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Best History Books of 2012

"The Passage of Power" by Robert Caro was chosen as the BEST HISTORY BOOK of 2012 by History News Network's online poll.

In second position is "Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man" by Walter Stahr.

In third position is "Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction" by Jim Downs.

In fourth position is "Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast" by Ellen Stroud. In fifth position "The Patriarch: the remarkable life and turbulent times of Joseph P. Kennedy" by David Nasaw.

"Mobymarathon" in New York City

On November 14, 1851 (161 years ago) Herman Melville's masterwork MOBY DICK was first published in the United States.

Beginning this Friday evening, more than 160 New Yorkers will be participating in a marathon style reading

of MOBY DICK. This event (New York City's first) will take place over three days and at three independent bookstores.

Each participant has been assigned a 10-minute time slot. For more information, read the article by Amanda Petrusich

which was published in the New York Times today, November 15, 2012.

See what our library has to offer about MOBY DICK by clicking here.

Books by Herman Melville in the Hamden Library Collection

 

 

 

New Books in the 600s

Home Made Winter

See what is new in the 600's! We just updated our Lifestyles bookletter.  This bookletter lists our brand new books in health, medicine, cooking, baking, etc. Click on the link to the online catalog for each title and you can place a hold, if a book is on order, in processing, or checked out. If the book happens to be checked in, you can call us at the info desk (203-287-2680) and we will put it aside for you. If you would like to receive this bookletter or others in your email every month, click on this link to subscribe.

 

Insurance Deductible for Hurricane

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Insurance Department Commissioner Thomas B. Leonardi today announced that Connecticut homeowners will not face higher-cost hurricane deductibles resulting from the impact of this week’s damaging storm.  

"The state moved very swiftly to alert the industry that this storm – although devastating to so many – did not meet the criteria for a hurricane deductible under state law.  Homeowners will not have to pay high-cost hurricane deductibles for damage resulting from this storm,” Governor Malloy said.  “Based on the lessons learned from Tropical Storm Irene, we have built stronger consumer protections into our insurance laws.  The Insurance Department will be working with the industry to monitor these claims."

In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, Governor Malloy signed into law new criteria for insurers in order to impose the higher hurricane deductible.  The law requires that a hurricane warning be issued for Connecticut and that the National Weather Service record sustained hurricane force winds of at least 74 miles per hour.  

Commissioner Leonardi notified the industry on Tuesday that based on data from the National Weather Service, Storm Sandy did not meet the statutory criteria and therefore "companies may not impose a hurricane deductible on Connecticut claims."

 "Our consumers and the industry deserve and received clarity from this state as soon as possible,” Commissioner Leonardi explained.  “The Insurance Department is monitoring the industry closely to ensure that carriers fully comply with all state insurance laws.  Our priority is protecting Connecticut policyholders and we stand ready – as we have for every disaster – to assist policyholders with questions and complaints." 

The Insurance Department has set up a special Storm Sandy webpage that offers a number of important resources including, toll-free claims numbers to companies, locations of mobile claims vans, flood insurance claims filing information, and more.  Consumers with additional questions can contact the Insurance Department by phone at 1-800-203-3447 or 860-297-3900, or by utilizing the online contact options.

 

Registering with FEMA

Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced that residents in those counties (including New Haven county) who suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy must register with FEMA by phone or online to access that aid.

“This declaration will bring much-needed financial assistance to residents who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” said Governor Malloy.  “But it is critical to note that you must register with FEMA to begin the process of accessing possible federal assistance.  We will continue to work to get the rest of the counties in the state declared.”

To register by phone, residents can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  The TTY line for people with speech or hearing disabilities is 1-800-462-7585.  The line is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days per week.

To register online, applications may be completed at www.disasterassistance.gov.

If you have disaster assistance questions, you may call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362.

In the coming days, state officials and FEMA will be conducting damage assessments to determine if additional counties may be eligible for assistance.  Residents and businesses in the non-declared counties (Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland and Windham) should dial 2-1-1 or go online at www.211ct.org to report their damage.

 

Have Fun with Halloween!


Halloween will be here soon! For last minute craft and decor ideas check out our
collection of Halloween books.
 
There is also a CD with spooky sounds.
 
Find out about Halloween's ancient roots from Ireland and Rome to the United States by clicking here

Halloween Fun at Miller Library, October 31, 2012, 5 pm

catWear your costume! Make a treat bag or a ghostly chain in the children's area. Then stop by our service desks for treats and prizes.

No registration required.

When: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 5:00pm
Where: 
Miller Memorial Library

Happy Halloween!

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National Book Award Finalists 2012

The National Book Foundation has announced the 20 finalists for the National Book Award. The winners for each category will be named November 14.

FICTION

 

This Is How You Lose HerThis Is How You Lose Her 
by Díaz, Junot

 A Pulitzer Prize winner turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love. Hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, these stories lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. …More


A Hologram for the KingA Hologram for the King 
by Eggers, Dave

In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great. In "A Hologram for the King," Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy's gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment -- and a moving story of how we got here. …More


Billy Lynn's Long Halftime WalkBilly Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 
by Fountain, Ben

 A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes in this riotously funny and exquisitely heartbreaking portrait of our time. …More


The Yellow BirdsThe Yellow Birds 
by Powers, Kevin
 

In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side. …More


The Round HouseThe Round House 
by Erdrich, Louise

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared. …More


NONFICTION

 

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 
by Applebaum, Anne

At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union to its surprise and delight found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism, a completely new political and moral system. In Iron Curtain, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete. She draws on newly opened East European archives, interviews, and personal accounts translated for the first time to portray in devastating detail the dilemmas faced by millions of individuals trying to adjust to a way of life that challenged their every belief and took away everything they had accumulated. …More


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai UndercityBehind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity 
by Boo, Katherine

From Pulitzer Prize-winner Boo comes a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the 21st century's great, unequal cities. …More


The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon JohnsonThe Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson 
by Caro, Robert A.

The fourth volume in Caro's monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson follows Johnson through his volatile relationship with John and Robert Kennedy in the fight for the 1960 Democratic nomination for president and through Johnson's unhappy vice presidency. …More


The Boy Kings of Texas: A MemoirThe Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir 
by Martinez, Domingo

A lyrical and authentic book that recounts the story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980s, as each member of the family desperately tries to assimilate and escape life on the border to become "real" Americans, even at the expense of their shared family history. …More


House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle EastHouse of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East 
by Shadid, Anthony

In a compelling saga of redemption and renewal, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner tells the story of rebuilding his family's ancestral home in Lebanon amid political strife, and his eventual understanding of the emotions behind the turbulence in the Middle East. …More


POETRY

 

Bewilderment: New Poems and TranslationsBewilderment: New Poems and Translations 
by Ferry, David
 

 

 


Heavenly BodiesHeavenly Bodies 
by Huntington, Cynthia

 

 


Fast AnimalFast Animal 
by Seibles, Tim
 

 

 


Night of the RepublicNight of the Republic 
by Shapiro, Alan

 

 


MemeMeme 
by Wheeler, Susan

 

 


YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE

 

Goblin SecretsGoblin Secrets 
by Alexander, William

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Hoping to find his lost brother, Rownie escapes the home of the witch Graba and joins a troupe of goblins who perform in Zombay, a city where humans are forbidden to wear masks and act in plays.


Out of ReachOut of Reach 
by Arcos, Carrie

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Accompanied by her brother's friend, Tyler, 16-year-old Rachel ventures through San Diego and nearby areas seeking her brother, 18-year-old Micah, a methamphetamine addict who ran away from home.


Never Fall DownNever Fall Down 
by McCormick, Patricia

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From National Book Award finalist McCormick ("Sold") comes a raw, powerful novel based on the true story of Arn Chorn Pond, a boy who survived the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia to become a human rights activist.


EndangeredEndangered 
by Schrefer, Eliot
2012-10 - Scholastic Press
9780545165761 
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Schrefer ("The Deadly Sister") presents the compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos and herself from a violent coup in The Congo.


Bomb: The Race to Build--And Steal--The World's Most Dangerous WeaponBomb: The Race to Build--And Steal--The World's Most Dangerous Weapon 
by Sheinkin, Steve

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In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

 

October 24 is Food Day

Celebrate Food Day on October 24, 2012! Come and see our book display this month. We have selected books centered around healthy cooking and sustainable food. Find more reading suggestions here.

October is also Vegetarian Awareness Month.

Check out some of our vegetarian cookbooks and try out some new recipes. Get inspired!
Subscribe via e-mail to our LIFESTYLES bookletter for information on new cookbooks.

 

 
October is Eat Better; Eat Together month. The following books will give you tips, ideas, and recipes. Why not try out a new recipe or explore foods from different countries?

Starting this month, try to eat better, but also eat together, and enjoy mealtime family conversations.
 

Banned Books Week Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2012

 

 


 


Check out our display during

BANNED BOOKS WEEK,
Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2012
Banned and challenged classics
Top ten most frequently challenged books in 2011
Most frequently challenged authors by year
 
Come to our book discussion on Monday, October 29, 2012 from 7 to 8 pm. We will discuss "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut. The discussion will take place in the activity room of the Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT. Yale University Prof. Mark Schenker will moderate the discussion. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Overdrive App now Available for Nooks!

Borrowing eBooks from the library just got a whole lot easier for users of the NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™. Last week, Barnes & Noble added the OverDrive Media Console app to the NOOK Apps™ storefront. This NOOK app enables users to wirelessly borrow eBooks audiobooks from the library.

 

All NOOK devices, including NOOK 1st Edition, NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, have always enabled users to read eBooks borrowed from libraries and schoNook colorols, but the process required sideloading the files from a computer using Adobe Digital Editions and a USB cable. Now users of NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color can borrow eBooks wirelessly using the OverDrive app.

 

Users can visit the NOOK Apps storefront to install the free OverDrive Media Console (OMC) app. The app enables users to locate their library, browse or search their eBook collection and, after entering a valid library card number,  check out and download the title for a lending period of one to three weeks.  At the end of the lending period, the title simply expires.

 

 Using the Overdrive app

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