If you're looking for a few good men, you've come to the right place! In honor of the holiday (and Fleet Week!), I'm suspending my survey of historical romances briefly to take a quick look at military romances. Memorial Day is on the horizon, that time we've aside to remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. With a few poignant exceptions, the heroes in these books get much happier endings. These men have been trained and tested, and have what it takes to protect the women they love. If you don't have your own soldier to celebrate with this weekend, why not show your appreciation by checking out a romance that features one? (We do so love our men in uniform!) So, without further ado, the list:
Alkaline Trio. This Addiction MR ALKA TA H75
Allison, Mose. The Way of the World MJ ALLI WOT A59
THREE DAY DVDS
35 Shots of Rum (Foreign Film – France) #12093
Bigger Than Life (1956 – James Mason – Criterion Coll.) #12081
Daybreakers (Ethan Hawke) #12101
Days of Heaven (1978 – Richard Gere – Criterion Coll.) #12087
Pull of the Moon by Diane Janes
Photo Snap Shot by Joanna Campbell Slan
Storm Prey by John Sandford
Hangman's Row Inquiry by Ann Purser
Moon Spinners by Sally Goldenbaum
Through the Cracks by Barbara Fister
Wanna Get Lucky by Deborah Coonts
Death Threads by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Death of a Trophy Wife by Laura Levine
Killing Resurrected by Frank Smith
Rolling Thunder by Chris Grabenstein
Blue-Eyed Devil by Robert B. Parker
61 Hours by Lee Child
Big Bang by Mickey Spillane
Question of Belief by Donna Leon
Deadline Man by Jon Talton
Half-Price Homicide by Elaine Viets
Death Watch by Jim Kelly
Skein of the Crime by Maggie Sefton
Deliver Us From Evil by Peter Turnbull
I was looking at new web sites and this one was recommended by the History Channel. Organized by war volunteers, this site has ten categories with links that offer primary documents on a wide variety of topics of World War I. Categories include Document by Year (pre-1914 to Post-1918), Diaries,The Medical Front and WWI Image Archive. For those interested in history of this time period or perhaps researching their family, check out this site for the international resources of those primary documents.
We have three new DVD releases for Tuesday, May 18th. They are:
Imagine you are the author of three international blockbuster novels. Acclaimed throughout the world, you have achieved critical and financial success beyond your wildest imagination. Now imagine that you never see the rewards of your labor because you die, suddenly, before your books are published. How cruel is that? Well, it did happen just that way to Swedish author Stieg Larsson, who was felled by a fatal heart attack just months before the publishing date of his first book. He never lived to see any of his books, (The Millenium Trilogy featuring The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire and the forthcoming The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest) in print. Next week, the final volume of the trilogy will be published in the U.S. and will undoubtedly join its predecessors on the best-seller list.
Genre labels. Librarians love them because they can quietly signal new finds to readers of genre fiction. They're a kind of library shorthand, much as Dewey Decimal labels are-- a subtle signpost for the knowledgable browser. Still, genre labels have their limits. It can be hard to discover a new author when your favorite titles are thinly scattered throughout a much larger general fiction collection, labels or no. We created the Speculative Fiction area at New City Library with the intention of fixing this problem. By bringing the three related genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror together into their own space, we hoped to support the kind of happy serendipity that only happens in a small browsing collection. As it turns out, there's been an unexpected side benefit.
One of the best historical events for the money is the annual Conference on New York State History presented by the New York State Historical Association and in partnership with the New York Archiives Partnership Trust. This lesser known event is a must if you love New York history. Presenters from around the country congregate and for two and a half days you are immersed with topics ranging from newspaper businesses in New York City to the Eriie Canal to the lace industry of the Oneida Indians. There are three programs at each time slot starting in the mornings and ending by late afternoon.
The 31st conference will be held at Ithaca College, June 3 -5. Go to the website, nysha.org for further information and the registration form. There are accommodations at the college as well as nearby hotels. Where else can you pay an $85 registration fee and come home with so much information?!! Try it, you will love it.
The 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America is being celebrated though officially it began February 11, 1910. This unique organization started small and has on record more than 110 million registered American Scouts. But did you know the importance of scouting in Rockland County? Suffern resident, Daniel Beard (1850- 1941) was the first national commissioner of Scouting and first organized camping within the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in 1910. Mr. Beard is buried in Rockland Cemetery. Interestingly, 1910 was also the same year the Harriman family gave $1,000,000 and 10,000 acres to create Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks. The Boy Scouts sited their first camp at Lake Stahahe (next to Southfields off the NYS Thruway) in 1913. The first national Scout meeting was held in 1919 at the Bear Mountain Inn. Scouting has certainly had an active history in Rockland County and surrounding Orange. Happy Birthday!