5 Questions about books

Our Teen Services Librarian, Sharon Long, answers “5 Questions about books”:

The book you are currently reading: Going Bovine by Libba Bray. This is a young adult book that is hard to explain because the premise sounds too crazy.  In a nutshell, a teenage boy named Cameron suffers from frequent wild hallucinations brought on by Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease).  Despite his fatal prognosis, he escapes the hospital and sets out on a quest with his friend Gonzo, who happens to be a dwarf with hypochondria. Their wild journey follows the advice of a punk-angel named Dulcie and leads them from the Texas ‘burbs to the jazz clubs of New Orleans to an evangelical-bowling church compound in Florida.  There are references to Don Quixote and lots of teen angst mixed in as well.  I know what you’re thinking: another book on that?

Last book read: Last book I physically read was The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by A.J. Jacobs.  I was also listening to The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson.

A favorite childhood book: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler written and illustrated by E.L. Konigsburg.  I still want to sneak into the Metropolitan Museum of Art and have a sleepover there.

Book you most want to read again for the first time: This is going to sound weird, but I read Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell for the first time in 2nd grade.  Suffice to say, certain details and innuendos went over my head.  It’s not that I want to re-read it currently, because frankly my dear, I don’t have time, but I wish I had been a bit little older when I originally read it!

Book you feel you should read but haven’t yet: I’m a little behind on adult fiction best-sellers.  I usually catch up with those on audiobook in the car.  I’ve heard a lot of good things about Adriana Trigiani, and have been meaning to pick up something by her.

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District 9 – An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.  Also available on Blu-ray DVD.

The Hangover – A Las Vegas-set comedy centered around three groomsmen who lose their about-to-be-wed buddy during their drunken misadventures, then must retrace their steps in order to find him. Also available on Blu-ray DVD.

Inglourious Basterds – In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis.  Also available on Blu-ray DVD.

Taking Woodstock – A man working at his parents’ motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.

20-Something Book Club Upcoming Event

The Syosset Public Library 20-Something Book Club has made plans for their next event.  On Wednesday, January 27 at 7 PM we will be discussing the novel “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.  This program is open to any 20-something looking for a great book discussion.  No registration is required and the program is free.  Non-Syosset residents are welcome.  Copies of the book will be available starting December 30th at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor.  Please call 516-921-7161 x219 for details.  The discussion will be led by 20-Something Librarians Jackie Ranaldo and Jessikah Chautin.  Look forward to seeing you there!

~ posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

5 Questions about books

This week’s “5 Questions”  are answered by Jennifer Rottkamp, from our Media Desk:

On your nightstand now: I always start too many projects at once but I’m determined to finish what I start!  Right now, I’ve been zipping through the Sookie Stackhouse series and the Fables graphic novels.  I think once I finish those, I can finish the others… but I’m sure the pile by my nightstand will continue grow before then:

Blankets by Craig Thompson, Dead to the World and Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris, Fables Volume 4:  March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham, The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinley

A favorite childhood book: The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne – I just love Pooh and still do to this day! For “a bear of very little brains”, he’s actually quite wise.

Book you’ve read because of the cover: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See – and so glad I did! I think it’s one of my favorite books that I’ve ever read.

Guilty pleasure: The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer.  I gave in!  But, the series was entertaining; I finished it within 2 or 3 weeks because I just HAD to find out how it ended.


Books you feel you should read but haven’t yet: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

New Winter Staff Picks

The New Winter Staff Picks are currently on display on the 2nd Floor.  Come stop by Readers’ Services to see what books our staff members are recommending for the Winter 2009 Staff Picks Collection.  Whether your interests lie in historical fiction, non-fiction, biographies or suspense fiction we’ve got something for everyone.  You’re guaranteed to find a great read!  Visit the Readers’ Services Webpage for a partial list of the new Staff Picks, as well as past selections.

~ posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

What are we Sue Grafton fans going to do when she finishes her alphabet mystery series?  We’ll be in deep trouble, unless she starts a new series.  In U is for Undertow, PI Kinsey Millhone is visited by Michael Sutton, 27 years old, who remembers something he saw 21 years ago that may shed light on a young girl’s kidnapping in 1967.  While his story sounds implausible, there are elements that sound truthful, so she begins to investigate.

Of course things get complicated and the mysteries grow.  Indeed, she also gets caught up in family struggles that mirror her own dysfunctional family situation.

Grafton jumps between 1988, the setting of the book, and 1967 when the original kidnapping took place.  As usual, her characters are colorful, her plot is exciting, her writing sucks you in.  Grafton continually shows that you don’t need a lot of blood and guts to create absorbing mystery.

-posted by Ed G., Reference Librarian

5 Questions about books

Today “R and R” asks Lisa Caputo, Head of Adult Services, “5 Questions about books” – (actually, she answered 6!)

The books you are currently reading: Mathilda Savitch by Vincent Lodato.  I’m listening to The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk.

Book you’re an evangelist for: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout… everyone in Readers’ Services has heard me on my soapbox!

Book you most want to read again for the first time: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.  This book is quite an experience.  You will never forget Ignatius Reilly, dubbed by one of the other characters in the book as “slob extraordinaire, a mad Oliver Hardy, a fat Don Quicote, a perverse Thomas Aquinas rolled into one.”

A favorite line from a book: “You feel blue?  Get up and do!” from Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos.

You tend to gravitate towards books about: Interpersonal relationships, dealing with life’s hardships and growing through the experience.

Your top three authors: Anne Tyler, John Updike and John Steinbeck.


A blog written by the librarians at Syosset Public Library, Syosset, New York.

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