Friday, March 24, 2017

Any night is a good night for a movie night.

Actors: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Rated:  PG-13  Parents Strongly Cautioned
Run Time: 116 minutes

When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

Kubo and the Two Strings
Actors: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Directors: Travis Knight
Rated:  PG  Parental Guidance Suggested
Run Time: 102 minutes

Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.

Manchester By The Sea
Actors: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges
Directors: Kenneth Lonergan
Rated:  R  Restricted
Run Time: 137 minutes

An uncle is obliged to return home to care for his nephew after his brother dies. Unknowing he is to be the guardian and struggles with the decision. Throughout the movie he recounts past memories that caused him to leave Manchester and distance himself from his past.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

You're not going to want to miss out on these new bestsellers!

All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor by Donald Stratton and Ken Gire

Stratton tells his epic story in the memoir All the Gallant Men. ... Stratton would have been among the 1,177 USS Arizona shipmates — out of 1,511 aboard — who perished if not for a nail-biting escape.”

The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts

“[Elizabeth] Letts, a lifelong equestrienne, eloquently brings together the many facets of this unlikely, poignant story underscoring the love and respect of man for horses. . . . The author’s elegant narrative conveys how the love for these amazing creatures transcends national animosities.”

Bush by Jean Edward Smith

“Anyone prone to romanticize the old GOP should take a bracing shot of Bush, a hefty biography of our 43rd president by the prolific and acclaimed biographer Jean Edward Smith. Written in sober, smooth, snark-free prose, with an air of thoughtful, detached authority, the book is nonetheless exceedingly damning in its judgments about George W. Bush’s years in office. . . . Authoritative and trustworthy.”

The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War by H.W. Brands

“Two American heroes tested and tried at their most inspired hours . . . An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis.”

Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History by John Dickerson

"With a delightful conversational style featuring casual asides and plenty of incisive commentary, Dickerson's many years of experience covering politics informs his intriguing inside looks at how certain stories begin and how they grow... A politically astute, timely book that will also have great historical value for future campaigns."

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission by Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney

“Brings new relevance to Eisenhower’s parting message. ... A focused and timely study of Eisenhower’s significant speech and the sticky transition to JFK’s inherited new world.”

Monday, March 20, 2017

Stop by the Devereaux Library and check out these new bestsellers!

The Nix: A novel by Nathan Hill

“Hill has so much talent to burn that he can pull of just about any style, imagine himself into any person and convincingly portray any place or time. The Nix is hugely entertaining and unfailingly smart, and the author seems incapable of writing a pedestrian sentence or spinning a boring story. . . . [A] supersize and audacious novel of American misadventure.”

Vinegar Girl: A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Anne Tyler

“[A] screwball comedy of manners that actually channels Jane Austen more than Shakespeare. It's clear that [Tyler] had fun with Vinegar Girl, and readers will too…A fizzy cocktail of a romantic comedy, far more sweet than acidic, about finding a mate who appreciates you for your idiosyncratic, principled self — no taming necessary.”

The Whistler by John Grisham

“A fascinating look at judicial corruption…an entirely convincing story and one of Grisham’s best.  I can’t think of another major American novelist since Sinclair Lewis who has so effectively targeted social and political ills in our society. In Grisham’s case, it is time at least to recognize that at his best he is not simply the author of entertaining legal thrillers but an important novelistic critic of our society. In more than 30 novels, he has often used his exceptional storytelling skills to take a hard look at injustice and corruption in the legal world and in our society as a whole.”

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben and Tim Flannery

"The matter-of-fact Mr. Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news — long known to biologists — that trees in the forest are social beings."

Friday, March 17, 2017

New movies are now available @ your library

Actors: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall
Directors: Steven Spielberg
Rated:  PG  Parental Guidance Suggested
Run Time: 118 minutes

Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Elizabeth to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

Hacksaw Ridge
Actors: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving
Directors: Mel Gibson
Rated:  R  Restricted
Run Time: 139 minutes

The true story of Desmond Doss, the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, won the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his fellow soldiers. We see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. We see Doss's trials and tribulations after enlisting in the US Army and trying to become a medic. Finally, we see the hell on Earth that was Hacksaw Ridge.

Captain Fantastic
Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, George MacKay
Directors: Matt Ross
Rated:  R  Restricted
Run Time: 120 minutes

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

New bestsellers have hit the shelves!

Three Sisters, Three Queens (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels) by Philippa Gregory

"Mesmerizing, intimate...Gregory defines what it means to be a writer of historical fiction. She lures readers straight into the hearts and minds of her characters by masterful storytelling and brilliant reimagination blended with historical fact. She brings history to life."

The Emperor's Revenge (The Oregon Files) by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison

“Another rollicking Juan Cabrillo adventure. Nefarious deeds and derring-do from the Monaco Grand Prix to Malta, Germany, Lithuania, Holland, and the Baltic. The exotic weapons-driven, more-threads-than-a-sweater narrative explodes with action, dead bodies hither and you, with Cabrillo making…skin-of-the teeth escapes.”

No Man's Land (John Puller Series) by David Baldacci

"David Baldacci is one of America's favorite mystery writers, and he has earned that adulation fair and square. He is constantly turning out one readable and enjoyable adventure after another. His latest novel NO MAN'S LAND is his fourth John Puller story and it is a good one. It is fast reading from the start as the pages grab the readers' interest and off they go."

4 3 2 1: A Novel by Paul Auster

“An epic bildungsroman . . . . Original and complex . . . . It’s impossible not to be impressed – and even a little awed – by what Auster has accomplished. . . . A work of outsize ambition and remarkable craft, a monumental assemblage of competing and complementary fictions, a novel that contains multitudes.”

Thursday, July 7, 2016

New bestsellers are waiting for you @ your library

15th Affair (Women's Murder Club Series #15) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

A beautiful blonde with CIA connections slips away after a horrific murder at a luxury hotel, and suddenly Lindsay Boxer's husband is missing, too. Lindsay soon suspects that the two share a secret past and calls out the Women's Murder Club.

The Apartment: A Novel by Danielle Steel

Steel weaves a gripping and notable story of four equally different young women who share a loft apartment in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. While some characters are given more story time, it’s easy to get invested in all of the characters, their easy camaraderie, their unique personal struggles and heartbreak. … Steel proves once more why her stories are synonymous with timeless romance.

Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury

It is not easy to finish a series that has numerous subplots to discover. It’s interesting to see the group of angels trying to help humans who are not aware they are having a divine intervention. Kingsbury peels back the layers of dimensions to allow readers to believe there are angels amongst us, and that they guide us, protect us and, most importantly, pray for us.

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson Series #9) by Patricia Briggs

Tensions between the fae and humans are reaching a crisis point, and up until now, the werewolves have tried to stay neutral in the battle. The always-awesome Briggs is back with another high-stakes adventure starring coyote shifter Mercy Thompson. Briggs’ careful and layered building of both her world and her characters is an iron-clad guarantee of an outstanding read! Fans will love this one!

The Gangster (Isaac Bell Series #9) by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

Cussler and Scott did do a wonderful job at placing the reader in the 1900s, painting a great image with accurate visual descriptions.

Private Paris by James Patterson, Mark Sullivan

…[T]he authors weave a fast-paced adventure covering two investigations. Scary possibilities, but good fiction none the less.

The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future by Steve Case
The founder of America Online outlines some of the potentialities he sees emerging in the “Internet of Everything.” … [Case] identifies three sectors of economic activity as foci of the coming “Third Wave” of the Internet: health care, education, and food production, processing, and transportation. Each of these represents a partnership between government and the private sector aimed at achieving some public good. … Case’s vision of the future is compelling, but he may be overreaching when he emphasizes functions for third-party apps that could undermine professionally qualified expertise and challenge employment, earnings, and benefits. … Opportunity beckons, and Case ably describes the possibilities, but the price of the chase may harm as well as benefit.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

It's never a wrong time to curl up with one of these new bestsellers

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien

Intoxicating.... O'Brien takes up her signature themes—close-knit communities, love and hate for the homeland, the plight of women, loss and desire, victimhood, romantic love—and casts their compassionate reach far beyond Ireland.... [The Little Red Chairs] asks the kinds of questions only a novel could dare; like a great novel must, it leaves many of them unanswered."

The Murder of Mary Russell (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Series #14) by Laurie R. King

“Not only a high point in King’s long-running series, but a compelling demonstration of the ways inventive writers can continue to breathe new life into the Holmes-ian mythology . . . Both Holmes and Russell will have a chance to shine; in fact, the case achieves a rare balance between Holmes, Russell, and the mystery they’ve been set.”

Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo

The world's worst hit man goes aground in a little Norwegian town far above the Arctic Circle in this sharp, spare, postcard-sized tale. … Wasting not a word, Nesbø (Blood on Snow, 2015, etc.) paints an indelible portrait of a criminal loser who reflects when he's faced with the supreme threat to his existence that "it was actually hard to think of anyone who was more dispensable than me."

Off the Grid (Joe Pickett Series #16) by C. J. Box

“C.J. Box continues his spectacular roll with the darkly mesmerizing Off the Grid....Ever popular buddy teams in the thriller genre include such classic matches as Robert Parker’s Hawk and Spenser along with James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell just to name a few. Pickett and Romanoski have become the gold standard, playing off each other perfectly as different sides of the same coin, which is sure to help place Off the Grid on everyone’s Best Thrillers of 2016 list.”

Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen

What does home really mean? Is it the people around you who make a place familiar and loved, or is it the tie to land that's been in your family for generations? Anna Quindlen's mesmerizing new novel investigates both…Quindlen makes her characters so richly alive, so believable, that it's impossible not to feel every doubt and dream they harbor, or share every tragedy that befalls them…The novel is overwhelmingly moving…The ending fast-forwards like a kind of majestic tide, carrying all these lives we've come to deeply care for into middle age and beyond, as people marry, birth children, move on and, yes, die. Family bonds are restructured, and secrets…are revealed that either wedge people apart or bind them together. But Quindlen also allows her characters mystery—and some of what's unknown stays unknown, which burnishes her story with a kind of haunting grace and truthfulness. Here, in this novel, where so much is about what vanishes, there is also a deep beating heart, of what also stays.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Add these new bestsellers to your summer reading list

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

“Amazing…. The clarity of [De Waal’s] writing makes for a highly readable book…. a trip to the zoo may never be the same.”

Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo

…in both [Nobody's Fool and Everybody's Fool], the humor is…genial, and it works in service of the characters. Sully in particular emerges as one of the most credible and engaging heroes in recent American fiction…Taken together, at over 1,000 pages, the two Fool books represent an enormous achievement, creating a world as richly detailed as the one we step into each day of our lives. Bath is real, Sully is real, and so is Hattie's and the White Horse Tavern and Miss Peoples's house on Main, and I can only hope we haven't seen the last of them. I'd love to see what Sully's going to be up to at 80.

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

"The London Blitz is cinematically re-imagined in a deeply moving new novel from Chris Cleave. As he did in Little Bee, he places forthright characters in impossible situations in Everyone Brave Is Forgiven,a story set during World War II."

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

An absorbing fantasy adventure set in a world where magic can be a gift—or a weapon. … This sequel to Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic (2015) expands the world beyond Red London and deepens the appealingly unconventional people that populate it. These rich, lifelike characters draw the reader in and make this well-realized fantasy impossible to put down. Fans of A Darker Shade of Magic will love its sequel, and fantasy fans who haven't yet read the first book in this series should hurry to catch up.

A Girl's Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber

“A Girl’s Guide to Moving On is truly a story of love, friendship, hope and a woman’s capacity to make a fresh start. Whether you are in a rock-solid relationship or have faced a break-up or divorce, you are sure to connect with the joys and trials faced by Leanne and Nichole as they support each other in their individual quests for a brighter tomorrow. Readers will find the book full of the tender moments, humor, drama and emotion for which Debbie Macomber’s novels are famous.”

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

"Lovely, quietly resonant . . . Smith [has a] singular gift for conjuring distant histories. In his hands, the damp cobblestones and canals of 1600s Holland and the shabby gentility of Eisenhower-era New York feel as real and tactile and tinged with magic as de Vos’ indelible brushstrokes."

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New bestsellers have arrived

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner, David Fisher

In the original Star Trek series, Mr. Spock's contemplative temperament was balanced by Capt. Kirk's emotive and physical nature. Now it's the captain's turn to reflect. … A fond remembrance of Leonard Nimoy by one who knew him like no other.

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan

Egan has a gift for sweeping narrative—he moves briskly through the Great Hunger, the open-air prison that was Australia, the Civil War—and he has a journalist's eye for the telltale detail…This is masterly work.

The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross

"Discerning insights on approaching changes to our economic and social landscapes and solid advice on how we should navigate them."

Family Jewels (Stone Barrington Series #37) by Stuart Woods

A low-stakes, low-octane thriller that seems to have been cobbled together entirely from dead ends.

The Last Mile (Amos Decker Series #2) by David Baldacci

When readers first met Decker, he was maladjusted and brilliant, his NFL career cut short by a vicious hit that altered his life and left him with perfect recall. And it was his incredible memory that solved his cases. This new, improved, vanilla Decker is less interesting than the damaged hero Baldacci first introduced. And while the case starts out with plenty of potential, Decker’s incredible memory really isn’t flexed much here, so it’s ultimately solved by ordinary detective work.

The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series #14) by J. R. Ward

“The beauty of this story totally BLEW ME AWAY...The Beast made me feel like I had come home, everything was as it should be and even better than I had remembered. It met the criteria for what I want in a romance, heart and panty-melting goodness. It was magnificent and one of the most beautiful stories I’ve read in a really long time. Well done, well done indeed.”

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Don't miss out on these new bestsellers

Maestra by L. S. Hilton

“What makes a woman who’ll do anything to get what she wants so threatening . . . and thrilling? . . . It’s Judith’s modes of retaliation that make her a radical heroine. She deploys a uniquely female arsenal. . . weaponizing femininity. . . .  It’s hard not to feel vicariously empowered by a woman unapologetically in pursuit. Let’s call her the Sheryl Sandberg of sociopaths, leaning in to the hilt.”

Redemption Road by John Hart

"REDEMPTION ROAD is as good as any of [Hart's] previous novels and in some cases even better. His grasp of plot is still phenomenal, his creation of characters is still amazing, and his way with words is still magnificently acute. In this book he writes with the same southern melancholia style of Conroy and McCullers, which is not an easy thing to do ... his story rings true. It possesses tremendous depth as it reveals the isolation a wounded heart can feel. It shows understanding in the emotions of rage and revenge. It shows the curative blessings of a redemptive soul. That is a lot to pack into a story but Hart has the heart and stamina to make it all work ...Stick out your thumb, flag him down and join him on this amazing journey. It will be the ride of a lifetime."

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

“Extremely moving and memorable . . . This impressive debut should appeal strongly to historical fiction readers and to book clubs that adored Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See.”

Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman

An enormous and sympathetic book.... It's rich with detail about Mr. McCartney's philanthropy, his knighthood, his taste in country homes, his dabbling as a painter, a poet and a composer of classical music.... The story of its subject's life from his childhood in Liverpool through the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 has lost none of its ability to charm ... One of the best stories the past century has to tell."

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

“[Duhigg] looks at the numerous ways that people can become more effective, whether in improving motivation, setting goals, making decisions or thinking creatively . . . [He’s] an effective storyteller with a knack for combining social science, fastidious reporting and entertaining anecdotes.”

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New bestsellers available now.

Wedding Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #19) by Joanne Fluke

Even in the world of desserts, competition can be murder, as Hannah Swensen discovers on the eve of her nuptials. … Before she walks down the aisle, though, she's scheduled to appear on the Food Channel's Dessert Chef Competition … But Hannah's luck on the cooking show does nothing to diminish her corpse magnetism, and sooner or later… she's staring down at another dead body. … Hannah's just got to investigate. … The result is predictable. Hannah asks one question too many, and then it's a close thing whether death do her part from Ross even before they manage to tie the knot. Since the interplay between Hannah and Ross has even less sex appeal than the Baking Conversion Chart at the end of the volume, any interest in whether they do finally get hitched is strictly pro forma. At least there are 22 recipes.

The Waters of Eternal Youth (Guido Brunetti Series #25) by Donna Leon

“Donna Leon’s Venetian mysteries never disappoint, calling up the romantic sights and sounds of La Serenissima even as they acquaint us with the practical matters that concern the city’s residents . . . The Waters of Eternal Youth . . . [is] a bittersweet story that makes us appreciate Brunetti’s philosophical take on the indignities, insanities, and cruelties of life.”

The Widow by Fiona Barton

“Both a taut reconstruction of a crime and a ruthless examination of marriage…A smartly crafted, compulsively readable tale about the lies people tell each other, and themselves, when the truth is the last thing they really want to know.”

Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America by Douglas Brinkley

…[an] enjoyably exhaustive new biography…Roosevelt thought deeply about the environment, more so than perhaps any other president save his distant relative and namesake, Theodore Roosevelt—as Brinkley well knows, having published a similarly extensive biography of Teddy Roosevelt as an environmentalist, The Wilderness Warrior, in 2009. The Roosevelt cousins make for a satisfying historical diptych. Both came from wealth, and as children were exposed to the best that the American outdoors had to offer. Relatively early in their careers, they came to believe that capitalism had been allowed to run roughshod over much of America's natural beauty, and that it was the government's duty to set things right.

The Steel Kiss (Lincoln Rhyme Series #12) by Jeffery Deaver

"Fiendishly inventive...all the usual thrills, which are worth every breathless minute."


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