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

New: History, Current Events, and Popular Culture

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: History and Current Events

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• Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality by David Boies and Theodore B. Olsen
Double Agent by Peter Duffy
The Dog Who Could Fly by Damien Lewis

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• A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre
Virtual Unreality: Just Because the Internet Told You, How Do You Know It’s True? by Charles Seife
America: Imagine a Life Without Her by Dinesh D’Souza

New: Popular Culture

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Greta Garbo: The Mystery of Style, edited by Stefania Ricci
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé by Bob Stanley
Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work by Susan L. Mizruchi

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Stand Up Straight and Sing! by Jessye Norman
Not to Be Missed: 54 Favorites from a Lifetime of Film by Kenneth Turan
Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s by Tom Doyle

Fiction: The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl With All the Gifts book coverDescribed “as fresh as it is terrifying” by Joss Whedon, The Girl with All the Gifts is not your average post-apocalyptic story. Every day 10-year-old Melanie wakes up in a prison cell, gets a gun pointed to her head while she is strapped into a wheelchair, goes to class, and then is taken back to her cell. This life is all Melanie knows until she is thrust to the outside world and learns answers to questions she never thought to ask. A study of humanity, power, and making hard decisions, anything can and will happen in this lyrically-written, tense novel.

Staff Pick: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Donna S. staff picks photoThe Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is the tale of a man who owns a bookstore and loves only books. One day a baby is abandoned in his shop and slowly his life changes. Treat yourself to a heartwarming celebration of the stories in each of our lives.

Music: Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett

Twenty Twenty music CD coverEven if you don’t know the name T Bone Burnett, you’ve probably experienced his cinematic compositions. From the music-as-character sounds of True Detective to the award-winning soundtrack of O Brother Where Art Thou?, Burnett’s earthy soulfulness is a testament to Americana in all its moods. This is an artist who played with Bob Dylan, produced Alison Krauss, and co-wrote “The Weary Kind” which collected a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and an Academy Award.  Evoking a back-porch gritty ease similar to the worlds of William Faulkner or Carson McCullers, Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett (2006) is roots music that speaks eloquently to the human condition. By turns rousing, mellow, witty, and earnest, it’s a collection ideal for an end-of-summer jamboree.

New: Historical Fiction and Romance

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: Historical Fiction

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No Country book cover

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Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough
No Country by Kalyan Ray
Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks

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Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden
When the World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

New: Romance

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Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase
The Longest Night by Kara Braden
Never Surrender by Lindsay McKenna

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Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins
Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
The Escape by Mary Balogh

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