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MPPL's staff blog about books, movies, music and the talent behind them.

New: Fiction and Nonfiction Books

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Fiction Books

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Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber

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Lila by Marilynne Robinson
The Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

New: Nonfiction Books

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The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
In Real Life by Nev Schulman
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis by Barbara Leaming

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The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg
The Pizza Bible by Tony Gemignani
The Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi

Movies and TV: Cabin in the Woods

Picture of Cabin in the WoodsAt this point society knows that if you are in a secluded cabin cut off from civilization you don’t read mysterious Latin books found in a basement out loud, and you absolutely never split the group up. In Cabin in the Woods, five college students break these rules and more as they spend a weekend away at a cabin and fall into every horror movie stereotype there is. What starts off as a funny yet clichéd film quickly turns into a mind-blowing experience as writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard toy with viewers’ expectations. Just when you think the film is ending, you learn it’s only beginning. Hilarious, yet still with scare factors, Cabin in the Woods is for horror movie lovers and horror movie hesitators alike.

Staff Pick: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Cynthia staff picks photoReady Player One by Ernest Cline is the ultimate high stakes adventure in the ultimate virtual world. When the creator of that world dies, his vast estate is willed to the first to complete his challenges. Coalitions form, corporations create armies and a few, like teenage Parzival, go solo. You don’t have to know or like gaming to enjoy this classic underdog hero story with a bonus level of 80s references.

Nonfiction: The Book of Blood by H.P. Newquist

Book of Blood book coverDid you know that George Washington died after more than half the blood in his body was drained during treatment for cold and fever? Or that the vampire has appeared in more movies than any other fictional character? From ancient history to modern science, blood continues to fascinate us, and author H.P. Newquist cuts beneath the skin’s surface to explain why. The Book of Blood:  From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins is a fully illustrated work that is appropriate for students but just as informative for adults. Whether you are more interested in the science, the folklore, the history, or the many expressions that refer to blood, you’ll discover facts to keep those juices flowing.

List: Booklist Online’s Top Ten Debut Novels

Booklist Online developed a list of the top 10 debut novels reviewed between October 15, 2013 and October 1, 2014. The titles are diverse, featuring everything from racial reassignment surgery to the decline of the newspaper. Check out some of the titles below, or you can go to Booklist Online to see the whole list.

 

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Your Face in Mine by Jess Row
Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom
Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May

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The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson
The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland
Three Bargains by Tania Malik

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