New Book Friday

We’re entering our last month of book reviews before the Teen Summer Reading Club kicks off at the end of June.  Community service letters will be sent out in early February to all participants in our Winter Read a Book, Write a Review program. If you’re desperate to earn an extra four hours of service, here are our newest titles that can sate your need:

I can already recommend a few books: Teen Cyberbullying Investigated: where do your rights end and consequences begin? by Judge Tom Jacobs. I read it earlier this week, and if you need information on various court cases, computer crimes, and on what has happened to several victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying – this book is a great print resource.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White stars sixteen-year old Evie, who just wants to be a normal human being: normal friends, prom, lockers, curfew. This just doesn’t mesh with her life: a bagger-and-tagger for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. Things go from business-as-usual to really weird when something starts killing off paranormals. Can Evie stop the threat in time? Will she ever see a real-live locker? Read and find out.

Time Magazine Best Nonfiction of 2010

The top ten nonfiction books of the year from Time magazine.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell

The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy

Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light by Jane Brox

War by Sebastian Junger

Life by Keith Richards

Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin by Hampton Sides

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier

Books for a Better Life

The Books for a Better Life Awards recognize self-improvement authors who are inspiring people to live their best lives. The 2010 Finalists include:


Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption by Scott Simon

Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia by Harriet Brown

First Book

The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes: A Mother’s Story by Randi Davenport

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee


Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg

Inspirational Memoir

Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray

Devotion: A Memoir by Dani Shapiro

Imperfect Endings: A Daughter’s Tale of Life and Death by Zoe Fitzgerald Carter


God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours by Regina Brett

Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear by Srinivasan S. Pillay, MD

Lift by Kelly Corrigan

Personal Finance

The New Good Life: Living Better than Ever in an Age of Less by John Robbins


In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise by George Prochnik

Lonely: A Memoir by Emily White

The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine, MD

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost, PhD and Gail Steketee, PhD


In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time by Peter Lovenheim

Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell

Mom Still Likes You Best: The Unfinished Business Between Siblings by Jane Isay

Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home by Laura Ling and Lisa Ling


The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart by Daphne Rose Kingma

Women Food and God by Geneen Roth


Ah-choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold by Jennifer Ackerman

Back to Life After a Heart Crisis by Marc Wallack, MD and Jamie Colby

Change Your Brain, Change Your Body by Daniel G. Amen, MD

Read a Book, Write a Review

Loved it? Hated it? Have no idea *what* the librarian was thinking when she ordered (insert any title here)? Thought it was so funny that you then went out and read everything else by the author? Or … you really just want those community service hours?

Wait, what? Community service hours … for reading?!!?

Here’s the deal: starting on November 1st, you can ask a Youth Services librarian for a Book Review form. You can read the latest teen fiction and non-fiction (books must be from the YA section in the library, or could be found in the YA section of a library on Long Island.  The “latest” refers to books published from 2009 to present).

Read the book. Answer a few simple questions about the book (what’s it about, how awesome is it, what was your favorite {or least favorite} part). Then, bring your form back to the library and hand it in to a Youth Services librarian.  To make everyone happy, please PRINT your first and last name on your form.  If you hand in something without your name, you cannot earn community service.

If you’re waffling about what to read, either check out our New Books Friday and click on the title (and -gasp!- the publication year will reveal itself to you!) or ask Miss Kate about the newest YA titles.

Read a Book Write a Review Form

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