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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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New Releases 10/10

Movies
Maudie
The Beguiled
Baby Driver
The House
Wish Upon
Othello
Pilgrimage
Escape Artist
The Midwife
Good Things to Do
Tolkien & Lewis: Myth, Imagination, and the Quest for Meaning
Meat
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

T.V. Series
Murdoch Mysteries: Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas
Reign, Season 4
IP Man, Season 1
Sharpe, Season 2

Music
Take Me Apart by Kelela
As You Were by Liam Gallagher
Phantom Anthem by August Burns Red
Lost in Translation by New Politics
Wow Hits 2018
This Ride by Jerrod Niemann
Christmas After Midnight by Fantasia
Love Rides a Dark Horse by Gill Landry
Playboi Carti by Playboi Carti
Nashville Sessions, Volume 1 The Duets by Dave Stewart
Heaven Upside Down by Marilyn Manson

Audiobooks
An Irish Country Practice by Patrick Taylor
Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card
Fairytale by Danielle Steele
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

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Nobel Prize in Literature 2017: Kazuo Ishiguro

 

Congratulations to author Kazuo Ishiguro, who has been named this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature! Ishiguro was chosen for his “novels of great emotional force… [he] has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world” (The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017).

If you’d like to become familiar with this newly-minted Nobel Laureate, you can check out one of his books on CD. We also have also have ebooks and eaudiobooks available via OverDrive, which you can access using the OverDrive or Libby apps, or via https://chester.overdrive.com/. Enjoy!

 

“The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017”. Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 10 Oct 2017. <http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2017/index.html&gt;

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New Releases 10/3

Movies
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales
The Book of Henry
Churchill
A Ghost Story
Cult of Chucky
Realive
When Calls the Heart Movie Collection: Year 4
13 Minutes
The Ornithologist
The Women’s Balcony
Mr. Gaga
Rescue Brooklyn: Sean Casey Animal Rescue
The Farthest: Voyager in Space
Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria
Diana: 7 Days
Wild West

T.V. Series
Loch Ness, Series 1
2 Broke Girls, Season 6
The Wizard of Lies
Vikings, Season 4 Part 2
American Horror Story: Roanoke
The Son, Season 1
House of Cards, Season 5

Music
Younger Now by Miley Cyrus
Tell Me You Love Me by Demi Lovato
Visions of a Life by Wolf Alice
Now by Shania Twain
New Worlds by Bill Murray & Jan Vogler
Sorry is Gone by Jessica Lea Mayfield
The Desaturating Seven by Primus
Harmony of Difference by Kamasi Washington
Glory Song by Matt Redman
Game of Thrones Season 7 Score
Inspirational by Celtic Thunder
Close by Marvin Sapp
Bluebird of Happiness by Tamar Braxton
Let’s Play Two by Pearl Jam

Audiobooks
Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
Lightning Men by Thoman Mullen
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

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New Releases 9/26

Movies
47 Meters Down
Transformers: The Last Knight
Big Pacific
David Lynch: The Art Life
Life on Parole

T.V. Series
Longmire, Season 5
Ned and Stacey: The Complete Series
Shameless, Season 7
Sleepy Hollow, Season 4
Halo: Nightfall

Music
Everybody by Chris Janson
Strange Peace by Metz
What’s That Sound? by Haley Reinhart
Fool’s Paradise by Cold Specks
The Long-Awaited Album by Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
Roll with the Punches by Van Morrison
Gossip by Sleeping with Sirens
On a Distant Shore by Leon Russell
Wonderful Wonderful by The Killers
Luciferian Towers by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Let Love Rule by Ledisi
Everybody Knows by Stephen Stills & Judy Collins
BCCIV by Black Country Communion
Hiss Spun by Chelsea Wolfe
Gemini by Macklemore
Double Dutchess by Fergie

Audiobooks
Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris
Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels
Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen Kin & Owen King
A Casualty of War by Charles Todd
NPR American Chronicles: The New Americans

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Man Booker Prize Short List and Long List

The Man Booker Prize announced this year’s short list on September 13th, and will announce the winner on October 17th. Check out the list below of the short list and long list winners (those listed within the short list also appear on the long list). Stay tuned for this year’s winner of the Man Booker Prize!

Short List

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster – Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives.

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund –  Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake, and Linda finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn’t understand. Over the course of a few days, Linda makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Linda confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do-and fail to do-for the people they love. [Chester County Library currently only has a physical and e-book copy of History of Wolves.]

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet – sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors – doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. [Chester County Library currently only has a physical and e-audiobook copy of Exit West.]

Elmet by Fiona Mozley – Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned sour and fearful. They lived apart in the house that Daddy built for them with his bare hands. They foraged and hunted. When they were younger, Daniel and Cathy had gone to school. But they were not like the other children then, and they were even less like them now. Sometimes Daddy disappeared, and would return with a rage in his eyes. But when he was at home he was at peace. He told them that the little copse in Elmet was theirs alone. But that wasn’t true. Local men, greedy and watchful, began to circle like vultures. [Chester County Library does not currently have a copy.]

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body.

Autumn by Ali Smith – Smith’s newest novel, Autumn, is the first installment in a quartet, Seasonal, which is comprised of four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical, explores what time is, how we experience it, and the recurring markers in the shapes our lives take and in our ways with narrative. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture and a meditation, in a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, what harvest means. [Chester County Library currently only has the physical copy of Autumn.]

Long List

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry – Thomas McNulty, having fled the Great Famine in Ireland and now barely seventeen years old, signs up for the US Army in the 1850s and with his brother in arms, John Cole, goes to fight in the Indian Wars– against the Sioux and the Yurok– and, ultimately, in the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona.

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack – On All Souls Day, the late Marcus Conway returns home. Solar Bones captures in a single relentless sentence the life and death of this rural Irish engineer, and his place in the globally interconnected 21st century. The book takes in local municipal failures and global financial collapse, the quotidian pleasures of family, ancient history and the latest headlines, the living and the dead. [Chester County Library currently only has the physical copy of Solar Bones.]

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor – From the award-winning author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Even the Dogs, Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family’s loss. An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace, Reservoir 13 explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence, unfolding over thirteen years as the aftershocks of a stranger’s tragedy refuse to subside. [Chester County Library currently only has the physical copy of Reservoir 13/]

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy – An intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent. The tale begins with Anjum–who used to be Aftab–unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her–including Musa, sweetheart and ex-sweetheart, lover and ex-lover; their fates are as entwined as their arms used to be and always will be. We meet Tilo’s landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs’ Graveyard; the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi.

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie – Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, an invitation from a mentor in America has allowed her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half the globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed. [Chester County Library currently only has the physical copy of Home Fire.]

Swing Time by Zadie Smith – Two dancers with different approaches to their craft share a complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, in a story that transitions from northwest London to West Africa.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

 

Summaries and images taken from catalog.ccls.org.

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New Releases 9/19

Movies
Certain Women
The Hero
The Big Sick
Wonder Woman
The Bad Batch
Nise: The Heart of Madness
Behind White Glasses
By the Time It Gets Dark
The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Do Not Resist
Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table

T.V. Series
Arrow, Season 5
Code Black, Season 2
Madam Secretary, Season 3
Bates Motel, Season 5
Modern Family, Season 8

Music
Concrete and Gold by Foo Fighters
Different Creatures by Circa Waves
Prophets of Rage by Prophets of Rage
Savage: Songs from a Broken World by Gary Numan
Electric Trim by Lee Ranaldo
Did it for the Party by Big & Rich
Memphis… Yes, I’m Ready by Dee Dee Bridgewater
Walk into a Storm by Lone Bellow
This Is Us Soundtrack
In Full Swing by Seth Macfarlane
Wide Open by Michael McDonald
The Laughing Apple by Yusuf Islam
The Aviary by Galantis

Audiobooks
Haunted by James Patterson & James O. Born
The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille
Release by Patrick Ness

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New Releases 9/12

Movies
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Beatriz at Dinner
It Comes at Night
The Mummy
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
Girl Flu
I Love You Both
Decline & Fall
The Stopover
The Apology
The Reagan Show
Buena Vista Social Club: Adios
Festival
Germans & Jews
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

T.V. Series
The Big Bang Theory, Season 10
Scorpion, Season 3
Silicon Valley, Season 4
Veep, Season 6
Orphan Black, Season 5
Broadchurch, Season 3
The Goldbergs, Season 4
Secrets and Lies, Season 1
Empire, Season 3
This Is Us, Season 1

Music
All the Light Above It Too by Jack Johnson
Life Changes by Thomas Rhett
The Bus Songs by Toby Keith
#Update by Yandel
Okovi by Zola Jesus
Every Country’s Sun by Mogwai
Sleep Well Beast by The National
Slowheart by Kip Moore
Mountain Moves by Deerhoof
Native Invader by Tori Amos
The Fellas by Melissa Manchester
Southern Blood by Gregg Allman
Search Party by ¡Mayday!
Hitchhiker by Neil Young
Current Mood by Dustin Lynch

Audiobooks
Enigma by Catherine Coulter

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2017 Emmy Winners

Below are the winners for the 69th Emmy Awards!

Best Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Actor, Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This is Us

Best Actress, Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Supporting Actor, Drama Series
John Lithgow, The Crown

Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Directing, Drama Series
Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Writing, Drama Series
Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Comedy Series
Veep

Best Actor, Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta

Best Actress, Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Best Directing, Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta

Best Writing, Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari & Lena Waithe, Master of None

Best Limited Series
Big Little Lies

Best T.V. Movie
Black Mirror: San Junipero

Best Actor, Limited Series or T.V. Movie
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of

Best Actress, Limited Series or T.V. Movie
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actor, Limited Series or T.V. Movie
Alexander Skarsgrad, Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actress, Limited Series or T.V. Movie
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Best Directing, Limited Series or T.V. Movie
Jean-Marc Vallée, Big Little Lies

Best Writing, Limited Series or T.V. Movie
Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror: San Junipero

 

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Jamie’s Staff Picks for September

The Graveyard Bookthe graveyard book
by Neil Gaiman
Read by Neil Gaiman

Summary: Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

I think any Harry Potter fan would really enjoy this book. Orphaned boy? Check. Mysterious prophecy? Check. Magical underworld? Check. Someone out to kill said orphaned boy? Check. My only criticism is that I think Gaiman could go into more depth with world-building in this book, and I’m hoping he’ll eventually write a sequel (or sequels?) so that he can. I enjoyed Gaiman’s narration and the voices he did for the different characters; whenever I think of the name “Nobody Owens,” I now think of it in Gaiman’s British accent. There’s also something great about listening to characters express their lines in a book in the way that the author imagined it. Definitely worth checking out no matter what age you are!

Also available as an ebook and audiobook using the Libby and OverDrive apps here.

Episodesepisodes

Summary: Husband and wife writing team Sean and Beverly can’t wait to bring their successful British television series across the pond to make it big in America. But in true Hollywood fashion, it quickly becomes a laughable, cliched sitcom starring Matt LeBlanc who not only messes with their beloved show, but rocks the foundation of their relationship. So now, even if they survive the absurdity of show business, will their marriage survive Matt LeBlanc?

Matt LeBlanc must feel pretty vindicated that this show has gotten great critical reception after his disastrous Joey spinoff. He plays a fictionalized version of himself in a timeline where he just kept going from bad project to bad project after Joey, rather than taking a break and being more selective as he did in real life. He is driven by the desire to be taken seriously, but often finds himself accepting projects for the money. This version of LeBlanc is a less lovable Joey Tribbiani, and this show in general is far more cynical than Friends ever was. It really demonstrates that LeBlanc has great comedic range, however. Joey tended toward more bombastic and expressive outbursts, while the fictional LeBlanc is far more subdued but still funny. It also helps that the show is well-written and the other cast members are great– I was a fan of Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig from the excellent show Green Wing, and have also really enjoyed Kathleen Rose Perkins’ character Carol. Also, like all good shows, this one knows when to exit: the last season is airing now.

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