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10 Books You Might Have Overlooked in 2010

Everyone's doing "best of" lists this month, but to be honest, I haven't even made it through a quarter of the books I wanted to read in 2010.  I had the best of intentions.  I even made a list.  But the drawback to ordering all the speculative fiction for a medium-sized public library is that I get to see all the pretty new shinies as they come in, and I am very easily distracted by books.  ("Oh, the book I want to read is on reserve... in the meantime, I'll just check out this one... and this one... OH, and this one...!")  I don't feel qualified to come up with a "best of 2010" yet (maybe in June?), so instead I thought I'd share a list of the best books of 2010 you probably haven't read yet.  The first five titles are ones I nearly passed over, and was really glad I didn't.  The remaining five are underread titles that you probably didn't check out last year... but should.

What's Cooking?: Peking Duck

After recuperating from the nonstop holiday festivities, I took some time to reflect on the coming New Year.  Aside from the post-holiday detox after the recent overindulgences, I decided to direct my approach toward choices I will be make this year guided by the adages “simpler is better” and “less is more.”  Next, I thought I should be a little more adventurous and expand my culinary repertoire.  This may suggest something difficult and time consuming which may contradict my first New Year’s resolution – keep it simple.  Nevertheless, I met this challenge when I chose to make Peking duck.  My husband loves duck but I never roasted one because I thought it very fatty.  When I mentioned it to my best friend, she advised me, “Order the Peking duck at a restaurant.  You’re unbelievable! (diplomatic meaning for 'you're crazy').“ 

New DVD Releases for January 18th

We have seven new releases for Tuesday, January 18th.  They are:

Animal Kingdom (Guy Pearce)

Buried (Ryan Reynolds)

Jack Goes Boating (Philip Seymour Hoffman)

Lebanon (Foreign Film - Israel)

Paper Man (Ryan Reynolds)

Stone (Robert De Niro)

Takers (Matt Dillon)

January Book Discussions

The two adult book discussions scheduled for the week of January 10 were postponed due to the snow conditions. New dates have Chapters meeting January 18 at 7:30PM and Facts meeting January 19 at 1PM. Hope to see you! For further questions, call 634-4997 ext 139.

December Fiction Audiobooks

BCD Anderson
     Forge
by Laurie Halse Anderson.  Read by Tim Cain.  7 discs.  7+ hours.

BCD Auster
     Sunset Park
by Paul Auster.  Read by the author.  7 discs.  8+ hours.

BCD Baldacci
     Hell’s Corner
by David Baldacci.  Read by Ron McLarty & Orlagh Cassidy: featuring a conversation between Ron McLarty and the author.  12 discs.  14 hours.

BCD Science Fiction Bear
     Hull Zero Three
by Greg Bear.  Read by Dan John Miller.  7 discs.  8+ hours.

BCD Berry
     The Emperor’s Tomb
by Steve Berry.  Read by Scott Brick.  12 discs.  14 hours.

Welcome Family Researchers

Are you one of those who has decided to make a January resolution to research your family? You are not alone! The library is offering several genealogy how-to workshops during the cold months of January and February. The first was held January 8 and was a general overview to genealogy. But it's not too late to attend the others. Lecturer and genealogist, Tony Laurino will take the reins for the next three. On January 22 at 10AM ,Tony will review the use of primary records such as surnames. There are many issues using surname records, and Tony will help to clear up some of the misconceptions. During the next class, February 19, he will review secondary records such as military and census. The series ends February 26 with a look at the best web genealogy sites. If you are new to genealogy, mark these dates and attend. It will be a good investment at a good price! To register, call 634-4997 ext 139.

New DVD Releases for January 11th

We have two new releases for Tuesday, January 11th. They are:

Piranha

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EBooks...Get Your EBooks Here!

A friend was asking me last week about what eReader to buy.  When I talked about the various formats and what the library supplies, she was surprised.  “You mean I can get ebooks from the library” she asked.  The New City Library has supplied downloadable audio books for many years and ebooks in the last few.

In anticipation of many people getting readers for the holidays, we just purchased a large number of new titles.  The various formats are still fighting it out for their share of the market place, but we ordered predominantly in the e-pub format which seems to be compatible with most readers.  This order was predominantly romance and mysteries, but we made certain we would have items currently on the New York Times Bestseller list.

We purchase copies that are only available to New City Library customers in addition to titles available to everyone in the region.  To get access to our titles, you need to log in with your library card and PIN.   You can go there directly by clicking HERE.

Adult Program Changes

The Self Defense Class on January 11 has been rescheduled for March 29 at 7PM. The Chapters book discussion will be held Tuesday, January 18, 7:30 PM. Call Thursday at ext 139 for February book selection.

The Say Ah! class on January 12 has been rescheduled for March 11, 1:30PM.

Think Spring!!

New Romance Fiction for January 2011

In paperback:

The Ghost Exterminator: A Love Story by Vivi Andrews (2, Karmic Consultants) C, S
Stranger by Zoe Archer (4, The Blades of the Rose) H, F, M
The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks (1, KGI) C, M
No Place to Run by Maya Banks (2, KGI) C, M
The Heir by Grace Burrowes (1, The Windhams) H
A Countess by Christmas by Annie Burrows (Harlequin Historicals) H
A Most Scandalous Engagement by Gayle Callen (2, Scandalous) H
You Dropped a Blonde on Me by Dakota Cassidy (1, Ex-Trophy Wives) C
Goddess of Legend by P. C. Cast (7, Goddess Summoning) C, A, F

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