Brooklyn Public Library


Give Your Books Up for Adoption

Sep 30, 2010 1:52 PM | 0 comments

Books can sneak up on you. One minute you’ve collected just a few; next thing you know, they’ve become like a small family living in your house, taking up valuable space and slowly pushing you out the door. So what do you do? Throw them away? Turn them into book art? How about giving them a new home? 

Come to the Great American Book Drive at Central Library this Saturday, from 10 AM to 3 PM, and bring all those unwanted books with you. Our co-host, Better World Books, will sell them to people all over the world, and Brooklyn Public Library will get a part of every sale. It’s one of those rare situations where everyone wins!

If you fear separation anxiety from your old books, you can pick up new ones at our buck-a-book sale. That money will also support the Library.

There will also be live music from 11 AM to 2 PM by our house band Lost in the Stacks. Kids can enjoy crafts and a temporary tattoo parlor throughout the day as well.

See you, and your books, on Saturday!

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Déjà Vu All Over Again

Sep 29, 2010 9:39 AM | 0 comments

Film sequels are not for me. In my opinion, unless something is already predetermined to be a multi-part project, continuing a story that already had an end just to capitalize off its popularity usually yields mediocre results.


The same applies to book sequels, which is why it is with much caution that I approach the newest books by Terry McMillan and Bret Easton Ellis: Getting to Happy and Imperial Bedrooms, respectively.


McMillan’s Getting to Happy picks up 10 years after the women of Waiting to Exhale found some semblance of peace and harmony in their lives. Bernadine is now abusing pain meds after another failed marriage, Robin has a shopping addiction, Savannah is contemplating divorce and Gloria…well, I don’t know what Gloria’s storyline is supposed to be about.


And I remember loving to hate all of the characters in Ellis’ Less Than Zero and wondering to myself, “Is this really how the other half lives?” The rampant drug abuse, self-centeredness and sense of entitlement astounded and intrigued me, but never did the ending make me think, “I wonder how they will turn out?” Apparently, Ellis thought different. In Imperial Bedrooms, Clay returns to Los Angeles after becoming a successful screenwriter in New York and mixes it up with his old buddies, only to find those friendships aren’t as tight as they used to be.


There’s no denying that both McMillan and Ellis are great storytellers. My question is: Have they run out of stories to tell, or are Getting to Happy and Imperial Bedrooms just the natural progressions of their characters’ lives?


What books or characters would you love to continue reading about? Which book sequels do you hope never get made?


Don't forget to visit your local Library to read these titles and judge for yourself!

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TV Lawman Loves a Good Mystery!

Sep 28, 2010 9:38 AM | 0 comments

You might not know his name, but film and TV actor Michael Badalucco has an undeniably recognizable face as the go-to person to play a cop (see: Juice, Clockers, One Fine Day) on the big screen. His most notable and Emmy Award-winning role, however, was as lawyer Jimmy Berluti on ABC’s The Practice.

It only makes sense that in his spare time, this native of Midwood takes pleasure in a good old-fashioned mystery novel.


Take a look at some of Michael’s book recommendations:


Books for Kids


Bobbsey Twins: The Secret at the Seashore by Laura Lee Hope

Boys are Dogs by (fellow Brooklynite) Leslie Margolis

Clarice Bean, Don’t Look Now by Lauren Child

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift and Lynd Ward

The 6th Grade Nickname Game by Gordon Korman


Books for Adults


Fork in the Road by Denis Hamill

Inspector Montalbano Mysteries (Michael recommends all of them) by Andrea Camilleri

The Keep by Jennifer Egan

Long For This World: A Novel by Sonya Chung


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We've Got the Beats

Sep 23, 2010 2:52 PM | 0 comments

The Beat Poetswho include Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassadystill fascinate and inspire, and every few years they reappear in the popular psyche. On Friday, September 24, the movie Howl opens, chronicling the publication of and censorship trial around what is perhaps Allen Ginsberg’s most famous poem. The film, blending documentary material with narrative, stars James Franco as a young Ginsberg. And a movie version of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is in the works, due out 2011.

There have been many film adaptations and published ruminations on this culture-changing group and era. I took a look in our stacks to see what hip, happenin’ and cool sources can be found there. Check some out for yourself.


Howl by Allen Ginsberg

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Neal Cassady: The Fast Life of a Beat Hero by David Sandison & Graham Vickers

I'm Not There, directed by Todd Haynes

Naked Lunch, directed by David Cronenberg

Beat Voices: An Anthology of Beat Poetry, edited by David Kherdian

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Fall into a Great Read!

Sep 22, 2010 10:51 AM | 0 comments

With the sunny beach days behind us, there’s no better time than the crisp fall months to get comfy with a great new book. Publishers have been waiting all summer to roll out the big literary guns: captivating novels, scandalous autobiographies, political tomes. We’re all just as eager to snatch them up and read!


Grab a hot drink, adjust your sofa cushions and take a peek at what’s in store for you on the shelves this season:


The Wall Street Journal recommends…

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Great House by Nicole Krauss

The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart


Time Out New York thinks you should read…

Nemesis by Philip Roth

Palo Alto: Stories by James Franco

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris


Library Journal loves…

Exley by Brock Clarke

Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell


Notables from The New York Times are…

By Nightfall: A Novel by Michael Cunningham

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward


New York magazine’s Top 20 features…

Ape House by Sara Gruen

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans

How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu

Check out more lists and recommendations from your Library.

What books are you currently reading or anticipating this fall?

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