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Thursday, November 16, 2017

We have our winners!

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The winners of the 2017 National Book Awards were announced in NYC last night and
here they are:

Fiction:  "Sing Unburied Sing" by Jesmyn Ward

Non-Fiction: "The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia" by Masha Gessen

These are the nominated titles:

Fiction:
Elliot Ackerman: Dark at the Crossing
Lisa Ko: The Leavers
Min Jin Lee: Pachinko
Carmen Maria Machado: Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Nonfiction:
Erica Armstrong Dunbar: Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
Frances FitzGerald: The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
David Grann: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Nancy MacLean: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Happy Birthday Liane Moriarty!

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Six books recommended by the lady herself! 
See what they are right here from BookBub.

And for all you Big Little Lies fans, it looks like HBO is scheduling a 2018 spring production start for season 2!
I'm on the fence about whether this is a good idea or not. Why mess with the perfection of the original series? 
To be perfectly frank, I'll watch it regardless. 
And I'll read anything Moriarty writes so, I'm a fan.

Choose your next title from the birthday girl right here. 

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2017 World Fantasy Awards Winners!

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The awards were presented during the World Fantasy convention held November 2-5, 2017 in San Antonio, TX.
Lifetime Achievement Award

Best Novel
Best Long Fiction
Best Short Fiction
There they are folks! Congrats to all the winners!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Did you know that Agatha Christie staged her own disappearance?

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This terrific article from Broadly focuses on the strange 
11-day disappearance in 1926 of Agatha Christie. 
There is speculation as to what happened and the article is a must read. 

With the remake of Murder on the Orient Express in theaters now, there is a renewed interest in the Queen of Mystery.
Borrow some titles right here!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Vietnam Program: Join us this Thursday at 7pm to watch the Ken Burns documentary followed by Q&A with Vetnam War Veteran Tom Garvey.


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Here are some titles that we feature on our lobby display:

No True Glory by Bing West
Operation Dark Heart by Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer
The Only Thing Worth Dying For by Eric Blehm
The Tender Soldier by Vanessa M. Gezari
D-Day Companion Edited by Jane Penrose
Remembered Prisoners of a Forgotten War by Lewis H. Carlson
Jarhead by Anthony Swofford
My Life in a Foreign Country by Brian Turner
The Snake Eaters by Owen West
A People's HIstory of Word War II edited by Marc Favreau
When Thunder Rolled by Ed Rasimis
Hero Found by Bruce Henderson




Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Just like "The Handmaid's Tale" on Hulu, "Alias Grace" by Margaret Atwood is streaming now on Netflix...

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With "Alias Grace" Margaret Atwood takes us back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century. Atwood takes readers into the life and mind of Grace Marks, one of the most notorious women of the 1840s, who is serving a life sentence for murders she claims she cannot remember. Here's a sample: 


OR 
Read a review of the series here. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Join us Wednesday, December 6th as we visit the Barbizon Hotel...

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Author FIONA DAVIS will be HERE at Merrick Library to discuss her debut novel "The Dollhouse"!




Fiona Davis's stunning debut novel pulls readers into the lush world of New York City's glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where in the 1950s a generation of aspiring models, secretaries, and editors lived side by side while attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success, and where a present-day journalist becomes consumed with uncovering a dark secret buried deep within the Barbizon's glitzy past.


Join us and meet Fiona Davis on Wednesday, December 6th at 2:30pm

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

As promised, my favorite horror reads this year!

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My number one favorite horror story 
of the year is,
"The Fisherman" by John Langan
Hands down, the best of the year. 







"The Bone Mother" by David Demchuk is not to be missed coming in at number two. Get your creepy on. 







Coming in at number 3 is a new spin on the post-apocalyptic genre, "When the English Fall" by David Williams.





"See What I Have Done" by Sarah Schmidt  brings a super creepy look at Lizzie Borden. This is number four. 






Number 5 is more of a ghost story murder mystery that I just loved. 
"Himself" by Jess Kidd.

I have three more horror tales on my TBR pile, and the year's not over. Here's hoping I find one more! 
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