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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

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

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

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

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
  

September new releases and bestsellers with colored dots

Post by Kristin S.  


Recent New York Times Bestsellers (month of August):

Fiction

 

Texas Ranger by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle

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Rory Yates's job and reputation are at risk when he is accused of killing his ex-wife.

   

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

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When a violent incident reveals her mother’s secret past, Andrea Oliver searches for clues to save her.

   

Tailspin by Sandra Brown

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A pilot navigates treacherous situations when he attempts to deliver a mysterious black box to a doctor in Georgia.

   

Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger

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An independent investigation into a deadly plane crash in a remote part of a Native American reservation faces a menace.

   

Feared by Lisa Scottoline

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Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato must solve a murder and handle a reverse sex discrimination suit against their firm.

 

Paradox by Catherine Coulter

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In the 22nd book in the F.B.I. Thriller series, agents Sherlock and Savich look for an escaped psychopath.

 

Cherry by Nico Walker

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An Iraq veteran and his girlfriend consider taking desperate measures after getting addicted to opioids.

 

Serpentine by Laurell K. Hamilton

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The vampire hunter Anita Blake goes to a Florida island where members of a family turn into a mass of snakes.

 

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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A Catskills lodge loses electricity during a blizzard and its guests start mysteriously dropping dead.

 

The Money Shot by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall

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A movie star is blackmailed and Teddy Fay, disguised as an actor and stuntman, investigates.


Nonfiction

 

Unhinged by Omarosa Manigault Newman

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The reality TV star and former White House staffer describes her time and relationship with Donald Trump.

 

House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig Unger

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An investigation into the relationship between the current heads of Russia and the United States, and their potential ties to the Russian Mafia.

 

The Chapo Guide to Revolution by Chapo Trap House

Borrow: [Print]

The podcasters present a satirical guide to American politics and culture.

 

Dopesick by Beth Macy

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An in-depth look at how opioid addiction affects Americans across geographic and class lines.

 

Everything Trump Touches Dies by Rick Wilson

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The Republican political campaign strategist gives his take on the current president and offers a way forward for conservatives.

 

Resistance is Futile! by Ann Coulter

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The conservative commentator defines what she sees as liberal overreaction to President Trump and his policies.

 

Death of a Nation by Dinesh D'Souza

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A companion text to the conservative author and filmmaker’s documentary, which offers an alternative history of the Democratic Party.

 

The Tangled Tree by David Quammen

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Discoveries by molecular biologists involving the movement of genes across species lines.

  The Fighters by C.J. Chivers

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Portraits of six American combatants who served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

Fly Girls by Keith O'Brien

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The story of five trailblazing women who together broke the glass ceiling in aviation.

 

The Gutfeld Monologues by Greg Gutfeld

Borrow: [Print]

A collection of rants by the Fox News host.

 

DVD - New Releases (September):

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.

 

Hereditary

Borrow: [DVD]

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.

   

Adrift

Borrow: [DVD]

Based on the true story of survival, a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

 

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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For over 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer, was beamed into homes across America in his beloved show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

 

Beast

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A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.

 

Damascus Cover

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Ari Ben-Zion, haunted by the death of his son, is assigned by the Mossad to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist out of Syria. Within days his mission goes wrong. To survive, Ari reaches out to a deep cover agent, code named The Angel, and soon discovers that he is a pawn in a much bigger plan.

 

Ocean's 8

Borrow: [DVD]

Debbie Ocean recruits a crew of specialists to plan and execute a heist in New York.

 

Superfly

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An action-packed film that follows Youngblood Priest as he attempts to achieve his "American Dream" all while redefining The Hustle.

 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Owen and Claire return to the ruins of the Jurassic World theme park to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from a looming volcanic extinction.

 

Damsel

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In the Old West, a businessman sets out to rescue his kidnapped fiancée Penelope with the help of a parson. However, the situation turns out to be more complicated than it first appears, and Penelope is no mere damsel in distress. 

 

Billionaire Boys Club

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A group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establish a 'get-rich-quick' Ponzi scheme that turns out to be deadly.

 

Fahrenheit 451 

Borrow: [DVD]

A stunning take on Ray Bradbury's iconic novel about a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed and 'firemen' burn books.

 

Siberia 

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When a business deal in Russia goes south, a U.S. diamond merchant and his lover are caught in a lethal crossfire between the buyer and local federal agents.

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Borrow: [DVD]

Through a series of daring escapades, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca in an epic adventure directed by Ron Howard and written by Jonathan & Lawrence Kasdan.

 

Uncle Drew

Borrow: [DVD]

A young team owner and Uncle Drew round up Drew's old basketball squad to prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.

 

Gotti

Borrow: [DVD]

John Gotti fought to become leader of the infamous Gambino crime family while he nurtured his relationship with his son John Gotti Jr. and showed him how to handle business to the dismay of his wife Victoria. Through devastation, court cases, and prison, Gotti boasted of his steadfast loyalty.

 

The Seagull

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Aging actress Irina visits her family’s summer home with her son Konstantin who pines for the neighborhood girl Nina. When famous writer Boris Trigorin drops by, Nina finds herself enamored with him and ignoring Konstantin. Soon, a love triangle unfolds amid family drama. Based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name.

 

Hot Summer Nights

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A young team owner and Uncle Drew round up Drew's old basketball squad to prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.

 

The Occupation

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A ragtag group of townspeople unite to strike back at alien invaders in this explosive sci-fi film that grips from start to thrilling finish.

 

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

Posted by zsmith@auroragov.org  On Sep 18, 2018 at 10:10 AM
  

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Post by Elizabeth B. 

Hello, friends and library patrons! It's almost the end of summer. Have you checked off everything on your summer list? Been to a beach bonfire? Started a band? Made your own ice cream? Fought off a group of multi-eyed foxes on a late-night hike?

No, you're right. I haven't done any of those things, either.

But fortunately, we live in a world with libraries, where each of those adventures is just a page-turn away! Welcome to Camp Read-a-lot, where I've tracked down reads just as adventurous and interesting as you are. Check out these four books about summer (and two tasty snacks) as you finish your vacation.

Two people on the beach watching the ocean"Summer of Salt" by Katrina Leno 
One-Sentence Summary:
Georgina Fernweh, the only non-magical Fernweh, must clear her family's name when tragedy strikes the island of By-the-Sea.
Why you'll love it: Georgina's sister can fly! Her great-great-great-aunt might be a bird! There's a graveyard where it's always autumn and a goth ice cream shop and a cute romance between Georgina and a visiting girl named Prue. I felt like I could hear the waves and rain while reading.
Essential summer activity checklist: Bird-watching, beach bonfires, solving supernatural mysteries



Person with burger"The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)" by Amy Spalding
One-Sentence Summary:
Abby's used to being the sidekick in her friends' stories, but a summer full of bests – best internship, best burgers, best dresses, and maybe even best summer romance – is about to propel her into the spotlight.
Why you'll love it: When I finished reading this book, I wanted to dye my hair pink and learn to sew. Abby's funny, cool, creative, and caring: such an amazing main character! The side characters are fun, too, from bro-BFF Jax to Abby's crush Jordi Perez, a photographer girl in all black who just happens to be competing for Abby's internship. This felt like the literary equivalent of sunshine and cotton candy.
Essential summer activity checklist: Rating burgers, wearing cute outfits, working an internship while worrying about eventually making money

Girl playing guitar"All Summer Long" by Hope Larson 
One-Sentence Summary:
When Bina's best friend Austin leaves for the summer, Bina has to find other friends to spend time with and other ways to fill her summer.
Why you'll love it: Bina is a musician to the core. Her passion for music takes her on all sorts of adventures: breaking into her best friend's house, going to a concert for the first time, and writing her own songs. Bina's social life is also changing in less fun ways, and she has to adjust, from dealing with cool but condescending older kids to her suddenly distant best friend and distracted parents. This book will be a new favorite for Raina Telgemeier fans.
Essential summer activity checklist: Playing music, going to concerts, waiting for a friend to reply to a text

Main characters in a wooden row boat"Lumberjanes" by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn A. Allen and Noelle Stevenson 
One-Sentence Summary:
A group of girls at a highly unusual summer camp battle mythical monsters and solve mysteries, much to the dismay of their cabin leader.
Why you'll love it: I never went to summer camp, but I'm pretty sure this is what it must have been like. I love all of the Lumberjanes – Mal is my favorite – and I love the weird adventures they manage to find everywhere they go. Plus, I'm curious what's going to happen! This is a good choice if you want to read an ongoing comic book filled with new plot twists on every page.
Essential summer activity checklist: Arm-wrestling, cake-decorating, Friendship to the Max


AND THE SNACKS:
All of these books are fantastic and wonderful, but you can't read on an empty stomach! You've got to get some ice cream to beat this summer heat.

If you want a cooking challenge, you could make some Sea Salt Ice Cream. These nostalgic treats from the Kingdom Hearts series are perfect for anyone who loves ice cream or video games. Plus, I've tested them out and they're delicious.

If you'd like to make them, check out The Geeky Chef Cookbook by Cassandra Reeder or The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook by Rosanna Pansino. Best enjoyed with one or two friends on top of the nearest clock tower.

"But what if I am ALREADY outside on a clock tower, away from fancy kitchen equipment?" you may ask.

Don't worry, friend, I still can help. Do you have two Ziploc bags and some half-and-half? Here's a quick and easy recipe that will have you eating ice cream faster than you can say "library card."

Make Your Own Ice Cream
What You Need
• Two plastic Ziploc bags – one pint-sized and one gallon
• 1/2 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
• 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
• A spoonful of sugar (or two if you want, I won't judge)
• 3-4 cups of ice
• 8 tablespoons of salt
• And a towel so your hands don't freeze

1. In the smaller bag, combine the cream, vanilla, and sugar.
2. In the big bag, put the ice and salt.
3. Seal up the small bag and put it in the large bag.
4. Wrap the bag in the towel and shake it, juggle it, whatever you like – just keep it moving!

Every website I've seen says that this takes 5 minutes, but it took me about 10.

And ta-da! Ice cream!

(Thanks to How Stuff Works and Genius Kitchen for the recipes I based this on!)

Now, armed with these snacks and reading recommendations, I hope you can have a wonderful end-of-summer vacation.

Posted by zsmith@auroragov.org  On Aug 31, 2018 at 11:10 AM
  

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Post by Kristin S.

Recent New York Times Bestsellers (month of July):

Fiction

 

The Other Woman by Daniel Silva

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Gabriel Allon, the art restorer and assassin, fights the Russians to decide the fate of postwar global order.

   

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

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When Eddie disappears, Sarah realizes they did not share the truth with each other.

   

Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber

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Annie Marlow forms new relationships in the Pacific Northwest as she tries to recover from tragedy.

   

Spymaster by Brad Thor

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The 18th book in the Scot Harvath series.

   

Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn

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A Star Wars saga. Darth Vader and Grand Admiral Thrawn join forces to serve Emperor Palpatine.

 

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

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A window into Willa Drake’s life over 50 years and how she adjusts to some of life's surprises.

 

The Good Fight by Danielle Steel

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Meredith McKenzie embraces and eschews the values of her family of lawyers during the tumultuous 1960s.

 

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

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In the 1950s, a high-society schoolgirl falls for the son of a lighthouse keeper and, years later, tries to help undo his wrongful imprisonment.

 

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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Miryem goes to collect debts owed to her father and winds up on a dangerous quest.

 

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

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A young woman living in New York City in 2000 contends with depression, bad relationships and an incompetent psychiatrist.


Nonfiction

 

The Russia Hoax by Gregg Jarrett

Borrow: [Print]

The Fox News analyst makes his case for why the F.B.I. investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is without legal merit.

 

Liars, Leakers, and Liberals by Steven Brill

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First Reformed

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The Rider

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On Chesil Beach

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Bad Samaritan

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Posted by zsmith@auroragov.org  On Aug 08, 2018 at 1:42 PM
  

Smartphone with the Instagram logo

 Post by Tessy W. 

Social Media and the Poet

As an introduction, I'll begin with a few disclaimers.

I don't read a lot of poetry. Other than a short phase in high school, dreaming of literary stardom as I scribbled profound thoughts in a rainbow colored notebook, I haven't had much to do with poetry. Even then, I did little but read a Frost poem or two, and thought myself risqué for buying a pocket-sized Arthur Rimbaud.

Additionally, I'll also note that I'm an odd millennial. Don't get me wrong, I have the trappings of your average millennial; Snapchat filters are necessary for everything, and I communicate almost exclusively via text.

But I'm not big on social media. Send me a wave on Facebook Messenger, and I probably won't see it for two months. I haven't checked my Instagram account in half a year, and I was never on Twitter to begin with.

Thus, this conversational gem:
"Have you seen the latest Rupi Kaur?"
"Umm... I don't think so?" I had no reference point to place the name, but had a vague notion that I'd heard of her before.
A phone was thrust into my face.
"On Instagram.... you know, the Instapoets?"

Having only just heard the term, I was confused. My friend sighed, already well-acquainted with my flaws, and the conversation moved on.

But I was intrigued. I'd vaguely heard of Rupi Kaur, later learning that she is a giant among this new generation of poets. The poem I had been shown was succinct and lovely; so, I decided to investigate.

Poem with illustration from Instagram

rupikaur_. Poem. Instagram, 25, Feb. 2018, www.instagram.com/p/BfoOHhYAQTt/?hl=en&taken-by=rupikaur_.

Instapoets present their poetry, often in stylized font and sometimes with illustrative imagery, on various forms of social media (including Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.), with an emphasis on Instagram. The result: clips of thought presented with instant shareability.

These poets are labelled "Instapoets" like they're frivolous. It’s a result of their medium.

Thoughts and ideas shared on social media hold less gravitas apparently. On occasion, this is a justified stereotype. Using technology can make us truly thoughtless.

It's easy to say something stupid when you share your first, and sometimes second thought, without ever pausing to reflect. Or if you parse that semi-serious thought with a meme.

However, the immediate sneering dismissal of Instapoets and their social media kin isn't often inspired by a well-reasoned, multi-point critique of the impact of technology on modern lifestyles. Instead, social media is paralleled with the younger generation it emerged with, and when are Millennials ever seen as anything but thoughtless?

A snowflake generation producing snowflake poetry.

However, as a non-poetry reader, I was impressed by Rupi Kaur and her fellow Instapoets.

Their poetry is heavy; the type of snow with weight. Flipping through "The Princess Saves Herself in This One" by Amanda Lovelace, I was smacked in the face by parental abuse, death, bad relationships, and an ever-present fantastical sheen that charmed the fantasy-reader within me. She cast herself as the hero that could overcome those pesky plot barriers that we call life. Emotions at the forefront, candid.

These poems are often as fast-paced as the modern society they're spawned from. The bold words and images, burned into your mind like afterimages. Pausing between the meetings and the endless string of e-mails, you remember the clipped stanzas that stole your breath, the imagery still blooming with color.

And by no means do these poets limit themselves to social media; if anything, their Instagram accounts are savvy marketing tools. Rupi Kaur sold over a million copies of her first book, Milk and Honey.1 R.H. Sin, with over a million followers and the second bestselling poet of 2017 (Kaur was the first)2, is nearly as popular with his characteristic fourth-wave feminism.
Wandering the poetry section of the library, I can pull a handful of slim volumes off of the shelf. Is there a difference between the poet and the Instapoet?

A mottled cover like sparks of flame, Wild Embers by Nikita Gill drew me in with a powerful reimagining of Grecian goddesses. Hera locking the door on Zeus, and learning to sleep by herself. Persephone exalting in her throne of fire. Gill has almost half a million followers on Instagram - a demigoddess in her own right.

Next, a slender green volume titled, Nature Poem by Tommy Pico. I flipped between poems randomly, forwards, backwards, and then back to the start; all the way through. Sharp and absorbing, with a solemnness like the overcast skies on his cover. You can find him on Instagram, but mostly for the common usage of filtered shots and life-moments, not specifically for his poetry.
Instagram is a modern day method of expression. If it encourages people to read poetry, everyone benefits. A line of verse on Instagram could spark a passion for words just as easily as a book.

Investigation thus completed, I settled on an easy conclusion. Poetry makes the poet, not the medium.

1. Maher, J. (2018). Can Instagram Make Poems Sell Again?. [online] Publishersweekly.com. Available at: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/75976-can-instagram-make-poems-sell-again.html [Accessed 14 Jun. 2018].
1. April is National Poetry Month in bookstores – and on social media, too. NPD Group. https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/2018/instapoets-rekindling-u-s--poetry-book-sales--the-npd-group-says/. Published April 5, 2018. Accessed June 14, 2018.

 

Posted by zsmith@auroragov.org  On Jul 26, 2018 at 11:23 AM
  
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