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New Releases 6/13

Movies
John Wick: Chapter 2
The Lego Batman Movie
Table 19
Un Padre No Tan Padre
Growing Up Smith
Mine
Bitter Harvest
Suntan
3 Generations
Frantz
Tomcat
American Epic
Great Escapes

T.V. Series
The Vampire Diaries, Season 8
Bones, Season 12
Shooter, Season 1
Grimm, Season 6
South Park, Season 20

Music
Feed the Machine by Nickleback
Heart/Break by Lady Antebellum
Wolves by Rise Against 
Ti Amo by Phoenix
Wonder by Hillsong United
Witness by Katy Perry
You & I by ALA.NI
You Don’t Own Me Anymore by The Secret Sisters
Binary by Ani Difranco
Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie by Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie
Folk Songs by The Kronos Quartet
Adios by Glen Campbell
Revolution Come — Revolution Go by Gov’t Mule
Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 10
Cinco by Jim Gaffigan

Audiobooks
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
Matchup by Lee Child
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

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New Releases 6/6

Movies
Fifty Shades Darker
A Cure for Wellness
The Last Word
A United Kingdom
The Sense of an Ending
Beauty and the Beast
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
Heartland
The Ticket
Land of Mine
The First Great Escape
The Guys Next Door
Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric

T.V. Series
Wentworth, Season 3
The Young Pope
Kingdom, Seasons 1 & 2
Van Helsing, Season 1
Doctor Who, Series 10 Part 1

Music
Relaxer by Alt-J
Hopeless Fountain Kingdom by Halsey
Dua Lipa by Dua Lipa
I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone by Chastity Belt
Last Young Renegade by All Time Low
Life is Good by Flogging Molly
Gone Now by Bleachers
Is This the Life We Really Want? by Roger Waters

Audiobooks
Love Story by Karen Kingsbury
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

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June is LGBT Pride Month

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month! I have put together a short list of movies, T.V. series, and audiobooks featuring LGBTQ+ characters, themes, or topics. Check out the XYZ Connect webpage to see what events we have planned in celebration of Pride Month!

Movies
Moonlight– A young black man struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Blue is the Warmest ColorThe colorful, electrifying romance that took the Cannes Film Festival by storm courageously dives into a young woman’s experiences of first love and sexual awakening. Blue is the Warmest Color is loosely based off of the comic by Julie Maroh.

Carol Two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. Carol is based off of The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.

All About My MotherA woman must come to terms with the death of her 17-year-old son and her past when she seeks out her son’s father.

The Danish GirlThe remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. The Danish Girl is based off of the novel by David Ebershoff.

The Way He LooksA fun and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love.

T.V. Series
Orange is the New BlackBrooklynite Piper Chapman, whose wild past comes back to haunt her and results in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. Orange is the New Black is based off of the novel by Piper Kerman.

GleeA talented group of high school misfits transforms into a performing sensation with the help of a dedicated teacher. 

Will & GraceWill and Grace live together in an apartment in New York. Will is a gay lawyer, Grace is a straight interior designer, and every day is full of laughs.

FriendsThree young men and three young women – of the BFF kind – live in the same apartment complex and face life and love in New York. While Susan and Carol are the only known LGBT characters on Friends, there are implications throughout the entire series that Joey and Phoebe are bisexual.

The L WordA group of lesbian and bisexual women experience life in Los Angeles.

Audiobooks
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz- Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli– Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker- As a young, black woman living in 1930s Georgia, Celie faces constant violence and oppression. The Color Purple was made into a movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan– When Paul falls hard for Noah, he thinks he has found his one true love, but when Noah walks out of his life, Paul has to find a way to get him back and make everything right once more. David Levithan has written many YA books featuring LGBTQ+ characters and themes, including the novel Two Boys Kissing.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray– When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

 

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

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New Releases 5/30

Movies
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
Fist Fight
The Shack
Golden Years
Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Ireland
Victorian Slum House
Flatball: A History of Ultimate Frisbee

T.V. Series
Major Crimes, Season 5
Queen Sugar, Season 1
Suits, Season 6
The Last Kingdom, Season 2

Music
All the Same by Clayton English
Kids in the Street by Justin Townes Earle
Teenage Emotions by Lil Yachty
El Dorado by Shakira

Audiobook
Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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New Releases 5/23

Movies
The Great Wall
Rock Dog
Logan
Dheepan
On the Way to School
Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement
Dark Angel
I Am Heath Ledger
Shake the Dust

T.V. Series
Outsiders, Season 2

Music
One More Light by Linkin Park
Back To Us by Rascal Flatts
Freedom of Movement by Nina Miranda
In the Wind by Magic Giant
Slow All Over by Blond Ambition
Connect the Dots by Misterwives
Manic Revelations by Pokey LaFarge
World Be Gone by Erasure
The King & I by Faith Evans and The Notorious B.I.G.

Audiobooks
Testimony by Scott Turow
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

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New Releases 5/16

Movies 
Sleepless
XXX: Return of Xander Cage
Split
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
The Space Between Us
Lovesong
Between Us
Africa’s Great Civilizations
The Great War

T.V. Series
Mystery Science Theater 3000, Volume 5
The Kennedys: After Camelot 

Music
Welcome Home by Zac Brown Band
Mis Planes Son Amarte by Juanes
After Laughter by Paramore
Angry & Alone by Sean White
Dreamcar by Dreamcar
Poison the Parish by Seether
Panther in the Dollhouse by Whitehorse
Thankful by New Kids on the Block
A Kind Revolution by Paul Weller
Bloom by Machine Gun Kelly
Harry Styles by Harry Styles

Audiobooks
Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank

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New Releases 5/9

Movies
The Bye Bye Man
Things to Come
The Origami Revolution
Plants Behaving Badly
Secrets of the Dead: Nero’s Sunken City

T.V. Series
Divorce, Season 1

Music
Turn Up the Quiet by Diana Krall
This Old Dog by Mac Demarco
Pollinator by Blondie
In*ter A*li*a by At the Drive-In
In Spades by The Afghan Whigs
Season High by Little Dragon
No Shape by Perfum Genius

Audiobooks
House of Names by Colm Toibin
The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

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Jamie’s Staff Picks for May

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“In this mockumentary series set in a real Australian high school, comedian Chris Lilley brings to life three hilarious characters: Jonah, a 13-year-old delinquent breakdancer from Tonga; Mr. G, an ego-driven drama teacher with delusional showbiz dreams; and Ja’mie, a spoiled private school girl on a student exchange.”

Probably the most well-known of Chris Lilley’s several forays into mockumentary, this series really established one of his signature characters, Ja’mie. Lilley effectively skewers several fixtures of school life that I think any student can relate to, Australian or no: the overly self-important teacher; the snobby and superficial bully; the disruptive class clown. If you enjoy shows like The Office or Seinfeld where the characters aren’t exactly the most lovable people, but their awkward antics are hilarious, you will enjoy this show (though you will probably develop a soft spot for Jonah, Lilley’s troubled 13-year-old boy from Tonga).

 

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Lykke Li

This album is great for both dance hits as well as more soulful, introspective tracks. Li’s voice oscillates from light and fanciful to low and mournful. I like that most of the tracks are simply-arranged– there’s definitely something to be said for going for the understated sound rather than something overly-produced. My favorite tracks are “Little Bit,” “I’m Good, I’m Gone,” and “Breaking It Up.”

 

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New Releases 4/25

Movies
La La Land
Underworld: Blood Wars
Agatha Christie’s The Witness for the Prosecution
Disturbing the Peace
Mean Dreams
The Levelling
The Daughter
Catfight
Right Now, Wrong Then
Walerian Borowczyk: Short Films Collection
Mifune: The Last Samurai

TV Series
Animal Kingdom season 1
The Affair season 3

Music
Love and War by Brad Paisley
Life. Love. Flesh. Blood. by Imelda May
Americana by Ray Davies

Audiobooks
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Golden Prey by John Sandford
The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger
No Easy Target by Iris Johansen

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New Releases 4/18

Movies
Buena Vista Social Club
The Founder
John Lewis: Get in the Way
Love Thy Nature
Ocean Waves
Ruby  Ridge
Sing
Woman of the Year

T.V. Series
Home Fires, Season 2

Music
West Coast Town by Chris Shiflett

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