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New Fiction

  • Whiteman - Tony D'Sousa
  • The Bookwoman's Last Fling: a Cliff Janeway novel - John Dunning
  • Tsotsi - Athol Fugard
  • The Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
  • Blood from a Stone - Donna Leon
  • Through a Glass, Darkly - Donna Leon
  • Cage of Stars - Jacquelyn Mitchard
  • Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovshy
  • Be More Chill - Ned Vizzini
  • Everyman - Philip Roth
  • Heart of the World: a Carlotta Carlyle Novel - Linda Barnes
  • Digging to America - Anne Tyler
  • Life Studies - Susan Vreeland
  • The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories - Valerie Martin
  • "Theft" a love story - Peter Carey
  • Malinche - Laura Esquivel
  • Heart of the World - Linda Barnes
  • Killer Instinct - Joseph Finder
  • The Man of my Dreams - Curtis Sittenfeld

New Non-Fiction

  • Crime Beat: a Decade of Covering Cops and Killers - Michael Connelly
  • Cracking the SAT 2006 Edition - The Princetin Review
  • Culinary Boot Camp: Five Days od Basic Training at the Culinary Institute of America
  • Golf Magazine Private Lessons: the Best of the Best Instruction - David Dusek
  • The Omnivore's Dilema: a Natural History of Four Meals - Michael Pollan
  • A Death in Belmont - Sebastian Junger
  • Marley and Me - John Grogan
  • Get a Freelance Life:'s Insider Guide to Freelance Writing - Margit Feury Ragland
  • Horse Racing's Top 100 Moments - The Staff of Blood-Horse Publications
  • The Mighty & the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs - Madeleine Albright
  • Cocktail Hour: Authentic Recipes and Illustrations from 1920 to 1960 - Susan Waggoner and Robert Markel
  • Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide - Maureen Dowd
  • Mayflower: a Story of Courage, Community and War - Nathaniel Philbrick
  • The Toughest Show on Earth: My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera - Joseph Volpe
  • Gardening at Ginger: My Seven-Year Obsession with Designing and Planting a Personal Landscape - James Raimes
  • Possible Side Effects - Augusten Burroughs
  • Human Anatomy : From the Renaissance to the Digital Age - Benjamin A. Rifkin, Michail J. Ackerman, Judith Folkenberg
  • The Lost VanGogh - A.J. Zerries
  • A Heckuva Job: More of the Bush Administration in Rhyms - Calvin Trillin
  • One Good Horse - Tom Groneberg
  • Designing the New Kitchen Garden: An American Potager Handbook - Jennifer R. Bartley

New Audios

All CDs unless noted

  • Elements of style - Wendy Wasserstein
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness - Alexander McCall Smith
  • A Perfect Union: Dolly Madison and the creation of the American Nation - Catherine Allsor
  • The Omnivore's Dilema: a Natural History of Four Meals - Michael Pollan
  • My Life in France - Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme
  • A Death in Belmont - Sebastian Junger
  • The Man of My Dreams - Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Hunting Bager - Tony Hillerman - tape
  • The Terrible Hours - Peter Maas - tape
  • Shoulder the Sky - Anne Perry - tape
  • No Grave As Yet - Anne Perry - tape

New DVD's

  • Au Revoir les Enfants
  • Deadwood, Season 2
  • Duma
  • King Kong
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Munich
  • The New World
  • Transamerica
  • Ushpizin
  • Waterland
  • The West Wing Season 6
  • White Countess



Every month in this spot we feature reading suggestions. These include historic fiction, science fiction, mysteries, and more. Many of these titles can be found in the Mid Hudson Library System.

A Sense of Place

Novels where the scene, the setting, or the environment is a major character

"A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it..." Joan Didion

  • Albert, Susan Wittig -- China Bayles series
  • Allende, Isabel -- The House of the Spirits
  • Atwood, Margaret -- The Robber Bride
  • Banks, Russell -- Rule of the Bone
  • Barr, Nevada -- Assorted Titles
  • Beckwith, Lillian -- An Island Apart
  • Begiebing, Robert J. Rebecca Wentworth's Distraction
  • Begiebing, Robert J. The Adventures of Allegra Fullerton
  • Berendt, John -- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (nonfiction)
  • Bergland, Martha -- A Farm Under a Lake
  • Binchy, Maeve -- Circle of Friends and others
  • Boyle, T. Coraghessan -- The Tortilla Curtain
  • Bradbury, Ray -- The Martian Chronicles
  • Burke, James Lee -- Assorted Titles
  • Burns, Olive Ann -- Cold Sassy Tree
  • Carr, Caleb -- The Alienist
  • Cather, Willa -- My Antonia and O Pioneers!
  • Childers, Erskine -- Riddle of the Sands
  • Chute, Carolyn -- The Beans of Egypt, Maine
  • Cisneros, Sandra Carmelo
  • Cleary, Jon -- The Sundowners
  • Conroy, Pat -- Beach Music
  • Conroy, Pat -- The Prince of Tides
  • Conroy, Pat - The Water is Wide
  • Crews -- A Southern Childhood
  • Danticat, Edwidge The Farming of Bones
  • Day, Dianne -- the Fremont Jones series
  • Dexter, Pete -- The Paperboy
  • Dillard, Annie -- The Living
  • Doerr, Harriet -- Consider This Senora
  • Doig, Ivan -- Assorted Titles
  • Dooling, Richard -- White Man's Grave
  • DuMaurier, Daphne -- Rebecca
  • Evans, Nicholas -- The Horse Whisperer
  • Faulkner, William-- anything
  • Finney, Jack -- Time and Again
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott -- The Great Gatsby
  • Follett, Ken -- Pillars of the Earth
  • Forster, E.M. -- A Passage to India
  • Frazer, Charles -- Cold Mountain
  • Gabaldon, Diana -- Outlander series
  • Gaspar, Frank X. Leaving Pico
  • Giardin, Denise -- Storming Heaven
  • Golden, Arthur -- Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Goodman, Carol The Lake of Dead Languages
  • Grey, Zane -- Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Grisham, John A Painted House
  • Guterson, David -- Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Gutterson, David -- Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Hamill, Pete - Forever
  • Haruf, Kent - Eventide
  • Haruf, Kent - Plainsong
  • Hassler, Jon -- Staggerford
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel -- The House of Seven Gables
  • Heinlein, Robert -- The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
  • Hemingway, Ernest -- A Moveable Feast
  • Herbert, Ernest The Old American
  • Herbert, Frank -- Dune
  • Hiassen, Carl -- Assorted Titles
  • Hoeg, Peter -- Smilla's Sense of Snow
  • Hoffman, Alice -- Turtle Moon
  • Hood, May -- Familiar Heat
  • Humphries, Josephine -- Fireman's Fair
  • Jerome, Jerome K. -- Three Men in a Boat
  • Jewett, Sarah Orne -- Country of the Pointed Firs
  • Karon, Jan -- the Mitford series
  • Kennedy, Raymon The Romance of Eleanor Gray
  • Kennedy, William -- Ironweed
  • Kingsolver, Barbara -- The Bean Trees
  • Kingsolver, Barbara Prodigal Summer
  • Kingsolver, Barbara The Poisonwood Bible
  • Laskas, Gretchen M. The Midwife's Tale
  • Lee, Harper -- To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Leon, Donna -- Mysteries in Venice
  • Lippman, Laura Tess Monahan mysteries
  • Mahfouz, Naguib -- Cairo Trilogy
  • Maron, Margaret -- Mysteries set in North Carolina
  • Marshall, Catherine -- Christy
  • Massey, Sujata Rei Shimura mystery series
  • Matthieson, Peter -- Far Tortuga
  • May, Connie -- River of Hidden Dreams
  • Mayes, Frances Swan
  • Mayle, Peter -- Hotel Pastis
  • McCall Smith, A. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
  • McCammon, Robert -- A Boy's Life, Gone South
  • McCarthy, Cormac -- All The Pretty Horses
  • McCrumb, Sharyn -- The Rosewood Casket
  • Mehta, Gita -- A River Sutra
  • Melville, James -- anything
  • Meriwether, Louise -- Daddy Was a Number Runner
  • Michelsen, G. F. - Hard Bottom
  • Monroe, MaryAlice - Skyward
  • Monroe, MaryAlice - The Beach House
  • Moore, John L. -- The Breaking of Ezra Riley
  • Morgan, Marlo -- Mutant Message Down Under
  • Morgan, Robert Gap Creek
  • Mosher, Howard Frank -- A Stranger in the Kingdom
  • Naipaul, V.S. -- Miguel Street
  • Norman, Howard -- The Bird Artist
  • Owens, Louis -- The Sharpest Sight
  • Padgett, Abigail -- Moonbird Boy and others
  • Paretsky, Sara -- V.I. Warshawski Mysteries
  • Parker, Robert B. -- Assorted Titles
  • Pelleitier, Cathie -- Beaming Sonny Home
  • Percy, Walker -- The Moviegoer
  • Pierce, Anne W. Rain Line
  • Pierce, Michael -- Assorted Titles
  • Price, Reynolds -- anything
  • Proulx, E. Annie -- The Shipping News
  • Putney, Mary Jo The Burning Point
  • Rawlings, Marjorie -- Cross Creek
  • Rice, Anne -- The Witching Hour
  • Rolvagg, O.E. -- Giants in the Earth
  • Rowland, Laura Joh -- Samurai-era mysteries
  • Russo, Richard -- Nobody's Fool
  • Schaeffer, Frank -- Portofino
  • Shields, Carol -- The Stone Diaries
  • Shreve, Anita -- Eden Close
  • Siddons, Anne Rivers -- Downtown
  • Siddons, Anne Rivers Islands
  • Skillings, R. D. How Many Die
  • Smiley, Jane -- A Thousand Acres
  • Smith, Dennis The Miracle of Santo Fico
  • Smith, Julie -- Skip Langdon series
  • Smith, Lee -- Fair and Tender Ladies
  • Smith, Patrick -- A Land Remembered
  • Smith, Wibur -- Assorted Titles
  • Spencer-Fleming, J. In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Stabenow, Dana -- Alaska mysteries
  • Stegner, Wallace -- Angle of Repose
  • Stewart, Mary -- My Brother Michael
  • Stokes, Naomi -- The Tree People
  • Tan, Amy -- The Hundred Secret Senses
  • Truong, Monique The Book of Salt
  • Van Gieson, Judith -- Mysteries
  • Watson, Larry -- Montana 1948
  • Waumbaugh, Joseph -- The Golden Orange
  • Weaver, Will -- Red Earth, White Earth
  • Welty, Eudora -- anything
  • Wharton, Edith -- Ethan Frome
  • Whitney, Phyllis -- anything
  • Winton, Tim -- The Riders

Compiled by the subscribers of the Fiction_L mailing list.

60th Annual
Library Fair
Saturday,June 10

New Time: 11 AM – 3 PM

Fun for all Ages

Think summer! The Stone Ridge Library Fair—this year the 60th annual—is set for Saturday, June 10th. The new time is 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., but the place remains the same—the lovely library grounds.

The renowned book sale will be sheltered under the giant tent, front and center. Vases made by local potters, along with other garden items will be on sale at the new Plant Accessories booth, right next to the Plant Tent with its wide assortment of annuals as well as perennial garden divides. Local authors will be available to sign their books, and weavers and spinners, among others, will demonstrate their crafts and sell their wares. There will be books and games for the children—and cotton candy and popcorn for children of all ages.

Refreshments will also include sausage and peppers, hot dogs and hamburgers and—new this year—wraps, along with iced coffee, iced tea and lemonade, water and soda. For dessert: strawberry shortcake and home baked delicacies.

Among the musicians under the Entertainment Tent will be the Kurt Henry Trio and others, with the Rondout Valley High School Jazz Band taking the final set. Henry will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

A 50-50 raffle, another 2006 addition, will be drawn every hour. Winners will go home with some extra cash as well as their smiles and bags of books!

A free shuttle bus will transport fairgoers from the Ulster County Community College Parking lot. Marbletown Rescue, the Ulster County Sheriff’s special detail and the State Police will be on hand for traffic and safety control

The Fair will take place rain or shine. All are welcome.

We're still accepting volunteers:
Click here to sign up online. For further information call the Library at 687-8726.


Knitting Group

Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24
10am-Noon at the Library

Our knitting group meets every Saturday in the Library's Reference room. All levels are welcome.


On the Shelves

Poughkeepsie Journal 5.7.06
By Josh Cohen

Murder has a global flavor in these adventures

On the Shelves is a monthly column by a rotating list of mid-Hudson Valley library directors who comment on notable books coming to your local public library.

We all know Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe and Mike Hammer, fictional detectives that solve every case. There are mystery writers around the world that create not only quirky detectives and a suspenseful read, but, effectively replicate the ambiance of the locale, so that before the killer is found, you feel as if you have visited the area.

Smell of the Night, by Andrea Camilleri; Penguin.

Smell of the Night brings us to Sicily, where Inspector Montalbano has to investigate the disappearance of a financial wizard. This fast talker has bilked retirees out of savings and Montalbano's commander wants a quick solution. Meanwhile with his girlfriend, Liva, distracting him and witnesses disappearing, the trail through the financial maze leading to the money becomes even more complicated.

Adios, Hemingway, by Leonardo Padura Fuentes; Canongate Books.

Let's go to Havana, where a body is uncovered on Hemingway's estate. Mario Conde, who is a Hemingway fanatic and waved to Hemingway as a small child, is brought out of retirement to solve this 40-year-old mystery. The narrative jumps back and forth between the present and the last days of Hemingway in Cuba before finding a solution. Insights into Conde's life, Hemingway's last days and Cuba itself are revealed along with the identity of the corpse.

A Window in Copacabana, by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza; Picador.

In Rio de Janeiro, where three policemen have been murdered, Inspector Espinoza quickly finds that the three victims have some similarities in that they were not popular with other officers and they were involved in something beyond police work. When the wife of a high-ranking official witnesses a suicide, who just happens to be a mistress of one of the dead cops, the plot takes an unexpected turn and Espinoza is now dealing with multiple mysteries.

When Red Is Black, by Qiu Xiaolong; Soho Crime.

Shanghai is where Inspector Chen investigates the death of the author of a banned book. Chen is busy with a side job translating a corporate document so he works from afar through his assistant. They discover an old romance between the victim and a college professor that occurred during the Cultural Revolution. The story not only investigates the murder, but also the amazing changes in China from the communist days to the current spread of free enterprise.

The Last Resort, by Carmen Posadas; Random House.

Let us visit a high-end Moroccan spa resort where Rafael Molinet, before committing suicide, decides to spend the last of his fortune on two weeks of luxury. The day before he leaves for the resort, his niece tells him of a woman from Madrid whose husband died mysteriously in the arms of his mistress. Who should show up at the resort but this very woman followed by two couples from Madrid who know her story. Someone winds up dead. Molinet's curiosity gets the best of him and, in the tradition of an Agatha Christie inspector, investigates the mystery.

Josh Cohen is the executive director of the Mid-Hudson Library System, which provides a shared library automation system and resources to 66 public libraries in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam and Ulster counties.

Can't decide on what to read? Visit midhudson for links to lists of titles that might attract your interest.



Worldmapper: The World as You've Never Seen It Before

This site features cartograms, maps showing global regions "re-sized according to the subject of interest." Some of the many map subjects include births, total population, children, elderly, refugees, immigrants, tourism, transportation, and imports and exports. Maps are available in a printable poster format, and are accompanied by explanatory text and data files. A collaboration among the University of Sheffield (England), University of Michigan, and other groups. more

The New Americans

Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Independent Lens documentary about "a diverse group of immigrants and refugees as they leave their home ... and learn what it means to be new Americans in the 21st century." Immigrants include Nigerian refugee families, a Palestinian bride, a Dominican baseball player, a Mexican farmer, and an Indian technical worker. Features material about the cultural riches brought by these people (such as henna body art, Indian musicals, and food). more

O'Reilly Digital Media: Article Archives

Collection of articles about audio, video, and photography technology trends. Some of the topics include computer music videos, digital image management, digitizing videotapes, MP3 players, vocoders, and digital bookmarks. Includes a mix of highly technical pieces and beginning articles such as "What is Podcasting" and "What is Vlogging." From O'Reilly Media, publishers of books on computers and technology; articles are written by O'Reilly book authors and other industry experts. more

National Park Service: Preservation Briefs

Find "easy-to-read guidance on preserving, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings." Features illustrated essays on topics such as repairing historic plaster, removing graffiti from historic masonry, controlling unwanted moisture, preserving ceramic tile floors, preserving historic signs, seismic retrofitting, and the dangers of abrasive cleaning. From the National Park Service Technical Preservation Service. more

Poison Ivy, Oak, & Sumac Information Center

A collection of folklore, photographs, and medical information about the allergic skin rashes caused by contact with these wild plants, all of which contain the potent allergen urushiol oil. Includes sections on plant identification, the chemistry of soap, and plant removal and control. Most of the contributions in the treatments section come from the general public and have not been reviewed by medical professionals. more

The Environmental Literacy Council:
Acid Rain

Overview of the phenomenon of acid rain, also known as acidic precipitation or acid deposition, which occurs "when sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere [from pollution] react with oxygen in the air to form sulfuric acid (H2SO4) and nitric acid (HNO)." Includes discussion about the effect of acid rain on aquatic ecosystems, plants, buildings, and human health. Also includes links to related sites. more

This site was "created to aid in the recruiting of the best and the brightest college graduates around the country" for the publishing industry. Features a guide to help match a college major with the appropriate publishing departments, a list of publishing internships, company profiles, a glossary, an overview of the publishing industry (such as trade publishers, university presses, and book packagers), and links to related sites. From the Association of American Publishers (AAP). more

Book Packaging: Under-Explored Terrain for Freelancers

Article about opportunities for artists and writers to work for book packagers, also known as book producers, who develop the idea for a book and hire others to create the manuscript. "There are two main reasons for a publishing house to hire a packager: labor-intensive books, and series books." Includes examples of packaged books (Nancy Drew, Goosebumps, and For Dummies guides) and perks and pitfalls of working with a packager. From Writer's Digest Magazine. more

Virtual Tour of the CIA: "Kryptos" Sculpture

Overview of this sculpture, located at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters, that is inscribed with "several enigmatic messages, each written in a different code. The sculpture continues to be a source of pleasure and mystery for Agency employees with a few employees taking the challenge to 'break the code.'" Features a photo of the sculpture, the transcribed code, and an essay about the sculpture and attempts to solve the puzzle. From the CIA. more


This service allows you to catalog your personal library with user-defined "tags" such as "beach read" or "magical realism." You may keep your catalog private or let others see it, and you can search other's catalogs. Includes lists of top books and authors, and a blog. Free for up to 200 titles; there is a fee for unlimited use. more

How MySpace Works

This introduction to the prominent social networking site Myspace describes what it "really is, what it can do for you, [and] how it blew past the competition." Discusses how the idea of social networking is applied online ("It's the simple act of expanding the number of people you know by meeting your friends' friends, their friends' friends and their friends' friends' friends."). Also addresses safety issues. From How Stuff Works. more

NSA's Data Mining Explained

This May 2006 article provides answers to frequently asked questions about "a new report about how the National Security Agency [NSA] is involved in not merely surveillance of phone calls, but also an extensive data mining program." Topics include types of domestic phone records covered (such as call detail records, or CDRs), the legality of data mining, and criticisms of the program. Includes links to related news stories and websites. From CNET. more

Floyd Patterson

Official website for this boxer who won the middleweight gold medal in Helsinki, Finland, at the 1952 Olympics, and became the youngest world heavyweight champion in 1956. "When he recaptured the title in 1960 after a brief loss, it marked the first time a boxer had ever made a successful comeback for the world heavyweight title." Includes a brief biography and list of career highlights. more

Allen's Guide to Summer Camps and Travel Programs

This website "provides information about many different kids and teen summer camps and travel programs. These are all structured group programs. ... Allen's Guide does not manage or book any of the programs but links you to the operators' web sites." Includes listings for children's residential and nonresidential summer camps, and specific types of camps, such as academic, arts, self-improvement, religious, sports, and special needs. This site is supported by several summer camp providers. more

Driving Tips: We Test the Tips: What Really Saves Gas? And How Much?

This article describes how changing your driving habits may result in substantial fuel economy improvements. Driving tips were tested "over a remote 55-mile route in the high desert of California." Tests with significant fuel savings included moderate instead of aggressive driving, lowering high speeds, using cruise control, and limiting excessive idling. Proper tire pressure and not using air conditioning did not result in significant fuel savings. From a company that produces car-pricing guides. more

The Da Vinci Code, The Catholic Church and Opus Dei

May 2006 response to Dan Brown's fictional work "The Da Vinci Code" from the Prelature of Opus Dei in the United States. Fictional members of Opus Dei are prominent characters in the novel. Topics addressed include Opus Dei and monks, crime, corporal mortification (including the cilice), cult allegations, women, and the Vatican bank. more

The State of the World's Refugees: Human Displacement in the New Millennium

This 2006 report "presents the challenges to refugee protection and assesses the response of the international community." It looks at population dynamics, refugee protection, safety and security of refugees, emergency response, internally displaced persons, and potential solutions and future challenges. The "Annex" provides useful statistics. From the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). more


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