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Music: Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love by Frank Sinatra

Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love album coverIt’s February, and love is in the air – or, maybe you just need a bit of heat to get rid of the winter chill. Turn up the temperature with Sinatra Love Songs, a gathering of Blue Eyes’ best tunes to Romeo and Juliet to. But there’s more! If you can’t get enough of Sinatra crooning at your heart’s door, try Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love, too. Good ol’ Frank will sing of how it’s “Witchcraft” that he’s a “Prisoner of Love”. Then, if you still need more ideas of who to soundtrack your heart to, check out the Library’s Music for Lovers list!

By Readers' Advisor on February 13, 2014 Categories: Lists, Music, Romance

Lists: Instructional Dance DVDs

Ballroom Dancing Made Easy DVD coverThe New Year is almost upon us and resolutions are on everyone’s brains. Maybe, just maybe, 2014 can be the year that you finally give yourself the time to learn how to dance. Watching Dancing With the Stars is ok…but what if you could dance like the stars?

Click here to see a list of instructional dance DVDs.

By Readers' Advisor on December 27, 2013 Categories: Lists, Movies and TV, Nonfiction

Lists: Cozy Mysteries

Something Borrowed, Something Dead book coverCozy mysteries are considered “gentle reads.” Usually, a female sleuth – who’s not actually a detective – solves a crime in a small town. There’s little-to-no sex, violence, or harsh language on the page. M.C. Beaton, Carolyn Hart, and Leslie Meier are fine examples of this genre.

For more cozy mystery authors, click here.

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

Lists: If You Like J.R.R. Tolkien

Game of Thrones book coverJ.R.R. Tolkien is best known for writing complex, fantastical worlds. The Lord of the Rings series is the gold standard of fantasy that other writers try to live up to. If you’ve already finished Tolkien’s works and don’t know where to go now that you’ve left Middle-earth, the Library can help.

If you like J.R.R. Tolkien, click here for similar authors.

By Readers' Advisor on December 13, 2013 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Lists

Lists: Alternate Histories on Audiobook

Hitler's War book coverAlternate history is a genre that explores “what if” questions. What if Hitler was killed early in his life? What if JFK was never assassinated? What if the Black Death had killed 99% of Europe and not 33%? These are the sort of questions authors ask and then let the domino effect splatter from their pens.

Click here to listen to the best alternate history audiobooks the Library has to offer.

By Readers' Advisor on December 6, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Lists

Lists: If You Like Janet Evanovich

One for the Money book coverJanet Evanovich is best known for her character Stephanie Plum, a smart-mouthed, side-job, bumbling bounty hunter. Evanovich writes funny, upbeat mysteries with a dash of romance. If you’re looking for more feisty heroines and villains that are more incompetent than evil, the Library has you covered.

If you like Janet Evanovich and are searching for similar authors, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on November 29, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Lists: Classical Composers in Films

Amadeus DVD coverAmadeus centers around the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 18th century Vienna. It won eight Academy Awards, including that of Best Picture. But you’ve seen Amadeus a thousand times and are dying for another classical music movie…so now what?

Click here for other films that feature classical composers.

By Readers' Advisor on November 22, 2013 Categories: Lists, Movies and TV, Music

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