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Reading Your Destination

Before we know it, summertime will be here and some of us will be taking off to other places on our vacations.  Maybe to another continent , maybe to somewhere else in the United States or maybe  to a beach closer to home.  Wherever you might be going –  why not get in the mood with a book whose setting is the place to where you are headed?

Here are some suggestions for books that take place in a few destinations far and wide.  If your vacation spot isn’t mentioned here, come into the library and ask a librarian to suggest some books especially for wherever your fancy is taking you.  And if you’re staying home, come in anyway and find a book that can take you anywhere you wish!

If you’re going to …Italy

The Food of Love by Anthony Capella

Enchanted by Italy’s rich culture, first-time American visitor Laura finds herself falling for the handsome Tomasso, who woos her with magnificent meals and hides the fact that shy, enamored Bruno is actually the chef.

 

If you’re going to… Australia

The Dry by Jane Harper

Receiving a sinister anonymous note after his best friend’s suspicious death, federal agent Aaron Falk is forced to confront the fallout of a twenty-year-old false alibi against a backdrop of the worst drought Melbourne has seen in a century

 

If you’re going to …Alaska

Every Body on Deck by G. A. McKevett

Eagerly accepting a security detail job on a luxurious Alaskan cruise to protect a famed mystery writer, Savannah Reid tackles a particularly dramatic case when her charge inexplicably flees the ship and is killed in a suspicious accident

If you’re going to …Japan

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

In early 1900s Korea, prized daughter Sunja finds herself pregnant and alone, bringing shame on her family until a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and move with her to Japan, in the saga of one family bound together as their faith and identity are called into question.

If you’re going to …Scotland

The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

Leaving a strained marriage to return to her ancestral home in Scotland, Hetty discovers human remains beneath a basement floorboard and uncovers the century-old story of an unfaithful painter and a wife who went missing under mysterious circumstances.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

 

Five Years on the Blog: June

Welcome back to what has become a regular monthly activity: A walk through some of  Syosset RandR’s blog posts for the past five years:

2016: What We’re Reading Now

2015: New and Exciting Museum Exhibits for Summer

2014: Read to Children Beginning at Birth

2013: The Battle of Gettysburg: 150 Years Ago

2012: Monthly Book Club Recap: Room by Emma Donohue

Watch out for our next look down blog memory lane again in July!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Startup that BBQ!

For some of us, the Memorial Day weekend means returning to outdoor cooking. If you are looking for some inspiration for your holiday BBQ menus we might have a book for you.  Here are a few of the barbecue books from our cookbook collection which can be found on the main floor.

Weber’s Greatest Hits : 125 Classic Recipes for Every Grill by Jamie Purviance

Collects over one hundred barbecue recipes from the grilling company, including such offerings as grilled oysters, Korean beef barbecue, jerk-spiced ribs, and Greek seafood salad.

 

Best Grill Recipes Ever : Fast and Easy Barbecue Plus Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades by Daniella Malfitano

Features recipes for barbecuing meats and vegetables, along with recipes for marinades and rubs, including such options as cedar plank salmon with herb dressing, rib eye steak Tuscan style, caramelized bananas, and short-rib burgers.

 

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling, text and photos by Meathead Goldwyn; with Greg Blonder, Ph.D

The pitmaster, national barbecue cookoff judge, and curator of the world’s most popular barbecue website debunks the myths that stand in the way of perfect outcomes and reveals all the secrets every successful griller needs to know, from which wood chipsto use to which equipment to choose.

Master of the Grill: Foolproof Recipes, Top-rated Gadgets, Gear, & Ingredients plus Clever Test Kitchen Tips & Fascinating Food Science  by The Editors at America’s Test Kitchen

A guide to grilling and barbecuing features a wide variety of kitchen-tested recipes for meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and pizza, including such regional specialties as Texas smoked sausages, Alabama BBQ chicken, and Kansas City sticky ribs.

Grill Fire by Lex Taylor

The barbecue grill master teaches the art and technique of grilling, offering advice on butcher cuts, fuels, and fire along with techniques for mastering temperature and doneness, and includes a collection of globally influenced recipes.

 

Enjoy the Holiday Weekend!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Upcoming Books to Films

Everything, Everything (May 19)

Drama , PG-13

A teenage girl is unable to leave her home because she has an immunodeficiency that makes her allergic to almost everything. However, her life changes for the better when she begins to communicate with the boy next door. Adapted from the YA novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (May 19)

Comedy, PG

A family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course–thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous. Adapted from the children’s novel of the same name by Jeff Kinney.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (June 2)

Comedy, Animation, PG

Two grade-school kids hypnotize their mean principal into assuming a secret identity of an under-wear clad superhero who helps their fellow classmates. Adapted from the children’s book series by Dav Pilkey.

My Cousin Rachel (June 9)

Drama, Romance, PG-13

This film tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feeling become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Daphne Du Maurier.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

What We’re Reading Now- Audiobook Edition

Most of us working here at the library love to read.  And some of us like to listen to our books from time to time.  Here are some audiobooks we have been enjoying lately:

Pam M., Assistant Library Director – 

“I am listening to 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster. It is the story of Archie Ferguson, a Jewish boy born in Newark in 1947,  and tells about four different alternative futures for him.  It is narrated by the author which makes the listening experience great because his voice is so believable as the voice of an older Archie.  It is 29 CDs, but I don’t want it to end – – you really look forward to hearing about Archie’s parallel lives and what comes next.”

Megan, Systems Manager

World War Z by Max Brooks. With a cast of over 20 famous actors doing the voices, including Alan Alda, Nathan Fillion, Simon Pegg, and Jeri Ryan, it was an amazing listening experience.”

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

“I have found an audiobook narrator that I love listening to.  Bahni Turpin has narrated some wonderful YA books such as The Sun Is Also a Star and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.  She is also the narrator of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, which has won numerous awards including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Literature.  My next audiobook will be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas which is another YA book narrated by Ms. Turpin.”

Rosemarie B., Children’s Services Librarian

“I just finished listening to The Two Family House by Lynda Loigman.  The story is about two Jewish families living in Brooklyn during the 1950’s.  The narrator uses a “Jewish-Brooklyn” accent which adds to the sense of place and time.  Listening to an audiobook adds an emotional dimension to a story.”

Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

“I just finished Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson for the Afternoon Book Discussion. The narrator truly brought the characters to life.”

 

Lisa J., Readers’ Services Librarian

“I recently finished listening to The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, a funny, poignant autobiography about Fisher’s early days making the first Star Wars Movie. A flawed but creative and talented person that left us too soon.”

Betty P., Reference Librarian

I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb.  The book is about 7 hours long. It was short and entertaining.  The typical Wally lamb book concerning women’s issues.”

Sonia, Health Reference Librarian

“Every once in a while I like to listen to one of James Patterson’s books because they have brief chapters which makes it easier to listen to them in short spurts.  The one I am listening to now is The Black Book which had great reviews for its audio version.  I’m enjoying it because I am suspecting almost everyone, except the hero, of being the bad guy (or girl).”

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

 

 

Five Years on the Blog: April

Today we’re to going reminisce a bit and take a look at some of Syosset RandR’s blog posts for April during the past five years:

2016: Audiobooks We LIke

2015: Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary

2014: Put a Poem in Your Pocket Today

2013: Why Not a Mystery?

2012: 5 for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

Watch out for our next look down blog memory lane again in May!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Afternoon Book Discussion

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

at 1:30 PM

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

When Ben Solomon accuses Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and wealthy philanthropist, of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in a race to redemption.

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

All are welcome!

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services