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Lists: True Crime Nonfiction

Devil in the White City book coverErik Larson, the author of The Devil in the White City, has said, “I don’t necessarily hunt for dark subjects. It just happens that the darker events of history are often the most compelling.”

If you want a safe way to explore the blood and shadows of the human psyche, click here for true crime books.

By Readers' Advisor on November 15, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists, Nonfiction

Lists: Latino and Latina Authors

In the Time of Butterflies book coverFiction has many gorgeous layers. One layer is that of Latino and Latina authors. Latino refers to male citizens of the U.S. who have Latin American origins, whereas Latina points to female citizens of the U.S. with Latin American origins.

Click here to dive into the depth and diversity of Latino and Latina authors.

By Readers' Advisor on November 8, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists

Lists: Celebrity Audiobook Narrators

Return of the Native audiobook coverIf there’s any better reading experience than Alan Rickman narrating an audiobook…we don’t know what it is. Or maybe we do. Maybe it is Will Wheaton narrating an audiobook or Nelson Mandela or Bob Dylan or Jeremy Irons. There are so many fabulous, famous narrators!

Click here to check out audiobooks with celebrity narrators.

By Readers' Advisor on November 1, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Lists

LISTS: Art House Horror Movies

Make Out With Violence DVD coverThe term “art house” implies that a movie is more experimental or artistic than the blockbuster, popular norm. Art house films can be of any genre and look to stretch their audience, as well as entertain them.

Make your Halloween fangtasticly strange. Click here for art house horror films.

By Readers' Advisor on October 25, 2013 Categories: Horror, Lists

LISTS: Circus and Carnival Books and Movies

Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb book coverYou’ve done Water for Elephants, next you read The Night Circus, but now you’re at a loss. Don’t be! The midway is waiting for you, full of love, thrills, funnel cake, and exotica. The Library will help you run away to the circus.

Click here for circus and carnival fiction.
More in the mood for nonfiction? Click here.
Feel like sitting back and watching a carnie flick? Click here.

By Readers' Advisor on October 18, 2013 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, Lists, Movies and TV

LISTS: Southern Gothic Fiction

Everything That Rises Must Converge book coverSouthern Gothic fiction is sinister and sometimes surreal writing that takes place in the American South. Flannery O’Connor, a leading author in the genre, said, “All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless, and brutal.”

Click here for  the work of O’Connor and other Southern Gothic writers.

By Readers' Advisor on October 11, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists, Literary

LISTS: Horror Adaptations

The Exorcist DVD coverThe Exorcist, Hellraiser, Dracula, The Mist – what do these wildly different horror movies have in common? They were based on books! Stoker to King and plenty between have made it to the silver screen.

To see what other horror works have been made into movies, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on October 4, 2013 Categories: Horror, Lists, Movies and TV

LISTS: Hard Sci-fi Books

Red Mars book coverSpace flights into the distant unknown. Walking on the moon – maybe not even our moon. Colonizing planets after decades of sleep in a cryo-pod. Battling with angry, self-aware robots. If you pine for these scenarios, technical details, deep scientific thought, and other-worldly adventures, try reading hard sci-fi.

To fire your engines up on a beginner’s list of hard sci-fi, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on September 27, 2013 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Lists

LISTS: If You Like Tom Clancy

Threat Vector book coverTom Clancy’s high-speed page-turners star military-trained heroes battling larger-than-life enemies. International plots, terrorists, dangerous alliances, and weapons of mass destruction abound — but Clancy isn’t the only one to have conquered the military adventure genre.

Click here if you want action and tech-heavy fiction similar to Tom Clancy.

By Readers' Advisor on September 20, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

LISTS: Lounge Music

wild cool and swingin album coverYou are leaning at the hotel bar, sipping a cucumber mint concoction, or maybe you are at the casino, dropping a quarter in a slot while making eyes with a certain lithe someone across the aisle. All the while, sleek, sometimes exotic, lounge music plays overhead. Or maybe you are at home and need to escape the norm…

Click here for a taste of the Library’s lounge music collection.

By Readers' Advisor on September 13, 2013 Categories: Lists, Music