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Book Review: Witches of East End

 Witches of East End by Melissa del al Cruz

Recommended Age: 15 and up 

Reviewer: Rathna Ramanathan

“There is nothing I can do for her. Not without breaking the
bonds of the restriction. Not without putting myself in danger as
well,” thought Ingrid Beauchamp. Yet it seems that throughout Melissa
de la Cruz’s novel, “Witches of East End”, Ingrid, Freya, and Joanna
Beauchamp continually risk losing their privileges as members of an
incognito Long Island witch family as they succumb to their inner
desires in a mortal world.

I found myself pulled under the spell of Cruz’s simple, yet
flavorful language that will surely draw any older teen or adult.
Witches of East End” represents a novel with wonderful character
development as well as a unique plot design of interwoven narratives
outlining the moral crisis faced by the three most powerful witches of
North Hampton. The only disappointment of novel, if any can be found,
was the slightly cliché ending with the usual made-up names and

New DVD Releases for September 18th

We have seven new titles for Tuesday, September 18th.  They are:

Army Wives: Season Six

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Cabin In the Woods (Horror)

Castle: Season Four

Hysteria (Maggie Gyllenhaal)

Katy Perry, the Movie: Part of Me

Magic of Belle Isle (Morgan Freeman)

 

At the Border of SF: Magical Realism

Last month I wrote about crossover YA-- speculative fiction written for a teen audience that adults would also enjoy.  This month, I'd like to take another stroll outside of the SF genre shelves and introduce you to a close cousin: magical realism. 

Magical realism is essentially mainstream fiction with a difference.  Unlike urban fantasy, which uses a version of our world as a setting for fantasy (with all of fantasy's tropes and magical rules), magical realism brings an element of myth and fantasy into an otherwise mundane real-world setting and treats it as factual.  The result is something as weird and startling as finding a half-burnt simurgh feather on the ground while you're out walking the dog: the wondrous becomes (sometimes uncomfortably) possible and close and real

New Romance Fiction for September 2012

(Romance Key: E = erotica/romantica)

New Speculative Fiction for September 2012

New to our shelves:

Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks (1, Shannara: Dark Legacy of Shannara) F, H
The Traitor Queen by Trudi Canavan (3, Traitor Spy trilogy) F, M
Dying for You by MaryJanice Davidson (11, Queen Betsy) H, R
Mortal by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee (2, The Books of Mortals) SF, A, M (SF Dekker)
Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway (1, Alex Connor) F, H, M
Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines (1, Magic Ex Libris) F, M, H
The Broken Ones by Stephen M. Irwin H, F, M, A
Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon (22, Dark-Hunters) F, R
King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (2, The Broken Empire) F

New DVD Releases for September 11th

We have four new titles for Tuesday, September 11th.  They are:

For Great Glory (Andy Garcia)

Girl In Progress (Eva Mendes)

Snow White and the Huntsman (Kristen Stewart)

What To Expect When You're Expecting (Cameron Diaz)

What's Cooking?: Wok With Me

The wok is the most versatile kitchen cookware in the world.  It can be used for braising, deep-frying, pan-frying, stir-frying, sautéing, searing, smoking, steaming, stewing, boiling and poaching. Imagine all these methods using this one vessel.  In my opinion, every home should have one but then I’m quite biased. This conical shaped cooking vessel has been used for thousands of years originating in China at a time when fuel was scarce.  It was first invented to solve this problem as a way of making the most of the valuable fuel by its fast and efficient way of cooking.  In contemporary cooking, it suits the desire for fast and easy cooking, and much more.

Website of the Month

 

September Website

Building Big

Building Big is an exciting website based on the PBS series of the same name.  Learn about bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, and tunnels, along with how they are designed and built.  Discover examples of these architectural wonders from around the world, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Pantheon, Eiffel Tower, Hoover Dam, and Channel Tunnel.  In the website's building lab, learn about the forces, materials, shapes, and loads that are involved in these structures.  Meet  professionals from the fields of engineering.  Then test your new found knowledge by completing one of the building challenges.  When you are all finished online, come into the library and check out David Macauly's companion book, Building Big (J720 MAC).

New DVD Releases for September 4th

We have four new titles for Tuesday, September 4th. They are:

Five-Year Engagement (Emily Blunt)

Fringe: Season Four

Grey's Anatomy: Season Eight

Safe (Jason Statham)



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