<![CDATA[Torrington Library - What's New]]>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:45:33 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[New YA Books!]]>Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:16:01 GMThttp://www.torringtonlibrary.org/4/post/2014/04/new-ya-books.htmlPicture
The following titles have been added to the YA collection!

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The Kill Order by James Dashner
The Death Cure by James Dashner
Elinor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Everything Breaks by Vicki Grove

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<![CDATA[April 2014 From the Bookshelf of...]]>Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:26:02 GMThttp://www.torringtonlibrary.org/4/post/2014/04/april-2014-from-the-bookshelf-of.htmlPicture
This month's From the Bookshelf of...is brought to you by Elaine! Enjoy the titles that she has selected and please click "read more" to see a full description of each book! Enjoy!

Five Days At Memorial BY Sheri Fink
Five out of Five Stars /  NNF 362.1109 F


Golden State by Michelle Richmond
Five out of Five Stars / NAF


Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
Five out of Five Stars / NAF


This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
Five out of Five Stars / NAF


Five Days At Memorial BY Sheri Fink
Five out of Five Stars /  NNF 362.1109 F


Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina – and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice
 
In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos.
          
After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.

In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters—and how we can do better.  A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, Five Days at Memorial radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.

Golden State by Michelle Richmond
Five out of Five Stars / NAF


Doctor Julie Walker has just signed her divorce papers when she receives news that her younger sister, Heather, has gone into labor. Though theirs is a strained relationship, Julie sets out for the hospital to be at her sister's side--no easy task, as the streets of San Francisco have erupted into chaos. Today is the day that Californians vote on whether or not to secede from the United States. Today is also the day that Julie will find herself at the epicenter of a violent standoff in which she is forced to examine both the promising and painful parts of her past--her Southern childhood; her romance with her husband, Tom; her estrangement from Heather; and the shattering incident that led to her greatest heartbreak.
 
Infused with emotional depth and poignancy, Golden State takes readers on a journey over the course of a single, unforgettable day--through an extraordinary landscape of love, loss, and hope.

Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
Five out of Five Stars / NAF


Someone Else's Love Story is beloved and highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson's funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love, and learning that things aren't always what they seem—or what we hope they will be.

Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Nathan, aka Natty Bumppo, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced parents. She's got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up and falling in love with William Ashe, who willingly steps between the robber and her son.

Shandi doesn't know that her blond god Thor has his own complications. When he looked down the barrel of that gun he believed it was destiny: It's been one year to the day since a tragic act of physics shattered his world. But William doesn't define destiny the way others do. A brilliant geneticist who believes in facts and numbers, destiny to him is about choice. Now, he and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head on, making choices that will reveal unexpected truths about love, life, and the world they think they know.

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
Five out of Five Stars / NAF


The critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home—hailed as "a powerfully moving debut that reads as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird" (Richmond Times Dispatch)—returns with a resonant novel of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, set in western North Carolina, involving two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins.

After their mother's unexpected death, twelve-year-old Easter and her six-year-old sister Ruby are adjusting to life in foster care when their errant father, Wade, suddenly appears. Since Wade signed away his legal rights, the only way he can get his daughters back is to steal them away in the night.

Brady Weller, the girls' court-appointed guardian, begins looking for Wade, and he quickly turns up unsettling information linking Wade to a recent armored car heist, one with a whopping $14.5 million missing. But Brady Weller isn't the only one hunting the desperate father. Robert Pruitt, a shady and mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is also determined to find Wade and claim his due.

Narrated by a trio of alternating voices, This Dark Road to Mercy is a story about the indelible power of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.

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<![CDATA[**NEW** Children's Books]]>Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:44:19 GMThttp://www.torringtonlibrary.org/4/post/2014/04/new-childrens-books1.htmlPicture
Girls Rule: Amazing Tales of Female Leaders by Shelley Tougas

Basketball Legends In The Making by Matt Doeden

Creature of Legend: Unicorns by Megan Atwood

Batman Vs. Catwoman by J.E. Bright




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<![CDATA[New Teen Titles]]>Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:30:19 GMThttp://www.torringtonlibrary.org/4/post/2014/04/new-teen-titles3.htmlPicture
The following titles have been added to the Teen collection! Check one out today!

Zom-B: Gladiator by Darren Shan
Zom-B: Baby by Darren Shan
Asylum bu Madeleine Roux
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

Click "read more" for a full description of each title!


All titles were purchased with funds raised by the Teen Advisory Board 2014 Penny War!

Zom-B: Gladiator by Darren Shan

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, B Smith has decided to live--and to fight for good as long as possible. However, London is overridden with the brain-eating undead and swarming with human mercenaries whose sense of right and wrong dissolved when society did. When they lay a trap, B is captured. And it'll take dozens of battles--and the fight of a lifetime--to escape.

Filled with gripping, bloody action sequences, the sixth book in Darren Shan's horrifying Zom-B series promises the fright--and the fight--of your life

Zom-B: Baby by Darren Shan

B has spent the last few months bunking with the Angels, a group of teens dedicated to eradicating the evil dead from the face of the earth, beginning with the undead roaming the abandoned wreckage that was once London. But the Angels' mission is a bit more complicated than that, and B takes to the streets of a very changed London to decide: is it a mission really to be believed? But instead of answers, B finds a horror beyond imagining.

Asylum bu Madeleine Roux

Madeleine Roux's New York Times bestselling Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-illustrated novel that Publishers Weekly called "a strong YA debut that reveals the enduring impact of buried trauma on a place." Featuring found photographs from real asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Asylum is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity, perfect for fans of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm—formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline's twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum's dark past. Because Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

A severely burned teenager. A guitar. Punk rock. The chords of a rock 'n' roll road trip in a coming-of-age novel that is a must-read story about finding your place in the world...even if you carry scars inside and out.

In attempting to describe himself in his college application essay--help us to become acquainted with you beyond your courses, grades, and test scores--Harbinger (Harry) Jones goes way beyond the 250-word limit and gives a full account of his life.

The first defining moment: the day the neighborhood goons tied him to a tree during a lightning storm when he was 8 years old, and the tree was struck and caught fire. Harry was badly burned and has had to live with the physical and emotional scars, reactions from strangers, bullying, and loneliness that instantly became his everyday reality.

The second defining moment: the day in 8th grade when the handsome, charismatic Johnny rescued him from the bullies and then made the startling suggestion that they start a band together. Harry discovered that playing music transported him out of his nightmare of a world, and he finally had something that compelled people to look beyond his physical appearance. Harry's description of his life in his essay is both humorous and heart-wrenching. He had a steeper road to climb than the average kid, but he ends up learning something about personal power, friendship, first love, and how to fit in the world. While he's looking back at the moments that have shaped his life, most of this story takes place while Harry is in high school and the summer after he graduates.
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<![CDATA[New Materials List Available for March 2014!]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:41:20 GMThttp://www.torringtonlibrary.org/4/post/2014/04/new-materials-list-available-for-march-2014.htmlPicture
Click here to view the new March 2014 Materials list.  Titles include:

NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson (Adult Fiction)
Villains, Scoundrels and Rogues by Paul Martin (Non Fiction)
The Vanishing by Wendy Webb (Large Print)
The Missing Mummy by Sean O'Reilly (Juvenile Fiction)
Puggle by Molly Kolpin (Juvenile Non-Fiction)
Captain Phillips (DVD)
The Secrets of the Tower of London (DVD)

Plus much, much more! 

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<![CDATA[From the Bookshelf Of...March 2014]]>Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:16:51 GMThttp://www.torringtonlibrary.org/4/post/2014/03/from-the-bookshelf-ofmarch-2014.htmlPicture

Each month we'll bring you the best of what the Torrington Library team is reading! We'll give you the name of the team member, the book title and author, how many stars the team member awarded each title, and the Torrington Library call number. Click here for previous "From the Bookshelf of..." titles on our website!

This month's books include:

Humans of New York
Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
Watership Down by Richard Adams                 
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham


Click "read more" for a full description and to learn which librarian recommended each title!

Elaine

Humans of New York
5 Stars out of 5
974.7002 S

Now an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, Humans of New York began in the summer of 2010, when photographer Brandon Stanton set out to create a photographic census of New York City.  Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in an attempt to capture New Yorkers and their stories.  The result of these efforts was a vibrant blog he called "Humans of New York," in which his photos were featured alongside quotes and anecdotes. 

Jessica

Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
FIC KEA
5 Stars our of 5

Eva Ward returns to the only place she truly belongs, the old house on the Cornish coast, seeking happiness in memories of childhood summers. There she finds mysterious voices and hidden pathways that sweep her not only into the past, but also into the arms of a man who is not of her time.

But Eva must confront her own ghosts, as well as those of long ago. As she begins to question her place in the present, she comes to realize that she too must decide where she really belongs.

From Susanna Kearsley, author of the New York Times bestseller The Winter Sea and a voice acclaimed by fans of Gabaldon, du Maurier, and Niffenegger alike, The Rose Garden is a haunting exploration of love, family, the true meaning of home, and the ties that bind us together.

Karen W.

Watership Down by Richard Adams                 
FIC ADA              
4.5 Stars out of 5

A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for more than forty years, Richard Adams's Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England's Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.

Amanda

The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
FIC MAU
3.5 Stars out of 5

Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. Stripped of the British society of her youth and the small but effective society she fought so hard to attain in Hong Kong, she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and learn how to love.
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<![CDATA[We're Celebrating Shakespeare's 450th Birthday!]]>Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:40:18 GMThttp://www.torringtonlibrary.org/4/post/2014/03/were-celebrating-shakespeares-450th-birthday.htmlPicture

April 26, 2014 will mark the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare's baptism and we're celebrating the y'old poet and playwright 'as merry as the day is long' throughout the entire month.

In order to celebrate, you can sign up to receive a Sonnet-A-Day via your email!

Here's how it works-- give us your email address and we'll email you a Sonnet-a-Day the entire month of April.

To receive a Sonnet-A-Day, please fill in your email email address below and click "submit"!

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<![CDATA[**NEW** Display!]]>Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:38:18 GMThttp://www.torringtonlibrary.org/4/post/2014/03/new-display.htmlPicture
Why pay $1.00 for a movie when you can enjoy a book for free!! Check out our readbox in the Children's Room!

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<![CDATA[March 04th, 2014]]>Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:57:28 GMThttp://www.torringtonlibrary.org/4/post/2014/03/march-04th-2014.htmlPicture
The new materials list for February is here! Click here to view the list and check out all the new books, DVDs, and Audiobooks we have!

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<![CDATA[Lady and the Tramp Movie Showing]]>Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:11:56 GMThttp://www.torringtonlibrary.org/4/post/2014/02/lady-and-the-tramp-movie-showing.htmlPicture
Time Travel Series: 1910

Movie Night: Lady and the Tramp @ 6:00pm

Wednesday, March 12th (ages 4 and up!)

Registration as begun, call now to register or e-mail Ms. Jill

Go back in time to the early 1900's and watch the two classic pups! Enjoy a surprise snack!




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