New Releases 11/21

Movies
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Good Time
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Birth of the Dragon
Leap!
Mully
From the Land of the Moon
The Nile Hilton Incident
Lemon
Beach Rats
Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe
High School Lover
Crown Heights
One Last Heist
After Love
Jungle
A Year in Space and Beyond a Year in Space
California Typewriter
Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World
Vermeer, Beyond Time
My Journey Through French Cinema
Black is the Color

T.V. Series
Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXIX
The Fall, Series 3
The Librarians, Season 3
Red Dwarf XII

Music
Luv is Rage 2 by Lil Uzi Vert
The Rest of Our Life by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
I Knew You When by Bob Segar
Lambs & Lions by Chase Rice
Fake Nudes by Barenaked Ladies
If All I Was Was Black by Mavis Staples
Rest by Charlotte Gainsbourg
I Fall in Love Too Easily by Katharine McPhee

Audiobooks
Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford
End Game by David Baldacci
The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz
The People vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson
NPR American Chronicles: The Americans

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Jamie’s Staff Picks for November

Big Little Liesbig little lies

I love the fact that this is a miniseries and I am kind of hoping that they do not make a second season, as is rumored (though I’m sure I would watch anyway). Since it’s based on a book and the “first” season completely covers the material, there’s a concrete beginning, middle and end. No need to mess with something so perfect as this! The plot is enticing, and you will find yourself theorizing on the various mysteries going on amongst the children and parents of Otter Bay Elementary. The acting is fantastic; Nicole Kidman got a lot of attention for the series, but I found Reese Witherspoon’s Madeline to be the most compelling. The Monterey scenery with its beautiful bay views from these women’s luxury homes will make you want to get up and move there immediately (if only we could all afford it). The best part about this series, however, is the soundtrack and the innovative way the music is integrated into the action of the show. This was definitely one of my favorite TV shows of 2017.

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by Neil Gaiman

A fantastical and somewhat terrifying allegory for childhood. A small boy finds magic, wonder, and terror all contained within the country lane on which he lives. The story reminded me so much of how big a world the street that I lived on seemed as a child and the endless possibilities for adventure and discovery that my neighbors and I found there. I found myself believing that the narrator was truthful about what had happened to him, but at the same time… maybe it was just an elaborately imagined tale to cope with different things going on in his life, something that he convinced himself was real? Each scenario is somehow plausible, and the dual possibilities make the text even more interesting. I don’t think this story is extremely scary, but don’t be fooled by the fact that the protagonist is seven years old. This does not preclude him from danger, even from those who are supposed to protect him. A great tale for dark and cold winter!

Also available as an ebook and eaudiobook on OverDrive and Libby.

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New Releases 11/14

Movies
Kedi
Atomic Blonde
Wind River
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
Christmas in the Heartland
Unlocked
Indiscretion
6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain
Brigsby Bear
The Secret Scripture
Birthright: A War Story
Train Driver’s Diary
The Student
Whose Streets?
Eclipse Over America
Fallen
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
Hamilton: Building America
Atheist America

T.V. Series
Rake, Series 4
Preacher, Season 2
24: Legacy, Season 1

Music
What If Nothing by Walk the Moon
A Brand New Me by Aretha Franklin & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Audiobooks
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Strange Weather by Joe Hill

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Murder on the Orient Express Book to Movie Event

Calling all book and movie lovers! Join us at the Movie Tavern at Main Street in Exton on Tuesday, November 14th for the 6:30 showing of Murder on the Orient Express. We’ll have a discussion after the movie for anyone interested in discussing and comparing details from the book and movie.

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New Releases 11/7

Movies
Cars 3
The Glass Castle
Slamma Jamma
Ingrid Goes West
The Journey
The Limehouse Golem
Killing Ground
Literally, Right Before Aaron
The Show
A Date for Mad Mary
Te Ata
Served Like a Girl
The Weight of Honor
Freeway: Crack in the System
Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait
In Pursuit of Silence
The Settlers

T.V. Series
Westworld, Season 1
Poldark, Season 3
The Crown, Season 1
19-2, Season 4
The Good Karma Hospital, Series 1
Family Guy, Season 15

Music
Unapologetically by Kelsea Ballerini
Lee Brice by Lee Brice
Texoma Shore by Blake Shelton
Red Pill Blues by Maroon 5
Heartbreak on a Full Moon by Chris Brown
Sweet Southern Sugar by Kid Rock
Honestly by Lalah Hathaway
Wild and Reckless by Blitzen Trapper
Just the Beginning by Grace Vanderwaal
All Your Fault Pt. 2 by Bebe Rexha
Glasshouse by Jessie Ware

Audiobooks
Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury
Every Breath You Take by Marry Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans
The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith
Sisters First by Barbara Pierce Bush & Jenna Bush Hager
Dollars and Sense by Dan Ariely
What Unites Us by Dan Rather

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If You Enjoyed…

The second season of the Netflix original series, Stranger Things, was finally released on Netflix after much anticipation. Although the first season of Stranger Things is not on DVD just yet, people are still buzzing about the series. Check out the list below of T.V. series, movies, and audiobooks that are similar to Stranger Things to satisfy your cravings for The Upside Down or to pique your interest as we wait for the DVD release of the first season!

T.V. Series
Hemlock Grove – In the shadows of a rusted Pennsylvania steel town, the mangled body of a teenage girl is discovered. As they hunt for a monster among them, rumors mount and many of the eccentric residents become suspects, from the newly-arrived gypsy family to the wealthy Godfrey clan. In the twisted world of Hemlock Grove, everyone hides a dark secret.

Wayward Pines – Secret Service agent Ethan Burke wakes up in a hospital in a strangely idyllic mountain town in Idaho. But the more Ethan tries to find out what happened to him, and to two missing fellow agents, the more he discovers that nothing is as it seems in Wayward Pines. Desperate to learn the truth and return to his family, Ethan eventually unveils a terrifying secret that affects all of mankind.

Twin Peaks – The body of a young girl, Laura Palmer, is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads into the heart of the surrounding woodland and his very own soul.

The X-Files – Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, join forces to solve cases the FBI has labeled X-files. Both are determined to uncover the hidden truths–one searching for otherwordly answers, the other for more earthbound scientific explanations. Together they will make discoveries neither could have ever imagined.

Fringe – Three unlikely colleagues – a beautiful young FBI agent, a brilliant scientist who’s spent the last 17 years in a mental institution, and the scientist’s sardonic son – investigate a series of bizarre deaths and disasters known as ‘the pattern.’ Someone is using our world as an experimental lab. And all clues lead to Massive Dynamic, a shadowy global corporation that may be more powerful than any nation.

Movies
Ghostbusters – Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Stand by Me – This film about friendship and the indelible experiences of growing up takes place in a small Oregon town as four boys set out on a two-day search for a missing teenager’s body, a search that turns into an odyssey of self-discovery.

Goonies – The film follows a group of misfit kids as they search for buried treasure in a subterranean cavern. Here they cross the path of lady criminal Mama Fratelli and her outlaw brood. Fortunately, the kids manage to befriend Fratelli’s hideously deformed (but soft-hearted) son, who comes to their rescue.

Super 8 – In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witnesses a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon they suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local deputy tries to uncover the truth, something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

Audiobooks
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut– part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

Book of Lost Things by John Connolly – Mourning the loss of his mother, David finds comfort in the books she left behind. But soon the make-believe world of the books melds with David’s reality, and the figments of his imagination become startlingly real. Suddenly, he finds himself in a brutal land populated by trolls, harpies, and werewolf-like creatures. His only hope is to find the king, whose Book of Lost Things could show David the way home.

It by Stephen King – They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they were grown-up men and women who had gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them could withstand the force that drew them back to Derry, Maine to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey – Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.” Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be taken to class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

 

All images and summaries taken from catal0g.ccls.org.

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New Releases 10/31

Movies
The Dark Tower
Person to Person
Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive
Josef Mengele: Hunting a Nazi Criminal
The Gene Doctors 

T.V. Series
Humans, Series 2

Music
Wake Up Call by Theory of a Deadman
Christmas/Live in Phoenix by For King & Country
Meaning of Life by Kelly Clarkson
Nat ‘King’ Cole & Me by Gregory Porter

Audiobooks
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

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Jamie’s Staff Picks for October

The Guestthe guest

Summary: A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

One of my favorite movies for Halloween! This movie isn’t really scary (which is probably one of the reasons why I like it), but it plays on horror movie tropes in the best way. Dan Stevens is decidedly not the Dan Stevens you know from Downton Abbey in this movie, and I think I love him more this way. His character has a Midwestern drawl, never seems to blink, is unfailingly charming in a creepy way, and is a Bond-worthy action villain. I also love Maika Monroe in this movie, and the way that it employs the “kids solve the mystery” trope from sci-fi and adventure movies, even if this movie is really not for kids and Monroe’s character isn’t really a kid (but she’s not the parent! And that’s all that matters). The way the soundtrack is woven into the film is fantastic, but if you don’t think you’d like lots of pulsing ’80s-esque electronica, then you may not enjoy it. I highly recommend this as background viewing while you answer the door for trick-or-treaters.

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Old 97’s

This newer release from the Old 97’s has their signature rockabilly sound but the lyrics are generally much darker than their usual fare. Still a highly enjoyable, solid record from this group that has been at it for so long! Rhett Miller is one of the best frontmen in the business.

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New Releases 10/24

Movies
Personal Shopper
War for the Planet of the Apes
The Emoji Movie
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Annabelle: Creation
The Good Catholic
The Meat Lobby: Big Business Against Health
Everybody Knows: Elizabeth Murray

T.V. Series
Midsomer Murders, Series 19 Part 2
The Durrells in Corfu, Season 2
Vera, Set 7

Music
When was the Last Time by Darius Rucker
Warmer in the Winter by Lindsey Stirling
It’s Finally Christmas by Casting Crows
Losing Sleep by Chris Young
Fatherland by Kele Okereke
Let It Snow by 98 Degrees
Echo in the Valley by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Under the Streetlight by Boyz II Men
Placido Domingo & Friends Celebrate Christmas in Vienna by Placido Domingo
Flicker by Niall Horan

Audiobooks
Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer
Mind Game by Iris Johansen

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New Releases 10/17

Moviesspiderman
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Girls Trip
Lady Macbeth
Landline
Shot Caller
The Real Story: Saving Private Ryan
America: Promised Land
The Skyjacker’s Tale
Farewell Ferris Wheelthe collection

TV Series
The Collection
Marcella, Season 1
American Gods, Season 1

Music
Beautiful Trama by P!nk
Colors by Beck
Add Violence by Nine Inch Nailspink
Queens of the Breakers by The Barr Brothers
WOW Christmas Volume 1
Carry Fire by Robert Plant
Mr. Davis by Gucci Mane
Christmas Together by The Tenors
Our Christmas Wish by The Ten Tenors

Audiobooks
Deep Freeze by John Sandfordit devours
It Devours! by Joseph Fink
Killing Season by Faye Kellerman
Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods
Endurance by Scott Kelly
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

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