Share your favorite books right here

May 3, 2010

Have you found a great book at the library?  We need you to tell your fellow library users all about it.  Help us promote our great collection by writing a brief, descriptive review (50-100 words) and then submitting it to our online blog.  Here’s the form to use.  Your review will also  appear on our Facebook page.

Please don’t give away the ending!

Authors reveal the best books of 2009

December 18, 2009 asked some of our favorite authors to recommend their best books of 2009.

Here’s a condensed list – for more details, click on the link at the bottom.  Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of these choices – thanks!

Nick Hornby:  The Financial Lives of the Poets, by Jess Walter

Judy Blume: Swimming, by Nicola Keegan

Anne Lamott:  What I Thought I Knew, by Alice Eve Cohen

Matthew Klam:  Lowboy, by John Wray

Junot Diaz:  Book of Clouds, by Chloe Aridjis

Lydia Millet: Far Bright Star, by Robert Olmstead

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers

Juan Cole: Fault Line, by Barry Eisler

Colum McCann: The Book of Night Women, by Marlon James

Laura Lippman:  The Financial Lives of the Poets, by Jess Walter

Amy Sohn: Juliet, Naked, by Nick Hornby

Sean Wilsey: The Kids Are All Right, by Amanda, Liz, Dan and Diana Welch

Maud Newton: Book of Genesis, by R. Crumb

Tracy Kidder: Too Much Happiness: Stories, by Alice Munro

Dave Cullen: Sum: 40 Tales From the Afterlives, by David Eagleman

Geoff Dyer: Age of Wonder, by Richard Holmes

Curtis Sittenfeld: Tinsel: A Search for America’s Christmas Present, by Hank Stuever

Put your reviews in the library catalog

December 8, 2009

The next time you look up an item in the library catalog, find the link for “see reviews/add a review.”  From there you can add your own review for any item, including (but not limited to) DVDs and CDs.   We hope you’ll consider adding your opinion – we’d love to see some Half Hollow Hills patrons when we search the catalog!

To be able to  review, you must first sign up for an account. This is so you can keep track of all the reviews you’ve done, and be able to do neat things (like link a review to a blog, MySpace, or your Facebook page).  The review will appear after approval by the library team.

Here are some reviews from other Suffolk libraries’ users.

What your neighbor recommends

November 2, 2009

Selections from Lynne From Lynne:

You say you don’t like mysteries?

Try Sue Grafton’s novels, from A to U (so far.)  Lighter than your typical heavy, explicit “CSI” story, Grafton will have you laughing while you try to figure out her plots.

Enjoy one, go ahead and read more, so far there are 21!

Would you like to do a display for the library?  Contact Rosemarie at the Reference desk – 421-4530.  We’d love to know what you’re reading!

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

Worst Books of 2008

December 31, 2008

They can’t all be winners.  What have you read that disappointed you this year?’s 5 Worst Books of 2008

1. CHASING HARRY WINSTON, Lauren Weisberger
Brunonia Barry
Andrew Davidson
5. A WOLF AT THE TABLE, Augusten Burroughs

Foreign Correspondent

December 7, 2007

The Lives of Others (2006)
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Rating: R
Run Time: 138 minutes

This film takes place in East Germany during the 1970’s. The filmmakers convey through effective lighting and setting the soullessness of communism during the Cold War era. The Stasi (East Germany’s secret police) monitor the lives of all those perceived to be subversive. Weisler is the archetypical agent assigned to watch Georg a prominent author and his actress girlfriend Christa. Weisler’s superior sees exposing Georg as way of advancing their careers. As Weisler’s surveillance of Georg, Christa and his cronies progresses he learns every intimate detail of their lives. Georg is the antithesis of the repressive East German regime. Weisler inexplicably begins to admire Georg and goes to lengths to protect him. Weisler is faced with few options, none of them to his liking.

Chris Garland