All posts by Sonia

Dominick Dunne Obituary

TooMuchMoneyNoted author, Dominick Dunne passed away on Wednesday, August 26.  His latest book, Too Much Money, is due out in December.    Click here to read his obituary from the New York Times.  A list of his books can be obtained from the Syosset Public Library NoveList Plus database.

-posted by Ed

Book Trailers

inherent-vice-picIt had to happen sooner or later.  Book publishers have hit on the idea of creating “book trailers” to publicize their upcoming releases.  If you haven’t seen one yet, here’s the one for Thomas Pynchon‘s latest: Inherent Vice.  What is extra newsworthy about this book trailer is that the ultra reclusive author has provided the trailer’s voiceover himself.  Take a look and a listen.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Take a break…

magazines 2 picSummer is winding down and our thoughts will soon  turn to “getting back to business” – but not yet!.  Why not take a break from the heat, come into the library to relax and flip through some magazines.  The Syosset Public Library has well over 300 periodicals waiting to be perused in our main floor periodicals section.   Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find some magazines or newspapers to enlighten and pique your curiosity- decorating tips, financial advice, vacation ideas, recipes- the possibilities are endless!

So come on in, pick a few magazines and a comfy chair, and stay awhile.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services.

New in DVD

adventureland picAdventureland – A comedy set in the summer of 1987 and centered around a recent college grad  who takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park, only to find it’s the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.

fighting dvdFighting – In New York City, a young counterfeiter is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist, who becomes his manager on the bare-knuckling brawling circuit.

rudo y cursiRudo y Cursi – Two siblings rival each other inside the world of professional soccer.

goodbye solo dvdGoodbye Solo – Two men form an unlikely friendship that will change both of their lives forever.

trouble the water dvdTrouble the Water – An aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband, armed with a video camera, show what survival is all about when they are trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters, and seize a chance for a new beginning.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

My Summer Reading Project (cont’d)

ShanghaiGirls_coverFinally finished Shanghai Girls!  The story follows two Chinese women from their late teens in 1930’s China through to their experiences as  adults  in America.  I found the book to be a very mixed bag.  There were parts that were riveting and parts that dragged.  The characters were  sometimes compelling and sometimes  not.  The knowledge gained about Chinese culture and the experience of  Chinese immigrants to this country and the insights regarding how close the bonds between sisters could be, made this novel by Lisa See a worthwhile read.  And the cover was one of the best looking this year!  Rating: 3 out of 4 (.5 just for the cover).

Next book:  Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard, #18 on the 6/21/09 NYT bestseller list.

– posted by Sonia, Reader’s Services.