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New Speculative Fiction for February 2011

New to our shelves:

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2010 by Rich Horton, ed. SF, F, A (SF Year's)
Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels & Heavenly Hosts by Stephen Jones, ed. F (Fantasy Visitants)
Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey (2, Sandman Slim) S, F
On the Banks of the River of Heaven by Richard Parks F
The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre by John Polidori, et al. S (Horror Polid)
Citadel by John Ringo (2, Troy Rising) SF
The Sellswords by R. A. Salvatore (1-3, Forgotten Realms: Legend of Drizzt: The Sellswords trilogy) F
Red Harvest by Joe Schreiber (2, Star Wars: Death Troopers) SF, S

Adult Programs Cancelled

Wednesday's adult programs for Wednesday, February 2 are cancelled due to weather conditions. The movie, Out of Towners will be shown Wednesday, February 23 @ 1:30PM. The Grief Counselling talk will be postponed until June. We apologize for any inconvenience.

New Music Releases, February, 2011

Aldean, Jason.  My Kinda Party                                                            MC ALDE MKP B97

Allen, Geri.  Geri Allen & Timeline Live                                                    MJ ALLE LIV M04

New DVDs for February, 2011

THREE DAY DVDS

Alamar (Foreign Film – Mexico)                                                    #12999

Animal Kingdom (Guy Pearce)                                                     #12996

Best of Romance for 2010

New City's paperback romances are extremely popular.  Every single title on our shelves goes out at least once a month on average-- there are no "dusty" books here!  In order to keep on top of the collection, I run statistical reports regularly to learn what our library's Romance aficionados are reading.  (Don't worry, your secret Victoria Dahl addiction is safe-- all the numbers I see are in aggregate.)  I analyze which subgenres are the most popular, and which authors and series are the most-read.  Then I combine that information with journal reviews and news from genre blogs to bring the titles you'll want to read to our shelves.  For my first Romance blog entry of the new year, I thought I'd shed a bit of light on what's to come by giving you a look back... at our most popular titles of 2010!

New Mysteries February 2011

Heartstone by C.J. Sansom
Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay
India Black by Carol K. Carr
Frozen Assets by Quentin Bates
Kenken Killings by Parnell Hall
Twisted Reason by Diane Fanning
October Killings by Wessel Ebersohn
Backstage Stuff by Sharon Fiffer
Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy
Play of Piety by Margaret Frazer
Falling More Slowly by Peter Helton
Shot Through Velvet by Ellen Byerrum
Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Paton Walsh
Lonely Death by Charles Todd
Big Wheat by Richard Thompson
Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons by Blaize Clement
Decadent Way to Die by G.A. McKevett
Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
Open Season by Maryann Miller
Headhunter's Daughterby Tamar Myers

Be Amazed in 2011

Did you make any New Year Resolutions for 2011?  It seems the focus is on “Best of…” lists rather than on making resolutions for the coming year.  Maybe it’s because we know what happens even to the best of intentions come February.  The Circulation Department is going to take up the challenge.  We’ve always tried to deliver the kind of service you expect.  Our resolution for 2011 is to step it up a notch and exceed your expectations.  Let us know when we do something right, but just as important we need to know when we fall short.  It is our best learning tool. 

New DVD Releases for January 25th

We have five new releases for Tuesday, January 25th.  They are:

Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, The (Foreign Film - Sweden)

Nowhere Boy

Red (Bruce Willis)

Saw - The Final Chapter

Secretariat (Diane Lane)

10 Books You Might Have Overlooked in 2010

Everyone's doing "best of" lists this month, but to be honest, I haven't even made it through a quarter of the books I wanted to read in 2010.  I had the best of intentions.  I even made a list.  But the drawback to ordering all the speculative fiction for a medium-sized public library is that I get to see all the pretty new shinies as they come in, and I am very easily distracted by books.  ("Oh, the book I want to read is on reserve... in the meantime, I'll just check out this one... and this one... OH, and this one...!")  I don't feel qualified to come up with a "best of 2010" yet (maybe in June?), so instead I thought I'd share a list of the best books of 2010 you probably haven't read yet.  The first five titles are ones I nearly passed over, and was really glad I didn't.  The remaining five are underread titles that you probably didn't check out last year... but should.

What's Cooking?: Peking Duck

After recuperating from the nonstop holiday festivities, I took some time to reflect on the coming New Year.  Aside from the post-holiday detox after the recent overindulgences, I decided to direct my approach toward choices I will be make this year guided by the adages “simpler is better” and “less is more.”  Next, I thought I should be a little more adventurous and expand my culinary repertoire.  This may suggest something difficult and time consuming which may contradict my first New Year’s resolution – keep it simple.  Nevertheless, I met this challenge when I chose to make Peking duck.  My husband loves duck but I never roasted one because I thought it very fatty.  When I mentioned it to my best friend, she advised me, “Order the Peking duck at a restaurant.  You’re unbelievable! (diplomatic meaning for 'you're crazy').“ 

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