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Music: Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett

Twenty Twenty music CD coverEven if you don’t know the name T Bone Burnett, you’ve probably experienced his cinematic compositions. From the music-as-character sounds of True Detective to the award-winning soundtrack of O Brother Where Art Thou?, Burnett’s earthy soulfulness is a testament to Americana in all its moods. This is an artist who played with Bob Dylan, produced Alison Krauss, and co-wrote “The Weary Kind” which collected a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and an Academy Award.  Evoking a back-porch gritty ease similar to the worlds of William Faulkner or Carson McCullers, Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett (2006) is roots music that speaks eloquently to the human condition. By turns rousing, mellow, witty, and earnest, it’s a collection ideal for an end-of-summer jamboree.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 18, 2014 Categories: Music

New: Historical Fiction and Romance

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Historical Fiction

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No Country book cover

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Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough
No Country by Kalyan Ray
Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks

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When the World Was Young book cover

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Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden
When the World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

New: Romance

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Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase
The Longest Night by Kara Braden
Never Surrender by Lindsay McKenna

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Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins
Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
The Escape by Mary Balogh

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 15, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, New Arrivals, Romance

Movies and TV: Bottle Rocket

Bottle RocketPrior to making one of the best films of the 1990s (Rushmore), Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson introduced their blend of sweet-tempered humanism and low-key comedy with Bottle Rocket. Ostensibly a heist flick, Bottle Rocket is in actuality an exceptionally laid-back tale of adolescent camaraderie and small ambitions. Fresh from a stay in a mental hospital, Anthony is recruited by his reality-challenged friend Dignan in an absurd plan to become master criminals.  However, after another friend becomes involved, the trio’s schemes begin to disintegrate into aimlessness. Affable performances from the Wilson brothers turn Bottle Rocket’s gently ambling pace and charming comedic quirks into a picture one can’t help but like.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 14, 2014 Categories: Humor, Movies and TV

Staff Pick: Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

Nancy staff picks photoIn Kate Racculia’s Bellweather Rhapsody, high school musicians and their chaperones gather for a music festival at a huge old hotel. It’s the 15-year anniversary of a shocking crime in Room 712, a blizzard is approaching, and one of the students disappears. This unique premise drew me in, but the sharp writing and eccentric characters kept me hooked.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 12, 2014 Categories: Books, Picks by Nancy, Staff Picks

Fiction: Christy Award Winners

Burning Sky book coverIf your end-of-summer reading needs a little extra inspiration, look to the Christy Awards, which honor excellence in Christian fiction. Burning Sky by Lori Benton is the standout winner of Best First Novel, Best Historical, and Book of the Year. The story of a young woman returned to her New York family after twelve years with the Mohawk Indians is a powerful testament to strength, love, and faith. Winners in other categories include

Best Contemporary in a Series:  Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren
Best Contemporary Romance/Suspense:  Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris
Best Suspense:  Outlaw by Ted Dekker
Best Contemporary:  Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 11, 2014 Categories: Awards, Books, Historical Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Romance

New: Fiction and Nonfiction

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Fiction Books

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Pearl That Broke Its Shell book cover

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There Is No Lovely End by Patty Templeton
The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
Life Drawing by Robin Black

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The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin
The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai
The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

New: Nonfiction Books

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Margarita Wednesdays: Making a New Life by the Mexican Sea by Deborah Rodriguez
Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush by Geoff Dyer
Is That a Fact?: Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life by Joe Schwarcz

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A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees by Dave Goulson
The Nile: A Journey Downriver through Egypt’s Past and Present by Toby Wilkinson
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 8, 2014 Categories: Books, New Arrivals, Nonfiction

Audiobook: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Name of the Wind audiobook cover“I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.” In The Name of the Wind, fantasist Patrick Rothfuss has crafted a world of wonder, a spell that swirls around a fascinating character. Performer Nick Podehl deftly plays Kvothe both as wide-eyed innocent and as incognito hero in what can only be described as a tale for the ages, from the pen and voice of master storytellers.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 7, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Staff Pick: Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

Barb F. Staff picks photoMoonwalking with Einstein follows the year-long journey of one man training to compete in the U.S. Memory Championship. Foer has no previous training, no special abilities, and often forgets where he puts his keys, but he becomes a memory champion. This book includes a fascinating look at the cultural history of memory, a cast of remarkable people, and amazing feats of memory.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 5, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Barbara F., Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey

Trapped Under the Sea book coverJo R. of Research Services recommends Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness by Neil Swidey:

Twenty-five years ago, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in America. After generations of dumping waste directly into the harbor, the sea floor was coated with a “black mayonnaise” layer of sewage. In the 1990s, the city undertook a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant with a 10-mile tunnel designed to carry waste out of the harbor and into the sea. When a series of bad decisions, engineering problems, and clashing corporations endangered the project, a team of five commercial divers was called upon to rescue the clean-up effort. Not all of them came back alive. This book is really their story. Even if you don’t normally read nonfiction, this action-filled account makes it hard to put down. And if you like your nonfiction fast-paced and suspenseful, Trapped Under the Sea is the perfect book for you.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 4, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Staff Picks

Eisner Award Winners 2014

The 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at the recent Comic-Con International in San Diego.  Try some of these outstanding graphic novels among this year’s winners:

The Property  RASL  Saga

The Property by Rutu Modan – Best Graphic Album (New)

RASL by Jeff Smith – Best Graphic Album (Reprint)

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples – Best Continuing Series, Best Writer, Best Painter/Multimedia Artist

Slayground  Love and Rockets  Sex Criminals

Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground by Darwyn Cooke – Best Adaptation from Another Medium, Best Lettering

Love and Rockets New Stories, vol. 6 by Jaime Hernandez & Gilbert Hernandez – Best Short Story, Best Writer/Artist

Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky – Best New Series

Vader's Little Princess Hawkeye Battling Boy

Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown – Best Humor Publication

Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja – Best Single Issue, Best Cover Artist

Battling Boy by Paul Pope – Best Publication for Teens

By jmcinnes on August 1, 2014 Categories: Awards, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense