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Monday, October 31, 2011

Booklist's Top Ten First Novels

The Arriviste. By James Wallenstein.
Energetic and naive Bud Younger moves in next door to silver-haired venture capitalist Neil Fox and wheedles his way into a treacherous deal in Wallenstein’s riptide debut about emotional bankruptcy and betrayal.

The Art of Fielding. By Chad Harbach.
Henry Skrimshander, a shortstop of phenomenal ability, is at the center of first-novelist Harbach’s psychologically astute baseball saga set at a small liberal-arts school in Wisconsin.

The Borrower. By Rebecca Makkai.
In Makkai’s picaresque first novel, Lucy, a 26-year-old children’s librarian, “borrows” her favorite patron, bright, book-loving 10-year-old Ian, after his fundamentalist parents enroll him in a program meant to “cure” his nascent homosexuality.

The Family Fang. By Kevin Wilson.
First-time novelist Wilson mixes dire humor and melancholy in this satirical portrait of the uniquely dysfunctional Fangs––husband-and-wife performance artists Caleb and Camille and their children, Annie and Buster—and offers a scathing critique of how the baby-boom generation maltreated Gen X.

The Language of Flowers. By Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
In Diffenbaugh’s enchanting and ennobling debut, Victoria, an abused ward of the California foster-care system, finds her way to a fulfilling life after working with a florist and learning about the hidden meaning of flowers.

The Submission. By Amy Waldman.
Waldman’s magnetizing first novel brilliantly dramatizes the painful legacy of 9/11 as a disparate group—including two very different 9/11 widows; the brother of a lost firefighter; a journalist; and an architect, the son of Muslim immigrants—confronts the life-and-death moral quandaries associated with choosing the design for a ground zero memorial.

Swamplandia! By Karen Russell.
In Russell’s mythic, lavishly imagined first novel, a shabby tourist attraction deep in the haunted Everglades morphs into a spectacularly strange realm of archetypal mystery and danger as young Ava searches for her missing sister.

The Taker. By Alma Katsu.
Katsu’s mesmerizing, original debut arcs between a Puritan community and a present-day young woman found in the Maine woods who claims that she has killed a man and that she’s immortal.

When God Was a Rabbit. By Sarah Winman.
English actress Winman has written a wonderfully wise and darkly humorous tale of young Elly and her older brother, Joe; and of love and friendship, family uncircumscribed by biological bonds, and loss worse than death.

The World Beneath. By Cate Kennedy.
In her gripping debut novel, Kennedy scathingly portrays Rich and Sandy, a long-divorced couple who have accomplished little, and turns the wilderness into another vividly rendered character when Rich takes their sullen teenage daughter hiking in Tasmania.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Must Read Books for the Fallfrom the Daily Beast

"AFTER LAZY DAYS of reading fat thrillers on the beach, it’s time to get serious with the annual fall reading bonanza when publishers release all their marquee names, big stars, and prize contenders."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Attention Lee Child Fans!

For pure fun, the Reacher novels are easily the best thriller series going, and Lee Child has created a formula and a style that, over 16 books, has made him one of the most popular authors in America.

"The Affair" is the latest novel to hit the shelves!

Monday, October 24, 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.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

New To Our DVD Collection!

Just Out:

"The Kennedys" - you've seen the headlines and heard about the controversy - now see the miniseries! - stars Greg Kinnear, Katie Holmes, Barry Pepper (Emmy winner) and Tom Wilkinson

Out October 25:

"Captain America: The First Avenger" - before all pretenders he was the ultimate fighter! - based on the time-honored Marvel Comics series - stars Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci

"The Winnie the Pooh Movie" - further adventures of the beloved characters created by A.A. Milne - features the voices of Craig Ferguson and Tom Kenny ("Spongebob Squarepants") plus narration by John Cleese

Book Signing @ Book Revue!


Tuesday, October 25th, 7pm

Grammy Award Winner & Bestselling author, JUDY COLLINS, will speak about and sign her new book When You Wish Upon a Star.

When You Wish Upon a Star, based on the classic 1940 Oscar winning song, is beloved by listeners from 2 to 92 for its sweet hopefulness, poignant melody, and simple yet profound lyrics. Promising that "anything your heart desires will come to you," it appeals to the believer and child in all of us; the words weave a vision of a world rich in love and happiness—a world open to everyone, "no matter who you are." And no singer can capture the haunting beauty of this classic like Judy Collins, with her clear, pure, and emotionally resonant voice. The CD that is embedded in the cover includes the title track, plus two original songs written especially for this book by Judy Collins. When You Wish Upon a Star was ranked #7 by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest movie songs of all time on their “AFI 100 Years…100 Songs” list, andwe know that fans of the song will absolutely admire and adore Collins’ magnificent version.

For more than five decades, Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her superlative soprano and her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes. Enjoying a career full of accolades, including a Grammy® and an Academy Award® nomination, she continues to perform globally, and almost constantly, at age 71, while making time for social activism. She is also the author of several books, both fiction and nonfiction, and recently collaborated on the New York Times Best-Seller Over the Rainbow, illustrated by Eric Puybaret, acclaimed painter and best-selling illustrator, whose magical art brings out the dreams in all of us. Now, Judy Collins and Eric Puybaret are collaborating once again to bring another classic song to life, with equally enchanting results.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Non-fiction Audiobook Arrivals!

Between 2002 and 2008, the world embraced a wave of cheap credit that allowed people to enjoy spoils they usually wouldn't be able to afford. However, when the bubble burst in late 2008, everything came crashing down, including most of Europe. Here, Michael Lewis investigates the causes of the 2008 financial meltdown and projects what awaits the countries that were, and still are, most affected.

True leadership isn't a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than "the boss" people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership-where experience will allow you to extend your influence beyond your immediate reach and time for the benefit of others. The 5 Levels of Leadership are: Position - Permission - Production - People Development - Pinnacle. Through humor, in-depth insight, and examples, internationally recognized leadership expert John C. Maxwell describes each of these stages of leadership. He shows you how to master each level and rise up to the next to become a more influential, respected, and successful leader.

Moore is his own meta-Forrest Gump, as one moment he's an 11-year old boy stuck on a Senate elevator with Bobby Kennedy and the next moment he's inside the Bitburg cemetery with a dazed and confused Ronald Reagan. Changing planes in Vienna, he escapes death at the hands of the terrorist Abu Nidal. All of this is the stuff that makes for great fiction, but every one of these stories is true and from the life of one Michael Moore.

Dale Carnegie’s principles have endured for nearly a century. Since its original publication in 1936, his timeless classic How to Win Friends and Influence People has gone on to sell 15 million copies. Now, introducing new listeners to Carnegie’s words of wisdom, comes How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age, a new guide for a new era.
Dale Carnegie could never have predicted the trajectory that new media would take, and the ways that the simple television screen would be adapted into computers and handheld communication devices. He didn’t know the term “social media” and Facebook was something not even dreamed of in Buck Rogers cartoons. And yet his lessons remain relevant for everyone who communicates online today. In fact, with problems such as cyber bullying and email etiquette, we need Carnegie’s help more than ever. Dale Carnegie and Associates, Inc. has re-imagined Carnegie’s lasting lessons for this difficult digital age, reframing Carnegie’s insights about communication, self-expression, and leadership. This book is a must-have guide for anyone who wants to find success on Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, and any social media format today and in the future.

In the summer of 1944, Denis Avey was being held in a British POW labour camp, E715, near Auschwitz III. He had heard of the brutality meted out to the prisoners there and he was determined to witness what he could.He hatched a plan to swap places with a Jewish inmate and smuggled himself into his sector of the camp. He spent the night there on two occasions and experienced at first-hand the cruelty of a place where slave workers, had been sentenced to death through labor. Astonishingly, he survived to witness the aftermath of the Death March where thousands of prisoners were murdered by the Nazis as the Soviet Army advanced. After his own long trek right across central Europe he was repatriated to Britain. For decades he couldn't bring himself to revisit the past that haunted his dreams, but now Denis Avey feels able to tell the full story—a tale as gripping as it is moving—which offers us a unique insight into the mind of an ordinary man whose moral and physical courage are almost beyond belief.

A bestselling, groundbreaking author investigates successful long term marriages, interviewing wives and their uncensored strategies for staying married. In raw, candid, titillating stories, Krasnow's cast of wise women give voice to the truth about marriage and the importance of maintaining a strong sense of self apart from the relationship. Some spend summers separately from their partners. Some make time for wine with the girls. One septuagenarian has a recurring date with an old flame from high school. In every case, the marriage operates on many tracks, giving both spouses license to pursue the question "Who am I apart from my marriage?" Krasnow's goal is to give women permission to create their own marriages at any age. Marital bliss is possible, she says, if each partner is blissful apart from the other.

The stand-up comedian, television host, best-selling author and actress candidly discusses her personal life, her professional career and describes what it was like to become a judge on American Idol.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Book Signing @ Book Revue.


Tuesday, October 18th, 7pm

JOHN CARTER CASH, the only son of legendary singer, JOHNNY CASH, will speak about and sign his new book House of Cash: The Life, Legacy and Archives of The Man in Black.


This lavishly illustrated book features many color and black and white photos, as well as numerous removable keepsake facsimile documents. A successful, multi-Grammy-winning record producer in his own right, John Carter Cash has reached into the extensive Carter family archives to produce a memoir his father. Known to his many fans as The Man in Black, Johnny Cash died in 2003. Cash was known primarily as a country performer, but he was successful in many music genres including rockabilly and rock and roll, blues, folk and gospel which led him to be inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After the deaths of his parents, JOHNNY CASH and JUNE CASH, the task of going through their huge storage vault packed to the brim with memories fell to John Cater Cash and his wife. Now the curator of the Carter family legacy, John Carter Cash, unearthed a large number of unpublished photographs, poetry and songs, master tapes dating back to the mid-50s sketches, film reels, audio tape mixes, “strange hats, guitar cases, harmonicas,” and so much more. HOUSE OF CASH is a memoir, biography and deeply personal remembrance of the man beneath the black. From his roots it records Cash’s early hardscrabble life in Arkansas, where his family eventually received a parcel of land to farm cotton through Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal program. For fans of Johnny Cash, HOUSE OF CASH provides an affectionate and affecting look into the Johnny Cash legend.

John Carter Cash has been surrounded by music his whole life, writing songs and staying active in the creative process. He is a successful music producer of five Grammy Award-winning albums, including his mother June Carter Cash’s Press On, and as worked with Rick Rubin as associate producer on his father’s American III: Solitary Man and American IV: The Man Comes Around, the latter receiving three CMA awards. John Carter Cash owns and operates the Cash Cabin Studio and Cash Productions, LLC near Nashville, Tennessee. His production company is Cash Productions, LLC. He lives ith his wife, Laura, and their three children in Hendersonville, TN.

Booklist's Top Ten Horror Fiction

We're all afraid of something...

American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout
On his way to a vampire party in New York, Graf McDonald takes a wrong turn and ends up in Penance, Ohio, which one can enter but not leave; urban fantasy author Armintrout, best known for her Black Ties series, offers a traditional horror story that will be welcomed by fans of the genre.

Dust. By Joan Frances Turner.
The author has taken the familiar zombie clichés and given them a good shake, creating a new zombie mythology that is smart, scary, and viscerally real.

Full Dark, No Stars. By Stephen King.
King begins his afterword by stating, “The stories in this book are harsh.” The man ain’t whistlin’ Dixie. Rarely has he gone this dark, but to say there are no stars here is crazy.

Ghost Story. By Jim Butcher.
Harry Dresden’s back for another adventure battling forces far greater than himself—business as usual for Chicago’s favorite wizard; except this time he has a bit of a handicap: he’s dead, and he’s been sent back to solve the mystery of his murder.

The Glass Demon. By Helen Grant.
With its fascinating information on medieval folklore, unique setting, and increasingly claustrophobic sense of terror, this is an exhilarating page-turner that offers a cerebral blend of horror and mystery.

I Don’t Want to Kill You. By Dan Wells.
Horror and fantasy fans of all ages, especially those who get a kick out of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter novels, should embrace this third and, perhaps, final novel about John Wayne Cleaver.

Jane and the Damned. By Janet Mullany.
Mullany rewrites history in more ways than one in this novel, which sets up Jane Austen as a vampire. A fast-paced adventure for those who don’t mind the vampire craze impinging upon historical events and beloved authors.

Stories from the Plague Years. By Michael Marano.
With an expansive vocabulary, a tenacious commitment to poetic prose, and a willingness to follow whatever discursive paths his whim takes, Marano is an acquired taste—but without doubt possessed of a unique talent.

The White Devil. By Justin Evans.
Readers of this thoroughly upsetting horror-mystery hybrid will find their nightmares imprinted with several unshakable images; smart, scary, sexy, and gorgeously written to boot.

The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse. By Steven C. Schlozman.
While medical professionals may get a few laughs from Schlozman’s meticulous faux scientific research, the target audience—horror fans and zombie enthusiasts—will be pleased.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Our DVD Collection is Growing!

Just Out:

"Tree of Life" - a Midwestern family faces adversity and doubt in 1950s America - directed by Terrence Malick ("Amazing Grace", "The New World") - stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain - in Bluray and High Definition DVD

Out October 18:

"Aftershock" - from China - decisions made after a 1970s earthquake alter the lives of everyone - stars Xu Fan and Li Chen

"Bad Teacher" - scheming to marry into wealth leads to an education no one ever expected - stars Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake

"A Better Life" - moving to a new land leaves imprints beyond what one can see - Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film

"Monte Carlo" - mistaken identity has never been this glamorous - stars Selena Gomez and Leighton Meester

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stronger Tides" - what's more dangerous for Jack Sparrow: a woman from his past or Blackbeard the Pirate? - stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Geoffrey Rush - in Bluray and High Definition DVD

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

An Evening With Philippa Gregory

The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Philippa Greggory will be at the Landmark Theater on Main Street in Port Washington on Monday, October 17th @ 7:30 pm. With over 8 million copies of her books in print, Gregory has brought the Tudor court to vibrant life for readers around the world. Now, in The Cousins' War series, she brings to life the Plantagenets, the noble family that preceded the Tudors - chronicling the turbulent years of strife most commonly known as the War of the Roses. She will discuss The Women of the Cousin's War (September 2011). Co-authored with two eminent historians, David Baldwin and Michael Jones, this work of non-fiction offers fascinating biographical essays about the inspirations behind Philippa Gregory's fiction and a sweeping picture of one of the most intriguing periods in English history. Gregory will also read from and discuss The Lady of the River (coming out October 2012). Books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is co-sponsored with the Friends of the Port Washington Public Library.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Just Added to our DVD Collection!

Just Out:

"Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai" - from India - go back to the Seventies for a power struggle done Bollywood style!

Out October 11:

"Horrible Bosses" - comedy about when quitting is not an option - Jennifer Aniston as you've never seen her before - also starring Jason Bateman and Jason Sudekis ("Saturday Night Live")

"The Princess of Montpensier" - from France - a beautiful 16th century aristocrat finds the web of her life includes corruption and forbidden desire - stars Melanie Thierry and Lambert Wilson

"Zookeeper" - animals aid their caretaker in getting his girl back but soon find he has a much better alternative - stars Kevin James, Leslie Bibb and Rosario Dawson

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Downloadable Book for your Kindle are Here!!

You asked, and now we’ve answered: Here’s a how-to video so you can learn how to browse, checkout and get eBooks for Kindle.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book Signing @ Book Revue.


Thursday, October 13th, 7pm @ Book Revue Huntington.
Local Author, BONNIE TRACHTENBERG, will speak about and sign her new book Wedlocked.

Thirty-six-year old Rebecca Ross has finally tied the knot…and it may be the biggest mistake of her life. On what should be the happiest day of her life, Rebecca Ross is panic stricken. Rebecca has just wed Craig Jacobs, but she realizes she put more thought into choosing her florist than she did in choosing the man she’s just pledged to love for the rest of her life. Before Craig, Rebecca, a talented Long Island girl, dreamed of following in her grandmother’s footsteps with an acting career. Unfortunately, she was cut down to size by years of disappointment, and by her first love—a Hollywood director. She returned to Long Island a lost and broken woman, and ended up in the last place she ever wanted: her old bedroom at her parents’ house. But Rebecca’s mother, an overzealous convert to Judaism, has a long held dream too: marry off her three daughters to Jewish men. So no one is more thrilled than her when Rebecca meets and marries bon vivant Craig Jacobs, the man who
has won over the whole family. Too bad they’re all about to discover that underneath his charismatic shell, this Prince Charming is anything but! This unputdownable romantic comedy will amuse and enthrall you from angst-ridden start to glorious finish.

Bonnie Trachtenberg was senior writer and copy chief at Book-of-the-Month Club and has written seven children’s book adaptations. She has also written for three newspapers and penned countless magazine articles. Trachtenberg lives on Long Island with her husband, stepchildren, four cats and a dog.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New DVD Arrivals!

Out October 4:

"Fast Five" - one last heist in Rio stands between three fugitives and freedom - stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

"Scream 4" - Sidney comes back to Woodsboro and so does Ghost Face - stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and Emma Roberts

New Audiobook Arrivals!

Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him.
Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before—and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life’s inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do?

Everything starts somewhere. . . .
For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A coverup.

A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington.
Reacher is ordered undercover—to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control.
Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice—and an appetite for secrets. Uncertain they can trust one another, Reacher and Deveraux reluctantly join forces. Reacher works to uncover the truth, while others try to bury it forever. The conspiracy threatens to shatter his faith in his mission, and turn him into a man to be feared.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Thirty-two-year-old Angie Powell has always spoken her mind, but in the presence of Dare Callahan she nurses a simmering rage. After all, why give Dare the satisfaction of knowing he can push her buttons and push her to the edge?

Three years ago, Dare returned home to rural western Montana and opened a hunting business to rival Angie’s. Complicating matters is the fact that Dare has asked Angie out (not once but twice) and has given her a gift of butterflies in the process. Angie has no patience for butterflies. They only lead to foolish decisions. And now the infuriatingly handsome Iraq war vet has siphoned away Angie’s livelihood, forcing her to close up shop.

Before Angie is to leave town, she organizes one last trip into the wilderness with a client and his guest, who wants to bag a black bear. But the adrenaline-fueled adventure turns deadly when Angie witnesses a cold-blooded murder and finds herself on the wrong side of a loaded gun. Before the killer can tie up this attractive loose end, a bear comes crashing through the woods—changing the dark game completely.

Luckily, Dare is camping nearby and hears the shots. Forced together for their very survival, Angie and Dare must confront hard feelings, a blinding storm, and a growing attraction—while being stalked by a desperate killer and a ferocious five-hundred-pound beast. And neither will stop until they reach their prey.

After three years of research, bestselling journalist Joe McGinniss presents his already controversial and much anticipated investigative chronicle of Sarah Palin as an individual, politician, and cultural phenomenon.

In his critically acclaimed book about Alaska, Going to Extremes, the fledgling state itself was Joe McGinniss’s subject. Although he didn’t hesitate to reveal the many flaws and contradictions behind its “last frontier” image, McGinniss fell in love with the land and its people. More than three decades later, he returned to Alaska in search of its most famous resident, Sarah Palin.

On Election Day 2008, McGinniss began his on-the-ground reporting that culminated, famously, in his moving next door to Sarah Palin in spring 2010. THE ROGUE is the eagerly awaited result of his research and writing: a startling study of the illusion and reality of Sarah Palin—and a probing look at the Alaska and the America that produced her. Sometimes funny, sometimes frightening, always provocative and illuminating, THE ROGUE answers the questions “Who is she, really?,” “How did she happen?,” and “Will she ever go away?”

In all of his books, McGinniss has scrutinized the mysterious space between image and reality—how that space is created, negotiated, and/or manipulated. Now, with The Rogue, McGinniss combines his deep appreciation of the place Sarah Palin comes from with his uncanny ability to penetrate the façades of people in public life. The result is an extraordinary double narrative that alternately traces Palin’s curious rise to political prominence and worldwide celebrity status and recounts the author’s day-to-day experiences as he uncovers the messy reality beneath the glossy Palin myth.

Sicily Coyne was just thirteen when her father was killed in a school fire that left her face disfigured. Twelve years later, a young surgeon, Eliza Cappadora, offers hope in the form of a revolutionary new surgery that may give Sicily back the grace and function she lost. Raised by a dynamic, tenacious aunt who taught her to lead a normal life, and engaged to a wonderful man who knew her long before the accident, Sicily rejects the offer: She knows who she is, and so do the people who love her. But when a secret surfaces that shatters Sicily's carefully constructed world, she calls off the wedding and agrees to the radical procedure in order to begin a new life.

Monday, October 3, 2011

New to the Best Sellers List this Week....

"Lethal" by: Sandra Brown
"Son of Stone" by: Stuart Woods
"Heat Rises" by: Richard Castle