Celebrate Bill's 442nd Birthday on April 23

Well of course you'll want to read Shakespeare if you've never had the privilege, but there are also plenty of excellent translations of his work on video. In addition to the classics--Laurence Olivier's Hamlet, Orson Welles' Othello, and Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet--the Library owns at least five different interpretations of King Lear. Recent acquisitions include the 2005 theatrical release of The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino; the 1996 version of Twelfth Night; this 2005 performance of Benjamin Britten's opera of A Midsummer Night's Dream; and the 1976 Thames Television production of Romeo and Juliet.

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Sandpiper -- Vote for me!
As Sandpiper becomes fascinated by and befriends a mysterious loner, her existing relationships with her peers undergo irreversible transformations. Dramatic changes at home and uncertainty in her life force Sandpiper to reevaluate who she is.

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Uglies -- Vote for me!
Ever looked into the mirror and wished you looked different? Tally lives in a futuristic society, where all have a procedure to make them “pretty” when they turn 16. . . .But what if you don’t want to look like everyone else?

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #15

“Unexpected, unrehearsed, unconventional” – that’s how Meg Mullins describes the relationships between the main characters in her sparkling debut novel.

At the center of the story is Iranian Ushman Khan, The Rug Merchant. Middle-aged, and feeling abandoned by a wife who refuses to join him in New York, he runs a small rug store on Madison Avenue by day and endures a solitary existence. A chance meeting with a beautiful Barnard student during his nocturnal wanderings at JFK, blossoms into a serious affair.
Then, there is wealthy and demanding socialite Mrs. Roberts - one of his best customers, who seems to be reaching out to Ushman in the most unexpected way.

A quiet and complex novel of “many extraordinary pleasures”, Mullins's auspiciously wonderful debut is not to be missed. My bet is you will be hand-selling it to your friends. Reviews.

Chemistry of the Heart

Emilie Selden has been taught all the sciences by her reclusive, brilliant father on their estate in England but she is unprepared for her first encounter with love. A secret courtship, a loveless marriage and tragedy teach her more about life and loss than she can bear so she heads back to Selden Manor to rediscover her past and a new purpose in life. The Alchemist's Daughter by Katharine McMahon is a fine blending of historical fiction and science -- one of the most popular books on cd at the Library.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (4/9/06)

It's hard to know what to say when the paperback version of a book is released and the hardcover moves back into the #1 position. And Dan Brown also won his British court case. Now everyone is waiting for the movie of the Da Vinci Code.

At #2 is Prior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag: another judge in jeopardy, this time in Minneapolis.

At #8 is The Secret Supper by Javier Sierra: another mystery starring Da Vinci, this time involving clues from his "Last Supper"

At #9 is A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore: for fans of Buffy and the supernatural, a San Francisco store owner becomes a Death Merchant who protects the souls of the recently dead.

At #15 is Intuition by Allegra Goodman: a literary novel exploring the work and lives of scientists at a cancer research institute that is rocked by allegations of a possible fraud.

Motivational consultant John Baldoni on Communication

You can view local business consultant and author John Baldoni discuss his book Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders on local Community Televsion Cable Channel 17 on Tuesday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m.; Friday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. He presents an overview of communication styles, techniques and strategies useful for all who need to hone their communication skills. The books also uses illustrative material from notable leaders, both historical and contemporary.

This Is The Dream by Diane Z. Shore & Jessica Alexander

This Is The Dream is written in verse about the struggle for equality through nonviolence. The illustrations enhance the poetic verse leading to the accomplishment of being able to choose a seat on the bus, sit at a lunch counter with anyone from any race and drinking from the same water fountain in a park. This is a wonderful introduction to the discussion of civil rights with young children.

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Peeps -- Vote For Me!
Cal has discovered he is a carrier – infected with a parasite but immune to it. His ex-girlfriends were not. Unfortunately for them, the parasite gives its host an insatiable appetite for human blood. Cal must find them before it is too late. . .for everyone!

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Eyes of the Emperor -- Vote For Me!
Based on a true story, Eddie Okubo, a Japanese American from Hawaii, joins the Army during World War II. Eddie soon discovers that his service to his country is to act solely as bait to train attack dogs to track Japanese soldiers.

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