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New DVD Releases for January 19th

We have five new releases for Tuesday, January 19th.  They are

Breaking Point (Tom Berenger)

Gamer (Gerard Butler)

Invention of Lying (Jennifer Garner)

Pandorum (Dennis Quaid) - Horror Genre

Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball


NEW ROMANCE FICTION FOR JANUARY 2010

In paperback:

Scorched by Sharon Ashwood (2, The Dark Forgotten) C, S, M
A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh (6, Dark Angel) H, M
Then Comes Baby by Helen Brenna (3, Harlequin SuperRomance: An Island to Remember) C
Finding the Lost by Shannon K. Butcher (2, Sentinel Wars) C, S
Captive of Sin by Anna Campbell H
Winter Kiss by Deborah Cooke (4, Dragonfire) C, F, S
Divorced, Desperate and Deceived by Christie Craig (3, Divorced, Desperate) C
It Happened One Night by Lisa Dale C
Seducing the Heiress by Olivia Drake (1, An Heiress in London) H
The Care and Taming of a Rogue by Suzanne Enoch H

NEW SPECULATIVE FICTION FOR JANUARY 2010

New to our shelves:

Year of the Horse by Justin Allen F, H
Mariposa by Greg Bear (2, Quantico) SF
A Case of Conscience by James Blish SF
Elegy Beach: A Book of Change by Steven R. Boyett (2, Ariel) F
First Lord’s Fury by Jim Butcher (6, Codex Alera) F
Isis by Douglas Clegg H
The Gates by John Connolly F, H
Puttering about in a Small Land by Philip K. Dick SF
The Variable Man and Other Stories by Philip K. Dick (1, The Early Work of Philip K. Dick) SF
Makers by Cory Doctorow SF
This Crooked Way by James Enge (2, Morlock Ambrosius) SF

Coming in April

Fiction

Barclay,Linwood. Never Look Away.

A carefree day at an amusement park turns into a nightmare for a family when the couple's 4 year old child gets lost.  Soon after finding him, his mother disappears and the search for her untangles a web of lies.

Berg, Elizabeth. The Last Time I Saw You.

As classmates meet at their 40th reunion, they discover things that will change the course of their lives.

Box, C.J., Nowhere to Run.

Joe Pickett is about to leave his temporary game warden job but first most figure out the strange things that have been going on.

Clark, Mary Higgens. The Shadow of Your Smile.

Confusion reigns when Jonathan's twin dies. His wife Olivia grieves with him until she starts to suspect that her husband may have been the one who died.

Grahame-Smith, Seth. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Johansen, Iris. Eight Days to Live: An Eve Duncan Thriller.

Mystery Monday

Pity the poor first time author!  After years of painstaking writing and re-writing, possibly years of rejections, somehow a book is published.  It will be reviewed, publicized, and ordered by bookstores and libraries.  Now what?  Does it remain hopefully on the shelf, while its better known brethren (yes, you Janet Evanovich and Mary Higgins Clark) are eagerly snatched up?  Is the author's creation doomed to languish on the shelf, unread, ignored, and eventually discarded?  As the librarian who orders the mysteries, I struggle between satisfying enormous popular demand for bestsellers, and purchasing the quiet, well-reviewed gems which the public may not even notice.  To rectify this situation, I want to take this opportunity to introduce some authors who have just published their first mysteries and deserve a wide readership. Try one today!

BURIAL REGISTERS IN UK

If you have roots in England or Wales, you likely have a relative who lived, died, and was buried in London. It is a challenge, as each churchyard, burial ground,cemetery and crematorium kept its own records. There are several online sites to visit but if you Google, GENUKI, this is a directory of cemeteries and crematories in the UK. It is organized by the Cemetery Research Group and is the first directory of its kind in the UK. It covers local areas in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland,and each site lists owners. Also, local authorities, parish and towns, community councils, religious denominations and private sector companies are provided when available.

For further reading, Internet Genealogy, December/January 2010 issue offers an excellent review of web sites about the subject.

ONCE UPON A TIME: FAIRY TALES RETOLD

There are certain stories that we never forget.  Fairy tales sleep inside of us, waiting to be rediscovered like flowers that have been dried and pressed between the pages of a book.  No matter how long it's been since we left our childhood behind, these stories lie ready to live and bloom again in our imaginations.  With the smallest reminder, we are magically transported back to a place out of time where anything is possible: serving girls can become princesses, princes can become monsters, animals can speak, true love can break any curse, and one always, always gets exactly what one deserves.  Is it any wonder, then, that the "fairy tale retold" is such a popular motif in fantasy fiction? 

Magazines for the Researcher

Researching genealogy and historical information at the New City Library does not have to be limited to books or the Internet. Have you looked at the periodicals we offer? Two of my favorites are Prologue, a quarterly publication from the National Archives.  The winter issue devotes pages to President Eisenhower and Cold War strategy along with a discussion on the Archives' preservation project of early 20th- century photographs.  Another favorite is  Archives , New York State’s look at its history. This publication is always filled with something of interest for the reader.  We offer other publications such as the popular circulating Family Chronicles that always offers different genealogy researching methods and current Internet sites. This magazine is the only one in the AV department. For all others, stop in at the Rockland Room and take a look.

New DVD Releases For January 12th

We have four new DVD releases for Tuesday, January 12th.  They are:

Fame (2009 remake)

The Hurt Locker (Ralph Fiennes)

My One and Only (Renee Zellweger)

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself

Dreams of Sun and Surf

 

The bone-chilling cold has traveled all the way to Florida this month and I will be returning to that "little Paradise on Earth," Captiva, in February. I hope the temperatures will be more seasonable.  While I'm taking my annual pilgrimage to Florida, I love to listen to something tropical such as a Doc Ford mystery by Randy Wayne White.  His hero lives on near-by Sanibel island. Carl Hiaasen is my choice for a good laugh. My favorite title is Native Tongue.   If I want a psychopathic serial killer creatively dispatching nefarious villains, I listen to Tim Dorsey's novels featuring that anti-hero Serge A. Storms.  Whether you travel to the Sunshine State in winter or just dream of palm trees, azure ocean and heated swimming pools, I recommend the above authors to fuel your dreams of sun and warmth.

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