Nice New Book Goodness!

Selected by Jen
Selected by Jen

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

LibraryReads

Librarian picked best reads
Librarian picked best reads

The top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love. 

From LibraryReads Frequently Asked Questions

What are the goals of LibraryReads?

First and foremost: we want to help connect our favorite books to as many readers as possible! And we want to showcase the incredible power that public library staff has in helping to building word-of-mouth for new books, and the important role we play in creating audiences for all kinds of authors.

Check out LibraryReads' website to learn more. 

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

¡Oralé! is the message from the SoNo Loft this week .  Don’t worry!  I did not know what this meant either.  But as is always the case of The Loft, the message is uplifting.  It turns out this can mean many things.   It is a sort of Mexican street slang that can mean okay! or let’s do it! or it can be the Chicano equivalent of yeehaw!   What a nice positive message for the beginning of the year.  Thanks SoNo Loft.   This week we have Mississippi, Vermont, and our very own home state of Connecticut!  Specifically Fairfield County.


Let us begin!


Abby is reading Natchez Burning by Greg Iles due out 4/29/14. I know she is not alone in being pleased to see him back. “Iles returns to Natchez, Mississippi home of Penn Cage who wears many hats. A former prosecutor, bestselling author, widower, father, and now mayor, Penn learns his physician father whom he idolizes and is highly respected across the racial lines of Natchez is keeping some deadly secrets.  The story goes back to the early days of the civil rights movement which was not embraced by a great portion of Mississippians. Segregation, a legacy of intense racism, and corruption made it difficult for those attempting to do the right thing to remain safe. The voices that spoke out in favor of justice were often silenced in brutal ways. In Natchez Burning, Penn must assist his father who is facing a murder charge but is unwilling to speak out in his own defense. As Penn works to unmask the ugly secrets of Natchez in the 1960’s to help his father, he may also provide justice for the many victims of the era’s brutality. It’s nice to see Iles back and in such good form following a near fatal car accident a few years ago.”


Thomas of Material Management and my son loves himself some dysfunction.  I am just going to believe that this is because I have provided him with such a lovely stable home life that he needs to read about these things to learn about them.  Yup.  That’s what I am telling myself.  “Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson is the tale of a boy growing up in Vermont during the mid-1980s. After his best friend dies from an accidental drug overdose instigated by his estranged father's girlfriend's daughter, Jude is sent to New York to live with his father in order to stay out of trouble. He soon falls in with the straight edge punk movement and begins running into even more problems than previously expected. If you like reading about slow motion train wrecks, then this book is totally for you!”


I am loving The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson which is due out in March.  Anders Hill lives up the tracks in my neck of the County and he is not going gentle into his 60’s.  In fact he is making some rather drastic changes.  He has left his wife, quit his job and is embracing middle of the day drinking with vigor.  But when things begin to really unravel, Anders wonders if there can be happiness found without dwelling in The Land of Steady Habits.  The writing is glorious and you can really tell that the author spent his formative years dwelling amongst us.  The descriptions of WASP ritual are spot on and it will make you gasp and then laugh out loud for the recognition of it.  

Nice New Book Goodness!

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

What can I possibly say about this week that won’t devolve into whining, swearing and weeping?  It was a rough one.  We had artic cold, transportation woes, some water, and a whole lot of winter discontent.  The real  sorrow here is that it is only the end of the first week of January.   We have a whole lot of winter to slog through yet.  But there is hope!  While I was walking to the train last night I noticed something. Something magical.  Something that made my heart soar.

It was still light out. 

At 5:00 p.m.

So while we are still in the thick of it, there are glimmers that it won’t be forever.  It will just feel that way.

This week we have Chechnya, dysfunction (of course), deception, Scientology, The Street, precocity, danger (!), and mental illness.

Let us begin!

Nice New Book Goodness!

Selected by Jen
Selected by Jen

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

Happy New Year!  We are pleased to announce that we have kicked the Hellidays to the curb and we are full speed ahead for a glorious new year and getting back to what passes for normal.  As is the case, sometimes the recovery time for things getting back to normal lags. The SoNo Loft has no new words for us.  Sweet Ann wishes she had words but she is too busy coughing to speak.  I know that you join me in wishing her a speedy recovery. We have no playlist for the New Year.  But I am pleased to announce that The TC made it back safe and sound from The Homeland, and the decorations are coming down. So yes.  Back to what passes for normal. This week we have some mystery, romance, miracles, Paris, Detroit, coincidence, Rilke and sheep.  Yes.  Sheep.


Let us begin!

New DVD Releases

Here is what you can find new to the shelves in the upcoming days.

Nice New Book Goodness!

Selected by Jen
Selected by Jen

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

Get Your Head in the Game

This recent PBS documentary made national headlines in the wake of the NFL's settlement with retired players. It's a sobering look at America's favorite game and the price paid by those who play football at every level...concussions, personality changes, anger management, depression, dementia, severe health issues, and suicide are all linked to the violence of football. What did the NFL know and when did the league know it? That's what League of Denial wants to find out.

Even though the NFL declined to participate in the film, it examines all angles of the problem, and questions whether the game can actually ever change for the benefit of the players. What will happen when the next generation of players is held back by parents who fear for their sons' well-being? For the millions and millions of football fans across the country, this is essential viewing, as we all think about the price paid to entertain us on Sunday afternoons. 

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