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LISTS: Con Artist Films

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels DVD coverRobert Redford and Paul Newman are charming grifters in the Oscar-winning movie The Sting. Then there’s Steven Martin and Michael Caine as the most obnoxious con men ever in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Whatever swindling style you want to see, there’s a movie on it.

For films on grifters, con men, and scams, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on July 5, 2013 Categories: Lists, Movies and TV

LISTS: Exploring Racism

Caucasia book coverAs Muhammad Ali said, “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.” Art is a powerful, eye-opening weapon to use against hate.

Click here for films and documentaries exploring racism.
Next, click here for novels on racism.

By Readers' Advisor on June 28, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists, Movies and TV, Nonfiction

LISTS: Zombies

World War Z book coverMMM…BRAINS! Watch out – there’ a zombie!

Oh wait, no, it’s Brad Pitt fighting zombies in World War Z, the summer blockbuster opening this weekend based on Max Brooks’ first novel. If you don’t want to go to the theater on opening weekend, let the Library fill your zombie needs.

Click here for zombie novels and here for obscure zombie movies you might not have seen yet.

By Readers' Advisor on June 21, 2013 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Horror, Lists, Movies and TV

LISTS: British Classics on Audiobook

Wuthering Heights book coverWuthering Heights is a must-read. Even Bella from Twilight was obsessed with it. But for some people, books like Wuthering Heights can be hard to read because of their thicker language and plot lines. Have no fear! Relax as someone else reads a British classic to you.

Click here for British classics on audiobook.

By Readers' Advisor on June 14, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Lists

LISTS: LGBT Fiction

Weetzie Bat book coverIn honor of June as LGBT Pride Month, here’s a quote from Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat, “…and when the audience said, ‘What sexual preference do you hope she has?’ they all go together, they go, ‘Happiness.’”

Click here for gay fiction.
Click here for lesbian fiction.
For bisexuality in fiction, click here.
For transgender culture in fiction, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on June 7, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists

LISTS: Amnesia and Memory Disorders in Fiction

Turn of Mind book coverWe’ve all lost our car keys or misplaced our wallets, but what if you lost bigger items and all the time? What if you couldn’t remember your name? Your past? Your own family?

Click here to read novels featuring amnesia and memory disorders.

By Readers' Advisor on May 31, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists

LISTS: Post-punk

Boys Don't Cry alternative album coverPost-punk is a rock music genre that can be considered punk’s artsy, more experimental little sister. Eventually, the white noise, synthesizers and moodiness of post-punk turned into new wave, industrial, and alternative rock.

For post-punk albums, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on May 24, 2013 Categories: Lists, Music

LISTS: Canadian TV Series

Slings and Arrows DVD coverEveryone knows that once you get sick of American TV, you try the BBC, but who do you turn to once you’ve torn through British TV, too? Try Canadian TV!

Click here for some of the best Canadian TV shows the Library has to offer.

By Readers' Advisor on May 17, 2013 Categories: Lists, Movies and TV

LISTS: Latin American Lit

Hundred Years of Solitude book coverWhen was the last time you tried a non-U.S. author? Latin American literature spans the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, to the lush, character-driven style of Isabel Allende, to the intricate, gritty plots of Roberto Bolano.

Click here to explore Latin American literature.

By Readers' Advisor on May 10, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists

LISTS: If You Like Lilian Jackson Braun

Double Booked for Death book coverLilian Jackson Braun wrote cozy mysteries with laid-back pacing and a cast of colorful feline and human characters. If you’ve made your way through all of her “Cat Who…” series, how about trying something new?

Click here for authors similar to Lilian Jackson Braun.

By Readers' Advisor on May 3, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense