Staff Faves

Discover what we love to read and watch. Ask us for suggestions on what you should read or watch next. We review books on our Current Picks blog and movies and music on our Shows 'n Tunes blog. We also create lists on popular book and movie topics. Why? Because we have a passion for making recommendations for you. 

 

catherinetCatherine T.

Fantasy, Classics, Romance, Historical Fiction, Comedy
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emilyEmily A.

Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Microhistories, Animation, Current Films, Video Games
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heatherHeather F.J.

Audiobooks, Comedy, Fantasy, Historical, Junior, Memoir, Nonfiction

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jacksJack S.

Graphic Novels, Games, Video Games, Junior, Teen

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Jennifer A.Jennifer A.

Novels, Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Historical, Romantic Comedy, Sports

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JimmyJimmy D.

Novels, Short Stories, Graphic Novels, Memoir

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joepJoan M.

Fiction, True Story, Historical Fiction, Mystery

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joepJoe P.

Adventure, Teen, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Nonfiction

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marypMary P.

Novels, Historical, Mystery, Women's Fiction, Comedy & Foreign Films

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marysMary S.

Novels, Mystery, Suspense, Animals, Audiobooks, Memoir, Drama

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monicadMonica D.

Junior, Audiobooks, Fantasy, Mystery, Historical, Gothic Horror

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nataliewilliamsNatalie W.

Audiobooks, Contemporary, Fantasy, Feminist, Religious, Memoir, Teen

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shirleyjShirley J.

Mystery, Romance, Memoirs, Animals, Classic Films, Suspense

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tonylTony L.

Sci Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction

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Recent Reviews

30 May 2020 • Code Name Hélène
Current Picks: Book Reviews

In Ariel Lawhon's latest gripping historical novel, she delves into the life of socialite spy Nancy Wake. Code Name Hélène (2020) is richly detailed. The chapters alternate between her early life and her life as an agent.

This New Zealand native left home at 16. She moved to Europe and worked as a journalist. Nancy eventually married a Frenchman. When France falls to Germany during World War II, she starts working for the Resistance. She is quite a dynamic leader with good instincts and quick reactions. I was truly disappointed when this ended.

Visit Overdrive to read the ebook or listen to the audiobook of Code Name Hélène. Learn more about the real-life heroism of Nancy Wake by reading this History.com article. For more novels featuring women in the resistance, check out our book list.



29 May 2020 • Amelie
Shows ‘n Tunes: Movie, Music, and Game Reviews

This quirky French comedy very loosely parallels the plot of Jane Austen's Emma. The title character is a cute young waitress with a vivid imagination who comes to realize her joy at helping others. There is no end to the outlandish stratagems that Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is plotting, but will she be able to find love for herself ?

Amelie (2001, rated R) is a fun film with plenty of computer-generated visuals, giving it a unique and farcical feel. Watch the film on Hoopla today. In French with English subtitles.


28 May 2020 • Annihilation
Current Picks: Book Reviews

If you enjoy science fiction, you should check out the 2014 Nebula Award winner Annihilation. It's the first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. Four women; a biologist, an anthropologist, a surveyor, and a psychologist, enter a quarantined area known as Area X. They make up the twelfth expedition tasked with researching and mapping the terrain. Little information has been gathered from previous expeditions because they have all ended in untimely mysterious circumstances. The story is told through the biologist's point of view as she writes down the group's findings in a field journal.

You may be familiar with the 2018 film adaptation directed by Alex Garland and starring Natalie Portman which I also highly recommend, but there are many differences between the book and the movie.

Check out Annihilation today – available as an eBook and eAudiobook through Overdrive.



26 May 2020 • A Small Town
Current Picks: Book Reviews

When twelve inmates organize a prison break that opens the doors for all the prisoners, the small town of Weldonville, Colorado, will never be the same. Two years after many in the town lost their lives, the mayor and city attorney of the town secretly authorize police officer Leah Hawkins to hunt down the twelve inmates and kill them.

A Small Town (2020) is the story of Leah's journey around the country to find some sense of justice in order for the town to begin to heal. Thomas Perry takes the reader on an action-filled ride that's hard to put down.

Read or listen to the book on Hoopla today.


26 May 2020 • Still Life
Shows ‘n Tunes: Movie, Music, and Game Reviews

The little village in Quebec is the scene of an inexplicable murder of a beloved resident.  This murder leads police to suspect murder in an earlier death originally thought to be of natural causes.  The investigation fosters suspicion, recriminations, and attempted murders to hide the truth.

Still Life: a Three Pines Mystery (2013) is a bit slow, but a nice addition to the cozy cottage village mystery genre.  Watch the movie on Hoopla today.

The film is based on the bestselling series featuring Inspector Gamache by Louise Penny.  Listen to the audiobook on Hoopla or read the ebook on Overdrive.