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Larry’s Pick: Kind Hearts and Coronets

Larry staff pics photoIf you like dry English humor, then Kind Hearts and Coronets is for you. Louis plots the demise of family members, shortening the line of succession to become Duke. His conniving and lust for revenge is punctuated with humorous circumstances and whimsical dialog as he romances, manipulates, and eliminates his relatives.

By Readers' Advisor on October 22, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Humor, Movies and Television, Picks by Larry

Colleen’s Pick: White Cat

Colleen staff picks photoJesse Eisenberg lends his engaging voice to the mafia-inspired supernatural mystery, White Cat by Holly Black. Cassel comes from a family of curse workers who have certain “abilities.” When a white cat shows up in his dreams and his reality, Cassel knows something is very wrong.

By Readers' Advisor on October 15, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Colleen

Cynthia’s Pick: Spaced

Cynthia staff picks photoHe’s been dumped, and she’s squatting with innumerable roommates. Twenty-somethings Tim and Daisy figure the obvious solution is to pretend to be a couple to get a flat. British comedy series Spaced is full of quirky references, characters, and situations you’d expect from Simon Pegg of Shaun of the Dead fame.

By Readers' Advisor on October 8, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Movies and Television, Picks by Cynthia

Wife 22

Wife 22 book coverAlice Buckle is a busy working mom. Right after her husband has an unexpected melt down at his advertising company, Alice has been asked to participate in the Netherfeld Center’s Marriage Studies Survey. This begins her identity as Wife 22. As Alice answers questions about her hope and dreams, the times she has loved her husband the most and loved him the least, she is forced to look at the bigger issues in her own life. In the meantime, the sparks are sizzling between Alice and Researcher 101. Wife 22 asks the question:  Is it possible to have romance and passion in mid-life? One way or another Alice is going to find the answer to her own happily ever after.

By Readers' Advisor on October 7, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Marta, Romance

Cathleen’s Pick: Music of Nashville

Cathleen staff picks pictureBoth electric and acoustic strains of the country music scene are showcased in the series soundtracks The Music of Nashville, Volume 1 and Volume 2, and it’s the original songs that make an impact. The best are the sweet yet sultry duets, especially those featuring newcomer Clare Bowen, but there’s something for every mood.

By Readers' Advisor on October 1, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Music, Picks by Cathleen

Joyce’s Pick: The Emotionally Healthy Church

Joyce staff picks photoThe Emotionally Healthy Church by Peter Scazzero invites you to embark on a journey in your own emotional and spiritual life. Scazzero explores transformative issues such as knowing your own heart, dealing with pain in your past, being vulnerable, and embracing loss and your own limits. Try it!

By Readers' Advisor on September 24, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Joyce

John’s Pick: King City

John staff picks photoBrandon Graham’s quirkily unique graphic novel King City follows Joe, an aimless master of “cat-fu” (i.e., able to use his pet as an absurdly versatile weapon). Joe traverses through a densely pun-filled futuristic metropolis in this elaborate tale enhanced by a playful, high-energy style.

By Readers' Advisor on September 17, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by John

Donna S.’s Pick: American Grown

Donna S staff pick photoOur First Lady, Michelle Obama, wrote American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. This colorful book discusses the successes and failures of starting a garden. Community gardens are praised for bringing neighborhoods together and nutrition and exercise are touched on.

By Readers' Advisor on September 10, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Donna S.

Patty’s Pick: Gillian Welch

Patty staff picks photoGillian Welch is a singer-songwriter with bluegrass and Appalachian influences. Her albums The Harrow and the Harvest, Time (The Revelator), and Hell Among the Yearlings contain dark ballads, deep love, and feel both innovative and old time. If you like the Civil Wars, give Gillian Welch a listen!

By Readers' Advisor on September 3, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Music, Picks by Patty

Divergent

Divergent book coverColleen of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Divergent by Veronica Roth:

Divergent takes place in a future dystopian Chicago. In this society, there are five factions that a person must belong to. We meet Tris on her sixteenth birthday when she has chosen to leave her home faction to become one of the Dauntless. With her induction to this new faction comes a series of tests to determine if she is truly worthy to become one of the Dauntless faction. What no one knows, however, is that Tris is actually a divergent – a person who can exist successfully in any of the factions. This trait is a dangerous one, since it threatens those in power, and Tris must keep it hidden or it could cost her life.

By Readers' Advisor on September 2, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Colleen