stephen King – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

11/22/63 by Stephen King: I need to finish it. – Amy, Children’s Librarian

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce – set between two of her earlier books, it fills in a gap in the timeline and explains the emotional change several of the characters went through after being caught up in a war in a foreign country. – Erica, Reference Librarian

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

Is there a book(s) coming out in 2014 that you are looking forward to reading?

Woman Reading in a GardenThe Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah and Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts. – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – seriously, this one can’t come out soon enough! – Erica, Reference Librarian

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

Edge of Eternity by  Ken Follett, third book in the 2oth Century Trilogy – Betty P., Reference Librarian

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

The Last Dead Girl by Harry Dolan, The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson and Hangman by Stephan Talty – Ed, Head of Reference Services

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman and the sequel to The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/J. K. Rowling which is rumored to be coming out in 2014. – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian

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About Our Reading – 2013 #6 – the best and worst

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In December I asked our staff if they wouldn’t mind answering some questions about the books they read in 2013.  The answers have been posted in this blog during the last few weeks.  In today’s post, the penultimate in the series,  we tell you what our best and worst read were in 2013.

What book did you most enjoy in 2013?

thumbs upMe Before You by Jojo Moyes – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian and Audrey, Media Clerk

There are three I cannot choose between and each are this year’s favorites for me: The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth, The Round House by Louise Erdrich and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri – Neela, Head of Acquisitions

Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda – Ed, Head of Reference Services

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services and Amy, Children’s Librarian

New York by Edward Rutherfurd – Betty P., Reference Librarian

This is a hard one: can I do a toss up?  The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold, a fascinating look at the Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island.

Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto, a deeply researched look at the history of Manhattan Island.

The Ear of the Heart: An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows by Mother Dolores Hart, former 1950’s actress who is now the prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis  in Bethlehem, CT. I had visited the abbey recently and found her story amazing. The title comes from the quote of St. Benedict “Listen and attend to the ear of the heart.”- Brenda, Reference Librarian

The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg AND The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout – Pam M., Head of Programming

I have five: The Dark Witch by Nora Roberts; The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker; The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker; A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams and A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

I have four: Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple; Wonder by R. J. Palacio; Orphan Train by  Christina Baker Kline and The House Girl by Tara Conklin.- Pam S., Reference Librarian

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – I can’t wait for the third book in this trilogy! (By the way, the first book in this trilogy, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, was one of my favorites of last year.) – Erica, Reference Librarian

What was the worst book you read in 2013?

thumbs downA first in a mystery series I had high hopes for: The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott.  But there is a second installment coming out, so what do I know? – Sonia, Readers’ Services Libarian

Mesmer, Book 1: Sanctuary – a free Kindle read, I tried this out because of the summary but found I couldn’t stick with it for more than a few pages. I’ve seen some free Kindle reads be great…but not this one. – Erica, Reference Librarian

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo – Pam S., Reference Librarian

Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

Loss of Innocence by Richard North Patterson – Pam M., Head of Programming

Maybe not the worst book. I suppose for a summer beach read it is okay: Island Girls by Nancy Thayer – Brenda, Reference Librarian

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud – Audrey, Media Clerk and Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

Gun Church by Reed Farrel Coleman – Ed, Head of Reference Services

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Afternoon Book Club

Please join us on Tuesday, January 28 at 1:30 PM to discuss the historical fiction novel City of Women by David R. Gillham.  The discussion will be led by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services.

city of women“Hiding her clandestine activities behind the persona of a model Nazi soldier’s wife at the height of World War II, Sigrid Schroeder dreams of her former Jewish lover and risks everything to hide a mother and two young children who she believes might be her lover’s family.” (From the Publisher).

All are welcome.

No registration required.  Free.

Copies of the book are currently available at the Circulation Desk on the Main Floor.

For more information, contact the Readers’ Services Department: 516-921-7161 x 239.

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Fruitvale Station

Drama R

The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: Being a better son to his mother, being a better partner to his girlfriend, and being a better father to T, their beautiful four-year-old daughter. Then he’s gunned down by BART officers on New Year’s Day in 2009, sending shock waves throughout our nation.

Enough Said

Comedy PG-13

Divorced mom Eva may be falling for Albert, a sweet, funny, like-minded divorce. But as their relationship blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne, who’s always complaining about her ex-husband. When Eva realizes that Albert is the target of Marianne’s rants, she begins to question her own perceptions about first impressions and second chances.

Carrie

Horror R

Carrie White, a sheltered high school girl and outcast, unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers at the senior prom when they decide to pull a prank on her.

Kick-Ass 2

Action R

Self-made superhero Kick-Ass and sweet faced, foul-mouthed assassin Hit Girl try to return to life as ‘normal’ teenagers, but soon they are faced with their deadliest challenge yet. To seek revenge for his father’s death, Red Mist has re-invented himself as the leader of super-villains. To defeat their new nemesis, Kick-Ass and Hit Girl must team up with a new wave of masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, in this battle of real-life villains and heroes.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

PG-13 Drama

Inspired by a true story about Cecil Gaines, a devoted husband, father, and White House butler who served seven Presidential administrations during the turbulent politics and civil rights battles of twentieth century America.

Short Term 12

Drama R

Grace is a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker, and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason. But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throws her into unforeseen confusion, made sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility, a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection.

The Spectacular Now

Comedy PG-13

While Aimee dreams of the future, Sutter lives in the now, and yet somehow, they’re drawn together. What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth.

You’re Next

Horror R

Aubrey and Paul Davison decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary by inviting their four children and their significant others to a family reunion at their remote and slightly rundown weekend estate. But the family reunion goes awry when their home comes under siege by a mask-wearing team of crossbow-bearing assailants. The family has no idea who’s attacking them or why. All they know for certain is that nobody is safe.

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About Our Reading – 2013 #5

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In December I asked our staff if they wouldn’t mind answering some questions about the books they read in 2013. We’ll be sharing their responses to various questions here on this blog, a few every day.  So keep coming back to find out how our reading went in 2013.

Was there a book you read in 2013 that you were looking forward to and were disappointed by?

not so greatBurnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – I really wanted to love this one based on the blurb, but I just couldn’t get into it. I got about halfway through and while I enjoyed Carson’s writing style, the characters just never came alive for me. – Erica, Reference Librarian

There were two.  I had never read a book by Mary Higgins Clark until this year when I finally got around to it. I usually find that there is something that’s good about the writing of those ultra-popular authors  that will draw me in,  but I found Clark’s book unbearable and had to abandon it.  I won’t say which one.  And although I enjoyed it, The Rosie Project by  Graeme Simsion, did not live up to it’s pre-pub hype. – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – Neela, Head of Acquisitions and Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

Bellman and Black by Diana Setterfield – Ed, Head of Reference Services

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford – Audrey, Media Clerk

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

My American Revolution by Robert Sullivan – Brenda, Reference Librarian

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiScalfani – Pam M., Head of Programming

Was there a book you read in 2013 that you were surprised that you liked so much?

kid with glasses readingSisterland by Curits Sittenfeld – Pam M., Head of Programming

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Pam S., Reference Librarian

Although I expected the book to be good, I never expected to enjoy The Cuckoo’s Calling as much as I did.  I know I will continue to read Galbraith/Rowling’s mystery series for as long as she continues to write them. – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian

Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh – Ed, Head of Reference Services

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.  I didn’t think it would live up to all the hype, but it did.  Glad I took the time to read it. – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra – Audrey, Media Clerk

Sycamore Row by John Grisham – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

Did you re-read any book in 2013?

rereadA Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. An unbelievable book! – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather – Brenda, Reference Librarian

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Pam S., Reference Librarian

Fire Hawk by Justine Dare. Third in a trilogy that will likely be rereleased in e-form next year, this book is actually the first story chronologically, and the best one. A particular side character, the hero’s best friend, has had a place in my heart for years. There are rumors that his story will see print sometime next year as well. – Erica, Reference Librarian

Serpico by Peter Maas – Amy, Children’s Librarian

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.  Just as good the second time around even though I knew whodunit! – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian

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About Our Reading – 2013 #4

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In December I asked our staff if they wouldn’t mind answering some questions about the books they read in 2013. We’ll be sharing their responses to various questions here on this blog, a few every day.  So keep coming back to find out how our reading went in 2013. Today we talk about some of the physical aspects of the books we read last year.

Did you have a favorite book cover in 2013?

white vespaWhite Vespa by Kevin Oderman, I’d like to climb those stairs and find out what’s up there or maybe knock on one of the doors.  I don’t think I even want to read this book, what’s inside cannot possibly be as intriguing as this cover is to me. – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian

middle kingdomThe Middle Kingdom: Two Brothers, Two Motorcycles, One Epic Journey Around China by Colin Pyle and Ryan Pyle – Neela, Head of Acquisitions

are you experiencedAre You Experienced? by Jordan Sonnenblick – Ed, Head of Reference Services

my educationMy Education by Susan Choi – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

Golem and the JinniThe Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

What was the longest book you read in 2013?

thick bookA Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin  – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian

Sycamore Row by John Grisham – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

Winter of the World by Ken Follett – Betty P., Reference Librarian

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – Audrey, Media Clerk

The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac K. Griswold – Brenda, Reference Librarian

The 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in  a Storm-ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink – Amy, Children’s Librarian

What was the shortest book you read in 2013?

short bookThe Reason I Jump by  Naoki Higashida- Amy, Children’s Librarian and Audrey, Media Clerk

I Could Pee on This: and other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

The Rosie Project by Graeme C.  Simsion – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

A Very Short Tour of the Mind: 21 Short Walks Around the Human Brain by Michael Corballis- and it was! -Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

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