Debut Novel

Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
A ravishing first novel, set in vibrant, tumultuous turn-of-the-century New York City, where the lives of four outsiders become entwined, bringing irrevocable change to them all.

New York, 1895. Sylvan Threadgill, a night soiler cleaning out the privies behind the tenement houses, finds an abandoned newborn baby in the muck. An orphan himself, Sylvan rescues the child, determined to find where she belongs. (Publisher Summary)

"Like the late-19th-century circus attraction of its title, Parry's impressive debut is startling, full of wonders, and built around the bizarre; furthermore, it has compassion for human difference at its heart." Publishers Weekly Reviews

Church of Marvels will be available at the Community Library soon, click here to place your hold today!

Regina Calcaterra to Speak at the Islip Public Library

Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra
New York Times bestselling author, Regina Calcaterra, author of Etched in Sand: a True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island will be speaking at the Islip Public Library on Tuesday, April 28th at 7:00PM!

In this real-life rags-to-riches story, a tenacious lawyer, state official and activist recounts her childhood in foster homes and on the streets with her four siblings, revealing a life of horrible abuse in the shadows between Manhattan and the Hamptons. -Publisher Summary 

"Calcaterra narrates her story in the present tense, which adds a painful immediacy and urgency to an already gut-wrenching account. Yet never once does she flinch from the terrible truths with which she has lived and so courageously reveals here. Riveting reading from start to finish." - Kirkus Reviews 

2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners were announced on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Columbia University in NYC. The book winners in the fiction, history, biography and general nonfiction categories are listed below - congrats to all!
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Encounters at the Heart of the World by Elizabeth Fenn

The Pope and Mussolini by David Kertzer

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

Category: Fiction
Title/Author: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Summary: "This is a beautiful book. Two children, a book-loving blind girl from Paris and a gifted orphan boy from Germany, move in alternate chapters through the 1930s into World War II." - Voices of Youth Advocates Reviews

Category: History
Summary: "Anyone who has seen the sensitive portraits of Mandan chiefs painted in the 1830s by George Catlin and Karl Bodmer will be captivated by Fenn's exhaustively researched history of the tribe that once thrived on the upper Missouri River in present-day North Dakota—at one time the center of northern Plains commerce." - Booklist Reviews 

Category: Biography
Summary: "Two leaders came to power in 1922 in Rome, Achille Ratti was elevated to the papacy as Pius XI, and Benito Mussolini was appointed Italian prime minister. How relations between them developed until the pope's 1939 demise occupies this original history, which rests on Kertzer's thorough research of available Vatican archives and other sources." - Booklist Reviews

Category: General Nonfiction
Title/Author: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Summary: "Few writers engage readers in thinking about the meaning of scientific discoveries as well as Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer at The New Yorker. Kolbert’s enviable talents, her wit and intelligence, the clarity of her prose, are on full display in The Sixth Extinction, a fascinating and alarming book that examines mass extinctions of life forms, past and present." - BookPage Reviews

Click here for more information on current and past Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as nominated finalists.

Today is Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Daycheck out the Community Library's selection of books on Environmental Responsibility and Sustainability - below is just a sample of the many books we have available. 
The Boom by Russell Gold

Gotham Unbound by Ted Steinberg

The Human Age by Diane Ackerman

The Hunt for the Golden Mole by Girling

The People's Republic of Chemicals by William Kelly

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

These books were listed on Booklist's Top 10 Books on Sustainability: 2015 by Donna Seaman. Click here to view the entire list.

New Jo Walton

The Just City by Jo Walton
"Here in the Just City you will become your best selves. You will learn and grow and strive to be excellent."

In The Just City, a planned community populated by more than 10,000 children and a few hundred adult teachers from all eras of history, its residents, consisting of gods and humans, discover that they must all learn from each other in order to survive this experiment and become their best selves. By the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Among Others.

The Just City received a starred review from Booklist: "the award-winning Walton has written a remarkable novel of ideas that demands—and repays—careful reading. It is itself an exercise in philosophy that often, courtesy of Socrates, critically examines Plato's ideas. If this sounds abstruse, it sometimes is, but the plot is always accessible and the world building and characterization are superb. In the end, the novel more than does justice to the idea of the Just City."