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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 Television

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 Television

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

LISTS: For METAL!!! Maniacs

No Remorse album cover“We want to be the band that if we moved in next door to you, your lawn would die,” said Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. From hair bands to thrash to Finnish folk death metal, the Library has your heavy metal needs covered.

For metal movies and books, click here.
Click here for classic metal bands.
Click here for 80s metal bands.
Click here for contemporary metal.

By Readers' Advisor on April 26, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists, Movies and Television, Music

LISTS: Hip Hop

Decoded book coverIn his book Decoded, Jay-Z said, “Hip-hop has always been controversial, and for good reason…The music is meant to be provocative – which doesn’t mean it’s necessarily obnoxious, but it is (mostly) confrontational, and more than that, it’s dense with multiple meanings. Great rap should have all kinds of unresolved layers that you don’t necessarily figure out the first time you listen to it. Instead it plants dissonance in your head.”

Click here for albums from the golden age of hip hop.
If you want to read Jay-Z’s Decoded or other nonfiction about rap, click here.
In the mood for a novel? Click here for fiction involving hip hop.

By Readers' Advisor on April 19, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists, Music, Nonfiction