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Movie/TV Tie-Ins (Dec. 2017 Edition)

Read the book before you see the movie/watch the TV show!

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: A. A. Milne and the Making of Winnie-the-Pooh by Ann Thwaite
This behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne is now a film starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald.

THE TRIBES OF PALO VERDES by Joy Nicholson
When the situation at her idyllic Palos Verdes home turns volatile, young Medina attempts to surf her way to happiness. The film stars Maika Monroe, Cody Fern, and Jennifer Garner.

VICTORIA & ALBERT: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin & Sara Sheridan
This official tie-in to the TV show Victoria starring Jenna Coleman, by creator and screenwriter Daisy Goodwin, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show, featuring never-before-seen interviews, photos, diary entries, profiles on all major characters, and sumptuous detail on the costumes and props that bring Victoria and Albert’s world to vivid life.

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Happy #BookBday (7/6/16 Edition)

Happy belated #BookBday to these new titles on shelves now:

ABSALOM’S DAUGHTERS by Suzanne Feldman
Two half-sisters, one black and one white, embark on a risky road trip through the 1950s Jim Crow South in this spellbinding story of identity and race. “A searing and magical debut by a monumental new talent.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE BIG SHEEP by Robert Kroese
Sherlock meets Blade Runner in this novel that explores society’s fascination with celebrity in a futuristic dystopic LA, with a genetically modified sheep in the center of it all. “Fans of Sherlock Holmes and Douglas Adams’s ‘Dirk Gently’ novels will find things to love in Kroese’s latest.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME by Dan Cluchey
A love story told slantwise featuring a heartbroken (and slightly neurotic) young lawyer, an ethereal soap actress, a prisoner on death row, and a dog named Rafael Uribe Uribe. “A good suggestion for readers looking for something a little bit different.” — Booklist

THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE: One House, Five Families, and a Hundred Years of German History by Thomas Harding
An intimate and revelatory history of Germany, told over a tumultuous century through the lives of the different families that lived in one house. “This personal saga centered on a family home will appeal to enthusiasts of German history, especially post-World War II division and reunification.” — Library Journal

Anne’s Time “Auf”

Anne is “auf” on vacation!

For the next two weeks she will be visiting family in Germany, eating pretzels, drinking beer, and having fun with baby Daniel in a new country. And of course, marveling at the libraries and bookstores in Stuttgart and beyond.

She’ll be back on the blog on Monday, February 22. Until then, be good to Talia!

…means “book love.”

Stars for BERLIN

Imagine Berlin, a city of fragments and ghosts, a metropolis that inspired countless artists and witnessed uncountable murders. Imagine the most arrogant capital of Europe devastated by Allied bombs, then divided by a Wall. Imagine it reunited and reborn as one of the creative centers of the world.

Rory MacLean takes readers through all that history in BERLIN: Portrait of a City Through the Centuries. Told through the biographies of 23 Berliners who conceived and created the new capital of Europe over five centuries, BERLIN is immersive history that’s receiving outstanding reviews:

“…[MacLean’s] careful arrangement of detail and far-reaching scope make for a perfect description of one of Europe’s most enigmatic and controversial cities…Maclean brings this ‘city of fragments and ghosts,’ with its fractured and volatile past, to life.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“As their stories weave into one, patterns and commonalities emerge, and the reader, too, is invited to inhabit Berlin with them, taking part as the city ‘reinvents itself, reconciling a mythic idea of itself with its bitter, bloody, buoyant past.’ The result is sprawling, experimental, and in certain moments, ungainly but also deeply enthralling, much like the city itself.” — Booklist, starred review

“The mix of historical fiction, nonfiction, and personal narrative will…engage readers who welcome MacLean’s use of different writing forms to propel the account.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (2/20/14 Edition)

We're a day away from TGIF and you know what that means: #ThrillerThursday! Here's what we're reading this week:

RUNNER by Patrick Lee
You know how much Anne loves this "high-tech thriller that's hard to put down" (Library Journal, starred review) because she can't stop recommending it to anyone who will listen (hey casting directors: Channing Tatum!). She's not the only one–it's a March Indie Next pick, has three starred reviews, and the adoration of Lee Child, Steve Berry and Nelson DeMille. 

THE INNOCENT SLEEP by Karen Perry
This psychological thriller about a couple restarting their lives five years after losing their son in a tragic accident is perfect for those of you who enjoyed the March 2014 LibraryReads pick, PRECIOUS THING. "This novel, with a premise that taps into the fears of every parent, is an entertaining thriller that fans of Tana French and Gillian Flynn will enjoy." — Library Journal  
(get the free downloadable praise sheet)

DEAD WATER by Ann Cleeves
In the eagerly awaited new entry in Ann Cleeves' popular Shetland Islands series (now airing on BBC as the television series Shetland), Detective Inspector Willow Reeves and Inspector Jimmy Perez team up to investigate the murder of a journalist. "Cleeves has an unusually deft hand with characters; not one of them seems purely plot-functional, and Perez’s character keeps deepening with each book." — Booklist, starred review

BROTHERHOOD OF FEAR by Paul Grossman
It's 1933 and famed detective Willi Kraus is avoiding deportation back to Nazi Germany when he finds himself unwittingly drawn into a murder mystery in Paris. "Grossman again manages to make the past come alive, and his complicated investigator displays enough depth and frailty to warrant continued exploits, even without the series’ initial hook of a Jewish cop fighting for justice under the Nazis." — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Double Debut: Both Starred!

Do your patrons have a craving for historical mysteries? Great, because two fantastic debuts are heading their way.

The Holy Thief: In Soviet Russia, an investigator must scramble to find the murderer of an American girl. One wrong step means exile in Siberia.

"Ryan re-creates the toxic, terrorized atmosphere by plunging Korolev into a
ghastly web where nothing is what it seems" --Library Journal (starred review)

The Sleepwalkers: When a Jewish detective must investigate a string of heinous crimes during the dawn of Nazi Germany, the hunter becomes the hunted.

"Grossman
powerfully captures the atmosphere of Berlin on the verge of Nazi takeover, the
elegance and cultural brilliance amid the decadence, and the sense of impending
doom." --Library Journal (starred review)

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