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March New Releases & Bestsellers

Recent New York Times Bestsellers:

Fiction

 

The Chef by James Patterson and Max DiLallo

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Caleb Rooney, a police detective and celebrity food truck chef, must clear his name of murder allegations.

 

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

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D.D. Warren and Flora Dane investigate whether a pregnant woman shot and killed her husband.

 

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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Theo Faber looks into the mystery of a famous painter who stops speaking after shooting her husband.

 

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

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A loner named Tracker teams up with a group of unusual characters in search of a mysterious boy.

 

Mission Critical by Mark Greaney

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The eighth book in the Gray Man series. Court Gentry must track down assassins.

   

Connections in Death by J.D. Robb

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Eve Dallas scours tattoo parlors and strip joints for clues to the cause of Lyle Pickering’s mysterious death.

 

The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman

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Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware investigate the death of a stranger at a wedding reception.

 

The Last Romantics by Tara Cronklin

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A family crisis tests the bonds and ideals of a renowned poet and her siblings.

 

Love Poems for Married People by John Kenney

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Humorous musings on the ways long-term partners tolerate each other.

 

Devotions by Mary Oliver

Borrow: [Print] [eBook]

A collection of more than 200 poems spanning 50 years of the author’s career.

 

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

Borrow: [Print] [eBook] [eAudiobook]

Charlie Worthing investigates an outbreak of viral dreams killing a hibernating human population.

 

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

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In 1930s colonial Malaysia, dangers encroach upon a dressmaker's apprentice and a houseboy as they seek to help others close to them.

 

Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

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Terry Ives signs up to be a test subject of a government experiment to get to the bottom of a conspiracy.

 

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

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Nathan and Bub Bright find their other brother dead at the border of their cattle ranches in the Australian outback.

 

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

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A series of debts between Fixie Farr and a handsome stranger involves her childhood crush.

 

Crucible by James Rollins

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Monk Kokkalis and Commander Gray Pierce use arcane clues in hopes of preventing a potential apocalypse.

 

Judgment by Joseph Finder

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Juliana Brody, a judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, has a one-night stand that might be her undoing.

 

Out of the Dark by Gregg Hurwitz

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The fourth book in the Orphan X series.

 

The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley

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Flavia de Luce, a 12-year-old detective, is on the case when a human finger ends up in her sister’s wedding cake.

 

The Rule of Law by John Lescroart

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Dismas Hardy must solve a mystery involving his secretary, who is arrested for abetting a murder.


Nonfiction

 

The Threat by Andrew G. McCabe

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The former deputy director of the F.B.I. describes major events of his career and the ways the agency works to protect Americans.

 

Spearhead by Adam Makos

Borrow: [Print]

An American tank gunner faces enemies in Cologne, Germany, during World War II.

 

Grateful American by Gary Sinise with Marcus Brotherton

Borrow: [Print] [eAudiobook]

The Oscar-nominated actor describes how he has entertained troops and helped veterans.

 

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

Borrow: [Print]

How climate-related crises may cause food shortages, refugee emergencies and other catastrophes.

 

Maid by Stephanie Land

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An unexpected pregnancy forces the author to navigate challenges faced by the working poor.

 

Never Enough by Judith Grisel

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A former drug user who became a neuroscientist gives insights on addiction.

 

The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison

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A collection of essays and speeches written over four decades, including a eulogy for James Baldwin and the author's Nobel lecture.

 

Let Me Finish by Chris Christie with Ellis Henican

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The former governor of New Jersey describes his relationship with President Trump and the tensions among others close to the president.

 

Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg

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A memoir by the current mayor of South Bend, Ind., and the first openly gay Democratic candidate to run for president of the United States.

 

Team of Vipers by Cliff Sims

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The former special assistant to President Trump recalls what he considers his successes and failures in the White House.

 

Parkland by Dave Cullen

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Portraits of the teenage survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who created the #neveragain movement.

 

Figuring by Maria Popova

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The achievements and private relationships of several interconnecting historical figures.

 

From the Ground Up by Howard Schultz with Joanne Gordon

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The former chief executive of Starbucks recounts his journey to success and shares the inspirational stories of others. 

 

The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams

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After receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, a lawyer and mother of two chronicles her life.

 

Zucked by Roger McNamee

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A Silicon Valley investor and mentor to Mark Zuckerberg describes some of the negative effects of the attention economy on our democracy and the greater culture.

 

Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber

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A modern-day pastor calls for a reformation of Christian messaging about sex.

 

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

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A kaleidoscopic portrait of Native American history from 1890 to the present.

 

DVD - New Releases (March):

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.

 

Creed II

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The next chapter in the Adonis Creed story follows his life inside and outside of the ring as he deals with new found fame, issues with his family, and his continuing quest to become a champion. Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone star.

 

Instant Family

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Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) must learn the ropes of instant parenthood when they bring in three foster children. Inspired by a true story, discover this must see family comedy from the creators of Daddy's Home.

 

The Favourite

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In early 18th-century England, the relationship between Queen Anne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, is threatened by a new servant who schemes to return to her aristocratic roots.

 

Ben is Back

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Julia Roberts delivers a riveting performance as a mother swept into a race against time after her troubled 19-year-old son (Lucas Hedges) returns home for Christmas-and suddenly disappears.

 

Vox Lux

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Spanning eighteen years, traces the career of a pop star, from her rise to stardom as a teenager to her personal and familial struggles in later years.

 

Burning

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Follows an alienated young man whose suspicions begin to grow when a free-spirited woman he loves suddenly disappears after her boyfriend confesses his secret penchant for burning down greenhouses.

 

The Clovehitch Killer

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A picture-perfect family is shattered when the work of a serial killer hits too close to home. Dylan McDermott stars in this chilling portrait of all-American evil.

 

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

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An ex-cop realizes that the shooter at a police funeral is one of his fellow militiamen and must use extreme measures to prevent further bloodshed.

 

The Vanishing

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On an uninhabited island 20 miles from the Scottish coast, three lighthouse keepers arrive for their six-week shift. They stumble upon something that isn't theirs to keep, triggering a tense battle for survival.

 
 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander.

 

Green Book

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Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in Green Book, a film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class, and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.

 

Mortal Engines

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Peter Jackson presents a world unlike any you've seen. A young woman leads a band of outcasts to stop London, a predator city on wheels, from devouring everything in its path.

 

London Fields

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Amber Heard leads an all-star cast in this dark, suspenseful thriller as a clairvoyant femme fatale who has a premonition that one of the three men she is dating plans to murder her.

 

The Last Man

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In this apocalyptic thriller, Hayden Christensen plays a vet suffering from PTSD who takes the advice of a street prophet (Harvey Keitel) and starts preparing for the end of days.

 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

 

Mary Poppins Returns

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The magic returns in Disney's reimagined classic as Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) helps the Banks family remember the joy of what it's like to be a child. Together with her friend Jack the lamplighter (Lin-Manuel Miranda), fun is brought back to the streets of London in celebration that everything is possible...even the impossible!

 

The Quake

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When his attempts to warn authorities about an impending earthquake fail, a geologist must race against time to save his estranged wife and two children.

 

Aquaman

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Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.

 

Second Act

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Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act.

 

If Beale Street Could Talk

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From acclaimed director Barry Jenkins comes this timeless love story set in 1970s Harlem, where a young couple and their families fight for justice - and the promise of the American dream.

 

Stan & Ollie

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Comedy duo Laurel & Hardy attempt to jump start their film careers when they embark on a theatre tour of post-war Britain.

 

Columbus

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Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from Korea, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them.

 

King of Thieves

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Based on infamous true events, a famous thief, Brian Reader (Sir Michael Caine), pulls together a band of misfit criminals to plot the biggest bank heist in British history.

 

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

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Mar 06, 2019 at 3:09 PM
  

February New Releases & Best Sellers

Recent New York Times Bestsellers:

Fiction

 

Liar Liar by James Patterson and Candice Fox

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Detective Harriet Blue has become a dangerous fugitive from the law as she pursues the murderer Regan Banks.

 

Turning Point by Danielle Steel

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Four American trauma doctors face difficult choices when they join a mass-casualty training program in Paris.

 

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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Jessica Farris’s life unravels when she signs up for Dr. Shields’s psychology study.

 

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

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Hedy Lamarr flees to Hollywood where she becomes a screen star and develops technology that might combat the Nazis.

 

The New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke

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Detective Dave Robicheaux and his new partner Bailey Ribbons investigate the death of a young woman by crucifixion.

   

Verses for the Dead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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Agents Pendergast and Coldmoon track a killer who removes hearts and leaves handwritten letters.

 

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

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The final book of the Winternight trilogy. The fate of two worlds depends on a girl who seeks to forge her own path.

 

Through Fiery Trials by David Weber

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The 10th book in the Safehold series. A temporary peace gives way as international alliances change.

 

A Delicate Touch by Stuart Woods

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The 48th book in the Stone Barrington series.

 

The Boy by Tami Hoag

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Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard, a husband-and-wife detective team, investigate a boy’s murder and the disappearance of his babysitter.


Nonfiction

 

The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

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The story of a secret plot to kill George Washington in 1776.

 

The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris

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A memoir by a daughter of immigrants who was raised in Oakland, Calif., and became the second black woman ever elected to the United States Senate.

 

Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher

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Reflections on the ageism, misogyny and loss that women might encounter as they grow older.

 

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

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Secrets and identity in a fast-paced age of science and technology are explored through the story of a woman who discovered her biological father.

 

The Sopranos Sessions by Matt Zoller Seitz

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Essays and interviews by former TV critics from New Jersey’s Star-Ledger to mark the 20th anniversary of the show’s debut.

 

DVD - New Releases (February):

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 Grinch

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The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit.

 

Widows

Borrow: [DVD]

From acclaimed director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and co-writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) comes a blistering, contemporary crime thriller with a powerful ensemble cast!

 

The Girl in the Spider's Web

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Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.

 

The Sisters Brothers

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Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly star as sibling assassins Charlie and Eli Sisters, who are hired to kill a gold prospector accused of stealing from their boss in the Old West.

 

A Private War

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In world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Her mission is to show the true cost of war, driving her, along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan), to embark on the most dangerous assignments of their lives as they journey to the front line of conflicts across the globe.

 

The Guilty

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When a 911 dispatcher and former cop answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman, he has to find a way to save her using just his phone and his wits in this pulse pounding, award-winning crime thriller. Danish, subtitled in English.

 

Black '47

Borrow: [DVD]

One soldier's ruthless pursuit of justice plays out against the darkest chapter of Irish history in this riveting revenge thriller. Starring Hugo Weaving and Jim Broadbent.

 

All the Devil's Men

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An American bounty hunter is forced to go to London on a manhunt for a disavowed CIA operative.

 

Grand-Daddy Day Care

Borrow: [DVD]

A man has to figure out a way to make extra money when his father-in-law moves in.

 
 

The Cloverfield Paradox

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When scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, they soon come face-to-face with a dark reality.

 

Bohemian Rhapsody

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Follows the rise of the band Queen and Freddie Mercury's attempts at being a solo artist until their performance at the Live Aid concert in 1985.

 

Nobody's Fool

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Wild child Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) looks to her buttoned-up, by-the-book sister Danica (Tika Sumpter) to help her get back on her feet. As these polar opposites collide, Tanya discovers that Danica's picture-perfect life may not be what it seems.

 

At Eternity's Gate

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Julian Schnabel's AT ETERNITY'S GATE is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule, and illness, created some of the world's most beloved and stunning works of art.

 

The Front Runner

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A real-life story of U.S. Senator Gary Hart's 1988 presidential campaign that was ended when his extramarital affair became known to the public.

 

The Happy Prince

Borrow: [DVD]

His body ailing, Oscar Wilde lives in exile, surviving on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him.

 

A Star is Born

Borrow: [DVD]

A musician helps a rising singer find fame as his own career begins a downward spiral.

 

Robin Hood

Borrow: [DVD]

The classic tale of Robin Hood who steals from the rich and gives to the poor.

 

Overlord

Borrow: [DVD]

Nothing can prepare you for the mind-blowing mayhem that is Overlord. Mega producer J.J. Abrams creates an insanely twisted thrill ride about a team of American troops who come face-to-face with Nazi super-soldiers unlike the world has ever seen.

 

Backtrace

Borrow: [DVD]

A surviving thief of a violent armored car robbery is administered an experimental drug, after being sprung from a high security facility.

 

Mary Queen of Scots

Borrow: [DVD]

Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the Mary Stuart, who returns to Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne, threatening Queen Elizabeth's sovereignty.

 

Between Worlds

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In the desolate world of highway truckers, a strange and dark miracle occurs when Billie suffers a near-fatal motorbike accident.

 

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

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Feb 06, 2019 at 9:11 AM
  

Readers' reviews

Review of 
"The Creeping Shadow" by Jonathan Stroud

Review by Aidan O.

This review was written by a volunteer teen book reviewer and may contain spoilers of the reviewed novel.
For more information on how to become a teen book reviewer, email libraryoutreach@auroragov.org.


Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

The Creeping Shadow is the fourth book in Jonathan Stroud’s New York Times bestselling pentalogy, "Lockwood & Co." It is set in modern-day London, in a world very similar to ours, but with one key difference- the Problem. The Problem is that the dead are coming back as ghosts to plague the living, and they are very dangerous. To fight the restless dead, agencies have sprung up around the city. People pay agencies to exterminate ghosts. Each ghost is a new case. However, only the young are capable of seeing and interacting with the dead, so they are the agents.
The book follows the story of 15-year old agent Lucy. Having recently left her agency, Lockwood & Co., Lucy is a freelance agent who agencies hire to help them on cases. Partner to her is a ghost contained in a jar with the rare quality of being able to speak with the living. Ironically, her former agency needs help and hires Lucy for a case. Returning to her apartment afterwards, Lucy discovers she has been robbed of her partner in trade- the ghost in a jar. She has a suspect and seeks him out. There, she gleans the information that he wasn’t the thief, but he told some anonymous men of the jar’s whereabouts for money. Lucy teams up with her former colleagues from Lockwood and Co.(Anthony, George, and Holly) to find the ghost. As a form of advance payment, Lucy agrees to help them with a case. They discover the source of the ghost to be in a facility owned by the prestigious Rotwell agency. To eliminate a ghost, you must eliminate its source. Lucy and her companions sneak in and discover a group of many different sources together, among them Lucy’s stolen ghost, which she retrieves. As a source is a link between the worlds of the living and the dead, a cluster of them forms a hole to the other side. Exploring the other side is extremely dangerous and very illegal; Anthony alerts the authorities and the Rotwell agency is shut down. Lucy rejoins the company. While taking on the case, Lockwood & Co. learns a few things about the other side, and discovers a dark secret of Penelope Fittes, head of the largest agency in London…

  I thought The Creeping Shadow was a worthy addition to the series. Its suspense and mystery are very alluring and balanced out by witty humor and fascinating tidbits about a world with the Problem. It summits with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger that makes me want to read the next book.

  I would recommend this book to young adult readers who are fans of fantasy, action packed novels and imagination. The Creeping Shadow not only tells a story but introduces the reader to an imaginative, creative, intriguing world. It has a creepy edge, but this is balanced out by dry humor.

Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org  On Jan 24, 2019 at 3:06 PM
  

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

Borrow: [DVD]

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

Borrow: [DVD]

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

Borrow: [DVD]

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

Borrow: [DVD]

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

 

Jonathan

Borrow: [DVD]

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

Borrow: [DVD]

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

Borrow: [DVD]

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

Borrow: [DVD]

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

Borrow: [DVD]

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
  
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