Friday, June 29, 2012

New Fiction for July

Here are a few upcoming titles:

Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
What's life like as a show runner in Hollywood?  Ruth Saunders is about to find out.

Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
The author explores his Armenian heritage in this sweeping historial love story.

Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
Graduation day at Nantucket high school ends with a tragic car accident.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

That thing called the Internet

Did you know…?
***As of April 2012, 53% of American adults age 65 and older use the internet or email. This is the first time seniors have broken the 50% mark.
***Google users (and just who isn’t) visit the top-ranked search result  36% of the time.  And the first 3 results?  A whopping  58% of searches move on to the first three web sites in Google’s results.
***And in case you are still in the “that was then” mode, you may be surprised to hear that 45% of internet users reside in Asia.
***Big news in browserland:  Google’s Chrome has overtaken Internet Explorer as the most popular browser in the world (though not yet in the United States).

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Books into Movies - July

Savages is based on mystery author Don winslow's 2010 novel. Oliver stone directs the thriller starring Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, John Travolta and Salma Hayek.

Trishna is adapted from Thomas Hardy's 1891 classic Tess of the d'Urbervilles by director Michael Winterbottom. The movie stars Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed.

Easy Money is a Swedish crime thriller based on the 2006  novel by Jens Lapidus. Directed by Daniel Espinosa, the film stars Joel Kinnaman and Lisa Henni.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ray Bradbury 1920-2012

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future”

-Ray Bradbury

SF author Ray Bradbury has died at the age of 91.  He was known for such works as Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man and The Martian Chronicles as well as many short stories. Bradbury was a great supporter of libraries telling the New York Times in 2009 that "Libraries raised me. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years."

Fahrenheit 451: thetemperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns
   Ray Bradbury's classic novel of censorship and defiance, as resonant today as it was when it was first published over 50 years ago.

  The Illustrated Man
     The Illustrated Man presents 18 startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin.

 The Martian Chronicles
     The tranquility of Mars is disrupted by the Earthmen who have come to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed Earth.

 Something Wicked This Way Comes
     The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early.  And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. 

Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales
     Spanning six decades of his astonishing career, here is a retrospective collection of 100 magnificent stories that confirms this literary genius's status as a master of short fiction.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Doc Watson

Doc Watson died last week. The blind bluegrass/folk/country guitarist probably deserves every word of the numerous accolades in the media following his death. New York Times: “profoundly influenced generations of folk and rock guitarists.”  LA Times:  “He never misses a stroke or a strike, singing melodic runs with his voice that move in glorious counterpoint to the notes springing from his guitar. “ Rolling Stone: “Watson continued to record and perform well into this century, leaving an imprint, legacy and discography that will never stop reverberating in American music and the stories we tell with it.” Miami Herald: “Watson's influence was vast, on audiences and other musicians.”  Doc Watson recorded over 50 albums and won 8 Grammy’s . The world of acoustic music will miss him.

Check out any of these great CDs and (DVD) at the Library.:
Doc's Guitar (instructional DVD)


Sunday, June 3, 2012

What's New in Fiction and Mystery for July?

Here are a few titles that are coming out in July:

True Believers by Kurt Anderson 

Broken Harbor by Tana French

The After Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazer


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Summer's Here and the Reading is Easy

Want to start working on your summer reading requirements?  OR perhaps you are just looking for a good read!
Take a look at the Wellesley High School summer reading requirements and selections found on our website as a list of titles trifold, and if you would like to have a short summary of the title, take a look at the list with annotations that has been prepared by the Reference Department. 

You will find the required book for all students listed--The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks --as well as 200+ other titles that are recommended.  Find all of the titles at the Wellesley Free Library.  SH