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Monthly Book Club Meeting Today

america-america picAmerica, America by Ethan Canin

With Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian.

Ethan Canin’s stunning novel is about America as it was and is, a remarkable exploration of how vanity, greatness, and tragedy combine to change history and fate.

If you are interested in attending, you can go to the discussion at 1 PM or 7:30 PM.  Refreshments will be served.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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My Summer Reading Project (cont’d)

road dogs picFinished reading Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard (#18 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List), the sequel to his earlier book Out of Sight, and it is just as good.

I don’t know by what magic he conjures up the words that come out of his characters, but there isn’t much need for exposition in one of his novels, somehow the dialogue does it all.   Meeting his characters in print is almost like getting to know them in person, the words conveying all the nuances obtained from seeing a person in the flesh.  If you like crime fiction and have never read any of Elmore Leonard books, please do so real soon. I give Road Dogs a 3.5 out of 4.

I tried to read Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk (#16 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List), but did not like it at all.  Sorry, Chuck!

Next book in the queue is The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, #9 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Book Trailers

inherent-vice-picIt had to happen sooner or later.  Book publishers have hit on the idea of creating “book trailers” to publicize their upcoming releases.  If you haven’t seen one yet, here’s the one for Thomas Pynchon‘s latest: Inherent Vice.  What is extra newsworthy about this book trailer is that the ultra reclusive author has provided the trailer’s voiceover himself.  Take a look and a listen.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Pat Conroy is Back!

south of broad

It’s been 14 years since he published his last fiction title (Beach Music.)  With today’s release of South of Broad I can gladly welcome him back to the fiction shelves.  South of Broad is a sweeping saga that follows Leopold Bloom King, his friends and family, but most of all Pat Conroy’s beloved Charleston.

-posted by Susan- Readers’ Services

Monthly Book Club meets today

Netherland picture.jpg 2 Netherland by Joseph O’Neill

With Lisa Caputo, Head of Adult Services.

In a New York City made phantasmagorical by the events of 9/11, Hans–a banker originally from the Netherlands–finds himself marooned among the strange occupants of the Chelsea Hotel after his English wife and son return to London.

1 PM & 7:30 PM.

My Summer Reading Project

In an effort to familiarize myself with the tastes of our patrons and become more useful to them, I have decided to read a book from each of the authors that appears  in the top 20 of the NY Times Hardcover Fiction list on the first day of summer- June 21, 2009. I can choose any book that the author has written and I will not have to read a book by any author I have already read.  This means I don’t have to read Laurell K. Hamilton, Clive Cussler, Danielle Steele, James  Patterson, Stephanie Meyer, Mary Janice Davidson, Elmore Leonard or Alice Hoffman, although I still might ( “Road Dogs” -definitely, “The Host”– maybe, “Matters of the Heart”– I don’t think so!).

Wish me luck and I’ll keep you all “posted”- first up “Killing Floor” by Lee Child, his first book.  “Gone Tomorrow” his his current bestseller, 6  on the 6/21 NYT list.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services