Monday, February 19, 2018

M. L. Longworth

For those that adore all things French along with just a touch of mystery, comes a series by M.L. Longworth. Set in Provence in the city of Aix, these mysteries feature Judge Antoine Verlaque and his girlfriend, law professor, Marine Bonnet. Together they enjoy delicious French cuisine, fine wines, and solve crimes. The author has lived in Aix-en-Provence for many years and provides authentic and enticing descriptions of the region and it's cuisine. Charming, but never cute, this is a fun way to experience a little of the south of France without leaving home.

Start with Death at the Chateau Bremont.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Are Implanted Medical Devices Creating A 'Danger Within Us' ?

Intensive reporting on the downsides of the high-risk medical device industry.

More than a decade ago, longtime BMJ contributor Lenzer abandoned her career as an emergency room physician associate to become an investigative medical journalist. Her debut book, an inspired inquiry into the politics of the industry, is startling and provocative. Once she established herself as a journalist, the author was contacted by patients and physicians who were eager to blow the whistle on their harrowing experiences with drugs and medical devices that were falsely touted as safe. She effectively focuses on Dennis Fegan, a middle-aged former firefighter with epilepsy who battled increasing episodes of seizures. Through his story and those of others, the author shows how even cutting-edge clinical technology can fail patients.
Danger Within Us is a powerful cautionary tale that reveals the problem as one of profiteering, regulatory negligence, and the marriage of medicine and technology that can spur both miraculous modern breakthroughs and nightmarish consequences for patients. The author closes with a series of reform action points.
An impassioned exposé that uncovers a significant danger within the contemporary health care industry.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Audiobooks for Romance Listeners

If the month of February and the approach of Valentine's Day puts you in the mood for a good romance, below are some audiobook recommendations for romance fans. And if you think you may not be a listener of romance novels, you might be surprised to find an intriguing title included here.

These audiobook suggestions come from AudioFile, a magazine devoted completely to audiobook reviews. The sampling of suggestions below are all taken from AudioFile's list of the best romance audiobooks from 2017. For the complete list of AudioFile's best romance audiobooks from 2017, click here.

Beauty Like the Night by Joanne Bourne, read by Kirsten Potter
Historical Romance. When Raoul de Verney, a mysterious half-Spaniard, half-Frenchman, hires her to look into the murder of his long-estranged wife and to find his wife's missing 14-year old daughter, Severine de  Cabrillac, who devotes her time top solving crimes in London, becomes trapped in a web of treason, desire, corruption and murder.  (Book 6 of the Spymaster series)[downloadable or streaming versions available from the library through the hoopla app]

The Chosen by J.R. Ward, read by Jim Frangione
Paranormal Romance. Falling in love with brotherhood rival, Xcor, a tortured man in custody who is awaiting interrogation, Layla seeks to gain his freedom and secure their relationship by appealing to the Black Dagger Brotherhood for a chance to let him prove himself.  (Book 15 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood)  [downloadable or streaming versions available from the library from MyMediaMall through the Libby or OverDrive app]

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts, read by Elisabeth Rodgers
Romantic Suspense. Running the western Montana ranch that has been home to four generations of her family, Bodine Longbow and the man she is starting to love, encounter her badly injured aunt and even more unexpected violence in the mountains that surround their home. [available from the library on CD and Playaway]

Enigma by Catherine Coulter, read by Renée Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
Romantic Thriller. Agents Savich and Sherlock network with agent Cam Wittier and New York Special Forces agent Jack Cabot in a race against time to catch and international criminal and solve the enigma of the man called John Doe. (Book 21 of the FBI suspense thriller series)  [available from the library on CD and Playaway]

If Not for You by Debbie Macomber, read by Khristine Hvam
Contemporary Romance. Moving away from her oppressive parents in the hopes of taking charge of her own life, Beth takes a job as a school music teacher and initially resists her attractions to a tattooed mechanic who is the epitome of everything her conservative parents fear. [available from the library on CD and Playaway; downloadable or streaming versions from MyMediaMall through the Libby or OverDrive app]

Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge, read by Kate Handford
Contemporary Romance. This hip contemporary romance combines Jane Austen-inspiration and foodie fiction in a witty and engaging tale of two sisters who are forced to uproot to unfamiliar Austin, Texas after high rent and broken relationships force them away from their San Francisco life. [downloadable or streaming versions available from the library through hoopla].

White Hot by Ilona Andrews, read by Renée Raudman
Romantic Suspense/Urban Fantasy. Private investigator Nevada Baylor takes on a new case that brings her back into contact with billionaire Connor "Mad" Ronan as they take on the shadowy forces intents on destroying the city of Houston. (Book 2 of the Hidden Legacy novels)  [downloadable or streaming versions available from the library from MyMediaMall through the Libby or OverDrive app or the hoopla app].

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Beautiful - The Musical

Sadly, I missed the run of Beautiful, The Carole King Musical. I didn't pay attention to the performance dates and I thought I had more time. It wasn't the first time and I'm sure it won't be the last time that I miss a show. So many of her songs conjure up all kinds of memories and emotions. Everyone probably has a story of where or when they first heard one of the famous songs. Since I missed the show, I am going to check out the CD. I can't imagine how it could be disappointing with songs like Locomotion and You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman. Check it out and enjoy!

Beautiful: The Carole King musical: original Broadway cast recording

Monday, February 5, 2018

Oscar Nominations 2018

Here are the list of Oscar nominated films for this year. Place a hold on the ones you missed in theaters!

The award ceremony will air on March 4th at 7 PM. What are your predictions?

Best Picture

Lead Actor
Lead Actress
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
Animated Feature
Animated Short
  • Dear Basketball
  • Garden Party
  • Lou
  • Negative Space
  • Revolting Rhymes
Adapted Screenplay
Original Screenplay
Documentary Feature
Documentary Short
  • Edith+Eddie
  • Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
  • Heroin(e)
  • Knife Skills
  • Traffic Stop
Live Short
  • DeKalb Elementary
  • The Eleven O'Clock
  • My Nephew Emmett
  • The Silent Child
  • Watu Wote / All of Us
Foreign Language
  • A Fantastic Woman
  • The Insult
  • Loveless
  • On Body and Soul
  • The Square
Film Editing
Sound Editing
Sound Mixing
Production Design
Original Score
Original Song
Makeup and Hair
Costume Design
Visual Effects

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

60th Annual Grammy Awards

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on January 28, 2018 live from Madison Square Garden in New York City.  James Corden was the host.

The ceremony recognizes the best recordings, compositions and artists of the eligibility year, which ran from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.

Bruno Mars won the most awards with "XXIVK Magic" (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical), and "That's What I Like" (Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song).

There were tributes to Fats Domino and Chuck Berry ("Ain't That a Shame," "Maybellene"), The victims of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting ("Tears in Heaven"), Leonard Bernstein ("Somewhere"0, Andrew Lloyd Webber ("Don't Cry for Me Argentina"), Tom Petty ("Wildflowers") and Chris Cornell and chester Bennington ("1-800-273-8255").

Check out the display in the Audio-Visual Room.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Announcing the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist Titles

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction are awarded annually for  fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year. They are named in honor of the 19th century American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in recognition of his deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world. This award is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and administered by the American Library Association. The shortlist and winners are selected by a seven member selection committee of library experts who work with adult readers. The winners, one each for fiction and nonfiction, are announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in February.  Judge for yourself which of the following six shortlisted books is your winner. Take a read of all six or just one and then see if the recipient of the $5000 reward is also your winner!

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
From New York mobsters to the first woman diver at the Brooklyn Naval Station during WWII to the motley crew of a merchant-marine ship in U-boat-infested waters, Egan's insightful and propulsive saga portrays complex and intriguing individual navigating the rising tides of war.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Saunders' boldly imagined, sensitive, and funny historical and metaphysical drama pivots on President Lincoln's grief over the death of his young son, Willie, as the cemetery's dead tell their stories in a wild and wily improvisation on the afterlife.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The story of a Mississippi family - brother and sister Jojo and Kayla and their troubled mother, Leonie, and their legacy of grief and spiritual gifts. Ward explores unresolved racial tensions and the many ways humans create cruelty and suffering. The novel is down-to-earth and magical.

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
Alexie presents a courageous, enlightening, anguished, and funny memoir told in prose and poetry that pays tribute to his Spokane Indian mother and reveals many complex traumas and tragedies of reservation life, as well as his own struggles.

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg
In a griping mix of memoir and expose, Ellsberg recounts with searing specificity long-hidden facts about the U.S. government's perilously inadequate control of nuclear weapons - an arsenal that endangers all life on Earth - and calls for the dismantling of this Doomsday Machine.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Grann's true-crime history takes readers to early-1920s Oklahoma, where oil was discovered beneath the Osage territory and where members of the Osage Indian Nation were murdered. This is a riveting story that includes the accruing of power by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI.