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What's Cooking?: Autumn Harvest

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As I survey the colorful array of apples, pears, grapes, winter squash, persimmons, and pomegranates, they remind me of autumn jewels waiting for me to spirit them away to my kitchen.  For me, it is the season to open the ovens, and bake those pies and tarts!  I excitingly gloss over new recipes and retrieve the time-tested favorites.  The first apple pie of the season is sort of a celebration in our house.  With great anticipation, we can’t wait to have a flaky crust embrace these luscious slices in the hot oven.  The apple pie I make is filled with the combination of what I name as the “3Gs” - Granny, Gala, and Golden Delicious apples and then it is covered with a rich brown sugar crumb topping.  So good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on that crunchy topping!

New DVD Releases for November 1st

We have nine new releases for Tuesday, November 1st.  They are:

Eureka - Season 3.5 (TV Series)

Glee - Season 1, Vol. 2 (TV Series)

The Goodwife - Season 1 (TV Series)

Modern Family - Season 1 (TV Series)

The Office - Season 6 (TV Series)

Parenthood - Season 1 (TV Series)

Supernatural - Season 5 (TV Series)

Torchwood - Children of Earth (TV Series)

Toy Story 3 (Children's DVD)


New Mysteries November 2010

You'd Better Knot Die by Betty Hechtman
Christmas Mourning by Margaret Maron
Killing Storm by Kathryn Casey
Holiday Yarn by Sallt Goldenbaum
Killer of Pilgrims by Susanna Gregory
Christmas Odyssey by Anne Perry
Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron by Stephanie Barron
Reversal by Michael Connelly
Demon's Parchment by Jeri Westerson
Death Notice by Todd Ritter
Coming Back by Marcia Muller
In Search of Mercy by Michael Ayoob
Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves
Blood Count by Reggie Nadelson
On the Line by S.J. Rozan
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler
Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn
Catered Thanksgiving by Isis Crawford
Track of Sand by Andrea Camilleri
Siren by Alison Bruce
To the Manor Dead by Sebastian Stuart
Rhetoric of Death by Judith Rock
Swift Justice by Laura DiSilverio
Damage Done by Hilary Davidson
Front Page Teaser by Rosemary Herbert
Skating Around the Law by Joelle Charbonneau
Best American Noir of the Twentieth Century edited by James Ellroy

Terror! Passion! Gothic Romance

A dark and stormy night.  A mysterious castle, rife with hidden passageways.  A wicked usurper.  A strange prophecy.  A beautiful heiress, innocent prey to his dark desires.  Frightening apparitions!  Family secrets!  Madness!  A really big helmet!  And the faithful love who will overcome all obstacles to save her....

In a nutshell, this is Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto, the very first Gothic romance.  It was published in 1764, the same year that Ann Radcliffe-- another famous Gothic writer-- was born.  Today, we might find his work a bit absurd and overwrought, but Walpole deserves credit for trying something completely new.

New Music Releases November, 2010

Arjona.  Poquita Ropa                                                                              Q ARJO PR W18

Bareilles, Sara.  Kaleidoscope Heart                                                           MA BARE KH E35

New DVDs for November, 2010

THREE DAY DVDS

Aainaate (Foreign Film – India)                                                        #12662

Agora (Rachel Weisz)                                                                    #12644

Holding Patterns

Don’t miss another book being held because of a business trip or vacation.  Did you know you can suspend the material on your request list, not lose your place in the queue and select the date you wish to reactivate the list?  This ability not only avoids missed requests but also allows you to have some control over when your requests arrive.  This might offset the ‘when it rains it pours’ lament.  I set my fiction titles a week or so apart, but that’s just me.

It’s really easy, and now that you’re on our website you’re halfway there.   Go up to ‘My Account,’ click on ‘Holds Requests’ then click in the little box to the left of the title(s) you want to suspend; if you’re going away select all the titles.  Then choose the date to reactivate, and click on Change Status.  Circulation staff can do it for you at the library or call (ext 124) and we’ll do it or walk you through the process.

New DVD Releases for October 26th

The Girl Who Played With fire ( Foreign- Swedish)

Sex and the City 2

You Don't Know Jack

Winter's Bone

No Sparkles Here: Old-School Vampires

It's that time of year again.  The air is getting colder; trees are shaking off their summer raiment to reveal the skeleton branches beneath.  With each passing day, we lose a few more minutes of precious daylight.  The burgeoning moon is cold comfort to those who already yearn for the vanishing sun.  As the shadows lengthen, the 31 titles of this month's speculative fiction list lie ready to remind you why we should fear the long night.

You won't find any pale-but-sexy, misunderstood immortals in this month's offerings.  No compelling, tall, dark strangers with an unfortunate dietary requirement.  No soulful soulless writhing in metaphysical melodrama, no Byronic brooding.  (Okay... maybe a little brooding.)  No vegetarians.  And most definitely, positively, and categorically: NO SPARKLES.

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