Friday, July 30, 2010

What's new in Romance?

Here is a list of a few new books in the romance genre. Check the catalog or click the links to see if the books are available.

Mary Balogh- A Secret Affair

Elizabeth Boyle- How I met my Countess

Meredith Duran- Wicked Becomes You

Sabrina Jeffries- The Truth about Lord Stoneville

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ty's Picks for SF & Fantasy

A short list of summer SF & Fantasy books. I am looking forward to some beach reading.

The Fuller Memorandum
by Charles Stross

In Stross's laundry novels magic is a branch of pure mathematics which can allow Lovecraftian creatures entry into this world. July.

Tongues of Serpents
by Naomi Novik

A blend of military history, high-flying fantasy, and edge-of-your-seat adventure, Naom
i Novik's Temeraire novels, set in an alternate Napoleonic era in which intelligent dragons have been harnessed as weapons of war. July.

Under Heaven
by Guy Gavriel Kay

In his latest innovative work, an award-winning author evokes the dazzling Tang Dynasty of 8th-century China in a story of honor and power. July.

The Evolutionary Void
by Peter F. Hamilton

Hamilton's star-spanning sagas are distinguished by deft plotting, engaging characters, provocative explorations of science and society, and soaring imaginative reach. August.

The Last Page
by Anthony Huso

Huso's debut mixes technology and fantasy elements in a story set during a civil war fille
d with vengance and the plots of those hungry for power. August.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Get Ready for Titanic in 3D

2012 is the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. To "celebrate," James Cameron is releasing a 3D version of his award-winning (11 Academy Awards) Titanic movie featuring Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) in the spring of 2012.

The book was the first movie tie-in to become a #1 bestseller.

Other books of Interest:

James Cameron's Titanic
Photos and text about the production of the movie.

Ghosts of the Titanic by Charles Pellegrino.
Provides memoirs of survivors and information regarding the fate of some of the passengers on the ship. SH

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Help by Stockett--Movie News & Paperback Release

Excitement should begin to bubble up for all of you lovers of Katherine Stockett's The Help as the movie adaptation has started filming this summer in Mississippi. In case you have forgotten, the book is about black maids and their relationships with their white women employers during the 1960s as the Civil Rights Movement was beginning.

The stars are Emma Stone as "Skeeter" Eugenia Phelan, Viola Davis as Aibileen, Octavia Spencer as Minny, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Hilly Holbrook, the character you love to hate. Of special note, Octavia Spencer is a friend of Stockett's, and not only did she provide Minnie's voice on the audio recording of the book, she was Stockett's inspiration for the character. There is no date for the movie release at this time.

Also of note is that the paperback format will finally be released on January 4, 2011. This will assist in the demand to read the tome again before the movie premieres. SH

Monday, July 19, 2010

Best of Summer

Ripe, red strawberries, juicy tomatoes, oh so sweet corn, fragrant basil. So many luscious cool recipes to make. Browse our newest cookbooks for ideas or get inspired to create your own.

Madison, Deborah - Seasonal Fruit Desserts : from orchard, farm and market 2010

David-Hollander, Lawrence - Tomato : a fresh from the vine cookbook 2010

Cooking Through the Seasons : an everyday guide to enjoying the freshest food

Corbin, Pam -
River Cottage Preserves Handbook 2010

Recipes from an Italian Summer 2010

Middleton, Susan- Fast, Fresh and Green : more than 90 delicious recipes for veggie lovers 2010


Saturday, July 17, 2010

New books for August

What are the popular titles being published for August? Here are a few:

Star Island by Carl Hiaasen
Carl Hiaasen's hilarious spin on life in the celebrity fast lane.

Hangman by Faye Kellerman
Murder, a missing woman, and a sociopath from the past sweep Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus into a labyrinth of mystery and danger

Burn by Nevada Barr
Anna Pigeon changes location to New Orleans and crosses paths with some shady characters.

Capitol Game by Brian Haig
After Jack Wiley rallies corporate giant Capitol Group in an attempt to takeover a small company that has developed a armor-reinforcing polymer that could change the course of modern warfare, he and the Capitol Group find themselves embroiled in the greatest scandal ever seen.


Friday, July 16, 2010


Released August 24, 2010

Mockingjay- Suzanne Collins

If you haven't read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, I highly recommend you do so and get ready for the third installment in the series: Mockingjay.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins's groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

GameMaker 8 Workshop

Ever wanted to design your own video game? Test your creativity, imagination, and computer skills by building a video game using Game Maker 8. Some great games have already been made--check them out at yours be the next great game?

There will be four two-hour sessions--first to learn how to use the software, then create and play yours and others' games. You can even upload & share your game with everyone on the web.

Space will be limited to twelve participants, so sign up here or call 781-235-1610 x 1208

Friday, July 9, 2010

Crime Fiction Suggestions

Here is a list of some recommended authors and titles for Crime Fiction. Feel free to search the catalog for more books by these authors!

Steven Gore- Final Target

Kerry Greenwood- Death by Water

Ken Kulhken- The Do-Re-Mi

Michael Pearce- A Dead Man in Naples

Thursday, July 8, 2010

More on what to read next

So you already read our Staff Picks blog religiously and you know about Novelist, and Bookletters and all the other tools for finding good books that we've blogged about here. (See the label Reader's Advisory.) Here's another trick to try: Search the web (Bing, Google, etc) for the name of a favorite author and the phrase "read-alikes." What you might come up with is a list of books selected by a librarian (somewhere) that are similar to your author's books. It works best for currently popular authors and of course there are no guarantees, but then there are no guarantees with the New York Times Bestseller list either!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

50th Anniversary for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In 1960 Harper Lee, at the age of 35, penned the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Little did she know that this book would have a tremendous impact not only on the readers in the United States but also the world. On its 50th anniversary, this book has been translated into 40+ languages and has sold more than 40 million copies. In 1962 the movie with Gregory Peck was made and it was nominated for 8 and won 3 Academy Awards.

To celebrate, HarperCollins is sponsoring events nationwide. The events in the Boston area are
July 14 (Cambridge) Brattle Theatre Panel Discussion followed screening of the movie.

September 18 Boston
Boston Public Library--Panel Discussion

September 19 Boston Boston Public Library--Movie Screening

To read about how the movie impacted some people's live's, pick up a copy of Scout, Atticus, and Boo: a celebration of 50 years of To Kill a Mockingbird by Mary McDonagh Murphy. In this book she interviews prominent figures including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Wall Lamb, and Anna Quindlen to find out the book's effect on them. SH