Rowayton Library Recommends

Love Radio

September 27, 2022

by Ebony, LaDelle is a romance between two dreamy, ambitious teens. Prince Jones is only 17, but he’s an expert on love--at least, he dispenses romantic advice to fellow teens in a segment on a Detroit radio show. But honestly, he’s never been in love and his chances for a romance, along with his dreams of being a full-time DJ, seem to be stymied by his role as caretaker to his mother, who has multiple sclerosis, and his little brother. But then he meets Dani Ford, an aspiring writer who is focused on getting a scholarship so that she can move to New York. Prince is smitten, but Dani is reluctant to let a relationship derail her ambitions for just a fling. She gives Prince an ultimatum: he has three dates to prove himself. While the romance is adorable, this is also a lovely coming-of-age story. (Young Adults)

The Witchlings

September 27, 2022

Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega is a fantastical middle-grade novel about friendship overcoming the desire to fit in. Living in the magical town of Ravenskill, Seven Salazar is a 12-year-old witchling on the cusp of becoming a real witch. At the Black Moon Ceremony--a kind of sorting process for future witches - she and her best friend are hoping to be chosen to join the most powerful coven together. But, when the time comes, Seven ends up as a Spare, selected to be part of an outcast, less powerful coven with two other oddball Spares, one of whom is a confirmed bully. To make matters worse, the spell they need to cast to bond themselves as sisters in the coven fails, meaning the witchlings are at risk of losing their powers. The only way for Seven and her fellow Spares to become full witches is to undergo a dangerous mission to kill the Nightbeast, a creature that supposedly haunts Ravenskill and kills children. It’s an almost impossible task--but if Seven and her fellow witchlings can succeed, they’ll gain powers beyond their wildest dreams. And if not, they’ll be turned into toads! This is an exciting, plot-twist-filled book for budding fantasy readers. (Chapter Books)

The Ogress and the Orphans

September 27, 2022

by Kelly Barnhill is a fairy tale about what happens when a cozy village falls on hard times and the sense of friendship, love, and community that redeems it. It all started to go wrong for the magical village of Stone-in-the-Glen when a fire consumed their beloved library. Soon, fires and floods overwhelmed the town, fraying the social fabric and turning people against each other. To make matters worse, a new Mayor famous for his dragon-slaying exploits comes to town with big promises to fix everything, but something seems not quite right about him. Then, when orphans start to go missing from Stone-in-the-Glen, everyone blames the local Ogress, an easy target, who is actually the town’s secret benefactor. Can the other orphans convince the town that the Ogress is innocent and save their community?  (Chapter Books)

Look Twice

September 27, 2022

by Giuliano Ferri is a clever board book for very young children with visual surprises and wordplay. Look closely at the bright, crayon-like illustrations and you’ll see a lion hiding in a field of flowers (behind a dandelion), or a ladybug that’s actually a pig’s snout. The book shows a series of animals hiding, encouraging readers to look deeper to find the unexpected!   (Board Books)

Telling Stories Wrong

September 27, 2022

by Gianni Rodari, translated by Antony Shugaar and illustrated by Beatrica Alemagna, is an inventive, newly translated book from a classic Italian children’s author. A little girl is listening to her grandfather tell her the story of Little Red Riding Hood, except Grandpa gets the details of the story all wrong! Readers will giggle as Little Yellow Riding Hood is sent to bring a potato peel to her Aunt Hildegaard and meets a giraffe in the woods, along with other detours that Grandpa’s imagination takes. This is a warm-hearted book about sharing stories and not sweating the details too much.

The Surprise

September 27, 2022

by Nick Laird and Zadie Smith, illustrated by Magenta Fox, is a sweet story from married writers Smith and Laird. The titular Surprise is a guinea pig dressed in a judo uniform, given as a birthday present to a child, Kit. But, the Surprise quickly discovers that she’s very different from the household’s other pets: Bob, a pug dog, Dora, a cat, and Paul, a bird. Because of this, they’re immediately suspicious of her. Trying to fit in, the Surprise makes a failed attempt to fly and lands up in the apartment next door, where she spends a wonderful afternoon with the delightfully eccentric neighbor and realizes it’s ok to be different. A reunion with Kit and a happy ending for all the pets provides a sweet resolution.

School Bus

September 27, 2022

by Donald, Crews is an easy, cheerful introduction to school. For little ones who are getting ready to go to school (or who perhaps have siblings already there), the book’s simple, informative text with detailed illustrations makes the idea of going to school accessible. All aboard the school bus!

Knight Owl

September 27, 2022

by Christopher, Denise is the story of a little owl who wanted to be a knight and a dragon who loved pizza. Owl’s dream of becoming a knight seems improbable at first; he’s not human and much smaller than most knights. But, when an alarming number of the kingdom’s knights go missing, he is accepted to Knight School, where he makes it to graduation, despite being, as a nocturnal creature, sleepier than the rest of the Knight School students. But, his “habit of nodding off during the day” makes him perfect for the Knight Night Watch, where he patrols the castle, on the lookout for dragons. When one such fearsome dragon appears, Owl uses the power of quick thinking and snacks to save the day! Denise’s illustrations are warm and cozy and readers will delight in Owl’s cute facial expressions.

I Want to be a Vase

September 27, 2022

by Julio Torres, illustrated by Julian Glander, is a very funny, slightly surrealist book about the inner lives of overlooked household appliances (Torres is a comedian known for his inventive sketches on Saturday Night Live). A lowly toilet plunger decides that it wants to be a vase so that it can hold beautiful flowers instead of, well, you know what. Then, a saucepan decides it would rather be a garbage can, and, come to think it, the garbage can itself actually wants to be a pillow. Further discussions ensue, interspersed by exclamations from a grumpy vacuum cleaner who just wants everything to stay put! Accompanied by bright, candy-colored illustrations, the book’s humor carries an earnest message for kids to discover themselves and to use their imaginations to soar beyond limitations.

The Fog Catcher's Daughter

September 27, 2022

by Marianne McShane, illustrated by Alan Marks, is a gorgeously rendered story infused with Irish folklore and culture. Eily lives on the Irish coast with her parents near an enchanted island where fairies, also known as the Good Folk, live. Every year, her father must make a dangerous journey by sea to the island to gather the magical mist and bring it home to help grow herbs used for healing and protection--hence the name “fog catcher”. When one such journey goes terribly wrong, Eily must summon the courage to rescue her father herself. The story’s fairytale magic and drama are brought beautifully to life by Marks’s swirling watercolor illustrations.

Every Dog in the Neighborhood

September 27, 2022

by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, starts when Louis tells his grandma he wants a dog, but Grandma argues that there are enough dogs in the neighborhood already. To bolster his argument, Louis realizes he needs to find out exactly how many dogs live in his neighborhood, but neither his grandma nor city hall has the answer. So, while Grandma is busy with a mysterious project of her own, Louis decides to conduct a survey himself and sets out on the delightful errand of meeting and counting all of the neighborhood’s dogs (and meeting a couple of cats and a reptile too!). The result is a sweet portrait of Louis’s neighbors and their beloved pooches, as well as a surprise for Louis!

Mi Cocina

September 19, 2022

by Rick Martínez takes readers on a culinary journey through all 32 states in Mexico, highlighting the flavors of different regions. This mirrors the road trip that Martínez took in 2019, driving 20,000 miles to capture dishes that explored the essence of each place he visited but also to reconnect with his Mexican heritage. The result is a book that reflects Martínez’s journey and also offers a comprehensive guide to regional Mexican food. For example, his recipe for Salsa de Chipotle y Chile de Árbol, made with stewed tomatoes and dried jalapeno, is Martínez’s riff on a recipe he learned from a woman in Guanajuato and comes together in less than 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the book itself, with its gorgeous photos and anecdotes from his trip, is a pleasure to spend time armchair traveling with. (Cookbook)

I Dream of Dinner

September 19, 2022

by Ali Slagle is a cookbook that boasts “low-effort, high-reward” recipes from a New York Times food writer. Each of Slagle’s recipes uses less than 10 ingredients and cooks up in under an hour, but without sacrificing the complex balance of flavor and texture that makes a meal so satisfying. Her recipes are simple and contain tips and shortcuts to save time and maximize flavor, like cooking broccoli and pasta in a single pot to make a flavorful Skillet Broccoli Spaghetti or a one-pot chicken and rice meal that’s inspired by the flavors of paella but cooks up in a fraction of the time. If you’re looking for inspiration for quick weeknight dinners, this is a great place to start. (Cookbook)

Monster's Bones: The Discovery of T. Rex and How it Shook Our World

September 19, 2022

by David K. Randall chronicles the discovery, in 1900, of the first Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and argues that its impact on science and culture still reverberates today. The book also details the Gilded Age-era race to discover dinosaur bones, involving museums, robber barons, and fossil hunters, all eager to make their names. At the center of T. Rex’s story is a Kansas-born outdoorsman named Barnum Brown and Henry Fairfield Osbourn, the wealthy man who needed to fill the then-empty halls of New York’s American Museum of Natural History in order to solidify his reputation. When Brown unearthed the nearly in-tact 15-foot-tall T. Rex skeleton in Montana, it was Osbourn’s museum that would be its home, after a long, arduous journey and a painstaking reconstruction. The Monster’s Bones details a fascinating slice of history. (Non-Fiction)

Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?

September 19, 2022

by Seamus O’Reilly is, as the title suggests, both a heartbreaking and funny memoir-in-essays meditating on childhood, grief, and growing up in spite of the shadow of loss. O’Reilly, now a columnist for the London Observer, grew up in Derry, Northern Ireland amidst the Troubles. In 1991, his mother, Sheila, died of cancer, leaving his father as a single parent of eleven children. The title comes from an oft-repeated, “mortifying” family story in which five-year-old Seamus, unable to yet grasp the gravity or permanence of his mother’s death, ushered guests into her wake by chirping: “Did ye hear Mammy died?” While the circumstances of his youth were often grim, O’Reilly’s book is full of humor and love, especially in his portrayal of his father, Joe, “the bright, shining star of my childhood, and, quite possibly, human life on Earth during this period.” A runaway bestseller in Ireland, the book is a testament to the fact that, even in the midst of loss and political upheaval, sometimes you have to laugh rather than cry. (Non-FIction)

The Unkept Woman

September 19, 2022

by Allison, Montclair is a post-World War II thriller featuring two best friends, Gwen Bainbridge and Iris Sparks. Both women run a dating agency, The Right Sort Marriage Bureau, but their lives are still haunted by their war experiences. Iris was in intelligence and much of her past remains shaded with secrecy, while Gwen is fighting to regain custody of her son after she attempted suicide following her husband’s death in 1944. When an ex-spy and old lover of Iris’s turns up at her flat and a woman is murdered there, Iris becomes embroiled in the crime, and it’s up to the two women to sort out the mystery. This is a refreshing spin on World War II-era mysteries, featuring two deeply compelling characters.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

September 19, 2022

by Gabrielle Zevin is a clever, unusual novel that charts the collaboration of two brilliant minds as they work together to create a legendary video game. Sam Masur and Sadie Green-met as children, reconnect as college students in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and begin a creative partnership that will span decades. Both insanely talented, Sam and Sadie collaborate on designing a video game, Ichigo, that becomes a hit before they’ve even graduated from college, catapulting them to fame and wealth. But, the pressures of success, and the messiness of human relationships, will make their 30-year careers a rollercoaster of ambition, betrayal, and tragedy. The book is a love letter to literary gamers, but even those who have never played a video game in their lives will find at the novel’s heart a story of friendship, creative inspiration, and love.

The Retreat

September 19, 2022

by Sarah Pearse is another mystery in which an idyllic location masks a dark past. This novel, however, is more of a traditional detective story, featuring the talented troubled Det. Elin Warner is sent to investigate an unexplained death at an exclusive resort off the coast of England. The retreat is set on a picturesque island with a sinister name, Reaper’s Rock, and a history of murders. When a woman falls to her death from a balcony at the resort, Warner and her partner, DC Steed, are tasked with solving the crime, but soon get mixed up in a second, possibly connected to drowning death in the chilly waters off the island. As she pieces together details of each death, Warner begins to wonder if a family vacationing at the retreat is being targeted--or if the island is as cursed as its reputation.

Learning to Talk

September 19, 2022

by Hilary Mantel. For anyone who is familiar with Mantel from her acclaimed Wolf Hall trilogy set in Tudor England, Learning to Talk is an intriguing departure from the historical fiction she’s known for. This collection of stories, set mostly in the north of England in the 1960s and 1970s, draws from Mantel’s own autobiographical experience. Through the perspective of a single narrator telling linked stories, we watch a young woman grapple with the death of her father and the burden of her Irish Catholic heritage when the Troubles threatened, struggle with a complicated relationship with her mother, and try to escape her background by smoothing her regional accent with the help of an eccentric tutor. Whether writing about the distant past or a fictionalized version of her own, Mantel’s writing is as sharp as ever.

The Last to Vanish

September 19, 2022

by Megan, Miranda is a thriller set in the mountains of North Carolina that centers on a series of cold cases. Cutter’s Pass is a small town that’s famous for its beautiful vistas and hiking trails, with one big caveat: an alarming number of the hikers who set out in the nearby mountains are never seen again. Despite this fact and the place’s ominous designation as “the most dangerous town in North Carolina”, Abby Lovett has found solace here, managing the Passage Inn, getting to know everyone in the small town, and exploring the mountains’ wild beauty. But, things take a turn when Trey West, the brother of the last hiker to disappear, appears one night at the hotel, looking for answers about his brother’s disappearance. Abby connects with him immediately, but as they dig deeper into the mystery of Cutter’s Pass, they find other secrets the town has been hiding. An atmospheric, escapist mystery.

Jackie and Me

September 19, 2022

by Louis Bayard is the fictionalized story of a friendship between the famous first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and a young man who stayed by her side throughout her life in the public eye. Lem Billings, an intimate friend of the Kennedy family, meets Jackie when she is a young debutante considering marriage to charismatic but elusive young congressman, Jack Kennedy. Billings acts as the couple’s go-between, lending a hand to bring them together and then sticking by each of them through their tumultuous marriage and political rise. Lem himself is a perpetual outsider, a closeted gay man in the 1960s who remains close to but never part of one of the century’s most powerful political dynasties. This is a captivating alternative perspective on a well-known story.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (PG) 122 minutes

September 16, 2022
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2

CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG)  Kids & Family, Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy  - The world’s favorite blue hedgehog is back for the next adventure! After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles, in search of an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a globetrotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.

Minions: The Rise of Gru (NR) 88 minutes

September 16, 2022
MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU

CHILDREN’S MOVIE (NR)-Kids & Family, Comedy, Adventure, Animation - Long before he becomes the master of evil, Gru is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. When the infamous supervillain group, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, Gru attempts to join their ranks, but soon finds himself their mortal enemy. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to learn martial arts to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.  Packed with subversive humor with more action than any previous Despicable film yet! Watch with your parents for a really FUN Family Night!

Hotel Portofino (NR) 340 minutes

September 16, 2022
HOTEL PORTOFINO – FOREIGN SERIES– NR – ENGLISH

- Book to Movie  - In the aftermath of WWI, Bella Ainsworth (Natascha McElhone Ronin), a wealthy industrialist’s daughter, attempts to coax her wounded son, Lucian, and widowed daughter, Alice, towards health and happiness. Her plan: move to Italy to set up a quintessentially British hotel in the beautiful Italian Riviera town of Portofino. But the problems at Hotel Portofino mount quickly for Bella: she’s short of staff and money; imperious guests, and targeted by a scheming and corrupt local politician, Signor Danioni (Pasquale Esposito), who threatens to drag her into the red-hot political cauldron of Mussolini’s Italy. Embracing larger themes Hotel Portofino is a family drama full of emotional highs and lows that weaves its classic ‘whodunit’ the mystery is woven throughout the intoxicating influence of Italy’s enchanting culture, climate, and cuisine. Those who check in will never be the same again.

Hinterland Complete Series S.1-4 (NR) 117 minutes

September 16, 2022

Weighed down by grief and guilt, DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington) comes to coastal Aberystwyth after a decade on the London police force. Escaping recent hurts, he’s on a journey of recovery. But the beautiful seaside vistas and close-knit mountain villages hide a multitude of sins. Partnered with hardworking local DI Marek Rys (Mali Harries), Mathias confronts mystifying murders that push him to the edge in a place with secrets as dark and destructive as his own.

Harry Wild Season 1 (NR) 379 minutes

September 16, 2022
HARRY WILD, SEASON 1  – SERIES –(NR)

A recently retired English professor, Harry Wild (Jane Seymore), discovers she has a real knack for investigating and can't help but interfere with the cases assigned to her police detective son, Charlie (Kevin Ryan). Due to their new notoriety, Harry and Fergus (Rohan Nedd) are approached by a woman desperate to find out how her husband died; although reluctant to get involved, Harry's interest is soon piqued.

Signora Volpe, Series 1 (NR) 270 minutes

September 16, 2022
SIGNORA VOLPE, SERIES 1NEW SERIES-(NR)

Crime, Drama - A British spy turns detective in Italy. Sylvia Fox (Emilia Fox) is a top British spy, but she’s disillusioned with MI6 after one betrayal too many. In need of a respite, she heads to Italy for her niece’s wedding. But when the groom goes missing, leaving a dead body behind, Sylvia has a mystery to solve--covertly, of course. Enchanted by the town of Panicale and longing to reconnect with her sister (Tara Fitzgerald), Sylvia buys a crumbling old house on a hillside and decides to start anew in Umbria. But not cut out for a quiet life she’s soon tackling a variety of cases, from a skeleton unearthed in an archaeological dig to a kidnapped truffle pig and a blackmail scheme with diplomatic tensions. All the while, she grows closer to a handsome local cop, Capitano Giovanni Riva (Giovanni Cirfiera), even as her ex, Adam (Jamie Bamber), tries to lure her back.

Kim's Convenience Complete Set (NR) 1480 minutes

September 16, 2022
KIM’S CONVENIENCE, COMPLETE SET NEW SERIES (NR) 5 SEASONS –

Comedy--The funny, heartfelt story of The Kims, a Korean Canadian family running a convenience store in downtown Toronto. Based on the hit play by Ins Choi, this acclaimed comedy explores the multicultural community and the generational tension between immigrant parents and their Canadian-born children with smart comedy and authentic depth. The series is set in urban Regent Park, a rundown neighborhood bustling with immigrants and rich in cultural diversity, at the heart of which is the Kim family and their store, and the series finds laughter in the trials of running a literal "Mom and Pop" shop while raising kids in a culture that is not quite your own.

Wuhan Wuhan (NR) 89 minutes

September 16, 2022
WUHAN,WUHAN – FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY–(NR) 

Documentary, Health & Wellness - CHINESE with English Subtitles. When the city of Wuhan, China locked down at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was nearly impossible to get a clear sense of what was happening. But award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) and a group of intrepid videographers were able to document life at the epicenter. In a time when the world needs greater cross-cultural understanding, WUHAN WUHAN is an invaluable depiction of a metropolis joining together to overcome a crisis.

Plastic is Forever (NR) 19 minutes

September 16, 2022
PLASTIC IS FOREVER – DOCUMENTARY-(NR) 

Dylan D’Haeze, a 13-year-old filmmaker from the San Juan Islands decided to find out: “what happens when you throw away plastic?” He followed plastic trash to where it ended up--with some surprising results! Did you know you might be eating plastic for dinner tonight? “Ewww” Features conversations with some of the top minds in the field, including the EPA, the Surface Foundation, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and more, the powerful message delivered by knowing plastics are forever is cultivating a new generation of involvement--with special screenings and discussions at institutions and cities around the world. See how kids and adults can help make a difference in a world that is increasingly dependent on plastic. Kids CAN save our Planet!

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts (NR) 102 minutes

September 16, 2022

Documentary, Kids & Family, Fantasy. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson join filmmaker Chris Columbus and other esteemed cast members across all eight Harry Potter films as they travel back to Hogwarts for the first time to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise's first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which premiered 20 years ago. The retrospective special tells an enchanting making-of story through all-new in-depth interviews and cast conversations, inviting fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time

Ahed's Knee (NR) 109 minutes

September 16, 2022

AHED’s KNEE – FOREIGN MOVIE (NR) HEBREW with English Subtitles –A celebrated Israeli filmmaker named Y arrives in a remote desert village to present one of his films at a local library. Struggling to cope with the recent news of his mother's terminal illness, he is pushed into a spiral of rage when the host of the screening, a government employee, asks him to sign a form placing restrictions on what he can say at the film's Q&A. Told over the course of one day, the film depicts Y as he battles against the loss of freedom in his country and the fear of losing his mother.

Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop (PG) 95 minutes

September 16, 2022

Adventure, Mystery & Thriller - Orphaned at a young age, Elizabeth Willoughby (Natalie Cox) inherited her family estate. Now an Ancient Civilization Professor at University, Willoughby receives a call from an old family friend asking her to investigate a series of hauntings at her antique bookshop. Moonlighting as a local sleuth, she must solve this mystery for her friend. This stylish whodunit features Kelsey Grammer.

Memory (R) 115 minutes

September 16, 2022
MEMORY – MOVIE-(R) 

Action, Mystery, Thriller -  Alex Lewis (Liam Neeson), an expert assassin is caught in a moral quagmire. Refusing to complete a job that violates his code, he must quickly hunt and take down the people who hired him before they and FBI agent Vincent Serra (Guy Pearce) find him first. Alex is built for revenge, but with a memory that is beginning to falter, he is forced to question his every action, blurring the line between right and wrong. His mind may be fading, but his conscience is clear!

The Lost City (PG-13) 111 minutes

September 16, 2022
THE LOST CITY – MOVIE –(PG-13)

Romance, Comedy, Action, Adventure. Reclusive author Loretta Sage writes about exotic places in her popular adventure novels that feature a handsome cover model named Alan. While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta gets kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who hopes she can lead him to an ancient city's lost treasure from her latest story. Determined to prove he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan (Channing Tatum) sets off to rescue her.

Last Seen Alive (R) 94 minutes

September 16, 2022
LAST SEEN ALIVE – MOVIE-(R)

Action, Mystery, Thriller - After Will Spann's (Gerard Butler) wife, Lisa (Jamie Alexander), suddenly vanishes at a gas station, his desperate search to find her leads him down a dark path that forces him to run from authorities and take the law into his own hands.

Jurassic World Dominion (PG-13) 147 minutes

September 16, 2022
JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION – MOVIE (PG-13)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Mystery & Thriller Two worlds collide as the epic saga that began with Jurassic Park comes full circle in this film. Four years after Isla Nublar’s destruction, dinosaurs roam the Earth again. Facing the cataclysmic consequences of a planet once again dominated by prehistoric predators, two generations of Jurassic heroes unite as doctors Eliie Sattler (Laura Dern), Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), and Alan Grant (Sam Neill) return to join Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) for an incredible adventure that will determine the destiny of humans and dinosaurs once and for all.

Family Camp (PG) 130 minutes

September 16, 2022
FAMILY CAMP – MOVIE (PG)

Family Movie When their pastor encourages the congregation to sign-up for a week away at family camp, Grace (Leigh-Allyn Baker) believes she's found the perfect cure for her imperfect clan--even if they'd all rather be anywhere but at rustic Camp Katokwah. The first feature film from The Skit Guys--Tommy Woodard and Eddie James--FAMILY CAMP is a laugh-out-loud comedy that is sure to touch the hearts and tickle the funny bones of every family member from eight to eighty.

Everything Everywhere All At Once (R) 139 minutes

September 16, 2022

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE – MOVIE (R) –Comedy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh), a flustered immigrant mother, is contacted from a parallel universe and told that only she can save the world. The unlikely hero must learn to channel her newfound powers and fight through the splintering timelines of the multiverse to save her home, her family, and herself in this big-hearted and irreverent adventure. With Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum jr., James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis.

The Charmed List

August 21, 2022

by Julie, Abe is a mashup of fantasy and romance with a fun summer road trip plot. High school seniors Ellie Kobata and Jack Yasuda used to be best friends in middle school, partly because they have a lot in common: both are Japanese American and part of a secret magical community. But, for some reason, Jack stopped talking to her back in 7thgrade, and ever since then, Ellie has felt socially invisible, saved only by her current friendship with Lia, who’s a great friend but, as a non-magical person, can never truly know who Ellie is. Now that she’s a senior in high school, Ellie decides it’s time to come out of her shell and devises an “Anti-Wallflower List” of goals to be braver and bolder--and to take revenge on Jack. But when she plans to prank Jack go awry, Ellie finds herself stuck with her nemesis on a road trip along the coast of California, giving the bickering pair a second chance at friendship and possibly even romance. (Young Adults)

Juana & Lucas: Muchos Changes

August 21, 2022

by Juana Medina is a bilingual first-chapter book that talks with honesty and humor about dealing with life’s big changes. Juana loves her life in Bogotá, Colombia with her family: Mami, Luis, and Lucas, Juana’s dog, and furry best friend. But, this summer, Mami has a few surprises: Juana is going to have a new baby sibling and she’s going to skate camp! Juana isn’t thrilled with either piece of news, since she can’t skate and everyone knows that “babies make everything complicado.” But, with her own sunny determination, support from Mami and Luis, and help from her loving abuelos, Juana learns to ace skate camp, make new friends, and be a great big sister. (Chapter Books)

City of Magic

August 21, 2022

by Avi is the third book in the author’s trilogy set in Renaissance Italy. The year is 1492 and Magnus the Magician and his loyal servant boy, Fabrizio, are on a mission to Venice. King Claudio of Pergamontio has sent them to get their hands on a manuscript, written by Franciscan friar Luca Pacioli, which contains a revolutionary method for making money. For Fabrizio, the assignment is an adventure, exploring the maze of canals decked out for Carnival, with masked revelers spilling into the streets: “Venetians love two things: money and secrets.” But Venice is dangerous as well as dazzling, Magnus is increasingly old and feeble, and the king’s henchmen are in hot pursuit of the magician and his assistant. The story’s high-stakes antics center on the true story of Pacioli and his magical invention, double-entry bookkeeping, which changed the way information was recorded forever. City of Magic is full of the rich historical details and gripping suspense that the Newbery Medal-winning author is known for. (Chapter Books)

Who Was the Greatest? Muhammad Ali

August 21, 2022

by Gabe Soria, illustrated by Chris Brunner with colors by Rico Renzi. The popular Who Was? book series has created a new line of graphic novels to highlight a single important moment in a historical figure’s life. After a short introduction about Muhammad Ali’s background, the book takes readers through Ali’s last match against fellow heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, a fight famously known as the Thrilla in Manila. The graphic novel form and vibrant illustrations give the events shown in the book a real sense of immediacy without sacrificing the important historical details. Plus, the back of the book includes a timeline of Ali’s life and a list of sources for further research. Readers, who like the Who Was? series will enjoy this detailed approach that brings a historical moment to life! (Graphic Novel)

Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights

August 21, 2022

by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jared Andrew Schorr, is a simple but effective guide to ways in which people in a society can create changes. In words that read like upbeat chants, the book shows the many ways in which ordinary citizens can participate in a democracy: “Listen. Learn. Lead. Light a candle. Write a letter. Pass laws. March. Mediate. Meditate. Motivate. Never stop.” The illustrations show a wide range of people working toward similar goals, whether it’s voting, reading books in a classroom, or handing out flyers. This is a quick introduction to civics, but the book’s back pages include a glossary and some historical facts about community action. (Non-Fiction)

The Fabled Life of Aesop

August 21, 2022

by Ian Lendler, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, imagines the biography of Aesop, the originator of some of the world’s most famous tales, like The Tortoise and the Hare and The Boy Who Cried, Wolf. No one is sure of the exact details of Aesop’s life, but stories passed down from ancient sources like Aristotle and Herodotus suggest that he was born enslaved around 2,500 years ago near Greece. Because of the nature of the life, he led as an enslaved person, Aesop learned to express himself in fables and stories, many of which center around animals with human characteristics, providing a distraction while giving the listener subtle lessons. These stories made an impression on those around Aesop and eventually helped him gain his freedom. The book deals lightly but poignantly with the story of Aesop’s life and recreates some of his most famous stories and the messages they tell. Zagarenski’s pictures bring the stories to life with color and whimsical detail. (Non-Fiction)

Two Dogs

August 21, 2022

by Ian Falconer. Do you ever wonder what your pets are doing at home without you? Ian Falconer’s new book has a hilarious answer. The author of the beloved Olivia books is back with the story of two lovable, mischievous, and very bored dogs. Augie and Perry are dachshunds with long noses, floppy ears, and plenty of energy, although Augie is more serious and Perry is a goofball. Left to their own devices all day at home, they figure out how to open the door to the yard and do the things dogs dream about: swim in the pool, dig holes in the yard, and roll in a pile of raccoon poop. Will they be able to get back inside before their humans come home? Two Dogs explores the dog’s eye view of the world and Falconer’s illustrations capture their irrepressible cuteness.

Rosie and the Pre-Loved Dress

August 21, 2022

by Leanne Hatch starts with a little girl named Rosie picking out a cheerful yellow dress at a thrift store: “But not just any dress. One that sparkled and shined. It was magical.” When Rosie buys it and takes it home, she notices another girl’s name, Mila, scrawled on the back collar of the dress. She starts to let her imagination soar, making up stories about this girl who had previously owned the dress. Was she a figure skater? A trapeze artist? A mermaid? Does she like the same things as Rosie? Thinking about the dress’s previous owner gives the garment an extra special meaning. When Rosie grows out of it, she knows just what to do: add her own name to the collar and donate the dress again, so it can belong to someone new!

The Pet Potato

August 21, 2022

by Josh Lacey, illustrated by Momoko Abe, is a quirky book about an unusual pet. Albert has been begging his parents for a pet, but they keep saying no. Then, one day, Albert’s dad hands him a wrapped package containing his new “pet”: a potato! (“Dad made jokes like that all the time”, Albert says). Underwhelmed with his gift, Albert still can’t help noticing that the potato looks sad and decides to play with it. Soon, he and the potato are best friends and go everywhere together: to the library, to the playground, and even to bed, where the potato sleeps on his pillow. Some readers may anticipate the problem Albert will eventually encounter with his pet potato, but the solution is a sweet one that delights Albert and provides a lovely lesson about what’s possible with a little imagination.

Frances in the Country

August 21, 2022

by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Sean Qualls. Frances is a city kid and sometimes the noise and concrete can feel so confining. Frances finds it hard to follow city rules:  “Look out! Hush…Come back right this minute!” But, when she visits her cousins in the country, she has space to run and play. There are animals to visit, cats to chase, and hayrides to take. Plus, some time away from home gives Frances a chance to appreciate the things she does like about the city, like bright lights, street music, and most of all, being with her mom and sister.

Days Like This

August 21, 2022

by Oriane Smith and Alice Gravier is a thoughtful picture book that invites readers to slow down and look closely at the world through different eyes. The detailed, colorful illustrations of nature are shown from two perspectives, showing that all creatures see the same sunrise or rainfall or forest floor very differently! With simple, repeated phrases and soothing words, Days Like This is a meditative celebration of nature.

A Day For Sandcastles

August 21, 2022

by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Qin Leng, is a wordless picture book that uses detailed watercolors to tell a simple, immediately recognizable story. Three children arrive at the beach with their parents by bus and joyfully sprint for the water. Their various attempts to build a sandcastle are foiled by stray hats blowing in the wind, a rogue wave, and a wandering toddler. Will they succeed in finishing their castle before the sun sets and they have to return home? Leng’s illustrations perfectly capture a breezy day at the beach.

Annie's Cat is Sad

August 21, 2022

by Heather Smith, illustrated by Karen Obuhanych. What do you do to make a bad day better? Annie sees that her cat, Delilah (an adorable gray tabby with expressive eyes) is feeling down and needs some cheering up. She tries warm milk (“a cattucino”), yoga, and watching cartoons, but it doesn’t seem to help. “A word of warning,” Annie says, “just when you think you’ve forgotten your bad day, you will remember it again.” As Annie shows Delilah that sometimes it’s okay to face your bad feelings and cry, Delilah knows just what will help: a sweet cuddle from a friend. Obuhanych’s illustrations beautifully augment the text and bring both characters’ personalities alive--readers can practically hear Delilah purr!

Sunday Best: Cooking Up the Weekend Spirit Every Day

August 16, 2022

by Adrienne Cheatham with Sarah Zorn is a collection of recipes meant to spice up your repertoire. Cheatham, who worked at prestigious restaurants like Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster and Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin, combines her professional culinary skills with her love of her family’s traditional Southern food. She takes inspiration from the Black community’s idea of “Sunday best”--wearing one’s nicest clothes to church to impress--and brings that approach to her cooking, putting her own spin on classic Southern food to make something a little elevated and extra-special. Standout recipes include savory tater tot waffles with candied bacon, roasted chicken with soy sauce and stout, hummus made with butter beans, and a no-churn strawberry shortcake ice cream that’s perfect for the last days of summer. (Cookbook)

The Shores of Bohemia: A Cape Cod Story 1910-1960

August 16, 2022

by John, Taylor Williams captures the atmosphere of Cape Cod in the early 20century, when it was the vacation spot of a generation of free-thinking artists, writers, architects, playwrights, poets, and critics, including Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Mary McCarthy, Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko, Edna St. Vincent Millay, James Baldwin, and Norman Mailer. Out in the relative isolation of the sea and sand dunes, in beach cottages that were cheaper than the typical accommodations in Greenwich Village, some of the era’s most admired thinkers exchanged ideas, produced some of the most lauded works of the last century, and reimagined old ideas about politics, culture, and sexual freedom. Affairs ensued, domestic living arrangements were remixed, and wild beach parties were frequently fueled by enormous amounts of alcohol, even during Prohibition. This is a fascinating look at an extraordinary time and place. (Non-Fiction)

Dinner For One: How Cooking in Paris Saved Me

August 16, 2022

by Sutanya Dacres is a memoir about lost love, food, and finding new life in Paris. Born in Jamaica and raised in the Bronx, NY, Dacres thought she had found a fairytale romance when, at 27, she met her husband, a handsome Frenchman, and moved with him to Paris. But, moving to a foreign country can be isolating as well as exciting and, as her marriage fell apart, Dacres found herself alone in a strange city, grieving for her lost relationship but also figuring out how to be on her own again. She started cooking “dinner for one” in her tiny apartment in Montmartre, a process that became her salvation. As she pieced her life back together, forging new friendships and figuring out how to date in French, cooking remained a constant comfort. (Non-Fiction)

Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father and Me

August 16, 2022

Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father and Me by Ada Calhoun is a book about two generations of writers trying--and failing--to write a biography of the “New York School” poet Frank O’Hara. The title comes from the dismissive headline of O’Hara’s obituary in the New York Times: “EXHIBITIONS AIDE AT MODERN ART DIES—ALSO A POET” and the book dwells in the literal and figurative margins of not only O’Hara’s life but also Calhoun’s. Calhoun is the daughter of the celebrated writer and New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl and the book begins with Calhoun discovering lost cassette tapes of her father’s interviews for a biography of O’Hara in the 1970s, a project that he later abandoned. Fueled by interest and a desire to impress her father, Calhoun resolves to pick up the O’Hara biography where Schjeldahl left off, only to run into obstacles herself, not least the artistic clashes with O’Hara’s surviving sister, Maureen Granville-Smith. Once her original ambition fails, Calhoun finds the book taking its own shape, becoming a deeper and more personal exploration of her own life. Also, a Poet is brutally honest about Calhoun’s attempts to repair her troubled relationship with her father through her research, and the cultured but lonely childhood she spent in the midst of the dazzling 1970s New York art scene. This is a unique, fascinating memoir. (Non-Fiction)

The Midcoast

August 16, 2022

The Midcoast by Adam White is a thriller set in the tiny village of Damariscotta, Maine, and centers on the Thatch family, whose precipitous rise to wealth hides a sinister truth. When the book’s narrator, Andrew, returns home with his family to Damariscotta, where he was raised, he’s surprised to find Ed Thatch, the son of an old fishing family, and his wife, Stephanie, to be the owners of sprawling waterfront estate, throwing a lavish party to celebrate sending their daughter to Amherst College. But, as Andrew wanders around the home marveling at--and perhaps envying slightly--Ed Thatch’s stunning new wealth, he stumbles across photographs that seem to depict a disturbing crime. Then, the party is broken up by the police, and Andrew’s curiosity develops into a fascination. Like The Great Gatsby’s Nick Carraway, Andrew becomes increasingly involved in the Thatch’s lives and the dark deeds that have brought them their newfound position. And, like Jay Gatsby, Ed Thatch is a man willing to risk all for the love of a woman he feels is too good for him. This is a propulsive thriller and a character study about class, privilege, and making the right choices.

The Local

August 16, 2022
The Local

by Joey, Hartstone is a legal thriller set in Marshall, Texas, the capital of intellectual property litigation. James Euchre is a patent lawyer defending a difficult client, flashy tech entrepreneur Amir Zawar, against a charge of copyright infringement. The case gets complicated when Euchre’s mentor, federal judge Gerald Gardner, is murdered and Zawar emerges as the chief suspect after clashing with Gardner in a violent in-court incident. Euchre isn’t experienced in murder cases, but he’s roped into the case anyway, which takes some impressive twists and turns along the way. The small town setting and well-paced courtroom drama make this an appealing debut novel from film and TV writer Hartstone.

The It Girl

August 16, 2022

by Ruth Ware is the latest thriller from the masterful Ware, in which a group of university friends revisits the long-ago murder of one of their fellow students. April Clarke-Cliveden was the eponymous “it girl” --rich, beautiful, and popular, and her murder while she was a student at Oxford University sent shockwaves through the community and the media. Hannah Jones, her roommate, and best friend gave evidence to convict John Neville, a college porter, of strangling April. But, it’s now 10 years later, Neville is dead, and a journalist contacts Hannah with evidence to suggest that her friend’s killer was innocent. Hannah’s guilt drives her to revisit April’s murder and reconnect with old friends to find the true killer. This is a dark academic mystery that explores the ways in which memory can play tricks on the mind.

Hatchet Island

August 16, 2022

Hatchet Island by Paul Doiron is a perfect summer thriller, with its eerie island setting and shocking twists, featuring Doiron’s returning character Mike Bowditch, a Maine game warden. Mike and his girlfriend, biologist Stacey Stevens, are investigating a mysterious disappearance on a remote island that’s a research station and sanctuary for endangered seabirds. Biologists at the sanctuary have clashed with local fishermen over plans to close part of the Gulf of Maine to fishing boats to protect endangered whales. Now, tensions have boiled over into outright hostilities, with biologists threatened and the sanctuary’s founder, Maeve McLeary, missing. Soon, there are two murders for Mike to try to solve and more unsavory details emerge about the sanctuary’s dire finances, a mysterious stalker, and two suicides that might be connected with this complex case.

Harlem Sunset

August 16, 2022

Harlem Sunset by Nekesia Afia is the second in the Harlem Renaissance-set mystery series, featuring the tough, glamorous Louise Lloyd. It’s 1927 and Louise has taken a job as the manager of the Dove, a Harlem speakeasy run by her friend, Rafael Moreno. At the Dove, Louise meets Nora Davies, a young woman that Louise knows from her traumatic past. The two women spend the night at the Dove drinking and talking along with Rafael and Louise’s girlfriend, Rosa Maria. But the next morning, Rosa Maria wakes up covered in blood with no memory of the previous night – and with Nora dead on the floor next to her. Louise knows Rosa Maria can’t have killed Nora, but the police aren’t so sure, and Louise has to fight to clear her lover’s name and find the real killer. This is a suspenseful, atmospheric mystery.

Cult Classic

August 16, 2022

Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley takes a common nightmare--the prospect of running into your ex--and uses it as a framework to satirize modern relationships in this unconventional romantic comedy. Lola is a 30-something New Yorker with a career in media and a stable but slightly boring fiancé she calls Boots. One night while at a reunion dinner with her former colleagues, she runs into one of her exes; so far, so normal. Then she runs into another, and another, and another, until Lola realizes that these encounters can’t be coincidences. The plot twists and fun house mirror-style horror of these run-ins, and the sinister truth behind them, give the novel a feeling of suspense. Meanwhile, Lola’s introspection about her romantic choices and her bitingly funny wit bring the narrative to life. Crosley’s writing has been compared to Nora Ephron’s and Cult Classic is a clever mashup of genres, from thriller to romance to comedy.

Bitter Orange

August 16, 2022

by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth, is a beautiful novel about a young Omani woman trying to find herself in a new country while still bound to the culture and memories of her youth. Zuhour leaves Oman to study at a British university, just after her surrogate grandmother, Bint Aamir, passes away. Consumed by memories and grief, Zuhour becomes entangled in a romantic triangle between a young, glamorous Pakistani woman, Kuhl, and her husband, Imran, a medical student from a poor family whom Kuhl’s parents disapprove of. Zuhour is particularly drawn to the handsome Imran, in part because his past reminds her of the grandmother figure she misses. The book weaves between Zuhour’s struggles to establish a life for herself in Britain and the extraordinary life that Bint Aamir led in Oman, eventually forgoing the dreams of her youth to find contentment ending her days sipping coffee beneath the leaves of a bitter orange tree.

Bad Guys Children's Movie (PG) 100 minutes

August 10, 2022
THE BAD GUYS – (PG) 

Never have there been five friends as infamous as The Bad Guys--Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula. After years of countless heists and being the world's most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught. Mr. Wolf brokers a deal to keep them out of prison and the Bad Guys set out to fool the world into believing they've gone good. Packed with huge laughs and edgy action, being bad has never been so fun in this action-comedy from DreamWorks Animation, starring Awkwafina, Richard Ayoade, Zazie Beetz, Alex Borstein, Marc Maron and  based on the best-selling Scholastic book series by Aaron Blabey, in the graphic novels children’s book section.

Grantchester Season 7 (NR) 300 minutes

August 10, 2022

It’s the long hot summer of  1959 and wedding season is in full swing in Granchester village. As the Reverend Davenport (Tom Brittney) unites happy couples in holy matrimony, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green) finds himself trying to repair his own marriage to his estranged wife (Kacey Ainsworth) Former curate Leonard Finch 9Al Weaver) embarks on a new venture, while housekeeper Mrs. Chapman (Tessa Peake-Jones) receives news that tests her faith and usual sense of certainty, Will faces some difficult decisions about the man he wants to be and what he wants from his life. When one of Geordie’s investigations brings danger to the vicarage door, will it change life in Grantchester forever?

Imma Tataranni Season 1 New Foreign Series (R) 657 minutes

August 10, 2022
IMMA TATARANNI, SEASON 1 NEW (R) ITALIAN with English Subtitles 

Vanessa Scalera stars as deputy prosecutor Immacolata “Imma” Tataranni, a workaholic with a prodigious memory who solves the cases entrusted to her with unorthodox methods of detection and attitude to spare. Filmed in the Basilicata region of southern Italy, based in the ancient city of Matera famous for its ancient caves. Accompanying Imma is Ippazio Calogiuri (Alessio Lapice), a shy young corporal in the Carabinieri. Imma, married and devoted to her husband, Pietro (Massimiliano Gallo), and their teenage daughter, Valentina (Alice Azzariti), struggle with her mother’s dementia and her in-laws. Guest star Cesare Bocci (from Det. Montalbano)

Aftertaste Season 1 New Series (NR) 168 minutes

August 10, 2022
AFTERTASTE, SEASON 1 NEW (NR) Australian 

When his latest outburst goes viral, volatile celebrity chef Easton West (Erik Thomson), having burned all his other bridges, flees back to his hometown in the Adelaide Hills of Australia. Arriving to a dysfunctional family he abandoned 30 years before, Easton is a pariah to his sister (Susan Prior), who resents him for leaving her to deal with their alcoholic father (Peter Carroll) on her own. Only his outspoken 19-year-old niece, pastry wunderkind Diana (Natalie Abbott), shows any interest. Easton realizes that Diana represents everything he is not--young, female, and fresh! And he tries to reinvent himself.

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom Foreign Documentary (NR) 109 minutes

August 10, 2022

LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM –(NR) OSCAR NOMINEE DZONGKHA with ENGLISH SUBTITLES.  A young teacher in modern Bhutan, Ugyen Dorji (Sherab Dorji) shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand, his superior sends him to the most remote school in the world, in a village called Lunana, to complete his service. He finds himself exiled from the westernized comforts after an arduous eight-day trek just to get there. Then he finds no electricity, no textbooks, not even a blackboard. Though poor, the villagers extend a warm welcome to their new teacher, but he faces the daunting task of teaching the village children without supplies. Wanting to quit, he learns of the hardships in the villagers' lives and begins to be transformed through their amazing spiritual strength.

Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road Documentary Music (NR) 93 minutes

August 10, 2022

Join ‘The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson on an intimate journey through his legendary career as he reminisces with Rolling Stone editor and longtime friend, Jason Fine. Featuring a new song written and performed by Wilson and interviews with Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Jonas, Linda Perry, Jim James, Gustavo Dudamel and Al Jardine.

Ascension Foreign Language Documentary (PG-13) 97 minutes

August 10, 2022
ASCENSION – (PG-13) OSCAR NOMINEE 

Chinese with English Subtitles--An impressionistic exploration of the pursuit of wealth and the paradox of progress in the People's Republic of China, Ascension examines what living the so-called "Chinese Dream" looks like today. Observations of Labor, Consumerism and Wealth, and exploring the aspiration that drives today’s People’s Republic of China, the film plunges into universal paradoxes of economic progress.

Nightmare Alley (R) 150 minutes

August 10, 2022

From visionary filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, director and writer comes this noir-style psychological thriller starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett. When a manipulative carnival man (Cooper) teams with an equally deceptive psychiatrist (Blanchett) to grift the wealthy in 1940’s New York society, he learns that his new partner in crime might be his most formidable opponent yet.  Book to film based on Willian Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel.

Let Them All Talk (R) 112 minutes

August 10, 2022

Write your wrongs!Celebrated novelist Alice Hughes (Meryl Streep) boards an ocean liner with her two best friends from college Roberta and Susan (Candice Bergen & Dianne Weist) to have some fun and heal old wounds, while her Nephew Tyler (Lucas Hedges)--who tags along to “wrangle the ladies” i.e.: look after them and Alice’s literary Agent Karen (Gemma Chan) who is desperate to find out about her next book--and Tyler falls for an alluring stowaway Mika (Saskia Larsen).

Father Stu (R) 125 minutes

August 10, 2022
FATHER STU –(R)

Based on a true story, this unflinchingly honest, funny and uplifting story is about finding purpose in a most unexpected place. After surviving a terrible motorcycle accident, Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg) wonders if he can use his second chance to help others find their way--and leads this former amateur boxer to the surprising realization that he is meant to be a priest. Despite a devastating health crisis and the skepticism of church officials and his estranged parents (Mel Gibson & Jacki Weaver), Stu pursues his vocation with courage and compassion, inspiring not only those closest to him, but countless others along the way.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (R) 143 minutes

August 10, 2022

Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches, and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald's growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?

The Duke (R) 95 minutes

August 10, 2022
THE DUKE –(R)

Based on a true story: In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery's history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly--he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge--Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage--and is a wonderfully uplifting tale.

Drive My Car Foreign Movie (NR) 179 minutes

August 10, 2022
DRIVE MY CAR – FOREIGN MOVIE (NR) OSCAR WINNER 

THE CRITERION COLLECTION JAPANESE with English Subtitles.Two years after his wife's unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There, he meets Misaki Watari (Toko Miura), a taciturn young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab 900. Tensions mount as the production's premiere approaches. Painful truths raised from his past, allows Yusuke to begin to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind. A haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance, and peace. Winner of three prizes at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

Downton Abbey: A New Era (PG) 125

August 10, 2022
DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA– (PG) 125 minutes 

The much anticipate cinematic return of Downton Abbey follows the Crawleys and their staff as they welcome a movie crew and their glamorous stars to Downton for the filming of a new silent movie, while other members of the family go on a great adventure to a villa in the south of France to uncover a mystery about the Dowager Countess and her past.  Packed full of exuberant moments, excitement and humor, tears of joy and sadness and new beginnings for all your favorite characters.

Don't Breathe 2 (R) 99 minutes

August 10, 2022

The thrilling sequel to the break-out hit. Blind veteren Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) has been hiding out for several years in an isolated cabin returns. He lives with young Phoenix (Madelyn Grace) and has recreated the family stolen from him by a drunk driver. Their quiet life together is shattered by a group of unseemly criminals kidnaps her. Norman is forced Norman to tap into even darker and more creative instincts in an effort to save her.

Blacklight (PG-13) 105 minutes

August 10, 2022
BLACKLIGHT –  (PG-13) Justice has a dark side…

Trust, identity and the danger of unchecked power push a covert operative to the edge in Mark Williams’ intense action thriller. Travis Block (Liam Neeson) lives and fights in the shadows. A freelance government “fixer”, Block is a dangerous man whose assignments have included extracting agents out of deep-cover situations. When Block discovers a shadowy program called Operation Unity is striking down ordinary citizens for reasons known only to Block’s boss, FBI chief Rovinson (Aidan Quinn), he enlists the help of a journalist (Raver-Lampman), but his past and present collide when his family is threatened. Block needs to rescue his loved ones and expose the truth…Nothing and no one is safe when secrets are hidden…and they’re gonna need more men!

I Kissed Shara Wheeler

July 22, 2022

by Casey McQuiston is a bittersweet romance novel that starts with a mystery. It’s the day after prom at Willowgrove Christian Academy in Alabama and the perfect principal’s daughter Shara Wheeler has vanished without a trace. Chloe, her edgy, an openly bisexual rival for valedictorian, wants to figure out why not least because she believes that she alone can see beyond Shara’s façade. In fact, Chloe knows that Shara Wheeler is hiding that she likes girls, and the fact that Shara kissed Chloe just before her disappearance might be the key to the mystery. In her hunt for the maddening clues that Shara left behind, Chloe is forced to team up with Shara’s jock boyfriend, Smith, and Rory, the literal boy next door with a crush on Shara. Set against the backdrop of Willowgrove’s suffocating evangelical atmosphere, I Kissed Shara Wheeler is a thrilling mystery that also explores queerness and teen identity. (Young Adults)

Gold Mountain

July 22, 2022

by Betty, G. Yee is a fascinating historical novel about the Chinese immigrant experience in 19thcentury America. It’s 1867, and Tam Ling Fan has grown up in the midst of a privileged family in China with a father whose progressive ideas have allowed her more freedom than most upper-class girls. But now, at 15 years old, she’s expected to do her duty and make a good marriage for her family. When her twin brother dies of influenza, however, and her father is wrongfully imprisoned for treason, Ling Fan decides to ensure her father’s freedom and her family’s safety by taking a very different path. Disguised as her dead brother, Ling Fan boards a ship for California with his prized railroad contract and joins the workers building the first transcontinental railroad. The work is incredibly dangerous and Ling Fan’s secret identity makes it even more so. How much will she risk for her family? (Young Adults)

Singing with Elephants

July 22, 2022

by Margarita Engle follows the story of 11-year-old Oriol, who moves from Cuba to California in 1947. At first, Oriol struggles to adjust to her new home: she’s grieving for her Abuelita, who died shortly after they moved to California, she’s teased in school for her accent, and she misses Cuba. But, that summer, Oriol gets to help out at her parents’ veterinary clinic and meets her neighbor, a mysterious, fascinating woman she calls la poeta. Based on the real-life poet Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, la poeta teaches Oriol that poetry can transcend her struggles with language. Singing with Elephants is a lyrical ode to poetry, animals, and friendship. (Chapter Books)

The Puffin Keeper

July 22, 2022

The Puffin Keeper by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Benji Davies, is a beautifully illustrated historical novel about a young boy on a mission to find the man who saved his life. Allen Williams was five years old when the ship carrying him and his mother was wrecked off the coast of Cornwall in England. The local lighthouse keeper, Benjamin Postlethwaite, rescued them and thirty other people from the wreck, giving young Allen a memory of Ben’s courage that sustains him through years of hardship at boarding school. Years later, after writing Ben letters that go unanswered, the teenage Allen travels to Cornwall to find him again. Soon, the two team up to rescue a lost puffin and Allen learns the real, poignant reason that Ben never wrote back to him. Their days together are interrupted by the advent of World War II, but the focus of the story is on Ben and Allen’s relationship, and the bond they share over saving lives, both human and puffin. This is a lovely book, with a fascinating coda about the history of the real Allen Williams, founder of Penguin Books. (Chaper Books)

Alice Austen Lived Here

July 22, 2022
Alice Austen Lived Here

by Alex Gino celebrates the legacy of queer history. Sam and TJ are best friends and the only nonbinary kids in 7thgrade, growing up on Staten Island, “the forgotten borough of New York City”. Sam and TJ are beginning to explore their queer identities, with the help of their neighbors, 28-year-old lesbian Jess and her nonbinary partner, Val. Yet, their middle school history teacher seems determined to teach that the only people important enough to make history are “Dead Straight Cisgender White Men”. Inspired to prove him wrong, Sam and TJ delve into the legacy of Alice Austen, a famous lesbian photographer who made Staten Island her home and even once lived in Sam’s apartment. When the borough opens up a contest for a new statue of a historical figure, Sam and TJ work together to design a monument to Austen, to learn more about her, and to prove that queer people have always been an important part of history. (Chapter Books)

Swim Team

July 22, 2022

Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas shows the strength it takes to overcome anxieties. When Bree moves with her dad from Brooklyn to Florida, she’s excited at first--Florida has alligators! And sea turtles! And manatees! But, she’s less excited about having to make new friends, and even more discouraged when her new school, Enith Brigitha Middle School, named after a famous Black Olympic swimmer, seems to be obsessed with its swim team. Bree has never learned to swim and the pool terrifies her, especially after she falls into her neighbor’s pool and almost drowns. Luckily, that neighbor, Ms. Etta, was once a champion swimmer and Bree bravely asks her for lessons, setting off a chain of events that leads her to new friendships, a sense of community, and, eventually, to the state championship with her school swim team. Can Bree help them win it? Swim Team deals with self-doubt, showing the way Bree’s negative thoughts rise to the surface, and the long legacy of racism that kept many Black Americans from learning to swim. This is an immersive and inspiring graphic novel. (Graphic Novel)

The Whale Who Swam Through Time

July 22, 2022

by Alex Boersma and Nick Pyenson is an incredible story about the life of a single bowhead whale, the world’s longest living mammal. When the whale is born, in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean, wooden ships with tall masts sail the seas and whaling is a common danger the whale and her mother need to avoid. As the whale grows in size and age, readers travel through the ocean and across the whale’s astonishing 200-year life span, watching through her eyes as the sea changes around her. This is a thought-provoking, beautiful book that illustrates just a fraction of the ocean’s complexity. Readers of all ages will be enthralled! (Non-Fiction)

The Wind and the Clover

July 22, 2022

The Wind and the Clover by Audrey Helen Weber is a mystical, dreamy tale about bees who follow the wind and find beautiful things. Four little bees with cute, friendly expressions sleep in a clover field and dream different dreams, waking to follow them north, south, east, and west, witnessing fantastic things: a field of ice, a desert, and the sea.  But another bee, dreaming “the same dream…day after day”, stays in the clover field and sees equally beautiful things, the field teeming with wildlife. In its whimsical way, The Wind and the Clover celebrate nature’s diversity and the role that bees play in it.

The Rainbow Parade

July 22, 2022

by Emily Neilson shows a little girl, Emily, joining the Rainbow Parade with her two moms and their “family of friends.” Told through Emily’s exciting point of view, the book shows the joyful self-expression, the sense of community, and the thrill of the parade. Emily, who is a little shy, hesitates to join in, but is assured by Mama and Mommy that she belongs in the Rainbow Parade “just how you are!” Inspired by Neilson’s memories of San Francisco’s Pride parade as a child, The Rainbow Parade is a celebratory affirmation of support for LGBTQ communities everywhere.

Old Wood Boat

July 22, 2022

by Nikki McClure tells the story of a boat’s transformation from beached to adventure-worthy, told from the boat’s point of view. An old boat sits in the yard, her mast broken and thickets of blackberries growing across her decks. But, she remembers the sea voyages she once took and hopes to feel the wind in her sails again. One day, a new family takes her home and dust and polishes and mends to make her seaworthy once more. McClure’s poetic words and gorgeous blue-green illustrations bring the joy of sailing and the sea to life.

Nour's Secret Library

July 22, 2022

by Wafa’ Tarnowska, illustrated by Vali Mintzi, is a story of resilience. When the bombardment of Nour’s home in Syria gets too dangerous, schools shut down, shops close, and Nour and her family are forced to hide in a neighbor’s basement, sometimes going without food, water, and electricity. But, out of the rubble in Damascus, Nour and her cousin start collecting abandoned books, a stash that quickly becomes a secret, underground library. Based on a true story of the Syrian civil war, Nour’s Secret Library shows that books, like hope, can persist in the direst situations.

Luli and the Language of Tea

July 22, 2022

Luli and the Language of Tea by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Hyewon Yum, is a delightful story about the way that friendship can triumph over language barriers.  In Miss Hirokane’s school, a playroom filled with children is surprisingly quiet, because none of the children can speak the same language, so they play alone. But Luli, who speaks Chinese, gets a wonderful idea. With help from Miss Hirokane, she takes a thermos of tea out of her backpack and begins to share it with her friends. As each child says the word “tea” in his or her native language, they all learn something about each other’s cultures, while sharing something together! This is a beautiful book, complete with interesting facts about the way tea is prepared around the world.

I'm Not Small

July 22, 2022

I’m Not Small by Nina Crews shows a little boy finding his place in the world, both literally and figuratively. On a day when the sun is shining and the weather is clear, the boy and his parents decide he’s big enough to play by himself out of doors. But, when he gets outside, the hugeness of the sky, the trees, and the backyard make him feel small. As he plays, he notices that he is bigger than his dog, his cat, his rabbit, a bee, and the ants on the ground, and realizes that he can be both big and small at the same time. The book cleverly uses a child’s words and thoughts to show how a new perspective can change everything!

Hot Dog

July 22, 2022

by Doug, Salati is the perfect read for a sizzling day--perhaps during the “dog” days of summer! A city-dwelling dog and his human companion are suffering through a heat wave that’s magnified by the crowds and the concrete until the dog decides he’s had enough and can’t walk any farther. To cheer him up and cool down, his human friend takes him in a taxi, then on a train, and then a ferry, until they get to the beach! With a salty breeze flapping his ears and plenty of sand to run and dig in, the “hot dog” is now a happy camper.

The Best Bed for Me

July 22, 2022

by Gaia Cornwall is a lovely bedtime fantasy about an imaginative child, Sweet Pea, who isn’t quite ready to go to sleep yet. A bed might be comfy, but what if Sweet Pea could cuddle up like a puffin in a burrow? Or sleep holding hands with a friend, like an otter? Or bed down high up in a tree like a koala? As a patient parent tries to gently coax the child to go to sleep, readers learn along with Sweet Pea about all the different ways in which animals can sleep, while basking in the coziness of a soft pillow and Mama’s love. The soothing illustrations add to the dreamy bedtime feel of the book.

Al Fresco: Inspired Ideas for Outdoor Living

July 15, 2022

Al Fresco: Inspired Ideas for Outdoor Living by Julie Pointer Adams is more than a cookbook: it’s also a manifesto for enjoying the outdoors whenever possible. With breezy, vegetable-forward recipes and dreamy photographs of beach picnics and backyard dinners under twinkling lights, the book is the perfect inspiration for summer entertaining. Adams also includes décor tips for bringing a bit of the outside indoors, and playful prompts like, “Things to Ponder on a Sunny Day.” Her recipes range from easy, throw-together lunches, like California tuna salad and rosemary, mushroom, and potato frittata, to meals that are party-worthy, like Greek stuffed vegetables and summer lemon cream tart. (Cookbook)

Two Wheels Good: The History and Mystery of the Bicycle

July 15, 2022

by Jody Rosen is an engaging history of a relatively humble machine, the bicycle, written by someone who clearly loves cycling. Invented in Germany in 1817 by Baron Karl von Drais, the bicycle has been through many iterations but the basic mechanics have barely changed since the “safety bicycle” arrived in the 1880s. The bicycle inspired the Wright brothers to pursue flight, and spurred the feminist movement by liberating early 20thcentury women, but has also contributed to darker forces in history, from the spread of imperialism to the colonialist horror of rubber plantations in Africa and South America. As Rosen traces the bicycle around the world and across time, charting its impact on humanity, readers will enjoy the ride. (Non-Fiction)

The Empress and the English Doctor: How Catherine the Great Defied a Deadly Virus

July 15, 2022

The Empress and the English Doctor: How Catherine the Great Defied a Deadly Virus by Lucy Ward is a fascinating--and timely--account of the way in which politics and science collided as Catherine the Great introduced smallpox inoculation to Russia. In 1768, Thomas Dimsdale, an English physician, traveled to Russia to inoculate Catherine and her son against smallpox, a procedure that most people feared, despite the disease’s ravages. Catherine, a great believer in the ideas of the Enlightenment, used her successful inoculation to spread the word about the importance of the procedure, a forerunner to vaccination that introduced a controlled dose of a virus to a healthy patient to prevent disease. This is a riveting history of one of the world’s first public health campaigns. (Non-Fiction)

A Brief History of Equality

July 15, 2022

by Thomas Piketty is a surprisingly optimistic look at global inequality, taking a long view of history to show how trends have been shifting toward a more equal society over the past few centuries. To show this, Piketty provides a concise, illuminating history of the forces that have shaped the modern world, for better or for worse, from the rise of capitalism and imperialism to the abolition of slavery and the creation of the welfare state. To move the progress toward equality even further, Piketty, a French professor at the Paris School of Economics, presents a European view, arguing for more progressive policies to further reduce the wealth gap around the world. For those who found Piketty’s previous thousand-page doorstoppers daunting, this is an informative and approachable perspective. (Non-Fiction)

You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty

July 15, 2022

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi is a novel about the complexities of finding love after loss. Feyi Adekola has just started returning to normal life as a successful artist in Brooklyn and is attempting to date again, five years after the death of her husband in a car crash that she survived but which left her scarred, both physically and emotionally. She begins a warily platonic relationship with attractive, well-connected Nasir, who is smitten with Feyi and organizes a show for her work at a gallery on a Caribbean island. But, when she arrives, Feyi finds herself increasingly drawn to celebrity chef Alim Blake – who also happens to be Nasir’s father. Feyi and Alim bond over their individual losses and feel a connection in the fact that their lives are still shaped by grief. Emezi’s novel is a moving exploration of serious subjects, but it’s also an immersive romance with a complicated love triangle.

The Murder of Mr. Wickham

July 15, 2022

by Claudia Gray is a cozy mystery that brings some of Jane Austen’s most beloved characters together to solve a crime. Emma and George Knightley are hosting a lavish, month-long party at their estate, Donwell Abbey, and the guest list includes some familiar friends: the Darcys and their son, Jonathan, the Brandons, the Wentworths, the Bertrams, and Miss Juliet Tilney. With a nod to the Gothic sensibilities of Northanger Abbey, the ne’er-do-well Mr. Wickham is found dead on a dark and stormy night, and it’s soon discovered that, between Wickham’s fraudulent investments and his habit of blackmailing, nearly everyone at Donwell Abbey had a reason to kill him. It falls to young, uptight Jonathan Darcy and clever Juliet Tilney to solve the crime, and perhaps indulge in a hint of flirtation. In addition to the mystery, Austen fans will be curious to see how some of her characters have fared beyond her novels!