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!


Tantalizing Non-Fiction Titles on Main Street

Only one of several tasty new books!
Only one of several tasty new books!

I usually take a photo-a-day to post on Darien Libary's social media, but while walking along Main Street this morning, this selection of non-fiction titles caught my eye. Thus I decided to create this booklist so you can directly request these particular titles instead of just looking at a photo!

Share your favorite non-fiction book in the comments? 

Ann and Asha's MUOMS Picks

Ann and Asha's MUOMS Picks
Ann and Asha's MUOMS Picks

Ann's Picks:

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. This is a wonderfully written book about love and loss .  June loves her Uncle Finn who is dying from aids in the 1980's when people did not know much about the disease or were open to different lifestyles.  Her mother, Finn's sister, refuses to let her family be around her brother's lover who she blames for giving her brother aids.  Uncle Finn and June have a wonderful relationship and June is devastated when he dies.  She then meets his partner, Toby, and they form a special relationship to fill Finn's void in their lives.  This book also explores sibling rivalry and family dynamics.  This is a wonderful read.

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. This is the second of Hilary Mantel's trilogy exploring the life of Thomas Cromwell.  In this book, Thomas Cromwell is plotting the replacement of Ann Boleyn with Henry VIII's new love interest Jane Seymour.  The book chronicles the last nine months of Ann's life and concentrates on her trial and death.  This story is familiar to all of us but in Miss Mantel's hand it is a page turner.

Asha's Picks:

Burn Down The Ground: A Memoir by Kambri Crews. Crews tells the story of growing up as a Child of Deaf Adults in rural Texas. She tells the story of growing up with her quiet, loving mother who is working hard to support her family, while her father is an abusive alcoholic who is slowly destroying the family. She struggles to find a balance between the two worlds while trying to find a niche for herself.

ParaNorman by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. Norman Babcock is not like the other children, in fact, he is reminded daily by everyone around him about how different he is. Norman is able to see and speak to ghosts, fun right? One day, his great uncle Prenderghast informs him that he needs to use his ability to keep the Blithe Hollow Witch asleep. Seems simple, until he realizes that something has gone awry with his plan and now the earth is shifting beneath him. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

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