Rowayton Library Recommends

Debating Darcy

May 16, 2022

by Sayantani Dasgupta are a witty Pride and Prejudice retelling set amid dueling high school debate teams and featuring two Desi romantic leads. At Longbourn High, Leela Bose is a talented debater with a good dose of Elizabeth Bennet’s high spirits and sense of humor. She meets Firoze Darcy, the handsome but snobbish forensics team president from rival private school Netherfield Academy, as she’s standing on a table in the school cafeteria belting out her favorite songs from Hamilton. After teasing Darcy playfully about his obvious wealth, Leela hears him scoff about her attractiveness in a way that readers familiar with the original Pride and Prejudice will immediately recognize. From then on, the two are rivals in debate and in romance, at least until Leela realizes that first impressions may be misleading. Dasgupta updates the original text in a lively, refreshing way, while still hewing closely to the spirit of Austen’s work. This is such a fun treat. (Young Adults)

Falling Short

May 16, 2022

Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros is a cute story of friendship. Isaac Castillo and Marco Honeyman have been best friends since they were in kindergarten, although they couldn’t seem more different on the surface: Isaac is tall and a great basketball player but has a hard time with schoolwork, while diminutive Marco is a stellar student but not so super when it comes to sports. Yet, both boys bond over their troubled backgrounds and provide each other with kindness and support. Now they’re both entering sixth grade and Isaac is determined to get better grades, just as Marco has his heart set on joining the basketball team. The book shows with both humor and empathy the ways in which the boys navigate their individual challenges together. (Chapter Books)

I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967

May 16, 2022

I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 by Lauren Tarshis, illustrated by Berat Pekmezci, is the latest in the graphic novel installments of the “I Survived” series. It's the summer of 1967, and 11-year-old Melody Vega has returned to Glacier National Park, where her family vacations every year and one of the few places she feels truly free. This year, however, the park is filled with bittersweet memories of her mom, who has just died. Plus, to make matters worse, the park’s grizzly bears, which have never been seen near campers before, are suddenly everywhere, chasing Melody to her family’s cabin and exhibiting behavior that even the park rangers notice isn’t normal. Melody and her family will need to keep their wits about them, and their wilderness knowledge handy, in order to survive. Like all of the “I Survived” books, this graphic novel takes true events and brings them to life with a story that’s adventuresome and a little scary! (Graphic Novels)

Bake, Make & Learn to Cook

May 16, 2022

Bake, Make & Learn to Cook by David Atherton, illustrated by Rachel Stubbs, is a charming starter cookbook for aspiring chefs. Great British Baking Show alum Atherton offers fun and tasty recipes that are easy for kids to put together, with some grown-up help. There are tacos with ground beef and kidney beans, “magic” tomato sauce that can be adapted to many different meals, and some fun sweet treats, like a caterpillar made out of cupcakes! (Non-Fiction/Cookbooks)

No One Likes a Fart

May 16, 2022

No One Likes a Fart by Zoe Foster Blake, illustrated by Adam Nickel, is a hilarious and ultimately sweet book about friendship and belonging. When a jaunty, cheerful fart is released into the world, he can’t wait to make friends! There’s just one big, stinky problem: he can’t understand why no one likes him. When he enters a room or tries to get on a bus, everyone mysteriously runs away. Fart wanders through the world, lonely and looking for connection, only to be met by groans of disgust and fleeing people (even dogs!). Isn’t there anyone who will accept Fart for who he is? The answer is a cute and funny surprise. This book, with its fun illustrations, is perfect for prompting a case of giggles.

Kick Push: Be Your Epic Self

May 16, 2022

Kick Push: Be Your Epic Self by Frank Morrison is about a young boy who is such a great skateboarder that his friends nicknamed him “Epic.” But, when he moves to a new neighborhood and loses his crew of encouraging, supportive friends, he feels lost. Trying out other sports to fit in doesn’t work, but neither does give up on skating altogether. When his parents encourage him to skate down the street to the bodega, Epic’s skills and tricks draw a new crowd of admirers, proving that he can find friends in his new neighborhood by letting himself shine.

I Love You Like Yellow

May 16, 2022

I Love You Like Yellow by Andrea Beaty and Vashti Harrison is a sweet, slightly abstract poem, accompanied by gorgeous, colorful illustrations demonstrating the many forms that love can take. “I love you like yellow” is paired with the image of a mom and child sharing a cheerful yellow umbrella, and “I love you like crunchy and crispy” shows two children and a dad gleefully sharing a bag of delicious popcorn. The rhythm of the words is fun to read, and the message--that sharing, spending time together, and other everyday acts equal love--is beautiful and universal.

Counting Kindness: Ten Ways to Welcome Refuge Children

May 16, 2022

Counting Kindness: Ten Ways to Welcome Refugee Children by Hollis Kurman, illustrated by Barroux, poignantly shows the many ways in which people can help refugee children settle into a new home. “When a place gets so scary that we have to leave home, every kindness counts”, the book begins, listing kindnesses that range from a boat for safe passage to books, three square meals, and welcoming friends. Told from the perspective of an unnamed refugee child, this book beautifully illustrates both the way children feel when settling in a new place and ways for new neighbors to make the experience a safe and comfortable one.

Chester Van Chime Who Forgot How to Rhyme

May 16, 2022

by Avery Monsen and Abby Hanlon is a charming book about a boy who loves words but suddenly forgets how to make them rhyme! This makes him feel like “a clock that could not tell the…hours or seconds or anything!” On each page, as Chester goes through his day, the book sets up an obvious rhyme and then subverts it deliberately: “It baffled poor Chester. He almost felt queasy. To match up two sounds, it was always so…simple for him.” Will Chester find his rhyming rhythm again? This is a great read-aloud book that encourages interaction: young readers will have fun guessing the rhymes that Chester misses!

Sweet Paris: Seasonal Recipes from an American Baker in France

May 4, 2022

by Frank Adrian Barron, with photographs by Joann Pai, is a gorgeous celebration of French desserts, with an American twist. The book is divided into seasons and includes tips on how to shop and what to do during each time of the year in Paris. A pistachio cherry tea cake means spring, a white peach tart harnesses the flavor of summer, a Tarte Normande (a rustic apple tart from Normandy) means fall, and a crème brûlée cake is the perfect holiday showstopper for winter. Even if you’re not planning to visit Paris anytime soon, the travel tips and colorful photos make this a joy to armchair travel with. (Cookbooks)

Fabulous Modern Cookies

May 4, 2022

Fabulous Modern Cookies by Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin is a fun, colorful book for anyone who loves baking and wants to spice up their repertoire. Fabulous Modern Cookies puts a spin on some traditional favorites, like Pumpkin Spice Latte Thumbprints or Birthday Cake Rugelach Slices. Some of the recipes involve a little extra effort, but the book also provides some tips for tweaking easy, tried-and-true staples, like the Next-Gen Peanut Butter Cookies, where the secret ingredient is sesame oil to boost the cookie’s nutty flavor or Raspberry Lemonade Cookies that use a whole lemon in the batter to give them a fresh summery flavor. Next time you need to bake up a batch of cookies, this is a great resource to turn to. (Cookbooks)

The Palace Papers

May 4, 2022

The Palace Papers by Tina Brown is a juicy follow-up to her last British royal biography, The Diana Chronicles. Here, she focuses her acerbic gaze on the whole family from the turbulent years after Princess Diana died up until the present. The book covers the high points – like the royal courtships and weddings of Princes Harry and William--and the scandals that have rocked the family’s public image, including the allegations of Prince Andrew’s involvement with Jeffrey Epstein and the recent rift between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the family. Brown’s tone is gossipy but informative. Fans of the TV series The Crown will be especially interested; consider this a good read to pick up while waiting for the next season! (Non-Fiction)

In the Margins

May 4, 2022

by Elena Ferrante is a collection of essays, originally intended as lectures before the pandemic intervened, in which the acclaimed Italian writer explores her craft and gives readers a glimpse into her mind and her process. This is particularly interesting because ‘Elena Ferrante’ is a pseudonym and the real identity of the author of My Brilliant Friend and The Lying Life of Adults remains open to debate. Fans of Ferrante’s work will be intrigued. (Non-Fiction)

Constructing a Nervous System

May 4, 2022

by Margo Jefferson is a memoir that reads as a companion to Jefferson’s previous book, Negroland, about her childhood and the forces that shaped her. In Constructing a Nervous System, she broadens her lens and looks to the elements of American culture that have inspired and challenged her throughout her life. These include the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, and Billy Eckstine, the writing of Willa Cather and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the performance talents of Josephine Baker and Hattie McDaniel, among others. Through these cultural touchstones, Jefferson explores her own life and mind with rigorous clarity. (Non-Fiction)

Young Mungo

May 4, 2022

by Douglas Stuart is a dark, coming-of-age love story set against the grim backdrop of Glasgow’s slums in the early 1990s, a setting that Stuart also explored in his Booker Prize-winning 2020 novel Shuggie Bain. Fifteen-year-old Mungo is gay, growing up with an alcoholic mother in a social landscape where the definition of masculinity is rigid and is measured by the ability to inflict pain and violence. He falls in love with another boy, James, a relationship that’s forbidden not only because it’s homosexual but also because James is Catholic and Mungo is Protestant. In striking a balance between the tenderness of first love and the brutality of this hard, gritty world gripped by poverty, Stuart’s writing is unflinching in its honesty but also vivid and gorgeous.

Under the Golden Sun

May 4, 2022

Under the Golden Sun by Jenny Ashcroft is a World War II-era romance that crosses continents. In 1941, a young Englishwoman, Rose Hamilton, answers a newspaper advertisement to be a companion to a four-year-old orphaned boy, Walter, who is traveling back to his home in Australia, where he is heir to a rich cattle farm. For Rose, leaving behind an indifferent fiancé and a dishonorable discharge from her job at the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, the journey and friendship with Walter are a welcome change. But, when she arrives in Australia and finds his relatives less than welcoming, she feels compelled to stay with the young boy. Things get complicated when she finds herself drawn to Walter’s uncle, Max, a wounded pilot, and begins to learn the secret behind Walter’s family and his inheritance.

Sea of Tranquility

May 4, 2022

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel is both a journey through time and a mediation on the nature of time. Best known for her stunningly prescient pandemic novel Station Eleven, Mandel writes in Sea of Tranquility about the resonance of shared experiences between characters living worlds apart. In 1912, a young British man is banished to Canada and has a bizarre, otherworldly hallucination in the middle of a forest in Vancouver. This vision is also shared by Olive Llewelyn, a writer from 2203 who is traveling between a moon colony and Earth, which has just been hit by another pandemic. What’s the meaning of this vision and why does it occur across time and space? The novel unspools in tightly plotted, enthralling episodes that ultimately answer the book’s many questions.

One Italian Summer

May 4, 2022

by Rebecca, Serle is a sweet, unusual story that answers the question: what would it be like to spend time with your mother before she was your mother? At 30, Katy Silver is grieving the loss of her mother, Carol, who was her closest friend and confidante. Feeling lost, she decides to take the trip that she and her mother had planned to Positano, Italy, a trip that was supposed to introduce Katy to some of the wonders that Carol had experienced traveling in Italy in her youth. When Katy arrives in Italy, however, she’s astonished to run into none other than a 30-year-old Carol. She doesn’t recognize Katy as her daughter but treats her as a new friend and, in the process, Katy learns more about not just who her mother was but who she is, too.

Groundskeeping

May 4, 2022

by Lee Cole is set amidst the 2016 election, but the anxieties it deals with are personal as well as political. Owen Callahan is an aspiring writer in his 20s who has recently moved back home to live with his Trump-supporting grandfather in Kentucky, feeling stuck and unsure if he’ll ever be able to leave his depressed hometown again. Working at a nearby liberal arts college, Ashby, as a groundskeeper so that he can take writing classes for free, Owen meets the magnetic Alma Hadzic. She’s a talented and successful young writer-in-residence at Ashby, with an Ivy League education and coastal elite background that highlights the economic hardship and bone-deep conservatism of Owen’s upbringing. But, Alma is also the daughter of Bosniak Muslim refugees, with residual childhood trauma that her fiction explores. Her relationship with Owen navigates differences in class, politics, and background, all of which Cole captures with a keen eye.

The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic

May 4, 2022
The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic

by the editors of the New York Times Magazine is an experiment in capturing a historical moment in time through short fiction. Inspired by the original Decameron, which was written in 1353 by Boccaccio as the plague ripped through Florence, these stories were commissioned by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction, including Colm Tóibín, Margaret Atwood, Mona Awad, Rachel Kushner, Yiyun Li, and David Mitchell. Unlike the Boccaccio’s Decameron however, which told tales that were bawdy, funny, or tragic but avoided discussing the plague, these modern stories process the acute experience of living through the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic through fiction. It’s a remarkable collection.

City on Fire

May 4, 2022

by Don, Winslow is a complex thriller, the first in a planned trilogy that sets the basic outlines of The Iliad against the backdrop of warring crime families in Rhode Island. For years, there has been an uneasy peace between the rival Irish and Italian mob families in Providence, Rhode Island, a détente cemented every year by a beach party that includes a wide range of Irish and Italian families. At one of these parties, however, the arrival of Pam Davies, a gorgeous incarnation of Helen of Troy from Greenwich, Connecticut, shifts the balance of power. The fact that Pam is the girlfriend of Paulie Moretti, an Italian mobster, doesn’t stop Liam Murphy from grabbing her inappropriately, an act that will have lasting and violent repercussions. Caught in the middle unwillingly is Liam’s brother-in-law, Danny Ryan, a dockworker, and family man who longs to escape the internecine wars of his hometown but feels trapped. This is an explosive start to what promises to be a fascinating series.

Sing 2 (PG) 110 minutes

April 27, 2022
SING 2  – NEW CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG)

All your favorite singing, and dancing all-stars from Illumination’s SING return in the definitive feel-good event of the year. The ever-optimistic koala, Buster Moon, and his cast have big dreams of staging their most dazzling show yet in the glittering entertainment capital of the world, Redshore City. There’s just one hitch: They must persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Calloway, to join them. Rosita, Ash, Johnny, Meena, and Gunter return with all-new characters, spectacular hit songs, and electrifying performances in SING 2, a comedy about the emotional healing power of music.

The Mitchell's vs. the Machines (PG) 110 minutes

April 27, 2022
THE MITCHELLS vs. THE MACHINESNEW CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) OSCAR NOMINEE 

Young Katie Mitchell embarks on a road trip with her proud parents, younger brother, and beloved dog to start her first year at film school. But their plans to bond as a family soon get interrupted when the world's electronic devices come to life to stage an uprising. With help from two friendly robots, the Mitchells must now come together to save one another--and the planet---from the new technological revolution.

The Mallorca Files Season 2 (PG-13) 313 minutes

April 27, 2022

British police procedural television drama series set on the Spanish island of Majorca, starring Welsh Miranda Blake (Elen Rhys) and German Max Winter (Julian Looman).  Total opposites, they are teamed up by Inés Villegas (Maria Fernandez Ache), the Chief of Palma Police, to solve crimes, generally ones committed against the international community, on the island of Mallorca. Blake is a Detective Constable with London’s Metropolitan Police and Winter is a Detective. Usually, Inés gives them cases with less importance as the detectives are not Spanish.

The Handmaid's Tale Season 4 (PG-13) 492 minutes

April 27, 2022

THE HANDMAID’S TALE, SEASON 4 – (PG-13) In a futuristic, theocratic, and dystopian United States, Offred (Natasha Richardson) is forced to become a handmaid--a sexual slave that serves as a surrogate for couples who desire children but who are unable to have them themselves.

Family Business Season 1 (R) 427 minutes

April 27, 2022
FAMILY BUSINESS, Season 1 NEW FOREIGN SERIES (R)

French with English subtitles = In this drama, mother and daughter Astrid (Catherine Charchal), and Audrey (Ophelia Kolb) are lawyers specializing in family law who make the perilous decision to work together. Along with partner Sofie (Chalotte des Georges) and assistant Roxanne (Clementine Justine), they deal with clients from a divorcing couple fighting over their bulldog to an unusual case of online adultery. And their own personal lives are as messy as their clients’ cases, with secret affairs and gambling addiction!

Dalgliesh Season 1 (R) 283 minutes

April 27, 2022
DALGLIESH, Season 1 NEW SERIES (R)

Based on the global bestsellers by P.D. James, this new series stars Bertie Carvel as enigmatic Inspector Adam Dalgliesh in what is being called an “immensely deductive performance”(WSJ).  A recent widower and acclaimed poet, Dalgliesh is a cerebral, reserved man but possessed of exceptional empathy and insight. As he investigates complex crimes in 1970s England, he plumbs the darker depths of the human psyche in his pursuit of justice. These adaptations of James’s award-winning novels include Shroud for a Nightingale; The Black Tower; A Taste for Death.

MLK/FBI (NR) 106 minutes

April 27, 2022
MLK/FBI  – DOCUMENTARY (NR)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered today as an American hero: a bridge-builder, a shrewd political tactician, and a moral leader yet, he was often treated by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies like an enemy of the state. In this virtuosic documentary, award-winning editor and director Sam Pollard lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance and harassment that dogged King’s activism throughout the ’50s and ’60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover. In crafting a rich archival tapestry, featuring some revelatory restored footage of King, Pollard urges us to remember that true American progress is always hard-won.

Ben Franklin Season 1 (NR) 240 minutes

April 27, 2022
BEN FRANKLIN, Season 1  – DOCUMENTARY (NR)

Ken Burns’ new biography and documentary has 2 episodes:

1. Join or Die (1706-1774) Following his success as a printer in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin earns worldwide fame from electricity experiments and then turns to politics.

2. An American (1775-1790) Benjamin Franklin helps Thomas Jefferson craft the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia; in Paris, Franklin wins French support for the American Revolution; Franklin works on the U.S. Constitution. With Peter Coyote as narrator, Mandy Patinkin as Ben’s voice, Carolyn McCormick as Deborah Franklin’s voice, Josh Lucas as William Franklin’s voice, Paul Giamatti as John Adams’ voice, and Liam Neeson as Alexander Wedderburn's voice.

West Side Story (PG-13) 156 minutes

April 27, 2022
WEST SIDE STORY  –(PG-13) Oscar Nominee

STEPHEN SPIELBERG’S and Tony Kushner’s adaptation of the 1957 musical, a tale of forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. When young Tony (Ansel Elgort) spots Maria (Rachel Zegler) at a high school dance, love at first sight strikes. Their burgeoning romance helps to fuel the fire between the warring Jets and Sharks--two rival gangs vying for control of the streets. Rita Moreno as Doc’s widow Valentina, Ariana Debose as Anita, David Alvarez as Bernardo, Mike Faist as Riff,

Spider-Man: No Way Home (R) 148 minutes

April 27, 2022
SPIDERMAN: NO WAY HOME – (R) Oscar Nominee

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man (Tom Holland), our friendly neighborhood hero's identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange's (Benedict Cumberbatch) help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who've ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.

Parallel Mothers (R) 123 minutes

April 27, 2022
PARALLEL MOTHERS – (R) OSCAR NOMINEE 

In Spanish and English. A Film by Pedro Almodovar. Two women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis (Penelope Cruz), middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana (Milena Smit), an adolescent is scared, repentant, and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.

Marry Me (PG-13) 112 minutes

April 27, 2022
MARRY ME – (PG-13)

A betrayed pop star, Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez) slated to marry her pop star fiancé Bastian (Maluma), on stage before an audience of their fans in a ceremony that will be streamed across multiple platforms. Instead, she marries a stranger from the audience--a divorced high school math teacher, Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson). Charlie has been dragged to the concert by his daughter Lou (Chloe Coleman) and his best friend (Sarah Silverman). What begins as an impulsive reaction evolves into an unexpected romance. Against the odds, their sham relationship develops into something readable. But can two people from such different worlds bridge the gulf between them and build a place where they both belong?

The King's Daughter (PG) 99 minutes

April 27, 2022

Known as The Sun King, Louis XIV (Pierce Brosnan) is the most powerful and influential monarch on the planet. Obsessed with his own mortality and the future of France, Louis turns to his spiritual advisor, Père La Chaise (William Hurt), and the royal physician to help him obtain the key to immortality. Believing a mermaid (Fan Bingbing) contains a force that grants everlasting life, Louis commissions a young sea captain to search the seas and capture the mystical creature. Further complicating his plans is his orphaned daughter, Marie-Josèphe (Kaya Scodelario), who returns to court with an abundance of elegance and inherent defiance of authority. With a rare solar eclipse approaching, Louis will discover where his daughter's true loyalties lie as he races against time to extract the mermaid's life-giving force.

The Human's (R) 124 minutes

April 27, 2022

Erik Blake (Richard Blake) has gathered three generations of his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s, Aimee (Amy Schumer) apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside and eerie things start to go bump into the night, the group’s deepest fears are laid bare. The piercingly funny and haunting debut film from writer-director Stephen Karam, adapted from his Tony Award-winning play, The Humans explores the hidden dread of a family and the love that binds them together.

Dune (PG-13) 155 minutes

April 27, 2022
DUNE – MOVIE Blu Ray & DVD (PG-13) Oscar Winner

Based on the popular novel by  Frank Herbert of the same name. Paul Atreides, a brilliant, gifted young man born into a destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, only those who can conquer their fear will survive.  Includes over an hour of bonus features and a stellar cast: Timothee Chalomet, Stellan Skarsgard, Jason Momoa, Javier Barden, and Charlotte Rampling, to name only a few.

Cyrano (PG-13) 124 minutes

April 27, 2022
CYRANO - (PG-13) Oscar Nominee

Award-winning director Joe Wright envelops moviegoers in a symphony of emotions with music, romance, and beauty in Cyrano, re-imagining the timeless tale of a heartbreaking love triangle. A man ahead of his time, Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage) dazzles whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, the luminous Roxanne (Haley Bennett), Cyrano has yet to declare his feelings for

Last Looks Foreign Movie (R) 110 minutes

April 27, 2022
LAST LOOKS – FOREIGN (R)

Charlie Waldo (Charlie Hunnam) is an ex-LAPD superstar who left the force and now lives a life of simplicity and solitude deep in the woods. Alistair Pinch (Mel Gibson) is an eccentric actor who spends his days drunk on the set of his TV show. When Pinch's wife is found dead, he is the prime suspect and Waldo is convinced to come out of retirement to investigate what happened. The case finds Waldo contending with gangsters, Hollywood executives, and pre-school teachers, all in pursuit of clearing Pinch's name... or confirming his guilt.

Okoye to the People: A Black Panther Novel

April 21, 2022

by Ibi Zoboi adds a new story to the Marvel Universe. Okoye is a warrior in charge of protecting King T’Chaka of Wakanda so, when the King makes a visit to New York City as part of a special humanitarian visit, Okoye accompanies him. The Wakandan delegation is there at the invitation of Stella Adams, a wealthy real estate executive who also runs a nonprofit called No Nation Left Behind. But Okoye soon starts to distrust Adams and her motives and begins to see the complex layers of social and economic problems plaguing the neighborhood of Brownsville in Brooklyn. Gentrification, economic inequality, and the ravaging effects of a drug called PyroBliss are gutting the community. Okoye decides that her duty lies in helping the people living in Brownsville, which includes uncovering and stopping Adams’s sinister agenda. (Young Adults)

Hotel Magnifique

April 21, 2022

by Emily J. Taylor is a clever, richly imagined fantasy novel. The Hotel Magnifique is renowned for its magical ability to travel the world, disappearing and reappearing in a new place on the globe every night. For 17-year-old Janine, who has always longed to go someplace else, getting jobs at the Hotel for her and her sister, Zosa, is beyond a dream come true. It also seems like the best way to a better life than Janine’s old, thankless job working in a tannery. But, as soon as the girls join the staff of the hotel, it becomes clear that the Hotel Magnifique is not what it appears to be, and that its magic may hide deep dangerous secrets. With the help of the mysterious, alluring doorman, Bel, it’s up to Janine and Zosa to uncover the truth. Readers will be swept along for the ride. (Chapter Books)

Isla to Island

April 21, 2022

by Alexis Castellanos is a gorgeous, nearly wordless graphic novel that tells a story through exquisitely drawn pictures and poignant visual details. In 1950s Cuba, after Fidel Castro’s overthrow of Batista’s presidency, young Marisol is sent away from her parents’ home in Havana to the safety of New York City, where she will live with an older couple, the Delfino's. As Marisol leaves her home in Cuba, the book goes from colorful illustrations to black, white, and gray, mirroring Marisol’s emotional state as she goes from the known to the unknown. She feels lost, doesn’t speak English, and the Delfinos are kind, but their ability to understand her seems limited. Slowly, Marisol begins to open up to her new life: the school library becomes a learning tool and a place of joy, the Delfinos encourage her passion for plants, and a letter from home arrives, bringing comfort. This is a beautiful, emotional story. (Graphic Novel)

Doggo and Pupper Save the World

April 21, 2022

by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Charlie Alder. In this cute graphic novel, Pupper wants to be a hero like the Wonder Dog he likes to watch on TV. But Pupper can’t fly like Wonder Dog, and he worries about a lot of things, like whether or not being a worrier means you can’t also be a hero. But, with the older Doggo’s guidance, and with the encouragement of a Cool Cat, Pupper gains confidence. And, when a couple of baby birds are lost, Pupper learns that he might save the day at just the right moment. (Graphic Novel)

Nellie vs. Elizabeth: Two Daredevil Journalists' Breakneck Race Around the World

April 21, 2022

Nellie vs. Elizabeth: Two Daredevil Journalists’ Breakneck Race Around the World by Kate Hannigan, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon, tells of the adventure two women embarked on in 1889. Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland were both journalists, but their careers were vastly different. Nellie wrote for muckraking publications and would pull of all kinds of stunts to capture readership, while Elizabeth wrote elegant magazine articles and preferred parties at home. Yet, on a challenge, both women set off in opposite journeys around the world to see who can travel faster, by steamship and train. The world watches as both Nellie and Elizabeth race around the globe, reporting on the wondrous sights they encounter (the book quotes directly from both women’s writings, which is a special treat). In the end, it didn’t really matter who won: both Nellie and Elizabeth opened up the world to many new readers, and showed that women were as capable of adventure as men. (Non-Fiction)

The Construction Crew

April 21, 2022

by Lynn Meltzer, illustrated by Carrie Eko-Burgess, is a fun, rhyming introduction to construction. The book gives an overview of various construction tools commonly used and what they do: “Dig now, build later. What do we need? An excavator!” Readers follow the progress from groundbreaking to construction to painting, until finally, a brand new home is ready for a family to move in. This book is fun to read aloud, particularly to fans of trucks! (Board Book)

Who is it, Whoodini?

April 21, 2022

Who is it, Whoodini? by Roman Yasiejko, illustrated by Gustavo Ramos, is another mystery-solving adventure! Owl detectives Whoodini and his Dr. Watson-like sidekick, Cahoots, set out to solve the puzzle of the mysterious flying object that crashed into the woods. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? The mystery has the owls and their barnyard friends stumped until Whoodini and Cahoots use their powers of listening to overhear just the right clue. The warm, cozy illustrations bring this story to life.

When the Sakura Bloom

April 21, 2022

by Narisa Togo is a stunning tribute to spring and, in particular, to the annual Japanese festival celebrating the pink cherry blossoms that show up for a brief, spectacular window of time. All winter, people pass the bare branches on their way to work and school without giving them a second glance. But, when spring arrives and the trees unfurl their flowers, “something is a little different this morning.” As the trees bloom cotton candy pink, the Sakura Festival begins, complete with food stands and brightly colored lanterns to illuminate the cherry trees at night. And then, with one stormy night, it’s all over and the blossoms turn into a “pink carpet”--until next year.

Tiny Fox and Great Boar

April 21, 2022

Tiny Fox and Great Boar by Berenika Kolomycka is about the adventures of two friends, Tiny Fox and Great Boar, as they go through the seasons together. Tiny Fox loves his solitary life in a valley with a huge apple tree; he has everything he needs. But, when a Great Boar suddenly shows up, Tiny Fox is surprised, cautious, and then mad: now he has to share everything! The tree, the apples, and Tiny Fox’s favorite game of rolling downhill are all things that Great Boar wants, too. In a huff, Tiny Fox goes off for some private time and space, which makes him feel much better. But when he gets back to the tree and finds that Great Boar is gone, too, both animals soon realize that they miss one another, and things are better together. It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Pierre the Maze Detective: The Mystery of the Empire Maze Tower

April 21, 2022

by Chihiro Maruyama, translated by Emma Sakamiya, is an interactive book that asks the reader to look for clues in breathtakingly intricate illustrations. The opening pages set the scene with characters, directions, and an ongoing mystery that readers can solve. Each page features a detailed maze with treasures and clues for the extra observant to find. Readers will enjoy pouring over the details of this beautiful book.

I'm Not Scared, You're Scared!

April 21, 2022

by Seth Meyers, illustrated by Rob Sayegh, Jr., shows with warmth and humor that it’s ok to be both brave and scared. Two friends, Bear and Rabbit, could not be more different: Bear is scared of everything, while Rabbit is so fearless that she brushes her teeth hanging upside down from a tree by her ears. When Bear and Rabbit decide to go on an adventure, Bear is characteristically nervous about everything, but when obstacles arise, it’s friendship and teamwork that finally give scaredy Bear the courage he needs.

Let's Do Everything and Nothing

April 21, 2022

Let’s Do Everything and Nothing by Julia Kuo celebrates the power of togetherness and imagination with gorgeously rendered illustrations. A mother and daughter spend an afternoon adventuring together in their minds, traveling through a colorful fantasy of mountains, oceans, and wide grassy plains. The book prompts readers to their own flights of fancy, transforming the ordinary details of home into other worlds: can a staircase be a mountain? Is the bathtub also the ocean? The afternoon adventuring ends with tea, traditional Taiwanese snacks, and a nap.

A Ballon For Isabel

April 21, 2022

by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Laura Rankin, is an adorable story about a porcupine who perseveres to make her dream come true! Graduation day is coming up soon for Isabel, and what she and her friend Walter want more than anything is to get balloons for graduation like the rest of their classmates. There’s just one problem: Isabel and Walter are both porcupines, and as their teacher, Ms. Quill (also a porcupine) points out, “Porcupines + Balloons = Trouble.” Readers will chuckle at some of Isabel and Walter’s attempts to solve the problem of their spiky quills (bubble wrap, pillows) and will cheer at the sweet ending.

The Wok: Recipes and Techniques

April 16, 2022

by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is a comprehensive guide to using the wok, one of the most versatile and, as Lopez-Alt demonstrates, useful kitchen tools for the home cook’s arsenal. As a New York Times food columnist, Lopez-Alt is known for his scientific approach to tweaking cooking methods to make food better, and his book includes tons of such details, like marinating chicken for stir-fries in cornstarch to make it juicier. In addition to recipes for both traditional staples of Asian cuisine and riffs on these conventions, The Wok offers techniques for perfecting textures and flavors, and answers questions like “Should I rinse my rice or not?” This is a fantastic toolkit, a celebration of the diversity of different Asian cuisines, and a great place for cooks of all levels to start. (Cookbook

Lorraine Hansberry: The Life Behind A Raisin in the Sun

April 16, 2022

by Charles J. Shields looks briefly into the fascinating, complex legacy and all-too-short life of Lorraine Hansberry. The first Black woman to have her play performed on Broadway, Hansberry achieved enormous success with A Raisin in the Sun at just 28 years old. The play is both specific to a moment in history and timeless in its themes, its characters, and the lives it depicts. Shields’s biography delves into Hansberry’s background and how her childhood, her ideals, and her politics influenced her career. Growing up in Chicago to a father who built slums much like the one depicted in Raisin, Hansberry’s discomfort with this led to her becoming a committed Marxist with strong critiques of capitalism. She was also a queer Black woman interested in pushing back against traditional gender roles, and in conversation with some of the most progressive intellectuals of the time. (Non-Fiction)

I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home

April 16, 2022

by Jami Attenberg is a funny, poignant memoir-in-essays about becoming a writer. The author of “All This Could be Yours” and “The Middlesteins” traces her journey to the page from the beginning--“I was born to be a writer”--through her rocky twenties and into what she calls “moderate” success. Along the way, she mediates on her craft, her travels, including teaching a writing class in Lithuania, and her feelings about not settling down with a husband and kids like the rest of her peers. Attenberg’s tone is warm, witty, and deeply engaging. (Non-Fiction)

Winter in Sokcho

April 16, 2022

by Elisa Shua Dusapin is set in Sokcho, a beach town that sits close to the North Korean border. The narrator is an unnamed woman whose heritage is half-Korean and half-European; her French father left her mother after a brief affair. When a French stranger arrives, off-season, at the guest house where the narrator works, she’s intrigued by his presence, his Frenchness, and the way he suggests and mirrors her own past. Her relationship with him defies cliché and easy categorization. In her own life, the narrator has ambivalent feelings about marriage to her long-distance boyfriend, the aspiring model Jun-oh, and about her decision to leave Seoul to care for her mother. Told in vignettes and excellent at capturing the atmosphere of the narrator’s life and surroundings, Winter in Sokcho is beautifully written.

Wildcat

April 16, 2022

Wildcat by Amelia Morris has been described as “Mean Girls” for adults and focuses on the friendship--and prickly falling out-- between two mothers in Los Angeles. Leanne Hazelton is a writer and a new mother, struggling to adjust to parenthood and mourning her recently deceased father, whose voice she still hears sometimes through her haze of grief. Regina Mark is the friend she made ten years ago, but whose lavish lifestyle and values have started to stray far away from Leanne’s. The spark that ignites their feud begins when Leanne attends Regina’s fourth wedding anniversary party (“But why your fourth anniversary?” Leanne thinks) and a drunk Regina exposes opinions that Leanne finds hurtful and upsetting. She finds a new friend in Maxine Hunter, an acclaimed author with an eccentric devotion to cats, and the two team up to take down Regina through social media. Highly entertaining pettiness ensues.

The Violin Conspiracy

April 16, 2022

by Brandon Slocum is a thrilling mystery that also explores racism in classical music and the cost, both literal and metaphorical, of pursuing one’s passion. Growing up as a Black music student, Rayquan McMillian is gifted his grandfather’s old violin and, with it, embarks on the precipitous career trajectory of a highly talented classical musician. When Ray wins a scholarship to college, he discovers that his family heirloom is in fact a Stradivarius, worth millions of dollars. As soon as this information comes to light, Ray’s family tries to get the Stradivarius back--but, more sinisterly, so does another white family, the descendants of the man who enslaved Ray’s ancestors. When Ray’s violin goes missing, a mystery ensues, one that is wrapped up in power, privilege, and the daily realities of and sacrifices required to be a classical musician.

The Swimmers

April 16, 2022

The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka begins by exploring a group of swimmers from all walks of life who frequent a local pool, documenting their idiosyncrasies and hinting at their lives outside of their lanes. When a mysterious crack appears in the smooth bottom of the pool, however, the swimmers are cast out and the narrative shifts to focus on just one of the swimmers, Alice, and her struggles with dementia. The book is a mythical, dreamy, and deeply moving meditation on memory and how the quotidian details of our lives have more weight than we often realize.

The Missing Piece

April 16, 2022

The Missing Piece by John Lescroart begins with the release of a prisoner, Paul Riley, after being cleared of the rape and murder of a young woman, Dana Rush, by the confession of someone else. But almost immediately after he’s free, Riley is found dead. Dana’s father, Doug, is arrested under suspicion of Riley’s murder, and defense attorneys Wes Farrell and Dismas Hardy agree to defend him. But, the case is complicated by Wes’s crisis of conscience about defending suspects he believes are guilty. Wes thinks it’s obvious that Rush killed Riley, but the plot twists again when Doug Rush vanishes after bail is set. Ideas about what innocence and guilt really mean, and the role of their defenders, swirl throughout the case. This fast-paced thriller takes a hard look at the legal system and the plot will keep readers on their toes.

The Goodbye Coast

April 16, 2022

by Joe Ide takes Raymond Chandler’s iconic private eye, Philip Marlowe, and brings to him present-day Los Angeles, giving him a mystery and setting that suggests that, in essence, much of Los Angeles hasn’t changed since the days of the original detective. This Marlowe is an ex-LAPD officer who takes on a case on behalf of Kendra James, a famous actor whose husband’s shooting six weeks earlier remains unsolved. But, James is less interested in solving this crime than in tracing the disappearance of her 17-year-old stepdaughter. One missing person’s case links with another and soon, Marlowe finds his cases tangled intriguingly. Ide also gives the detective a more fleshed-out backstory in the complicated relationship he shares with his father, who excelled in the LAPD where Marlowe failed.

The Christie Affair

April 16, 2022
The Christie Affair

by Nina de Gramont takes the mystery at the heart of Agatha Christie’s own life and reimagines it in a vibrant fictional take on real events. In December 1926, just after Christie’s husband, Archie announced that he was leaving her for his mistress, the famed mystery writer disappeared for eleven days, with no indication of her whereabouts. De Gramont tells the story of this unexplained disappearance from the perspective of Archie’s mistress, fictionalized as a troubled young Irish woman named Nan O’Dea. The book inhabits and explores both Christie and O’Dea’s perspectives with empathy, and artfully builds dark secrets into the unfolding of their shared story. This is a real treat.

Black Cake

April 16, 2022
Black Cake

by Charmaine Wilkerson is a family saga in which buried secrets come to light. Benny and Byron are estranged siblings brought back together by their mother’s death. The Caribbean “black cake” of the title is a rum-soaked confection with a long history, steeped in memories, which Eleanor Bennett leaves, upon her death, for Benny and Byron to share “when the time is right.” She also leaves a mysterious voice recording in which she tells her children untold details about her life, her dramatic escape from her island home, and previously buried secrets of her past. Will her children be able to reconcile as they come to terms with their mother’s storied past?

A Ballad of Love and Glory

April 16, 2022

by Reyna Grande. Inspired by real events, this fascinating historical novel is set during the Mexican-American war and tells a lesser-known story. In 1846, fed up with ill-treatment from their superiors, a band of Irish immigrants desert the U.S. Army to form the St. Patrick’s brigade, fighting for Mexico under General Santa Anna. The novel focuses on one of these men, John Riley, and his relationship with Ximena, a Mexican nurse. After the Texas Rangers killed Ximena’s husband years before, she devoted herself to Mexico’s cause during the war. John and Ximena’s relationship is passionate but fraught with complications, not least the wife and children John still has in Galway. This is a sweeping but nuanced look at the harmful American attitudes toward both Irish immigrants and Mexicans, the folly of colonial conquest, and the political corruption that helped doom Mexico’s army.

The Vikings Season 6 Part 2 (NR) 600 minutes approximately

March 28, 2022
VIKINGS, SEASON 6, Part 2

SERIES (NR) As we approach the end of our epic saga, the tumultuous conflict between the Rus and Vikings comes to a conclusion, with grave consequences. While in Iceland, Ubbe is determined to fulfill his father Ragnar’s dream and sail farther west than any Viking has traveled before. And there is unfinished business in England. The Vikings have established settlements there and overrun most of the country--except for Wessex. The King of Wessex, Alfred the Great, is the only Saxon ruler to seriously challenge their complete domination. Ivar the Boneless must again face in battle, the king he only knew as a boy for a final reckoning.

The North Water Mini-Series (G) 60 minutes

March 28, 2022
THE NORTH WATER  MINI-SERIES (G)

A thrilling adaptation of Ian McGuire’s award-winning novel, by writer and director Andrew Haigh. In 1859, disgraced ex-army surgeon, Patrick Sumner (Jack O’Donnell), signs as ship's doctor on The Volunteer. He’s hoping to lose himself in the tough physicality of an Arctic whaling expedition. Instead, he finds the ferocity of the elements is matched by the violence of his crewmates, with a harpooner, Henry Drax (Colin Farrell) a distinctly brutal force of nature. As the true purpose of the expedition becomes clear, the confrontation between the two men erupts taking them on a journey far from solid ground and way beyond the safe moorings of civilization.

Grantchester Season 6 (PG-13) 400 minutes

March 28, 2022

SERIES (PG-13)  It’s 1958 and trouble is brewing in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester. Reverend Will Davenport (Tom Brittney) relishes his role as a firebrand vicar, willing to rock the boat and challenge conventions to help people. But the very role he loves puts him at odds with his own ideas when his kind-hearted curate, Leonard Finch (Al Weaver) is caught up in a scandal. Will’s best friend, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green), finds his principles shaken, housekeeper Mrs. Chapman (Tessa Peake-Jones) is distraught, and Geordies wife Cathy (Kacey Ainsworth) is defiant. With new crimes around every corner, and morality and legality at loggerheads, it’s going to take all of Will’s skill and empathy to navigate these choppy waters and help the ones he loves. And don’t forget the murders to solve.

Father Brown Season 8 (PG-13) 450 minutes

March 28, 2022

SERIES (PG-13) The charming Father Brown returns to solve more mysteries in the sleepy Cotswold village of Kembleford. Inspired by the stories of G.K. Chesterton, the charismatic Brown investigates the murder of an eccentric beekeeper, uncovers the hidden motivations behind a deadly art exhibition, and steps in when Mrs. McCarthy’s (Sorcha Cusack) family reunion is threatened by the predictions of a fortune-teller. And when Bunty is tried for the murder of a young aristocrat, it’s a race against time for Father Brown to prove her innocence and save her from the hangman’s noose.  10 Episodes

Finding Alice Season 1 (NR) 288 minutes

March 28, 2022

NEW SERIES (NR) Shortly after moving into their newly finished dream house, Alice’s (Keeley Hawes) partner, Harry (Jason Merrells) dies from falling down the stairs. Harry designed the house himself, so it’s weird, wonderful, and impractical--and one more disorientation for Alice to endure along with her sense of loss and abandonment. Her beloved partner of 20 years is gone and now she can’t even find the fridge. To add to her problems, Alice discovers that Harry had a habit of hiding stuff he didn’t want to deal with, and his sudden death kicks up a storm of secrets, debt, and suspicion that Alice must confront to move forward with her life. Darkly Comic Drama, also stars Joanna Lumley, Gemma Jones, Nigel Havers, Ayesha Dharker, and Rhashan Stone.

Dexter: New Blood Season 1 (NR) 517 minutes

March 28, 2022

NEW SERIES (NR) Long-TIME, No Spree! Michael C. Hall returns to his role as Dexter Morgan. The world at large believes Dexter died in a tragic boating accident, and in a way, the world at large isn’t wrong. Far from the life he knew, living under a false name in the small town of Iron Lake, NY, he’s successfully tamped down his Dark Passenger for nearly 10 years. With a normal job and a Chief of Police girlfriend, it seems he’s got life under control – until his son shows up and his world is turned upside down. Jennifer Carpenter and John Lithgow also return to reprise their iconic roles. Enjoy…

The Nowhere Inn (NR) 91 minutes

March 28, 2022
THE NOWHERE INN MOVIE (NR)

Mockumentary. From real-life friends Annie Clark and Carrie Brownstein comes the metafictional account of two creative forces banding together to make a documentary about St. Vincent's music, touring life, and on-stage persona. But they quickly discover unpredictable forces lurking within-subject and filmmakers that threaten to derail the friendship, the project, and the duo's creative lives.

The Matrix Resurrections (R) 147 minutes

March 28, 2022
THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS MOVIE (R) Dvd & Blu Ray 

The long-awaited new film reunites original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in the iconic roles they made famous: Neo and Trinity. Return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. And if Thomas…Neo…has learned anything, it’s that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of – or into – the Matrix. Of course, Neo already knows what he has to do. But what he doesn’t yet know is the Matrix is stronger, more secure, and more dangerous than ever before. Déjà vu.

A Journal for Jordan (PG-13) 131 minutes

March 28, 2022
A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN MOVIE (PG-13)

Directed by Denzel Washington and starring Michael B. Jordan with a screenplay by Virgil Williams, A Journal for Jordan is based on the true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King (Jordan), a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior New York Times editor Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child. A sweeping account of a once-in-a-lifetime love, the film is a powerful reminder of the importance of family.

House of Gucci (R) 158 minutes

March 28, 2022
HOUSE OF GUCCI MOVIE (R) OSCAR NOMINEE 

Inspired by the shocking true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire. Drama and Murder! When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately…murder.  It’s a legacy worth killing for. Directed by Ridley Scott, starring Adam Driver(Maurizio Gucci), Jared Leto (Paolo Gucci), Jeremy Irons (Rodolfo Gucci),  Al Pacino (Aldo Gucci), and Salma Hayek.

Dare to Be Wild (NR) 95 minutes

March 28, 2022
DARE TO BE WILD  MOVIE (NR) 

Landscape Gardening Movie, Based on the true story of Mary Reynold’s life. An Irishwoman-landscaper who believes in nature's wild habitats. She goes from being an outsider to a champion at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. This romantic adventure is based on the true story of Mary Reynolds (Emma Greenwell), a modern-day heroine, and environmentalist Christy Collard (Tom Hughes), whose shared passion for the wild takes them from the green hills of Ireland to the arid deserts of Ethiopia and then to London’s Chelsea Flower Show as they reach for their dreams, one garden at a time and with the support, help and encouragement of many people who come into her life.

Coming 2 America (PG-13) 109 minutes

March 28, 2022
COMING 2 AMERICA  MOVIE  (PG-13) OSCAR NOMINEE 

Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York--where it all began. Returning to their roles in this long-awaited sequel are James Earl Jones, John Amos, Louie Anderson, and Shari Headley, alongside new characters from Wesley Snipes, Tracy Morgan, and Leslie Jones

Coda (NR) 97 minutes

March 28, 2022
CODA – MOVIE (NR) 

Henry Cole (Patrick Stewart), a famous pianist, who is struggling with stage fright late in his career finds inspiration in a free-spirited music critic, Helen Morrison (Katie Holmes). Also starring Giancarlo Esposito as Paul and Chritolph Gaugler as Felix. Drama and Music.

Belfast (PG-13) 98 minutes

March 28, 2022
BELFAST  MOVIE (PG-13) OSCAR WINNER

Written and directed by Kenneth Branagh, Belfast is a poignant story of love, laughter, and loss in one boy's childhood, amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s. Buddy's family lives in a largely Protestant district with a few Catholic families but one day his community and everything he thought he understood about life are suddenly turned upside down. Buddy's family gets caught in the mayhem and must decide to stay or leave the only place they have ever called home. Through it all, his passionate parents (Caitríona Balfe and Jamie Dornan) and quick-witted grandparents (Judy Dench and Ciarán Hinds) keep the joy alive through music and the magic of movies in this feel-good story that reminds us that no matter how far you go, you never forget where you came from

American Underdog (PG) 108 minutes

March 28, 2022
AMERICAN UNDERDOG MOVIE (PG) 

In the inspirational true story of Kurt Warner (Zachary Levi), who longs to become an NFL player, however, years of setbacks constantly prevent him from reaching his goal. As Kurt stocks shelve in a supermarket with his dreams all but out of reach, his wife, Brenda (Anna Paquin), coaches, and teammates encourage him, to show the world the champion they know him to be. Kurt perseveres and finds the strength to become the legendary two-time NFL MVP, Super Boal MVP, and Hall of Fame quarterback--proving that anything is possible with faith, family, and determination.

Golden Voices Foreign Language (NR) 88 minutes

March 28, 2022
GOLDEN VOICES  FOREIGN LANGUAGE MOVIE (NR)
Russian & Hebrew with English Subtitles

Comedy/Drama/Romance - Raya (Maria Belkin) and Victor (Vladimir Friedman) built a shared career as the Soviet Union's most beloved film dubbers, translating the work of Federico Fellini and Stanley Kubrick into Russian over the decades. Upon the collapse of the USSR in 1990, the Jewish couple must immigrate to Israel and reinvented themselves to find employment. They strive to acclimate to their adopted home but find opportunities for first-rate vocal performances are few. Raya answers a help wanted ad for “pleasant voices” and finds herself catering to a lonely Russian community as a phone-sex operator, while Victor falls in with black-market film pirates. A charming comedy about disrupting old dynamics, starting anew, and rediscovering yourself in the most unexpected places. GOLDEN VOICES is also a stirring tribute to the redemptive power of cinema.

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe

March 25, 2022

by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland is a coming-of-age story that also weaves in mythology, aspects of Indigenous culture, first love, and the joys and pitfalls of social media. Mexican American teens Moon and her twin sister Star couldn’t be more different. Star is gorgeous, fashionable, and has thousands of followers on social media, while Moon has always been considered the ugly sister, especially by their mother, and has been relegated to the role of Star’s photographer. The summer after the girls graduate from high school, Moon is reluctantly persuaded to accompany Star on a cross-country charity tour as Star’s “merch girl”, along with an entourage of beautiful influencers. On tour, not only is Moon in her sister’s shadow but she’s also forced to share a cabin with Santiago, who is incredibly attractive but also incredibly arrogant. After their initial hatred of each other starts to melt, Moon and Santiago share their passions--she’s designing tarot cards and he’s a fantastic cook--and engage in witty banter. This is an engaging enemies-to-lovers story that also deals with some of the harsh realities of growing up. (Young Adults)

The Wild Book

March 25, 2022

The Wild Book by Juan Villoro, translated by Lawrence Schimel, is an enchanting story about the power of books--literally. After 13-year-old Juan’s parents split up, he is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle, Tito, during summer break. Tito lives all alone except for his three cats, Obsidian, Ivory, and Domino, and his house is a bewildering maze of books. Juan soon discovers that Tito’s library is not like any other: the books move around the shelves on their own and will change their stories depending on the person reading them. Juan also learns that Tito is Lector Princeps or a prince of books, and he needs Juan’s help to find the mysterious Wild Book in the library before it’s lost forever. The more time Juan spends in the library, the deeper he is drawn into its secrets. This book is a treat! (Chapter Books)

The Aquanaut

March 25, 2022

by Dan, Santat opens with a dramatic visual of a ship tossing dangerously in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea. The crew frantically abandons the sinking ship but one man, Michel, is trapped as the ship sinks into the blackness at the bottom of the sea--but he manages to leave a message behind. Five years later in San Diego, Michel’s daughter, Sophia, is struggling to adjust to life with her father lost at sea. She spends most of her time at Aqualand, the marine theme park that her dad and his brother helped found. Meanwhile, a strange-looking “aquanaut” in an outdated diving suit makes its way from the bottom of the sea to Aqualand, confusing passersby as it goes. The Aquanaut isn’t actually a person but a collection of rambunctious sea creatures manning the robot-like suit. They may have uncovered something about Michel’s disappearance and are on a mission to find Sophia, with comedic and sweet results. A funny, bittersweet, and highly unusual story with beautiful visuals. (Graphic Novel)

Prisoners of Geography : Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps

March 25, 2022

by Tim Marshall, illustrated by Grace Easton and Jessica Smith, uses geography as a teaching tool to start to discuss history and politics. The book uses it is detailed, colorfully illustrated maps to show how the configuration of the land, natural resources, and geographical features like mountains, rivers, and seaports can combine to influence a country’s history and role in the world. It explains why certain countries have traditionally been invaded by others, how most of the world’s resources are distributed, how goods travel, and the way the long shadow of colonialism has loomed over the world for centuries. This is a good primer for kids to start to have deeper conversations about world history and politics. (Non-Fiction)

Feasts and Festivals Around the World

March 25, 2022

by Alice McGinty, illustrated by Tomoko Suzuki, is a celebration of holidays! The book goes season by season to showcase some of the major holidays marked by people everywhere. There’s Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, in China, Korea, and Vietnam, and Hogmanay in Scotland, which both usher in the New Year with bright lights and delicious food. There’s Songkran, the Buddhist water festival, celebrated in Thailand in April, where people gather to eat cold food, like mango and sticky rice, because it’s one of the hottest times of the year. In Australia, Christmas is celebrated in equatorial summer with barbeques on the beach, and in Nigeria, August means the New Yam Festival, with drums, dancing, and a community yam roast. This book is a fun and fascinating look at just some of the marvelous celebrations all over the world. (Non-Fiction)

Ollie's Hug

March 25, 2022

by Olivier, Dunrea is a cute book about those days when nothing seems to be right! Ollie is in a mood, and nothing the other ducks suggest makes him feel any better. He doesn’t want to wear Gertie’s boots, play with Peedie’s ball, eat snacks with BooBoo, or have quiet time by himself. Ollie wants to stomp alone and be loud! But, when even that doesn’t help, Gossie knows what to do: give Ollie a hug! Sometimes, that’s just what’s needed. (Board Book)

Strictly No Elephants

March 25, 2022

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo, is a whimsical book about a boy with an unusual best friend: a tiny elephant. But, “the trouble with having a tiny elephant for a pet is that you never quite fit in,” he says. And sure enough, when the boy and his elephant try to join a party on Pet Club Day, there’s a sign on the door that says “Strictly No Elephants”. Downcast, the pair wander in the rain and meet up with a girl who has a pet skunk and is also unwelcome at Pet Club Day. “What if we start our own club?” the boy with the elephant says and soon, they’ve formed a neighborhood group in which everyone is welcome! Taeeun Yoo’s colorful illustrations add great visual details to the story, like the jaunty red scarf the tiny elephant wears and the colorful row of brownstones where the boy lives.

Nigel and the Moon

March 25, 2022

Nigel and the Moon by Antwan Eady, illustrated by Gracey Zhang, is a lovely story about a boy whose dreams shine even brighter than the moon. Every night, Nigel tells the moon about his dreams: to be an astronaut, a ballet dancer, and a superhero! The moon always listens, but Nigel feels less sure of himself and his dreams during the day. When his classmates talk about wanting to be engineers or doctors, Nigel feels silly saying he wants to be a superhero, and he can’t find any pictures in library books of ballet dancers who look like him. Plus, he’s embarrassed that his parents don’t have “fancy” jobs like some of the other parents. But on the last day of career week in school, Nigel’s teacher has a special surprise that encourages Nigel to let his dreams fly. This is a wonderful book about the power of imagination, the strength of building confidence, and the importance of representation.

Love in the Library

March 25, 2022

Love in the Library by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illustrated by Yas Imamura, is a beautiful story about love flourishing in the midst of hatred and oppression. Based on the true story of Tokuda-Hall’s grandparents, the book shows how two young people, Tama and George, meet and fall in love while incarcerated in the Minidoka internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. Tama is supposed to be graduating college, but instead, she and her fellow Americans are imprisoned by their own government because of racism and unjust suspicion. Tama’s sole pleasure is in her job at the camp’s library, where the books allow her to escape the walls of the prison, and where George shyly comes every day to see her. Their love story is sweet and touching, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Tokuda-Hall tells her story compassionately but also makes a point of showing the cruelty of what Tama and George had to endure. The book includes back matter with more about her grandparents’ history.

Lost Things

March 25, 2022

by Carey, Sookocheff is a sweet story about the way things are lost and found in surprising ways! A girl loses her dog, who loses his collar, which is found by a bird and used to build the bird’s nest. A woman on a bicycle drops her pencil on the sidewalk, which a florist then uses as a stake to hold up the flowers he’s growing in a pot. And, a toddler loses a squeaky red ball, which the girl picks up and suddenly, surprise! Her lost dog comes running back to her. With short, succinct words, the book relies on small illustrated details, which readers will have fun noticing and picking out

Delphine Denise and the Mardi Gras Prize

March 25, 2022

by Brittany Mazique, illustrated by Sawyer Cloud, is a cheerful story about friendship that also celebrates some wonderful New Orleans traditions. Delphine Denise Debreaux loves Mardi Gras and every year; she and her friends ride their bikes in the annual parade through the streets of New Orleans. But this year, Delphine Denise wants to enter a float into the parade so she can win the grand prize for the best float: a crown. Delphine Denise is determined to win the prize no matter what, but her friends are less than enthusiastic about her plan. On the day of the parade, when trouble strikes her float and her friends come to her aid, Delphine Denise learns that maybe a crown isn’t the most important Mardi Gras prize after all. The back of the book includes some more information about Mardi Gras and its roots in New Orleans.

Calvin

March 25, 2022

by JR and Vanessa Ford, illustrated by Kayla Harren, is a fantastic story about a transgender child presenting himself to the world. Calvin knows he is a boy “in my heart and in my brain”, even though the world sees him as a girl. When he draws pictures of himself, it’s short hair, wearing his father’s shirts. When he tells his parents about who he is and the name that is really his, Calvin, they respond with unconditional love and acceptance. Calvin gets a haircut and new clothes that make him feel like himself. But, he is still nervous about telling his friends at school: how will everyone treat him? Heading back to school after summer vacation, Calvin is greeted by his principal, his teachers, and his friends with his new name, which makes him feel “safe and happy”. When the time comes to talk about what he did over the summer, Calvin knows just what he will say. This is a wonderful, warm-hearted book with an important message.

Ada and the Galaxies

March 25, 2022

Ada and the Galaxies by Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv, illustrated by Susanna Chapman, celebrate the wonders of space and the natural world. Ada loves looking at the stars, but there’s too much light to see them from the window of her New York City apartment. When she visits her grandparents, Ama and Poobah, on an island in Maine, she’s sure she’ll be able to see all the stars! But first, Ada and Ama, and Poobah have to wait for the sky to get dark. Luckily, there’s plenty to do on the island during the day, like find an osprey’s nest and build a fairy house with shells and moss. Meanwhile, Ada’s imagination soars when Poobah tells her about galaxies far, far away. When the stars finally come out, readers are caught up in Ada’s joy and wonder. Susanna Chapman’s gorgeous watercolor illustrations bring out Maine’s beauty.

What It's Like to Be a Bird

March 19, 2022

What It’s Like to Be a Bird by David Allen Sibley is a wonderful introduction for birdwatchers, but it’s also an appreciation of the marvelous diversity and ingenuity of our feathered neighbors. With huge color illustrations and a wide array of birds on display, the book is a visual treat. It’s also full of interesting tidbits, like the fact that cormorants are the most efficient marine predators in the world, or that the New Caledonian Crow of the South Pacific can problem solve at the intellectual level of a small child. There are also useful tips, like what to do if you come across a bird’s nest on or near your home. As spring approaches and the weather warms, this is the perfect companion for anyone wanting to take more interest in the natural world. (Non-Fiction)

Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom

March 19, 2022

Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom by Carl Bernstein is the veteran journalist’s account of his start in the business. A native of Washington, D.C., Bernstein was almost failing out of high school when he got a job as a copyboy at the Evening Star, mostly because of his fast typing. From there, his career rose to cover Washington politics during the turbulent midcentury. He describes the atmosphere of the old newsrooms, filled with typewriters and reporters yelling “Copyyyyyy!” as a signal to the underlings like Bernstein to grab their typed stories. Though Bernstein focuses on his career before the Watergate story that made him and Bob Woodward nationally famous, his memories about his early years in Washington touch on important moments like his coverage of the Kennedy administration and the civil rights movement. This is a nostalgic and illuminating look at Bernstein’s past, the fraught history he covered, and the golden years of print journalism. (Non-Fiction)

Vladimir

March 19, 2022

Vladimir by Julia May Jonas is a black comedy that’s in conversation with Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, about the desires and travails of a deeply unreliable narrator. Vladimir is told from the perspective of an unnamed female literature professor in her 50s, who teaches at a small liberal arts college in upstate New York alongside her husband. Theirs is a marriage of contentment, in which both spouses turn a deliberately blind eye to each other’s affairs. But, John, the husband, is being investigated by the college for his past affairs with students, and his wife is lambasted for her complicit role in his behavior. The novel takes another turn when Vladimir Vladinski, a young, hot experimental novelist joins the faculty, and the narrator’s desire for him is mingled with professional jealousy and a longing to recapture her youth. Jonas’s debut novel takes a complicated look at academia and the #MeToo movement, and the ever-confounding nature of human behavior.

The Siren of Sussex

March 19, 2022

The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Mathews is not your typical historical romance, partly because its protagonists, Evelyn Maltravers and Ahmad Malik, are a refreshingly unusual pair. Evelyn is not quite beautiful enough to be considered a good marriage prospect for a wealthy man in Victorian London, but she knows the fate of her family’s honor rests on her. Evelyn is determined to use her exemplary skills as a horsewoman to gain a better position in society, but she needs a dressmaker who can fashion a spectacular riding habit for her to wear. Enter Ahmad Malik, the half English, half Indian tailor with innovative designs and the goal to take London’s fashion world by storm. Both Evelyn and Ahmad are determined and ambitious with more on their minds than romance, but they can’t help being drawn to each other nevertheless. This is an effervescent love story that also deals with complex issues like colonialism, race, and class within British society.

The School For Good Mothers

March 19, 2022

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan is a razor-sharp dystopian satire about a future society in which mothers deemed “bad” by the government is targeted for a cruel form of reeducation. Frida Liu, harried and juggling single parenthood with work, is labeled as this kind of mother after she leaves her toddler Harriet home alone for a short time while she hurries back to her office for something she forgot. As punishment, her daughter is given to her ex-husband and his much-younger girlfriend, who posts glowingly on social media about how much she loves caring for Harriet. Frida, meanwhile, is sent to a rehab facility for a year to correct her behavior as a mother. Here, she and other mothers deemed problematic are under constant surveillance, compelled to practice their skills on robot babies who record information about their assigned mothers. Here, every glimmer of human emotion can be used to prove their unfitness to parents. Chan’s novel contains elements similar to Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, but is also vividly unique and deeply unsettling.

The Paris Apartment

March 19, 2022

by Lucy Foley is another juicy page-turner from the author of The Guest List and The Hunting Party. Jess Hadley is looking for a change of scene when she leaves England to crash with her brother, Ben, in Paris. But when she arrives at his apartment at number 12, rue des Amants – a building that seems a shade too fancy for freelance journalist Ben to afford– Jess finds her brother is missing. She soon learns that his neighbors are an odd and slightly sinister bunch, all members of the same family with secrets to hide. If Foley’s previous books were atmospheric riffs on the classic locked-room mystery, then The Paris Apartment has the quality of a noir-like thriller, in which this shadowy apartment building is both a character and a stage for the mystery to unfold.

Out Front the Following Sea

March 19, 2022

Out Front the Following Sea by Leah Angstman immerses readers in early Colonial America, a world in which independent, intelligent, free-thinking women like Ruth Miner are considered odd and, at worst, dangerous enough to kill. In New England in 1689, Ruth is accused of witchcraft after her parents are killed in a fire and, to escape death, she flees to Stonington, Connecticut on board the ship Primrose. Her childhood friend Owen is a sailor on the Primrose and one of the only people who believe her innocence. But, Owen is an outcast himself, whose French ancestry and friendship with the Pequot people cast him under suspicion as well. Amidst threats of violence, war, and exile, Owen and Ruth share a spark of romance. Out Front the Following Sea is historically vivid-- so much so that the salty 17th-century dialogue may take a few pages to get used to--but features a strong heroine that modern readers can root for.

Olga Dies Dreaming

March 19, 2022

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez is a compelling, character-driven look at the limits of the American dream. Thirty-nine-year-old Olga and her older brother Prieto are both successful --Olga runs a high-end wedding planning business and Prieto is a congressman--but their achievements are undercut by troubles. Prieto is a closeted gay man who is being blackmailed about his sexuality by shady businessmen, and Olga finds her commercial success hollow and struggles with depression. Olga and Prieto are also dealing with the emotional legacy of their parents, former Puerto Rican revolutionaries. Their father became addicted to drugs and died of AIDS and their mother, who left the family when Olga was 12, hasn’t seen her children in years but still looms large in their lives through her sporadic and manipulative communication with them. In exploring these relationships, the book also portrays Puerto Rican history and culture and the way her family’s background suffuses Olga’s life. This is a richly imagined, compassionate novel about family, money, identity, and love.