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Reading material for 07/09/12:

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Some reading material from around the internet:

RIP Andy Griffith.

RIP Ernest Borgnine.

Did your internet black out today?

The God Particle has been discovered!

Remember the time that an astronaut on a space shuttle called in to Car Talk?

The picture above by artist Thomas Allen, from here.

Wall Street has an on again/off again love affair with Netflix.

Look at this ad for banana cream pie.

from here.

Batman’s secret identity is… Bruno Diaz!

There’s going to be a new edition of Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms containing 40 alternate endings.

Vintage photos of kids reading.

A love of semicolons.

The Library Of Congress’ arguable roster of books that shaped America.

Star Trek characters in search of an author.

The New York Times killed his novel.

A 9/11 book series for kids.

Famous roles turned down by famous stars.

Katie Holmes’ next movie is about being a single mom.

Entertainment Weekly‘s “best films you’ve never seen.”

Naughty things are afoot in Olympic Village.

The Amazing Spider-Man leapt and swung to the top of the Box Office this past weekend.

10 essential spaghetti westerns.

Clark Duke will be one of the many new faces on The Office.

Tracy Morgan reads Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, from here.

Boy genius concentrating on particle physics.

Chuck E. Cheese is desperate to be more hip and modern.

You can’t really trust Yelp reviews.

A review of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet.

The physics of toilets.

The 20 most beautiful museums in the world.

The 20 most beautiful public libraries in the world.

The supermoon seen around the world.

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Previous online reading material:

07/02/12.

06/25/12.

06/18/12.

06/11/12.

06/04/12.

Reading material for 06/04/12:

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Our Summer Reading program for the kids starts next week!

Some reading material from around the internet:

What is the future of The Washington Post?

The best U.S. cities for shopping.

The Milky Way is destined to collide with the Andromeda Galaxy.

Hey Amazon, you’re doing it wrong.

Facebook explores giving kids access.

Oprah’s Book Club returns!

16 great books that are about to become movies.

Great science fiction books for people who don’t read sci fi.

Libraries debate stocking the Fifty Shades Of Grey trilogy.

Play Haruki Murakami bingo.

Jeffrey Eugenides reviews Donald Antrim.

The endurance of love poems.

Classic novels and the filmmakers who were born to direct them.

RIP Richard Dawson.

A.O. Scott reviews Snow White And The Huntsman.

Inside Frank Darabont’s new show.

A review of Hemingway And Gellhorn.

14 movies that were improved by their director’s cuts.

An interview with Matthew Weiner, Vince Gilligan, and David Milch.

The weekend’s Box Office.

From above, 21 unbelievable photos that are not photoshopped.

When Benjamin Franklin met the battlefield.

BMW tries Apple’s approach to sales.

Exploring voice recognition software.

10 bands that would make great cults.

Some of the greenest architecture in the world.

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Previous online reading material:

04/30/12.

04/23/12.

04/16/12.

04/09/12.

04/02/12.

RIP Maurice Sendak.

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One of our favorite children’s authors and illustrators has unfortunately passed away today. He was 83.

Sendak had an amazing respect for the minds of younger readers, often showing that children are a “tangle of vulnerability and resilience.” You can find a nice obituary of the author at The New York Times and below we have a video of Sendak talking about his career:

At the library we have quite a few books by Sendak, including many of his classics, such as In The Night Kitchen and Outside Over There, as well as Spike Jonze’s film version of his most classic work, Where The Wild Things Are.

Sendak will be missed and appreciated, and thankfully we’ll have his works forever, which we hope that you’ll come and check out.

Reading material for 04/30/12.

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Some reading material from around the internet:

Grant Snider’s The Book Of The Future.

Get ready for the future of Firefox.

Portland tries to ban Groupon.

The dark side of Facebook memes.

The picture above is by Beverly Ealdama, from here.

104 year old woman sets world record as the oldest person to go paragliding (for the second time in five years).

Wal-Mart would like you to pay with cash.

All about CISPA, the bill that wants to erode your online privacy.

How are women’s eyes different from men’s?

from here.

The Choose Your Own Adventure books are now out in digital form.

Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet, talks about his novel.

The 10 grumpiest living writers.

The New Yorker has figured out what went wrong with the Pulitzers this year.

The Land Of Nod,” an illustrated poem by Robert Louis Stevenson.

John Irving’s advice to aspiring novelists.

The most cryptic titles in literature and what they mean.

Would you read a novel written by the internet?

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book will become a Disney movie.

The director of Chronicle is going to reboot The Fantastic Four.

Fringe has been renewed for a fifth and final mini season.

Fake Tupac is selling a lot of real records.

The Avengers comes out this Friday in America, but has already made almost $200 million overseas.

Tony Danza and Vince Vaughn are going to make a sitcom together.

The SyFy channel is planning to adapt Stephen King’s The Eyes Of The Dragon.

Movie theater owners still do not want you texting during movies, please.

They’ve already hired writers for the sequel to the new Spider-Man movie.

from here.

The lost civilizations that pioneered skull surgery.

4 people with super memory.

The question of why Rome failed.

How much of the moon’s surface did the Apollo 11 astronauts actually explore?

A brief history of international signage.

The more you struggle with new information the more likely you are to learn it.

Ponder existential depths as you answer the call of nature in this vertigo-inducing floor-less bathroom.

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Previous online reading material:

04/23/12.

04/16/12.

04/09/12.

04/02/12.

03/26/12.

03/12/12.

New and Featured Books for 04/04/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) added to our library collection…

FICTION:

Calico Joe by John Grisham

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Dorchester Terrace by Anne Perry

Stories For Nighttime And Some For The Day by Ben Loory

Death Of A Kingfisher by M. C. Beaton

The Lady Of The Rivers by Philippa Gregory

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Richard Wright

The Invincible Iron Man: Extremis by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Adi Granov

Ex Machina: The Deluxe Edition, Book 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Tony Harris

Guilty Wives by James Patterson and David Ellis

Another thriller from best selling author James Patterson (and one of his co-writers), this time about a group of women on the vacation of a lifetime that’s gone horribly wrong. You can find an interview with the author at CNN, and a rather large excerpt from the book from the author’s own website.

The Fat Years by Guanzonghong Chan

NON-FICTION:

Career Success Without A Real Job: The Career Book For People Too Smart To Work In Corporations by Ernie J. Zelinski

Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow

A fascinating book about how the way we go to war has changed by the author of the popular political talk show. Maddow’s book is not really about the politics, but about ideas and facts (something that politics should treat as a little more holy), and the book features a cover blurb from FOX News’ chief, Roger Ailes, which reads as: “People who like Rachel will love the book. People who don’t will get angry, but aggressive debate is good for America. Drift is a book worth reading.” You can find an interview with the author at The Chicago Sun-Times and reviews at the Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and at The New York Times.

Distrust That Particular Flavor by William Gibson

A very nice collection of essays, articles, and speeches from the past three decades from Gibson, the writer of science fiction and thrillers, and who has been long proclaimed as a cyber visionary. You can find some very interesting reviews of the book at Tech Crunch, Boing Boing, and on The Verge.

400 Years Of The Telescope: A Journey Of Science, Technology And Thought by Donald Goldsmith

Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, From Kennedy-Nixon To Obama-McCain by Jim Lehrer

Elizabeth The Queen: The Life Of A Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith

The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit Of Women by James Ellroy

The Next Decade: Where We’ve Been… And Where We’re Going by George Friedman

Looking Within: How X-Ray, CT, Ultrasound, And Other Medical Images Are Created – And How They Help Physicians Save Lives by Anthony Brinton Wolbarst

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Please note that books could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

03/29/12.

03/01/12.

02/02/11.

01/27/12.

12/27/11.

And for Young Adults:

04/03/12.

03/20/12.

03/06/12.

02/21/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

03/27/12.

03/13/12.

02/28/12.

02/23/12.

Reading material for 04/02/12:

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Next week at the Library…

Some reading material from around the internet:

The history of the word “Dude.”

Gallagher suffers a heart attack, retires from performing.

The battle over a missing Monet.

Fashion Week in China.

Robot Monkey kickstarter.

Burker King’s new menu looks very familiar.

The world’s tallest treehouse.

The #Occupy movement is getting a lot less visible.

by Rebecca Cobb, from here.

A list of literary heroines.

10 famous authors who made unlikely genre jumps.

Ideas to save libraries.

A new reader and an old reader discuss the books behind Game Of Thrones.

Iain M. Banks on his writing process.

When Ernest Hemingway killed his cat.

Charlie Kaufman is writing his first novel.

Are book covers different for male authors and female authors?

from here.

Everything the Hunger Games movie left out.

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs?

Kenneth Branagh will possibly be directing the next Jack Ryan movie.

I, Claudius is finally out on DVD.

The trailer for Safety Not Guaranteed, the movie based on an internet meme.

What’s really happening when Mad Men characters sing.

The trailer for The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO show.

How much would a black hole hurt the Earth?

The 1940s Census records have been released.

The benefits of being bilingual.

Pink Slime economics.

Bruce Sterling on the New Aesthetic.

Would you implant a microchip in a child?

Earthshine.

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Previous online reading material:

03/26/12.

03/12/12.

03/05/12.

02/27/12.

02/20/12.

New and Featured Books for 03/29/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) added to our library collection…

FICTION:

State Of Wonder by Ann Patchett

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

This is the novel that was adapted into the Oscar nominated film (the screenplay adaption won an Oscar) directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney. The movie is very good, and we’d definitely recommend the book to anyone who likes funny and poignant character-driven stories, and who likes to read the book before the movie. Check out a review of the book in The New York Times, and the author’s website.

Paradise by Toni Morrison

Red Inferno: 1945 by Robert Conroy

The Fallen Angels by Bernard Cornwell and Susannah Kells

The Valcourt Heiress by Catherine Coulter

100 Bullets: The Deluxe Edition, Book 1 by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso

Like the cover blurb says, Azzarello and Risso’s long running comic book series from DC/Vertigo comics was “one of the greatest works of crime fiction in any medium,” telling some very hard-boiled pulp/noir stories in a very modern way. And this is where it began with it’s very simple initial premise: A mysterious man named Graves would visit people who had been the victim of a serious wrong and present them with evidence of who it was that was responsible for their plight. In the vein of revenge he’d then offer them a handgun and the eponymous 100 bullets, all untraceable by the police. And a lot of very interesting and very dark and very complex stories would spin out of that. Here are reviews of the series at Wired, The Comics Journal, and Pop Matters, and an interview with writer Brian Azzarello at The Onion AV Club.

The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke

NON-FICTION:

Women Pilots Of World War II by Jean Hascall Cole

Playing With Trains: A Passion Beyond Scale by Sam Posey

Forged: Writing In The Name Of God – Why The Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are by Bart D. Ehrman

Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, And History by Milton C. Sernett

Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser

Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell

This is a very fun and informative look at history by journalism, essayist, social commentator, and This American Life contributor Vowell, who looks at America’s imperialist desires and manifest destiny ideals at the end of the 19th century, and which lead to America annexing Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and invading Cuba and the Philippines. Vowell also talks about the culture clash as Christian missionaries swiftly moved in and tried to convert the far more laid back native Hawaiians to the American way of life. Here’s an interview with the author, and you can find interesting reviews of the book at The Los Angeles Times and in The New York Times.

And here’s an odd fun fact for you: Sarah Vowell, seen above, voiced the character Violet in Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles.

This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science Of A Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin

Raw Basics: Incorporating Raw Living Foods Into Your Diet Using Easy And Delicious Recipes by Jenny Ross

The Intimate Lives Of The Founding Fathers by Thomas Fleming

The Reading Promise: My Father And The Books We Shared by Alice Ozma

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Please note that books could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

03/01/12.

02/02/11.

01/27/12.

12/27/11.

And for Young Adults:

03/20/12.

03/06/12.

02/21/12.

02/09/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

03/27/12.

03/13/12.

02/28/12.

02/23/12.

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