Nice New Book Goodness!

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new this 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!

This week we have some back hair, the need for a restraining order, some quirk, hallucinations, horses, and a language I don’t even pretend to understand.

Let us begin!

Amanda is listening to Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson.  “The narrator awakes in an unfamiliar room. She discovers that next to her is a strange, older man with graying hair and back hair. She cringes and looking around realizes that she must have left the bar with a married man. Out into the hallway she creeps onward to the bathroom. Then she reaches for the bar of soap and notices that something is amiss – the skin on her hand is wrinkled. This can’t be! She’s only in her early twenties! Christine Lucas suffers amnesia brought on by an accident. Each day she wakes up with no recollection of the previous day or of the past 20 some years.   Christine’s life is seemingly straightforward with her mind erasing what she does each day. However, as Christine works with a doctor behind her devoted and doting husband’s back, she realizes that it is her husband she should be wary of. He’s lying to her – but to cover up what?”

Erin is listening to Tiny Beautiful Things as a book on CD. “If Cheryl Strayed knew how much I love her, she would issue me a restraining order. I have already read the paperback of this book but I picked up the audio because it’s read by the author. Audiobooks that are narrated by the author just can’t be beat in my opinion. It’s a collection of advice columns originally published on The Rumpus, a website for literary people. It’s different from your typical advice column though because it includes the author’s own experiences. Cheryl Strayed has had a messed up life! But she’ll make you feel good about yours. I think this would make a really nice gift for the holidays, especially for that person on your list who is going through a life transition. “

Gretchen who is somewhere in America in a car on an Interstate is, “listening to and LOVING Born Standing Up by Steve Martin. Read by the author, it has us laughing out loud in the car! This is a memoir recounting his life as a stand-up comic and is interwoven with personal stories of family and relationships. It is seriously quirky, seriously funny, seriously Steve Martin!”

Barbara M. is reading Oliver Sack’s latest book, Hallucinations.  “He explores different kinds of hallucinations both auditory and visual and not necessarily those caused by psychosis. As is usual in Sack’s books, the subject is fascinating and the scientific writing accessible. “ I am sure that Barbara wishes she could summon a Paris hallucination.

Stephanie has just wrapped up Blood Horses by John Jeremiah Sullivan.  “Here is a book that combines the quick pleasures of the magazine with the book-length that justifies a hardcover. Blood Horses reads like a very long magazine article, and I mean that as the highest compliment. It could have kept going for another 100 pages and I wouldn’t have complained, though I doubt Sullivan would have wanted that. Its pacing is about as perfect as I have ever experienced in non-fiction. It was actually relaxing!  It was like a savasana pose, but reading. Sullivan is focused on a few core ideas but keeps wandering away from them and circling back; the circles get bigger, and weirder, but are always on their way back to horses, or Sullivan’s father, or Kentucky, or a combination of the three. My admiration of his curiosity and research borders on idolatrous. It was just joyful to read this book, even though it is not necessarily a happy one. The last twenty pages or so left me stunned.”

John is about a quarter of the way into Alif the Unseen and his geek is showing. “This is an interesting debut novel about Alif (screen name "A1if") a young computer hacker in the Middle East whose true love is betrothed to someone else.  Using his uncanny skills as a programmer, he is able to make himself invisible to her on the internet by using some kind of baysian algorithm (they don't call it that, but that's essentially what's described).  In the process, he triggers a series of unusual events and brings down the harsh hand of censorship.  Wilson is an American author who converted to Islam and it's clear that her interest is in Islamic studies and not computer science.  The 'tech' in this novel doesn't pass muster, but I doubt that would interfere with most people's enjoyment of the story--incorrect usage of the term 'hypervisor' and flawed assumptions about how the TCP/IP protocol works aside, this is a very entertaining read.  It's clear from the beginning that this is an a commentary on Islamic fundamentalism and the story draws on some of the more mystic elements of the Quran.  Wilson blends technology, fantasy, history, current events, and political subversion together in this curried yarn.  The result is a novel that has shades of Snow Crash mixed together with mythologies that seem to come right out of Arabian Nights.  I'm looking forward to seeing where this story leads, but I first had to accept that it is not the best writing in the world--Wilson is better known for her work as a graphic novelist and her transition to prose still needs some work.  Regardless, pick up this book, it's worth it and if you don't believe me, it's also a New York Times 2012 Notable.”

Nice New Book Goodness!

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new this 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!

Elisabeth's MUOMS Picks

Elisabeth's Picks:

Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour-Bookstore by Robin Sloan tells the story of 20-something Clay, recently laid off from his job as a web desginer. Fresh out of college and with only one (failed) work experience on his resume, Clay is getting desperate to find a job when he stumbles upon Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. His ability to climb the ladders that stretch up all three floors of the impossibly tall, impossibly narrow bookstore land him the night shift job. There are three simple rules at his job. 1) Clay must arrive at 10 p.m. He must leave at 6 a.m. He cannot be late, and he cannot leave early. 2) Clay is not allowed to read the books that live on the shelves that stretch up to the ceiling. 3) He must keep a detailed, descriptive account of every customer who walks through the door – normal things like date and time and stranger things like the way they walked and what mood they seem to be in.
Clay is certain there’s something else going on at the bookstore, and as he and his friends get drawn in to the mystery, we visit Google Headquarters, a reading room below the subway in NYC, and the greatest independent bookstore ever put to print.

Redshirts by John Scalzi takes the trope of Star Trek "redshirts" and turns it on its head. The trope began with the original series - Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the command wore Blue and Yellow uniforms. When they would go away on missions, the person who died or was grievously injured was always wearing the only other primary color available – red. So “redshirt” became a codeword for someone who was going to die. This hysterically funny science fiction novel takes the idea of expendable redshirts and turns it on its head. The tagline is “They Were Expendable – Until They Started Comparing Notes.” 

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!

Ideas for One Book, One Community 2013

On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Darien Library staff members sat down with readers in the community to discuss possible selections for our town-wide One Book, One Community read for 2013. A really top notch collection of titles were pitched and we thought it would be fun to share with everyone! Below please find the 25 (yes, 25!) titles that were thrown into the gantlet Tuesday afternoon. We'd love your input in choosing the 2013 title from among the four finalists.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

The Aviator's Wife

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!

Kiera and Pat's MUOM selections

Kiera's Picks:

Dirt by David Mann This psychological thriller is set on a nut farm- both literally and figuratively. Galen, a 23-year-old who has never spent a day away from his mother, Susie Q, longs to align his chakras and experience deep meditations. Unfortunately, his money-hoarding mom, deeply bitter aunt, sexually depraved cousin and poor dementia-ridden grandmother are all standing in his way to spritual fulfillment. When his mother threatens to send him to prison, Galen's last few screws come loose as he comtemplates how far he is willing to go to save himself. This page-turner will lead you into a sometimes comic, sometimes cruel, but altogether unsettling glimpse into a family gone to dirt. 

Breed by Chase Novak  A wealthy upper eastside couple, sick of failed infertility treatments, ventures to a shady doctor in eastern Europe for a miracle. And it works- they're having twins! But there is a dark, and rather gruesome, price to be paid for their new bundles of joy. This guilty pleasure read is a fun, sick, and twisted!

Timecrimes In this Spanish-language sci-fi horror film, a man accidentally finds himself in a murder mystery and a bit of a time travel conumdrum. Scary, fast-paced, and thought-provoking. 

Pat's Picks:

Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman  Tom, a lighthouse keeper and his wife Isabel live on a remote island off the coast of Australia and one day a boat comes ashore occupied by a dead man and a crying baby. This couple have been childless for years and Isabel convinces her husband not to report this missing baby. They raise the baby girl, Lucy, as their own but this deceptive act has profound consequences for both Tom and Isabel.

Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe  Tome Wolfe's latest novel arrived on Main Street yesterday and what has been said about this book is the author does for Miami what he did for New York in Bonfire of the Vanities. He has created a cast of exoctic characters and a plot that will keep you thoroughly entertained!

No Easy Day by Mark Owen  The author gives us a first person account about the planning and execution of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad. As a reader, you become immersed in the blow by blow description of the assault and amazed by the courageous risks taken by Seal Team Six.


More Tech Books Have Arrived!

What will you be learning this fall?
What will you be learning this fall?

At just before 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 6th, these tech books are not quite available to be picked up. However, these new books are so exciting, that I could not wait to post about them! These new books were selected for every day programs like Microsoft Office and to enchance your skills before you head to the Digital Media Lab!

Look for these books to be on the shelves tomorrow. Make your holds request now so you can be first in line! Look forward to more tech books to be arriving soon.

All A's!

Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt
Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt

In the sports world, even the most diehard fans of opposing teams have to tip their caps when a David beats a Goliath. If the Miami Heat wins a championship after assembling a virtual all-star team, there's little interest beyond the fan base. More than 30 years later, however, we all still remember the USA hockey team's stunning victory at the 1980 Olympic Games -- primarily because it was such an unexpected upset.

Major League Baseball's season takes place on an uneven playing field. Some of the small-market, less wealthy teams start the season with no realistic chance of making the playoffs, while other teams are perennially successful. Money is a large factor; in 2012, the highest team budget (Yankees) is almost four times the lowest (Padres). So how do those "poor" teams compete and, in some cases, succeed?

Enter Billy Beane, who took over the General Manager position for the Oakland A's in 1997, after a disappointing baseball career. He saw patterns and potential where nobody else did, and put together a roster of low-budget cast-offs and has-beens that surprised the old guard and created a blueprint that has literally changed the game. The book, and now the film, Moneyball tell his story in a way that even non-baseball fans will appreciate. You may have never visited Oakland, but you'll be rooting for his A's in Moneyball!


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