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Five Years on the Blog: April

Time again to revisit some of our blog post from the last five years, all appearing in the month of April.

2017: What We’re Reading Now: Audiobook Edition

2016: Broadway Musicals and Plays – Based on, Inspired By or Adapted from Books

2015: Register Your Book Club

2014:  New in DVD

2013: New Music at the Libary

Thanks for reading and watch out for our next look down blog memory lane sometime in May.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

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Happy birthday, Alexander Hamilton!

Born on January 11 on the British West Indies island of Nevis in either 1755 or 1757 Hamilton was left an orphan at a young age. He dreamed of military glory to help raise him from his impoverished state. He achieved his dream of success…even becoming the star of a major Broadway musical 200 years later!

Hamilton’s life was changed when he wrote a letter about a hurricane that stuck St. Croix in 1772. When the letter was published in a local newspaper, businessmen were so impressed they arranged for the young Hamilton to travel to the United States for education. And so his career began: aide to George Washington, Delegate to Continental Congress and to the Constitutional Convention, co-author of the Federalist Papers, Secretary of the Treasury and founder of the National Bank. He was killed by Aaron Burr in a duel in 1804.

Check out the books we own including  Ron Chernow’s biography, Alexander Hamilton (which is also available as an audiobook), Richard Morris’s Witnesses at the Creation: Hamilton, Madison, Jay, and the Constitution, and Thomas McCraw’s The Founder’s and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy. And the classic, Miracle at Philadelphia: the Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September, 1787. by Catherine Drinker Bowen tells the amazing story of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

If you find your interest aroused the Library of Congress has a digital collection of Hamilton’s papers.  Among the family letters and his speeches and other writings one document stood out for me: his “Outline for a Plan of Government” he proposed at the Constitutional Convention. There is something amazing about seeing his ideas in his own handwriting!

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

We’re Still Reading Holiday Books

Murder for Christmas

by Francis Duncan

“When Mordecai Tremaine arrives at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame on Christmas Eve, he discovers that the revelries are in full swing in the sleepy village of Sherbroome—but so too are tensions amongst the assortment of guests.

When midnight strikes, the party-goers discover that presents aren’t the only things nestled under the tree…there’s a dead body too. A dead body that bears a striking resemblance to Father Christmas. With the snow falling and suspicions flying, it’s up to Mordecai to sniff out the culprit—and prevent anyone else from getting murder for Christmas.” -from the publisher

Sonia, Reference Librarian says, “This was an old fashioned Agatha Christie type mystery featuring a charming amateur sleuth, Mordecai Tremaine, written in the 1940’s and a first in series.  A little too much time was spent describing the oppressive cloud of suspicion hovering over the household but I basically liked it and will probably read the second installment.”

A Christmas Journey

by Anne Perry

“Readers of Anne Perry’s bestselling suspense novels revel in a world that is all their own, sharing the privileged existence of Britain’s wealthy and powerful elite in West End mansions and great country houses. It is also a world in which danger bides in unsuspected places and the line between good and evil can be razor thin. This new novel features Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould – one of the most memorable characters from the Thomas Pitt series – who appears here as a lively young woman, the ultimate aristocrat who can trace her blood to half the royal houses of Europe.” -from the publisher

Brenda, Reference Librarian says, “Normally, I really enjoy Anne Perry’s mysteries especially those featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. So choosing this novella as a Christmas read seemed a good choice. As always, the author crafts a story enriched by detailed descriptions of Victorian life. At a country house during the Christmas season one guest, Isobel Alvie, made a comment that led to the suicide of another guest, the recently widowed Gwendolen Kilmuir. Isobel was tasked with making the trip to explain the circumstances of the death to the dead woman’s mother. The message was clear and poignant: seemingly simple remarks can have a profound effect. But the journey of Isobel Alvie accompanied by Lady Vespasia seemed to drag. And I was disappointed since it wasn’t really a mystery. I think I will try another in the series. I am loyal to the authors I like!”

Have you read any books set around the winter holidays? Tell us about them in the comments.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

Five Years on the Blog: August

Welcome back to our regular monthly feature: A walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts in  August in the past five years:

2016: Celebrating the Centennial of Our National Park Service

2015: New in DVD

2014: What We’re Reading: Labor Day Beach Reads Edition

2013: Read the Book…See the Movie

2012: What We’re Reading Now , Part One

We’ll be taking another nostalgic look at the past five years again in September, so watch out for it!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Successful Book Club Authors with New Releases

It is not easy to find a book that everyone will enjoy reading and look forward to discussing.  Therefore, I am happy to report that some authors we have turned to for successful book discussions are releasing new books.  Here are five new titles, you may want to consider:

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

Brette Caslake visits the haunted Queen Mary and makes a discovery that will help solve a 70-year old tragedy involving two European war brides who sailed on the same vessel to New York Harbor in 1946.

 

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict             Release Date: 1/16/18

With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

 

Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar

An African American lawman struggles to come to terms with the moral fallout of crimes committed by his loved ones when he learns that he was wrongly taken from his biological mother and that his white foster father exploited their family’s influence to retain custody.

The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes

When her grandfather is ill, her life takes an unexpected turn, forcing Sarah, and her horse Boo, to rely on Natasha, a lawyer whose job is to represent the best interests of children.

 

 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Release Date: 9/12/17

Fighting an ugly custody battle with an artistic tenant who has little regard for the strict rules of their progressive Cleveland suburb, a straitlaced family woman who is seeking to adopt a baby becomes obsessed with exposing the tenant’s past, only to trigger devastating consequences for both of their families.

All summaries are from the publishers.    

This article first appeared in Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, The Book Club Insider,  July 2017 issue.                                                 

-Jean S., Readers’ Services

 

Five Years on the Blog: July

Welcome back to our regular monthly feature: A walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts for the past five years:

2016: Lake Reads

2015: Presidential Pardon

2014: Our Favorite Book Discussions

2013: Lollipop Farm to Roll Again!

2012: Dandelion Wine

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

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Startup that BBQ!

For some of us, the Memorial Day weekend means returning to outdoor cooking. If you are looking for some inspiration for your holiday BBQ menus we might have a book for you.  Here are a few of the barbecue books from our cookbook collection which can be found on the main floor.

Weber’s Greatest Hits : 125 Classic Recipes for Every Grill by Jamie Purviance

Collects over one hundred barbecue recipes from the grilling company, including such offerings as grilled oysters, Korean beef barbecue, jerk-spiced ribs, and Greek seafood salad.

 

Best Grill Recipes Ever : Fast and Easy Barbecue Plus Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades by Daniella Malfitano

Features recipes for barbecuing meats and vegetables, along with recipes for marinades and rubs, including such options as cedar plank salmon with herb dressing, rib eye steak Tuscan style, caramelized bananas, and short-rib burgers.

 

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling, text and photos by Meathead Goldwyn; with Greg Blonder, Ph.D

The pitmaster, national barbecue cookoff judge, and curator of the world’s most popular barbecue website debunks the myths that stand in the way of perfect outcomes and reveals all the secrets every successful griller needs to know, from which wood chipsto use to which equipment to choose.

Master of the Grill: Foolproof Recipes, Top-rated Gadgets, Gear, & Ingredients plus Clever Test Kitchen Tips & Fascinating Food Science  by The Editors at America’s Test Kitchen

A guide to grilling and barbecuing features a wide variety of kitchen-tested recipes for meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and pizza, including such regional specialties as Texas smoked sausages, Alabama BBQ chicken, and Kansas City sticky ribs.

Grill Fire by Lex Taylor

The barbecue grill master teaches the art and technique of grilling, offering advice on butcher cuts, fuels, and fire along with techniques for mastering temperature and doneness, and includes a collection of globally influenced recipes.

 

Enjoy the Holiday Weekend!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services