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Reading material for 07/17/12:

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Some reading material from around the internet:

RIP Donald J. Sobol, creator of Encyclopedia Brown.

The juiciest tidbits from this year’s Comic-con.

Predicting crime before it happens.

The FDA has approved the first drug to prevent HIV infection.

Roswell really happened, says former CIA agent.

A list of the most impactful TV moments.

Lifting weights slows down memory loss.

from here.

A lot of teens are reading the Fifty Shades Of Grey books.

Is a national digital library possible?

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is fighting for its survival.

Great opening sentences from classic fantasy novels.

Italo Calvino on why you should read the classics.

10 famous literary characters based on real people.

Neil Gaiman has signed a 5 book deal to write YA novels.

Science would like to ruin Batman for you.

They are definitely making The Hangover, Part 3.

Johnny Depp will be in Wes Anderson’s next movie.

Check out this really interesting fan film for Y The Last Man.

Darren Aronofsky is building an actual ark for his movie about Noah and his ark.

31 bizarre foreign titles for American movies.

from here.

10 reasons why the number 13 is so unlucky.

Women have higher IQs than men.

Meet the “rightful heir” to the British throne.

Crisis-struck Athens is a tough draw for tourists.

The inside story of Netflix’s really bad year.

The guinea worm is near extinction.

A survey of awkward couples in art history.

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Previous online reading material:

07/09/12.

07/02/12.

06/25/12.

06/18/12.

06/11/12.

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New and Featured Books for 04/19/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) added to our library collection…

FICTION:

The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler

Victims by Jonathan Kellerman

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories by Nathan Englander

The title story of this lauded short story collection borrows from Raymond Carver’s classic short story and some of that same story’s set up, but with much different results. The rest of the stories here are incredibly imaginative and many deal with the modern Jewish experience. You can find reviews for the collection at The New York Times byMichiko Kakutani, The Onion AV Club, and at the Book People’s Blog, and an interview with author Nathan Englander at NPR.

Catch Me by Lisa Gardner

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

The Unseen by Heather Graham

The Shadow Patrol by Alex Berenson

The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark

Star Trek: Academy – Collision Course by William Shatner with Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens

Without Mercy by Lisa Jackson

The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Third Reich by Roberto Bolaño

A posthumous novel by the acclaimed Chilean author and poet who had written 2666 and The Savage Detectives. This is a strong novel about the lingering ways that the dead can still cast spells over the living. Check out reviews in The New York Times, at NPR, and in The Washington Post.

What Doesn’t Kill You by Iris Johansen

NON-FICTION:

Devil In The Grove: Thurgood Marshall, The Groveland Boys, And The Dawn Of A New America by Gilbert King

Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food: Kick Your Fake Food Habit, Kickstar Your Weight Loss by Christine Avanti with Bonnie Bauman

Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven by T. D. Jakes

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond

The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story Of The Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked The Mysteries Of The Middle Kingdom by Simon Winchester

Korea: A Walk Through The Land Of Miracles by Simon Winchester

The Meaning Of Everything: The Story Of The Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester

Inferno: The World At War, 1939 – 1945 by Max Hastings

Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee by Allen Barra

Enemies: The Story Of The FBI by Tim Weiner

Pakistan On The Brink: The Future Of America, Pakistan, And Afghanistan by Ahmed Rashid

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Please note that books mentioned here could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk, OR call us, OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and  we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

04/11/12.

04/04/12.

03/29/12.

03/01/12.

02/02/11.

New and Featured Audiobooks for 04/05/12:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new audiobooks (or at least new to us) added to our library collection, which come in several different formats…

Audiobooks on CD…

FICTION:

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and read by Hugh Fraser

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, and read by Lisette Lecat

Mistress Of The Art Of Death by Ariana Franklin, and read by Rosalyn Landor

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, and read by Lynne Thigpen

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, and read by Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, Jim Ward, Rosalyn Landor, and Robin Atkin Downes

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova, and read by Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Sarah Zimmerman, Erin Cottrell, and John Rafter Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and read by Sissy Spacek

Fresh Disasters by Stuart Woods, and read by Tony Roberts

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers, and read by J. D. Jackson

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk, and read by Paul Michael Garcia

World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War by Max Brooks, and performed by a full cast featuring the author, Carl Reiner, Henry Rollins, Jurgen Prochnow, Alan Alda, Ron Reiner, John Turturro, Becky Ann Baker, and many others

Velocity by Dean Koontz, and read by Michael Hayden

NON-FICTION:

Sea Of Glory: America’s Voyage Of Discovery – The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838 – 1842 by Nathaniel Philbrick, and read by Dennis Boutsikaris

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and read by the author

Getting Things Done: The Art Of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen, and read by the author

Confessions Of An Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search For Extraterristrial Intelligence  by Seth Shostak, and read by Patrick Lawler

Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and read by Richard Thomas

Not only is this a very interesting book, but it’s also the basis for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film about Lincoln, which stars Daniel Day Lewis as our 16th president. Check out a picture below of the actor’s look in the film:

Michelangelo And The Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King, and read by Alan Sklar

Black Boy by Richard Wright, and read by Peter Francis James

The Professor And The Madman: A Tale Of Murder, Insanity, And The Making Of The Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester, and read by the author

City Of The Soul: A Walk In Rome by William Murray, and read by the author

The Black Swan: The Impact Of The Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and read by David Chandler

The War That Made America: A Short History Of The French And Indian War by Fred Anderson, and read by Simon Vance

Game Change: Obama And The Clintons, McCain And Palin, And The Race Of A Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, and read by Dennis Boutsikaris

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And we also have Audiobooks in the Playaway format…

If you don’t know much about the Playaway format, then we’d suggest that you come and check them out.

A Playaway is basically a single book loaded onto an MP3 player. All you have to do is plug in some headphones and press play and you’re off to the races. The Playway is small enough to fit into your pocket, and it’s great for working out or running/jogging, or even just doing something like cleaning the house. But where the CD format is really nice for listening to an audiobook in the car, you’d have to have something to transfer the sound from the Playaway to your car stereo. Perhaps if you do something like that with an iPod or a similar MP3 device then maybe that could work as well.

FICTION:

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, and read by Juliet Stevenson

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler, and read by Kimberly Schraf

Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman, and read by Mia Barron

Double Cross by James Patterson, and ready by Peter J. Fernandez and Michael Stuhlbarg

The Enemy by Lee Child

The Hard Way by Lee Child

One Shot by Lee Child

All read by Dick Hill

To Die For by Linda Howard, and read by Franette Liebow

The Trial by Franz Kafka, and read by Rupert Degas

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, dramatized for audio by Yuri Rasovsky, and performed by Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, and Edward Herrman, amongst others

A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, and read by Barrett Whitener

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and read by Christopher Hurt

Atonement by Ian McEwan, and read by Josephine Baily

Deadlock by Iris Johansen, and read by Jennifer Van Dyck

NON-FICTION:

The Art Of War by Sun Tzu, translated by Thomas Cleary, and read by David Warrilow

You Had Me At Woof: How Dogs Taught Me The Secrets Of Happiness by Julie Klam, and read by Karen White

Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan, and performed by Neil Patrick Harris

When Janey Comes Marching Home by Laura Browder, with photographs by Sascha Pflaeging, and read by Claudia Aleck, Cassandra Campbell, Bernadette Dunne, Tavia Gilbert, Vanessa Hart, Carrington MacDuffie, Lisa Renee Pitts, Kirsten Potter, Robynn Rodriguez, Kimberly Scott, Bahni Turpin, and Pam Ward

Chinese For Dummies by Mengjun Liu and Mike Packevicz

Living Well In A Down Economy For Dummies by Tracy L. Barr, and read by Brett Barry

The War That Killed Achilles: The Story Of Homer’s Iliad And The Trojan War by Caroline Alexander, and read by Michael Page

Most Evil: Avenger, Zodiac, And The Further Serial Murders Of Dr. George Hill Hodel by Steve Hodel and Ralph Pezzullo, and read by Malcolm Hillgartner

When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris

The History Of The Classical Music by Richard Fawkes, and read by Robert Powell

How To Stop Smoking And Stay Stopped For Good – Fully Revised And Updated by Gillian Riley, and read by Jerome Pride

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We’re looking to get into MP3 CDs, so stay tuned for that, but until then…

…can you believe that we still have audiobooks on tape/cassette available for checkout? Perfect for anyone whose car has a tape player in it.

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Please note that audiobooks mentioned here could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

04/04/12.

03/29/12.

03/01/12.

02/02/11.

01/27/12.

New and Featured Books for Young Adults for 02/09/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) for Young Adults added to our library collection…

FICTION:

Zombies Vs. Unicorns, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

Can we finally settle the ages old question of which is better, zombies or unicorns? Black and Larbalestier have been debating this for years and have assembled several other YA authors into the two camps and hope to come up with a clear conclusion in this anthology of short stories. So which side are you on, Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

The Babysitter Murders by Janet Ruth Young

The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Back When You Were Easier To Love by Emily Wing Smith

Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles

Mercury, written and illustrated by Hope Larson

Red Glove by Holly Black

The Poison Eaters And Other Stories by Holly Black

Another Holly Black book! She’s a favorite amongst quite a few of our younger readers (as well some of our slightly older readers) and this is her first short story collection, featuring tales of vampires, faeries, ghosts, werewolves, and all sorts of other things that go bump in the night.

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

This story about a young girl who doesn’t seem to belong or fit in anywhere and discovers magical abilities is one of the most highly rated and recommended of our newer books for YA readers. You can check out the book’s trailer below and read reviews of book from both The Los Angeles Times and The New York Public Library.

Clean by Amy Reed

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

NON-FICTION:

Cyber Bullying by Nick Hunter

History Of Art For Young People by H. W. Janson and Anthony F. Janson

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends Of The Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg and Kevin O’Malley

The warning at the beginning of this book gives you a pretty good idea of what you’re in store for when it says: “If you don’t have the guts for gore, do not read this book.” But if you’re interested in trivia and interesting stories about the deaths of the historically famous then I think you’ll be quite entertained by this book. It’s a lite, fun romp.

Secret Subway: The Fascinating Tale Of An Amazing Feat Of Engineering by Martin W. Sandler

Life Inside The Air Force Academy by Magdalena Alagna

The Devil On Trial: Witches, Anarchists, Atheists, Communists, And Terrorists In America’s Courtrooms by Phillip Margulies and Maxine Rosaler

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Please note that books could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

02/02/12.

01/27/12.

12/27/11.

12/23/11.

12/19/11.

12/17/11.

And for Young Adults:

01/31/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

01/28/12.