Summer is finally here …. and so are the new Summer 2010 Staff Picks!

Looking for a great book?  Let our staff suggestions guide you in your search for that perfect Summer read.  Check out the New Summer Staff Picks for 2010 now on display on the 2nd floor.  Reviews for the selected titles can also be found on display.  Titles such as the following were recommended by various staff members throughout the building. 

The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand

“Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent Nantucket couples who count each other as best friends… Just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail. As the warm weather approaches and the island mourns their loss, nothing can prepare the MacAvoy’s closest friends for what will be revealed (From the Publishers).” – Recommended by Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk.

Execution Dock by Anne Perry

“Set in 1864, bestseller Perry’s outstanding 16th novel to feature William Monk finds Monk suffering from a series of hard knocks, including memory loss. Now superintendent of the Thames River Police Force, Monk is on the verge of closing the books on Jericho Phillips, a particularly nasty villain …Monk and his team catch Phillips, but what appears to be an airtight murder case springs leaks and ends with the accused’s acquittal. Convinced that he got the right man, despite the jury’s verdict, Monk devotes himself to setting the record straight…Rich in plot development, believable characters and period detail, this entry will only add to the already sizable ranks of Perry’s admirers (Publishers Weekly).” – recommended by Sue Ann Reale,  Head of Children’s Services

A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

“Ms. Moore has written her most powerful book yet, a book that gives us an indelible portrait of a young woman coming of age in the Midwest in the year after 9/11 and her initiation into the adult world of loss and grief…in this haunting novel Ms. Moore gives us stark, melancholy glimpses into her characters’ hearts, mapping their fears and disappointments, their hidden yearnings and their more evanescent efforts to hold on to their dreams in the face of unfurling misfortune (New York Times).”  – recommended by Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk.

Little Heathens by Mildred Kalish

“Kalish’s story of growing up on her grandparents’ Iowa farm during the depths of the Great Depression. With her father banished from the household for mysterious transgressions, five-year-old Mildred and her family could easily have been overwhelmed by the challenge of simply trying to survive. This, however, is not a tale of suffering… a loving but realistic portrait of a “hearty-handshake Methodist” family that gave its members a remarkable legacy of kinship, kindness, and remembered pleasures. Recounted in a luminous narrative filled with tenderness and humor, Kalish’s memoir of her childhood shows how the right stuff can make even the bleakest of times seem like “quite a romp (From the Publisher).” – recommnded by Lisa Caputo, Head of Adult Services.

We guarantee you’ll leave with a great Summer read!

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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New in DVD

From Paris With Love – A low-ranking intelligence operative working in the office of the U.S. ambassador in France takes on more than he bargained for when he partners with a wisecracking, fast-shooting, high-ranking U.S. agent who’s been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack.

Shutter Island – When U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels arrives at the asylum for the criminally insane on Shutter Island, what starts as a routine investigation quickly takes a sinister turn. As the investigation unfolds and Daniels uncovers more shocking and terrifying truths about the island, he also learns there are some places that never let you go.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

5 for Title Swap

Four times a year, Readers’ Services Librarians at Syosset Public Library hold a Title Swap.  All of our patrons are invited to come in and talk about some of the noteworthy books that they have read recently.  Our last Title Swap was held on May 11, 2010 and these are just 5 of the titles mentioned that day.

The Lost Quilter by Jennifer Chiaverini A tale of adventure, love, perseverance and quilting, involving a runaway slave.

Lost by Alice Lichtenstein Three people are brought together during a search and rescue mission that takes place over a blustery Wisconsin weekend.

Gallows Lane by Brian McGilloway Inspector Devlin waits on the borderlands separating north and south Ireland in order to capture James Kerr, a notorious ex-con returning home on early release.

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton This debut novel is narrated by Grace Bradley, now 98 years old and telling her story through flashbacks, remembers the last days of Edwardian aristocratic privilege before the first World War and the vibrant 1920s.

The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin Winner of Sweden’s best crime novel award.  On an idyllic island off the coast of northern Sweden, a young couple from Stockholm tries to start life afresh.

You can see all the other titles mentioned at that Title Swap on our website.  Our next title swap is on Wednesday June 16 at 1:30 PM, which also happens to be the day we kick-off the Adult Summer Reading Club.  So come on in, share some titles and sign up for the Club – ALL ARE WELCOME!

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

New in DVD

Alice in Wonderland – Alice, now 19 years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny.  Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

The Wolfman – Lawrence Talbot is lured back to his family estate to investigate the savage murder of his brother by a bloodthirsty beast. There, Talbot must confront his childhood demons, his estranged father, his brother’s grieving fiancee, and a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector. When Talbot is bitten by the creature, he becomes eternally cursed and soon discovers a fate far worse than death.  Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Book Review “Mistress of the Art of Death”

Mistress of the Art of Death

by Ariana Franklin

It’s 1176, young Adelia makes the long journey from Sicily to Cambridge, England along with Simon of Naples and her ever present body guard Mansur.  Their mission: find out who has brutally killed four children.

The murders seem to have been committed using anti-Catholic rituals, leading to an assumption that the Jews of Cambridge are behind them.  King Henry II has been forced to give the Jewish community protection in a fortress and he is not happy.   The interruption to their daily businesses is cutting into his tax revenues and he wants the mystery solved as soon as possible.  King Henry requests help from his cousin, the king of Sicily, whose realm includes the famed and progressive medical school of the University of Salerno.  A “master of death” is needed to divine the perpetrator from the evidence.  What Henry doesn’t know is that Sicily’s king has sent a “mistress of death”, a young doctor of medicine Adelia.

Adelia, her traveling companions Simon, the Sicilian king’s fixer who happens to be a Jew and Mansur, an imposing Moor who is assumed to be the doctor, make their way to Cambridge and soon they discover that the murders are the act of a serial killer.  Along the way to discovering the murderer’s identity, the trio is helped by the head of the local monastery, Prior Geoffrey and King Henry’s tax collector, Sir Rowley Picot.

This first book in a series featuring Adelia is a page turner for those who like to gain knowledge while reading their mysteries.  There are plenty of historic and forensics details to learn about as well as a little romance thrown in.

– posted by Sonia, Readers” Services

5 for Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming, the creator of Agent 007, James Bond, was born on this date 102 years ago.  Fleming wrote 14 books featuring Bond, all of which have been made into movies.  In honor of the day, “5 for…“ has become “6 for…” to spotlight the actors that have played Fleming’s debonair and deadly secret agent.   Why not come in and take out a Bond movie to enjoy during the upcoming holiday weekend?   22 films have been made featuring the most famous name in espionage and there’s sure to be one for you!  Click on any title below to check the catalog to see if the film is on the shelves.

Sean Connery –  Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever.

George LazenbyOn Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Roger MooreLive and Let Die, The Man With the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View to a Kill.

Timothy DaltonThe Living Daylights and Licence to Kill.

Pierce BrosnanGoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day.

Daniel Craig –  Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

The Adult Summer Reading Program

Please join us as we introduce Syosset Library’s first annual Adult Summer Reading Club.  The program is simple and stress-free, just the way summer should be!  Sign up and submit titles of any book you read between June 16 and August 14.

Patrons read books of their own choosing

– Audio Books Qualify

– Patrons who join the program and submit at least one title will be sent  an invitation to the Wrap-Up Party on August 18 at 7 PM

– Winners must present ID to claim prizes

– Open to Syosset School District residents 18 years of older

For each title you submit, you will have a chance to win raffle prizes in our weekly drawing and at the Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party on August 18.  Registration for the club begins on June 16 at the Readers’ Services Desk on the second floor.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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