Just in: suspense

stingIn “Sting,” Sandra Brown is a twisty page turner about a con and the hitman who is hired to track her.  “ “Damaged” by Lisa Scottline features series characters Rosato & DiNunzio, who take on the case of   a dyslexic fifth grader, Patrick O’Brien, who’s bullied at school and is getting no support for his language disability. Patrick, who’s being raised by his paternal grandfather, allegedly attacked a school aid with scissors. Curious Minds” by Evanovich Enterprises (Phoef Sutton) is the latest Knight and Moon caper.

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Feel-good story

runs  “The Boy Who Runs” is a true story about a Ugandan boy soldier of (Julius Achon) who became a world-class runner and the director of an African children’s charity.  And, speaking of children, the library has the script of the new Harry Potter play “HP and The Cursed Child.”

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Puzzles, not perplexities

musicReaders preferring puzzles to perplexities might enjoy new mysteries by Peter Robinson and Paul Doiron.  In ‘When the Music’s Over”, Robinson’s  Inspector Banks must deal with two assault cases, a new case which is racially charged and a cold case from the 60s.  In the “Widowmaker”, Doiron’s    warden Mike Bowditch helps find a young man who has disappeared in the Widowmaker ski area, where Mike’s late father (a notorious poacher) once worked.

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Drama, melodrama, panorama

mirclesNew DVDs that might generate gasps, tears, grimaces or awe.  45 years.  A couple (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) hid a roadblock on the eve of their wedding anniversary.   Miracles from Heaven.  A mother (Jennifer garner) searches for hope when she discovers her daughter has a rare disease.  Batman v Superman. A double helping of superheroes. London has Fallen.  Good guys vs terrorists in this sequel to Olympus has Fallen. Following the Ninth.  The story behind Beethoven’s final symphony with the famous Ode to Joy.

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Comedy: quirky, broad and classic

granNew DVDs that might generate smiles, chuckles and guffaws. Grandma. Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) and her granddaughter need cash in hurry.  Their unannounced visits to old friends and flames rattle the skeletons and shake the rafters.  Hello, my Name is Doris.  A wallflower (Sally Field) finds her world turned upside by a self-help guru that inspires her to take a chance. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.  The family reunites for more nuptial madness.  Down and Out in Beverly Hills.  A family rescues a street bum (Nick Nolte); he turns their world upside down.

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Books with Big Themes!

museArt! Money! Life! Oppression!  Books that takcle the Big Questions.  The Muse by Jessie Burton. The discovery of a rare painting gives rise to a mystery over the life of the artist. Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney. The ebbs and flows of a marriage during the 08 downturn. The Girls by Emma Cline.  A lonely teenager in the 60s falls in with a gang of older girls.  Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb. An Appalachian couple moves to town in search of work during the depression.  The Rent Collector by Steve Cameron Wright. A family struggles to survive in Cambodia after the revolution

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Something completely differnt

caulifolwerJust in! An “exuberant, multi-voiced novel based on the life of a 19th-century Hindu saint.”  To the world, he is Sri Ramakrishna–godly avatar, spiritual master, beloved guru. But to Hriday, his nephew and longtime caretaker, he is just Uncle– who must be safeguarded from ecstatic trances, his patron Mathur Baba and “that most fateful of vegetables, the cauliflower.”  Written by Man Booker-shortlisted author Nicola Barker, The Cauliflower is “perfectly balanced between clownish irreverence and hushed respect” (Sunday Times).

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