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New DVD Releases For February 23rd

We have five new releases for Tuesday, February 23rd.  They are:

The Box (Cameron Diaz)

Coco Before Chanel (Foreign Film - France)

The Informant (Matt Damon)

Law Abiding Citizen (Gerard Butler)

The September Issue (Documentary - Anna Wintour - Vogue Magazine)

Mystery Monday: Dick Francis Gallops Away

Over the week-end came the sad news that noted mystery writer Dick Francis had passed away at the age of 89. Mr. Francis, a championship jockey turned successful crime novelist was one of the most prolific writers in the mystery field. He wrote 42 novels, all revolving around horse racing. Even people who were not particularly interested in horse racing praised these books.  With virtually no sex or bad language (in deference to the Queen Mother who was his biggest fan) Mr. Francis told compelling stories, adored the world over. One of the biggest mysteries involving Mr. Francis was, who actually wrote the novels.  Although he freely gave collaborative credit to his beloved wife, Mary, skeptics felt that an uneducated jockey was incapable of writing such fine work, and ascribed the authorship to the better educated Mary.  After Mary's death in 2000, he announced that there would be no more books, perhaps giving credence to this theory. However, he did produce four more splendid novels albeit working with his son Felix.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR... AND ZOMBIES ARE ON THE RISE!

Valentine's Day is upon us, and this librarian's thoughts are turning to... zombies!  Yes, you heard me correctly.  Move over, sparkly vampires!  Pundits in the publishing world have been predicting since last summer that 2010 will be the Year of the Zombie, and a lot of great titles have been hitting our shelves recently.  The modern zombie has come a long way from George Romero's shuffling, mindless corpses.  Today's zombies are busting out of horror and shambling across genre lines into comedy, sci fi, mystery, fantasy, and yes, even romance.  ("Romantic lead" may seem like a tough sell, but hey, when a zombie gives his heart he really means it.) 

NCLSA SPREAD WARMTH THIS WINTER

The New City Library Staff Association (NCLSA) donated over 50 handmade scarves to the non-profit Sunday Supper organization in Nyack last month. These scarves were given to local people in need, along with a warm meal, on Christmas Day.

Members of NCLSA, with much help from the New City Library Crochet and Knitting Clubs, produced dozens of scarves in a variety of colors and styles during this six-week drive. The association also used the project as the impetus for a scarf raffle to raise funds for the Rockland Family Shelter, which resulted in a $75 donation.

New DVDs for February 9th

Adam

I Hate Valentine's Day

The Time Traveler's Wife

Couples Retreat

A Serious Man

New Romance Fiction for February 2010

In paperback:

Shades of Midnight by Lara Adrian (7, Midnight Breed) C, S
Early Dawn by Catherine Anderson C, W
Chalice of Roses by Jo Beverly, et al. F, H, M
How I Met My Countess by Elizabeth Boyle (6, The Bachelor Chronicles) H
Kayla’s Daddy by Laura Bradford (Harlequin American Romance: Babies & Bachelors USA) C
Kismet by Monica Burns H
Perfect Partners? by C. J. Carmichael (Harlequin SuperRomance: The Fox & Fisher Detective Agency) C, M
Forbidden Falls by Robyn Carr (8, Virgin River) C
A Dark Love by Margaret Carroll C, M
Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl (3, Tumble Creek) C, M

New Speculative Fiction for February 2010

New to our shelves:

Blood Pact by Dan Abnett (12, Warhammer 40K: Gaunt's Ghosts) SF
Mr. Shivers by Robert Jackson Bennett H
The Spirit Lens by Carol Berg (1, Collegia Magica) F, M
Day by Day Armageddon by J. L. Bourne (1, Day by Day Armageddon) H
Iorich by Steven Brust (12, Vlad Taltos) F
Veracity by Laura Bynum SF
Hidden Empire by Orson Scott Card SF
The Silver Skull by Mark Chadbourn (1, Swords of Albion) F, M
Generation A by Douglas Coupland SF
The Dragon Book by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois, eds. F (shelved at Fantasy Dragon)

What's Cooking?: A Culinary Journey Around the World

Getting cabin fever? Want to do some traveling? Cookbooks are a great vehicle to expand your horizons to foreign lands. Get a taste of a culture, the people, and most importantly, the foods, just by walking through international cookbooks. You can travel across an exotic country like Tibet, a province like Provence, France, or a region like the Mediterranean. The trek is boundless. From browsing the recipes and their ingredients you can envision the types of spices, vegetables, grains and livestock that are indigenous to that area. Have you ever used turmeric, cumin, tamarind, or lemongrass? Have you heard about stinky tofu or durian fruit from Southeast Asia? How about being adventurous by adding octopus, eel or snails to your menu? Well, if these food items don’t turn you on, there are plenty of scrumptious dishes that are sure to entice you. “Traveling” through these cookbooks also introduces us to new and different methods of cooking.

Coming in June

Fiction:

Carey, Jacqueline. Naamah's Curse.

After Morin finds Bao, she is captured by the Patriarch of Riva, who wants to convert her or kill her.

Castillo, Linda. Pray for Silence.

Painters Mill Chief of Police Kate Burkholder has her work cut out for her after the murder of seven members of an Amish family. 

Connolly, John. Whisperers.

Cussler, Clive with Justin Scott. The Spy: An Isaac Bell Novel.

When an American battleship gun designer dies in an apparent suicide, his daughter turns to the Van Dorn Detective Agency.    The  3rd book in the Isaac Bell series.

Coming in May

Fiction:
Amis, Martin. The Pregnant Widow.
Barry, Brunonia. The Map of True Places
The author of The Lace Reader takes on the difficult topic of suicide.
Blum, Jenna. The Stormchasers.
Author of Those Who Save Us.
Cleage, Pearl. Till You Hear from Me.
Doyle, Roddy. The Dead Republic.
Farooki, Roopa. Half Life.
Giffin, Emily. Heart of the Matter.
Hamann, Hilary Thayer. Anthropology of an American Girl.
Hambly, Barbara. Dead and Buried.
Hood, Ann. The Red Thread.
Author of The Knitting Circle has another work about a grieving mother. This time her herione starts an adoption agency.
Larsson, Stieg. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
Parker, Robert B. Blue-Eyed Devil.
Pullman, Phillip. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.

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