Monday, June 17, 2019

Teen Books With Adult-Appeal

Ever wonder why adults love to read teen books?  There are so many to choose from, and often there are many interesting crossover titles that bring us back to our youth.  Subjects vary, and characters are often richly drawn and interesting to an older audience.  All listed are located in the Teen Scene.

Here are some that you might like:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

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Rose Justice is an American pilot with Britain's Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a routine flight she is captured by the Germans and sent to Ravensbrück, a notorious concentration camp, where she meets an unforgettable group of women, and vows to tell her fellow prisoners' stories to the world.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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After crash-landing in France in 1943 and being captured by Nazis, a female wireless operator for the British (who goes by Queenie, Eva, Verity, and various other aliases) reveals bits of code in exchange for reprieve from torture...and to postpone her execution. 

Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin

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A teenaged guitarist in a rock band deals with loss and anger as he relates the events that landed him in a juvenile detention center.

Dear Evan Hansen:  The Novel by Val Emmich

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Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone's hero and a social media superstar after a chance encounter with Connor just before his suicide leads others to believe Evan was his only friend.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Blue Sargent's gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the Aglionby Academy, she discovers that together their talents are a dangerous mix.  First in Raven Cycle series.

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Secrets are revealed as OCD-afflicted Griffin grieves for his first love, Theo, who died in a drowning accident.

Monday, June 3, 2019

A Universe of Stories - 2019 Summer Reading

Discover a Universe of Stories this summer with our 2019 Summer Reading Programs for all ages! The program began on June 1 and runs through August 3. Challenge yourself to read a variety of genres and formats (books, eBooks or audiobooks), log your books, and complete activities for the chance to win prizes throughout the summer. Stop in the library and register or log your books (Reader Services desk for Adults and Teens and Youth Services Desk for Birth-8th grade). You can also participate online using Beanstack. For more information visit our Summer Reading page.

Women's Prize for Fiction

The UK's Women's Prize for Fiction published its shortlist for 2019:

I find the books on lists like these are all good reads, not just the winners. But this year I'll go straight for the prize-winner named at the end of this list. It has just the kind of complexity that keeps me intrigued. Happy reading!

Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
In her own take on the events of The Iliad, Barker explores the Trojan War from the perspective of women, who served mainly as slaves or prostitutes, or those who lay out the dead. The story focuses on the battle between Achilles and Agamemnon over Briseis, once queen of a kingdom near Troy.

 Circe by Madeline Miller
Circe, born without the power of her father Helios or the astonishing allure of her mother, turns to mortals for companionship and discovers her own tremendous power of witchcraft that can menace the gods themselves. Will she suffer retribution?

Ordinary People by Diana Evans
Evans follows two couples who are dealing with changing values and commitments. Melissa and Michael, still engaged after 13 years, are grappling with the changes the come with their role as parents of a seven-year-old and a new baby. Melissa misses her job as a fashion editor, and Michael feels ignored and is in danger of being unfaithful. Their friends Damian and Stephanie realize 16 years into their marriage that they both want very different lives.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Realizing that her beautiful and favored sister Ayoola is actually a sociopath, Koreda tries to help her cover up the murders of her boyfriends until the doctor that Koreda works with, her long-term secret love, asks her for Ayoola's phone number. ("The wittiest and most fun murder party you've ever been invited to." -- Marie Claire)

Milkman by Anna Burns
In Northern Ireland in the Troubles of the 1970s, an unnamed narrator, who stands out because she reads while walking and takes French night classes, finds herself pursued by a high-ranking paramilitary known as Milkman, though she does not want the danger such attention could bring. (Milkman won the 2018 Man Booker Prize.)

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Celeste, an artist on the brink of success, marries Roy, a young executive. Soon Roy is arrested for a crime and sentenced to twelve years in prison. Celeste knows he did not commit the crime, but eventually she takes comfort in Andre, her dear friend from childhood. When Roy's sentence is suddenly overturned, Celeste must find a way to face the past and move forward.

The Winner: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Have you read the best Sci-Fi of 2018?

2018 was a banner year for science fiction, check out some of the best titles the genre has to offer, all available from the Glenview Public Library:

"Morrow’s debut is ambitious and insightful, raising questions about memory, trauma, and humanity. The novel is at its best when it presents Elsie at her most human, forcing the real ones around her to reckon with what her personhood means for theirs."—Publishers Weekly

“…[A] powerful post-apocalyptic masterpiece and the one dystopian novel you really need to read this year.”—Bustle

Semiosis by Sue Burke
“In Semiosis, Sue Burke blends science with adventure and fascinating characters, as a human colony desperately seeks to join the ecosystem of an alien world.” ―David Brin, author of Earth and Existence

Severance by Ling Ma
"How do you fit a zombie novel inside an immigrant story inside a coming-of-age tale? Ling Ma . . . accomplished this feat in her gripping and original turducken of a novel . . . Fascinating." ―Trine Tsouderos, The Chicago Tribune
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
“In The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal imagines an alternate history of spaceflight that reminds me of everything I loved about Hidden Figures.”—Cady Coleman, Astronaut

Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci
"A propulsive space opera that is also an unapologetic love letter to Star Wars. . . . Impossible not to love . . . . From intergalactic space battles to blaster fights to rogue robots and various hives of scum and villainy, this shiny space opera is bound to be a pleasure for fans of all stripes." —Kirkus Reviews

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The 2019 Tony Award Nominees for Best Revivals

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards will be held on June 9, 2019, to recognize achievement in Broadway production during the 2018-19 season. The ceremony will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and will be broadcast live by CBS. James Corden will serve as host. Although I'm interested in the nominees in all the categories, I have a special affinity for the "Best Revival" category. I enjoy revisiting the classics/oldies and I always reread the play before a night at the theater!
Check out copies of the five nominated plays and two musicals:

Best Revival of a Play

All My Sons by Arthur Miller
This play is set during the second world war, and is about a successful businessman, Joe Keller, who has failed to fulfill his social obligations and has failed to recognize the role of society after he is blinded by lust for money during the war.

Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley
This play revolves around a group of gay men who gather for a birthday party in New York City and was groundbreaking for its portrayal of gay life. The play has been called "A true theatrical game-changer, The Boys in the Band helped spark a revolution by putting gay men's lives onstage — unapologetically and without judgment — in a world that was not yet willing to fully accept them."

Burn This by Lanford Wilson
The play begins shortly after the funeral of Robbie, a young, gay dancer who drowned in a boating accident with his lover Dom. In attendance were Robbie's roommates: his sensitive dance partner and choreographer, Anna, and confident, gay ad man Larry. Soon joining them in Robbie's lower Manhattan loft are screenwriter Burton (Anna's longtime lover) and Pale (Robbie's cocaine snorting, hyperactive restaurant manager brother). In the face of their shared tragedy, the quartet attempts to make sense of their lives and reconsider their own identities and relationships. Anna learns to be independent and self-confident. She begins to pursue her interest in choreography and begins a relationship with Pale, ending her dispassionate relationship with her longtime boyfriend.

Torch Song by Harvey Fierstein
This is a collection of three plays rendered in three acts: International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First! The story centers on Arnold Beckoff, a Jewish homosexual, drag queen, and torch singer who lives in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The four-hour play begins with a soliloquy in which he explains his cynical disillusionment with love.
The Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan
Gladys Green owns a small art gallery in Greenwich Village. She is in her 80s and showing signs of Alzheimer's disease. Don, a young artist, arrives for a showing of his work. The landlord wants to close the art gallery and replace it with a restaurant. How her family – daughter Ellen, son-in-law Howard and grandson Daniel – deals with her decline is told by the grandson.

Best Revival of a Musical

Kiss Me, Kate
The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show's director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. A secondary romance concerns Lois Lane, the actress playing Bianca, and her gambler boyfriend, Bill, who runs afoul of some gangsters.
Set in the Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s, this musical tells the story of two pairs of lovers. Curly is a cowboy who has trouble admitting his feelings to Laurey, as she does to him, because of their stubbornness. Judd, the hired hand at Laurey's farm, tries to come between them.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Stroppies

Record of the week in my house is WHOOSH! by the Melbourne, Australia guitar pop band The Stroppies. Fabulous catchy, earnest jangle that recalls the Velvet Underground's third record with some melodies that bring to mind The Clean and prime Flying Nun Records/New Zealand pop of the 90s. Conceived at a kitchen table in 2016, The Stroppies are comprised of members of a host of members from other Aussie indie bands but WHOOSH! is their first full-length record and its been getting me through my daily commute (my car STILL has a CD player). If this ends up sounding good to you too, be sure to check out some other Aussie music in the Library's CD collection, things like Dick Diver, Goon Sax, and Robert Forster.              

Friday, May 10, 2019

Why not download a memoir in May?

So, I like to read funny, cheeky, and sometimes serious memoirs and musings by celebrities and others. I just finished listening to Mindy Kaling's, Why Not Me. She is the narrator, so it seemed even more personal and intimate. While listening I realized, it is okay to not have everything figured out in life. Like Mindy, we are always learning and evolving, or at least we should be. Download one or two today.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling

In Pieces by Sally Field

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

I'm Just Happy to Be Here: a memoir of renegade mothering by Janelle Hanchett

Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France (new)

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Classical Music in Movies - Composers born in May

BRAHMS - May 7, 1833
The Boy (2016)
     Hungarian Dance No. 5
Phantom Thread (2017)
     Waltz No. 11 in B minor

FAURE - May 12, 1845
Captain American: Civil War (2016)
     Requiem, Op. 48: Pie Jesus

MASSENET - May 12, 1842
Manchester by the Sea (2016)

SATIE - May 17, 1866
Call Me by Your Name (2017)
     Sonatine Bureaucratique
The Gift (2015)
     3 Gymnopedies: Gymnopedie No. 1
Mississippi Grind (2015)
     3 Gymnopedies: Gymnopedie No. 1

TCHAIKOVSKY - May 5, 1840
Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2015)
     Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36: Andantino in modo di
     Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64: II. Andante cantabile, con
          alcuna licenza
Daddy's Home (2015)
     The Nutcracker: III. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies
La La Land (2016)
     1812 Overture, Op. 49
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar children (2016)
     Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23: I. Allegro non 
          troppo e molto maestoso
Zookeeper's Wife (2017)
     18 Morceaux, Op. 72. Passe lointain

WAGNER - May 22, 1813
Alien: Covenant (2017)
     Das Rheingold: Scene IV: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla
The Gift (2015)
     Die Walkure: Hojotoho! Hojotoho! (The Valkryies), "Ride of the 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

While You Wait for The Silent Patient....Try These!

Looking for something exciting to read while you wait for The Silent Patient by Alex Michadies?  Quench your suspense thirst with some of these great reads!

The Suspect by Fiona Barton
Pursuing the story of two British teens who disappeared during a Bangkok hostel fire, journalist Kate Waters struggles to remain objective when her estranged son is declared a main suspect.

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And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman

Suburban madam Heloise, with no one left to trust, decides to get out of the game when another suburban madam is brutally murdered, forcing her to stay one step ahead of a killer--and the father of her child--who is just as lethal behind bars as he was on the outside.

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With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake--and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. 

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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Art teacher Mia Dennett returns months after she is kidnapped, remembering little of her abduction and captivity. The story is told from the viewpoints of her mother, the detective who works her case, and the kidnapper (who never delivered her to the people who ordered the job).

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Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

Struggling with memories over the loss of her own baby while investigating the discovery of an anonymous infant in the woods, journalist Molly Anderson traces a string of unreported assaults spanning 20 years.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Before AVENGERS: ENDGAME, Watch...

With Marvel's climactic Avengers: Endgame hitting theaters this weekend, superhero movie demand is at an all time high. Endgame is the twenty-second entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the culmination of over a decade worth of long-form storytelling. All this to say, there's a lot going on in this movie: lots of characters, backstory, and information to remember from previous films. No time to catch up or have a refresher on twenty other movies before you head to theater? We've got it narrowed down to just a few: 
  • Avengers (2012) - When an alien invasion hits New York, Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye team up to save the day. This was the first large Marvel crossover movie that also offered a very brief cameo for Thanos, the villain of Endgame
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) - Marvel meets sci-fi in this planet-hopping adventure following a gang of misfits. While the first Avengers movie gave us a glimpse at the larger universe, Guardians dives into that universe and gives us a larger look at the Infinity Stones, which become important in both Infinity War and Endgame. 
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) - In the aftermath of the alien invasion of New York, Tony Stark attempts to build a supercomputer to protect the Earth, but when it gains awareness it turns against the Avengers. Ultron introduces a few new heroes and sets the stage for the rest for the following movies.
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016) - After the events of Age of Ultron, some of the Avengers feel the need for government supervision and accountability, causing a rift between heroes. Civil War introduces a few new heroes and sets up the need for all of the Marvel heroes to come together for one more fight, in Infinity War
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) - All of the heroes come together in order to stop Thanos, who is constructing an artifact that will allow him to alter reality at will. If you only have time to watch one movie before Endgame, make it this one, whose events directly lead to Endgame

Below is a list of all 21 films in chronological order. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019



Wednesday, April 24, 7-8:30 PM • Community Room

Interested in finding clues, solving crimes, and the thrill of the chase, but prefer reading about it in a fictionalized setting? Join your fellow crime fiction fans for this event.

In this panel discussion, come see local authors Susanna Calkins (Murder Knocks Twice,) Jack Fredrickson (Tagged for Murder,) and Julie Hyzy (Virtual Sabotage) discuss their works, writing life, and share the stories behind their exceptional crime fiction novels.  

39204834Book sale by Book Bin Northbrook and there is an author signing following the program.

Come join us for the fun.


Friday, April 5, 2019

The Award-Winning Novels of 2018 - Check them out!

During the first quarter of any new year (2019), I tend to wonder about the best books written in the previous year (2018). Did I read one, or many? Did I miss one, or many? Of all the good books I did read, did any of them receive literary recognition?  The best way to satisfy my curiosity is to do a little research on which books took home the year's biggest literary prizes. So, I'm sharing the titles of the Award-Winning Novels of 2018 and also the prize money they won by doing so:

Pulitzer Prize - Awarded for distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life. ($15,000)
And the winner - Less by Andrew Sean Greer

National Book Award - Recognizes an outstanding work of literary fiction by a United Sates citizen. ($10,000)
And the winner - The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Man Booker Prize - Awarded for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK. (50,000 pounds)
And the winner -Milkman by Anna Burns

Man Booker International Prize - Awarded for a single book in English translation published in the UK. (50,000 pounds)
And the winner - Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

National Book Critics Circle Award - Given annually to honor outstanding writing and to foster a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature.
And the winner - Improvement by Joan Silber

Kirkus Prize - Chosen from books reviewed by Kirkus Reviews that earned the Kirkus Star. ($50,000)
And the winner - Severance by Ling Ma

Women's Prize for Fiction - Awarded to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom. (30,000 pounds)
And the winner - Home Fire - Kamila Shamsie

PEN/Faulkner Award - Awarded to the author of the year's best work of fiction by a living American citizen. ($15,000)
And the winner is - Improvement by Joan Silbur

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction - Awarded to an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise ($25,000)
And the winner is - Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

IMPAC Award - An international literary award presented each year for a novel written in English or translated into English (100,000 pounds)
And the winner - Solar Bones by Mike McCormack

Center for Fiction First Novel Prize - An annual award presented by The Center for Fiction, a non-profit organization in New York City, for the best debut novel. ($10,000)
And the winner - There There by Tommy Orange

Nebula Award - Given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for the best science fiction or fantasy novel.
And the winner - The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

Edgar Award - Presented by the Mystery Writers of America, honoring the best in crime and mystery fiction.
And the winner - Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Best First Novel
And the winner - She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper

Hugo Award - Awarded for the best science fiction or fantasy story of 40,000 words or more published in English or translated in the prior calendar year.
And the winner - The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

Bram Stoker Award - Presented by the Horror Writers Association for "superior achievement" in horror writing for novels.
And the winner - Ararat by Christopher Golden

So, there you have it, now try one or more and see if it gets your vote as well!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Have You Heard the Crawdads Sing?

When Delia Owens wrote her first book at the age of 70, she had no idea how popular it would be. She wrote Where the Crawdads Sing over the course of a decade. With beautiful, lyrical prose, Owens tells the story of a ten-year-old child abandoned by her family in the marshlands of North Carolina. One day, when she is older, a young man she was involved with is found murdered in the swamp, and she becomes the prime suspect.

Whether you're waiting for the book or have already read it, you might enjoy reading one of the following:

Let's No One Get Hurt by John Pineda

The Cove by Ron Rash

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Talent

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Brunt

To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee

Thursday, March 21, 2019

In memoriam author Philip Kerr

Since this week is the first anniversary of the death of author Philip Kerr I've decided to highlight some of his books here, especially as next month will see the release of his last novel Metropolis.  

Best known for his character, Bernie Gunther, the wisecracking world-weary Berlin detective, Kerr thrives on the vintage Noir mystery.  The best place to start exploring Kerr's work is his first book and the start of the Gunther series March Violets, which is followed by The Pale Criminal, and A German Requiem, his original trilogy.  Gunther's sage was continued with nearly a dozen more titles, which can be found here and are available from the Glenview Public Library and as ebooks through My Media Mall.

Here are a few example available at the library:

Dave Delano, charismatic and intelligent thief and conman, has just served five years in Florida State Penitentiary, where he thought of the heist to see him right for the rest of his life - robbing the carrier of the United Yacht Transport. But the beautiful Kate Furey, DEA, stands in his way.

Gil Martins, an agent with the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Unit in Houston, sees the violence wrought by extremists of all kinds. Gil has always been on the side of justice—until he learns something that shakes his faith in the system, in himself, and in God. Desperate, he prays, begging to know God is there. When a serial killer begins targeting the morally righteous at the same time that a number of secular icons come under attack, Gil realizes that his prayers are being answered in a most terrifying way.

As President Jack Kennedy takes power, the mob decide to succeed where the CIA has failed and take out Fidel Castro. They despatch a hit man, but it soon turns out that he has his own agenda and target - the President. But is the hitman operating alone, or does someone else want Kennedy dead?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Every Spring Takes Its Turn

Here we are again, in the final days of winter, waiting some days patiently and other days very impatiently. I right now am waiting very impatiently, as is my whole family. The cabin fever is really starting to set in and I am so tired of boots and gloves all over the entryway. What kind of book might feel good to read right now, maybe something light and funny to boost the mood. If you feel like I do, maybe try one of these. These books are offbeat with quirky characters.

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiassen
Amp'd by Ken Pisani
Judy Garland, Ginger Love by Nicole Cooley
Noir by Christopher Moore
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton
The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall
The Windfall by Diksha Basu
The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts

Friday, March 8, 2019

International Women's Day

For International Women's Day, read some books (Fiction and Nonfiction) about and by these amazing women:

For more suggestions visit: International Women's Day Books

Dear Ijeawele: or a Feminist Manifesto in 15 Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response. Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman.

Rigorously educated in mathematics and science by her mother, an only legitimate child of brilliant Romantic poet Lord Byron is introduced into London society as a highly eligible heiress before forging a deep bond with inventor Charles Babbage and using her unique talents to become the world's first computer programmer.

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars 
by Dava Sobel
The little-known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
A tale inspired by the first wife of Albert Einstein follows the experiences of Mitza Mari, a female physics student at an elite late-nineteenth-century school in Zurich, where she falls in love with a charismatic fellow student who eclipses her contributions to his theory of relativity.

Monday, March 4, 2019

The Winners

Still feeling the Oscar buzz? Here's a quick update on films that won big at the 91st Academy Awards and info on how you can get your hands on a DVD or Blu-Ray copy to check out. You'll probably have to place a HOLD on most of these titles as demand is HIGH but you can start to cross some of these off your current watch list:

Green Book - out March 12th

Bohemian Rhapsody - out now

The Favourite - out March 5th

If Beale Street Could Talk  - out March 26th

BlacKkKlansman - out now

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - out March 19th

Free Solo - out March 5th

Black Panther - out now

Vice - out April 2nd

A Star is Born - out now

First Man - out now

Roma - streaming now on Netflix, borrow one of our ROKUs

Friday, March 1, 2019

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2019

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on March 29, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twenty-five years after their first recording.

The Cure is an English rock band formed in Crawley, England in 1976.  Genres include gothic rock, post-punk, alternative rock and new wave.  The members are Robert Smith (original), Simon Gallup, Roger O'Donnell, Jason Cooper and Reeves Gabrels.  Their first album was Three Imaginary Boys in 1979 in the post-punk and new wave movements.  In the early 1980s they style of music emerged into gothic rock.  The band are to have sold 27 million records and released thirteen studio albums, two EPs, and over thirty singles.

Def Leppard is an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.  Their genres include hard rock, heavy metal, and glam metal.  Members include Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Savage (bass, backing vocals), Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals), Phil Cololen (guitars, backing vocals), and Vivian Campbell (guitars, backing vocals).  Their first album, High 'n' Dry was produced in 1981.  "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" was one of the first rock videos played on MTV in 1982.  Del Leppard have sold more than 100 millions records worldwide.  They have ranked No. 31 in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" and ranked No. 70 in "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".

Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana.  She is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress.  She is the youngest member of the Jackson family and began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976.  Jackson has sold over 100 million records.  She has had 18 top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.  In 2010 she ranked fifth among the "Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years".  In December 2016 Billboard named her the second most successful dance club artist of all-time after Madonna.

Radiohead is an English rock band formed in Abingdon-on-Thames, England in 1985.  Genres include Art rock, alternative rock, electronica, and experimental rock.  Members include Thom Yorke, Johnny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, and Philip Selway.  They released their first single "Creep" in 1992 and Pablo Honey in 1993.  Radiohead has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.  In 2005, Rolling Stone ranked them 73rd in "The Greatest Artists of All Time" and in 2009 the second-best artist of the 2000s.

Roxy Music was an English rock band formed in 1970 in Newcastle upon Tyne/London, England.  Their genres are art rock, glam, rock, pop rock, art pop, and progressive rock.  Members included Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson, Brian Eno, Eddie Jobson, and John Gustafson.  Roxy Music became successful in Europe and Australia during the 1970s.  The band's final album was Avalon in 1982.

Stevie (Stephanie) Lynn Nicks was born on May 26, 1948 in Phoenix, Arizona.  She is an American singer and songwriter.  She is best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac.  She had sold over 140 million records.  Nicks has been named one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers.  As a member of Fleetwood Mac, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.  She has eight Grammy Award nominations and two American Music Award nominations as a solo artist.  She also was awarded a Grammy Award and five Grammy Award nomination s with Fleetwood Mac.

The Zombies are an English rock band formed in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England in 1961.  Their genres are rock, psychedelic pop, baroque pop, and beat.  Members include Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Steve Rodford, Tom Toomey, and Soren Koch.  Their hits include "She's Not There" (1964), "Tell Her No" (1965).  Their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle ranked 100 on Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Love Is In the Air...Or Maybe Not...

Looking for a great teen book with either low or no romance?  Romance for teen readers is often a great part of the story, but there is an an equal amount of teens who don't want to read romance.  Here is a short list of go-to reading recommendations for both types of readers:

Books with no romance, focused on a variety of topics:

Contagion by Erin Bowman

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Responding to a distress call on the distant planet of Achlys, Thea Sadik and her search-and-rescue crew are confronted by a zombie-like outbreak that forces them to uncover a monstrous enemy.

The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco

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Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

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The surviving sister of a cheerleader who was one of five girls who died violently years earlier realizes during a memory-laden memorial that the tragedies may have been more sinister.

Books with low romance, minor sub-plots, and brief scenes of romance:  

You Don't Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow

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Ignoring a letter written years earlier by her biological mother, Audrey attempts to fill in the missing pieces of her life until an unexpected pregnancy compels her to learn the truth about the history and choices that led to her own existence.

500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosario

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High school senior Nic, seventeen, tries to salvage her tattered reputation by helping her Ivy League-obsessed classmates with college admission essays and finds herself in the process.

 On the Edge of Gone by Corrine Duyvis

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In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2034, a comet is due to hit the Earth within the hour and Denise, who is autistic, must try to find her missing sister and help her neglectful, undependable mother safely aboard a spaceship.

All books mentioned are located in the Teen Scene.