MPPL's staff blog about books, movies, music and the talent behind them.
It’s not often that I read a novel that I know is going to make me cry and actually like it! Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You is the story of two unlikely people who meet and fall in love. Sounds simple, but there is absolutely nothing simple about it.
If you were fascinated by The Devil in the White City, allow us to suggest a new true crime book that spotlights a gruesome reality during a celebrated time in history: Steven Levingston’s Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris. The “Little Demon” in question is 20-year-old Gabrielle Bompard, who lured a wealthy Parisian to her rooms where he was then strangled by her lover. When all was exposed, Gabrielle’s defense was that she had been under a hypnotist’s suggestion and so couldn’t be held responsible for her actions. The resulting scientific and legal debates became a story in themselves. History, science, justice, passion — take your pick! You’ll find it in this meticulously researched but surprisingly easy-to-read true tale.
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: Fantasy and Sci-fi
Step onstage with the newest Tony Award winners, and take your pick of musical comedy, rock opera, and jukebox hits. The spotlight shines on these original Broadway cast recordings — all of which are available in the Library collection.
Best Musical: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
** also winner for Best Direction, Best Book, and Best Costume Design
Best Revival of a Musical: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
** also winner of Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Neil Patrick Harris), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role (Lena Hall), and Best Lighting Design
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
** also winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Jessie Mueller)
Best Original Score Written for the Theatre: Bridges of Madison County
** also winner of Best Orchestrations
The anime and manga series Attack on Titan is an action-packed and unique story. Set in a world where huge man-eating giants called Titans terrorize the earth, this story follows a group of young people who are sick of living in fear.