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Thursday, September 29, 2011

New On Our Shelves!

Just Out:

"The Strange Case of Angelica" - from Portugal - a beautiful dead bride is alive in the lens of a smitten photographer - stars Pilar Lopez de Ayala and Ricardo Tropa

Out September 30:

"Transformers: The Dark of the Moon" - what will the Autobots find in a mysterious spacecraft stranded on the Moon? - stars Shia Labeouf, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Duhamel

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New DVDs

"Meek's Cutoff" - drama of faith and survival in the wilderness of early America - stars Michelle Williams, Will Patton and Bruce Greenwood

"Raajneeti" - from India - drama of politics, corruption and cousins - stars Ranbir Karpoor and Arjun Rampal

"Bridesmaids" - to what lengths would you go for a best friend who is getting married? - stars Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy (TV's "Mike and Molly")

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Intelligent Picks from Intelligent Life Magazine.

Maggie Fergusson's pick of the season, including a story of survival, a biography of Orpheus and a masterpiece from Michael Ondaatje ...
Visit the link below for the full article.

From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, September/October 2011

"A Train in Winter" by Caroline Moorehead

"State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett
"The Cat’s Table" by Michael Ondaatje
"Orpheus" by Ann Wroe
"Undercover Muslim" by Theo Padnos

Monday, September 19, 2011

And the winner is.......

On September 18 the Emmy Awards were presented live from Los Angeles. Here are some highlights of interest:

For the fourth consecutive year, "Mad Men" was given the Emmy for Best Drama Series. Seasons 1 through 4 of "Mad Men" are available in the Merrick Library DVD collection.

Melissa McCarthy won the Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for the show "Mike and Molly." McCarthy has also been praised for her standout performance in the movie "Bridesmaids," due to come out this week on DVD at Merrick Library

A major winner was the PBS "Masterpiece" miniseries "Downton Abbey." This depiction of the privileged and their servants in pre-World War I England won Emmys for Best Miniseries, Best Director, Best Writing and Best Supporting Actress. "Downton Abbey" is part of the Merrick Library's DVD collection.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tonight @ Book Revue


Friday, September 16th, 7pm @ Book Revue,Huntington.
Critically-acclaimed author, CAROLINE BOCK, will speak about and sign her new book LIE.

Based on true events, LIE, is a powerful new story about love, loss, and betrayal. seventeen-year-old Skylar Thompson is being questioned by the police. Her boyfriend, Jimmy, stands accused of brutally assaulting two young El Salvadoran immigrants from a neighboring town, and she’s the prime witness. Skylar is keeping quiet about what she’s seen, but how long can she keep it up?

Meanwhile, Jimmy's accomplice Sean, is facing his own moral quandary. He's out on bail and has been offered a plea in exchange for testifying against Jimmy. Sean must decide whether or not to turn on his friend, in order to save himself. But most importantly, both Sean and Skylar must figure out why they followed someone like Jimmy in the first place.

Caroline Bock is the co-author with her sister of the critically-acclaimed memoir, Confessions of a Carb Queen , which was optioned by Sony Television. A contributor to an upcoming nonfiction work, Bock is a graduate with honors from Syracuse University, where she studied creative writing with Raymond Carver among other notable writers, and is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at City College in Manhattan.

New DVDs

"Hesher" - an uninvited garage guest becomes part of the family - stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson (TV's "The Office)

"Incendies" - multi-award winner from Canada about twins who lose one family but find they have another one

"Leading Ladies" - meet the Camparis, first family of ballroom dancing - stars Shannon Lea Smith and Laurel Veil

"Thor" - a banished god becomes a hero on Earth - based on the long-running Marvel Comics series - stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Plays to Films!

"Farragut North" - Acting Edition by Beau Willimon

Movie Titled "The Ides of March"
7 October 2011 (USA)

An idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate gets a crash
course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. Based
on the play by Beau Willimon.

Director: George Clooney
Writers: George Clooney (screenplay), Grant Heslov (screenplay),
Stars:Paul Giamatti, George Clooney and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Top Ten Romance Titles of 2011

Romance is in the air. Try some of these Booklist recommended titles:

Animal Magnetism. By Jill Shalvis.
Shalvis orchestrates a budding relationship between a commitment-shy former Special Forces pilot and a gutsy animal rescuer in the superlative launch of a new series set in Idaho’s Bitterroot Mountains.

Call Me Irresistible. By Susan Elizabeth Phillips. 2011.
Everyone blames Meg for her best friend’s decision to leave Ted at the altar in RITA Award–winning Phillips’ irresistibly lively romantic comedy.

Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage. By Kieran Kramer.
How can Jilly run a respectable bookshop if her neighbor, a Royal Navy captain, keeps throwing wild parties? Kramer’s devilishly clever plot makes for a laugh-out-loud, sweet Regency romance.

The Counterfeit Bride. By Nancy J. Parra. 2011.
In Parra’s latest masterful romance, Lillian pretends to have an absent soldier husband when she opens a store in late-nineteenth-century Colorado, only to have her bluff called by a man investigating a counterfeit ring.

How to Marry a Duke. By Vicky Dreiling.
An enchanting Regency romance debut involving a rake and a matchmaker, a tricky dilemma, and witty repartee.

The Lady of the Storm. By Kathryne Kennedy.
Blacksmith Giles is charged with protecting Cecily, who is half elf, in this superb story of suspense, magic, and passion, the second in Kennedy’s thrilling and distinctive Elven Lords series.

Lord Langley Is Back in Town. By Elizabeth Boyle.
Lord Langley has a plan to outmaneuver his enemies, if only Minerva doesn’t decide to kill him herself in RITA Award–winning Boyle’s luscious conclusion to her dazzling Widows of Standon trilogy.

The Naked King. By Sally MacKenzie. 2011.
Young Lady Anne Marston, secretly ruined, believes she isn’t worthy of marriage, but the man called King of Hearts couldn’t care less about scandal in this wonderful addition to MacKenzie’s delectable Naked series.

Only Mine. By Susan Mallery.
Alaska pilot Finn is furious when his twin brothers drop out of college to appear on a reality-television show, True Love or Fool’s Gold, in Mallery’s witty, emotion-packed romance.

The Return of Black Douglas. By Elaine Coffman.
Twins Isobella and Elizabeth visit the grave of Sir James, a relative known as the Black Douglas, and find themselves transported to sixteenth-century Scotland in Coffman’s delightful time-travel romance.

An Unlikely Suitor. By Nancy Moser. 2011.
Italian immigrant and dressmaker Lucy Scarpelli finds herself in an unlikely friendship with a socialite, which leads to forbidden love and danger in Christy Award–winning Moser’s historical tale of resilient, uncompromising women.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Upcoming Book Signing @ Book Revue!


Thursday, September 15th, 7pm @ Book Revue in Huntington.
Author, ALYSON RICHMAN, will speak about and sign her new book
"The Lost Wife."

Josef Kohn is a successful New York obstetrician who still dreams of his first wife, Lenka, an art student he left behind in Czechoslovakia while fleeing the Nazis. Lenka, who he believes died during the war, continues to haunt his dreams, while his second wife, Amalia, remains more of a ghost to him than is Lenka. As we follow Lenka's journey to the ghetto of Terezin, where she is forced to draft technical drawings for the Germans and is a witness to the secret paintings of an underground group of artists involved in their own form of resistance against their captors, we see not only the endurance of the human spirit, but also of the artist, whose desire to create and document, cannot be extinguished. From the glamourous ease of pre-War Prague, to the ensuing horror of Nazi Europe, we witness both the dawning of Lenka's and Josef's love affair to its tragic unravelling.

Alyson Richman is the author of: The Mask Carver's Son, Swedish Tango, and The Last Van Gogh. As of next year, her novels will be published in more than ten languages. Her books have received both national and international critical acclaim, having been reviewed favorably in The New York Times Book Review, The Dallas Morning News, The San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and many other national print outlets. The Last Van Gogh was nominated as a Book Sense Notable Pick in 2006. She has appeared on both national television and radio syndicates promoting her work. A graduate of Wellesley College and a former Thomas J. Watson Fellow, she currently lives with her husband and children in Long Island, New York.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

September is Pleasure Your Mate Month!

September is Pleasure Your Mate Month!
A month to promote love and show appreciation to your mate. Establish a lifelong habit of sharing pleasure.

Check out some of the books below from our collection to help you get started!

Wonderful Marriage: A Guide to Building a Great Relationship That Will Last a Lifetime by Lilo and Gerard Leeds

The 6 Secrets of a Lasting Relationship: How to Love Again -- and Stay There by Mark Goulston

For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage by Tara Parker-Pope

48 Hours to a Stronger Marriage: Reconnect with Your Spouse and Re-energize Your Marriage by Bob Bowersox

The Mr. and Mrs. Happy Handbook by Steve Doocy

Friday, September 9, 2011

Top 10 Business Books

Take a look at these outstanding business titles published over the last year and reviewed by Booklist Magazine:

Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present. By Jeff Madrick.
Madrick fascinatingly traces America’s wave of greed from the 1970s through the succeeding two decades and its contribution to the 2008 financial crisis.

Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers. By Stan Slap.
What is novel in consultant Slap’s first book is his passion for the subject of values in the workplace and his easy-to-use framework for identifying and promoting values throughout the business world.

Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World. By Stuart Diamond.
This lawyer, journalist, and professor further hones the art of goal-getting in today’s world, no matter what the specific personal or business objective.

Make Your Own Rules: A Renegade Guide to Unconventional Success. By Wayne Rogers and Josh Young.
Rogers, entrepreneur extraordinaire, recounts the lessons he learned that ensured his success in numerous businesses over 40 years, with the central theme that he had no prior experience in any of those fields.

The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. By Tim Wu.
This is an essential look at the directions in which personal computing may be headed depending on which policies and worldviews will ultimately dominate the Internet.

The Next American Economy: Blueprint for a Real Recovery. By William J. Holstein.
The author looks to the future to envision what needs to be done to bring prosperity back to America in light of factors such as offshoring and outsourcing.

The Orange Revolution: How One Great Team Can Transform an Entire Organization. By Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton.
Why doesn’t every corporate leader actively listen to employees and veteran consultants like Gostick and Elton? Adopting their how-to’s for realizing dreams would undoubtedly provide the solution to staid, stagnant, and unrewarding work in America.

Poisoned Legacy: The Human Cost of BP’s Rise to Power. By Mike Magner. St.
Magner expands previous examinations of BP to three locations of major human and environmental disaster: the now-dead oil boomtown of Nedodesha, Kansas; the Texas City Refinery explosion; and the Gulf oil disaster.

The Velocity Manifesto: Harnessing Technology, Vision, and Culture to Future-Proof Your Organization. By Scott Klososky.
This technology innovation expert explains his velocity manifesto, which means that a business leader cannot ignore the impact of technology on the organization’s current and future operations.

Wikibrands: Reinventing Your Company in a Customer-Driven Marketplace. By Sean Moffitt and Mike Dover.
With a wealth of important information, executives Moffitt and Dover set out to show businesses how to use the power of customer collaboration to drive their brands forward and enhance business value with customers.

New DVDs.

"Everything Must Go" - a man who has lost everything has the ultimate yard sale - based on a short story by Raymond Carver - stars Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall

"Hanna" - a second generation CIA assassin meets more than she imagined during a mission - stars Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blachett

"Win Win" - a high school runaway becomes a star wrestler - stars Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan and Burt Young

"X-Men: First Class" - once upon a time Professor X and Magneto were on the same side - stars James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Kevin Bacon

"Your Highness" - two slackers tossed into the medieval mix of knights, dragons and wizards - stars Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Let Us Pick Your Next Read!

Merrick Library's Reference Department would like to make choosing your next read easier. Fill out this short questionnaire and our staff will provide you with up to 5titles according to your preferences. You will be notified when your selections are available at the Reference Desk.

Local Author Signing @ Book Revue


Tuesday, September 13th, 7pm
Local Author, SCOTT SAMMIS, will speak about and sign his new book
"Good-bye, Mary Lou."

A last smile. Husband recalls harrowing rock slide that killed L.I. woman on next day's climb", was the January 10, 2006 front page headline that ran across multiple newspapers. Scott Sammis, his wife Mary Lou, and their three children, anxiously anticipated their next day's Kilimanjaro climb. Good-bye Mary Lou is a tribute to Scott's wife, a vivacious woman who was struck and killed in a deadly boulder

Scott Sammis is a lifelong resident of Huntington, New York. His roots extend twelve generations to John Sammis who arrived by ship from England in 1654. Scott has headed various non-profit charities and is now chairman of the Long Island YMCA Board. With his father, he has grown his family business for 25 years and sold it in 2007.