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Mon, 20 Jul 2009 22:53:00 -0400The auditorium of Bay Shore High School was standing room only. Among the guests lucky enough to score a special green ticket - promising a Bay Shore variation of the venerable Irish blessing, "Where the Sea Breezes Are Always At Your Back" - were the local monsignor and a group of Hibernians.
Sun, 19 Jul 2009 23:43:00 -0400Frank McCourt, who won a Pulitzer Prize and international acclaim for his first book, the autobiographical "Angela's Ashes," published when the author was in his mid-60s, died Sunday in Manhattan.
Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:33:00 -0400Correspondent for The Atlantic and author of a 2002 report on the obesity epidemic ("The Hungry Gene"), Ellen Ruppel Shell explores complicated issues by delving into their history, putting them in a broad social context and delivering the occasional zingy one-liner. "Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture" (Penguin Press, $22.95), for example, warns us that "sometimes what looks like a bargain is really just a bad loan." Shell's hard-hitting new book catalogs the consequences of low, low prices: poor-quality merchandise, limited shopping choices, underpaid workers with reduced security, jobs shipped overseas, imported food contaminated with bacteria and factory-farmed fish prone to disease, to name just a few. Her exposÃÂ© is all the more persuasive because, as she frankly admitted in a recent conversation with Newsday, she is not immune to the temptation to "drive five miles out of your way to save a buck on a six-pack of beer."
Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:33:00 -0400THE FAVORITES, by Mary Yukari Waters. Scribner, 279 pp., $25.
Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:33:00 -0400DOWN AROUND MIDNIGHT: A Memoir of Crash and Survival, by Robert Sabbag. Viking, 216 pp., $25.95.
Sat, 11 Jul 2009 19:59:00 -0400Former Newsday editor Peter Terzian's two loves, literature and music, are married in a lovely ceremony of sorts -- his new anthology, "Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives" (Harper Perennial, $14.99 paper). It's a marriage made in eclecticism -- as the assembled contemporary authors explore everything from "Meet the Beatles!" to Gloria Estefan's "Mi Tierra" to the soundtrack for something titled "Topless Women Talk About Their Lives."
Thu, 9 Jul 2009 17:13:00 -0400IN THE KITCHEN, by Monica Ali. Scribner, 436 pages, $26.99
Thu, 9 Jul 2009 17:13:00 -0400THE FAMILY MAN, by Elinor Lipman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 305 pp., $25.
Thu, 9 Jul 2009 17:13:00 -0400THE SERVANTS' QUARTERS, by Lynn Freed. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 256 pp., $24.
Thu, 2 Jul 2009 17:33:00 -0400Pop one of these audio books in the car to make any road trip this summer a family pleasure.