Time Travel Fans

Take a trip through time with these time travel stories:

The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
11/22/63 by Stephen King

The Company of the Dead by David Kowelski
Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan
Blackout by Connie Willis

  • The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch - A tale told in reverse finds an innocent man sitting in jail after being accused of his wife's murder and given an opportunity by a gray-haired stranger to go back in time on an hour-by-hour basis to discover what happened, an opportunity that poses a painful dilemma.
  • The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer - To alleviate her suffocating depression after the death of her twin brother and the break-up with her long-time lover, Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment that has an unexpected side effect, which transports her to the lives she might have had if she had been born in a different era.
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King - Receiving a horrific essay from a GED student with a traumatic past, high-school English teacher Jake Epping is enlisted by a friend to travel back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a mission for which he must reacclimate to 1960s culture and befriend troubled loner Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • The Company of the Dead by David Kowelski - March 1912. A mysterious man appears aboard the Titanic on its doomed voyage. His mission? To save the ship. The result? A world where the United States never entered World War I, thus launching the secret history of the 20th Century. Joseph Kennedy, grand-nephew to the president, is one of the six people who can set history to its rightful order, even if it means his non-existence.
  • Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan - Upon learning that he is terminally ill, Ellis, a man who has always played it safe, decides to throw caution to the wind and use the time machine he has constructed in his garage.
  • Blackout by Connie Willis - Stranded in the past during World War II, three researchers from the future investigate period behavior and seek each other out in a shared effort to return to their own time.
Looking for more? Ask one of our reference librarians for recommendations.

Join us for a Book Discussion

1984 by George Orwell
The library continues its year long salute to books that have been made into movies with this coming month's book discussion of George Orwell's classic futuristic novel 1984

Written in 1948, 1984 was Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities. War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery: Big Brother is Watching. Was Orwell's prophecy right? 

Read the book (or read it again) and join us at the library for a lively discussion on Monday, August 18th from 2pm - 4pm. To register, call 631-399-1511 ext 240 or simply click here to register yourself.

Note: there are still copies of 1984 available for check-out at the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the library.

If You Like Dystopian Fiction

Can't get enough of dystopian fiction like Veronica Roth's Divergent series or Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games? Try these action-packed novels featuring strong heroines and heroes resisting government control in a dystopian future:

Pure by Julianna Baggott
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta
Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Pure by Julianna Baggott:
In a post-apocalyptic world, Pressia barely remembers life before the Detonations and at sixteen, the age when all are required to turn themselves over to the militia, she decides to run. Partridge is a "Pure"- one of the few who escaped the apocalypse unmarked and live safe inside the Dome. Believing that his mother is still alive outside the Dome, Partridge risks all by escaping. The day Pressia meets Partridge is the day their worlds begin to shatter all over again. This is the first in the completed Pure trilogy followed by Fuse and Burn.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown:
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds spread across the planet with Darrow (and Reds) nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Sacrificing everything to infiltrate the upper caste system, Darrow is forced to compete for his life and the future of civilization. This is the first installment in a planned trilogy.

Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta:
After global warming changes the world's geography and its politics, and wars are waged over water, 17-year-old Noria Kaitio becomes a tea master, a position that holds great responsibility and great secrets, until her father's death forces her to chose between safety and fighting back.

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead:
Living in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims, Justin March, a man from a near-future world decimated by religious extremists, is invited to join an elite branch of the military by genetically enhanced soldier Mae, with whom he confronts formidable enemies to solve a string of ritual murders. This is the first book in the on-going series Age of X followed by the newly released The Immortal Crown.

2014 Romance Award Winners Announced

This past weekend, Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2014 RITA awards. Here are a few of the winners available at the library:

The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake
Best First Book
Claim Me by J. Kenner
Erotic Romance
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
Paranormal Romance
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
Historical Romance
Best first book:
The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake
Summary: Charla Rae Denny was the perfect wife with a perfect life, content to keep the home fires burning while her husband, JB, competed as a champion bull rider. Then their son died in a tragic accident--and everything fell apart. Divorced and saddled with a hill of bills and a failing ranch, Charla must now cowboy up to put her life back together. JB wants her back. But after so much history and heartbreak, can JB convince Charla to take a risk and give their love a second chance?

Erotic Romance Winner:
Claim Me by J. Kenner
Summary: Billionaire Damien Stark continues his obsessive relationship with Nikki Fairchild, as she tries to discover his darkest secrets and they both confront experiences from their troubled pasts. Second in the Stark trilogy that began with Release Me.

Paramornal Romance Winner:
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
Summary: Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object's history and knows that it was named after the Firebrid—the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna into the past who leads her on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

Historical Romance Winner:
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
Summary: When her brother gets deep in debt to Temple, a disgraced duke who now owns an exclusive casino, Mara Lowe agrees to come forward and clear Temple, who has been accused of her murder, if he will forgive what her brother owes him. Third in the Rules of Scoundrels series that begins with A Rogue by Any Other Name and One Good Earl Deserves a Lover.

To see the full list of 2014 RITA Award finalists and winners, click here.

Happy Birthday Beatrix Potter!

Beatrix Potter, beloved author and illustrator of the Peter Rabbit stories for children, was born today, July 28, 1866.

Beatrix Potter : A Life in Nature by Linda Lear
Peter Rabbit and many other Beatrix Potter characters remain in the hearts of millions. However few know the woman behind the illustrations. Her life, including a romantic relationship with her publisher, Norman Warne, and her significant achievements outside of children's literature remain largely unknown. 

In Linda Lear’s biography Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature, we get the life story of this incredible, funny, and independent woman. 

As one of the first female naturalists in the world, Potter brought the beauty and importance of nature back into the imagination. Through her art she sought to encourage conservation and change the world. 

With never before seen illustrations and details, Lear goes beyond our fascination with Potter as a writer/illustrator, and delves deeply into the life of a most unusual and gifted woman.