Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Kathy recommends "Playback" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Even though we lost him much too soon, Tom Petty’s music is timeless and still lives on.  Several customers have told me this is one of the finest box sets they have ever listened to.  Very comprehensive from Petty’s early career with Mudcrutch to more recent works plus great live tracks.  Highly recommended. The first three discs are devoted to the must-have tracks from all of Tom's albums up through 1993, and then come the real goodies: a disc of rare B-sides and then two discs of unreleased tracks (27 in all!), including Elvis covers, curiosities like a pre-Stevie Nicks version of Stop Draggin' My Heart Around , demos, live takes and more, plus an 84-page color booklet.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Kathy recommends the Book of the Month "Artemis" by Andrew Weir


Jazz Bashara, the heroine of this superior near-future thriller, grew up in Artemis, the moon's only city, where she dreams of becoming rich. For now, she works as a porter, supplementing her legal income by smuggling contraband. She hopes that her situation can improve drastically after she's offered an impossible-to-refuse payday by wealthy entrepreneur Trond Landvik, who has used her in the past to get cigars from Earth. Trond asks Jazz to come up with a way to sabotage a competitor so that he can take over the moon's aluminum industry. She develops an elaborate and clever plan that showcases her resourcefulness and intelligence, even as she continues to have misgivings about her client's true agenda, suspicions borne out by subsequent complications. The sophisticated world building incorporates politics and economics, as well as scientifically plausible ways for a small city to function on the lunar surface. 

It's one of the best science fiction novels of the year—but to make it clear, Artemis is not The Martian (2011) redux. Tone, characters, structure are all very different. It's more traditional sf and lacks the cheery novelty that characterized Weir's famous first novel. The setting is just as detailed and scientifically realistic, but science isn't the focus this time. Weir's sarcastic humor is on full display.

This book is recommended for adults.  Not only for science fiction fans, but those who enjoy crime capers in a unique setting as well.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Kathy Recommends "Wind River" on DVD

WIND RIVER is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, WIND RIVER also stars Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille, and James Jordan.

For those who enjoy mysteries, Wind River is a character-driven drama with excellent acting, a strong sense of place in the frigid snow of Wyoming, and the thought-provoking exploration of themes ranging from grief and loss to Native American disenfranchisement.  A New York Times Critics Pick and 2017 Cannes Film Festival winner for Best Director.

Rated R for strong violence, a rape, disturbing images, and language.  Suitable for adults only.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Kathy Recommends "The Last Mrs. Parrish"

Looking for the next The Girl on a Train or Gone Girl

“[A] wicked debut thriller… you’ll relish every diabolical turn.” (People)

“‘The 'Last Mrs. Parrish’ by Liv Constantine will keep you up. In a ‘can’t put it down’ way. It’s ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ with XX chromosomes.” (The Skimm)

“[A] haunting psychological thriller. . . . Engrossing.” (Real Simple)

“Utterly irresistible. . . . The Last Mrs. Parrish pivots on an enormous and satisfying twist. . . . the pages keep flying, flying, flying by.” (USA Today)

“If you like your thrillers with an unexpected twist, this one’s for you.” (New York Post)

“‘The Last Mrs. Parrish’ Should Be the Very Next Book You Read.” (Huffington Post)

“Fabulous. . . . I read this book in a flash, devouring every twisty delicious detail.” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

“This deliciously naughty novel of psychological suspense is perfect for fans of Daphne du Maurier, L.S. Hinton and Jessica Knoll.”  (LitHub, “5 Crime Must-Reads Coming in October”)

“One compulsive read. . . . It’s a terrific debut, and I look forward to seeing what the Constantine sisters do next!”   (Book Reporter)

“Think: a female Tom Ripley. . . . sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine, writing as Liv Constantine, build momentum with short, cliffhanger chapters racing toward a satisfying denouement.” (Shelf Awareness)

This book is recommended for adults.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Mallory recommends "Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery"

I just read one of the best autobiography's! From someone who reads mostly fiction this is saying a lot... 😉The astronaut Scott Kelly described his experiences living in space for a year. I remember being glued to to the TV in 2015 whenever Scott Kelly came on. From Spacewalks and experiments to the emotional disasters of the Columbia and Challenger shuttles, Scott Kelly really kept me at the edge of my seat. One of my favorite lines in the book was, " I just experienced being trolled, in space, by the second man on the moon, while also engaging in a twitter conversation with the president." That made me laugh! Scott Kelly is a charming guy and a good writer. He is a hero along with all our astronauts. I highly highly highly recommend reading this book!!!

This book is a great read for adults!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Kathy recommends Favorites

In our semi-annual book talk program, Chapter One, Popular Materials Librarian Kathy recommended the following titles:
Kathy’s Favorites

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave (2017)
When revelations about her true identity come to light, culinary star Sunshine Mackenzie loses everything and returns to her childhood home in Montauk where she strives to reinvent herself. FIC

Word of Honor by Nelson DeMille (2017)
Throwback Title.  The publication of a book--claiming to document the facts about a massacre of civilians that occurred in a French hospital outside Hue in 1968 under the command of American Lieutenant Ben Tyson--upends Tyson's suburban life and rocky marriage.  FIC

My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood (2017)
Kate Rafter is a high-flying war reporter. She's the strong one. The one who escaped Herne Bay and their father. Her sister Sally didn't. Instead, she drinks. But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return to the old family home. And on her first night she is woken by a terrifying scream. What secret has Kate stumbled upon?  FIC

The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (2017)                         
Hot Summer Read 2017.  Ignoring the troubling behavior of an eccentric crime writer with whom she has worked for years, editor Susan Ryeland is dismayed when a subplot hidden in the author's latest manuscript reveals a real-world murder. MYS

Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki (2017)
Hot Summer Read 2017.  Hiring a live-in nanny to attend her family's needs while she attempts to finish writing her book, Lady begins questioning the young woman's agenda when the latter instantly connects with the family and begins acting in suspicious ways. FIC

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor (2017)
Nearly two decades after surviving a shark attack in the Gulf of Mexico, a world-traveling marine biologist and respected "shark whisperer" harbors private insecurities that compel her to return to her Florida coast home to explore old and new relationships. You may recognize the name.  Ann is the daughter of celebrated author Sue Monk Kidd. FIC