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5 for the Oscars

Here are the five books that inspired the films that are nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award this year.  The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony honoring the best films of 2019 will take place on Sunday, February 9 at 8 pm ET.

I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt

A longtime mob associate relates his descent into a life of crime, his position as both a hit man and head of the Teamsters union in Wilmington, Delaware, and his inside knowledge of payoffs, mob hits, and the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.

Caging Skies by Christine Leunens

An avid member of the Hitler Youth in 1940s Vienna, Johannes Betzler discovers his parents are hiding a Jewish girl named Elsa behind a false wall in their home. His initial horror turns to interest — then love and obsession. After his parents disappear, Johannes is the only one aware of Elsa’s existence in the house and the only one responsible for her survival. By turns disturbing and blackly comic, haunting and cleverly satirical.

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

One bad day. According to the grinning engine of madness and mayhem known as The Joker, that’s all that separates the sane from the psychotic. Freed once again from the confines of Arkham Asylum, he’s out to prove his deranged point.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young women.  Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.

The Pope: Francis, Benedict, and the Decision That Shook the World by Anthony McCarten

Why did Pope Benedict walk away at the height of power, knowing his successor might be someone whose views might undo his legacy? How did Pope Francis — who used to ride the bus to work back in his native Buenos Aires — adjust to life as leader to a billion followers? If, as the Church teaches, the pope is infallible, how can two living popes who disagree on almost everything both be right?

-all summaries from the publishers

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services


5 Years on the Blog – February

Today we’re to going get nostalgic and take a look at some of Syosset RandR’s blog posts for February during the past five years:

2017: Evening Book Discussion

2016: What We’re Reading Now

2015: Try Out Some Lynda.com Courses

2014: Recent Releases Perfect for Book Clubs

2013: Graphic Novels in the Syosset Public Library

See you next month when we take a look at the last 5 years of March.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

5 Questions About Books

5 questions about books is back!  Today’s questions were answered by Readers’ Services Librarian Trainee,  Stacey.  Enjoy!

What book are you currently reading?

I am currently reading 7 books at the moment. I’m reading Helen of Troy by Margaret George, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, The Walking Dead: Book 7 by Robert Kirkman, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, Emily Post’s Ettiquette by Peggy Post, and The Science of Sin by Simon M. Laham. Although if I was being completely honest I’m really only reading Beautiful Creatures and The Walking Dead since I they are due back soon.

What is one of your favorite childhood books?

That is a tie between Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson and Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown; I used to make my mom read it to me before bedtime.

Have you ever read a book because of the cover?

Yes! I’m guilty of doing that majority of the time. The latest book I read because of that was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The cover looked interesting because it’s black, white, and red and very whimsical looking.

Did you ever read a book assigned in school that turned out to be really good?

Yes, and that is one of my favorite books of all time.  It was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I fell in love with the grandeur of the 1920s. I’m excited that they are making a movie coming out soon based on it, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.

How or with what do you save your place in a book?

I usually use bookmarks, I collect them. Sometimes if I forget to bring one I’ll use a clean napkin or a piece of paper. If I have nothing to put in the place, I write down what page I left off in my notes on my phone or mark it on GoodReads since they have a progress tracker.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

What We’re Reading Now

Here are 5 books that some of our staff members are reading at the moment.  Don’t forget to ask them how they like the books next time you visit the library!

Lisa C., Assistant Director, is reading:

The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig

Tom Harry has a streak of frost in his black pompadour and a venerable bar called The Medicine Lodge, the chief watering hole and last refuge of the town of Gros Ventre, in northern Montana. Tom also has a son named Rusty, an “accident between the sheets” whose mother deserted them both years ago.The pair make an odd kind of family, with the bar their true home, but they manage just fine. Until the summer of 1960, that is, when Rusty turns twelve. Change arrives with gale force, in the person of Proxy, a taxi dancer Tom knew back when, and her beatnik daughter, Francine. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past?

Neela, Head of Acquisitions, is reading:

Walking the Amazon by Ed Stafford

In April 2008, Ed Stafford set off to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the Amazon. He started on the Pacific coast of Peru, crossed the Andes Mountain range to find the official source of the river. His journey lead on through parts of Colombia and right across Brazil; all while outwitting dangerous animals, machete wielding indigenous people as well as negotiating injuries, weather and his own fears and doubts. Yet, Stafford was undeterred. On his grueling 860-day, 4,000-plus mile journey, Stafford witnessed the devastation of deforestation firsthand, the pressure on tribes due to loss of habitats as well as nature in its true-raw form.

Megan, Systems Librarian, is reading:

The Negotiator: My Life at the Heart of the Hostage Trade by Ben Lopez

A professional Kidnap and Rescue consultant who has spent his life traveling the world and supplying professional negotiation services shares stories about dramatic missions that have involved religious fanatics, hardened criminals and desperate families.

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian, is reading:

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

Her life of royal privilege in Cambodia shattered by the outbreak of civil war on the streets of capital city Phnom Penh, young Raami endures four nightmarish years of loss, starvation and brutal forced labor while clinging to memories of the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father.

Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian, is reading:

Bella Fortuna by Rosanna Chiofalo

Preparing for her own wedding in Venice to Michael Carello, whom she has loved since childhood, Valentina DeLuca, who has made hundreds of brides’ dreams come true through her hand-made bridal gowns, is forced to reevaluate her life in this magical city where she hopes her luck with change.

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

5 for Super Bowl

Sports fans are gearing up for what some consider the biggest day in sports in the United States:  Super Bowl Sunday!!  The New York Giants and New England Patriots will be facing off against each other tomorrow for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Indiana, kickoff time: 6:30 PM.  If you need some thing to do while you’re waiting to watch the game, here are some football related materials available at the Syosset Public Library:

Team to Believe In : Our Journey to the Super Bowl Championship by Tom Coughlin

After a tough 2006 season, the New York Giants appeared to be heading for more disappointment–and potential shake-ups–in the coming season. Instead, they fought their way to an unforgettable Super Bowl finish against the previously undefeated New England Patriots.  In A Team to Believe In, head coach Tom Coughlin gives the ultimate insider’s account of the Giants’ 2007 campaign and reflects on the resilience and selflessness that allowed the team to succeed.

Friday Night Lights -the Television Series, Season One

In the small town of Dillon, everyone comes together on Friday nights when the Dillon High Panthers play. But life is not a game; and the charismatic players, new coach Eric Taylor, and the passionate fans find that their biggest challenges and obstacles come off the field in the compelling day-to-day dramas of their tight-knit community.

War Room : The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team by Michael Holley

Follows the head coaches of three NFL teams–the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Falcons, and the New England Patriots–through the entire 2010 season, offering a behind-the-scenes view of the influence of Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Madden NFL 12 for Xbox 360 or Play Station 3

Madden NFL 12 brings you closer to the NFL with a deep franchise mode, an all-new award system, immersive presentation, and an array of engaging social modes and gameplay.

Games That Changed the Game : The Evolution of the NFL in Seven Sundays by Ron Jaworski

Ron Jaworski, a one-time NFL MVP turned Monday Night Football analyst and pro football’s #1 game-tape guru, breaks down the film from seven of the most momentous contests of the last fifty years. With an eye toward the brilliant game plans and seminal strategic breakthroughs that revolutionized play on both sides of the ball, Jaworski offers readers a drive-by-drive, play-by-play guide to the evolutionary leaps that now define the modern NFL.

Enjoy the game!

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

5 Books We’re Reading Now

Take a look at what some of our staff is reading at the moment:

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there’s an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. – Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services Librarian

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, where she endures loneliness and cruelty, and at a charity school with a harsh regime. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane’s natural independence and spirit – which prove necessary when she takes a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. (Also our Monthly Book Club book for September 2011) – Marianne Malagon, Reference Services Librarian

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary

Paloma, a twelve year old genius, and Renée,the concierge of an apartment building, hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma’s trust and to see through Renée’s timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. – Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

Mary Sutter is a brilliant, head­strong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine-and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak- Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. – Pam Martin, Head of Programming

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The story of one Oklahoma family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots, evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale. – Sue Ann Reale, Head of Children’s Services


– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Another “5 Questions About Books”

Welcome Readers’ Services Librarian, Jackie Ranaldo, who is back to answer 5 more of our questions about books (her first 5 are here).

What book are you currently reading?

As always, I am currently reading more than one book.  I am almost done listening to The Whisperers, a Charlie Parker mystery, by John Connolly.  I couldn’t really get into the book while reading it, but then I started listening to it and the reader’s voice really brought the book to life for me.  It’s a mystery with a supernatural twist.  I am enjoying it, but not loving it.  The storyline is a little confusing to me.

I am also re-reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  I read it years ago and my other book club recently chose it as our next book.  I started re-reading it last night and had to put it down.  I think reading it once in a lifetime was enough, but unfortunately, I don’t remember enough to be of any use to my fellow book club members.

And finally, because it’s summer, I need a lighter book to turn to for beach reading.  I just picked upLost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst.  I’m not far enough into the story to really give an opinion on it, but so far I’m enjoying it.  However, it makes me want to take an adventure to an exotic location, and alas, in the real world I cannot.

What is the last book you’ve read?

The last book I read was Remind Me Again Why I Married You by Rita Ciresi.  I loved it!  I found myself giggling constantly.  Ciresi managed to give such an informative, yet humorous view of marriage through her characters.  She was able to represent the daily struggles of a stay-at-home mom longing for “something else” and a devoted dad who sometimes “forgets” many of his “manly chores” without getting too sappy and unrealistic.

What is your favorite book of all time?

I cannot honestly pick an absolute favorite book of all time.  I’ve loved so many but to call any of them “my favorite” would be a bit much.  There are still too many books out there to pick a favorite.  I may not have come across it yet.  However, the two books I believe I’ve loved the most are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.  There’s no way I could choose between the two.  The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck would also be another huge contender.

Is there a book you’ve faked reading?

I can honestly say I read every book assigned to me in High School (in complete and utter fear of getting in trouble).  However, once I became an English Literature Major in college, things changed.  I was assigned several books weekly and, unfortunately, some got thrown aside if I really couldn’t stand them.  In my own defense, I did read the large majority of my assigned reading, but at least two stick out in my memory as getting the “Cliffs Notes” treatment:  Moby Dick by Herman Melville and Clarissa by Samuel Richardson.  I disliked both books greatly and just couldn’t get through them!  But, I did read a lot of Clarissa.  I just skipped a few chapters here and there and supplemented with the Cliffs Notes.  I know that makes me a bad English Major, but come on, it’s 1533 pages of pure torture (for me at least)!

Is there a book you recommend a lot?

I am constantly recommending Lee Child’s 61 Hours.  It is the perfect suspense/mystery fiction read.  Lee Child is the absolute “King of the Cliffhanger.”  Every chapter left me on the edge of my seat.  I kept having to tell myself to put the book down and go to sleep (but I really wanted to keep reading).  “61 Hours” is the 14th installment in the “Jack Reacher Mystery Series”, but I hadn’t read any other books in the series and I was perfectly able to follow.  Child gives just enough background info to introduce new readers to “Jack Reacher” but not enough to be too repetitive for devoted series readers.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

5 Books We’re Reading Right Now

Here are another 5 books that our staff is busy reading.  Please let us know what it is that you are reading by leaving a comment below.

Karen Liebman, Library Director,  is reading Moon Over Manifest” by Clare Vanderpool.

“Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job.   Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was.  Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it’s just a dried-up, worn-out old town.  But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos.”  Winner of the 2011 Newbery Award. (From the Publisher)

Amy, Children’s Services Librarian, is readingThe Liars’ Club: A Memoir” by Mary Karr

“Karr’s comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salinger’s—a hard-drinking daddy, a sister who can talk down the sheriff at twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated secrets threaten to destroy them all.” (From the Publisher)

Jill Jacobson, Readers’ Services Librarian, is readingThe Weird Sisters” by Eleanor Brown

Sisters Rose (Rosalind; As You Like It), Bean (Bianca; The Taming of the Shrew), and Cordy (Cordelia; King Lear)–the book-loving, Shakespeare-quoting, and wonderfully screwed-up spawn of Bard scholar Dr. James Andreas–end up under one roof again in Barnwell, Ohio, the college town where they were raised, to help their breast cancer–stricken mom. The real reasons they’ve trudged home, however, are far less straightforward.

Brenda Cherry, Reference Services Librarian, is readingSnow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See

“Lily is the daughter of a farmer in Puwei Village, and Snow Flower is the daughter of a respectable family from Tongkou, and though the two girls have very different backgrounds, Madame Wang pairs the two as laotong, or “old sames,” a bond that will last them a lifetime. The two begin to exchange messages in nu shu, a secret language known only to women.” (Booklist)

Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian, is reading The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson

This book recounts “one of the great untold stories of American history is of the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America.”  (From the Publisher)

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services