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Bohemian Rhapsody
Nobody’s Fool
The Front Runner
A Star is Born
Robin Hood
Overlord
The Happy Prince
At Eternity’s Gate
Documenting Hate
Narcissister Organ Player
Cut: Exposing FGM Worldwide

TV SeriesHead Above Water 2
Nightflyers season 1
American Vandal season 1
Ackley Bridge series 2
Channel Zero: Dream Door season 4
Doctor Who: Resolution

Music
A Symphony of Hits by Michael Bolton
H.E.R. by H.E.R.
Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande
Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne
Can’t Say I Ain’t Country by Florida Georgia LineThe Chef James Patterson
Live In London by Mavis Staples
Cascadia by Said the Whale

Audiobooks
The Chef by James Patterson & Max Dilallo

Audiobook Spotlight: A Natural Woman

Fans of thoughtful romance novels—and those looking to get in the Valentine’s Day spirit—will want to check out Lori Johnson’s second novel, A Natural Woman. Anthropology professor Aliesha Eaton has just moved from Chicago to a sleepy southern college town, and is looking for a barber that can handle her prized natural hairdo. She finds this and more in Dante, a handsome and intelligent guy with a great taste in music and a copy of natural womanKafka’s Metamorphosis in his pocket. Sparks fly between the two almost immediately, but a series of problems crops up just as quick. The first is Aliesha’s current boyfriend, the kind but lukewarm Javiel, who’s pressing Aliesha for a deeper commitment. Then there’s her ex, who seems to still be holding the torch for her, despite being dumped long ago. And Dante has his reservations as well—after spending a night with Aliesha, he vanishes without a trace. Will their undeniable chemistry draw Dante out of hiding and bring them back together? Or will Aliesha have to find a new boyfriend and a new barber?

Johnson’s thoughtful dialogue and fun characters come together to create a contemporary romance that shouldn’t be missed. With RBDigital, you can listen to it any time, for free—no need to place a hold or join a waitlist. Check it out today!

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By Emily

Staff Picks February 2019

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Dragana’s Picks

Movie: Searching

searchingHow do you learn about and use social media to get to know your daughter’s life and to trace her last steps before she went missing? Excellent!

Audiobook: Therese Raquin by Emile Zolatherese raquin

French classic, very well depicted characters, as in all Zola’s books. About love, duty, greed, death. A must read. You may want to watch the movie “In Secret”, made in 2013, starring Jessica Lang.

Emily’s Picks

Movie: The Princess Bride

Full of humor and heart, infectiously charming and probably the most quotable movie of princess brideall time. A little boy in bed with a cold is visited by his grandfather, who reads him a bedtime story that has everything– swordfights, giants, poison, rodents of unusual size,and above all, true love.

CD: Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo

Although usually a favorite on people’s Halloween playlists, this is dead mans partytruly a great album for all year round. Not only does it include some of frontman Danny Elfman and co.’s more notable hits (“Weird Science” and the titular “Dead Man’s Party”) but also some lesser-known but equally fun and danceable tunes– my personal favorite is “No One Lives Forever.”

Jessie’s Picks

Movie: Legally Blonde

legally blonde“When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined.”FionaAppleTidal

CD: Tidal by Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple’s debut album is a must-listen for fans of Tori Amos and Regina Spektor. This album includes her hit song “Criminal.”

Kim’s Picks

Movie: You Can’t Take it With You

A multi-millionaire corporate bigwig finds his plans to crush a rival by buying up blocks of NYC residential housing foiled by a family of eccentrics.  This 1938 Academy Award-you cant take itwinning film is still a joy, a screwball comedy to which director Frank Capra adds a social conscience.  Lionel Barrymore perfectly fits the role of harmonica-playing wise man, Edward Arnold is his typical blustering self, James Stewart speaks truth to power in the person of his father, and top-billed Jean Arthur continues her sterling career as an ingratiating, independent working woman.  She and Stewart would be paired the following year in Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Audiobook: How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomerygood creature

The author of The Soul of an Octopus reads her latest book describing the insights she’s discovered via pets (a Scottie, more than one Border Collies, a pig) and animals she’s studied in the wild (Australian emus, a Goliath tarantula, octopuses, tree kangaroos)

Mary’s Picks

Movie: The Help

“Mississippi during the 1960s: Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college the helpdetermined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community.” dreamcatcher

CD: Dreamcatcher by Secret Garden

A collection of the Eurovision-winning band’s greatest hits.

Stephanie’s Picks

Movie: The Hate U Give

“Starr Carter navigates the perilous waters between her poor, black neighborhood and hate u giveher prestigious, mainly white private school. This all changes when she finds herself in the middle of racial activism after her best friend is shot by police officers, and she’s forced to make a decision. Allow the media to skewer her friend to protect the status quo, or stand up and tell the truth in memory of Khalil?”

CD: After the Disco by Broken BellsAfter_The_Disco_Cover

An alternative rock album from a few years ago, Broken Bells recorded After the Disco with a four-piece choir and a seventeen-piece orchestra. Dreamy vocals and catchy melodies.

All quoted summaries by catalog.ccls.org .

 

Audiobook Spotlight: Passing

Kick off this Black History Month by checking out a seminal novel by one of the Harlem Renaissance’s premier writers, Nella Larsen. Passing follows the story of two black women, Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield, whose fair skin allows them to pass for white. Clare is married to a white man, but keeps her heritage a secret from him, and has severed all ties to her past and her community. Irene, on the other hand, still lives withinpassing the African American community, but refuses to accept that racism exists, or that she and her loved ones might be affected by it. But when a coincidence brings the two women together, they are forced to confront not only the ugly truth of their respective situations, but also the lies they have told and the deep fears they keep hidden within themselves.

Published in 1929, Passing was the less-popular follow up to Larsen’s first novel, Quicksand. Yet its themes of internalized and externalized racism, identity, and the constrictions of society remain poignant and timely to this day. This essential piece of literature is available to listen to now on RBDigital— no need to wait or place a hold. Start listening today!

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By Emily

New Releases

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The Sisters Brothers
The Girl in the Spider’s Web
The Grinch
A Private War
Widows
Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer
Shine
My Dinner With Herve
A Caribbean Dream
Father’s Kingdom
Bachi-Ki-Do: The New Way of Martial Arts
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
The Guilty

TV SeriesSongplay Joyce DiDonato
The Deuce season 2
800 Words season 3 part 2

Music
Vida by Luis Fonsi
Now That’s What I Call Music 20th Anniversary Volume 2 by various artists
Now That’s What I Call Music 69 by various artists
Seasons by American Authors
Gallipoli by Beirut
Songplay by Joyce DiDonato

Audiobooks
Connections In Death by J. D. Robb

Audiobook Spotlight: Outlander

Fans of the Starz television series of the same name, as well as lovers of fantasy, history, and romance books will surely love this landmark novel: the thrilling intersection of all three genres, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall outlander coverand her husband take a second honeymoon, glad to be reunited after World War II. However, when she touches a boulder in a mysterious stone ruin, Claire becomes separated from him again—not by distance, but by time. Claire finds herself transported to Scotland in the year 1743. Caught in the throes of a very different war, she is rescued from sinister British troops by a clan of Highlanders. She adjusts fairly well to life in the past, using her nursing skills to treat the ailments of her rescuers, all the while biding her time until she can return to the circle of stones. However, before she can escape, circumstances force her into a marriage to the handsome and passionate Jamie Fraser. Will Clare ever find her way back to her own time? Or has fate somehow tied her to Jamie and to Clan MacKenzie? And if that’s the case, will she want to go home at all?

Since it was first published in 1991, Outlander has been beloved by thousands of readers and critics alike. The Book List Review calls it, “escape fiction at its best,” and Publishers Weekly deems it “compulsively readable.” If you have seen the TV series and want to read the books that inspired it, or if you’re a longtime fan who wants to reread the whole thing from the beginning, or even if you just want to see what all the buzz is about, be sure to listen to this audiobook (along with the rest of the Outlander series) on RBDigital. There you can enjoy it right away, no need to place a hold or join a waitlist!

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By Emily

Hollywood Clichés That Died in the Sixties

The 1960s was a decade of rapid change in the social, political, scientific and just about any realm you can identify.  Hollywood was not immune, and some themes, clichés if you will, disappeared.  These included:

  1.   Negligees had been a staple garment for actresses fleeing monsters and psychos screaming skull posterfor decades.  In the 1950s, with the plethora of horror and science fiction films filling theater and drive-in screens, it became de rigeur for heroines to rise in the night and traipse around the manse to investigate strange sounds and naturally encounter The Screaming Skull or an man on the prowl postererstwhile hubby transformed into an alien in I Married a Monster from Outer Space.  Mala Powers might be described as the “Queen of Negligees.”  See The Unknown Terror (1957), Man on the Prowl (1957) and The Colossus of New York (1958).

 

2.Freshwater swim scenes.  Think Natalie Wood in This Property Is Condemned (1966) but more often westerns, with wagon trains stopping at waterholes.  In what would now be considered sexist (although Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda splashed around n wood property condemnedin 1965’s The Rounders and Omar Sharif did the same in 1969’s Mackenna’s Gold) the leading lady took a dip (what about snakes?) and might have had her drying duds stolen from the bushes.  See Virginia Mayo in The Tall Stranger (1957), Maria Schell in Cimarron (1960), Joan O’Brien in Six Black Horses (1962), Sue Ane Langdon in The Rounders (1965), and Rosemary Forsyth in Texas Across the River (1966).

 

  1. Men’s Hats.  Nineteen-sixty-eight was key.  Recall that gangsters, G-men, and every well-dressed gentleman sported a fedora through the decades.  The revolution occurred in 1968.  Observe Frank Sinatra in The Detective, Richard Widmark in Madigan, Clint Eastwood in Coogan’s Bluff, and Steve McQueen in Bullitt.  In the first two, headlined by older actors and taking place in New York, fedoras were still worn.  Consider the second two, with younger stars using San Francisco as the locale.  In Coogan’s Bluff Eastwood begins with a Stetson but loses it during a fight bullittin NYC.  (As if combating the change, Lee J. Cobb’s chief of detectives still wears a fedora even when sitting behind his desk!)  In Bullitt, McQueen wears no headgear.  (Is it coincidence or design that McQueen only wore hats in westerns and war films?  Did his contracts specify that he’d go hatless in all contemporary films, including Love with the Proper Stranger, The Cincinnati Kid, and The Thomas Crown Affair?)  The transformation from hat to hatless is complete when Eastwood plays Dirty Harry in 1971.  Rewind to ’68 for a non-police movie, Charly.  As the mentally impaired title character, Cliff Robertson (winning an Academy Award) begins and continues hatless when he’s temporarily cured.  When he reverts to his original state, he’s equipped with a gnarly chapeau.  Note that some modern filmmakers flaunt convention and commit faux pas.  A. Confidential (1997) is set in 1953 but the detectives eschew hats.

 

  1. Home bars.  Just how many sixties comedies featured liquor dispensers in the living boys night out barrooms and apartments of Doris Day, Rock Hudson, James Garner, Rod Taylor, and Jane Fonda?  Sometimes there are young children roaming around.  See Boys Night Out (1962), Sunday in New York (1963), and The Thrill of It All (1963).

 

  1.   Biblical and historical epics were replete with loungers.  Think Claudette Colbert in The Sign of the Cross (1932) and Cleopatra (1934), Hedy Lamarr in Samson and david and bathshebaDelilah (1949), and Rhonda Fleming in Serpent of the Nile (1952).  They all reclined on day beds, aka chaise lounges, to vamp the leading man.  The queen of loungers must be Susan Hayward.  See David and Bathsheba (1951), Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954), and The Conqueror (1956).  Curiously, for the 1963 version of Cleopatra, New York City’s Rivoli Theater marquee, the soundtrack album, and the main poster cleopatra loungingfeature Elizabeth Taylor in lounging attire while Rex Harrison and Richard Burton look over her shoulder, but in the movie the only true lounging scene has the Queen of the Nile’s maidservants gathered around her as Caesar enters post-bath.  With the decline in ancient world epics after the failure of The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) to rake in big profits, lounging became an obsolete activity.

 

By Kim

Audiobook Spotlight: The Milk Lady of Bangalore

Those looking for a tale of unlikely friendship need look no further than Shoba Narayan’s warm and wonderfully funny true story, The Milk Lady of Bangalore . In it, Narayan, a Manhattan writer and cookbook author, moves back to her home country of India to be closer to her aging parents. There she befriends the local milk lady, Sarala, bonding with her over food, family, and the fresh milk that she buys from her every day. But when Narayan offers to buy Sarala a new cow, and the two of them begin their search for just milk ladythe right one, their friendship deepens into something more complex, and often laugh-out-loud funny. Along the way they encounter bus crashes, housewarming ceremonies where a cow is the guest of honor, and cow urine tablets that are meant to prevent strange dreams. Narayan’s book leads readers to explore not only the joys and complexities of female friendship, but also the cultural presence and significance of the sacred cow in Indian culture, and how we are all connected on a universal level to both animals and food.

Kirkus Review calls The Milk Lady of Bangalore “[a] witty and tender story,” and raves: “Narayan’s rich and evocative writing transports readers to the busy streets of Bangalore and a fully formed picture of modern India.” Don’t wait to follow Narayan and her new friend into their unexpected adventure—listen to this book now on RBDigital!

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By Emily

New Releases

Moviesthe old man and the gun
The Old Man & the Gun
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Halloween
The Bookshop
First Man
The Hate U Give
Madeline’s Madeline
After Darkness
Still
Jonathan
A Boy. A Girl. A Dream
Speed Kills
Johnny English Strikes Again
Tintoretto

Musicrattlesnake neyla pekarek
Magnolia by Randy Houser
One Night Only by Gregory Porter
Stokeley by Ski Mask The Slump God
Songs For Carmella: Lullabies & Sing-A-Longs by Christina Perri
Heard It In A Past Life by Maggie Rogers
Lost At Sea II by Birdman & Jacquees
Native Tongue by Switchfoot
Ain’t Nothin’ To It by Cody Johnson
Outer Peace by Toro Y Moi
A Real Good Kid by Mike Posner
Wow Gospel 2019 by various artists
Fool by Joe Jackson
The Duets by Ronnie Milsap
Who Do You Trust? by Papa Roach
Rattlesnake by Neyla Pekarek

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Liar Liar by James Patterson & Candice Fox
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke
Daughter Of War by Brad Taylor
Turning Point by Danielle Steel
Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz
Summoned To The Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
The Rule Of Law by John Lescroart
The Suspect by Fiona Barton
The Golden Tresses Of The Dead by Alan Bradley
Crucible by James Rollins
The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer & Josh Mensch
The 6 Keys by Jillian Michaels & Myatt Murphy