New in DVD

American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein – “The probing documentary portrait of American academic and activist Norman Finkelstein. A devoted son of holocaust survivors, ardent critic of Israeli and US Mid-East policies and author of six provocative books, Finkelstein has been at the center of many intractable controversies….Finkelstein is a deeply polarizing figure whose struggles arise from core questions about freedom, identity and nationhood” –






Dear John – While John, a young soldier, is home on a temporary leave, he meets and falls in love with Savannah, a college girl on her spring break. Savannah promises to write to John when he is sent overseas. Over the next seven years, the couple continues to be separated by John’s increasingly dangerous deployments. Though they meet only sporadically, they continue to stay in touch through love letters that eventually bring fateful consequences.





Edge of Darkness – The bullet that killed his daughter was meant for Boston cop Thomas Craven. That’s what police brass and Craven himself think, but that’s not what the investigation finds. Clue after clue and witness after witness, the search leads him into a shadowy realm where money and political intrigue intersect. If Craven wasn’t a target before, he, and anyone linked to his inquiry, now is.







The Road – A father and his son are two of the last remaining people on earth after an unexplained tragedy has destroyed most of life. As the two head south, they are faced with many trials and tribulations along the way. An intense bond between the father and son is formed as together they strive to not only survive, but to retain humanity as they help the people they encounter along the way.  Also available on Blu-Ray DVD.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services


Stuck in a Style Rut?

Try one of these great new fashion guides available at the Syosset Public Library!   Let us help you get your wardrobe back in style.  We have tons of books to choose from.  Our most recent additions include:

How to Never Look Fat Again by Charla Krupp “(The author) puts her style and beauty savvy—gleaned from her work at Glamour, InStyle, More, and People: Style Watch—to work helping women discover and celebrate their slimmer side. Those who know the basics of dressing thin (avoid horizontal stripes; Spanx do wonders for bulgy bits; etc.) and are ready for advanced techniques will be thrilled with this book.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

The New Secrets of Style: Your Complete Guide to Dressing Your Best Every Day by InStyle Magazine  “The latest edition of InStyle‘s top-selling classic, The New Secrets of Style features even more expert guidance for looking fabulous. The editors who have made InStyle today’s leading style publication take the mystery out of fashion with plenty of practical and simple strategies for building your best wardrobe.”  (Product Description)

Harper’s Bazaar Fabulous at Any Age by Nandini D’Souza “Based on the magazine’s most popular monthly column, this visually resplendent book showcases great styles for women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70+. It reveals the secrets of the world’s most fashionable women … and how to identify the look that’s just right for you.”  (Product Description)

Fierce Style:How to be Your Most Fabulous Self by Project Runway Season 4 winner, Christian Siriano  “The author helps readers discover how to look, feel, and act fierce in everyday life. With tips from some of fashion and Hollywood’s biggest names… along with gorgeous original sketches by Christian, never-before-heard stories, and behind-the-scenes photos, he tells his journey of developing his own fashion sense and overcoming obstacles to success.”  (Product Description)

The Style Strategy: A Less-is-more Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart by Nina Garcia  “…fashionistas will not only discover a myriad of shopping alternatives sure to help them attain high-end looks at lower prices, but also learn how to maximize what they already have through maintenance, ingenuity, and creative style choices. Step by step, Nina helps readers honestly answer three key questions–What do I have? What do I need? What do I want?–before making purchases, so they can effectively eliminate any unnecessary spending.”  (

Have a great summer and celebrate the season … in style!

posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Debut Author Visits the Library

Author, Sonya Chung, joins us on Friday, May 21 at 1:30 PM, to discuss her critically acclaimed debut book, Long for This World.

Library Journal says, “Readers who enjoy superbly crafted, globe-trotting family sagas will swoon over Chung’s breathtaking debut”.  The author will be available to sign books at the end of the program.  The book will be sold by the Friends of the Library at the event.

Read our review and take a look at the event flyer.

– posted by Susan, Readers’ Services

New in DVD

Extraordinary Measures – On the fast track and ready to taste the success of corporate America, John Crowley walks away from it all in hopes of finding a cure for two of his fatally ill children. With his wife Aileen by his side, he teams up with brilliant, but unconventional scientist, Dr. Robert Stonehill, and together they form a company to develop a life-saving drug. But just when it appears that a solution may be found, the relationship between the men is tested and the fate of John’s children is at stake.

Invictus – Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.  Also available on Blu- Ray DVD.

The Messenger – Partnered with hard-line officer Tony Stone, Sgt. Will Montgomery is a battle-scarred war hero home from Iraq and newly assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. He faces this formidable mission while seeking comfort and healing back on the home front when he falls for the wife of a fallen soldier.

The Spy Next Door – Bob Ho is an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian. But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him; he has to win over her three opinionated kids. When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to babysit the children so he can earn their approval.

Valentine’s Day – Follows the intertwining storylines of a diverse group of Los Angelenos as they navigate their way through romance and heartbreak over the course of one Valentine’s Day. Couples and singles experience the pinnacles and pitfalls of finding, keeping or ending relationships in a day in the life of love.

– posted by S0nia, Readers’ Services

Book Review: Natural Born Charmer

Natural Born Charmer

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

William Morrow 2007 (392 pp.)

Blue Bailey, walking alongside the road wearing a beaver costume gets picked up by “to die for” Dean Robillard, all star NFL quarterback.  It all goes up and downhill from there.

Blue’s car has broken down, along with most everything else in her life.  The man she came to Colorado for has taken up with another woman and her bank account has been mysteriously emptied.  Down to her last eighteen dollars, she is on her way from a job doing promotion for Ben’s Big Beaver Lumberyard when Dean enters the picture.  She takes the ride and sparks fly between them immediately.  Dean is on his way from his native California to his newly purchased East Tennessee farmhouse.  It isn’t too long before Blue is on her way to East Tennessee too, having no where else to go.

Amid very amusing and constant bickering, Dean and Blue get to know each other and the attraction between them grows.  On the surface, they might not have much in common but it soon becomes clear that the childhood abandonment issues each of them have might provide glue for a serious attachment: if they let it happen.  Once they get to Tennessee, the plot thickens and we meet some of Dean’s relatives and some other colorful denizens of the town of Garrison, including the cantankerous and nasty old woman who literally “owns the town”.  Getting to know all of the characters populating this book is a lot of fun and the plot moves along with breakneck speed.  Possibly a little too fast, as some of the conflicts that arise between Dean and Blue, and between them and others, are resolved a little too quickly to be believed.

“Natural Born Charmer” which contains most of the hallmarks of romance fiction including a very feisty heroine who is matched up with an impossibly good looking, very talented, yet down to earth man, manages to have enough unpredictably to keep the reader engrossed until the end.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

A New Mystery Author–Stefanie Pintoff

Stefanie Pintoff, the 2010 winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author for her book In the Shadow of Gotham, takes a new approach to crime.  Her two books take place in New York City in the early 1900s, a time when forensic science is beginning to be used to solve crimes.  In both of her books, Simon Ziele, a detective formerly in Manhattan and now residing in upstate Dobson, NY is called upon to solve a murder.  He is assisted by noted criminologist Alistair Sinclair and his niece Isabella.  Sinclair, a renowned professor at Columbia University,  spends his time studying criminal behavior and tries to understand the criminal mind in order to understand the crime.

In In the Shadow of Gotham, Sarah Wingate is brutally murdered in her own bedroom.  After just one day of investigation, Simon is contacted by Alistair, who offers a startling claim about one of his patients, Michael Fromley—that the facts of the murder bear an uncanny resemblance to Fromley’s deranged mutterings.  But what would have led Fromley, with his history of violent behavior and brutal fantasies, to seek out Sarah, a notable mathematics student and a proper young lady who has little in common with his previous targets? Is Fromley really a murderer, or is someone mimicking him?

A Curtain Falls  finds Ziele investigating the murders of Broadway starlets.  Each actress is dressed in a leading actress’ costume, posed in a glamorous position on stage and murdered without leaving any marks on her body.  A note is left beside each body.  Where will this serial killer strike next?

Stefanie Pintoff is a mystery writer to watch. I couldn’t put either book down.  Her writing is descriptive.  Her characters generate emotion, whether it is the likable Ziele or the elusive criminal.  Her plot is intriguing and unlike many mysteries, the conclusion makes sense.  It is interesting to note how fingerprints and psychological profiling are treated at the time…with skepticism.

If you are looking for a new name in mysteries, Stefanie Pintoff is the name you are looking for.  Enjoy.

– posted by Ed G., Reference Services

New in DVD

Daybreakers – In the year 2019, an unknown plague has transformed the world’s population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, so does the blood supply. Now the vampires must find a blood substitute before time runs out. Researcher Edward Dalton and a clandestine group of vampires have made a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.

Legion – When God loses his faith in mankind, he sends a legion of angels to bring about Armageddon. An out of the way diner becomes the setting for the ultimate battle of survival as Archangel Michael helps the group of strangers defend themselves and ensure the birth of a baby who will become the new messiah.  Also available on Blu-Ray DVD.

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