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"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read." - Mark Twain

I've spent the last couple months working on one of the more difficult aspects of my job: weeding.  Weeding (or "deaccessioning," to use the formal term) is the process of removing outdated, damaged, or significantly underused materials from the collection to make room for newer, more useful (and hopefully more appealing) titles.  The first of couple categories are usually pretty easy to deal with-- no one's going to be checking out a title on exciting new computing careers from 1987, or a book that's been chewed on and smells like old gym socks.  It's the last category where weeding gets painful for me, particularly in speculative fiction.

New Romance Fiction for May 2011

In paperback:

Captured by a Rogue Lord by Katharine Ashe (2, Rogues of the Sea) H
An Affair without End by Candace Camp (3, Willowmere trilogy) H, M
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (3, Scoundrels) H
Secrets of a Proper Countess by Lecia Cornwall H, M
The Secret of Cypriere Bayou by Jana DeLeon (Harlequin Intrigue: Shivers) C, M, S
Taken by the Prince by Christina Dodd (9, Governess Brides) H, M
Never a Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer (2, Drake's Rakes) H, M
My Irresistible Earl by Gaelen Foley (3, Inferno Club) H, M
Seduce Me in Dreams by Jacquelyn Frank (1, Three Worlds) SF, S

New Speculative Fiction for May 2011

New to our shelves:

The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham (1, Dagger and the Coin) F
Brave New Worlds by John Joseph Adams, ed. SF, A (SF Brave)
The Way of the Wizard by John Joseph Adams, ed. F (Fantasy Way)
The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. Beaulieu F, M
The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett H
Dark Jenny by Alex Bledsoe (3, Eddie LaCrosse) F, M
Tiassa by Steven Brust (13, Vlad Taltos) F, M
There Is No Year by Blake Butler H
The Scar-crow Men by Mark Chadbourn (2, Swords of Albion) F, M
Betrayer by C. J. Cherryh (3, Foreigner 4) SF

New DVD Releases for May 10th

We have two new releases for Tuesday, May 10th.  They are:

Blue Valentine (Ryan Gosling)

No Strings Attached (Natalie Portman)

Postal History

I was reading an article in the Spring edition of the New York Researcher. It talked about philatelic genealogy. This is one research tool that I never gave much thought. Those old postcards and posted envelopes can contain information about locations in relation to military service, work, recreation, and even political interests.

There is a web site, Philgen.org, that offers an archive of envelope and postcard images with genealogical value. Its purpose is to provide postal history available to genealogists by identifying senders and recipients. The images are posted by postcard collectors and may provide important clues for genealogists. Currently there are 1,325  envelopes and postcards and in addition to the image, there is accompanying genealogical information such as U.S. census information or similiar data.

A goal of this site is to eventually to post 20,000 envelopes and postcard photos concerning New York residents. All the images are from postal history vendor web sites and archived philatelic auction catalogs. Take a look!

What's Cooking?: A Well-Seasoned Cast Iron

 

Quite a few of my colleagues and friends have approached me about cast iron cookware.  My own cast iron collection includes 3 skillets of varying sizes, one flattop, a griddle skillet, and a Dutch oven.  All are manufactured by Wagner.  It is well used every day in my home, more than any other cookware I own.  As you can see, I’m a big fan of cast iron and I prefer it over some of the more expensive cookware.  It is inexpensive and very durable.  Another benefit is the natural source of iron it provides to the food.  I value this versatile cookware that has great heat retention and can bake, stir fry, braise, stew, pan fry and deep fry to perfection any food you cook on it. 

New DVD Releases for May3rd

We have five new releases for Tuesday, May 3rd. They are:

The Dilemma (Vince Vaughn)

The Green Hornet (Seth Rogen)

Jolene (Based on a story by E.L. Doctorow)

Mao's Last Dancer (Foreign Film - China)

My Own Love Song (Renee Zellweger)

New Mysteries May 2011

Sixkill by Robert Parker
Hanging Wood by Martin Edwards
Slugfest by Rosemary Harris
False Money by Veronica Heley
According to the Evidence by Bernard Knight
Mourning Gloria by Susan Wittig Albert
Fall From Grace by Wayne Arthurson
Hard Day's Fright by Casey Daniels
Cookie Dough or Die by Virginia Lowell
Vienna Waltz by Teresa Grant
Body in the Gazebo by Katherine Hall Page
Dead by Midnight by Carolyn G. Hart
Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis
Hiss of Death by Rita Mae Brown
Among the Departed by Vicki Delany
Knockdown by Sarah Graves
Shadows of a Down East Summer
Magic Bullet by Larry Millett
One was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Mating Season

It's springtime!  Days are warming and flowers are bursting into bloom.  If you're like me, the signs of spring engender a desire to get the gardening tools out of storage and break out the heavy-duty allergy medication.  My fuzzier neighbors, however, are dealing with desires of a different sort.  All over my backyard, critters are chasing through the underbrush in pursuit of their romantic destinies.  Last week I could barely go out the back door without getting dive-bombed by a love-crazed songbird.  They're all doing it-- the birds, the bees, the rabbits, the skunks (ugh!), the werejaguars.... hold on.  WEREJAGUARS?  That's right, it's mating season in romantic fiction, too!  (Okay, okay... technically, It's always mating season in romantic fiction.)  Given the, ahem, effusion of Nature going on all around us, I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about a specific category of supernatural romance: shapeshifters.  If you're ready for a real walk on the wild side, read on! 

Fiction Audiobooks May 2011

BCD Allen
     The Peach Keeper
by Sarah Addison Allen.  Read by Karen White.  6 discs.  6+ hours.

BCD Atkinson
     Started Early, Took My Dog
by Kate Atkinson.  Read by Graeme Malcolm.  11 discs.  12+ hours.
     “…brilliant series featuring semi-retired detective Jackson Brodie. Feeling his age, Jackson is touring the ruined abbeys of northern England, a sucker for great landscapes and the poetry of Emily Dickinson (from which the novel's title is taken). He's also trying to track down the biological parents of a woman who was adopted as a child.”
     Booklist 1/1/2011

BCD Auel
     The Land of Painted Caves
by Jean M. Auel.  Read by Sandra Burr.  29 discs.  35 hours.

BCD Berenson
    The Secret Soldier
by Alex Berenson.  Read by George Guidall.  9 discs.  11+ hours.

BCD Billingsley

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