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New Music Releases December 2010

Archuleta, David.  The Other Side of Down                                        MA ARCH OSO J08

Beethoven.  Early String Quartets                                                      F BEET ESQ D48

New DVDs for December, 2010

THREE DAY DVDS

Byatikrami: The Exception  (Foreign Film – India)                                      #12815

Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron)                                                                     #12699

New DVD Releases for November 30th

We have four new releases for Tuesday, November 30th. They are:

Going the Distance (Drew Barrymore)

Knight and Day (Tom Cruise)

Sorcerer's Apprentice, The (Childrens)

Vampires Suck (Comedy)

You Said It!

  Along with a receipt the self checkouts generated the following remarks from our customers:                                           

   "Cool!"  -  the comment heard most often

   "That was easy."  -  Everyone over 55

   "Just like Home Depot"  -  not exactly

   "Are you going to lose your job?"  - NO!

   "Nothing happened"  -  the publisher's barcode was scanned instead of the library's barcode

   "Let me see if I remember how."  - sometimes yes, sometimes no

   "I don't need the receipt.”  -   press the button anyway to close your account

   “I’ll do it”  -  every child under 5

   Best moments:  the smiles on the little one’s faces when they hear the dinging – makes my day every time.

Sweets to the Sweet

I wrote about sensuality in Romance back in September, covering the "hot" end of the scale ("Burning Books").  This month, I promised to take a look at the other end of the sensuality spectrum-- the "sweets."  Sweets are romances that do not contain explicit sexual content, focusing instead on the social, emotional, and mental aspects of the romantic relationship.  You're likely to see kisses and some cuddling, but any further physical involvement (if there is any) will happen behind doors that are closed to the reader.  As romance author MaryJanice Davidson puts it, "There will be no forced seduction in these books.  Tons of respect, of soul-searching, of angst.  But no booty."  It's not that sweets are anti-sex; they just treat it as a profound step in a romantic relationship, not something to be undertaken lightly or casually.  If bodice-rippers make you blush and all you want is some good, clean romance, these are the books for you!

So Many Ways to Listen

This past month, we have added MP3 compatible CDs to our audio book collection.  These disks will play in any MP3 disk player and in any late model car disk player.  One major advantage is that most books will just have one disk and the lengthy books will usually have just two disks.  No more fumbling with changing disks in the middle of a book.  For those of you who listen in the car, no more temptation to change disks at that stop light on New Hempstead and look up to find the light has turned green and everyone is honking at you.  Some of our new titles include:

       1) The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell                                       

New DVD Releases for November 23rd

We have four new releases for Tuesday, November 23rd.  They are:

A Christmas Carol (Childrens - Jim Carrey)

Eat Pray Love (Julia Roberts)

Expendables, The (Sylvester Stallone)

Tyler Perry's: Madea's Big Happy Family

Board Canditates

New DVD Releases for November 16th

We have three new releases for Tuesday, November 16th.  They are:

Kids Are All Right, The (Annette Bening)

Last Airbender, The

Ramona and Beezus (Childrens)

Mystery Monday

In 1936, S.S. Van Dine (author of the Philo Vance mysteries) published an article titled "Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories." Some of these rules, for example, 3 and 9 seem rather curious today.  Fans of police procedurals know it takes teamwork to find the guilty party.  Jack Reacher fans know he is too often irresistible to women who are not looking for a long-term commitment. As for some of the other rules, have they stood the test of time?  You be the judge.

1) The reader should have the same opportunity as the detective to solve the crime.

2) No tricks can be played to mislead the reader unless it is also done to the detective by the criminal.

3) The detective should not have a love interest.

4) Neither the detective nor one of the official investigators can turn out to be the criminal.

5) The villain must be found by logical deduction, not luck, accident, or un-motivated confessions.

6) The story must have a detective who also solves the crime (by detection).

7) It must be a murder mystery ("the deader the corpse the better").

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