April 2021

It’s April! Spring into the new season with one of our Staff Picks!

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Hubbell – Circulation

Fleabag Seasons 1 and 2, starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Coleman, and Andrew Scott, DVD Fleabag Season 1 and Season 2

This is the best show you’ve never heard of. It won a Globe for its first season and its star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She plays the titular Fleabag whose name is covertly never revealed in the show. It is technically a TV adaptation of Waller-Bridge’s 2013 stage production of the same name. It is ruthlessly funny and unpredictable, following Fleabag’s love and family life which include affairs with priests, stolen family sculptures, and a best friend who may, in fact, be dead and/or imaginary.

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Michelle – Administration

Medicine at Midnight, by The Foo Fighters, New CD 781.66 Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters have released their long-awaited 10th studio album and it was worth the wait. The new songs are a bit lighter than you are used to hearing from the Foo, but still have their trademark sound. It is the uplifting rock album that fans need right now. After a 25-year career, it is impressive that the band continues to release music that sounds fresh.

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Chris – Technical Services

Vera Season 10, starring Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, and Kenny Doughty, New DVD Vera Set 10

The indomitable Vera and her trusted team unravel more complex cases, exploring stories of corporate corruption, organized crime and deeply buried personal guilt.

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Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, and Fiona Shaw, New DVD Ammonite

In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught paleontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild English coastline. She hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists to support herself. When one such tourist arrives in Lyme, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte, who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. Despite their differences, it is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably.

The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song, by Henry Louis Gates Jr., New Nonfiction 277.3 GAT

From the man that brought us “Finding Your Roots,” Gates takes us on another well researched journey to the roots of Black religion. It’s an intensely researched history of the Black Christian church and its role as the foundation of Black religious, political, economic and social life, and as a driving force in the largest freedom struggle in America. A must read, especially in our turbulent times.

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Paula – Circulation

Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo, Young Adult Fiction YA Bardugo

Enter the Grishaverse with Leigh Bardugo’s first trilogy Shadow and Bone. In the nation of Ravka, the land is torn in two, separated by the Shadow Fold, a place of darkness where monsters called the volcra lie in wait to feed on anyone who dares to pass through. Not even the Grisha, the nation’s people with magical powers, have the power to cross unharmed. On a mission through the Fold, Alina Starkov and her crew are attacked by the volcra. In an attempt to save her best friend’s life, Alina displays an immense amount of power that only a Grisha can hold. The Grisha army takes notice, and Alina is whisked away to the royal court to train as a Grisha under the command of the mysterious Darkling. The Darkling believes Alina has the power to destroy the Fold and bring peace back to Ravka. But not everything in the glittering court of the Grisha is as it seems. A darkness lingers just below the surface, and Alina uncovers many secrets the Grisha mean to keep hidden. Armed with the knowledge of the Darkling’s true nature, Alina must fight to save Ravka and the lives of the people she loves. This trilogy is a true fantasy adventure. It has every aspect of a fantasy novel you could want. Every fantasy fan must read this series. It truly is a work of art. It is also being adapted into a TV series on Netflix. Read the books before the series drops on April 23rd.

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Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo, Young Adult Fiction YA Bardugo

If you thought the Shadow and Bone trilogy was good, just wait until you read Six of Crows. My life has forever changed after reading this series. The Six of Crows duology is the second series in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, and it is definitely one of the best YA series I have ever read in my entire life. Taking place a few years after the events of the Shadow and Bone trilogy, Six of Crows is set on the island of Kerch, a place where trade merchants rule and thieves scheme to undermine them. A new drug called jurda parem has emerged that can be used to heighten and control the power of the Grisha. For now it is being kept a secret, but once exposed to the world, merchants everywhere will scramble to control it. The creator of the drug is locked away in the icy prison fortress in Fjerda, and six of the deadliest thieves are hired to break him out. These six thieves are some of the best characters ever created in fictional history. They’re cunning, witty, dashing, and everything else you could want in a fantasy hero. I can easily say I would give my life for Kaz Brekker. The heart-pounding race to stop jurda parem from falling into the wrong hands will leave you on the edge of your seat. Six of Crows is also being adapted into the Shadow and Bone series for Netflix. YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.

Jean – Reference

Invisible Girl, by Lisa Jewel, Fiction Jewell

A stay-up-late to finish kind of book! While their house is being remodeled, the Fours family – mom Cate, dad Roan, and their two teenagers – move to an upscale suburb of London. Their single neighbor, Owen Pick, gives them the creeps, and when women begin disappearing and their daughter’s friend is accosted late one evening, it becomes apparent that something sinister is going on in the neighborhood.  But who, exactly, is to be feared when not is all as it seems?

Laura – Circulation

An (Almost) Zero-Waste Life: Learning How to Embrace Less to Live More, by Megean Weldon, New Nonfiction 640.286 WEL

It seems like everyone today is jumping on the idea of reducing waste in some way, myself included.  This little book is full of great ideas that can easily be implemented.  It covers everything from the kitchen to the bathroom to your pets. It has 30 challenges in the back of the book…give one of these challenges a try today. As a pet owner of two amazing mini Goldendoodles, I especially loved the recipe for homemade dog treats!

Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella, Fiction Kinsella

I loved this cute book with many laugh out loud moments.  Dan and Sylvie are a happily married couple.  Upon going to the doctor for physicals and learning that they are both healthy and should plan on leading long lives, they wonder: how are they going to keep their marriage fresh and exciting for 68+ years.  Their decision to surprise each other often leads to lots of mishaps and secrets they never saw coming. 

Theresa – Youth Services

Chance: Escape from the Holocaust, by Uri Shulevitz, New Juvenile Nonfiction J 940.5318 SHU

I was immediately drawn to this book as it is written and illustrated by Caldecott Award winning children’s book illustrator, Uri Shulevitz. The book details the eight-year journey he and his Jewish family took to escape the terrors of the Nazis by fleeing Warsaw and heading to the Soviet Union. It was during those years, with threats at every turn, that the young Uri experienced his awakening as an artist, an experience that played a key role during this difficult time. By turns dreamlike and nightmarish, this heavily illustrated account of determination, courage, family loyalty, and the luck of coincidence is well worth reading. Although this book looks intimidating, it has large print text and Shulevitz’s phenomenal illustrations and photos throughout. Shulevitz’s account is told in a simple manner; from his point of view as a young child. Throughout his account, he notes that many of the things they did or places they ended up, were purely by chance. At one point he states, “Had Father not been stopped from returning to Nazi-occupied Poland and joining the rest of our family, our fate would have been the same as theirs: death.” This is truly an amazing story.

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March 2021

It’s March, and you’re in luck! We have more picks for you at the library!

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Theresa – Youth Services

They Threw Us Away, by Daniel Krause, New Juvenile Fiction J Kraus

The cover definitely grabbed my attention, and Daniel Kraus, the author has written other gruesome stories like Rotters. This is book one of The Teddies Saga. Geared for children grades 4-6, this is the tale of the “Furrington Teddies,” who for some reason find themselves in a garbage dump. Buddy wakes up in the middle of a garbage dump, filled with a certain awareness: he’s a teddy bear; he spent time at a store waiting for his future to begin; and he is meant for the loving arms of a child. Now he knows one more thing: Something has gone terribly wrong. Soon he finds other discarded teddies―Horace, Sugar, Sunny, and Reginald. Though they aren’t sure how their luck soured, they all agree that they need to get back to the Store if they’re ever to fulfill their destinies. So, they embark on a perilous trek across the dump and into the outer world. With ravenous rats, screeching gulls, and a menacing world in front of them, the teddies will need to overcome insurmountable challenges to find their way home. The phenomenal illustrations by Rovina Cai add to the eeriness of the story. Kraus ends book one leaving us anxious for the next. Do not let the idea that a story about teddy bears will be cute… this is not.

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All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team, by Christina Soontornvat, New Juvenile Nonfiction J 796.525 SOO

The book begins on June 23, 2018- a hot, cloudy day in northern Thailand. Twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach head into a local cave to explore. But when they turn to leave, rising floodwaters block their path. The boys are trapped. Before long, news of the missing team spreads, launching the seventeen-day rescue operation involving thousands of rescuers from around the globe. According to author, Christina Soontornvat, “It is the heroism of the regular people that made this rescue possible.” She wanted to tell the reader about more than the brave divers, but the Thai people who were pivotal to saving the boys’ lives. This Newbery Honor Book taught me many things about Thailand; the people, the land, the Buddhist religion, and more. The author has done a beautiful job of making this nonfiction title very accessible to any reader, giving us details about the boys themselves, as well as the technical difficulties of the rescue. With photos and illustrations throughout, the reader is able to easily understand why this rescue was such a miracle!

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Jean – Reference

The Push, by Ashley Audrain, New Fiction Audrain

For fans of Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage, another psychological drama about a mother who is convinced her daughter is a sociopath, but no one else sees it but her. Her husband is convinced she just has postpartum depression and is having trouble bonding with her daughter because of her own troubled upbringing.  Blythe knows something is not right, yet begins to question her sanity.  Then her son is born, and she experiences the joy of motherhood that has escaped her with her daughter. Yet now she fears for his safety and her husband still doesn’t understand the danger.  Tragedy strikes, but will she be able to convince anyone that her young child is the evil perpetrator?

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Cathy – Circulation

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, by Deborah Feldman, New Nonfiction 296.092 FEL

Fantastic look into Hasidic norms and traditions. Most of us are familiar with the outward look of the culture, i.e. the dress code, but the traditions behind and the ability to depart from that strict upbringing is more unknown. A bonus is that it is a mini-series on Netflix and hopefully when the show is released to DVD we will get it!

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Chris – Technical Services

A Call to Spy, starring Stana Katic, Sarah Megan Thomas, and Radhika Apte, New DVD Call to Spy

Based on true stories, this WWII drama is about how Britain’s spy agency, called the Special Operations Executive, started recruiting women to operate as spies. Vera Atkins (Stana Katic) is in charge of training women from various walks of life for the job. Recruits include Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte), a Muslim of Indian descent and a pacifist, and ambitious American Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas) who walks with a wooden leg. Regardless of their personal positions, the women are put to the test when they are assigned to France and encounter the Nazis.

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Wild Mountain Thyme, starring Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, and Jon Hamm, New DVD Wild Mountain Thyme

Headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly’s love. The problem is, Anthony seems to have inherited a family curse, and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. Stung by his father’s plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew, Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams.

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Melissa – Technical Services

The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett, New Audiobook CD Patchett

Tom Hanks narrates the audiobook edition of Ann Patchett’s novel, and he is perfectly cast for the role. The narrator, Danny, and his sister grow up in an elaborate, old-money home and return there frequently in their adult lives to recount their childhood pain and loss. Each character is well-developed, as well as their individual viewpoints and motivations. The Dutch House is simultaneously a place where everyone and no one wants to be. I enjoyed this enough that I will look into Patchett’s other works, this being the first I’ve read.

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Margaux – Youth Services

Girl, Serpent, Thorn, by Melissa Bashardoust, YA Fiction Bashardoust

Soraya is a princess, hidden by her own family because she is cursed. She is poisonous to the touch, and has been since she was three days old. So when her own twin brother’s wedding approaches and the full court is in residence, she is shocked when confronted with a soldier who is not afraid of her. At the same time, a demon is imprisoned in the castle dungeon, one who wants to bargain knowledge of Soraya’s curse for her own release. Soraya is forced to confront her own dual nature in order to save her family and herself in this YA fantasy thriller.

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Serpent & Dove, by Shelby Mahurin, New YA Fiction Mahurin

First, let me say that I was not anticipating reading two books with the word “Serpent” in the title in one month, let alone the same week. But here we are. Serpent & Dove is classic YA high fantasy, and it knows it. The setting is Cesarine, a city filled with witches and witch hunters, magical objects and secrets. Louise is a witch, and so is her roommate and outlaw best friend Coco. When they are nearly caught by the witch hunting Chasseur, Reid, Coco is forced to flee Cesarine. That same night, Louise is cornered by Reid and forced to leave her freedom behind and choose either life with Reid or being burned at the stake by the witch hunting church. Believe it or not, things escalate from there. What a wild ride. I’m truly glad I read these two books because while their covers (and their titles) may be similar, the plots could not be more different.

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Paula – Circulation

Tenet, starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Kenneth Branagh, New DVD Tenet

Do you like being confused? Do you enjoy wondering what the heck is going on during a movie? Then Tenet is the film for you! From the brilliant mind of Christopher Nolan comes the sci-fi thriller that makes you think throughout the whole two and a half hour movie. To be honest, the simplest way of putting it is this: the main character, who we only know as The Protagonist, is a secret agent who is tasked with a mission to save the world using time-travel. As technology industries fight for global supremacy, The Protagonist must prevent time-travel from further being weaponized. Tenet is comparable to some of Nolan’s past works, such as Inception and Memento, in that it is like a puzzle for your mind. It’s extremely confusing at first, but is gradually explained throughout the film. Once you start to understand it, the non-stop action will keep you on the edge of your seat. It truly is a thrill watching the set of secret agent partners, played by the suave John David Washington and dashing Robert Pattinson, try to jump through time and save the world.

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Laura – Circulation

The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Fiction Sweeney

Every family has its problems, and this family is no exception!   Melody, Beatrice, Jack, and Leo are four adult siblings who have big plans for their trust fund, which they call “The Nest”.  As we all know, things don’t always go according to plan.  This book does an excellent job at illustrating the different ways that the promise of money can affect your relationships and your choices.

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The Oysterville Sewing Circle, by Susan Wiggs, Fiction Wiggs

When unexpected circumstances bring Caroline back home to the sleepy town she grew up in, she has a chance to re-evaluate who she has become, and who she wants to be.  Reconnecting with her old friends helps her realize that your path can always change, sometimes it leads you in directions you never planned. 

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Hubbell – Circulation 

Cobra Kai, starring Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, and Xolo Mariduena, New TV Series DVD Cobra Kai Seasons 1 & 2

Cobra Kai knows what it’s about and isn’t afraid to be the ridiculous reincarnation of the original Karate Kid series. The rivals LaRusso and Lawrence reignite their feud when they both begin new competing karate dojos. The competition spills over into their private lives and the teenage lives of the senseis’ mentees. LaRusso struggles to find the time for this because he, of course, owns the biggest car dealership in Encino. A true Foley artist field day.



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February 2021

It’s February! Fall in love with one of our Staff Picks!

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Paula – Circulation

Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi, YA Fiction Adeyemi

In the land of Orisha, magic has been completely outlawed. The king rules with an iron fist, and anyone caught with magical powers is sentenced to death. The race of the maji has been all but extinguished, but hope soon begins to arise. Seventeen-year-old Zelie is a maji, a strong one that has the power to change the course of history. With the help of her brother and a rogue princess, Zelie sets out to overthrow the monarchy and bring magic back to Orisha. Children of Blood and Bone is a powerful novel that speaks volumes to many different issues. It resonates with the fight against the social injustices that are occurring in our society today, such as the Black Lives Matter movement. It was also rightfully selected as a Lincoln Award winner in 2020.

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Jean – Reference

The Darkest Evening, by Ann Cleeves, New Fiction Cleeves

The latest in the Vera Stanhope series, this book is a wonderful escape to a mystery in the English countryside. Navigating a snow-storm in her trusty old Land Rover one evening, Vera comes across a car with its door wide open, and finds a baby still strapped in its carseat, with no mother in sight.  She brings the baby to the nearest house, which turns out to be a large, grand house called Brockburn, where a glamorous winter party is underway.  Unbeknownst to everyone, there are hidden relationships between the owners of the house, the guests, and the nearby neighbors about to be revealed.

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Theresa – Youth Services

Dry, by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman, Fiction YA Shusterman

I chose to read this, as it is one of the Abraham Lincoln Award Nominees for 2021. Many would consider this novel to fall under the genre of science fiction or dystopian. Others lean more towards realistic fiction.  With all the droughts, forest fires, as well as instances where angry mobs have become violent in the news recently, the latter certainly rings true for me. When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this story of survival. The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of dont’s: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, and don’t take long showers. Until the taps run dry. Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—are threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

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Fighting Words, by Kimberley Burbaker Bradley, Juvenile Fiction J Bradley

A victim herself, the author managed to successfully craft a novel for ten-year-olds featuring sexual assault, a suicide attempt, foster care, homelessness, and meth addiction. The story follows Della and her sister, Suki, who are wards of the state. For the first time in their lives they are finally safe living with their foster mother, Francine. As a court date approaches we learn what brought them to this point. A running theme in the story is we all have our own story that nobody else can tell. Another important theme is consent; nobody can do things to your body without your permission. Della, whose story is often filled with bad language, or “snow,” must find the courage to tell her story in order to let justice prevail. Although heavy topics are covered, this book, like the author’s previous titles (The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won), is sure to be noted as one of this year’s best. It is a 2021 Newbery Award contender, and deserves to be so.

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Margaux – Youth Services

What Color is Night?, by Grant Snider, Juvenile Fiction JE Snider

It’s hard to come up with a new take on the classic “colors” picture book, but this fits that bill. The titular question starts us off on a quest to see all the shades of “dark” that we see at night. Vignettes of night life and night animals feature throughout, finishing off with a dreamy warm sequence. I read this with my infant and she was able to stick with it, so I’d recommend this picture book for anyone who has young children.

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The Wanderer, by Robyn Carr, Fiction Carr

If you loved Netflix’s series Virgin River based on Robyn Carr’s bestseller, you’ll love this spinoff series. Cooper was just supposed to make a quick stop in Thunder Point to see to his late friend’s affairs, but when he realizes there is something suspicious about his death, Cooper decides to stay longer. Romance ensues, along with side stories that only a small town can offer.

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Andrea – Technical Services

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, Fiction Shaffer

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

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Michelle – Administration

Doctor Who Season 1, starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, DVD Dr. Who 2005 Season 1

This show has been on my watch list for years, and I finally started watching it. For anyone not familiar, Doctor Who is a long-running television staple in the UK. It was rebooted in 2005 (which is the season I’m referring to here) starring Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor. This sci-fi show is great for the whole family and follows the adventures of The Doctor and his companion as they battle aliens and other creatures through space and time. The show is smartly written and can be quite funny at times. A word of caution, the special effects most definitely show their age, though that only seems to add to the humor and the charm of the show.

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Cathy – Circulation

The Sandhamn Murders, starring Alexandra Rapaport, Jakob Cedergren, and Sandra Andreis, DVD Sandhamn Murders Season 1

I recommend The Sandhamn Murders series. Swedish subtitles but easy to follow.  Great scenery and likable characters.

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Joe Pickett Series by C. J. Box, Fiction Box

Nice western-set mystery series. Helps to read in order but not necessary. My husband loves them and the writing really helps the reader visualize being out west.

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Chris – Technical Services

You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, by Tom Gauld, Graphic Novel Gauld (GRAPHIC)

You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack distills perfectly Gauld’s dark humor, impeccable timing, and distinctive style. Arrests by the fiction police and imaginary towns designed by Tom Waits intermingle hilariously with piercing observations about human behavior and whimsical imaginings of the future. Again and again, Gauld reaffirms his position as a first-rank cartoonist, creating work infused with a deep understanding of both literary and cartoon history.

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January 2021

It’s January! Spend the new year with one of our Staff Picks!

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Jean – Reference

Last Night at the Lobster, by Stuart O’Nan, available as an ebook on Overdrive/Libby

One of my all-time favorite books. A slim, yet evocative novel set in New England at Christmas time, as a nor’easter approaches. The staff at this Red Lobster prepare for their last shift at this location as it has been decreed to close due to declining numbers. We get to know the regulars, like the retired gentleman who comes in and sits at the same booth and reads the newspaper, as well as the remaining skeleton staff and their intertwined relationships, and who struggle with their day-to-day existences on the fringes of the working-class. The author evokes the coldness of the winter season, and the desolation of a restaurant adjacent to a declining mall.

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Margaux – Youth Services

The Wizards of Once, by Cressida Cowell, available as an ebook and audiobook on Overdrive/Libby

I love a good audiobook. I adore a great one. This audio packs a one-two punch with authors Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon) and narrator David Tennant (of Doctor Who and Marvel’s Jessica Jones fame). Follow the story of a Wizard boy named Xar and a warrior princess named Wish as they attempt to solve the mystery of why evil Witches have come back to their world after being extinct. Every fairytale creature you can imagine is involved in this story. If you’re a fantasy fan, or just love either of these two amazing literary forces, this (audio)book is for you.

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, by Jessica Townsend, Juvenile Fiction J Townsend

I come back to this book again and again. Morrigan Crow is the cause of all the world’s problems…at least according to everyone in boring, dreary Jackelfax. It isn’t until she’s taken to a new world under the wing of the Free State’s most sought-after citizen, Jupiter North, that she learns she may be more than just a walking disaster. This high fantasy novel takes place in a world where magic exists, and people with extraordinary talents are taught at the Wunderous Society- the society Morrigan is competing to get into. This book follows Morrigan as she goes through four trials throughout the course of one calendar year. In her fantastical stay with her over-the-top guardian, Morrigan makes friends with a giant cat, a boy with an affinity for dragon riding, and experiences more magic than I can begin to impress upon you here. A worthwhile read for any adult who likes fantasy, and for any child who doesn’t know what to read next after Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Of course, I did love the audiobook too.

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Andrea – Technical Services  

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family, by Robert Kolker, Nonfiction 161.898 KOL

The heartrending story of the Galvins, a midcentury American family with twelve children (six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia) that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother, to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amid profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself. And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations.

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Michelle – Administration

Twice in a Blue Moon, by Christina Lauren, Fiction Lauren

I stumbled across this author duo when I was looking for some good holiday books. After reading and enjoying their new Christmas book, I went back to see what else they had written and chose this sweet romance. The story follows Sam and Tate, two young Americans who meet while on holiday in London. After a bad end to their whirlwind romance, they meet again 14 years later and have to decide if a “once in a blue moon” romance can happen twice. If you are looking for a well-written light read, this may be the book for you!

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Hubbell – Circulation

Jurassic Park, starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum, DVD Jurassic…

DINO DNA! Jurassic Park is 28 years old. And it is better than 90% of the popcorn blockbusters Hollywood conceives every summer. It is the source of the beloved Jeff Goldblum meme. That guy who played Newman gets inked in the eye. It has literally everything. Watch it again.

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Paula – Circulation

Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, and Donald Sutherland, DVD Pride…

The most iconic love story of all time, the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is absolutely flawless. Everyone knows the story. Headstrong Elizabeth Bennett immediately clashes with the proud Mr. Darcy, only to learn that she misjudged him, and falls deeply in love with him. Keira Knightley is the perfect Lizzy, capturing all of the wit and sass that Jane Austen wrote her as. Matthew Macfadyen is by far the best version of Mr. Darcy (sorry Colin Firth). Though completely socially awkward, he sure does have a way with words. After watching this, the only kind of man you will accept will be one coming towards you in a giant field through the fog in his pajamas to tell you he loves you.


 

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December 2020

It’s December! Enjoy the holidays with one of our Staff Picks!

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Paula – Circulation

One of Us is Lying, by Karen M. McManus, Young Adult Fiction YA McManus

Five high school students enter detention together. Only four make it out alive. One of Us is Lying is a classic “who dunnit?” mystery with a modern spin to it. After Simon Kelleher dies during detention, the other four students, Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper, and Addy, become suspects in a murder case that turns into the talk of the town. Each student swears they had nothing to do with it, but they all have secrets to hide. Secrets that are threatened to be exposed through the gossip app that Simon created for the school. Each chapter alternates between the four students’ perspectives, slowly revealing more evidence that leads to Simon’s death. It was definitely one of the most thrilling YA novels I’ve ever read. It’s fast-paced and constantly keeps you guessing. Each new chapter causes you to question each of the students up until the very end.

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Nancy – Reference

Wrinkles, by Paco Roca, Graphic Novel Roca (GRAPHIC)

This award winning graphic novel is a story of friendship and compassion set in an assisted living facility.  It is wonderfully illustrated and has also been adapted into an award-winning international animated film featuring the voices of Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine, and George Coe.  The film is available on Kanopy, the library’s on-demand video streaming service.

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Jean – Reference

The Erratics, by Vicki Laveau-Harvie, New Nonfiction 306.87 LAV

Two sisters are called home to their remote childhood house in Alberta, Canada after their mother falls and breaks her hip.  Neither sister has been in touch with their parents after being disowned and estranged from them for decades.  Each of them is confronted anew with their mother’s lifetime of mental illness, and the frail father who has enabled her.  This slim memoir is beautifully written and easily readable.

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Three Little Truths, by Eithne Shortall, New Fiction Shortall

For fans of Sophie Hannah and Nicci French, this contemporary drama is set in Dublin, Ireland. Martha, Robin, and Edie all are all doing their best to keep up appearances with the neighbors. Neighborhood gossip abounds via WhatsApp and old-fashioned whispering over the fence.  As each of them harbors their own secrets, they will soon find how inextricable each of their lives are bound. 

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The Rise of The G.I. Army 1940 – 1941: The Forgotten Story of How America Forged a Powerful Army before Pearl Harbor, by Paul Dickson, New Nonfiction 940.5412 DIC

A wealth of information that has not been addressed in many of the works on WWII.  The reader comes to know the importance of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and the Pre-Pearl Harbor draft in winning the second World War.

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Margaux – Youth Services

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, by Garth Nix, New YA Fiction YA Nix

Susan Arkshaw has just witnessed something shocking. The man she knows as “Uncle Frank” has just been turned to dust in front of her very eyes by an attractive man named Merlin. Thus begins her adventure: a quest to learn who her father really is, which subsequently leads her to realize who she really is. Merlin is a Left-Handed Bookseller, one who fights and incidentally is very well-read (and who doesn’t love a well-read protagonist). He and his sister are charged with helping Susan find her father and protecting her. First off, what a romp. This book takes place in the 80’s, so it’s technically “historical fiction” ((cringe)). I loved the fast pace, and the well-drawn characters. Garth Nix is really good at quick world-building. He’s not going to take 200 pages to flesh out the lore and backstory of the book. Right away, the reader finds herself in the middle of a thrilling adventure, where Susan is trying to navigate her coming of age with her mother’s dementia, and her new friend’s madcap ideas. Read this if you love London, fantasy, or just want to read a YA novel that doesn’t have any hot and heavy love stuff.

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Time for Bed’s Story, by Monica Arnaldo, New Juvenile Fiction JE Arnaldo

A good picture book for bedtime. Honestly, what kid hasn’t complained about going to bed at one point? Well this story is told from “the bed’s” perspective, and the bed has a lot to say about their child’s sleeping habits. The child has smelly feet, tosses and turns all night, and frankly, the child complains. A fresh new take on the classic bedtime story.

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Mother for Dinner, by Shalom Auslander, New Fiction Auslander

Seventh Seltzer has done everything he can to break from the past, but in his overbearing, narcissistic mother’s last moments he is drawn back into the life he left behind. At her deathbed, she whispers in his ear the two words he always knew she would: “Eat me.” Deliciously and irreverently funny!

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Midsomer Murders, starring John Nettles, Jane Wymark, and Barry Jackson, DVD Midsomer Murders Series 1

A veteran Detective Chief Inspector and his young Sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County. All great and beautiful scenery. Not necessary to watch in order but it helps.

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A Timeless Christmas, by Alexis Stanton, available as an Ebook on Overdrive/Libby

This is a cute Christmas story about Charles Whitley, an inventor from 1902 that travels to the future and meets Megan Turner, a historian who works at the Whitley Mansion, the home that Charles left behind and is now a museum. The book is full of fun man-out-of-time antics that blossom into a sweet love story surrounded by the joys of Christmas. The story was turned into one of Hallmark’s famed Christmas movies this year, but the book is better!

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November 2020

It’s November! Give some thanks and enjoy our Staff Picks!

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Swamp Thing, starring Crystal Reed, Andy Bean, and Will Patton, New DVD Swamp Thing

Sci-fi and DC Comics fans alike will rejoice after watching the masterpiece that is Swamp Thing. In the small town of Marais, Louisiana, a mysterious disease starts to spread throughout the swamps, infecting the residents at an alarming rate. CDC doctor Abby Arcane returns to her hometown to investigate, but what she finds is not what she expects. With the help of biologist Alec Holland, Abby discovers that there is something alive in the swamp, something that is bringing death and darkness to Marais. But there is also something good, a lifeforce that has created the creature Swamp Thing. Together, Abby and Swamp Thing must solve the swamp’s mysteries and fight the darkness before it takes over the town for good. I was absolutely addicted to this show. It is the perfect combination of sci-fi and horror. The story draws you in and doesn’t let you go until the very last episode. It’s definitely a must-see.

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Vienna Blood, starring Matthew Beard, Juergen Maurer, and Charlene McKenna, New DVD Vienna Blood

From the screenwriter Steve Thompson (responsible for Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch), comes a crime drama set in 1907 Vienna, Austria and brings together a police detective inspector with a doctor to investigate unusual murders. Engaging!

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris, Fiction Morris

In this tragic, true account of life as a prisoner, there is love. Put into camps and stripped of your cloths, your life, your dignity, life goes on in the most horrible ways and finding ways to survive is just a daily task.  Two prisoners, one given the task to tattoo your given number on your arm, finds love with one he has scarred.  In this busy, instant gratification world, this story will remind you to step back and see the sunrise likes it’s your last.

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, by Suzanne Collins, New YA Fiction YA Collins

This book is a prequel to the Hunger Games series and follows a young Coriolanus Snow (the villain of the original trilogy) as he navigates life in the Capitol a decade after the war. The 18 year old Snow becomes one of the first mentors in the 10th Annual Hunger Games and becomes entwined with the tribute from District 12, to whom he is assigned. This book is not only the origin story of the future President Snow, but it is also an origin story to the Hunger Games as well. In their 10th year, the games are a drab affair that no one wants to watch. It becomes part of the mentorship mission to create more interest in the games. As with her other books, Suzanne Collins has written a fast moving story that you don’t want to put down. I was drawn in from the beginning and couldn’t wait to find out what happened. Of course, the movie rights were already sold before the book was even released, so you can expect to see it on the big screen sometime in the future.

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Killing Eve Seasons 1-3, starring Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, and Fiona Shaw, DVD Killing Eve

One of the TV shows that I binge-watched during the pandemic is Killing Eve. I had heard great things about it for years and I must admit, it was not what I expected. It follows the story of an MI6 agent and the female assassin she is tasked with finding. The two become entangled in the most imaginative ways. For a show about a murderer, it is surprisingly bright and funny. It’s the perfect show to watch if you are interested in criminal mysteries, but are tired of all the darkness. It stars Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, and Fiona Shaw, and was created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (the creator and star of Fleabag) and has been nominated for numerous Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

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Margaux – Youth Services

The Line Tender, by Kate Allen, Juvenile Fiction J Allen

One summer in Cape Cod, tragedy touches young Lucy Everhart’s life for the second time. But when the support of her best friend is the thing that she has lost, how will she cope? While trying to navigate the confusing waters of her grief, Lucy makes deeper connections with the people around her. Part coming-of-age novel, part exploration of grief, this story is the definition of a tear-jerker. Try this on Audio like I did, and you’ll find yourself crying while trying to make dinner (blame it on the onions)—we own this audio title on the Libby app. This middle-grade read is a must for anyone who likes The Fault in Our Stars or any other “sad book.”

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Warcross, by Marie Lu, YA Fiction Lu

In this sci-fi alternate reality, Warcross isn’t just a game, it’s a vital part of life as Emika Chen knows it. In fact, she makes her living hunting down rogue Warcross players for the police. When her hacking abilities throw her center stage during the global Warcross championships, she suddenly finds herself in the game in a whole new way. If you loved Ready Player One’s global videogame vibe or just want to find yourself immersed in a new reality, this is the book for you. Once again, I’d recommend the audiobook which we do own on the Libby app. However, if you want to go analog you can always check out the hardcover of Warcross and the sequel, Wildcard, at the library.

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Jean – Reference

The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig, New Fiction Haig

Have you ever wondered what your life would have been like if you had made a different choice at any point?  This is a lovely novel in which the main character, Nora Seed, is slogging through life because at every step of the way, she has chosen not to take any risks, nor follow any dreams or talents, and is now filled with so much self-disgust and regret, that she just wants to end it all.  In a twist of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, she is offered an alternative life (or rather, lives) to resolve those regrets.  Within a simple story, the author writes beautifully about struggling with depression and regret, and finding the way to living a meaningful, happy life.

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Running is My Therapy : Relieve Stress and Anxiety, Fight Depression, Ditch Bad Habits, and Live Happier, by Scott Douglas, Nonfiction 613.7172 DOU

Since the beginning of the pandemic and the lockdowns, I have taken up running for my mental health.  As someone who has always been active, and swims laps daily, I realized that being outside and moving during the lockdown was essential to my physical and mental well-being during this difficult and challenging time.  This book was a great reinforcement of the benefits that being physically active brings to alleviate anxiety, stress and depression.

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Nancy – Reference

Strange Planet and Stranger Planet, by Nathan W. Pyle, Graphic Novel Pyle

If you need a dose of whimsy, this is the ticket!  Strange Planet is a New York Times bestseller and a great escape!  I became a fan instantly!  Check out the back cover for a taste of what to expect. The sequel is just as good!

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October 2020

It’s October! Check out our Staff Picks for some good tricks and treats!

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The Indomitable Florence Finch: the Untold Story of a War Widow turned Resistance Fighter and Savior of American POWs, by Robert Mrazek, New Nonfiction 940.5472 MRA

Courageous, resourceful and humble are three words I would use to describe this young Filipina woman, an American war bride turned widow, during the Japanese invasion of Manilla in the Philippines. She provided medicine and food for hundreds of American POWS in Japanese prison camps.  She was captured, tortured, and survived imprisonment in a women’s labor camp until liberation by American soldiers. In 1947, President Truman  awarded her the Medal of Freedom for her bravery, the highest recognition an American Citizen could attain.

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Of Mutts and Men, by Spencer Quinn, New Fiction Quinn

This book is another Chet and Bernie mystery; Chet being the large German Shepard and P.I. Bernie Little his human handler. This is the 10th in a series.  If you enjoy a good mystery and are a dog lover you will like this quirky tale.

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Chris – Circulation

Uncommon Type: Some Stories, by Tom Hanks, Fiction Hanks

I really enjoyed the short stories.  Each one was completely different, from young lovers to family dynamics.  He really brings you in to their lives wanting more. 

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Paula – Circulation

Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake, YA Fiction Blake

Three queens. Three crowns. One throne. Three Dark Crowns is the twisted tale of three sisters who must battle each other to become queen of the island of Fennbirn. Each sister has a special power that she must use to kill the other two sisters and take her place on the throne. Katherine, the poisoner, struggles with her ability to consume the poison she is given daily. Arsinoe, the naturalist, knows she’s as good as dead without any apparent powers. And Mirabella, the elementalist, is the strongest of the sisters, but doesn’t have the heart for war and murder. As dark plots arise to turn them against each other, the sisters must decide what means more to them: family, or the throne. This is one of the best YA fantasy novels I have read in a long time. The flawless and descriptive writing captures you and draws you in. The character development attaches you to the characters and makes you actually care about them. I couldn’t put it down as soon as I started it. It’s no wonder why it received a Lincoln Award (the Illinois Teen Readers’ Choice Award) in 2019.

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Brigitte – Youth Services

Footsteps in the Snow, by Charles Lachman, Nonfiction 364.152 LAC

October means true crime. The oldest cold case in the United States was finally solved after 55 years: the kidnapping and murder of Maria Ridulph in Sycamore, Illinois. After disappearing from her front yard around Christmastime, Maria’s body was found in a nearby wooded area that April. What followed led to over 70 different suspects, multiple family secrets, and deathbed confessions. Charles Lachman weaves personal stories from multiple people who were witness to the aftermath of the crime, including the family effected, close friends, and law enforcement. Pick this up if you’re looking for a quick true crime book to scratch that spooky itch!

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Margaux – Youth Services

The Guest List, by Lucy Foley, New Fiction Foley

Two timelines converge in this classic wedding party whodunit mystery by Lucy Foley. When a reality TV star and a style influencer wed on a small island off the coast of Ireland, everybody is prepared for a show. What they don’t count on is an underlying sense of menace from the groom’s old school friends, a desperate cry for help from “the bridesmaid,” and ultimately the appearance of a body at the end of the reception. Told from multiple perspectives (from “the bride” and “the groom” to “the wedding planner” and “the plus one), the reader gets the whole story of how “the body” came to be from multiple unreliable narrators. I picked up this book on a whim, as it is one of Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine book club picks and was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved the book. It’s perfect to read in gloomy October, and the twists and turns that you encounter as the story unravels had me guessing right up to the end. The reader doesn’t even know who “the body” is until the last few chapters of the book. I ended up listening to the full-cast audiobook version, which I would highly recommend as well. The Library owns this version through the Libby app.

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Hubbell – Circulation

24, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Elisha Cuthbert, and Carlos Bernard, DVD 24 Season 1

You think your days are long?! Counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer doesn’t eat, sleep, or even use the bathroom for 24 hours. This is the role which made Kiefer Sutherland, well before his multiple arrests for assault and public intoxication. Critically acclaimed and guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat, 24 ushered in the Golden Age of Television with its better-than-film production quality and unique real time format in which each individual episode lasts one hour, with a ticking clock and use of contemporaneous split-screen storytelling.

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Cathy – Circulation

Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, Alison O’Donnell, and Steven Robertson, DVD Shetland Seasons 1 & 2

Set in the Shetland Islands. British crime drama with beautiful scenery, great actors and suspenseful mysteries. The endings are almost always unpredictable! Enjoy! It helps to watch in order but its not necessary.

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Michelle – Administration

Irresistible, starring Steve Carrell, Chris Cooper, and Rose Byrne, New DVD Irresistible

In these turbulent political times, I have missed having Jon Stewart break down the day’s events on The Daily Show. So, I was very excited to see the new movie that he wrote and directed called Irresistible. It stars Steve Carrell as a major political consultant who, after Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016, decides to help a retired Marine run for mayor of a small town in Wisconsin. The movie is a bipartisan peek behind the curtain to what goes on during a political campaign as both Democrats and Republicans are the butt of the joke. It is a side of the campaign that we don’t normally get to see and it puts so much into perspective. As a bonus, Steve Carrell never fails to amuse me! It also stars Chris Cooper, Topher Grace and Rose Byrne.

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September 2020

September 2020It’s September and we are back with our Staff Picks: Quarantine Edition! Check out some of the things we read, watched, and listened to while stuck in quarantine over the past few months!

Michelle – Administration

watchmenWatchmen, starring Regina King, Jeremy Irons, and Tim Blake Nelson, New DVD Watchmen

This series is set in an alternate reality Tulsa, where the cops have to wear masks to protect themselves, though costumed heroes are seen as vigilantes. The show does a great job of blending in actual historical facts to create this new reality. Regina King stars as Detective Angela Abar, and the story and her place in it slowly unfolds around her. The series is definitely a slow burn, but was interesting enough to keep me watching. Though I had not either seen the previous movie or read the comic series, this show is a sequel of sorts to both. I was able to enjoy the show without watching/reading the earlier work.

Chris – Circulation

jojo rabbitJoJo Rabbit, starring Roman Griffin Davis, Taika Waititi, and Scarlett Johansson, New DVD JoJo Rabbit

JoJo Rabbit is about a young boy’s fascination with Hitler and the Nazis. Hitler is JoJo’s imaginary buddy he talks to. JoJo finds out the truth about his mother’s doings and may have different feelings about Hitler and his actions. It’s good, funny, and also sad, yet entertaining.

Paula – Circulation

fire and bloodFire and Blood, by George R. R. Martin, Fiction Martin

Fire and Blood is the prequel to George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Going back 300 years before Game of Thrones takes place, Fire and Blood tells the history of House Targaryen and its rule over Westeros. Beginning with Aegon the Conqueror, Martin goes into great detail about the first seven of seventeen Targaryen kings, recording all of their successes and failures throughout their reigns. I found it fascinating learning about the bloody history of the Targaryens. From watching the show or reading the books, you only learn about a select few Targaryen rulers. But with Fire and Blood, you get a special look into the foundation of Westeros as we know it. It’s also written as a history book told from the viewpoint of a maester, making it feel like a true piece of history from the world that George R. R. Martin has created.

Jean – Reference

distant deadThe Distant Dead, by Heather Young, New Fiction Young

A body burns in the high desert hills. A boy walks into a fire station, pale with the shock of a grisly discovery. A middle school teacher worries when her colleague is late for work. By day’s end, when the body is identified as local math teacher Adam Merkel, a small Nevada town will be rocked to its core by a brutal and calculated murder. Weaving together the last months of Adam’s life, Nora’s search for answers, and a young boy’s anguished moral reckoning, this unforgettable thriller brings a small American town to vivid life. It is filled with complex, flawed characters wrestling with the weight of the past, the promise of the future, and the bitter freedom that forgiveness can bring.

Wow, this book knocked me sideways. This book has everything – a powerful opening and a plot that keeps you engaged until the very end, characters you come to know and think about when you’re not reading the book, and a beautiful writing style that is rare, and made me flip to the beginning and start again when I finished. This book will stay with you for a long time.

Melissa – Technical Services

catch and killCatch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, by Ronan Farrow, New Nonfiction 331.4133 FAR 

Farrow tells the story of how he worked to bring the Harvey Weinstein scandal to light, even after being swept under the rug by his own NBC bosses. The story unfolds against a backdrop of cover ups, payouts, and coercion. It’s revealed that many women and journalists attempted to speak out over the years only to be stripped of their voices. The methods used are shocking, including paying operatives to befriend victims for years to watch and learn what they plan to do with their accusations. Weinstein had mob connections that he used to threaten women, journalists, and even competitors in the film industry. The larger story revealed is how Weinstein was only one of countless powerful men who treated women this way. These men were protected by other powerful men, enabling them to continue to commit these crimes. It’s easy to see the absolute necessity of the MeToo Movement after reading this book.

Chris – Technical Services

resistanceResistance, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Clemense Poesy, and Ed Harris, New DVD Resistance

Based on a true story.  An aspiring Jewish actor in France joins the French resistance and saves the lives of hundreds of Jewish orphans pouring into France to escape the Nazi’s.  This actor became the world famous mime, Marcel Marceau. “The Best Way to Resist is to Survive.”

the boy who followed his fatherThe Boy Who Followed his Father into Auschwitz: A True Story of Family and Survival, by Jeremy Dronfield, New Nonfiction 940.5318 DRO

The discovery of a diary kept by Gustav Kleinmann from Vienna, Austria and the remembrances of his son, Fritz, tells their heartbreaking tale of love and support during the darkest hours of WWII imprisonment in numerous concentration camps.  That fact that they and the diary survived is a miracle. Sometimes the only way to resist is to survive, and tell the stories for those who did not survive.

your life is a recordYour Life is a Record, by Brandy Clark, New CD 781.64 Clark

Singer/songwriter with country styling but no twang. Accentuating a cozy acoustic quartet with the lush sounds of the Memphis Strings and Horns. The instrumentation manages to be simultaneously intimate and luxurious, a sound that not only suits Clark’s impeccably crafted tunes but enhances them.

 

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April 2020

April 2020It’s April! Check out some of our Staff Picks to help get you through your quarantine!

 

 

 

 

Michelle – Administration

catch and killCatch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, by Ronan Farrow, New Nonfiction 331.4133 FAR

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow tells the story behind his groundbreaking reporting on the sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against powerful men in Hollywood, beginning with Harvey Weinstein. Farrow discusses both the woman who came forward and the powerful men who tried to bury this story. This book is well-written and reads like a mystery novel, the most engaging nonfiction book I’ve read in a while.

 

Jake – Administration

talking to strangersTalking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know, by Malcolm Gladwell, Nonfiction 302 GLA

In his latest book Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell tries to unravel and then understand the various ways people misjudge each other. Gladwell looks at both current social interactions, a police officer pulling a motorist over, and then also historical social interactions, the Prime Minister of England meeting Adolf Hitler, and then identifies how misconceptions and false confidence end up undermining events. As in his other books, Gladwell presents his scenarios and analysis in an easy to understand manner that ultimately forces the reader to reevaluate how they may have once interpreted things. A quick and informative read!

 

Chris – Technical Services

rampageRampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila, by James M. Scott, Nonfiction 940.54 SCO

A WWII history account of Douglas MacArthur returning to the Philippines as promised and liberating Manila. The 29 day battle for Manila was one of the darkest chapters of the Pacific War.  It resulted in the catastrophic destruction of the city and a rampage by Japanese forces that brutalized the population. Landmarks were destroyed, houses torched, resistors tortured and killed, women raped and children murdered.  An estimated 100,000 civilians lost their lives. Meticulously researched and well-written by a noted war historian.

 

the perfect horseThe Perfect Horse : the Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis, by Elizabeth Letts, Nonfiction 940.542 LET

A nonfiction story that reads like fiction about the Lipizzaner horses (from the world famous Spanish Riding School in Vienne, Austria) and other purebred Arabian horses saved at the end of WWII. A compelling account for animal lovers and World War II buffs alike, The Perfect Horse tells for the first time the full story of these events. Elizabeth Letts’s exhilarating tale of behind-enemy-lines adventure, courage, and sacrifice brings to life one of the most inspiring chapters in the annals of human valor.

 

Paula – Circulation

knives outKnives Out, starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Ana de Arnas, New DVD Knives Out

Knives Out is a fun and crazy modern-day murder mystery. In the style of Agatha Christie, a family patriarch is found murdered in his bed, and all of his family members quickly become suspects. Daniel Craig stars as Benoit Blanc, the detective mysteriously hired to solve the case. Working through each family member, Blanc tries to narrow down a suspect, but new twists and turns continuously throw him off the trail. Filled with an all-star cast and a good mix of comedy and mystery, Knives Out will keep you guessing until the very end.

 

Hubbell – Circulation

unsaneUnsane, starring Clare Foy, Joshua Leonard, and Jay Pharoah, Find it on Kanopy!

Claire Foy (known for playing a young Queen Elizabeth in Netflix’s The Crown) gives a great performance as an involuntarily committed mental institution patient. At the start, we feel for her in her forced confinement, but her reality shifts quickly.

 

 

 

 

leave no traceLeave No Trace, starring Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, and Dale Dickey Find it on Kanopy!

A father and daughter live a self-sufficient wilderness lifestyle in the forests of Oregon. But when they are found out by social services and forced to live in society, their priorities clash with their expectations.

 

 

 

first reformedFirst Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, and Cedric the Entertainer, Find it on Kanopy!

Ethan Hawke plays a deeply troubled priest whose relationship with a pregnant parishioner and her radical environmentalist husband creates a feud you don’t see coming.

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March 2020

March 2020It’s March, and you’re in luck! We have more picks for you at the library!

 

 

 

Paula – Circulation

doctor sleepDoctor Sleep, starring Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, and Kyliegh Curran, New DVD Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep is the fantastic sequel to Stephen King’s eerie The Shining. Now an adult and struggling with alcoholism, Dan Torrence is still haunted by the events from his stay at the Overlook Hotel during his childhood. Looking for a fresh start, Dan moves to a new town and begins to turn his life around. Just when things are returning to normal, Dan meets Abra, a girl with the same abilities, or “shine,” that he has. She tells him of the True Knot, a cult that is hunting down innocent people with “the shine” and feeding off of their abilities to become immortal. Together, they must find a way to stop the True Knot and save Abra’s life, for she is their next target. The film is an excellent follow-up to The Shining. Ewan McGregor is as talented as ever and shines in his role, pun intended. Full of mystery and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat, Doctor Sleep is a great movie for any Stephen King fan.

Pat – Circulation

the peanut butter falconThe Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Shia LaBeouf, Zack Gottsagen, and Dakota Johnson, New DVD Peanut Butter Falcon

This is an authentic and heartwarming movie. The Peanut Butter Falcon is an adventure story that begins when Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome runs away from the nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler.  He hides out in a boat owned by Tyler, a hard-up fisherman still mourning the death of his older brother.  The two of them form a bond that leads to a very heartwarming friendship, and Tyler works to fulfill a promise he made to get Zak to a wrestling school run by The Saltwater Redneck. Great acting and a well done movie.

Chris – Circulation

new way to bakeA New Way to Bake: Classic Recipes Updated with Better-For-You Ingredients from the Modern Pantry, by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Nonfiction 641.815 NEW

I love this idea of using wholesome, healthy ingredients and not feeling guilty or fat after eating.  This book takes old and new recipes and switches ingredients to enhance the flavor and make them a little more nutritious. Simply changing the flour makes it a healthy choice.

 

Chris – Technical Services

blue zones kitchenThe Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100, by Dan Buettner, New Nonfiction 641.563 BUE

Author Dan Buettner researched areas around the globe where people live long and have less dementia and asks the question, “What do they eat?” The answer is a plant-based vegetarian diet. A very interesting read.

 

 

desk 88Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America, by Sherrod Brown, New Nonfiction 328.7309 BRO

Sherrod Brown, a US Senator from Ohio elected in 2006, tells the stories of eight senators who also occupied desk #88 and how each made a decisive contribution to creating a more just America.

 

 

 

Cathy – Circulation

piano guysThe Piano Guys, by The Piano Guys, CD 786 Piano Guys

The Piano Guys play modern music with a twist: to the piano or cello. Listeners will recognize most of the tunes and hopefully really enjoy their interpretation. Their mix of classical music with film scores, rock hits, and pop favorites paired with their creative videos resonate with audiences across generations.

 

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