Teens Top Ten-Vote now!

August 26, 2009

Voting is now open!

Teens’ Top Ten is a teen choice list, where teens choose their favorite books of the previous year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen can vote online, anytime between now and Sept. 18; the winners will be announced in a webcast featuring WWE Superstars and Divas during Teen Read Week, October 18-24.

Books for Dudes

August 18, 2009

Here are some thoughtful coming-of-age suggestions for the man who is looking for something insightful  (from a fellow dude):

Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March – Augie’s nonconformity leads him into an eventful, humorous, and sometimes earthy way of life.

Brown, Michael. Audrey Hepburn’s Neck – Infatuated with actress Audrey Hepburn, young Toshi comes of age in Tokyo, where he tries to make a living while balancing family secrets, American friends and lovers, and his own burgeoning identity. A first novel.

Chabon, Michael. Wonder Boys – In a story exploring the theme of the artist’s isolation, Grady Tripp, an obese, aging writer who has lost his way, and debauched editor Terry Crabtree struggle to rekindle their friendship, a sense of adventure, and purpose in their lives.

Doyle, Roddy. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha – Paddy Clarke, a ten-year-old boy who longs to be a missionary, experiences life’s joys and setbacks–specifically his ma and da’s fights–as he grows up in Liffey, Ireland, in the late 1960s. By the author of The Van. Winner of the Booker Prize.

Eberstadt, Fernanda. Isaac and His Devils – Isaac Hooker, a young genius in poor health, is spurred on to new achievements by his father, who has given up on his own early promise

Echenique, Alfredo Bryce. A World for Julius – “Like the best of Dickens’s novels, A World for Julius is a great, fat book that completely engages a reader with its characters and places—so completely that one reads with that often forgotten childhood pleasure of entering an all-encompassing, almost fairytale country of the imagination.”—New York Times Book Review

Hornby, Nick. About a Boy – Will trades his lack of enthusiasm toward children for a date with a truly beautiful woman and single mother in a comic, incisive novel about modern romance by the author of the international best-seller High Fidelity.

Irving, John. The Water Method Man – The main character of John Irving’s second novel, written when the author was twenty-nine, is a perpetual graduate student with a birth defect in his urinary tract–and a man on the threshold of committing himself to a second marriage that bears remarkable resemblance to his first…

Poirier, Mark Jude. Goats: A Novel – Fourteen-year-old Ellis departs from the Southwest to attend boarding school in the East, leaving behind his mother and the Goat Man, the surrogate father figure who has taught him the meaning of stability, commitment, and caretaking.

Sonnenblick, Jordan. Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie – Being a member of the All-Star Jazz Band, having a hopeless crush on the hottest girl in school, and playing the part of the generic role model to his younger brother, Jeffrey, is enough to keep thirteen-year-old Steven busy in his average life, but when a tragic event happens within his family, Steven begins to realize what really matters most in the world.

Graphic novels:

Bennett, Ian. Leap Years – Gr. 10-12. Bennett captures the uncanny feeling of high school in this graphic novel about teenage Jake.

Cruse, Howard. Stuck Rubber Baby – A truly eye-opening comic. The story is set in the South in the early ’60s and deals with homophobia, racism and the gay subculture of that period. The art is absolutely beautiful; Cruse is a master of the cross-hatching technique, which gives a certain “texture” to his art work and brings his pages to life. Stuck Rubber Baby is easily the most important comic book since Art Spiegelman’s Maus.

Thompson, Craig. Good-Bye, Chunky Rice – Chunky Rice, a small turtle, embarks on an ocean voyage, where he meets a shady skipper and conjoined twins, Ruth and Livonia,, but he also leaves behind his girlfriend Dandel, who sends him letters in a bottle.

Thanks to Douglas Lord of Library Journal

What’s missing?

August 7, 2009

Please let us know if you are searching for a book in our catalog and can’t find it.  Click on “Suggest a Book” on the right  if you’re reading this and already are in the library catalog, or use this link.

Authors reflect on their favorite childhood books

July 29, 2009

The authors that write our children’s books talk about the ones they loved most.  You can read the entire article about Anita Silvey’s  Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book, but below are some of the highlights.  How many have you read?  What did you love as a child?

Peter Sis – The Little Prince , by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Jean Craighead George – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
Leonard Marcus - Profiles in Courage (Young Readers Edition), by John F. Kennedy
Sherman Alexie – The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
Maurice Sendak – Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson
Beverly Cleary – The Tailor of Gloucester , by Beatrix Potter
Wendell Minor – Treasure Island , by Robert Louis Stevenson
Thacher Hurd – The Wind in the Willows , by Kenneth Grahame
Eric Rohmann – Charlotte’s Web , by E.B. White
Marc Brown – Where the Wild Things Are , by Maurice Sendak
Eden Ross Lipson – Little House on the Prairie , by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Get the most downloaded

June 16, 2009

Want to know the audiobooks most downloaded?  You can find the list here, and they’re all available at Suffolkwave.

While you’re there, you’ll see some new features:

1)  EPUB eBooks – this publishers’ eBook format is becoming the industry standard for producing digitally-born materials for traditional print as well as digital formats.  This also allows publishers to enhance “print” materials with video and audio components.  EPUBs require the Adobe Digital Editions software currently used for the Adobe PDF titles in Suffolk Wave.  EPUBs can be transferred to Sony E-reader portable devices.

2)   User Defined Lending Periods – you will now have the option to select different lending periods on a title by title basis.  Select a 7 or 14 day loan period for Audiobooks and eBooks.  Music and Videos will have 3, 5 or 7 day options.

3)  Five Star Ratings – you will now be able to rate titles.  Titles will then display the aggregate rating based on everyone’s ratings, and you will have a list of personal ratings which you can also use as a reading history list.

Pulitzer Prize Winners

April 21, 2009

The winners in Letters are:

Fiction – Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)

History – The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (W.W. Norton & Company)

Biography - American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham (Random House)

Poetry – The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin (Copper Canyon Press)

General Nonfiction – Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon (Doubleday)

Books to Movies, Spring and Summer 2009

April 8, 2009

Thanks to Early Word!

Read, watch movie, compare:

4/24 — The Soloist watch trailerfind in catalog

5/1 — The Informers watch trailerfind in catalog

5/15 — Angels and Demons watch trailer, find in catalog

6/12 — The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 watch trailerfind in catalog

7/1 — Public Enemies watch trailerfind in catalog

7/10 — I Love You, Beth Cooper watch trailerfind in catalog

7/17 — Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince watch trailerfind in catalog

9/18 — Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs watch trailer find in catalog

Women and Books, together

October 4, 2008


October is National Reading Group Month, sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association.  To help celebrate, take a look at some of these great books by women, and another list from our catalog.

Lists not your thing?  Here are a few suggestions from readers:

Jessica Helfand, Scrapbooks

Jenny Davidson, The Explosionist

Dubravka Ugresic,  Nobody’s Home and Thank You For Not Reading

Freya Stark, The Valleys of the Assassins, and Other Persian Travels

Jennifer Egan, Look at Me

Erica Jong, Fear of Flying

Katherine Dunn, Geek Love

Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow and Children of God

Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake

Dana Spiotta,Eat the Document

Stevie Smith, Novel on Yellow Paper

Marisha Pessl, Special Topics on Calamity Physics

Upcoming books into movies

July 30, 2008

thanks to The Early Word

Read the books now (click to reserve) and decide about the movie later.  Did they do it justice or botch the job?  You decide!

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Starring: Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera
view movie trailer

Nanny Diaries
view movie trailer

Nights in Rodanthe
Director: George C. Wolfe
Starring: Diane Lane, Richard Gere
view movie trailer

Director: Alan Ball
Studio: Warner Bros.
starring: Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Maria Bello, Peter Macdissi, Summer Bishil
view movie trailer

Director: Clark Gregg
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald
view movie trailer

Miracle at St. Anna
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, John Leguizamo, Joseph Gordon Levitt, James Gandolfini
view movie trailer

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Director: Peter Sollett
Starring: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings

What Just Happened?
Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Robert De Niro, Catherine Keener, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, Robin Wright Penn, Michael Wincott, Lily Rabe

City of Ember
Director: Gil Kenan
Starring: Bill Murray, Tim Robbins
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Body of Lies OR House of Lies
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe
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The Secret Life of Bees
Starring: Dakota Fanning as Lily Owens; Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo as the beekeeping sisters; Jennifer Hudson plays Lily’s nanny.
view movie trailer

He’s Just Not That Into You
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Ken Kwapis
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Justin Long, Ginnifer Goodwin, Wilson Cruz, Brooke Bloom
view movie trailer

Time Travelers Wife
Director: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Ron Livingston, Jane McLean

Guilt-free summer reading

July 2, 2008

New York Magazine’s suggestions for poolside. The always quirky magazine finds the best selections to indulge your taste for the light but satisfying.

Alive in Necropolis, Doug Dorst – A first novel that New York describes as “playful.”

Legal Limit, Martin Clark – In 2004, The New York Times Magazine called Clark “not only the thinking man’s John Grisham, but, maybe better, the drinking man’s”

The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy – The LA Times called the main character, who spends two years after college in Paris, “a cross between Carrie Bradshaw and Holden Caulfield.”

The Anglo Files, Sarah Lyall – Lyall used to cover publishing for the NY Times. When she moved to London, she began writing about the Brits and their amusing ways for the paper. New York calls the book “mischievous.”

Whacked, Jules Asner – The Houston Chronicle calls the book “a souffle of murder, chick-lit love angst and Hollywood dish.”

Summer of Naked Swim Parties, Jessica Anya Blau – This sounds more like poolside fare; “a witty account of the agonies and ecstasies of a girl coming of age in late-seventies California.”

The People on Privilege Hill, Jane Gardam – New York describes the stories as “Flannery O’Connor without the menace.”

Kafka Comes To America, Steven Wax – The Seattle Times calls this “a compelling story of two men wrongly imprisoned, and a legal system that makes it no easy thing to help them.”

Search for them and more in our catalog, and if you have any suggestions, please add them in a comment below.


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