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January New Releases & Bestsellers

Recent New York Times Bestsellers:

Fiction

 

Tom Clancy: Oath of Office by Marc Cameron

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President Jack Ryan must contain the fallout of a flu epidemic and two hijacked Russian nuclear missiles.

 

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

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While on suspension, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is made an executor of a stranger’s will and tries to keep a deadly narcotic off Montreal’s streets.

 

Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts

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While the people of New Hope face threats, Fallon Swift goes on three quests to discover her powers.


Nonfiction

 

The Point of it All by Charles Krauthammer

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A collection of essays, speeches and unpublished writings by the late conservative columnist.

 

Trump's Enemies by Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie

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The authors of “Let Trump Be Trump” give their perspectives on the president’s foes.

 

DVD - New Releases (January):

Caution: Catalog links below are for preorder/placeholder records and may give 'record not found' errors once DVDs are released. DVDs may still be found using a keyword/title search.

 

Night School

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Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish star in Night School, a laugh-out-loud comedy about a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes for a chance to pass the GED exam.

 

Bad Times at the El Royale

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Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a past. During one night, all will have a shot at redemption...before everything goes to hell.

 

A.X.L.

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A.X.L. is a top-secret, robotic dog who connects with a kind-hearted outsider, Miles, while on the run from the scientists who created him.

 

Mid90s

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Written and directed by Jonah Hill, Mid90s follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era LA who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.

 

Monsters and Men

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When a young father witnesses the police shooting of an unarmed black man, the tight-knit community of Bed-Stuy is pushed to the brink in Reinaldo Marcus Green's Sundance Award-winning portrait of race, family and consequence.

 

What They Had

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Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home at her brother's (Michael Shannon) request to help with her father (Robert Forster) and her ailing mother (Blythe Danner).

 

The Oath

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When high-strung Chris (Barinholtz) and his more levelheaded wife Kai (Haddish) learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath by Thanksgiving, their refusal to sign-along with the arrival of relatives and two government agents (Cho and Magnussen)-sends an already dysfunctional family dinner completely off the rails.

 

Time Freak

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A college student builds a time machine to stop his girlfriend from breaking up with him. Based on the short film of the same name.

 

Halloween

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Witness Laurie Strode's final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

 
 

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

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Two friends find a magical book that brings a ventriloquist's dummy to life just in time for Halloween.

 

Jonathan

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This sci-fi-tinged drama follows two brothers living very separate lives - inside the same body. Content to live life in shifts with one another, their delicate balance is ruined when they become emotionally involved with the same woman.

 

Speed Kills

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John Travolta stars as a speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire whose secret life as a drug trafficker lands him in a deadly crossfire between the DEA and the Mob.

 

The Hate U Give

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In this powerful drama based on the best-selling novel, when a teenager witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend, she must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

 

Johnny English Strikes Again

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Rowan Atkinson returns as the beloved accidental secret agent in Johnny English Strikes Again. On his newest mission, he must overcome the challenges of modern technology.

 

Hunter Killer

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When an American submarine captain discovers a secret Russian coup is in the offing, he must assemble an elite group of Navy Seals to sneak through enemy waters to stop WWIII.

 

The Wife

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After nearly forty years of marriage, JOAN and JOE CASTLEMAN (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man's Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe's literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950s. THE WIFE interweaves the story of the couple's youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage thirtyplus years later, with a lifetime’s shared compromises.

 

Slice

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In a spooky small town, when a slew of pizza delivery boys are slain on the job, two daring survivors (Atlanta's Zazie Beetz and Chance the Rapper in a wild film debut) set out to catch the culprits behind the cryptic crime spree.

 

Sources: The New York Times, Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon, Goodreads, EarlyWord, Novelist, DVDs Release Date

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Dec 28, 2018 at 8:56 AM
  

An Open letter to the Writers and Directors of This is Us
by Assétou Xango

Spoiler Alert:
If you have not watched Season 3 Ep 9, put this down.

In the wake of your mid-season finale, I imagine you are experiencing an uproar regarding the hint of demise between Beth and Randall. At least, I hope I’m not the only one freaking out…. I am sure this looks to you like a very good sign. That means good ratings and a stronger fan based.

How can I fault you for this? There is nothing better than making an incredible work of art and having people invested in it. And you have, I hope you know by now, created an incredible work of art. It is the best show on modern television. You have finally made a drama that isn't focus on the "drama". A character doesn't die every episode, we are not put on an epic, unrealistic, journey every 20 seconds (Looking at you “Once Upon a Time”). You have made something real. Something that feels organic and honest and accessible. What you have created is magical and I am so grateful you did.

As a black, gender-queer woman living in the suburbs of Colorado, in terms seeing myself in those around me, the perspective is pretty bleak. I am also a gender-queer black woman growing up in America. Needless to say: bleak. To see a black, married, committed couple like Beth and Randall, means a little color on a dreary day. Here is a couple who has a rhythm. They know each other in a way only years of commitment and heartbreak can grant you. Their quips and wit and intentionality show that they are weathered. I am afraid you have created something so much greater than a television show, more than characters on a page. The closest term I can use to describe it is magic.

Without Beth and Randall, we're basically left with Empire and The Cosby show as our representations of black love. The former depicts a black couple whose "love" drives them to everything short of murdering each other (not for lack of attempts), and the latter stars Bill Cosby…nuf’ said.

The Pearsons are it. What I’ve learned since, about healthy couples, they are pretty covert in real life. Their relationships are rarely flashy or find a need to be public. They have very little to prove. Unless you grow up in their household, your chances of intimately seeing a seasoned relationship with two black people seems near impossible. I did not and do not. They are the only chance we have at seeing what I did not see in my youth. I have never met my father. Until I was old enough to expand my community, I did not even see black couples in my life. When my favorite black couple flash across the screen, my heart is filled with something…healing.

It’s not that I want to see the perfect black couple or gay couple or any marginalized representation all the time. It is not that I want my television to only reflect the underrepresented in a positive light. That is detrimental in its own sort of way. I just want to feel included in the television shows I watch, I want the shows that invest my time and recommendation in to also invest in me.

I don't want to tell you how to run your show. You have created something I look up to and will spend the rest of my career striving for the same level of excellence. I read up on the twist IMMEDIATELY after the flashforward sequence. I read about the integrity of your crew saying that you must show the ups and downs of marriage. That is honorable. I am down for their struggle. I understand that the second half of this season is to be a tumultuous time for them. I understand and I am along for the ride. But I must say, in no uncertain terms, if you have written or planned to write their relationship into separation: undo it.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Dec 18, 2018 at 12:14 PM
  

December New Releases & Best Sellers

Recent New York Times Bestsellers:

Fiction

 

Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin

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Set 300 years before the events of “A Game of Thrones,” this is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

 

Target: Alex Cross by James Patterson

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Alex Cross returns for the 26th book in the series bearing his name.

 

Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich

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The 25th book in the Stephanie Plum series. When several managers of a deli in Trenton disappear, a bounty hunter and her detective boyfriend look for clues.

 

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

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Atlee Pine, an F.B.I. agent who is haunted by the childhood kidnapping of her twin sister, must choose between protecting her career or the United States' democracy.

 

Past Tense by Lee Child

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Jack Reacher explores the New England town where his father was born and a Canadian couple now find themselves stranded.

 

Beauchamp Hall by Danielle Steel

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Winona Farmington leaves behind the disappointments in her Michigan hometown to visit the English town where her favorite television show is filmed.

 

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

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A romance writer becomes fascinated by the owner and director of a health resort.

 

The Noel Stranger by Richard Paul Evans

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A newly divorced woman develops a friendship with the owner of a Christmas tree lot.

 

Sea of Greed by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

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The 16th book in the NUMA Files series.

 

You Don't Own Me by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

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A television producer investigates the murder of a physician and whether it was his wife who killed him.

 

The Colors of All the Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith

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The 19th book in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.

 

Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer

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When his father is assassinated by the K.G.B., Alexander Karpenko makes an irreversible choice based on a coin toss.


Nonfiction

 

Becoming by Michelle Obama

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The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

 

Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down by Gina Mcintyre

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A behind-the-scenes companion guide to the first two seasons of the Netflix series.

 

Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) by Jeff Tweedy

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The founding member of the rock band Wilco discusses his life and artistic process.

 

Hindsight by Justin Timberlake

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A memoir by the actor and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter.

 

Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts

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A biography focusing on what drove the war leader and how he learned from his mistakes.

 

DVD - New Releases (December):

Caution: Catalog links below are for preorder/placeholder records and may give 'record not found' errors once DVDs are released. DVDs may still be found using a keyword/title search.

 

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

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Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) chooses to save his team over completing a mission, allowing stolen plutonium to fall into the wrong hands. Now, he must partner with a hard-hitting CIA agent (Henry Cavill) in a race against time to stop a nuclear threat.

 

The Nun

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When a nun commits suicide, a priest and novitiate investigate. Together they uncover the order's unholy secret, the same demonic nun that first appeared in "The Conjuring 2".

 

The Happytime Murders

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THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives, one human and one puppet, are forced to work together to try and solve who is brutally murdering the former cast of "The Happytime Gang," a beloved classic puppet show.

 

Operation Finale

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"Operation Finale" follows the 1960 mission of Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) as he infiltrates Argentina and captures Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), the Nazi officer who masterminded the logistics that sent millions of innocent Jews to their deaths.

 

God Bless the Broken Road

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A young mother loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to raise their young daughter in his absence.

 

Pope Francis: A Man of his Word

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Pope Francis - A Man of His Word is a personal journey, which sets out to present Pope Francis' work of reform and his answers to today's global questions.

 

The Equalizer 2

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Denzel Washington returns as Robert McCall, serving an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed - but this time it's personal.

 

Smallfoot

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An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti (Channing Tatum) finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” (James Corden) brings him fame and a chance with the girl of his dreams. It also throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in a rollicking story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery

 

Peppermint

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Peppermint is an action thriller which tells the story of young mother Riley North (Garner) who awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerilla.

 
 

Unbroken: Path to Redemption

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Beginning where the hit movie Unbroken concludes, the next chapter brings the rest of Louis Zamperini's inspirational true story to life.

 

Colette

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Colette (Keira Knightley) is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.

 

Lizzie

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Academy Award nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don't Cry, "Big Love") stars as Lizzie Borden, the notorious woman at the heart of one of the most enduring mysteries in American history. After a lifetime of loneliness, Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in housemaid Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart) and their secret intimacy sparks an unthinkable act. 

 

I Still See You

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Several after years after a cataclysmic event, Ronnie's suburban world has mostly returned to normal, except that the world is shared with ghosts, and one of them appears to be trying to kill her.

 

Venom

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Tom Hardy stars as the lethal protector and anti-hero Venom - one of Marvel's most enigmatic and complex characters.

 

The House with a Clock in its Walls

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Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in a fantastical tale of witches, warlocks, and a magical house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart, based on a classic children's book.

 

A Simple Favor

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A SIMPLE FAVOR, directed by Paul Feig, centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily's (Blake Lively) disappearance.

 

The Predator

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In Shane Black's explosive reinvention, the Predator is deadlier than ever, and only a ragtag crew can prevent the end of the human race.

 

Assassination Nation

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High school senior Lily and her three best friends live in a world of selfies, emojis, snaps and sexts. But when their town of Salem is besieged by a massive data hack, resulting in half the citizens' private info spewed into the public view, the community descends into anarchy. Lily is targeted after being falsely blamed for the hack—and bands together with her friends to survive a long, blood-soaked night.

 

Little Women

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From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – are committed to always supporting each other. Yet growing up sometimes means growing apart. When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on a new meaning. Little Women – starring Lea Thompson – brings the same sisters to a new generation to celebrate dreams, family and unconditional love.

 

Air Strike

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Starring Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody and featuring thrilling dogfight action, this intense epic portrays China's brave battle to stop the Japanese bomber strikes of WWII.

 

White Boy Rick

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Based on the true story of a teenage boy, who became a police informant and later a drug dealer, before being sentenced to life in prison.

 

Sources: The New York Times, Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon, Goodreads, EarlyWord, Novelist, DVDs Release Date

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Dec 03, 2018 at 10:54 AM
  

November New Releases & Best Sellers



Fiction

 

Elevation by Stephen King

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A man who is losing weight without getting thinner forms an unlikely alliance with his neighbors who are dealing with prejudices.

 

The Reckoning by John Grisham

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A decorated World War II veteran shoots and kills a pastor inside a Mississippi church.

 

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

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Detective Renée Ballard teams up with the retired detective Harry Bosch, who is working on a cold case.

 

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

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Difficult choices surface when Hope Anderson and Tru Walls meet in a North Carolina seaside town.

 

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

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Intertwined stories of two families who live in different centuries on the same street corner in Vineland, N.J.

 

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

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The sequel to "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" follows Annie on her heavenly journey.

 

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

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The lives of patients, doctors and activists intersect when a gunman holds them all hostage in a woman's health center in Mississippi.

 

Ambush by James Patterson and James O. Born

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Michael Bennett discovers that an assassin is targeting him and his family.

 

Holy Ghost by John Sandford

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Virgil Flowers investigates shootings in a Minnesota town following an attempt to revive its ailing economy.

 

The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton

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A century-old mystery at the Birchwood Manor on the Thames connects the lives of an archivist and artist.

 

The Witch Elm by Tana French

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After Toby Hennessy retreats to his family’s ancestral home, a skull discovered in the backyard exposes his family's past.

 

Vince Flynn: Red War by Kyle Mills

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When the Russian prime minister plots to invade the Baltics, only Mitch Rapp can stop him.

 

Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

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Irene Steele uncovers her husband’s secret life on a Caribbean island following his death.

 

Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink

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Keisha Taylor takes a job as a long-haul truck driver to search for her missing wife.

 

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber

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A Seattleite cook stuck in remote Ponder, Alaska, grapples with her feelings for the local swordsmith.

 

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

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The discovery of an unseen work in an artist’s attic unleashes a series of bizarre occurrences that a painter must navigate.

 

The Fox by Frederick Forsyth

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A young British hacker's skills are used for risky espionage operations.

 

When We Were Young by Karen Kingsbury

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The reality of Noah and Emily Carter’s marriage is different from the one curated for their social media followers.

 

Desperate Measures by Stuart Woods

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The 47th book in the Stone Barrington series.


Nonfiction

 

Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz

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The story of the New York band who went from performing hardcore punk music to hip hop stardom.

 

Killing the SS by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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A look at the postwar manhunt for members of Hitler’s inner circle.

 

A Ship of Fools by Tucker Carlson

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The Fox News anchor argues that America’s ruling class is out of touch with everyday citizens.

 

The Mamba Mentality by Kobe Bryant

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The former Los Angeles Lakers player describes various skills and techniques he used on the court.

 

Almost Everything by Anne Lamott

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Brief explorations into finding hope and wisdom in times of despair and uncertainty.

 

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

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A collection of essays from the late scientist’s personal archive that address 10 imponderables.

 

I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson

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A collection of anecdotes and reflections from the co-creator of “Broad City.”

 

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

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The author of "The Big Short" examines how the Trump administration staffs its federal agencies.

 

Shade by Pete Souza

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The former White House photographer juxtaposes pictures of former President Obama with tweets, headlines and quotes from the Trump administration.

 

Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss

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How American presidents waged wars and expanded the power of the executive branch.

 

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

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The story of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library provides a backdrop to the evolution and purpose of libraries.

 

My Love Story by Tina Turner with Deborah Davis and Dominik Wichmann

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The 12-time Grammy Award-winner describes her road to fame and reflects on difficult personal experiences.

 

The Big Fella by Jane Leavy

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A biography of the baseball legend Babe Ruth.

 

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps

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A memoir by the actress and host of the late-night talk show “Busy Tonight.”

 

In the Hurricane's Eye by Nathaniel Philbrick

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Important battles that led to the end of the American Revolution.

 

Them by Ben Sasse

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The Republican senator from Nebraska prescribes human interaction to counteract elevated levels of modern isolation and division.

 

DVD - New Releases (November):

Caution: Catalog links below are for preorder/placeholder records and may give 'record not found' errors once DVDs are released. DVDs may still be found using a keyword/title search.

 

The Incredibles 2

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Helen is called on to help bring Supers back, and Bob must juggle the daily heroics of home life. But when a new villain arises with a sinister plot, the Parrs meet the challenge together!

 

Christopher Robin

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In this heartwarming Disney tale, Christopher Robin encounters his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh, who helps him remember the endless days of wonder and make-believe.

 

BlacKkKlansman

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From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of a hero. An African- American detective takes on a dangerous mission: infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

 

Papillon

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After being framed and ultimately imprisoned on Devil's Island, Henri "Papillon" Charrière (Charlie Hunnam) forms a pact with Louis Dega (Rami Malek) to finance his escape.

 

Loving Pablo

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Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz star in the true story of drug lord Pablo Escobar and his passionate love affair with journalist Virginia Vallejo that led to his downfall.

 

A Crooked Somebody

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When a psychic who craves attention is kidnapped, he uses his unfortunate circumstances as a way of gaining popularity.

 

Destination Wedding

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Two people not meant for anyone are brought together by fate and spend the weekend together at a Destination Wedding.

 

Mara

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A criminal psychologist (Olga Kurylenko) investigating a murder is plunged into a terrifying mystery involving an ancient demon who kills her victims as they sleep.

 

The Meg

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With time running out, rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) must save the crew of a deep-sea submersible from a colossal 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.

 
 

Mile 22

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A CIA operative heading an elite, top-secret unit must transport a spy with information crucial to U.S. security before the foreign government chasing him closes in.

 

Alpha

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An epic coming-of-age adventure set in the last Ice Age. A young boy becomes unlikely allies with a lone wolf, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds to survive the harsh wilderness and find their way home before the deadly winter arrives.

 

Juliet, Naked

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Annie (the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan) develops an unlikely transatlantic romance with the once admired, now washed up, singer-songwriter, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan's musical obsession.

 

Puzzle

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Agnes has reached her 40s without ever venturing far from home but that changes dramatically when she receives a puzzle as a gift and experiences the heady thrill of doing something she truly enjoys.

 

The Children Act

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As her personal life falls apart, a judge has to decide a difficult case where religious parents of a 17-year-old boy suffering from leukemia refuse to allow the hospital to perform a life-saving blood transfusion.

 

Final Score

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After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills (Dave Bautista) wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction.

 

Look Away

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An alienated high school girl switches places with her mirror image, and her evil alter ego embarks on a quest for revenge against all those who caused her pain.

 

Crazy Rich Asians

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When an American-born Chinese woman attends a wedding in Singapore with her boyfriend, she discovers that his family is very wealthy and other women in his social class are trying to date him.

 

Dog Days

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DOG DAYS follows a group of interconnected people in Los Angeles who are brought together by their lovable canine counterparts.

 

Kin

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A recently released ex-con and his adopted younger brother are forced to go on the run. Chased by a vengeful criminal, the feds and a cadre of otherworldly soldiers, their only protection is a found weapon of mysterious ancestry.

 

Blindspotting

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Two friends are made aware of racial differences against the colorful backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying Oakland.

 

Little Italy

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The director of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Miss Congeniality cooks up a sizzling comedy about two lifelong pals (Hayden Christensen, Emma Roberts) whose romance is threatened by their families' rival pizzerias.

 

Searching

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After his sixteen-year-old daughter goes missing, a man breaks into her laptop to find clues about her disappearance.

 

The Little Stranger

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Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson) travels to attend to a patient whose family's story is about to become disturbingly entwined with his own.

 

Sources: The New York Times, Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon, Goodreads, EarlyWord, Novelist, DVDs Release Date

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Nov 15, 2018 at 2:37 PM
  

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Post by Kristin S. 

Recent New York Times Bestsellers (month of September):

Fiction

 

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

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The fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series. Detectives Strike and Ellacott investigate a crime a young man may have witnessed as a child.

   

Juror #3 by James Patterson and Nancy Allen

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Ruby Bozarth defends a college football star charged in a felony case complicated by a second murder.

   

Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness

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During his lover's journey to immortality, a vampire's past returns to haunt them both.

   

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

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A father reflects on the life he and his son left behind in Syria, and the dangers of the journey before them.

   

Shadow Tyrants by Clive Cussler

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Juan Cabrillo and his crew fight two destructive adversaries.

 

Leverage in Death by J. D. Robb

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Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates a mysterious act of terror.

 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.

 

In His Father's Footsteps by Danielle Steel

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The son of two Holocaust survivors struggles to become his own person after his marriage falls apart.

 

The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz

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Jane Hawk, a former F.B.I. agent, must stop a secret group using mind-control technology.

 

The Fall of Gondolin by J. R. R. Tolkien

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Thousands of years before the events of “The Lord of the Rings,” a hero named Tuor visits a secret city. Edited by Christopher Tolkien.

 

The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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The final volume of the author's novel set in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Alicia Gris uncovers a conspiracy in Spanish history.

 

Robert B. Parker's Colorblind by Reed Farrel Coleman

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Police chief Jesse Stone works to solve racially motivated crimes and to clear the department's first black female deputy.

 

Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson

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Sheriff Longmire takes on the head of a drug cartel in a remote area of the northern Mexican desert.

 

Dark Sentinel by Christine Feehan

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The 32nd book in the Carpathian series. Andor Katona tries to convince Lorraine Peters of their immortal bond.

 

Timeless by R. A. Salvatore

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Zaknafein and Drizzt must overcome their differences to protect their loved ones.

 

Field of Bones by J. A. Jance

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Sherriff Joanna Brady oversees the complex investigation of a multiple homicide.

 

Stygian by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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The 29th book in the Dark-Hunter series. A trained slayer forms alliances with enemies.

 

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

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The 10th book in the Kate Daniels series. After starting a family with a former Beast Lord, Kate faces the threat of war from an ancient enemy.


Nonfiction

 

Fear by Bob Woodward

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Based on hours of interviews with sources, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes debates and decision-making within the Trump White House.

 

In Pieces by Sally Field

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A memoir by the two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award winner.

 

Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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The challenges that shaped the leadership abilities of four presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.

 

These Truths by Jill Lepore

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An investigation of truth in America traced through its intertwining histories of politics, law, technology and journalism.

 

Accessory to War by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang

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Observations of the two-way relationship between science and military power.

 

Addicted to Outrage by Glenn Beck

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The conservative commentator encourages self-reflection and personal responsibility by Americans across the political spectrum.

 

The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

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An investigation of cultural trends that the authors argue are failing the next generation.

 

Every Day is Extra by John Kerry

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A memoir by the former Massachusetts senator, secretary of state and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee.

 

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

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The story of Oleg Gordievsky, a K.G.B. spy who secretly worked for the British intelligence service, and Aldrich Ames, a C.I.A. officer who was a K.G.B. double agent.

 

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

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Technological, political and social issues in the modern era, and the choices individuals might consider in facing them.

 

Contempt by Ken Starr

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The former independent counsel recounts his investigation of the Clinton administration and its outcomes.

 

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

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A memoir about the author's difficult relationship with her father, Steve Jobs.

 

We Fed an Island by Jose Andres with Richard Wolffe

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The chef and humanitarian describes his mission to feed residents of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

 

The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King

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The personal, professional and artistic life of Fred Rogers, the creator and star of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

 

Big Game by Mark Leibovich

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The New York Times Magazine’s chief national correspondent examines professional football’s current economic success and cultural dominance.

 

Fashion Climbing by Bill Cunningham

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The New York Times fashion and society photographer's posthumous memoir.

 

Aware by Daniel Siegel

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A look at the science that supports the effectiveness of meditation.

 

Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas

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The former New York Times columnist examines the new gilded age and the failures of modern philanthropy.

 

DVD - New Releases (October):

Caution: Catalog links below are for preorder/placeholder records and may give 'record not found' errors once DVDs are released. DVDs may still be found using a keyword/title search.

 

The First Purge

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Blumhouse Productions welcomes you to the movement that began as a simple experiment in one isolated community, but spread across the nation: The First Purge.

   

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

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Federal agent Matt Graver calls on the mysterious Alejandro to escalate the drug war in unscrupulous ways.

 

Three Identical Strangers

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Three young men who were all adopted are reunited, and find out that they are triplets who were separated at birth.

 

Leave No Trace

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Will and his daughter have lived off the grid for years until both are put into traditional housing. After clashing with new surroundings, they embark on a journey home.

 

The Catcher was a Spy

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Paul Rudd stars in this true-life thriller about a Boston Red Sox catcher-turned-WWII spy tasked with assassinating a Nazi atomic scientist. With Jeff Daniels, Paul Giamatti.

 

Monster Family

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After Emma Wishbone drags her family to a costume party on Halloween night, they are all cursed by an evil witch and transformed into monsters. Now Emma must fight to keep her Monster Family together and uncover the secret of their curse.

 

Death Race: Beyond Anarchy

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Black Ops specialist infiltrates a federal prison to take down driver Frankenstein in the wildest, bloodiest, Death Race featuring Zach McGowan, Danny Glover and Danny Trejo.

 

Hotel Transylvania 3

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Join Drac, Mavis and all of your favorite monsters for fun and adventure on the high seas as they embark on a monster cruise vacation!

 

Skyscraper

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Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, with his family trapped inside.

 
 

Eighth Grade

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Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school-the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year-before she begins high school.

 

Hotel Artemis

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Set in a riot-torn, near -future Los Angeles, Hotel Artemis follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.

 

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

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On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing edgy, hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a national following and a new lease on life.

 

A Prayer Before Dawn

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The amazing true story of Billy Moore, an English boxer incarcerated in Thailand's most notorious prison. Thrown into a world of drugs and violence, he finds his best chance to escape is to fight his way out in prison Muay Thai tournaments.

 

Ant-Man and the Wasp

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As he struggles to balance his home life and Super Hero duties, Scott Lang finds he must suit up as Ant-Man again, joining the Wasp on an urgent mission to uncover secrets from the past.

 

Unfriended: Dark Web

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A group of friends unwittingly stumble upon the horrific depths of the dark web when they discover a cache of hidden files on a stolen laptop.

 

Down a Dark Hall

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Based on Lois Duncan's young adult thriller, story follows Kit Gordy, a new student at Blackwood Boarding School, who must unlock the mysteries of the school's tragic past.

 

Reprisal

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After surviving a brutal armed robbery, a Cincinnati father (Frank Grillo) teams up with his ex-cop neighbor (Bruce Willis) to track down the ruthless killer and avenge the assault.

 

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

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Join the celebration, sing and dance, and discover how it all began! Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie, the film's original cast returns in this musical sequel.

 

Sorry to Bother You

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Expect the unexpected in Boots Riley's directorial debut, Sorry to Bother You - an outrageously surreal look at capitalism, corporate greed, and fractured workplace dynamics. In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, California, struggling telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe.

 

The Spy Who Dumped Me

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After being dumped by her boyfriend who is a spy, a woman and her friend become embroiled in a conspiracy.

 

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

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When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. 

 

The Darkest Minds

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After teens with mysterious abilities are detained by the government, Ruby, one of the most powerful, escapes and joins a group of other runaways in a resistance to take back control.

 

Mandy

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When a nightmarish cult attack Red and Mandy, the shocking assault leads to a spiraling, surreal, bloody rampage of all out, mind-altering vengeance.

 

Never Goin' Back

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Angela and Jessie are best friends intent on taking a wild beach trip, but when their roommate loses all their money in a drug scam, the girls - blissfully stoned - go to increasingly daring and absurd lengths to get it back.

 

Sources: The New York Times, Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon, Goodreads, EarlyWord, Novelist, DVDs Release Date

Posted by zsmith@auroragov.org  On Oct 08, 2018 at 11:03 AM
  
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