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Smooth Criminals

The pages of romance are populated by any number of gamblers, rakes, mercenaries, courtesans, femme fatales, hoydens, and other scapegraces who don't care to play by society's starchy rules.  This month's ne'er-do-wells, though, take their roguishness a step further.  They don't just bend the rules; they break the law.

What is it about bad boys? (And wicked women too-- I wouldn't leave them out!)  As much as we condemn their actions, we have a strange fascination with outlaws.  For centuries, we've made celebrities of them-- turned them into legends, even.  (I'm looking at you, Robin Hood! Rebel against an oppressive king, yes, but a robber all the same.)  Granted, to the ancient Greeks a clever thief was a legitimate hero (just look at Odysseus), but we've romanticized our fair share of criminals since that time.

New DVD Releases for November 30th

We have three new titles for Friday, November 30th

Campaign, The (Will Ferrell)

Men In Black 3 (Will Smith)

Sparkle (Whitney Houston)

Coming in May

Fiction

Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland: A Spenser Novel.

Berry, Steve. The King’s Deception.

Ensler, Eve. In the Body of the World.

Gross, Andrew. No Way Back.

Hill, Joe. NOS4A2.

Hosseini, Khaled. And the Mountains Echoed.

Lescroart, John. The Ophelia Cut.

Poitier, Sidney. Montaro Caine.

Roberts, Nora. Whiskey Beach.

Sandford, John. Silken Prey.

Strout, Elizabeth. The Burgess Boys

Non-Fiction

Hanagarne, Josh. The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family.

Savage, Dan. American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics.

Williams, Wendy. Ask Wendy.

Coming in April

Fiction

Atkinson, Kate. Life After Life.

Baldacci, David. The Hit.

Clark, Mary Higgins. Daddy’s Gone A Hunting.

Fforde, Katie. Proposal.

French, Nicci. Tuesday’s Gone: A Frieda Klein Novel.

Hobb, Robin. Blood of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles, Vol. 4).

Kenyon, Sherrilyn. Born of Fury.

Johansen, Iris. Taking Eve.

Kushner, Rachel. The Flamethrowers.

Patterson, James & Maxine Paetro. The 12th of Never.

Quick, Amanda. The Mystery Woman.

Scottoline, Lisa. Don’t Go.

Woods, Stuart. Unintended Consequences.

Non-Fiction

Burnett, Carol. Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story.

Reynolds, Debbie & Dorian Hannaway. Unsinkable.

Roach, Mary. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.

Holidays On The Way

The reHoliday favoritescent snowflakes are a reminder that the winter 2012 holiday season really is underway.  The Winter Solstice is on December 21, Christmas  just weeks away, and the first candle of Hanukkah will be lit on Saturday December 8th, after the Sabbath has ended.

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New DVD Releases for November 27th

We have two new titles for Tuesday, November 27th.  They are:

Lawless (Shia LaBeouf)

Step Up: Revolution

There and Back Again: Journeys in Speculative Fiction

A certain highly anticipated fantasy film about a long journey "there and back again" will see its world-wide release in less than a month.  Closer to home, many are making trips of their own today to be with family for the Thanksgiving holiday.  The roads, rail lines, and airways of this country are jam-packed with travelers.  (And before the weekend is over, they'll get to do the whole thing over again in reverse, hooray!)

College freshmen, many of them back home for the first time since the start of school, might feel a particular kinship with Mr. Baggins in the ending chapters of The Hobbit.  The place to which they've returned may look the same (if their mothers haven't turned their rooms into craft spaces or storage cubbies), but for some, it won't feel quite like the home they left a few short months ago.  Though it's been more years than I'd care to admit since I was a freshman, I can still recall that odd feeling of displacement on my first Thanksgiving back, of being a guest in my own home.  

Better Than Google

 

Like it or not, the Journal News is the major newspaper in Rockland and Westchester counties, and we rely on it as our primary local news source.  Librarians are often asked for help in retrieving news articles and obituaries from the Journal News.  Unfortunately, for the greatest part of its existence, the Journal News has not been indexed!  So, for example, a genealogist looking for an obituary must have some idea of the date of death, or they will be endlessly searching the microfilm.  The same grim scenario exists for anyone searching the microfilm without a date.

New DVD Release for November 20th

We have one new title for Tuesday, November 20th.  It is:

Expendables 2, The

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