A New Display…

Boy Hugging Golden Retriever…Celebrate Autumn has loads of books on a variety of topics associated with the season.  Included are books on “Fallscaping” your yard, knitting and crocheting of sweaters, scarves and hats, comfort cooking such as soups and stews, last minute pre-winter home renovations and repairs, outdoor activities and sports such football and baseball, seasonal landscape photography and  more. Stop by this main floor display for ideas on how to enjoy the last mild days of Autumn!

– posted by Jackie,  Readers’ Services

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New in DVD this week

ugly_truth_ver2The Ugly Truth – A romantically challenged morning show producer is reluctantly embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by her chauvinistic correspondent to prove his theories on relationships and help her find love. His clever ploys, however, lead to an unexpected result. (imdb.com)

upUp –  By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip. (imdb.com)

New books this week:

under-the-domeUnder the Dome – Stephen King  When the smalltown of Chester’s Mill, Maine, is surrounded by an invisible force field, the people inside must exert themselves to survive. The situation deteriorates rapidly due to the dome’s ecological effects and the machinations of Big Jim Rennie… (Publiser’s Weekly)

broken jewelBroken Jewel – David L. Robbins For three years after the fall of Manila, 2,100 Allied civilians have been imprisoned at Los Baños Internment Camp, 40 miles to the southeast and notorious for its horrendous conditions. American Remy Tuck, the camp’s resident gambler, struggles daily with his Japanese army captors to keep his community of Americans, Brits, and Dutch alive, as they stave off starvation and protect one another from vicious punishments. (from the publisher)

wishin and hopinWishin’ and Hopin’ – Wally Lamb Back in his beloved fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, with a new cast of endearing characters,(at) St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School—where Mother Filomina’s word is law and goody-two-shoes Rosalie Twerski is sure to be minding everyone’s business. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame Frechette, straight from QuÉbec, and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. (from the publisher)

familyA Friend of the Family – Laura Grodstein Peter Dizinoff, a successful New Jersey doctor, is struggling to adjust to the aftermath of his actions as the foundation of his personal and professional life crack beneath his feet. At the center of his troubles is his beloved son Alec, who deflates his father’s high expectations when he drops out of college after just three semesters and moves into the apartment above their garage. (from Amazon.com “Best Books of November”)

5 Questions about books

black lizardEd Goldberg, Reference librarian, shares some thoughts on books today:

On my nightstand now is: The book that’s been on my nightstand the longest (since 2007) is The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps: The Best Crime Stories from the Pulps During Their Golden Age–the ’20s, ’30s & ’40s edited by Otto Penzler. It is 1,024 pages of small print, 2 columns and narrow margins.  Finishing the book is my lifetime goal, but it will be well worth it.  The stories are great.  I typically take it on vacation with me.  I have the DVD of the old movie Laura and the book by Vera Caspary, on which it is based.  The differences between the book and movie are interesting.  Additionally I have In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff, The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy, Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife by Francine Prose, The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Yoko Tanaka, Runaway Black by Ed McBain, So Like Sleep by Jeremiah Healey and Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow by John Mortimer.

nine dragonsLast book read: The last book I read was 9 Dragons by Michael Connelly.  I’ve liked Connelly for a long time and his Harry Bosch series is always good reading.  It’s police procedural with a touch of family and camaraderie.  Connelly has created several other great characters, such as Jack McEvoy, a reporter, Michael Haller, an attorney who works out of the back of his Lincoln town car, Terry McCaleb, a former FBI agent and Rachel Walling, a current agent.  He’s beginning to introduce these characters into multiple series.

thesourceFavorite book of all time: The Source by James Michener.   I’ve read The Source two or three times, but not for a while now.  Michener’s premise that as you dig through archeological layers you can determine how civilizations viewed God and religion is just fascinating to me.

Top three authors: Thomas H. Cook, John Dunning and Pat Conroy.

Thomas_H_Cook_2-2Thomas Cook, a Cape Cod resident, writes mysteries that have a very ethereal, cloudy aura around them.  The Chatham School Affair, purchased in Chatham on Cape Cod started me as a fan and I’ve read all of his books since.

john dunningJohn Dunning writes mysteries with an antiquarian bookseller (former policeman), Cliff Janeway, as a protagonist.  There’s a lot of action in his books and there’s always a literary subplot somewhere in the book.  Dunning is also an expert on old time radio and his Two O’clock Eastern Wartime, a departure from his Janeway series, builds on this expertise.

pat conroy

Finally, I’ve recently been introduced to Pat Conroy’s books and became an immediate fan.  His descriptive writing and storyline just draw you in.

Perfect beach reads: Two series that are great beach reads are Lisa Lutz’s Spellman Files series about a dysfunctional family of private detectives and Sue Grafton’s Alphabet series, A is for Alibi, etc. about Kinsey Millhone, a private detective in California.

Question of the Week

This week Publisher’s Weekly and Amazon issued their lists for the “Best Books of 2009”.  One might say it’s a bit early, but hey, it’s always fun to read and make lists:

Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Books of 2009
1. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science – Richard Holmes
2. Await Your Reply – Dan Chaon
3. Big Machine – Victor Lavalle
4. Cheever: A Life – Blake Bailey
5. A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon – Neil Sheehan
6. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders – Daniyal Mueenuddin
7. Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi – Geoff Dyer
8. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon – David Grann
9. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work – Matthew B. Crawford
10. Stitches – David Small
 
Amazon’s Top 10 Books of 2009
1. Let the Great World Spin – colum McCann
2. Strength in What Remains – Tracy Kidder
3. Wolf Hall  –  Hilary Mantel
4. Brooklyn – Colm Tóibin
5. Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
6. Crazy for the Storm – Noman Ollestad
7. The Girl Who Played with Fire – Steig Larsson
8. The City & The City – China Mieville
9. Stitches – David Small
10. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – William Kamkwamba
 

question-marksWhat do you think?  Are any of your favorites of 2009 listed here? 

In an effort to come up with a very unofficial and very unscientific list of favorites of R & R readers, we ask

“What 2009 book was your favorite?

posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

New in DVD this week

bloodBlood: The Last Vampire – Demons have infested Earth. And only one warrior stands between the dark and the light: Saya, a half-human, half-vampire samurai who preys on those who feast on human blood. Joining forces with the shadowy society known as the Council, Saya is dispatched to an American military base, where an intense series of swordfights leads her to the deadliest vampire of all.

food incFood, Inc. – Food, Inc. lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.

gi joeG.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra – The G.I. Joe team, armed with the coolest hi-tech gadgets and weapons, travels the world from the Egyptian desert to the polar ice caps in a high stakes pursuit of Cobra, an evil international organization threatening to use a technology that could bring the world to its knees (also available in Blu-ray).

i_love_you_beth_cooperI Love You, Beth Cooper – When Denis, the geekiest guy in high school, proclaims his love for super-popular Beth Cooper, during his valedictorian speech, everyone is…well… speechless! But the real shock comes that night when Beth shows up at Denis’ house with her two best friends to show him how the cool kids party.

taking of pelhamThe Taking of Pelham 123 – Walter Garber  is a New York City subway dispatcher whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. Ryder, the criminal mastermind behind the hijacking and leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train’s passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour.

The books just keep on coming…

This week’s new releases include…

humblingThe Humbling by Philip Roth At 65, Simon Axler, a formerly celebrated stage actor, is undergoing a crisis: he can no longer act, his wife leaves him and, suicidal, he checks himself into a psych ward. Then he retires to his upstate New York farm to wait for… something, which arrives in the form of Pegeen… (Amazon.com)

lacunaThe Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver Kingsolver takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico City of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. The Lacuna is a poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities.

knit the seasonKnit the Season by Kate Jacobs  a loving, moving, laugh-out-loud celebration of special times with friends and family. The story begins a year after the end of Knit Two, with Dakota Walker’s trip to spend the Christmas holidays with her Gran in Scotland… (from the publisher)

emerilEmeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast by Emeril Lagasse   Long day at the office? In a hurry to get the kids to soccer practice? Hungry for more than just a sandwich? With Emeril 20-40-60, even if you’re short on time, you don’t have to sacrifice getting a freshly prepared, satisfying meal on the table.

Place a reserve today!

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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