Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Everything is Illuminated

Everything is Illuminated
By Jonathan Safran Foer

Everything is Illuminated is Foer’s 2002 debut novel, telling the story of a village destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, and the present day search of a young man (also named Jonathan Safran Foer) to trace his family to that same village.

The most intriguing part of Illuminated is Alex, a young Ukrainian man who serves as a guide and translator for Jonathan. Alex’s English is fair at best, and absolutely hilarious. His dialogue reads as though a computer randomly substituted synonyms for 40% of the verbs --- with results such as “But first I am burdened to recite my good appearance” when he introduces himself to the reader. Instead of using the word “hard” or “difficult” he uses “rigid.” Anyone who has attempted to learn a foreign language and been mystified by the meaning of words and stumbled over idioms will appreciate Alex’s unabashed English storytelling, and dubious translation services.

A sad, intricate, bizarre story, but in the end, everything is illuminated.

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Widow's Season

I just finished "The Widow's Season" by Laura Brodie. The story begins with the disappearance of the Sarah McConnell's husband during a solo kayak trip. Soon, the widow begins seeing her husband in the grocery store, lurking at the outskirts of their home. As she begins to question what is real and what is imagined, the Sarah is forced to deal with her loss and feelings of regret about the breakdown of her marriage. The story is written so well that the reader doesn't truly know until the very end the fate of Sarah's husband. Ms. Brodie writes in such a way that I became truly lost in the story, and almost didn't want to know the truth. I can't say more without giving away the ending, but it was definitely and emotional read. I highly recommend it.

The Angel's Game

I just finished this new book by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, "The Angel's Game". If you like literary books of mystery with a little gothic touch, read this book! He also wrote "The Shadow of the Wind", a wildly popular book. "The Angel's Game" has a similar setting, Barcelona in the early 1900's. And while there are some character connections, it is not necessary to have read the first to read the new one. In fact, I now will go and read "The Shadow of the Wind" which I somehow never got around to before. Well, right after I read the third book in the Finlay fantasy series, Demon Redcoat. (I found this cool interview with the author on the Borders website )

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Now you can put more audiobooks on your iPod

OverDrive Media Console v3.2 for Windows is available! - Upgrade today!

Transfer many WMA Audiobooks to Apple devices such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPod touch!
Send MP3 Audiobooks to your iTunes Library with Transfer Wizard.


Upgrade your software from http://sails.lib.overdrive.com

The SAILS Overdrive site has been updated with an active iPod icon if the .WMA formatted title will play on it. It is grayed out if it won't play on Apple devices. The site will have the help files updated soon.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New collection!

We’ve created a new display in the front of the main room to highlight our graphic novel collection. Over the past year, we’ve added hundreds of new titles to the teen and children’s graphic novel collections. Now, we have a new adult graphic novel collection, located on the left round display case near the front door. Check out my upcoming article next month in our quarterly newsletter to find out more about graphic novels.

Quick poll: Comment to this post and tell us what your favorite graphic novel is!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Can't Wait to Start It....

I was thrilled this afternoon when I checked my account and found that "The Second Journey: The Road Back To Yourself" by Joan Anderson was waiting for me. I've been a fan of Ms. Anderson's since reading "A Year By the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman." While I cannot remember exactly what it was that initially drew me to Joan Anderson's writing, I do know that I am captivated by her insight and honesty. Maybe it was the admiration that I had for a woman who was brave enough to make dramatic changes to her life in order to uncover a soul that's been forgotten. Any woman (or man, for that matter) who has questioned the direction of her life's path is bound to pull something worthwhile from Joan's writings ("A Year By the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman," "An Unfinished Marriage," "A Walk on the Beach: Tales of Wisdom from an Unconventional Woman," "A Weekend to Change Your Life: Find Your Authentic Self After A Lifetime of Being All Things to All People"). I'm looking forward to finding out where "The Second Journey" brings me. I'll let you know....

"Just Take My Heart"

I just finished the latest by Mary Higgins Clark, "Just Take My Heart." While it wasn't close to being her best, it was a good read. My only problem with the book was it's quick ending. I was a little surprised when I only had a couple of pages left to go and the loose ends hadn't been tied up yet. I am always a little disappointed with endings that don't seemed to have been planned out very well. I think that if the ending had a little more substance, it would made for an even better book. That's just my opinion......

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Music

Lately I have been noticing all the new Cd's now available at the library. Jess, the Children's Librarian has been updating all the music with input from the local kids. The collection is really good, I took home the Red Hot Chili Peppers Greatest Hits and loved it. Some of my favorite songs on this CD were Higher Ground, Give It Away and By The Way. In addition to this CD I also took home The Talking Heads, which was recommended to me. Some great songs on this CD were Psycho Killer, And She Was and of course Wild Wild Life. There is a wide range of music from The Rolling Stones, Queen, Britney Spears, Pink, The Jonas Brothers. Jess is always on the look out for more suggestions on what to add, so keep that in mind when looking through this collection. Has anyone else borrowed any of the new Cd's and which ones did you like?

Monday, June 08, 2009

Janet Evanovich Books

I just finished reading "Plum Spooky" by Janet Evanovich and was reminded how good her books are if you are looking for a fun light hearted mystery. You can begin the Stephenie Plum series with "One for the Money." Stephanie Plum is an ex lingerie saleswoman who decides to become a bounty hunter to pay her rent in Jersey. Bad news is, she has no idea how to be a bounty hunter and ends up in alot of trouble. I laugh out loud with these books. Every book guarantees car explosions, awkward family dinners, random pet issues, clothing snafus, crazy ftas (bounty terms for "fail to appear" in court), and Lula, her fashion impaired partner with an attitude. Evanovich does a wonderful job in making memorable characters time and time again that always remind you of people you have met before.

Fun new Historical Fantasy

I just finished "Patriot Witch" by C.C. Finlay, and started book two. What fun. It is set in Revolutionary Massachusetts with historical tidbits you may recall and some famous folks too. A young man has some powers he barely understands because his Mother believes you live longer by staying quiet. They had family in Salem a few generations earlier! His powers cause some tension with his young lady, he ends up knee deep in trouble and meets some people who can help him learn to use his talents. Well written and good characterization. Since I bought the book, I have donated my copy so everyone can enjoy it too! The author will be in Burlington at Readercon in August.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Pride, Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Graham Smith

Well, I finally got my hands on a copy of this book. It wildly exceeded my expectations. From epic ninja battles to the death to awkward dinner parties, this book still keeps themes of class, pride, love, and feminism with a zombie twist every time the story was at a lull. I'm not sure if the author intended, but I actually WANT to read the original book now to see the differences in adaptations. Perhaps someday we might see both being taught in high schools side by side?

Twilight Sweeps MTV Movie Awards

Just to show how wildly popular this has become, the movie adaptation of "Twilight" swept the awards. It actually beat out Slum Dog Millionaire. Which begs the question, who decides the winners of the awards? According to Wikipedia, the nominees are decided by a special panel at Tenth Planet Productions, the production company headed by Joel Gallen, who also created the MTV Movie Awards. Winners are decided by the general public.

Best Movie: "Twilight"
Best Female Performance: Kristen Stewart, "Twilight"
Breakthrough Performance Male: Robert Pattinson, "Twilight"
Best Fight: Robert Pattinson vs. Cam Gigandet, "Twilight"
Best Kiss: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, "Twilight"

Also, check out Meyers website for the New Moon trailer which is scheduled to come out November 2010. The special effects in the transformation of Jacob look much more promising than the last movie effects.
http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/

Upcoming Summer Titles Kids & Teens

Some new series titles to keep an eye out for:

July

Kids
Roscoe Riley Rules #6: Never Walk in Shoes that Talk by Katherine Applegate
Horrorland #12: Streets of Panic Park by R.L. Stine
Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes by Kate DiCamillo
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett Krosoczka
Marley Goes to School by John Grogan
Magic Tree House: Good Night for Ghosts by Mary Pope Osborne

Teen
Clique #11: Boys are Us by Lisi Harrison
Daniel X: Watch the Skies by James Patterson
Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

August

Kids
Canterwood Crest: Tripe Fault by Jessica Burkhart
39 Clues Bk #5 (Title is classified) by Patrick Carman
Is that a Glow in the Dark Bunny in Your Pillowcase? by Tod Strasser
My Weird School Daze #5: Mrs. Jaffee is Daffy by Dan Gutman
Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Playing the Piano by Peggy Gifford
Babymouse: Dragonslayer by Jen Holm
Rangers Apprentice #6: Seige of Macindaw by John Flanagan

Teen
The Missing #2: Sent by Margaret Haddix