Wednesday, March 18, 2020

New!! @ your library!!

The Family Upstairs: A Novel by Lisa Jewell

"Lisa Jewell's story is spellbinding…and impossible to put down. By the time we unravel the last of her mysteries, we're almost choking on the malevolent threads that weave themselves into a coy and satisfying conclusion."

The Giver of Stars: A Novel by Jojo Moyes

“Bestselling author Jojo Moyes has a unique way of using her prose to make her readers feel great emotions – love, passion, sadness, and grief – and her latest novel The Giver of Stars– does not disappoint in that respect.”

Long Bright River: A Novel by Liz Moore

"Pulsating with breathtaking suspense and boundless compassion, Long Bright River is the kind of genre-defying novel that, once the final chapters close, you instantly implore people to read. Topical yet timeless, its page-turning narrative wrestles with the fissures and wreckage that addiction can inflict on a family—and a city. Liz Moore is a force, and Long Bright River should be on top of everyone's to-read list come January.”

Ninth House (Alex Stern Book 1) by Leigh Bardugo

"With an aura of both enchantment and authenticity, Bardugo's compulsively readable novel leaves a portal ajar for equally dazzling sequels."

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek: A Novel by Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal

“Sure, it’s kind of a rip-off, but it’s scary, it’s fun, and it’s one hell of a carnival ride.”

Monday, March 16, 2020

These new bestsellers have hit the shelves @ your library

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

"A directory of wonders. . .Extraordinary. . . A tour of the minuscule; it aims to do for the human body what his A Short History of Nearly Everything did for science. . .The prose motors gleefully along, a finely tuned engine running on jokes, factoids and biographical interludes. . .Wry, companionable, avuncular and always lucid . . .[The Body] could stand as an ultimate prescription for life." 

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow

"The year's best spy thriller is stranger - and more horrifying - than fiction...He weaves a breathless narrative as compelling as it is disturbing...bracingly exposes the rot that's persisted across elite American institutions for decades."

Letters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson

" Tyson points out that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, so confirmation that a light in the sky represents an alien spacecraft requires more than a photograph. Again and again he defends “science,” and his criteria—observation, repeatable experiments, honest discourse, peer review—are not controversial but will remain easy for zealots to dismiss. Among the instances of “hate mail” and “science deniers,” the author also discusses philosophy, parenting, and schooling.”

Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving by Mo Rocca

"There’s an attention to detail in Rocca’s book (which he penned with college friend and current professor Jonathan Greenberg) that makes it readable in both long and short bursts....You can pick up the book for a few minutes or an entire afternoon and have a satisfying experience."

Friday, March 13, 2020

More bestselling true tales are waiting... @ your library

Inside Out: A Memoir by Demi Moore

“What you get from this book that you can’t get anywhere else isn’t the rags-to-riches story but rather the honest and arresting way she details her slow drift into a different kind of emotional poverty, the sort that only decades of tabloid harassment and unchecked trauma can alchemize. She narrates, with the precision of a butcher’s knife, her divorces, addiction, and eventual isolation, but from this she pulls forth her most potent character yet: a fully formed, gives-no-fucks woman of wisdom.”

The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice―Crossing Antarctica Alone by Colin O'Brady

“O'Brady is a confident, crafty storyteller…This inner saga works hand in hand with the physical challenges to make for a full tapestry of remarkable experience. A brutally sublime tale of derring-do that transports as well as teaches.”

Edison by Edmund Morris

“Morris rivetingly describes the personalities, business details, and practical uses of Edison’s inventions as well as the massive technical details of years of research and trial and error for both his triumphs and his failures. For no obvious reason, the author writes in reverse chronological order, beginning in 1920, with each of the seven following chapters backtracking a decade. It may not satisfy all readers, but it works.”

Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie by Carly Simon

"A chronicle of a close friendship that might seem unlikely on the surface . . . A behind-the-scenes glimpse at parties where the famous mingle with the famous."

Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For by Susan Rice

“Personal and honest… [Rice] owns up to her decisions — the good and the bad. In many ways, this memoir is an ode to public service. There is a dignity to serving your country, be it in uniform, at an embassy overseas, or at a national park in the middle of country.”

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Spend Spring break with these new bestsellers!

The Andromeda Evolution Book 2 of 2: The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton and Daniel H. Wilson

“An atmospheric and often terrifying roller-coaster ride with (literally) sky-high stakes that pays plenty of homage to The Andromeda Strain while also echoing the spirit and mood of Crichton's other works…. A thrilling and satisfying sequel to the 1969 classic.”

Final Option (The Oregon Files Book 14) by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison

"An all-out nonstop action thriller. . . Boyd Morrison has taken this Clive Cussler series to new heights, and Final Option is the best one yet. The story hits the gas pedal and never taps the brakes.”

The Deserter: A Novel (Scott Brodie Series) by Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille

“There is much to like about this story: Brodie's and Taylor's attempts to avoid a growing attraction; a useful discussion of the legal definition of "desertion"; some of the descriptions of the geography of southern Venezuela; and the reminder of what those in power will do to avoid embarrassment.”

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry: A Novel by Mary Higgins Clark

"Clark's usual mixture now updated, with surprising and welcome assurance, for a new generation of imperiled women."

Monday, March 9, 2020

Musical biographies are here for your spring break reading pleasure

Acid for the Children: A Memoir by Flea and Patti Smith

"Acid for the Children is not an as-told-to, nor is it written "with" someone. These are Flea's words-excitable, jazzy, regretful, disarming, popping and writhing away in his biological bass zone. Insecurities to the fore: He worries that he may be producing "a thorny jumble of trash." But he's actually a lovely writer, with a particular gift for the free-floating and reverberant. He writes in Beat Generation bursts and epiphanies, lifting toward the kind of virtuosic vulnerability and self-exposure associated with the great jazz players....Flea-elegant nutcase, funk-at-high-pressure bassist, wildly cultured and culturedly wild man-has written a fine memoir. You'll put down Acid for the Children with your human sympathies expanded; you'll feel less alone."

The Beautiful Ones by Prince

“Everything Piepenbring shares about being a fan chosen to work with one of his idols resonates. . . . [He] doesn't just want to write this memoir with Prince, he wants to do it right. . . . This means we get a memoir that is written by Prince, literally. Handwritten pages he had shared with Piepenbring make up Part 1, taking us from his first memory—his mother’s eyes—through the early days of his career. . . . We also get a memoir that is carefully curated by Piepenbring, who writes that he was able to go through Paisley Park, room-by-room, sorting through Prince’s life. . . . The Beautiful Ones doesn't paint a perfect picture. . . . It’s not definitive. It can’t be. It shouldn’t be and, thankfully, it doesn’t try to be. . . . It’s up to us to take what’s there and make something out of it for ourselves, creating, just as Prince wanted.”

Face It: A Memoir by Debbie Harry 

“With Face It, Harry is here to fill in some of the blanks—briskly, humorously… Knowing that there are still those who expect her to be simply “a blonde in tight pants,” she tells her life story how she wants to tell it.”

JAY-Z: Made in America by Michael Eric Dyson

"Dyson has made a career out of contextualizing the struggles of Black America. With his latest work, JAY-Z: Made in America, he continues to unpack the catalysts and consequences of black creativity, power, and wealth... Ultimately, [Jay-Z's] rebellion started on the page―and Dyson is the perfect chronicler of its permanence."

Me: Elton John Official Autobiography by Elton John 

“A uniquely revealing pop star autobiography. . . . Me is essential reading for anyone who wants to know the difficult road that [Elton has] walked.”

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Don't miss out on these new best sellers hitting the shelves @ your library

Agent Running in the Field: A Novel by John le Carré

“A word about le Carré's prose: Not only does it hold the coiled energy of a much younger writer, it fits the bitter, angry narrator's voice exceptionally well.”

Treason (A Stone Barrington Novel Book 52) by Stuart Woods

"Bon appétit to readers who like their international intrigue sweet and weightless as a soufflé."

The Night Fire (Renée Ballard Book 3) by Michael Connelly

"There's something for everyone in this jam-packed plot: murder, arson, professional rivalry, salty cop talk and noisy domestic disputes that turn very ugly very quickly. Me, I go for the procedural details: who does what and how things get done from the minute the cops on shift at the Hollywood Division are sent to investigate a murder. Connelly is pretty much the current dean of procedural writers."

What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

“You'll be counting the days until you can return to the Virgin Islands with these characters in the concluding volume of the trilogy.”

Cilka's Journey: A Novel (Tattooist of Auschwitz Book 2) by Heather Morris

“Though believing she is cursed, Cilka shows great courage and fortitude throughout: Indeed, her ability to endure trauma—as well her heroism in ministering to the sick and wounded—almost defies credulity. ... As in Tattooist, the writing itself is workmanlike at best and often overwrought.”

Monday, March 2, 2020

New titles by your favorite authors have returned!

Tom Clancy Code of Honor (Jack Ryan Universe Book 28) by Marc Cameron

“Of course the story is fun, as the Clancy yarns always are…. Cameron’s writing channels the great man’s style to a T, but one day maybe Calliope will get the mission to take over the series and continue it forever. Imagine three generations—hell, four—of Ryans in the White House. This one’s as good as all the others and those to come. Read and enjoy, Clancy fans. ’Til next time.”

Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child

“...[W]hile Reacher's ass-kickings have always been amusing, the series has never developed the dark ability to turn the violence into a deadpan sick joke. The carnage here should be funnier the more extreme it gets. It's not bad, but it's far from the tight, nifty execution that made the Reacher books so much fun to begin with.”

Bloody Genius by John Sandford

“Sandford is a terrific storyteller who can spin an intriguing tale without having to fill it with death-defying mayhem. . . Armchair sleuths who are intent on solving the crime for themselves will need to be on their toes.”

The Guardians: A Novel by John Grisham

“Terrific…affecting…Grisham has done it again.  Such creative longevity is not that unusual in the suspense genre, but what is rare is Grisham’s feat of keeping up the pace of producing, on average, a novel a year without a notable diminishment of ingenuity or literary quality.”

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

More great films are now available @ your library


On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

Actors: Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow, Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein
Directors: Olivia Wilde
Rated: R Restricted
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Run Time: 103 minutes

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How to Train Your Dragon:  The Hidden World

When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

Actors: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill
Directors: Dean DeBlois
Writers: Dean DeBlois
Number of discs: 1
Rated:  PG  Parental Guidance Suggested
Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Run Time: 105 minutes


Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Actors: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart
Directors: Lorene Scafaria
Writers: Lorene Scafaria
Rated:  R  Restricted
Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Run Time: 111 minutes

The Farewell

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

Actors: Tzi Ma, Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo
Format: NTSC, Subtitled
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated:  PG Parental Guidance Suggested
Studio: Lions Gate

Monday, February 10, 2020

Oscar award winning films are found @ your library


In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

Actors: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen
Directors: Todd Phillips
Writers: Todd Phillips, Scott Silveri
Number of discs: 2
Rated:  R  Restricted
Studio: Warner Brothers
Run Time: 135 minutes


Legendary performer Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Actors: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon
Director: Rupert Goold
Rated:  PG-13  Parents Strongly Cautioned
Studio: Lions Gate

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley
Directors: Quentin Tarantino
Producers: Quentin Tarantino, Shannon McIntosh, David Heyman
Number of discs: 1
Rated:  R  Restricted
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Run Time: 162 minutes


A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Actors: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard
Directors: Dexter Fletcher
Rated:  R  Restricted
Run Time: 121 minutes

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Don't miss these new bestsellers, available now!

Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff

"A minute-to-minute, suspenseful, heart-wrenching and inspirational narrative, Fall and Rise should endure as a prose poem memorial to a day like no other."

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben

“A compelling call for change.”

Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller

“Miller makes a powerful case for overhauling a system that retraumatizes victims of sexual violence even in successful cases, perpetuating the feedback loop that discourages victims from coming forward to seek justice.”

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff 

“Graff has woven a powerful, graphic narrative of how September 11 played out everywhere from the International Space Station to the inside of the collapsing World Trade Center towers. . . . I repeatedly cried. I could feel my pulse elevate. I often had to put it down after a dozen pages. But I think that’s the point of the book. September 11 was terrible and confusing, and the more time passes, sometimes the harder that is to remember. No matter how much we try to describe those feelings to children who didn’t live through them, something will be lost in the translation and telling. This book captures the emotions and unspooling horror of the day. It will be a good text to hand to a curious teenager when he one day asks: What was September 11 really like?”

Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac

“[Isaac] spins a compelling yarn. . . [Super Pumped] is no dry business profile but a tale that Isaac has deeply reported yet still made accessible.”


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