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New Mysteries January 2011

Sinister Sprinkles by Jessica Beck
Mirror Image by Dennis Palumbo
To Have and to Kill by Mary Jane Clark
Sherlock Holmes and the Shakespearean Letter by Barry Grant
Valley of Dry Bones by Priscilla Royal
Pumpkin Muffin Murder by Livia J. Washburn
Third Degree by Maggie Barbieri
Miss Dimple Disappears by Mignon F. Ballard
Cruel Ever After by Ellen Hart
Bedeviled Eggs by Laura Childs
Big Wheel by Richard A. Thompson
One Grave Less by Beverly Connor
Killer Crop by Sheila Connolly
Stitch Before Dying by Anne Canadeo
Left-Handed Dollar by Loren D. Estleman
Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls by Victoria Laurie
Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston
Threats at Three by Ann Purser
Buttons and Bones by Monica Ferris
Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out by Lee Goldberg

Read a classic novel in 2011!

Around this time of year, everyone is making lists. The best of, the worst of and what you need to do this year that you’ve never done before. Among them are dozens of lists of 100 books to read, but who has the time to work through them? So what about just the top ten? After looking at dozens of top one hundred lists, I've found  ten books that are New Year's resolution worthy:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitgerald
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Trial by Franz Kafka
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

 

New DVD Releases for Tuesday, December 28th

We have three new releases for Tuesday, December 28th.  They are:

The American (Geroge Clooney)

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Salt (Blu-ray)

 

Gifts of Love

Love it or hate it, winter is here and Christmas is nearly upon us.  Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, signs of the season are everywhere-- the nip in the air, the scent of evergreens, the cards and gifts, the holiday lights.  (Sadly, my lawn remains quite bare of snow-- I'm pinning my hopes on the Boxing Day forecast.)  People are drawing closer together; students are home on vacation, friends and neighbors are visiting, and families are travelling to be with one another for the holidays.  It's a time to be with the people you love.  Perhaps this is why Christmas romances have such strong appeal.

New DVDs for December 21

Devil

Easy A with Emma Stone

Salt with Angelina Jolie

Step Up 3

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Mystery Monday

Everyone knows about  and maybe occasionally overindulges on "comfort food", but what about "comfort books"?  You know, the literary equivalent of macaroni and cheese.  Comfort books, like comfort food, soothe us with their familiarity, distracting us from our troubles with a happy visit to old friends.  People can find escape from their cares by drinking, drug taking,or over-eating, but a much more benign way is to pick up a proven favorite book and get lost in the pages.  Mystery Scene's Holiday 2010 issue asked mystery writers for their own comfort reads and traditional mysteries seem to be the overwhelming choice.  Who wouldn't find solace in a well-loved mystery with a favorite sleuth?  And who ever remembers whodunnit it anyway?  So, in these hectic December days, in between shopping, cookie baking, present wrapping and bill paying, take a brief respite with a book.  Curl up with an old favorite or choose one of the other suggested authors from below. Happy holidays to you all!

Have Yourself A Merry Little Reading Break

Traffic is terrible.  An imminent influx of relatives is wracking your last nerve.  You have a to-do list with far too little crossed off of it.  The forecaster gleefully informs you how few shopping days are left even as she predicts a massive winter storm.  And now some shipful of aliens called the Vogons wants to bulldoze our planet to make way for a hyperspatial express route?!  (Although... the destruction of Earth would take care of your other sources of stress....)  In the words of noted sci-fi humorist Douglas Adams, DON'T PANIC.  The library's Speculative Fiction collection is here to help, with entire realms and galaxies ready for you to escape into! 

What's Cooking?: A Season of Giving

With all the amazing dishes, mouth-watering baked goods and dazzling decorations that inspire our creative senses, one of the best things I love about this holiday season is the time of giving.  I appreciate the thought and care people take in choosing their gifts.  Homemade culinary gifts offer a more personal and satisfying touch to gift giving.   Friends and family who are food lovers like me value the effort.  The expression of delight and joy when they take a bite of something that is scrumptious makes all the difference.

New DVDs for December 14

The A-Team

Cyrus with John C. Reilly

Mother and Child

The Other Gusy with Will Ferrell

New Romance Fiction for December 2010

NOTE: * = holiday-themed title

In paperback:

Blood Spells by Jessica Andersen (5, Final Prophecy) C, F, S
Burning Up by Susan Andersen C
When Wicked Craves by J. K. Beck (3, Shadow Keepers) C, S, M
Miracle Baby by Laura Bradford (Harlequin American Romance: Baby to Be) C, *
Spun by Sorcery by Barbara Bretton (3, Sugar Maple) C, S, M
Living Nightmare by Shannon K. Butcher (4, Sentinel Wars) C, S
Midnight Kiss by Robyn Carr, Jean Brashear, Victoria Dahl C, * (Pbk-Romance Midnight)

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