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Mystery Writer Sue Grafton is Running Out of Letters

On August 22nd, author Sue Grafton’s Y is for Yesterday was released.  Eager fans are asking the obvious, what will Grafton do when she reaches the end of the alphabet? Her response?  “No Clue”.  Grafton stated in a recent interview, “I want to see what kind of shape I’m in mentally and physically.  I don’t want to keep writing if the juice is gone; I may write a Kinsey Millhone stand alone or two but if I feel I’ve lost my touch, I’ll retire”.

 A is for Alibi was first published in 1982 and featured heroine Kinsey Millhone, a private investigator who resided in the fictional town of Santa Teresa, California.  Over the next 35 years, Grafton’s books have been published in 28 countries, translated into 26 languages and have reached millions of readers.  Grafton got the idea for her series while reading an Edward Gorey cartoon book that went “A is for Amy, who fell down the stairs”, “B is for Basil, assaulted by bears” and thought it would be a great way to link titles.  She then wrote down alphabetically, as many crime related titles as she could.  When the idea was sold to a publisher, Grafton thought “uh-oh, now I’m in trouble” having not finished the first book yet.

Grafton was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 2009.  She also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award from Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association.  Grafton has been married for more than 30 years and divides her time between Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky, where she was born and raised.

Grafton’s final entry in the Kinsey Millhone series, Z is for Zero, is slated for release in the fall of 2019.  I’m sure countless fans like myself will be left wanting more.

(This article appeared previously in the Syosset Public Library Book Club Insider newsletter.)

-posted Lisa J., Readers’ Services

 

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Five Years on the Blog: June

Welcome back to what has become a regular monthly activity: A walk through some of  Syosset RandR’s blog posts for the past five years:

2016: What We’re Reading Now

2015: New and Exciting Museum Exhibits for Summer

2014: Read to Children Beginning at Birth

2013: The Battle of Gettysburg: 150 Years Ago

2012: Monthly Book Club Recap: Room by Emma Donohue

Watch out for our next look down blog memory lane again in July!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Our Book Displays for May

Our main floor displays, this month are “Mysteries in May” and “Awesome Autobiographies.”

“Mysteries in May” is a great collection of mystery and suspense novels by popular authors such as Harlan Coben, Patricia Cornwell, Janet Evanovich, Laurie R. King, Stuart Woods, Linda Fairstein, Lee Child and more. Find your next thriller read in this display.

“Awesome Autobiographies” includes the stories of famous celebrities, sports persons, politicians and heroes.  You can read about Phil Collins, Goldie, Amy Schumer, Mindy Kaling or Tina Fey. Learn how people, such as Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King, Elie Wiesel and Malala Yousafzai, overcame the odds.

The two main floor mini displays* are “Star Wars, May the Fourth Be with You” and “International Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

 

On the third floor our health librarian’s display is “May is Mental Health Month.” The display contains books on anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression and bipolar disorder, panic, post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder.  The handouts include a fact sheet from NAMI on Mental Illness.  The other handouts cover the topics of risky behavior, Internet addiction, compulsive buying and prescription drug misuse.

The second display on the third floor is “Faraway Places Are Calling Me.”  Dreaming of an exotic vacation?  Check out some of these books for ideas.  They are not about  your typical tourist spots, but rather are for the daring who are looking for some real excitement and thrills.

Enjoy the beautiful spring weather with some entertaining books.

*Mini displays may be subject to change during the month.

-posted by Betty, Reference Librarian

Five Years on the Blog: April

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

2016: Audiobooks We LIke

2015: Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary

2014: Put a Poem in Your Pocket Today

2013: Why Not a Mystery?

2012: 5 for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

Watch out for our next look down blog memory lane again in May!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

20 & 30 SOMETHING BOOK DISCUSSION

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The Cuckoo’s Calling

by Robert Galbraith

Monday, June 13, 2016

7:30 PM

with Jessikah Chautin & Stacey Levine, Librarians

Working as a private investigator after losing his leg in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike takes the case of a legendary supermodel’s suspicious suicide and finds himself in a world of multi-millionaire beauties, rock star boyfriends, desperate designers, and hedonist pursuits (From the Publisher).

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books available at the Readers’ Services desk.

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Evening Book Club

invisible city

with Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 

AT 7:30PM

“Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she’s also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn. Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah’s shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD’s habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can’t let the story end there…”

-from the publisher

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the circulation desk.

All are welcome!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

New Releases: Christmas Fiction

christmas_bellsIt’s December and some of you might be looking for a novel with a holiday theme to read during the month.  Here are some new fiction releases that might take your fancy:

A Christmas Escape – Anne Perry

A Christmas EscapeLonely Charles Latterly arrives at his small hotel hoping that the island’s blue skies and gentle breezes will brighten his spirits. Unfortunately, there’s no holiday cheer to be found among his fellow guests, who include a pompous novelist, a stuffy colonel, a dangerously ill-matched married couple, and an ailing old man. The one charming exception is orphaned teenager Candace Finbar, who takes Charles under her wing and introduces him to the island’s beauty. But the tranquility of the holiday is swiftly disrupted by a violent quarrel, an unpleasant gentleman’s shocking claims of being stalked, and the ominous stirrings of the local volcano. Then events take an even darker turn: A body is found, and Charles quickly realizes that the killer must be among the group of guests.

A Knights Bridge Christmas – Carla Neggers

A Knights Bridge ChristmasClare Morgan is ready for a fresh start when she moves to the small Massachusetts town of Knights Bridge with her young son, Owen. Widowed for six years, Clare settles into her job as the town’s new librarian. She appreciates the warm welcome she and Owen receive and truly enjoys getting the library ready for its role in the annual holiday open house.

Clare expects to take it slow with her new life. Then she meets Logan Farrell, a Boston ER doctor in town to help his elderly grandmother settle into assisted living.Slow isn’t a word Logan seems to understand. Accustomed to his fast-paced city life, he doesn’t plan to stay in Knights Bridge for long. But Daisy Farrell has other ideas and enlists her grandson to decorate her house on the village green one last time. Logan looks to Clare for help. She can go through Daisy’s book collection and help him decorate while she’s at it.

As Clare and Logan get his grandmother’s house ready for the holidays, what neither of them expects to find is an attraction to each other. Better than most, they know all the crazy things that can happen in life, but everything about Knights Bridge and this magical season invites them to open themselves to new possibilitiesand new love.

Away in a Manger – Rhys Bowen

Away in a MangerIt’s Christmastime in 1905 New York City, and for once, Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to the approaching holidays. She has a family of her own now: she and Daniel have a baby son and twelve-year-old Bridie is living with them as their ward. As Molly and the children listen to carolers in the street, they hear a lovely voice, the voice of an angel, and see a beggar girl huddled in a doorway, singing “Away in a Manger.” Bridie is touched by the girl’s ragged clothes and wants to help her out ifthey can. They give her a quarter, only to watch a bigger boy take it from her. But Molly discovers the boy is the girl’s older brother. They’ve come from England and their mother has disappeared, and they’re living with an aunt who mistreats them terribly. Molly quickly realizes that these children are not the usual city waifs. They are well-spoken and clearly used to better things. So who are they? And what’s happened to their mother? As Molly looks for a way to help the children and for the answers tothese questions, she gets drawn into an investigation that will take her up to the highest levels of New York society.

An Island Christmas  – Nancy Thayer

an-island-christmasAs Christmas draws near, Felicia returns to her family’s home on the island to marry her adventurous, rugged boyfriend, Archie. Every detail is picture-perfect for a dream wedding: the snow-dusted streets, twinkling lights in the windows, a gorgeous red and white satin dress. Except a lavish ceremony is not Felicia’s dream at all; it’s what her mother, Jilly, wants. Jilly’s also worried that her daughter’s life with daredevil Archie will be all hiking and skydiving. Wondering if their handsome neighbor Steven Hardy might be a more suitable son-in-law, Jilly embarks on a secret matchmaking campaign for Felicia and the dashing stockbroker.

As the big day approaches and Jilly’s older daughter, Lauren, appears with rambunctious kids in tow, tensions in the household are high. With the family careening toward a Yuletide wedding disaster, an unexpected twist in Nancy Thayer’s heartwarming tale reminds everyone about the true meaning of the season.

Ornaments of Death – Jane K. Cleland

Ornaments of DeathChristmas lights twinkle throughout the cozy coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire, and Prescott’s Antiques auction venue has been transformed into a winter wonderland for Josie Prescott’s annual holiday party. Josie is especially excited this year-Ian Bennington, a recently discovered distant relative, will be joining the fun. Both Ian and Josie are, it seems, descended from Arabella Churchill, a 17th century royal mistress. The party is a success and Ian is a hit. It gives Josie an unexpected thrill to have family-and unexpected dread when he vanishes. Ian doesn’t keep his dinner date with Josie’s good friend, Lavinia, or his lunch date with her. Surely, he would have done so-if he could. Ian has given his daughter two priceless 17th century watercolor miniature portraits, one of Arabella and one of her lover, King James II, and they’ve gone missing, too. Knowing that after her nasty divorce, Lavinia is facing financial ruin, Josie can’t help wondering if her friend is behind the theft-and Ian’s disappearance. Determined to find Ian, Josie uses her knowledge of antiques to track the miniatures. In doing so, she learns the true meaning of Christmas-and the true meaning of family.

All summaries from the publishers.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services