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New Speculative Fiction for July 2011

New to our shelves:

Welcome to Bordertown by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner, eds. F, A (Fantasy Welcome)
A Star Shall Fall by Marie Brennan (3, Onyx Court) F, R
The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer H
Chicks Kick Butt by Rachel Caine and Kerrie L. Hughes, eds. F, H (Fantasy Chicks)
Naamah's Blessing by Jacqueline Carey (3, Kushiel's Legacy: Quest) F, R
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (a.k.a. Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) (1, Expanse) SF
Witches of East End by Melissa De la Cruz (1, The Beauchamp Family) F, R, H
Stonewielder by Ian C. Esslemont (3, The Malazan Empire) F, H

New Mysteries July 2011

Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo
Bones of a Feather by Carolyn Haines
Tigerlily's Orchids by Ruth Rendell
Stagestruck by Peter Lovesey
Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
Unraveled by Maggie Sefton
Inspector and Silence by Hakkan Nesser
Wined and Dined by Cricket McRae
Last King of Brighton by Peter Guttridge
Camouflage by Bill Pronzini
Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton
Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
Death Toll by Jim Kelly
Shirt on his Back by Barbara Hambly
Murder on Sisters' Row by Victoria Thompson
Disturbance by Jan Burke
Midsummer Crown by Kate Sedley
Kissing the Demons by Kate Ellis
Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller
Footsteps on the Shore by Pauline Rowson
Frozen Charlotte by Priscilla Masters
Counterfeit Madam by Pat McIntosh
English Tea Murder by Leslie Meier
Sentenced for Death by Lorna Barrett
Flowerbed of State by Dorothy St. James

New International Language

Tucked underneath a staircase lies one of the library’s special collections. Our international language section has always contained Spanish, Korean and Russian titles. Recently though a cart has made an appearance with our latest collection: Hindi! Fifty titles, mostly fiction with a few great non-fiction books, have been purchased and made available to all borrowers. Enjoy!

Love All-American

School's out and the holiday weekend is here; time to celebrate your independence!  If you're like me, you've probably got a lot of hard-core idling planned for this weekend.  It's easy to forget things amidst all those parades, picnics, and jockeying for the best fireworks-viewing position, so I'd like to remind you of your most important piece of holiday equipment: a good blanket read. 

Choosing a blanket read can be a serious business.  First, there's the space consideration.  Paperbacks are best; not only are they physically lighter to carry, but they fit easily in a large pocket and the fine is minimal should you lose one.  (Hey, if you're going to be indulging in a few of Dorothy Ng's cocktails, it could happen.)  Then, there's the question of content.  You need something light, quick, and engaging, but not SO engaging that you give yourself sunburn.  (On second thought... perhaps you should just wear a hat and remember your sunblock.) 

What's Cooking?: Cheers!

 

Cocktails, Sodas, Smoothies, Shakes, Juices, Teas, Coffees!  There is a whole host of drinks that will enliven our mundane tastes of the usual, especially for the heat filled summer.  These refreshing and tantalizing beverages will bring a whirlwind of activity among your guests to create various concoctions of their own.  When I ask some of my colleagues what their favorite cocktail is, such delight appears on their faces.  One favorite is “Cool as a Cucumber” with muddled cucumber, Absolut, St. Gemain, ginger beer, and a twist of lime from Morton’s in Chicago.  Another colleague loves her Bourbon Manhattan but she reminds me not to forget the best “lemonade” ever - a shot of Southern Comfort, a squeeze of a whole lemon and a tablespoon of sugar.  It makes a great whiskey sour!  Well, if they’re happy describing them to me, I could imagine how "high in spirit" they would be after consuming these drinks.

New DVD Releases for June 28th

We have nine new DVDs for Tuesday, June 28th.  They are:

Barney's Version

Beastly

Bending All the Rules (Bradley Cooper)

HappyThankYouMorePlease

Housemaid, The (Foreign Film - Korea)

How I Ended This Summer (Foreign Film - Russia)

Sucker Punch

Tees Marr Khan (Foreign Film - Hindi)

Thank You (Foreign Film - Hindi)


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NEW DVD's

We have  5 New Dvd's for Tuesday June 14, 2011

Battle: Los Angeles

Big Mommas Like father, Like Son / Martin Lawrence

Hall Pass / Owen Wilson

Kill The Irishman / Val Kilmer/ Christopher Walker

Red Riding Hood / Amanda Seyfreid

Popping the Word Balloon: Graphic Novels for Adults

For me, the season of summer reading brings with it an opportunity to try new things, to read out of my comfort zone.  Speculative fiction is already out of a lot of readers' comfort zones.  When I tell someone I read speculative fiction, the most common response I get (after "What's that?") is "I'm not really into those sorts of books."  (The most entertaining reaction by far was a horrified "But... you're a librarian!")  I'm used to taking flak for what I read (hey, I read romance, too), but it still bothers me.  Speculative fiction encompasses such a broad panoply of styles, themes, philosophies, and yes, talents, that it's utterly unfair to dismiss the entire genre out of hand.  But there's a whole medium of literature on our library shelves that carries an even deeper stigma: comic books.

New Romance Fiction for June 2011

In paperback:

Hush by Cherry Adair (1, Lodestone trilogy) C, M, S
Midnight's Wild Passion by Anna Campbell H
Ripe for Pleasure by Isobel Carr (1, League of Second Sons) H, M
Darkfire Kiss by Deborah Cooke (6, Dragonfire) C, F, S
Summer at Seaside Cove by Jacqui D'Alessandro (1, Seaside Cove) C
Laid Bare by Lauren Dane (1, Brown Family) C
Coming Undone by Lauren Dane (2, Brown Family) C
SEALed Forever by Mary Margret Daughtridge (4, SEALed) C, M
When You Dare by Lori Foster (2, Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor) C, M

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