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New DVD Releases for March 22nd

We have three new releases for Tuesday, March 22nd.  They are:

How Do You Know (Reese Witherspoon)

Skyline

Tourist, The (Johnny Depp)

Not Just for Teens

Most adult readers regard "teen" literature as something to be avoided, since they are "children's" books.  I once had a customer  request a particular book she had seen in Barnes & Noble.  She was really excited about reading it, however when I said that the book was in the Teen Room, she quickly said she didn't want it.  I couldn't persuade her to change her mind.  Many teens, especially Clarkstown teens, can and do read on an adult level.  Teen books usually indicate that the marketing department of a publishing house thinks the book will sell more copies if it is marketed to teens.  In the past several years, I've seen some teen books become wildly popular with the general public, such as The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne and all the books by Stephenie Meyer. 

 

Mystery Monday

The wallflowers of the libraries are those books that languish on the shelves unread and ignored.  Well-reviewed, (or they wouldn't be in the library), they are not sought out by readers, but may be stumbled upon by happenstance, a possible delightful discovery for someone.  What makes someone take a chance on an unknown mystery?  Is it an attractive cover, intriguing jacket copy, or a rave review from a favorite mystery author?  Do people stick to certain sub-genres, i.e. police procedurals, British cozies, dog mysteries?  Or, do they read omnivorously, picking anything that appeals at that moment?  What sort of reader are you?  Do you read strictly off the best seller list, reserving all your choices in advance? Do you depend on serendipity, enjoying the thrill of finding a really great book all by yourself? 
Below are some of these wallflower mystery authors, some suggested by members of the Investigating Mysteries book discussion group. Take one out and have yourself a good time.

Fiction Audiobooks February 2011

BCD Baldacci
     Hell’s Corne
r by David Baldacci.  Read by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy.  12 discs.  14+ hours.

BCD Cussler
     Crescent Dawn
by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler.  Read by Scott Brick.  12 discs.  14+ hours.

BCD Davidson
     Me, Myself, and Why: a modern threesome
by MaryJanice Davidson.  Read by Renee Raudman.  6 discs.  7 hours.

FOR THE ONE WHO HAS ALWAYS READ AND NEVER LISTENED

So you've never listened to an audiobook before?  Now is the time.  I first broke down and listened to my initial audiobook when I was making a series of long car rides and needed something to break up the monotony.  It took just one, and now I find myself listening every time I am in the car, cleaning, or cooking.  It makes time go by so much faster during a mundane task.  Everyone who has listened to an audiobook in the car has found themselves at their destination and still sitting listening because they are at "a good part".  This month I would like to suggest to you a few audiobooks that I would recommend for the uninitiated.

Life of Pi  by Yann Martel
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky
Sellevision by Augusten Burroughs
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

These titles are available on CD, Playaway and as digital audiobooks.

New DVD REALEASES 3/15/11

We have 3 new releases

The Fighter/ Mark Wallberg

Hearafter/ Matt Damon

The Switch/ Jennifer Aniston

New Romance Fiction for March 2011

In paperback:

Undertow by Cherry Adair (1, Cutter Cay) C, M
Here to Stay by Catherine Anderson (3, Harrigan Family) C
An Invitation to Sin by Jo Beverley, Sally Mackenzie, Kaitlin O'Riley, & Vanessa Kelly H (Pbk-Romance Invitation)
Fierce Eden by Jennifer Blake H, W
The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton (1, Play by Play) C
Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr (13, Virgin River) C
Dragon Warrior by Janet Chapman (2, Midnight Bay) H, A, F
The Werewolf Upstairs by Ashlyn Chase (2, Strange Neighbors) C, S
The Seduction of His Wife by Tiffany Clare (2, Surrender of a Lady) H

New Speculative Fiction for March 2011

New to our shelves:

The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie (Best Served Cold) F
Demonstorm by James Barclay (3, Legends of the Raven) F
The Sea Thy Mistress by Elizabeth Bear (2, The Edda of Burdens) SF, F
Halo: Cryptum by Greg Bear (1, Halo: The Forerunner Saga) SF
The Soul Mirror by Carol Berg (2, Collegia Magica) F, M
Twilight's Dawn by Anne Bishop (9, Black Jewels) F, R
Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier, with Christopher Mitten, illus. H
Blackveil by Kristen Britain (4, Green Rider) F
Farlander by Col Buchanan (1, The Heart of the World) F

Program Change

On March 20, there is a program planned to honor Women's History Month. The program is being coordinated by the library, Historical Society of Rockland County and film makerand author, Lynn Manzione. Because of the passing of Dr. Martha MacGuffie, the program will be a tribute to this remarkable woman who overcame adversity and made important contributions here and in Africa. Another program will be planned at a later date to focus on the other presenters who were to be speaking at the event.

What's Cooking?: Braising

 

Braising is a cooking technique that can transform a mundane piece of meat into a dish that will satisfy the most discriminating palate.  It is similar to stewing in that it uses relatively low temperatures while simmering.  However, braising uses less liquid resulting in a rich concentrated sauce.  It also uses large pieces of meat.  More important, the meat is first seared.  This essential step ensures the meat will retain its juices, keeping it succulent and moist.

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