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Library Staff Favorites of 2014

With 2015 just around the corner bringing a whole new crop of to-be-read lists to tackle, shows to watch, and music to experience, Staff at Mount Prospect Public Library took time to pause and look at what brought us joy in 2014. Check out staff members’ favorite books, CDs, or DVDs they read, watched and/or listened to in 2014. Feel free to share what is on your list of favorites for the year!

 

Picture of AllisonAllison
South Branch:
The Magician’s Land
The Melancholy of Mechagirl

Picture of AmyAmy
Community Services:
Tell the Wolves I’m Home
The Fall

Picture of AmyAmy
Youth Services:
Never Say Die
Clink

Cover of Barb B.Barb
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Enough Said
I Must Say

Barbara
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Orphan Black S. 2
Ready Player One

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of CarlaCarla
Administration:
The Round House
Omar

Picture of Carmel Shane
Carmel Shane

Circulation:
Once Upon a Time
18 Months

Picture of Carol
Carol

Community Services:
Little Failure
Hotel Florida

Picture of CathleenCathleen
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Station Eleven
Bron/Broen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colleen
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Steelheart
The 100

Picture of CynthiaCynthia
Research Services:
Ready Player One
The Returned

Picture of DaleDale
Research Services:

Hysterical
Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Picture of DianeDiane
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Among Others
Guardians of the Galaxy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of DonnaDonna
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Winter Street
Duets II

Picture of ErinErin
Youth Services:
The Screaming Staircase
Hilda and the Bird Parade

Picture of Eva
Eva
Research Services:
Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Tell the Wolves I’m Home

Picture of JanineJanine
Circulation:

True Detective
Ready Player One


Jenny

Fiction/AV/Teen:

About Time
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of Joe
Joe
Research Services:
Lowball
Rick and Morty

Picture of KarenKaren
Registration:
Ancillary Justice
Neptune’s Inferno

Picture of LarryLarry
Fiction/AV/Teen:

The Martian
Redshirts

Picture of LindaLinda
IT Services:
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
The Martian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of MartaMarta
Fiction/AV/Teen:

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
The Awakening of Miss Prim

Picture of Mary JaneMary Jane
Research Services:
Controlled Descent
How Dogs Love Us

Picture of MeganMegan
South Branch:
Red Rising
Saga

Picture of NancyNancy
Fiction/AV/Teen:
My Salinger Year
American Hustle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of NicoleNicole
Circulation:
The Paying Guests
Life in Motion

Picture of PaulaPaula
Registration:
Rush
Dad is Fat

Picture of PennyPenny
Research Services:

Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Leaving Time

Picture of RosemaryRosemary
Technical Services:
Natchez Burning
How the Light Gets In

Picture of StevenSteve
Research Services:
Death on the Nile
Cosmos

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 19, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Literary, Movies and TV, Music, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction, Romance

Audiobook: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven audiobook coverThe greatest books defy category, and the ambitious Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is a shining example. With equal appeal to fans of post-apocalyptic settings and to readers of complex, thought-provoking novels, this National Book Award finalist is a sure bet for multiple Best of 2014 lists. The on-stage death of a celebrity actor portraying King Lear is the harbinger of a global pandemic that destroys life as we know it. The action seamlessly moves between the old and new worlds, and Kirsten Potter’s discerning narration allows the slow revelation of unexpected connections to take the spotlight. Is survival sufficient in a world wiped out by disease, or is there hope for more? When all the world’s a stage, we just may find out.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on December 1, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Literary

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi

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: Audiobooks

Cover of Liberators Cover of Chasing Tomorrow Cover of Juliet's Nurse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liberators by James Wesley Rawles
Chasing Tomorrow by Tilly Bagshawe
Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen

Cover of SuccessionCover of On Immunity Cover of The Secret Club That Runs the World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Succession by Noel M. Tichy
On Immunity by Eula Biss
The Secret Club That Runs the World by Kate Kelly

New: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

Cover of The Winter Long Cover of Hawk Cover of Dreamer’s Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
Hawk by Steven Brust
Dreamer’s Pool by Julie Marillier

Cover of A Call to Duty Cover of A Vision of Fire Cover of Falling Sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Call to Duty by David Wber and TImothy Zahn
A Vision of Fire  by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin
Falling Sky by Rajan Khanna

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 28, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals, Nonfiction

Staff Pick: Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

Picture of DonnaJanet Evanovich fans should try one of her novels in audio form. Told with a heavy Jersey accent, Takedown Twenty will give you a chuckle as New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum gets caught up in numerous crazy antics including a runaway giraffe. This time she is after Uncle Sunny Sunucchi, who is loved and protected by many relatives.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 18, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks

Audiobook: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove audiobook coverAmerican readers can now experience for themselves why the rest of the globe is glad to know A Man Called Ove. He isn’t an easy person to love, with his insistence on resident association rules and his unswerving conviction that the only car worth driving is a Saab. As his new neighbors discover, there is more to Ove than his gruff exterior reveals. Actor George Newbern reads the English translation of Fredrik Backman’s debut, and he does so with both bemusement and sympathy for the crusty main character who thinks he’s had enough of this world. Fans of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry will especially enjoy the clever mix of characters and the comic but heart-tugging impact one person can have on a community.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on November 3, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks

Audiobook: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

End of the Affair audiobook coverActor Colin Firth reads the dreamy, reflective prose of Graham Greene in the 2013 Audiobook of the Year, The End of the Affair. A modern classic in its own right, the story examines the complexities of jagged emotions against the backdrop of a turbulent time. What happens when a seemingly passionate relationship is brought to an abrupt end? We experience it all through Maurice’s first-person narration, and his testimonial proves to be a one-man theatre showcase for Firth’s expert performance. As his character grapples with desire, jealousy, religion, and death, listeners realize that this is a story about so much more than two separated lovers.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on October 13, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Literary

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi

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: Audiobooks

Cover of The Disaster ArtistCover of Close to Home  Cover of All Our Names

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissellk
Close to Home by Lisa Jackson
All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

Cover of A Path AppearsCover of Don't Look BackCover of The Mill River Redemption

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Path Appears by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Don’t Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz
The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan

New: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

Cover of The Ultra Thin Man Cover of The Clockwork DaggerCover of Dust and Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ultra Thin Man  by Patrick Swenson
The Clockwork Dagger  by Beth Cato
Dust and Light by Carol Berg

Cover of PrototypeCover of Last Plane to HeavenCover of Hidden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prototype by M.D. Waters
Last Plane to Heaven  by Jay Lake
Hidden by Benedict Jacka

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on October 3, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals

Audiobook: Crashed by Timothy Hallinan

Crashed audiobook coverImagine you are a less-than-legit businessperson and you need someone who is smart, resourceful, and willing to operate outside the law to investigate some internal sabotage. You’ll also need to ensure that this individual can be controlled. What do you do? If you are Trey Annunziato, you set up one of the best career burglars in an interrupted robbery of a dangerously “connected” family and then blackmail him into helping you keep your new adult movie venture on schedule. Crashed is the first of Timothy Hallinan’s Junior Bender series, and Peter Berkrot’s reading brings every wisecracking, dangerous moment to life. As Junior tries to keep worse trouble for himself at bay, he develops a soft spot for the former child star he’s supposed to be pushing into a questionable career choice. Donald Westlake fans will enjoy the schemes, and listeners will no doubt want to hear more of Bender’s voice.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on September 22, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Sci-fi

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: Audiobooks

Cover of The Matchmaker Cover of Ten Percent HappierCover of Mr. Mercedes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Matchmaker  by Elin Hilderbrand
10% Happier by Dan Harris
Mr. Mercedes  by Stephen King

Cover of The Snow QueenCover of Unlocking PotentialCover of A Triple Knot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham
Unlocking Potential by Michael K. Simpson
A Triple Knot by Emma Campion

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi

The Book of Life Book CoverCover of Fool's AssassinCover of The Magician's Land

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb
The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

Cover of Dark LightningCover of Lock InCover of Cibola Burning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Lightning by John Varley
Lock In by John Scalzi
Cibola Burn by James A. Corey

By MPPL on August 29, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals

Audiobook: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Name of the Wind audiobook cover“I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.” In The Name of the Wind, fantasist Patrick Rothfuss has crafted a world of wonder, a spell that swirls around a fascinating character. Performer Nick Podehl deftly plays Kvothe both as wide-eyed innocent and as incognito hero in what can only be described as a tale for the ages, from the pen and voice of master storytellers.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 7, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Fantasy & Sci-Fi