Reuniting the director and screenwriter of the classic The Third Man, Our Man in Havana is the missing link in Alec Guinness’ career between the light comedies he made as a young actor for Ealing Studios and his later turn as spymaster George Smiley—an understated espionage romp with surprisingly dark undertones.
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Treat your ears to a feast and check out Grimm’s Fairy Tales produced by Listening Library. Whether you are new to listening to audiobooks or a seasoned veteran, the award-winning cast of narrators is bound to impress. Standouts include Katherine Kellgren’s Rapunzel, January LaVoy’s Cinderella, Jim Dale’s Rumpelstiltskin, and Alfred Molina’s The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces.
Jennifer from Community Services suggests Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Relic takes place with the fictionalized equivalent to New York City’s American Museum of Natural History, where the museum curators are getting ready for a huge extravaganza, the Superstition exhibition. As the exhibit title implies, it is designed to feature the world’s superstitions. Among the artifacts on display in the exhibit is a small relic clouded in mystery and disaster, bringing with it rumors of a horrible curse that resulted in the death of everyone on the expedition that discovered it.
Now, just a week before the big exhibit opening, people are being brutally attacked and murdered in the nether-regions of the museum. Museum officials just want it all to go away (murder can be such a bother some times), but FBI Special Agent Pendergast, NYPD Police Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta, Ph.D. candidate Margo Green, and intrepid journalist William Smithback, Jr. are determined to get to the bottom of the grizzly killings. Relic, while very different from what has become known as the Pendergast series, is an absolutely fantastic read.
The 6th Extinction: A Sigma Force by James Rollins
A madman with an environmental agenda has gotten a hold of the most powerful virus on the planet. A virus no plant of animal has immunity against, and which can be used to bring about the 6th Extinction.
The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
CJ Cameron is on assignment to see The Great Zoo of China ahead of its grand opening. CJ is unaware of what exactly lurks inside the Great Zoo until she arrives at a hidden valley in China under great secrecy and sees it for herself.
Pulse by Jeremy Robinson
A small elite military unit comes into conflict with an evil mega-corporation that it trying to find the secret of eternal life.
In the Woods by Tana French
When a girl is found murdered at an archaeological dig, Detectives Ryan and Maddox are assigned to the case. Detective Maddox uncovers an eerily similar case twenty years earlier, a case that saw an adolescent Detective Ryan as the only survivor.
The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero
An inherited haunted house, cryptology, and an undercover society on a quest around the world lead the new master of the house to uncover the secrets of its former owners.
Are you in the mood for a quest? How about searching for sunken treasure? If so, then Robert Kurson’s Pirate Hunters is the book for you! Join experienced divers Chatterton and Mattera as they go in search of respected English captain turned pirate Joseph Bannister and his vessel the Golden Fleece. Arghhh!
Delight your eyes with a work of wonder! Nearly wordless and enhanced with music, Oscar nominee Boy & the World is a warm, uplifting exploration of childlike discovery. This Brazilian fable dazzles with inventive hand-drawn animation, juxtaposing the realities of life’s hardships with the adventure of youth. Exhilarating and unforgettable.
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin is set in1970’s San Francisco, a place where you could let your hair down and be yourself! But, it wasn’t always a bed of roses and life has a way of bringing you face-to-face with reality. Also a PBS series.
Satirizing both rock stars and documentary film, This Is Spinal Tap is ranked as one of the funniest movies ever made. The rock music mockumentary was written, scored by, and starred Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. Much of the dialogue was ad-libbed, and that improvisation produced over 100 hours of footage, which was cut down to 83 wacky minutes.
Steve from Research Services suggests Monkey by Desmond Morris
I worked in the Youth Services Department for 12 years and have been in Research Services for the last six. Compared to what’s written for young people, there aren’t as many nonfiction series for adults, but one of the best nonfiction series for adults is Animal by UK publishing company Reaktion Books. So far, my favorite of the series is Monkey by Desmond Morris.
Like the other books in the series, it is about this particular animal in science, history, art, literature, religion, everything. It’s amazing all the projection of human traits people put on monkeys! They are both super cute lovely versions of us as well as our worst fears. The amount of havoc so many monkeys create is astounding, and you will be astounded too with any book from this series.
Spider by Katarzyna & Sergiusz Michalksi
Fascinating and Frightening! Why are so many people scared of spiders? The relationship between humans and spiders are as complicated as their web.
Elephant by Dan Wylie
This book draws on a rich array of cultural examples to document the elephant’s symbolic power, from the Hindu god of wisdom to Babar and Dumbo.
Flamingo by Caitlin R. Knight
Flamingo untangles the scientific research of this unusual bird and looks at its role in popular culture, and why we have flocks of plastic pink birds on our lawn.
Tortoise by Peter Young
The tortoise is the oldest of the living land reptiles, the surviving link between animal life in water and on the land. It has existed for 200 million years, and they look it.
Hare by Simon Carnell
The story of the hare is about a small mammal valued for its fur, flesh, reproductive power, and exceptional speed.
Dear Fellow Reader, it is not fair that actress Mary-Louise Parker is also a gifted writer who has known more than her share of interesting men and experiences. In Dear Mr. You, she addresses them all with unabashed honesty and razor-sharp insight. Sarcastic yet profound, Parker’s letters capture many men quite clearly, perhaps to their discomfort.
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert is a summer must-read! It’s an uncomplicated and downright NICE book with likeable characters, a great setting (Milwaukee) and a simple plot that works! I haven’t been to Milwaukee in years and thanks to this book I will be making the trip and quite possibly eat the coconut cake!