Music to your ears... Food for your soul...

Join the University Musical Society in welcoming Sweet Honey In The Rock at Hill Auditorium on Saturday, April 22 at 8pm.

For over 30 years, this Grammy-award winning a cappella ensemble of six African American women have combined spirituals, hymns, gospel - as well as jazz and blues to raise awareness about the social injustices in the U.S. and around the world. The words are also beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language.

Can't make it to the concert? Or you've heard them and want more? Check out AADL's selection of their music.

The Play Ground

The Play Ground

The Play Ground welcomes Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg back to the UMS after a 15 year absence. Salerno-Sonnenberg burst onto the scene in 1981 as a young violinist star and is known as original and fearless. She is accompanied by Anne-Marie McDermott who is described as a "luminous, boldly emotive pianist who conveys great sensitivity" in her playing. Sounds like a concert that is not to be missed. Friday, April 21, 8pm at Hill Auditorium.

Idol-mania!

So you think you're a true American Idol fan? Sure, you may know everything there is to know about season 5, but what about seasons 1-4? You better brush up kids, for there may be a quiz...

Need some "idol" extra credit? Check these out:

Kelly Clarkson
Ruben Studdard
Clay Aiken (Yes folks, he actually has a book out...)
Fantasia Barrino

Owen Parry’s Abel Jones (Civil War Historical Mysteries)

Abel Jones, Welsh immigrant, former sergeant with the British army in India, teetotalling Methodist, and bookkeeper for a coal company in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, has sworn off fighting and killing but finds himself compelled to help drill the hapless youths who have gathered to join the Union army. He ends up as their sergeant, is injured at Bull Run, becomes a clerk in the War Department, is recruited by General McClellan to investigate a soldier’s death, and the adventures begin.

His investigations provide wonderful commentary on the political, social, military, ethnic, and ethical background of the Civil War. Exciting, harrowing, humorous, and compulsively readable.

Series in order:
Faded Coat of Blue
Shadows of Glory
Call Each River Jordan
Honor’s Kingdom
Bold Sons of Erin
Rebels of Babylon

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.

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

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.

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

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.

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