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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

The System book cover

Delicious! book cover

The Ecsasy of Surrender book cover

  – The System by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian

  – Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

  – The Ecstasy of Surrender by Judith Orloff

  – Precious Thing by Colette McBeth

  – Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans

  – Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini

  – The Haunted Life: And Other Writings by Jack Kerouac

  – Self-Help Messiah by Steven Watts

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi

The Word Exchange book cover

The Tropic of Serpents book cover

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  – The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

  – The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

  – Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

  – The Departure by Neal Asher

  – Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal

  – House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter

  – Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty

  – Alien Collective by Gini Koch

By MPPL on June 13, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals

Audiobook: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie audiobook coverThe Twelve Tribes of Hattie, an Oprah Book club selection, just begs to be listened to on audiobook. Its numerous, multigenerational characters and decades-shifting setting come alive when read aloud by expressive and dynamic stage actors Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, and Adam Lazarre-White. The trials and tribulations of the Shepherd family—Hattie, August, and their twelve children—weave together boldly, poetically, often painfully. The characters are well-drawn, and each narrative reveals a new perspective on the meaning of love and the bonds of family.

By MPPL on June 5, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks

Audiobook: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film audiobook coverHere’s a fun treat for cinephiles. Night Film is dark, labyrinthine, and titillating. The beautiful daughter of reclusive director Stanislas Cordova–a man worshiped by his fans, who call themselves “Cordovites”—is found dead, an alleged suicide. Longtime Cordova naysayer Scott McGrath investigates the mysterious death, which leads him to run-ins with black magic, underground sex clubs, and secret Internet message boards. You know, that old story. Interspersed throughout the traditional narrative are magazine articles, police reports, and even message board posts—which makes this a really interesting listen. Actor Jake Weber narrates, deftly performing the voices of a multigender, multiethnic, all-ages cast.

By MPPL on May 21, 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

The Everything Store book cover

Autobiography book cover

The Humans book cover

  — The Everything Store by Brad Stone

  — Autobiography by Morrissey

  — The Humans by Matt Haig

  — Stronger by Jeff Bauman

  — Jump the Gun by Zoe Burke

  — Second-Chance Dog by Jon Katz

  — A Wanted Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey

  — Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi

Irenicon book cover

Heaven's Queen book cover

Archetype book cover 

  — Irenicon by Aidan Harte

  — Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach

  — Archetype by M.D. Waters

  — Steadfast by Jack Campbell

  — Authority by Jeff VanderMeer

  — City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte

  — The Wicked by Douglas Nicholas

  — Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni

By MPPL on May 16, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals

Audiobook: The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

The Other Typist book coverCorruption, speakeasies, and flappers–oh, my! Suzanne Rindell’s The Other Typist, performed here by the charming actress Gretchen Mol, introduces us to an original narrator: a female transcriptionist in a police precinct during the Prohibition era. Rose is plain and punctilious, a woman in a man’s environment, and privy to the sordid stories and scandals of criminals. Enter Odalie, the gorgeous new “other typist,” a femme-fatale type who brings excitement into the office and Rose’s otherwise mundane life. Mystery surrounds Odalie, and as she and Rose become friends, we find neither woman is quite who she seems. Fun for fans of Jazz Age settings, strong female voices, and plots full of twists and turns.

By MPPL on May 8, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Historical Fiction

Staff Pick: Enon by Paul Harding

Donna S. staff picks photoPaul Harding has written another book about the Crosby family. They first appeared in Tinkers, his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Enon tells the story of grandson Charlie, who is grieving the sudden death of his only child, Kate. Now he must learn to live without her.

By MPPL on May 6, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Cathleen Staff Picks photoNeed a vacation?  Let the honeyed voice of Edoardo Ballerini whisk you to a remote Italian villa in Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.  Entwining the past story of a bewitching extra on the set of Cleopatra with that of contemporary film production team, this Audie Award-winner offers a fascinating mental getaway.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on April 15, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Picks by Cathleen, Staff Picks

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

Black-Eyed Blonde audiobook cover

Talk Like Ted audiobook cover

Empress of the Night audiobook cover

  — The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black

  — Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo

  — Empress of the Night by Eva Stachniak  

  — You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty by Dave Barry

  — Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

  — And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass

  — My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

  — All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi

Waking Engine book cover

Flight of the Silvers book cover

Wild Things book cover 

  — Waking Engine by David Edison

  — Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price

  — Wild Things by Chloe Neill

  — Conquest by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard

  — The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

  — Up from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

  — Dreams of the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

  — Like a Mighty Army by David Weber

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on April 11, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals

Audiobook: Aimless Love by Billy Collins

Aimless Love book coverBilly Collins is the master of casual, accessible poetry. He can make Cheerios poetic. No joke! His poetry is especially charming when he is reading his work out loud. Aimless Love is a collection of Collins’ new and selected poems. It is an astoundingly reflective and joyful audiobook read by the poet himself. Collins, a former two-term U.S. Poet Laureate, is the king of plain speech in contemporary poetry. He pens poems on subjects as diverse as living in the digital age, ancient history, and eating alone. This playful yet serious work is an excellent introduction for those who don’t normally read or listen to poetry.

By Readers' Advisor on April 3, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Literary

Audiobook: Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians audiobook cover“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s words turn out to be a hard lesson to learn for economist Rachel Chu. She agrees to accompany her boyfriend Nick to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore, excited and a little apprehensive to finally meet his family. What he hasn’t mentioned is that he comes from staggering wealth, so she has no idea of the spectacle of excess she is about to face. Will this change her opinion of Nick? Narrator Lynn Chen plays with humor and drama, all while helping listeners keep a host of characters distinct. Crazy Rich Asians is an affectionate satire paired with relationship drama that is ideal for those who enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on March 24, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Humor