Free YA Audiobooks Week Four

It’s Week Four of SYNC’s YA audiobook giveaway!

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 17th. The current titles are available until June 2nd, and while the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

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Every Last Word
By Tamara Ireland Stone
Read by Amy Rubinate
Published by Ideal Audiobooks

Summary: Consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off, a girl coping with Purely-Obsessional OCD learns to accept herself and take control of her life through her experiences in poetry club.

 

Egg and Spoon
By Gregory Maguire
Read by Michael Page
Published by Brilliance Audio

Summary: An impoverished Russian country girl Elena Rudina and the aristocratic Ekatrina meet and set in motion an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and the witch Baba Yaga.

 

Downloading Tips:
The OverDrive Media Console will deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you via Overdrive Media Software installed on your computer (compatible with Windows and Mac) or through an Overdrive App on your mobile device (compatible with iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

All summaries are from http://catalog.ccls.org/.

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New Releases 5/24

Movies
Krampuskrampus
Ride Along 2
The Finest Hours
How to Be Single
Zoolander No. 2
Risen
The Eleventh Hour
Memoria
La Jaula De Oro
1916: The Irish Rebellion call the midwife s5

T.V. Shows
Major Crimes, Season 4
Call the Midwife, Season 5

Music
I Still Do by Eric Clapton
Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande
If I’m Honest by Blake Shelton
All We Will Become by Mishadangerous woman
Por Favor by Brett Dennen
Ziggy Marley by Ziggy Marley
2 by Mudcrutch
Chapters by Yuna
Fallen Angels by Bob Dylan
Strangers by Marissa Nadler
Vinyl: The Essentials: The Best of Season 1

Audiobooksann leary children
The Children by Ann Leary
Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Patriots by David Fisher
Tribe by Sebastian Junger

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Three

It’s Week Three of SYNC’s YA audiobook giveaway!

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 17th. The current titles are available until May 26th, and while the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

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100 Sideways Miles
By Andrew Smith
Read by Kirby Heyborne
Published by Tantor Media

Summary: Finn Easton, sixteen and epileptic, struggles to feel like more than just a character in his father’s cult-classic novels with the help of his best friend, Cade Hernandez, and first love, Julia, until Julia moves away.

 

This Boy’s Life
By Tobias Wolff
Read by Oliver Wyman
Published by HighBridge Audio

Summary: In this unforgettable memoir of boyhood in the 1950s, we meet the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his father and brother, Toby and his mother are constantly on the move. Between themselves they develop an almost telepathic trust that sees them through their wanderings from Florida to a small town in Washington State. Fighting for identity and self-respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather, Toby’s growing up is at once poignant and comical. His various schemes–running away to Alaska, forging cheeks, and stealing cars–lead eventually to an act of outrageous self-invention that releases him into a new world of possibility.

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Downloading Tips:
The OverDrive Media Console will deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you via Overdrive Media Software installed on your computer (compatible with Windows and Mac) or through an Overdrive App on your mobile device (compatible with iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

All summaries are from http://catalog.ccls.org/.

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If You Enjoyed…

joy dvdJoy has been highly anticipated ever since its Christmas release. Although the film received mixed reviews, there is still quite a hold list for the film. Perhaps it was the sudden popularity of biopics (despite the genre being around for quite some time) or the dynamic duo, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, that had viewers hooked. Regardless, if you’re still craving more, or you’re waiting for your hold to arrive, check out the list below of Movies, T.V. shows, and Audiobooks that are similar to the biopic of Joy Mangano, a self-made entrepreneur and creator of the “Miracle Mop.”

Movies

American Hustle– The duo, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, have been gracing our screens for what seems like years; no doubt, because of their on and off screen chemistry. If you enjoyed Joy because of the duo’s work, check out American Hustle. A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle is the story of brilliant con man, Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso.

The Social Network– On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

Erin Brockovich– In Joy, Jennifer Lawrence is praised for her portrayal of a strong and independent woman. Check out Erin Brockovich, for a similar story of a single mother trying to make her way in the world. Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation. Erin’s determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.

T.V. Shows

Mad Men– In the glamorous and ego-driven world of advertising, everyone is selling something and nothing is ever what it seems. Set in 1960 New York, this series reveals the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue’s “Golden Age,” where key players make an art of the sell while their private world gets sold. And no one plays the game better than Don Draper, the biggest ad man–and ladies’ man–in the business.

Halt and Catch Fire– A former IBM executive, Joe MacMillan plans to reverse engineer the flagship product of his former employer and forces his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. MacMillan enlists the help of Gordon Clark, a once great engineer who dreams of creating a revolutionary product while trying to manage his initially unsupportive wife Donna, and Cameron Howe, a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillan’s rogue PC project.

Audiobooks

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty– Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell– A moving and hilarious tale of a marriage on the brink, and one woman’s chance to either save it or make sure it never happens.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson– Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years, as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues, the author has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. Check out the movie adaptation of Steve Jobs’ biography, featuring Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs.

 

Summaries taken from catalog.ccls.org.

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New Releases 5/17

Moviesdirty grandpa
Dirty Grandpa
The Witch
No Letting Go
The Program
Theeb

T.V. Shows
Mr. Selfridge, Season 4
Orange is the New Black, Season 3

Music thank you
Thank You by Meghan Trainor
The Wild Swan by Foy Vance
The Heart Speaks in Whispers by Corinne Bailey Rae
Luzia by Cirque Du Soleil

Audiobooks
Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Mercy by Daniel Palmer and Michael Palmer
Boar Island by Nevada Barr
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
Blood Flag by Steve Martinibeyond the ice limit
The Fireman by Joe Hill
Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
The Highway Man by Craig Johnson

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Two

It’s Week Two of SYNC’s YA audiobook giveaway!

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 17th. The current titles are available until May 19th, and while the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

Download this week’s pairing of free YA audiobooks!

The Sin Eater’s Daughter
By Melinda Salisbury
Read by Amy Shiels
Published by Scholastic

Summary: For four years sixteen-year-old Twylla has lived in the castle of Lormere, the goddess-embodied, whose touch can poison and kill, and hence the Queen’s executioner–but when Prince Merek, her betrothed, who is immune to her touch returns to the kingdom she finds herself caught up in palace intrigues, unsure if she can trust him or the bodyguard who claims to love her.

 

Divine Collision: An African Boy, An American Lawyer, And Their Remarkable Battle For Freedom
By Jim Gash
Read by Brandon Batchelar
Published by Oasis Audio

Summary: “Was I just a do-gooder tourist, or was I willing to personally invest in the sixteen-year-old Ugandan prisoner into whose eyes I was looking?” Jim Gash asks himself. The unlikely friendship of Jim and Henry and their unrelenting persistence reforms Uganda’s criminal justice system, leaving a lasting impact on hundreds of thousands of lives. Divine Collision attests that relationships can supersede circumstance, culture, and the walls we often hide behind.

 

Downloading Tips:
The OverDrive Media Console will deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you via Overdrive Media Software installed on your computer (compatible with Windows and Mac) or through an Overdrive App on your mobile device (compatible with iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

All summaries are from http://catalog.ccls.org/.

 

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The League of Alternate Superstars: Janet Leigh (1927-2004)

Janet Leigh was the object of desire and murderous rage in a scene that might be equaled but not surpassed in cinema history. She was on the cover of the June 25, 1951 issue of Life.  She was a leading lady throughout the 1950s.  Her resume from 1958 to 1963 was exemplary.  So it is surprising that other than in Ian Haydn Smith’s Movie Star Chronicles (2015), Janet Leigh is rarely included in books about top Hollywood stars.  Even David Shipman’s estimable The Great Movie Stars:  The International Years, which includes Tab Hunter and Louise Fletcher, fails to include her.  Or is Leigh’s omission that odd?  Most stars, even superstars, hardly ever make quality and successful movies for more than a decade.  Some just have better publicity mills, agents and personal managers.scaramouche

Janet Leigh’s screen debut came in The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947), a successful MGM production. Apparently MGM’s “first lady of the screen” Norma Shearer, although retired, opened the door for her.  Leigh played Meg opposite Elizabeth Taylor, June Allyson and Margaret O’Brien in the MGM remake of Little Women (1949).  In 1951 she married soon-to-be film heartthrob Tony Curtis (divorced 1962).  Soon they were co-starring in the biopic Houdini (1953) and The Prince Who Was a Thief (1954), a typical sword and sandals mini-epic from Universal.  A larger scale and better swashbuckling outing was Scaramouche (1953), in which Leigh co-starred with Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker and Mel Ferrer in a film set at the time of the French Revolution.  In 1954 she encountered Norse marauders in Prince Valiant (“Ooh, father’s right about those blasted Vikings!” she exclaimed.)  She’d find herself even more vexed by those medieval ruffians later in the decade. The Naked Spur (1953) with James Stewart, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker and Millard Mitchell was a rough western now regarded as a classic.  Leigh’s hair was cut and she played dirty, refusing to believe Ryan’s character Vandergroat was a killer.   the vikings

Although shooting had started in 1953, RKO’s production head Howard Hughes tampered with it so much Jet Pilot wasn’t released until 1957.  This is probably Leigh’s second oddest movie.  She played a Russian spy cum jet pilot opposite John Wayne. 

Leigh’s golden age began with another introduction to sea rovers in The Vikings (1958).  Filmed on location on and near European shores and castles for Kirk Douglas’ Bryna Productions, this rousing adventure is one of the few serious feature films about the infamous medieval Scandinavian seafarers.  Janet played Morgana, captured by Kirk Douglas’s Einar and saved in the nick of time by Erik (husband Tony).

The same year found her in what is generally regarded as the last entry in film noir’s golden era, Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958).  Leigh was Charlton Heston’s much put upon wife, kidnapped and sequestered in a motel (!) managed by a goofy manager (!) played not by Anthony Perkins but by Dennis Weaver.Perfect Furlough

The Perfect Furlough was also 1958 and again Leigh co-starred with husband Tony. It was a typical service comedy of the era.  (See also Imitation General, Don’t Go Near the Water, It Started with a Kiss, Operation Mad Ball).

In Who Was That Lady? (1960) Janet played Curtis’ wife who thought he was having an affair.  Dean Martin made things worse with his loopy advice, and the FBI and Soviet spies muddied the waters.  Looking back, the subtext might be Cold War paranoia.  It’s a hoot.

Psycho (1960) was unusual in many ways.  Director Alfred Hitchcock used his TV crew, filmed in black & white, and killed off Marianpsycho (Leigh) half way into the film.  The shower sequence became famous, and Leigh’s screaming face to the screeching violins of composer Bernard Herrmann’s became iconic.

In John Frankenheimer’s highly-regarded Cold War suspense film, The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Leigh co-starred with Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey.

Bye Bye Birdie (1963) featured Leigh in a black wig, perhaps to contrast with Ann-Margret’s  redhead.  She’d graced the cover of Life again on August 10, 1962, atop her head a succession of fezes she wore in one of the film’s dance numbers.

Some of her future ‘60s films were not without some quality or interest, e.g., Wives and Lovers, Harper.  Competing with Jet Pilot as her oddest outing, as it must have also been for Stuart Whitman and Rory Calhoun, was Night of the Lepus (1972).  Surprisingly, it does generate chills and has the immortal line from a state troope using his bullhorn to warn a drive-in audience, “There is a herd of killer rabbits heading this way.”

Leigh seems to have curtailed film work to tend to her children, Jamie Lee and Kelly Curtis.  She appeared with Jamie in The Fog (1980) and 18 years later in Halloween H2O (1998).  In between she wrote There Really Was a Hollywood (1984).  Later in life she attended film conventions, including FANEX outside Baltimore in 2000.

By Kim

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If You Enjoyed…

the nestThe Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney was released this past March, and copies are still flying off of the shelves. The Nest is a perfect audiobook to kick of to this coming summer (despite the gloomy weather that doesn’t seem to want to go away), but if you’ve already finished it, or you’re waiting for your copy on hold, check out the list below of audiobooks, movies, and T.V. shows that are similar to Sweeney’s work.

Audiobooks
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield– A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  Equal parts homage to Jane Austen and bold literary experiment, Eligible is a brilliant, playful, and delicious saga for the twenty-first century.

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown– The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home to care for their ailing mother, and to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. But the sisters soon discover that everything they’ve been running from might offer more than they ever expected.

The Vacationer’s by Emma Straub– For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their 35th wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead– Winn Van Meter has a Harvard education, membership in all the right clubs, a pedigreed wife, and a tastefully understated summer home on a pristine New England island where the wedding of his eldest daughter, Daphne, is about to take place. The weather is idyllic and so, it would seem, is the gathering. But the three-day wedding weekend soon turns into a complete social disaster in every way imaginable.

Movies
This is Where I Leave You– When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide. The film was based off of a novel of the same name by Johnathan Tropper.

August: Osage County– The dark, hilarious, and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. August: Osage County was based off of a play by Tracy Letts.

Little Miss Sunshine– Olive is a little girl who dreams of winning the Little Miss Sunshine contest. Her family wants her dream to come true, but they are so dysfunctional that they can barely make it through a day without some disaster befalling them. Olive’s father, Richard, is unsuccessful as a motivational speaker. He is barely on speaking terms with Olive’s mother. Her uncle Frank has attempted suicide following an unsuccessful romance with a male graduate student. Her brother Dwayne, a fanatical follower of Nietzsche, has taken a vow of silence. And Olive’s grandfather is a loser with a drug habit, but at least he enthusiastically coaches Olive in her contest talent routine. Circumstances conspire to put the entire family on the road together with the goal of getting Olive to the Little Miss Sunshine contest in California.

T.V. Shows
Parenthood– Follows four grown siblings of the far-from-perfect Braverman clan as they try to balance kids and careers, dreams and commitments, and romance or a total lack thereof. Join some of the best actors on television for a genuinely funny and heartwarming journey through the most challenging and rewarding role of a lifetime: being a parent.

Gilmore Girls– Lorelai and Rory are a mother and daughter who are sharing life’s ups and downs in a small town in Connecticut. This heartfelt, humorous drama appeals to young and old alike with it’s blend of traditional family issues and hip attitude.

The Affair– It explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher and novelist who is happily married, but resents his dependence on his wealthy father-in-law. Alison is a young waitress trying to piece her life and marriage back together in the wake of a tragedy. The provocative drama unfolds when Alison and Noah meet in Montauk at the end of Long Island.

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New Releases 5/10

Moviesdeadpool
Deadpool
Where to Invade Next
Regression
Wildlike
El Boxeo
Ecuador: The Royal Tour

T.V. Seriesbeauty and the beast s3
War & Peace
Beauty and the Beast, Season 3

Music
Ripcord by Keith Urban
You Should Be Here by Cole Swindell
Lemonade by Beyonce
The Shadow Side by Andy Blacklemonade
Divides by The Virginmarys
Top of the Line by Rittz
At Night, Alone by Mike Posner
Detour by Cyndi Lauper
The Blackberry Train by James McCartney
Things That We Are Made Of by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Latina by Thalialarose
Boxes by the Goo Goo Dolls
Twenty88 by Twenty88

Audiobooks
Larose by Louise Erdrich
Troublemaker by Linda Howard

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Band Names Derived from Literature

As strange as this may sound, I am fascinated by band names; or, more specifically, the reasoning behind the name. Recently, I’ve come across the realization that several bands have ties to many books, plays, or poems within their nomenclature. I put together a list of bands that were inspired by, or borrowed from, literature. I hope you are just as fascinated as I am.

Twenty One Pilots– front-man, Tyler Joseph, was inspired by the Arthur Miller play “All My Sons,” where the main character is responsible for the death of 21 pilots

Of Mice & Men– derived from the John Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men

Modest Mouse– taken from a passage within Virginia Woolf’s short story “A Mark on the Wall”

My Chemical Romance– bassist of the band, Mikey Way, was inspired by the Irvine Welsh novel titled Five Tales of Chemical Romance; his brother, the lead vocalist, added “My” to the term

As I Lay Dying– derived from William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying

The Doors– derived from Aldous Huxley’s essay “The Doors of Perception”

The Velvet Underground– derived from Michael Leigh’s novel The Velvet Underground

Atreyu– the band is named after a character within The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Avenged Sevenfold– the name is taken from a passage as seen in The Book of Genesis

Devil Wears Prada– derived from The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Joy Division– the band is named after a particular wing of a Nazi concentration camp mentioned in House of Dolls by Ka-tzetnik 135633

Saving Abel– the band borrowed from the story of Cain and Abel as seen in The Book of Genesis

Toto– named after Dorothy’s dog featured in L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz

Iron Maiden– front-man, Steve Harris, borrowed the name of the torture device as seen in the movie The Man in the Iron Mask, which is loosely based off of Alexandre Dumas’s novel of the same name

Steely Dan– a name borrowed from William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch

Coldplay originally called “Starfish,” Coldplay adopted the name of a friend’s band inspired by a book of collected poems called Child’s Reflections: Cold Play

Belle & Sebastian– inspired by the French children’s book Belle et Sébastien by Cécile Aubry

Black Crowes– the band originally named themselves “Mr. Crowe’s Garden” after their favorite children’s book Johnny Crow’s Garden by Leonard Leslie Brookes; they eventually renamed upon the suggestion of their producer

Although the following bands used a dictionary, I still wanted to include them:
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Grateful Dead

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