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Fiction: An Accomplished Woman by Jude Morgan

An Accomplished Woman book coverAs a young woman, clever, self-reliant Lydia Templeton scandalized Regency society by rejecting the county’s most eligible bachelor. Ten years later, she is the rare lady who values knowledge and accomplishment over marriage. When asked to accompany a relative to Bath in pursuit of a marriage match, she is outspoken about the young suitors’ failings, but then she herself is confronted with the man she declined so long ago. Is her heart the closed book she thinks it is? In An Accomplished Woman, a light comedy of manners, author Jude Morgan captures the tone and style of Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer with a heroine who is fun, independent, and who says what is on her mind.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 28, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, Romance

New: Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense

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: Mystery Books

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The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg
Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson
The Hollow Girl by Reed Farrel Coleman

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Invisible City by Julia Dahl
Bone Dust White by Karen Salvalaggio
Murder in Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson

New: Thrillers and Suspense

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The Directive by Matthew Quirk
FaceOff,
edited by David Baldacci
I Am Pilgrim
 by Terry Hayes

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Night Heron by Adam Brookes
Moving Day by Jonathan Stone
The Catch
 by Taylor Stevens

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 25, 2014 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, New Arrivals

Movies and TV: Two for the Road

Two for the Road DVD coverFor a Hollywood love story about a marriage on the rocks, Two for the Road is structurally complex: throughout the film, the story seamlessly cuts back and forth across four different time periods. These sometimes-abrupt shifts follow Joanna and Mark Wallace (Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney) during four road trips through the south of France spanning a twelve-year period. Frederic Raphael’s clever script uses this device to place the banter of early courtship alongside the pointed barbs of a troubled later marriage, and what emerges is a refreshingly multifaceted portrait of how both people and relationships can change over time. Supported by Raphael’s incisive dialogue and a novel editing scheme, Stanley Donen’s surehanded direction reveals an engaging chemistry between Hepburn and Finney in moments both comedic and dramatic.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 24, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV

Staff Pick: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Denise staff picks photoIt’s not often that I read a novel that I know is going to make me cry and actually like it! Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You is the story of two unlikely people who meet and fall in love. Sounds simple, but there is absolutely nothing simple about it.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 22, 2014 Categories: Books, Picks by Denise, Staff Picks

Nonfiction: Little Demon in the City of Light by Steven Levingston

Little Demon in the City of Light book coverIf you were fascinated by The Devil in the White City, allow us to suggest a new true crime book that spotlights a gruesome reality during a celebrated time in history:  Steven Levingston’s  Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris. The “Little Demon” in question is 20-year-old Gabrielle Bompard, who lured a wealthy Parisian to her rooms where he was then strangled by her lover. When all was exposed, Gabrielle’s defense was that she had been under a hypnotist’s suggestion and so couldn’t be held responsible for her actions. The resulting scientific and legal debates became a story in themselves. History, science, justice, passion — take your pick! You’ll find it in this meticulously researched but surprisingly easy-to-read true tale.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 21, 2014 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

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: Audiobooks

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The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
Think Like a Freak
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
 by Chris Bohjalian

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I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer
The High Druid’s Blade
 by Terry Brooks
Why Read Moby-Dick?
by Nathaniel Philbrick

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi

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Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea
The Boost
 by Stephen Baker
Shattered
 by Kevin Hearne

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• My Real Children by Jo Walton
• Skin Game
by Jim Butcher
• Sparrow Hill Road
by Seanan McGuire

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 18, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals

Music: Tony Award Winners

Step onstage with the newest Tony Award winners, and take your pick of musical comedy, rock opera, and jukebox hits. The spotlight shines on these original Broadway cast recordings — all of which are available in the Library collection.

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Best Musical: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
** also winner for Best Direction, Best Book, and Best Costume Design

Best Revival of a Musical: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
** also winner of Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Neil Patrick Harris), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role (Lena Hall), and Best Lighting Design

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Best Sound Design of a Musical: Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
** also winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Jessie Mueller)

Best Original Score Written for the Theatre: Bridges of Madison County
** also winner of Best Orchestrations

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 17, 2014 Categories: Awards, Music

Staff Pick: Attack on Titan

Colleen staff picks photoThe anime and manga series Attack on Titan is an action-packed and unique story. Set in a world where huge man-eating giants called Titans terrorize the earth, this story follows a group of young people who are sick of living in fear.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 15, 2014 Categories: Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Movies and TV, Picks by Colleen, Staff Picks

Fiction: The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March

Meryl Streep Movie Club book coverIn the movie Grand Canyon, one character utters the memorable line, “That’s part of your problem: you haven’t seen enough movies. All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies!” Though not every movie may have answers for us, according to Lolly, the owner of a Maine bed-and-breakfast, Meryl Streep’s films are as “good as chicken soup, a best friend, a therapist, and a stiff drink.” She’s very grateful for the comfort these movies provide, especially while navigating more than her share of hardships. In Mia March’s heart-tugging novel, Lolly tries to reunite family by forming The Meryl Streep Movie Club, a weekly opportunity to celebrate cinema as counselor, bond-builder, and universal truth. Curl up with a bowl of popcorn and decide which Streep-inspired storyline speaks most to you.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 14, 2014 Categories: Books

Audiobooks: Audie Award Winners

Listen up! This year’s winners of the Audie Awards have been announced, celebrating the best audiobooks to bring giggles, sighs, knowledge, and excitement. Treat yourself to one of the top titles pictured below, and make the most of the fun by adding it to your Summer Reading Program log.

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Audiobook of the Year: Still Foolin’ ‘Em, written and read by Billy Crystal
** also winner for Humor and for Narration by the Author
Biography/Memoir: The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony, read by Simon Vance
Literary Fiction: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, read by David Pittu
** also winner for Solo Narration (Male)


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Nonfiction:
David and Goliath, written and read by Malcolm Gladwell
Fiction: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, read by Will Patton
Mystery: Unleashed  by David Rosenfelt, read by Grover Gardner

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Science Fiction: Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold, read by Grover Gardner
Romance: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks, read by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy
Thriller/Suspense: The Hit by David Baldacci, read by Ron McLarty with Orlagh Cassidy

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Distinguished Achievement in Production: The Storm King, written and read by Pete Seeger; presented by Jeff Haynes
Children’s:
Hooray for Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke, read by Mutiyat Ade-Salu

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 11, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Awards, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Literary, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction