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2018 Academy Awards

2018 Academy Awards

Here is a summarized list of the 2018 Academy Award winners and nominees with links to their films in the library catalog (if available at this time). The full list of nominees and winners can be viewed here.

Best Picture

The Shape of Water (winner)
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Actor in a Leading Role

Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour (winner)
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel Esq.

Actor in a Supporting Role

Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (winner)
Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World

Actress in a Leading Role

Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (winner)
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Meryl Streep – The Post

Actress in a Supporting Role

Allison Janney – I, Tonya (winner)
Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Animated Feature Film

Coco (winner)
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent


Blade Runner 2049 (winner)
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water


Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water (winner)
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread

Documentary (Feature)

Icarus (winner)
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman (winner)
The Insult
On Body and Soul
The Square

Music (Original Score)

Alexandre Desplat – The Shape of Water (winner)
Hans Zimmer – Dunkirk
Johnny Greenwood – Phantom Thread
John Williams – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Carter Burwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Music (Original Song)

“Remember Me” – Coco (winner)
“Might River” – Mudbound
“Mystery of Love” – Call Me By Your Name
“Stand Up For Something” – Marshall
“This is Me” – The Greatest Showman

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

James Ivory – Call Me By Your Name (winner)
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber – The Disaster Artist
Scott Frank, James Mangold & Michael Green – Logan
Aaron Sorkin – Molly’s Game
Virgil Williams & Dee Rees – Mudbound

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Jordan Peele – Get Out (winner)
Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor – The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


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February Staff Picks

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Dragana’s Picks

The-Circle-2017-movie-posterMovie: The Circle

“When Mae is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey, to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.”

Audiobook: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbertsignature

“Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker, a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry’s brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father’s money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself.”

Jamie’s Picks

silver linings playbookMovie: Silver Linings Playbook

An offbeat romantic comedy about two individuals struggling with loss and mental health issues. Even with the somewhat heavy subject, this movie is very funny! Filmed in locations around Upper Darby and Landsdowne and includes much Eagles pride!

CD: Chris Thile – Thanks for Listeningthanks for listening

A compilation of topical songs that Thile wrote for the “Song of the Week” segment of A Prairie Home Companion. Timely lyrics paired with Thile’s complex bluegrass/pop compositions. I recommend a few listens to let it sink in!

Jessie’s Picks

mr and mrs smithMovie: Mr. & Mrs. Smith

One of the best Action/Romance movies! Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star in this movie as rival hitmen that married without knowing the other’s true occupation. Chaos and romance occur when they find out the truth about each other.

CD: The Cranberries – Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?Everybody_else_is_doing_it_so_why_can't_we_(album_cover)

This is the debut album of The Cranberries and has the hits “Linger” and “Dreams.” The whole album is full of great songs. The celtic influences and the late, great Dolores O’Riordan’s voice make this album a must-listen. My other favorite Cranberries album is “No Need to Argue,” which includes “Zombie” and “Daffodil Lament.”

Kim’s Picks

one-eyed-jacks.64315Movie: One-Eyed Jacks

In 1880 Rio (Marlon Brando) and Dad Longworth (Karl Malden) rob a Mexican bank but are cornered on a mesa by the Rurales.  Dad takes their only horse, promising to return, but he doesn’t and Rio spends years in a hellish prison.  Vowing vengeance, he escapes and finds Dad a respectable family man and sheriff of Monterey, California.  Revenge remains on Rio’s mind, and like virtually every character in the film he dishes out and becomes a victim of lies.  Marlon Brando took over from Stanley Kubrick and others to direct this 1961 minimally-flawed western masterpiece restored for the Criterion Collection.

Audiobook: Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waterscoming to my senses

Founder (1971) of the now iconic Chez Panisse, Waters traces her life from her youth in New Jersey to her Eureka! moment discovering French cuisine on the ground in France and dreaming of duplicating the experience back home in Berkeley, California, hotbed of the Free Speech Movement and liberal causes brought to a head by the Vietnam war.  Waters succeeded.  Her locally grown, organic products and preparation attracted a broad clientele, including such film directors as Coppola, Rossellini and Godard.  Like Julia Child’s books, Coming to My Senses creates a desire to eat and drink the French, or here, the California way.

Mary’s Picks

poldarkTV Series: Poldark

BBC drama at its best. Fall in love with great characters and breathtaking scenery of Cornwall, England.only time

CD: Enya – Only Time: The Collection

Mesmerizing music from Irish vocalist, Enya. Her first album, which includes “May It Be” from The Lord of the Rings movie.

Stephanie’s Picks

cool runnings.jpgMovie: Cool Runnings

“The comedy hit inspired by the true story of Jamaica’s first Olympic bobsled team.”

CD: Dum Dum Girls – Only in DreamsPrint

The Dum Dum Girls’ second album featuring a more polished sound than their first. Contains themes of heartbreak and loss. Tim Sendra of AllMusic writes, “Dee Dee had to change, the change was good, and it led to a fine, grown-up guitar pop record.”

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Grammy Awards 2018


Here is a summarized list of the 2018 Grammy Award winners and nominees with links to their albums in the library catalog. You can view the full list of winners and nominees here.

Album Of The Year
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (winner)
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
Jay-Z – 4:44
Kendrick Lamar – Damn
Lorde – Melodrama

Record Of The Year
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (winner)
Childish Gambino – Redbone
Luis Fonsi – Despacito (remix)
Jay-Z – The Story of OJ
Kendrick Lamar – Humble

Song Of The Year
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like (winner)
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber – Despacito (remix)
Jay-Z – 4:44
Julia Michaels – Issues
Logic ft Alessia Cara and Khalid – 1-800-273-8255

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara (winner)
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

Best Pop Album
Ed Sheeran – ÷ (winner)
Coldplay – Kaleidoscope EP
Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life
Imagine Dragons – Evolve
Kesha – Rainbow
Lady Gaga – Joanne

Best Rap Album
Kendrick Lamar – Damn (winner)
Jay-Z – 4:44
Migos – Culture
Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy

Best Pop Solo Performance
Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (winner)
Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft
Kesha – Praying
Lady Gaga – Million Reasons
Pink – What About Us

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (winner)
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber – Despacito (remix)
Imagine Dragons – Thunder
Zedd & Alessia Cara – Stay

Best Dance Recording
LCD Soundsystem – Tonite (winner)
Bonobo feat. Innov Gnawa – Bambro Koyo Ganda
Camelphat & Elderbrook – Cola
Gorillaz feat. D.R.A.M. – Andromeda
Odesza feat. WYNNE & Mansionair – Line Of Sight

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Kraftwerk – 3-D The Catalogue (winner)
Bonobo – Migration
Mura Masa – Mura Masa
Odesza – A Moment Apart
Sylvan Esso – What Now

Best Rock Performance
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (winner)
Chris Cornell – The Promise
Foo Fighters – Run
Kaleo – No Good
Nothing More – Go To War

Best Metal Performance
Mastodon – Sultan’s Curse (winner)
August Burns Red – Invisible Enemy
Body Count – Black Hoodie
Code Orange – Forever
Meshuggah – Clockworks

Best Rock Song
Foo Fighters – Run (winner)
Metallica – Atlas, Rise!
K.Flay – Blood In The Cut
Nothing More – Go To War
Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

Best Rock Album
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding (winner)
Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Nothing More – The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Best Alternative Album
The National – Sleep Well Beast (winner)
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Gorillaz – Humanz
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

Best R&B Performance
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like (winner)
Daniel Caesar feat. Kali Uchis – Get You
Kehlani – Distraction
Ledisi – High
SZA – The Weekend

Best Urban Contemporary Album
The Weeknd – Starboy (winner)
6LACK – Free 6LACK
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
Khalid – American Teen
SZA – Ctrl

Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar – Humble (winner)
Big Sean – Bounce Back
Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
Jay-Z – 4:44
Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad And Boujee

Best Rap/Sung Performance
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – Loyalty (winner)
Goldlink feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy – Crew
Jay-Z feat. Beyoncé – Family Feud
SZA feat. Travis Scott – Love Galore

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar – Humble (winner)
Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels and Big Boi – Chase Me
Rapsody – Sassy
Jay-Z – The Story Of O.J.

Best Country Album
Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1 (winner)
Kenny Chesney – Cosmic Hallelujah
Lady Antebellum – Heart Break
Little Big Town – The Breaker
Thomas Rhett – Life Changes

Best Musical Theatre Album
Dear Evan Hansen (winner)
Come From Away
Hello, Dolly!

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
La La Land (winner)
Baby Driver
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Hidden Figures: The Album
Moana: The Songs

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
La La Land (Justin Hurwitz) (winner)
Arrival (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer)
Game Of Thrones: Season 7 (Ramin Djawadi)
Hidden Figures (Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer)

Best Song Written For Visual Media
How Far I’ll Go – from Moana (winner)
City Of Stars – from La La Land
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever – from Fifty Shades Darker
Never Give Up – from Lion
Stand Up For Something – from Marshall

Best Music Video
Kendrick Lamar – Humble (winner)
Beck – Up All Night
Jain – Makeba
Jay-Z – The Story Of O.J.
Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid – 1-800-273-8255

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January Staff Picks

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Dragana’s Picks
wind at my back

TV Series: Wind At My Back

If you liked the Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea, you will love this Canadian TV series about the life in the small mining town during the time of depression in 1930s.

Great Courses Audio: Books That Have Made History: Booksbooks that have made history That Can Change Your Life

This 3-part series of lectures by the University of Oklahoma professor Rufus Fears presents the personal choices of some of the most essential writings in history, ranging in time from the 3rd millennium B.C. to the 20th century, and in locale from Mesopotamia and China to Europe and America.

Jamie’s Picks

you've got mailMovie: You’ve Got Mail

My all-time favorite romantic comedy (maybe my all-time favorite movie). In true Nora Ephron form, the characters are quirky and the dialogue is perfect. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are a duo for the ages.Damien_Rice_O_album_cover

CD: Damien Rice – O 

Contains the popular song “The Blower’s Daughter,” and while that song is pretty good, I end up playing “Delicate” over and over again. Singer/songwriter coffeehouse vibes.

Jessie’s Picks

father brownTV Series: Father Brown

“Celebrated author GK Chesterton’s beloved character, Father Brown, is brilliantly brought to life in this charming ten-part BBC series starring Mark Williams (Harry Potter, Doctor Who). With the warmth of The Vicar of Dibley, the intellect of Miss Marple, the humour of Father Ted and the intrigue of Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown is a fresh new take on a classic genre. Set in the 1950s in the heart of the English countryside, Father Brown is a kindly cleric with a particular talent for solving crimes. Many years spent hearing confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the workings of the criminal mind, and in each episode the enigmatic priest discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul, the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires.”

Videogame: Little Big Planet 3 220px-LittleBigPlanet_3_boxart

“Sackboy, the knitted knight has been equipped with an all-new climbing ability and brand-new power-ups including the amazing Pumpinator. In LittleBigPlanet 3, explore a world filled with creativity as you explore all corners of the Imagisphere, meet the inhabitants of the mysterious planet Bunkum and face the nefarious Newton. Discover a variety of surprises that the LittleBigPlanet Community have created and shared for you to enjoy, with new levels and games to play every day. Then if you’re feeling inspired, flex your creative muscles with the powerful and intuitive customization tools, to bring your own imagination to life in LittleBigPlanet 3.”

Kim’s Picks

the alpsAudiobook: The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond by Stephen O’Shea

O’Shea drives the famous European mountain range in a Renault Megane Sport that elicits oohs and aahs until the admirers find out it’s a rental.  Regardless, O’Shea powers on, meeting up with a friend and “The Last Hippie,” all the while regaling us with the history of the Alps, its multi-lingual inhabitants, and its current state of play often compromised by environmental and technological degradation.  O’Shea’s saga is an often poetic paean to this unique parcel of the world.
brave enough

CD: Lindsey Stirling – Brave Enough 

The dancing violinist who was dismissed by two America’s Got Talent judges but went on to win a Billboard Music Award and came in second on Dancing with the Stars provides 14 of her own eclectic compositions.  They encompass various genres, including pop, rock, New Age, Celtic, and perhaps Mideastern.  Arabian Nights, anyone?  On 8 of the 14 tracks singers such as Christina Perri and ZZ Ward back Stirling up.  “Something Wild,” in which she collaborated with vocalist Andrew McMahon, was composed for Disney’s Pete’s Dragon (2016).

Zoey’s Picks

Big-Sick-Poster Movie: The Big Sick 

I’m not typically a fan of rom coms but the plot of The Big Sick intrigued me enough to give it a shot. And I was not disappointed. It was driven more by comedy than by romance. Kumail Nanjiani’s writing is full of wit and sincerity. It’s a good movie to curl up and watch during a snow day.
we are okay

Audiobook: We Are Okay  by Nina LaCour 

We Are Okay is entirely character driven, but that does not mean it is lacking in plot. LaCour easily plays on the notion of isolation and loneliness while cleverly retelling Marin’s, the main character, nightmarish last year. One of the best LGBT books published in 2017.



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2018 Golden Globe Awards

Here are the nominees and winners of the 2018 Golden Globe Awards! Some of these movies are too recent to be out on DVD or Blu-ray, but I’ve added links to the catalog where possible and will update this post as these movies come in to the library. The full list of winners and nominees can be viewed here.

Best Motion Picture – DramaThree_Billboards_Outside_Ebbing,_Missouri
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriWinner
The Post
The Shape of Water
Call Me By Your Name

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Lady BirdWinner
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Winner
Guillermo Del Toro, Vanessa Taylor – The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig – Lady BirdLady_Bird_poster
Liz Hannah, Josh Singer – The Post
Aaron Sorkin – Molly’s Game

Best Motion Picture – Animated
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent
The Boss Baby

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
In the Fade (Germany, France) – Winner
A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
First They Killed My Father (Cambodia)
Loveless (Russia)
The Square (Sweden, Germany, France)The_Shape_of_Water_(film)

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat – The Shape of WaterWinner
Carter Burwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Johnny Greenwood – Phantom Thread
John Williams – The Post
Hans Zimmer – Dunkirk

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
This is Me – The Greatest Showman Winner
Home – Ferdinand
Mighty River – Mudbound
Remember Me – Coco
The Star – The StarGame_of_Thrones_Season_7

Best Television Series – Drama
The Handmaid’s Tale Winner
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us
The Crown

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Winner
Master of None
Will & Gracebig little lies

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Big Little LiesWinner
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Sinner
Top of the Lake: China Girl


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Jamie’s Staff Picks for December

Die HardDie_hard

Summary: “A team of terrorists has seized a building in L.A. and taken hostages. A New York cop, in town to spend Christmas with his estranged wife, is the only hope for the people held by the savage criminals.”

A must-watch movie for the holidays in my house! It’s not Christmas until the Nakatomi building has been taken over and you hear, “Now I have a machine gun. Ho, Ho, Ho.” This movie is filled with pop culture references, endlessly quotable lines, and explosions. It may be a welcome break for you from the regular heartwarming holiday fare.


Dark Was the Nightdark was the night

This is a compilation of new songs and covers by the best in indie rock, put together to raise money to fight AIDS. This album features amazing collaborations by artists like Feist and Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service) or David Byrne (of Talking Heads) and The Dirty Projectors.


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Tween Movies

Occasionally, we have parents who come in looking for movie recommendations for their tweens– kids who would rather not watch any more animated movies, but are too young for PG-13 films. Here is a list of some recommendations for this tough age group!

Anne of Green Gablesbringing up baby
Back to the Future
The Black Stallion
Bringing Up Baby
Darby O’Gill and the Little People
E.T., The Extra Terrestrial
Freaky Friday
Fly Away Home
The Goonies
Hidden Figures
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arkrudy
In Search of the Castaways
The Love Bug
October Sky
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Parent Trap (1998)
Princess Bride
The Princess Diaries
Roman Holiday
The Sandlotwilly wonka
Secondhand Lions
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
The Time Machine
West Side Story
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The Wizard of Oz

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Multimedia Roundup: Top Titles of 2017

Here are the most popular Multimedia titles checked out at Chester County Library and the Henrietta Hankin Branch this year!*

La La Land
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Girl on the Train

Adult Books on CD
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Adult Music CDsblue-and-lonesome
25 by Adele
Blue & Lonesome by The Rolling Stones
Now That’s What I Call Music! 60
1989 by Taylor Swift
Now That’s What I Call Music! 59

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Goldfinch by Donna TarttGoldfinch
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
1984 by George Orwell




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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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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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