Five for Vampires

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter –  Did you know our 16th President was a Vampire Hunter?  Well, he wasn’t really, but if he were his life might have gone the way author Seth Grahame-Smith has imagined it in this book.  Lincoln’s mother dies because of a Vampire when he is only nine years old and he pledges to get revenge.  So, as well as keeping the Union together and freeing the slaves, Abraham Lincoln was a successful Vampire Hunter as well.

True Blood: Music from the original HBO series. “True Blood” doesn’t come back to TV screens until June but if you’ve already re-watched all the episodes and still want more, try listening to the full versions of the songs you only get to hear parts of during the show.

Dracula – Have you ever seen the original 1931 version starring Bela Lugosi?  No?  Although there have been many film versions featuring the character of Dracula, this is still one of the creepiest.  See it, if not for Lugosi’s iconic and definitive portrayal of Dracula, for the superb performance of Dwight Frye as Renfield:  no one has ever delivered a more disturbing “Yes Master”!

The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published / edited with an introduction by Otto Penzler.  “(This anthology) collects an astoundingly thorough and enjoyable set of 86 vampire tales, poems and true stories.  Classics such as Le Fanu’s Carmilla, Poe’s Ligeia and Stoker’s Dracula’s Guest are nicely interspersed with lesser-known older and newer works. Fredric Brown’s Blood, an old-school sci-fi short-short, is a hoot, and D.H. Lawrence’s The Lovely Lady is a witty satire that in many ways harks back to Polidori’s The Vampyre.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

Vampire Secrets – This History Channel documentary “uncovers the ancient folkloric origins of blood-craving creatures from beyond the grave. Learn how the vampire myth is strongly rooted in Eastern European lore, but how it has also played a prominent role in the ancient cultures of Greece and China.” (Product Summary).

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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20-Something Title Swap!

Monday, May 10th at 7PM  (Meeting Room A on the Lower Level)

With 20-Something Librarians Jackie Ranaldo and Jessikah Chautin

Please join us as we discuss our favorite books!  You tell us your favorites, we’ll tell you ours.  Together we’ll compile a list and you’ll have great titles to read through the Spring and Summer!

This program is open to any 20-something looking for a great book discussion group. No registration is required and the program is free.  Non-Syosset residents are welcome.  Please call 516-921-7161 x 239 for details.  Look forward to seeing you there!

Check out our Facebook page for upcoming events and great suggestions for your next read:

Syosset Public Library 20-Something Book Club

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services


New in DVD

It’s Complicated – A hilarious look at marriage, divorce and everything in between. With a thriving Santa Barbara bakeshop, a new romance heating up, and her divorce finally behind her, Jane Adler has her life all figured out, until she finds herself trapped between the perfect new beau and her philandering ex-husband who’s determined to win her back.

 

 

 

 

 

Nine – With only a week left before shooting begins on the filming of his latest movie, world famous film director Guido Contini is desperately searching for a way to overcome his creative block. Escaping to a seaside resort, he attempts to restore the equilibrium to his personal and professional existence by drawing inspiration from the women in his life.

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo Sonata – Story of a contemporary Japanese family torn apart after its patriarch unexpectedly loses his job. Ashamed, he keeps this a secret, but as he grows more despondent, his family resorts to drastic measures to break away from their fractured lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tooth Fairy – Derek Thompson is one of the toughest hockey players around, until he’s sentenced to one week’s hard labor as the world’s most unlikely tooth fairy. Even though he must sport frilly wings and learn the magical tricks of the trade from his silver-winged superiors, Derek’s determined to do the job HIS way and prove he’s got what it takes.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers

April is  National Poetry Month and May has a host of garden events, such as National Wildflower Week (May 2-9) or Garden Meditation Day on May 3.  So, what could be better than combining the two.

The New York Botanical Garden is doing just that.  From April 30 through June 13, the exhibit is Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers.  According to an article in the New York Times, “Emily Dickinson once called herself a ‘Lunatic on Bulbs’, referring to her passion for daffodils, hyacinth and other spring perennials”.  Although no trace of her original plantings survive, the Garden staff used its imagination to recreate Dickinson’s garden using plants that would have been popular in Massachusetts at the time.

The article from the Times describes the exhibit better than I can.   You can also find out more information on the New York Botanical Garden website.  (Of course, the Syosset Public Library does have museum passes to the Garden.  So take advantage of it.)

If you are interested in reading her poetry or finding out more about Emily Dickinson, you can browse our collection or use our databases.  Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance.

I’m planning on seeing the exhibit.  I hope you will as well.

-posted by Ed G., Reference Librarian

New on the Bookshelves…

Winston’s War: Churchill 1940-1945 by Max Hastings “In 1938 Churchill seemed a man bypassed by history. By 1945 he had become the greatest war leader Britain ever knew and has since achieved mythic status, standing higher than any other single human being at the head of the forces of light. …Churchill’s strength of will, rhetoric, and personality enabled the British to understand the reasons for their sacrifices and made Britain’s end as a great power a heroic one.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

Paula Deen’s Savannah Style by Paula Deen and Brandon Branch “In this gorgeous, richly illustrated book, Paula Deen shares a full year of Southern living. Whether it’s time to put out your best china and make a real fuss, or you’re just gathering for some sweet tea on the porch at dusk, Savannah style is about making folks feel welcome in your home. With the help of decorator and stylist Brandon Branch, you’ll learn how to bring a bit of Southern charm into homes from Minnesota to Mississippi. (Product Description)

Savor the Moment (The Bride Quartet, Book 3) by Nora Roberts “Happily-ever-afters continue to bloom in book three of Roberts’s sugary Bride Quartet (after Bed of Roses) as the spotlight shines on pastry chef extraordinaire Laurel McBane. Vows, the Greenwich, Conn., wedding business run by the four BFFs, is also a hotbed for romance, as two of the friends have already found true love and dream of their upcoming nuptials. Laurel, meanwhile, sets her sights on Del, the older brother of Vows partner Parker, a handsome lawyer she’s secretly loved since they were teens. Passion erupts, but will they be able to make it last?” (Publisher’s Weekly)

What’s New, Cupcake?: Ingeniously Simple Designs for Every Occasion by Karen Tack “The endlessly imaginative duo who turned cupcaking into a national pastime is back, with utterly new, eye-popping creations anyone can make. Create a race-car cupcake, a robot cupcake, or ravishing jewelry cupcakes for a birthday party.  Captivate Mom with a bouquet of long-stemmed rose cupcakes and build sand castle cupcakes with the kids. All you need are candies from the corner store and cake mix and canned frosting.”  (Product Description)

The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. King “…this latest Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes mystery, is a thriller of ingenious surprises and unrelenting suspense—as the famous husband and wife sleuths are pursued by a killer immune from the sting of justice.  It began as a problem in one of Holmes’ beloved beehives, led to a murderous cult, and ended—or so they’d hoped—with a daring escape from a sacrificial altar. Instead, Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, have stirred the wrath and the limitless resources of those they’ve thwarted. Now they are separated and on the run, wanted by the police, and pursued across the Continent by a ruthless enemy with powerful connections.” (Product Description)

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Recently Added Staff Picks

Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile

“Put the Tom Clancy clones back on the shelf; this covert-ops chronicle is practically impossible to put down. No thriller writer would dare invent Wilson, a six-feet-four-inch Texas congressman, liberal on social issues but rabidly anti-Communist, a boozer, engaged in serial affairs and wheeler-dealer of consummate skill (Publishers Weekly).” Also available as audiobook.

Recommended By: Sonia Grgas, Librarian Trainee

The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant

“Orange Prize winner and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008, Linda Grant has created an enchanting portrait of a woman who, having endured unbearable loss, finds solace in the family secrets her estranged uncle reveals. In vivid and supple prose, Grant subtly constructs a powerful story of family, love, and the hold the past has on the present (From the Publisher).”

Recommended By:  Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

Cod: a Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

“In this engaging history of a “1000-year fishing spree,” Kurlansky traces the relationship of cod fishery to such historical eras and events as medieval Christianity and Christian observances; international conflicts between England and Germany over Icelandic cod; slavery, the molasses trade, and the dismantling of the British Empire; and, the evolution of a sophisticated fishing industry in New England (Library Journal).”

Recommended By:  Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

“The Godfather is an extraordinary novel which has become a modern day classic. Puzo pulls us inside the violent society of the Mafia and its gang wars… Mario Puzo, a master storyteller, introduces us to unforgettable characters, and the elements of this world explode to life in this violent and impassioned chronicle.  (From the Publisher).”

Recommended By: Ali Tirmazi, Library Clerk

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

New in DVD

Disgrace – Professor David Lurie is a man whose world is shattered when he is fired for seducing a college student. He finds peace at his estranged daughter’s modest farm in South Africa until a horrific incident of terror and violence forces Lurie to confront his beliefs and the disturbing racial complexities of the new South Africa.

Five Minutes of Heaven – In 1975, 17-year-old Alistair Little, a member of the UVF, murdered 19-year-old Catholic Jim Griffin. The murder was witnessed by his 11-year-old brother, Joe Griffin. Twenty-five years later the media arranges for the two men to meet again.

 

The Horse Boy – Follows one Texas couple and their autistic son as they trek on horseback through Outer Mongolia in an attempt to find healing for him. When two-year-old Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson, a writer and former horse trainer, and his wife Kristin sought the best possible medical care, but traditional therapies had little effect. They discovered that Rowan has a profound affinity for animals, particularly horses, and the family set off on a quest that would change their lives forever.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – The immortal Dr. Parnassus and his daughter Valentina travel the countryside with his Imaginarium show, a mirror that audience members enter and are given two different paths to follow. If they choose correctly they will find joy and happiness, but choose wrongly and things will be quite the opposite. The doctor must also discover the right course to follow. After making a deal with Mr. Nick years ago, he must choose the correct path if he is to save his beloved daughter from Satan.  Also available on Blu-Ray DVD.

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