Rowayton Library Recommends

Tails

December 14, 2018

Tails by Flowerpot Press is a question and answer book that asks young readers to identify animals. Bright color photographs introduces the tail and ask who it belongs to. The next page has the exciting reveal. The photographs are gorgeous and the examples used are a good mix of barnyard and exotic creatures.

Noses

December 14, 2018

Noses by Flowerpot Press is a question and answer book that ask young readers to identify animals. Bright color photographs introduces the foot and asks who it belongs to. The next page has the exciting reveal. The photographs are gorgeous and the examples used are a good mix of barnyard and exotic creatures.

Feet

December 14, 2018

Feet by Flowerpot Press is a question and answer book that asks young readers to identify animals. Bright color photographs introduce the feet and asks who it belongs to. The next page has the exciting reveal. The photographs are gorgeous and the examples used are a good mix of barnyard and exotic creatures.

Ears

December 14, 2018

Ears by Flowerpot Press is a question and answer book that asks young readers to identify animals. Bright color photographs introduces the ear and asks who it belongs to. The next page has the exciting reveal. The photographs are gorgeous and the examples used are a good mix of barnyard and exotic creatures.

Wiggles

December 14, 2018

Wiggles by Claire Zuchelli-Romer is the latest in the “touch, think, learn” series. Every page presents an opportunity to use a finger to follow instructions and slide around the designated path. Everything is brightly colored and the instructions easy to follow and just challenging enough.

Whose Boat

December 14, 2018

Whose Boat by Toni Buzzeo and Tom Froese describes the myriad boats you find in a busy harbor. Lift the flaps add to the excitement of seeing which craft does which job. There is a good level of detail for each example and a charming ending.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

December 14, 2018

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by David Ellwand just might have the most adorable stuffed bear cast of any board book. Taking off from the beloved children’s song, the author builds a story about bears in space that is guaranteed to make you smile. Their concluding moon dance is particularly sweet.

Toesy Toes

December 14, 2018

Toesy Toes by Sarah Tsiang is a rollicking celebration of toes in all guises. Wet, dry, dirty, wiggly, tickly--all the babies in the photos have very cute toes. There is something fascinating about toes and this book really knows how to play with that.

Snow Kisses

December 14, 2018

Snow Kisses by Judi Abbot celebrates the joys of winter with a rhyming text and cuddly animal characters. From sledding and snowballs to cocoa by the fire, it's a warm-hearted look at both the cozy and fun aspects of the season.

Rosa Loves Cars

December 14, 2018

Rosa Loves Cars by Jessica Spanyol is the story of a group of young friends playing with cars and trucks. The friends are refreshingly varied, united by their enthusiastic love of all things motorized and on the road. The beeps and vrooms and crashes keep things hopping, with the bemused pink cat acting as a good watchman.

Potty Power

December 14, 2018

Potty Power by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle is a positive, straightforward look at what happens around going to the potty. It has a lighthearted touch beginning with two main characters dubbed super pooper and whiz kid. They are encouraging and forthright about going number 1 and 2 and the joy of getting to wear big kid pants when you “doo doo” the right thing. A very funny look at an important process.

Peek--a--Who?

December 14, 2018

Peek-a-Who? by Elsa Mroziewicz is a lift the flap book of animal sounds. The triangular shape makes it easy for small hands to hold and the illustrations are vivid.

Go Baby! Go Dog!

December 14, 2018

Go Baby! Go Dog by Anne Vittur Kennedy is very funny. The storyline will be familiar to anyone with a dog and baby in the house. The baby is a determined crawler intrigued with the dog. The dog is equally determined to stay out of baby’s way. Their delightful truce is a satisfying ending.

Baby Sees Colors

December 14, 2018

Baby Sees Colors by Akio Kashiwara uses brilliant colors to explore patterns and shapes. It's a great read aloud and you can encourage the child to trace the interesting paths on each page. It's an attention-grabbing book as there is always something new to explore.

The Elephant

December 2, 2018

The Elephant by Jenni Desmond is the third book in a series about large endangered animals. Fascinating facts abound. Did you know elephants are either right or left tusked? The trunk has 100,000 muscles; how cool is that?! They are huge, inefficient eaters so there is a lot of poo. They are a keystone species. Our guide through all things elephant is a young boy who steps inside a magic book. The illustrations do justice to these magnificent beasts. (Non-Fiction)

Counting Birds--The Idea that Helped Save our Feathered Friends

December 2, 2018

Counting Birds--the idea that helped save our feathered friends by Heidi Stemple is the story of Frank Chapman. He proposed the radical idea--at the time--of counting birds, not killing them. The first count in 1900 totaled 18,500 birds from 89 species. Since then the Audubon Christmas Bird Count has become the longest running citizen science project in the world. In 2016 73,153 birders counted 56,139,812 birds! (Non-Fiction)

The 12 Days of Christmas

December 2, 2018

The 12 Days of Christmas by Greg Pizzoli humorously addresses the rather overwhelming number of gifts that arrive thanks to this traditional carol. His trademark jaunty, vibrantly colored animals cavort around an increasingly anxious elephant who is actually not too happy to receive a houseful of birds, drummers, pipers, and dancers. All of the course ends well. This is a darling book--perfect for a holiday read aloud.

Penguinaut

December 2, 2018

Penguinaut by Marcie Colleen stars Orville, a small but determined penguin who has a lot of much bigger friends. He believes they also have bigger adventures until one day when he decides to go to the moon. He has to persevere in order to get a perfectly penguin-sized rocket ready but he is successful and then --blast off! A realization that outer space is a bit lonely rounds out a very sweet story with witty illustrations.

Our Car

December 2, 2018

Our Car by J.M. Brum, illustrated by Jan Bajtlik is a charming, imaginative ride in a sporty car. The lovely, brightly colored artwork is exceptionally original. Young car enthusiasts will revel in the adventures you can have with Dad, once you have put on your snow tires and gassed up the engine.

Mad, Mad Bear!

December 2, 2018

Mad, Mad Bear! by Kimberley Gee sympathetically recounts the trials of a small bear who is not having a very good day. Life seems awfully unfair, which makes him MAD! How many disappointments and owies is a little bear supposed to bear? The post-tantrum recovery is endearing and upbeat.

Little Christmas Tree

December 2, 2018

Little Christmas Tree by Jessica Courtney-Tickle incorporates lift the flaps in an enchanting woodland tale. The sparkling tree is the centerpiece of a welcoming winter wonderland that shelters all kinds of birds and beasts. The flaps gently reinforce the colors and kinds of fauna that populate the story. It describes a peaceful, quiet atmosphere; a nice alternative to what can be a hectic holiday.

Horse Meets Dog

December 2, 2018

Horse Meets Dog by Elliott Kalan is laugh out loud funny. Horse and dog spend the book trying to convince each other they are what they are not. The illustrations perfectly capture the frustrations each experience as they try and figure out what is going on. The dog thinks the horse has lost his paws and horse doesn't understand why the dog's tail is not flowing and long. How can they get along? A bird arrives at the end to pronounce them both “weird” looking birds.

Got to Get to Bear's!

December 2, 2018

Got to Get to Bear’s! by Brian Lies is the story of an incredible journey. Izzy the intrepid chipmunk gets a note from her friend bear asking her to come quickly. Although a storm is approaching she sets out, going as far as she can through deepening snow before her friend Scritch the squirrel steps in to take them across the treetops. On and on they travel, as the storm gets fiercer and various modes of transport get them closer to bear's lair. The illustrations are utterly charming.

The Cow Said Neigh !

December 2, 2018

The Cow Said Neigh! by Rory Feek, illustrated by Bruno Robert is a cheerful read aloud. All the animals on the farm seem to want to be what they are not. As a result, there is a quite a chorus of mixed up barnyard sounds. Brightly colored illustrations add to the rollicking story and the end is a hoot, or really a moo.

Captain's Log: Snowbound

December 2, 2018

Captain’s Log: Snowbound by Erin Dionne, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler, cleverly borrows events from Ernest Shackleton's Endurance voyage to recreate the adventures of a marooned "crew"/family. The "captain" assigns his family members alternative identities from the original crew which creates lots of opportunities for humor. This is a very clever book that manages to combine history, comedy and action-packed antics. There are lots of details in the illustrations which make the comparisons between the original ship and the young boy's house come alive.

All of a Kind Family Hanukkah

December 2, 2018

All of a Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul Zelinsky is based on the classic books by Sydney Taylor. Set on the Lower East side in 1912 it is the story of five sisters ranging in age from twelve to four. Gertie is the youngest and longs to help prepare the latkes for frying. She is too small for the knives and peelers and a hot fryer and lets everyone know how unhappy she is to be left out. Consigned to her room, she is rescued by Papa so she can take part in the candle lighting. The old-fashioned illustrations are a perfect complement to the sweet, traditional tale of first-night festivities.

Season

December 2, 2018

Season by Nik Sharma is a cookbook resonant with big flavors, beautiful food, and gorgeous photography. The Indian inspired. Rum soaked raisin caramel cake is off the charts delicious.  Tandoori grilled swordfish steaks are also sensational. The author has lots of non-traditional ways to use spices that are sitting in your cabinet! There is good information on infusing to make really appetizing recipes. (Cookbook)

New England Invite--Fresh Feasts to Savor the Seasons

December 2, 2018

New England Invite--Fresh Feasts to Savor the Seasons by Kate Bowler. A very appealing book by an author who understands how to put inviting, delicious food on the table without tearing your hair out. Spicy cheddar chive pub cheese is our favorite recipe for cocktails but her overall cheerful, can do approach to entertaining should inspire many parties. Perfectly timed for all the holiday gatherings! (Cookbook)

Terrain--Ideas and Inspiration for Decorating the Home and Garden

December 2, 2018

Terrain--Ideas and Inspiration for Decorating the Home and Garden edited by Greg Lehmkuhl has a wealth of wonderful ideas for container gardens, indoor planting, and seasonal décor. It’s chocks full of inspiration and practical advice from the skilled gardeners that create the beautiful, inventive spaces that use color, texture, and shape in distinctive ways. There are lots of examples and stunning photographs, as well as practical guidelines--one of the best is the monthly branch forcing timetable. (Non-Fiction)

Saving Bravo--The Greatest Rescue Mission in Navy Seal History

December 2, 2018

Saving Bravo--The Greatest Rescue Mission in Navy Seal History by Stephan Talty is the thrilling story of a heroic rescue that occurred toward the end of the Vietnam War. Lieutenant Colonel Gene Hambleton was part of a crew shot down behind enemy lines. He was a repository of valuable information about top-secret technology so the effort to find him and bring him out was huge. Helicopter rescue missions failed with the terrible loss of life and it was ultimately left to one Navy Seal and a Vietnamese commando to go via foot and boat and pull off the rescue. Hambleton had been on the run for eleven harrowing days before they reach him. The 53-year-old engineer who had never been on the front lines defied the odds and survived thanks to the extraordinary bravery of his rescuers. This is a well-researched account that is hard to put down. (Non-Fiction)

The Patch

December 2, 2018

The Patch by John McPhee will appeal to many readers. Sports lovers will revel in the first section’s essays on lacrosse, golf, fishing, and football. There is a treasure chest of short essays in the section aptly titled ‘The Album Quilt’. There is a vast variety of subjects for dipping in and out of at leisure. He writes so well you find yourself immersed in subjects you had no idea were of interest. (Non-Fiction)

Palaces for the People--How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life

December 2, 2018

Palaces for the People--How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg is a fascinating look at shared community spaces and what they mean. Libraries naturally play a major role. The importance of how communities should operate successfully comes to the fore during crisis management (Chicago heat wave, and major hurricanes for example) where the closeness of the community can make a huge difference in mortality. Making connections literally makes a neighborhood strong, without this people are left to fend for themselves. A well written, timely, and important book. (Non-Fiction)

The Library Book

December 2, 2018

The Library Book by Susan Orlean is not just for library enthusiasts! It is an engrossing, beautifully written saga of the ferocious fire that burned at the main branch of the Los Angeles library in 1989. The terrible event is the basis for a wide-ranging thought piece on libraries, public spaces, mother-daughter relationships, the settlement of California, arson and the history of Los Angeles. It’s gripping and well researched and full of human interest. You may surprise yourself at how quickly you turn the pages of this masterful book. (Non-Fiction)

Washington Black

December 2, 2018

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan is the story of "Wash", an eleven-year-old slave on a Barbados sugar plantation whose life is changed forever when he is chosen as the manservant for Christopher Wilde, his master's brother. Taken under his wing, Wash begins a voyage that will take him all over the world. There are cruelty and pathos, learning and adventure and questions that are hard to answer about captivity and freedom. There is too much potential for spoilers to write much more but this is very highly recommended.

The Wanderer

December 2, 2018

The Wanderer by Michael Ridpath is a diverting mystery set in Iceland. Magnus, the lead detective, is a distinctive character in that he is Icelandic but was raised in the USA. He is back on the island permanently just in time to puzzle out the murder of a young Italian tourist. There is a fascinating archeological backstory involving the Vikings and the length of their exploratory journeys. There is any number of suspects and plenty of atmosphere in these unique police procedural.

The Noel Stranger

December 2, 2018

The Noel Stranger by Richard Paul Evans is a classic romance. Maggie and Andrew are both newly single. Buying a Christmas tree is a leap of faith for Maggie, who sees little reason to celebrate. Meeting Andrew at his lot changes their lives and begins a journey neither expected. This is a good cozy read.

Lark! The Herald Angels Sing

December 2, 2018

Lark the Herald Angels Sing by Donna Andrews continues her holiday series featuring Meg Langslow. This year’s festivities initially center round preparation for the town Nativity pageant, where a big surprise waits in the manger. Meg has to find out a potentially uncomfortable truth, keep her family and friends safe and somehow ensure that Christmas is merry for all. This is a great adventure!

The Fox

December 2, 2018

The Fox by Frederick Forsyth is a page-turner. It features a unique protagonist, an autistic teen who is a computer wizard/hacker without peer, and without an agenda. Unfortunately, he chose to hack the CIA, NSA, and Pentagon. How to turn that skill to the advantage of the UK? How to keep the US on a side? How to outwit the Russians at a game they play so well? Suspenseful, with classic propulsive Forsythe writing, intriguing characters and a frighteningly realistic set of circumstances.

Dark Sacred Night

December 2, 2018

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly is an excellent police procedural, with multiple cases providing interest alongside the main cold case. Bosch and Ballard are a great duo with complementary skills. Connelly has continued to develop Bosch’s character and he is aging well. He’s cynical without being grim, and a realist when it comes to trying to understand the criminal mind. He has seen it all by now and it’s to Connelly’s credit that Bosch remains a fresh and fascinating character after dozens of books.

The Comforts of Home

December 2, 2018

The Comforts of Home by Susan Hill is the latest in the Chief Police Inspector Simon Serrailer mystery series. Set in his hometown of Lafferton, it opens with Simon in the hospital recovering from a serious injury. The gripping plot thickens quickly. As always, his personal life is intertwined with his police work. Over the years Lafferton has certainly seen its share of murder. The author excels at character development, with realistic conundrums and emotional acts. Naturally, the main focus is on dastardly deeds. There is a parallel plot that takes place on a remote Shetland island involving a murder that unlocks a victim’s mysterious past.

Bitter Orange

December 2, 2018

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller is a twisty page-turner. It’s set in 1969 at a battered country estate in the UK dripping with mold and strange noises. A trio of researchers ostensibly cataloging the inventory in the house spends the summer ostensibly working on this project. Frances, the narrator, is an emotionally stunted 39 years old entranced by the couple who live below her. She is introduced to a bewitching way of life that is totally new and leads in troublesome directions. Read on!

Disney: Vampirina Children's Movie (G) 92 minutes

November 16, 2018

Disney: VAMPIRINA– CHILDREN’S MOVIE (G) MEET THE NEW GIRL ON THE BLOCK! Fang-tastic Fun For Everyone! Vampirina is the new ghoul in town, and she’s ready to show everyone how to dance to the beat of their own drum! Vampirina “Vee” Hauntley and her family--which includes a friendly ghost and a transforming pet werewolf, just moved from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. When she’s not helping her family hosting Transylvanian guests in their Scare B&B, she’s busy showing her new human friends how to live life the spook-tacular way, every day. Whether they’re making their own “spine-Chiller” music video, planning a party or throwing a sleepover filled with surprises, Vee and her friends always figure out how to have FUN!.

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies Children's Movie (PG) 90 minutes

November 16, 2018

TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES– CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movie--everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is sidetracked by a serious supervillain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!

Pinkalicious and Peterrific: Pinkamagine It! Children's Movie (G) 75 minutes

November 16, 2018

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC: PINKAMAGINE IT!– CHILDREN’S MOVIE (G)  This is an animated children’s movie from PBS. If there's one thing Pinkalicious loves most, it's the color pink! When Pinkalicious wakes up to discover her whole body has suddenly turned pink, she soon learns that it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

Incredibles 2 Children's Movie (PG) 111 minutes

November 16, 2018

INCREDIBLES 2 – CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) Long past the secrets that brought them together and tore their lives apart, Noah, Alison, Helen, and Cole are on separate journeys with the promise of new relationships and a fresh start. But as the past continues to surface, they question what they’re holding on to as their lives keep crashing back into one another.

Vikings Season 5 Part 1 Series (NR) 441 minutes

November 16, 2018

VIKINGS, Season 5, part 1SERIES (NR) Ivar the Boneless asserts his leadership over the Great Heathen Army. Lagertha reigns as Queen of Kattegat. Ragnar’s sons plot their next moves. Bjorn follows his destiny. Floki submits himself to the will of the Gods.

Poldark Season 4 Series (PG) 464 minutes

November 16, 2018

POLDARK, Season 4SERIES (PG) 1794: War and the revolution in France hang over Britain. In Cornwall, George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) grows his empire with a view to crush the Poldarks, while Ross (Aidan Turner) and Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) attempt to repair their relationship. Ross must play the political game on a journey that takes him to the nation's capital to defend Cornwall and those he loves from an empowered George, And this takes him into new perils. Facing battles both at home and abroad, will Ross answer the call and risk losing everything he holds dear?

Killing Eve Season 1 Series (NR) 360 minutes

November 16, 2018

KILLING EVE, Season 1SERIES  (NR)  Starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, Killing Eve centers on two women: Eve (Oh) is a whip-smart, yet bored, pay-grade MI5 security officer whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle (Comer) is a mercurial, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. Penned by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, Killing Eve will follow these two women, equally obsessed with each other, as they go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse.

800 Words Season 3, Part 1 Series (NR) 365 minutes

November 16, 2018

800 WORDS, Season 3, part 1– (NR) As the award-winning dramedy returns, new challenges await newspaper columnist George Turner (Erik Thomson, Packed to the Rafters) and his family, now settled in a charming New Zealand community after moving from Australia. Following last season's harrowing boating accident, the townsfolk of Weld mount a search-and-rescue operation for the missing men, including the boyfriend of George's daughter, Shay (Melina Vidler). 8 episodes, 6 hrs., 2 DVDs.

The Americans Season 6 Series (NR) 527 minutes

November 16, 2018

THE AMERICANS, Season 6SERIES (NR) FINAL SEASON- It is 1987 and an imminent Gorbachev-Reagan nuclear summit promises to ease world tensions. But life for the Jennings family is more precarious than ever:  major arms control summit looms, pushing Elizabeth to her limits as never before. Elizabeth's (Keri Russell) relentless dedication as a KGB agent has dealt a potentially lethal blow to her marriage to Philip (Matthew Rhys), who has left espionage behind. His friendship with an FBI agent threatens the family "business", which now includes Paige (Holly Taylor). Deft writing, Impeccable performances, suspenseful tension, makes this final season! 3 DVDs

The Affair Season 4 Series (NR) 590 minutes

November 16, 2018

THE AFFAIR, Season 4– SERIES (NR) Long past the secrets that brought them together and tore their lives apart, Noah, Alison, Helen, and Cole are on separate journeys with the promise of new relationships and a fresh start. But as the past continues to surface, they question what they’re holding on to as their lives keep crashing back into one another.

Uncle Drew (PG-13) 103 minutes

November 16, 2018

UNCLE DREW– MOVIE (PG-13) After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic streetball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend Uncle Drew  (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew's old basketball squad (Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.

The Spy Who Dumped Me (NR) 116 minutes

November 16, 2018

THE SPY WHO DUMPED MEMOVIE (NR) Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jumps into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as they hatch a plan to save the world.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (PG-13) 135 minutes

November 16, 2018

SOLO: A Star Wars Story– MOVIE (PG -13) Buckle up for the ride of your life aboard the Millennium Falcon! Through a series of daring escapades into the criminal underworld Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) meets and befriends his mighty future co-pilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), forging a bond that will alter the fate of a galaxy. They encounter Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) years before joining the Rebellion. Director Ron Howard Helms this epic action-adventure written by Jonathan & Lawrence Kasdan that “makes the jump to lightspeed and doesn’t slowdown”

Mile 22 (R) 95 minutes

November 16, 2018

MILE 22– MOVIE (R) In a visceral modern thriller from the director of Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg as James Silva, an operative of the CIA's most highly-prized and little-known unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must transport an asset (Iko Uwais) who has vital information to an airfield for extraction before the enemy closes in. Also starring Lauren Cohan, Rhonda Rousey, and John Malkovich, this film is "loaded with the edge of your seat action" (Steve Weintraub, Collider). Relentlessly paced, addictively slick paramilitary thriller. Rom Russo, Boston Globe.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG-13) 114 minutes

November 16, 2018

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN– MOVIE (PG-13)Taking place ten years after the original film, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is pregnant while running her mother Donna’s (Meryl Streep) villa. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, tells the story of how a young Donna (Lily James) came to start up her villa, met each one of Sophie’s dads, and raised Sophie on her own. Sophie is also faced with an unexpected visit from someone she had not invited or expected to see: her grandmother, Ruby Sheridan (Cher).

Loving Pablo (R) 124 minutes

November 16, 2018

LOVING PABLOMOVIE (R)  Academy Award Winners Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz unite in the extraordinary story of the volatile love affair between Colombia's most famous journalist, Virginia Vallejo (Penélope Cruz) and the world's most feared drug lord, Pablo Escobar (Javier Bardem). When Virginia first met Pablo, she was drawn to him by his charisma and contagious passion for his country and the people he loves. As their passionate affair intensified, so did the brutal violence and tyranny that surrounded Escobar's empire. As her world comes crashing down around her, Virginia must decide if she will support the man she loves or help bring down one of the most vicious criminals the world has ever known in this amazing story inspired by true events from Virginia's best-selling memoir.

Healing (R) 112 minutes

November 16, 2018

HEALINGMOVIE (R)  After 18 years in prison, Viktor Khadem (Don Hany) is a man who has almost given up on life. For his final months incarcerated, he is transferred to a low-security prison where Senior Officer Matt Perry (Hugo Weaving) has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men by assigning them as caretakers for injured eagles, falcons, and owls. Against all odds, the officer takes a special liking to Viktor and introduces him to Yasmine, a majestic, temperamental wedge-tailed eagle. If these wild souls can tame one another, anything is possible. Inspired by a true story, Healing is a powerful, moving tale of redemption, the discovery of hope and the mending of the spirit.

Dog Days (PG) 113 minutes

November 16, 2018

DOG DAYSMOVIE (PG) A hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of 5 different characters and their canine pets around sunny Los Angeles. When these human and canine's paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected. The cast of characters includes Elizabeth (Nina Dobrev), Tara (Vanessa Hudgens), Dax (Adam Pallly), Grace (Eve Longoria), Tyler (Finn Wolfhard), Greg (Thomas Lennon).

The Darkest Minds (PG-13) 104 minutes

November 16, 2018

THE DARKEST MINDS– MOVIE (PG -13) After a disease killed 98% of children and young people in the United States, the 2% who managed to survive have developed superpowers, but have been locked in internment camps after being declared a threat. 16-year-old, Ruby, manages to escape from her camp and joins a group of teenagers who formed a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future while fleeing government forces.

Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13) 120 minutes

November 16, 2018

CRAZY RICH ASIANS– MOVIE (PG-13) Crazy Rich Asians follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

Blackkklansman (R) 135 minutes

November 16, 2018

BLACKkKLANSMAN--MOVIE (R) From visionary filmmaker, Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. In the early 1970s, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a difference, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. He recruits a seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation. Together, they team up to take down the extremist organization aiming to garner mainstream appeal. Produced by the team behind the Academy Award-winning Get Out, BlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as relevant in today's tumultuous world.

The Ant-Man and the Wasp (PG-13) 118 minutes

November 16, 2018

ANT-MAN AND THE WASPMOVIE  (PG-13)In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

Sister Pie

October 28, 2018

Sister Pie by Lisa Ludwinski profiles the iconic Detroit bakery and its famous pies. Don’t give in to your instinct to assume there can’t be anything new to say about pies. The recipes and “how to” are augmented by gorgeous color photos and some of the clearest instructional text we’ve seen. Finally, make the cranberry crumble pie--it’s amazing! (Cookbook)

Simple

October 28, 2018

Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi is described as cooking with “pared back brilliance.” It’s a perfect description. Imaginative recipes which are easy to execute include playful flavors. New ideas and a reassuring voice make you want to venture outside your comfort zone. His “catch” is he uses no more than 10 ingredients in each recipe, many of which will be in the pantry. (Cookbook)

Everyday Dorie, The Way I Cook

October 28, 2018

Every Day Dorie, The Way I Cook by Dorie Greenspan is a treasure. She describes this as a collection of the food she makes all the time. The bar is set at a very comfortable level with recipes that provide maximum flavor with minimum fuss. It’s well organized and offers the welcome option of “playing around” with the ingredients. This is a great book for cooks looking for a way to spice up classic dishes as she introduces new flavors that would pep up some classic dishes. She is a renowned baker so the dessert section is delectable. (Cookbook)

On Desperate Ground--The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle

October 28, 2018

On Desperate Ground--The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides is a dramatic, harrowing account of the pivotal battle between the US and UN forces and the Chinese army, whose strength had been badly underestimated. Trapped by Macarthur’s incorrect assumption that the Chinese would not enter the war, the vastly outnumbered Marines courageously fought under unimaginable conditions. This is excellent military history that includes many interviews with Marines who fought there. It’s a powerful book. Recommended! (Non-Fiction)

A MInd Unraveled

October 28, 2018

A Mind Unraveled by Kurt Eichenwald is a memoir of the author's struggle with epilepsy that began his freshman year in college. It chronicles the endless, exasperating search for a treatment plan that would allow him to live a normal life. The seizures were terrible and the perception that publicly acknowledging his disease would ruin his prospects was a terrible burden. Terrible misdiagnoses and subsequent poorly managed medical care nearly killed him. The fact he ultimately triumphs make his story all the more inspirational. (Non-Fiction)

A Life of My Own

October 28, 2018

A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin, the renowned English biographer, turns the lens on herself. Covering both the trivial and the tragic it begins with a family that splintered when her parent’s marriage disintegrated. The school was always a refuge and a literary career always her dream.  A veritable who’s who of English people of letters dance through the pages. Her family life encompassed loss after loss but she has been amazingly resilient and ended up a lauded and happy author. (Non-Fiction)

The Witch Elm

October 28, 2018

The Witch Elm by Tana French is excellent. Set in modern-day Ireland it is a mystery wrapped in enigmas, wrapped in memory issues. Toby Hennessey is recovering at his ancestral home from a bad beating he got when his flat was broken into. His terminally ill Uncle Hugo still lives there and his girlfriend Melissa accompanies him. The cousins he grew up with are also around, and the past is an ever important player in the weird developments that all begin with a surprising find within the elm in the garden. All the characters are well drawn, with the crafty detectives particularly engaging.

Melmoth

October 28, 2018

Melmoth by Sarah Perry is gripping and beautifully written. Helen Franklin has been living an ascetic life in Prague for twenty years. She has literally two friends, one of whom comes into possession of a manuscript describing a “witness," who according to legend wanders the earth looking for people who have participated in history’s darker events. There are a number of interwoven stories spanning 500 years. Each touches on the power of guilt and whether restitution is possible in order to change one's future. This is a fascinating book that will stay with you long after you finish.

Hey Kiddo

October 28, 2018

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka is a graphic novel, technically written for Young Adults but recommended for all. It is the story of the author’s life, subtitled How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction.  Raised by his grandparents in Worcester, MA Jarrett struggles with never having known his father and having a mother who couldn’t care for him, all while wrestling with classic childhood and teenage hurdles. He finds solace in his talent for drawing and starts filling up notebooks at a young age. There are teachers who guide him at various points and his grandparents never waver. Entertaining, and despite the subject matter not without moments of humor. His TED talk is also terrific.

Dry

October 28, 2018

Dry by Neil Shusterman is a dystopian Young Adult novel with an intriguing, topical premise. California’s drought has reached epic proportions and has been given the name the Tap Out. When the water runs out the tension level rises inexorably as people begin to fight for this resource. This is an honestly terrifying survival story with well-developed characters trying to survive in a world that is not entirely unimaginable.

Death in Paris

October 28, 2018

Death in Paris by Emilia Bernhard is a sharp-witted mystery set in the City of Light. The heroine is an American whose former boyfriend is found dead in his bowl of vichyssoise. This is a set up for some amateur detecting since she can’t quite believe the circumstances. The list of suspects is long and reliably quirky, and the Parisian setting is delightful. This a good lighthearted read.

The Darkness

October 28, 2018

The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson takes place in Iceland. The unique central character is an older woman detective more or less being forced to retire. Resurrecting a cold case involving the drowning of a young Russia immigrant woman who had been seeking asylum turns her world upside down. It’s very atmospheric and chilling in every sense of the word. There are plenty of people who do not want her to unearth the truth. She just stays one step ahead of them, which certainly keeps the pages turning.

Alaskan Holiday

October 28, 2018

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber is a charming cozy romance. It is set in a remote corner of Alaska and follows the fortunes of Josie Avery, a Seattle native spending the summer cooking at a lodge before she returns to her dream job as a sous chef at a fancy Seattle restaurant. Naturally, complications ensue but no spoilers! Settle in a comfortable chair and give yourself up to an enjoyable romp

Mary and the Witch's Flower (PG) 103 minutes

October 26, 2018

MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER– MOVIE (PG) Just in Time for HALLOWE’EN!! Japanese Anime, English Language--A new release from Studio Ponoc, in the tradition of Studio Ghibli. This is a new adventure about a young girl who discovers a flower that grants her magical powers--but only for one night. An ordinary girl. Mary is stuck in the country with her Great Aunt Charlotte when she discovers an old broomstick and the strange flower that blossoms only once every seven years. Suddenly Mary finds herself whisked away to Endor College--a school of magic run by Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Dr. Dee. But the school is not all that it seems, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right. Voices by Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslett, Jim Broadbent, and Ewen Bremmer.

Hotel Transylvania 3 (PG) 200 minutes

October 26, 2018

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3– CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) Just in Time for HALLOWE’EN!! Join your favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation adventure on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can finally take a break from handling everyone else's vacation at the hotel. It's smooth sailing for Drac's Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But they hit rocky waters when Mavis realizes that Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could sink their plans for a dream vacation

Three Identical Strangers Documentary (PG-13) 96 minutes

October 26, 2018

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS– DOCUMENTARY (PG-13) Three Identical Strangers tells the astonishing true story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of 19, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio's joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes far beyond their own lives--a secret that goes to very heart of all human behavior.

Vikings Season 5. Volume 1 (NR) 441 minutes

October 26, 2018

VIKINGS, Season 5, vol.1– SERIES  (NR) Season 5 begins with Ivar the Boneless asserting his leadership over the Great Heathen Army, while Lagertha reigns as Queen of Kattegat. Ivar’s murder of his brother Sigurd sets the stage for vicious battles to come as Ragnar’s sons plot their next move after avenging their father’s death. Bjorn follows his destiny into the Mediterranean Sea and Floki, who is suffering from the loss of his wife Helga, takes to the seas submitting himself to the will of the gods. This season is full of startling alliances and unbelievable betrayals as the Vikings fight to rule the world. “A Bloody Good Mix of Medieval Sex, Violence & Family Drama” Rob Lowman, LA Daily News

Six Season 2 (NR) 438 minutes

October 26, 2018

SIX, Season 2– SERIES (NR) THE HISTORY CHANNEL--“Authentic, Action-Packed Addictive” per TV Guide. After an explosive Season One finale, Six follows our team of SEALs as they deal with the aftermath of Rip’s shooting while hunting down the terror group responsible for the attack. The SEALs join forces with a cunning and tenacious CIA agent, Gina Cline, who has Michael Nasry under fierce interrogation. Together the crew scours Eastern Europe, infiltrating hostile territory across Russian borders while tracking a mysterious figure known as “The Prince”. Back in Virginia Beach, Rip’s killer, the radicalized Marissa Wyatt, hatches a new plan of attack to strike the homeland once again.

Shetland Season 4 (NR) 360 minutes

October 26, 2018

SHETLAND, Season 4– SERIES (NR) Award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves bestselling detective series returns for a fourth season as DI Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall, Primeval) faces a gripping new single mystery. When Thomas Malone has his murder conviction overturned after 23 years behind bars, DI Perez has to reopen the investigation If Thomas Malone didn’t kill local teenager Lizzie Kilmuir 23 years ago, who did? Welcome back to Scotland’s breathtakingly beautiful Shetland Islands, where re-opening a teenager’s cold murder case from 1994 triggers a new chain of killings and attacks. Good-natured DI Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) and his bright young DS, “Tosh” MacIntosh (Alison O’Donnell) investigate the apparent copycat murder of a local journalist, killed while collecting clues about corporate manslaughter and its cover-up. Why does the Secret Service warn Perez and Tosh off the case? And who shot their prime suspect?

Murdoch Mysterie: Home For the Holiday (NR) 88 minutes

October 26, 2018

MURDOCH MYSTERIES: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAY– SERIES (NR) Dashing detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) must solve a holiday whodunit in this feature-length special of the award-winning mystery series set in Edwardian Toronto. Days before Christmas, Murdoch and his wife, Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), travel to Victoria, British Columbia, to spend time with Murdoch’s eccentric brother. But instead of a relaxing holiday with Jasper (Dylan Neal) and his family, they end up investigating a murder at an archaeological site. Back in Toronto, Constables Crabtree (Jonny Harris) and Higgins (Lachlan Murdoch) try to impress their sweethearts before a skiing outing, and Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) and his wife invest in a money-making scheme run by a man named Ponzi. Guest stars include Kate Hewlett, Jake Epstein, and Megan Follows.

Masterpiece: The Miniaturist Mini-Series (NC-17) Adults Only 162 minutes

October 26, 2018

MASTERPIECE: THE MINIATURIST– Mini SERIES (NC-17) Adults Only  A haunting, sumptuous period thriller about a house where, beneath the lavish beauty and privilege, lie forbidden passions and dangerous secrets. A young woman moves to 17th century Amsterdam and hires a mysterious local miniaturist to furnish the dollhouse she received from her merchant husband as a present, but the lifelike miniatures somehow start eerilyforeshadowing her fate.Based on the popular novel by Jessie Burton, this three-part film stars Romola Garai as Marin Brandt, Alex Hassell as Johannes Brandt, Hayley Squires as Cornelia, Paapa Essiedu as Otto, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Nella (Petronella) Brandt.

Midsomer Murders Season 20 (NR) 598 minutes

October 26, 2018

MIDSOMER MURDERS, Season 20SERIES (NR )Welcome to England’s most murderous county! Homicide, blackmail, greed, and betrayal: just a taste of what goes on behind the well-trimmed hedges of Midsomer County in this long-running British mystery series starring (Niel Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby and his assistant, DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix). The new pathologist is Dr. Fleur Perkins (Annette Badland). Delightful in a murderously charming way and including guest stars Jemma Redgrave, Michael Byrne, Ann Eleonora Jorgensen, Ellie Haddington, Tamzan Outhwaite, Peter Egan, Don Gilet, and Andrew Gower.

800 Words Season 3 Part 1 (NR) 365 minutes

October 26, 2018

800 WORDS, Season 3, part 1– SERIES (NR) As the award-winning dramedy returns, new challenges await newspaper columnist George Turner (Erik Thomson) and his family, now settled in a charming New Zealand community after moving from Australia. Following last season's harrowing boating accident, the townsfolk of Weld mount a search-and-rescue operation for the missing men, including the boyfriend of George's daughter, Shay (Melina Vidler).

Billions Season 3 (NR) 684 minutes

October 26, 2018

BILLIONS, Season 3– SERIES (NR) The Season three of BILLIONS finds Chuck Rhoades and Bobby Axelrod in a world that has shifted on its axis. Both men are still determined to destroy the other, but must also battle for their own survival amidst new forces and powerful enemies. Wendy Rhoades, Chuck's wife, and Axe's performance coach is all in for both of them, an uneasy and dangerous position for her, and one that ultimately puts her to a decision that could alter the direction of her life irrevocably. Money, power, justice, and revenge are all on the line for each of these characters.

The 12th Man Foreign Movie (PG-13) 132 minutes

October 26, 2018

THE 12THMAN– Foreign MOVIE (PG-13) ENGLISH Dubbed and Norwegian/German with subtitles--An incredible true-life story of heroism and a man’s unbreakable will to live. Norway, 1943: After a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his eleven comrades dead, Norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud (Thomas Gullestad) finds himself on the run from the Gestapo through the snowbound Arctic reaches of Scandinavia. It’s a harrowing journey across unforgiving frozen wilderness--one that will stretch on for months and force Jan to take extreme action in order to survive. With gut-punching realism and vivid psychological immediacy, director Harald Zwart pays tribute to one man’s extraordinary courage--and to the everyday heroes who helped him along the way.

Tag (R) 100 minutes

October 26, 2018

TAG– MOVIE (R) A small group of college classmates organizes an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country. For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade--risking their necks their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry, “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming and he’s ready. Based on a true story, this outrageous comedy shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.

Skyscraper (PG-13) 103 minutes

October 26, 2018

SKYSCRAPER– MOVIE (PG-13) Former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) now assess security for skyscrapers. He's on assignment in China when he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family, who are trapped inside the building, above the fire line. EXHILARATING!

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (R) 122 minutes

October 26, 2018

SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADOMOVIE (R) In Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the series begins a new chapter. In the drug war, there are no rules--and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways. Alejandro kidnaps the kingpin’s daughter to inflame the conflict--but when the girl is seen as collateral damage, her fate will come between the two men as they question everything they are fighting for.

Shock and Awe (R) 90 minutes

October 26, 2018

SHOCK AND AWE– MOVIE (R) In 2003, the White House administration made a case for the invasion of Iraq. The facts didn’t add up! This is the untold true story of an intrepid team of four reporters of Knight Ridder who dared to ask the questions their colleagues did not in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Editor John Walcott (Robb Reiner) and famous war correspondent Joe Galloway (Tommy Lee Jones) support the reporters, Jonathan Landay (Woody Harrelson) and Warren Strobel (James Marsden), working on the case. They set forth to sift through the chaos and official lies to uncover the truth, and what it is like to hunt for the truth when the stakes are life, death, and the American democracy. The Government got its war, but one team of reporters got it right!

Peppermint (R) 102 minutes

October 26, 2018

PEPPERMINT– MOVIE (R) Peppermint is an action thriller which tells the story of young mother Riley North (Jennifer Garner) who awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerilla. Five years after their senseless, violent deaths. She comes back from a self-imposed exile to seek revenge against those responsible and the system that let them go free, having channeled her frustration into personal motivation, and spending the five years in hiding honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force--eluding the underworld, the LAPD and the FBI- as she methodically delivers her personal brand of justice.

Ocean's 8 (PG-13) 135 minutes

October 26, 2018

OCEAN’S EIGHT– MOVIE (PG-13) Five Years, Eight Months and Twelve Days, is how long Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has been concocting the greatest heist of her storied career. It will require the best in the field, a crew of specialists to plan and execute a heist in New York City at the yearly Met Gala.  Her former partner in crime, Lou (Cate Blanchett), and a crew of all female specialists, Rose (Helena Bonham Carter), Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), Nina Ball (Rihanna), Tammy (Sarah Paulson), Amita (Mindy Kaling) and Constance (Awkwafina).

Hotel Artemis (R) 94 minutes

October 26, 2018

HOTEL ARTEMISMOVIE (R) Set in a riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, Hotel Artemis follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals. A woman known as The Nurse (Jodie Foster) runs a high-security, members-only hospital for high-rolling criminals in Los Angeles. When a bank robber (Sterling K. Brown) brings his injured teammates along with an $18 million in jewels there, both mob boss Wolf King (Jeff Goldblum) and the police follow. With the hospital under siege, The Nurse, her orderly (Dave Bautista) and her other criminal patients have to defend themselves.

The First Purge (R) 98 minutes

October 26, 2018

THE FIRST PURGEMOVIE (R) Blumhouse Productions welcomes you to experience how it all began! The tradition that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

Devil's Hand (PG-13) 85 minutes

October 26, 2018

DEVIL’S HAND– MOVIE (PG-13) From Filmmaker Christian E. Christiansen comes this spine-tingling story of satanic terror. In the small, devout village of New Bethlehem, six girls are born on the sixth day of the sixth month, setting in motion an ancient prophecy on their 18thbirthday, one of the girls will become the Devil's Hand. As the day nears, the young woman begins to disappear. Threatened by the town's fiery religious leader (Colm Meaney), the remaining girls, Mary and Ruth join with Mary’s father (Rufus Sewell) to uncover the chilling truth behind the evil that grips New Bethlehem.

Borg vs. McEnroe (R) 107 minutes

October 26, 2018

BORG vs McENROE– MOVIE (R)  Featuring a tour-de-force performance from Shia LaBeouf as tennis great John McEnroe, this kinetic sports thriller is based on the dramatic true events behind one of the sport's most famous rivalries. McEnroe: brash, ferocious energy on the court plus his spectacular tantrums versus Borg: cool, composed elegant style of play and unflappable public demeanor. Yet, both men are hiding deep anxieties, locked in battle with their inner demons. On the court, each brings to bear in one of the most suspenseful events in sports history. At the historic 1980 Wimbledon Championships, rising American star McEnroe sets his sights on dethroning the reigning champion Bjorn Borg, sparking an unprecedented media frenzy in the tennis world.

Ultimate Predatorpedia

October 24, 2018

Ultimate Predatorpedia by Christina Wilsdon is a National Geographic for Kids book. Ample color photos showcase the predator family from ladybugs to lions. There are individual and general behavior characteristics and lots of exciting facts about clever adaptations (think of our local foxes). There is a wealth of information here. (Non-Fiction)

Through the Window--Views of Marc Chagall's Life and Art

October 24, 2018

Through the Window--Views of Marc Chagall's Life and Art by Barb Rosenstock traces the life of the small Russian boy named Moishe Shagal who became Marc Chagall, one of the world’s foremost artists. Both world wars interrupted his professional and family life; he eventually settled in the United States. His imaginative, brightly colored paintings became sought after and later in life he turned to stained glass creations. His gorgeous windows in the chapel in Pocantico Hills, NY are well worth a trip. This book beautifully captures the dreaminess of his imagination with its illustrations by Mary Grandpre. (Non-Fiction)