Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Digital Delights

Recent additions to Westchester Library System's library's collection of database subscriptions are listed below. View the full list of databases by clicking here, or visiting the library's website.  

Once you sign on, Flipster allows you to access leading digital magazines on your mobile devices. Some of the magazines you will be able to read:
  • Car & Driver
  • Dwell
  • Ebony
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Food Network Magazine
  • InStyle
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • People
  • People en EspaƱol
  • Prevention
  • Rolling Stone
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Time
You can search this fiction database in the usual ways...by title and author, but you can also search by series, to find out if there are sequels to books you have already read. You can also look for “read-alikes” (“if you liked Twilight, you’ll probably like ...”). You can search by genre-not, for example, just by “fantasy,” but “historical fantasy.” Not just “romance,” but “contemporary romance,” and so on. The next time you want to remember more about a book and can’t recall the author or title, give Novelist a try. You can get to Novelist from the “Books and More” page on the library’s website, and if you’re at home, you’ll just need to enter your library card number to proceed. Even if you know the author or title, Novelist can provide a summary and linking terms that connect the book or author to others in its database.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New York, New York

Living in New York, there is always a soft spot in our hearts for books which take place in our great state.  Maybe it's because many of us were born here or lived in New York for a large part of our lives.  It's fun to recognize and remember the places that are mentioned, and it always seems as if there is something about the characters that make them distinctly New Yorkers.  All of these stories take place in New York, and any one of them would make a great choice for a book group.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
New York by Edward Rutherfurd
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Alienist by Caleb Carr
Downtown: My Manhattan by Pete Hamill
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
City of Glory by Beverly Swerling
& Sons by David Gilbert
Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
Time and Again by Jack Finney
Elizabeth Street: A Novel Based On True Events by Laurie Fabiano  
Davita's Harp by Chaim Potok  
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann  
Open City by Teju Cole   
Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
No Place Like Home: A Memoir in 39 Apartments by Brooke Berman
The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead 
The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood by Roger Rosenblatt

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