Rowayton Library Recommends

Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams

October 10, 2021
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams

by Lesa, Cline-Ransom is an inspiring look at the Williams sisters' rise to greatness. The book follows their careers from their start as little girls, cheered on by their father Richard as they take to the tennis courts in their native Los Angeles, often sweeping broken glass out of the way before practicing or dodging bullets while playing. Their grit, skill,  and bond as sisters help propel them to greater and greater heights in a sport where no one looks or plays quite like them. The book’s focus on details makes the two famous sister’s personalities come alive and the illustrations by James E. Ransome bring the thrill of a tennis match onto the page.

(Non-Fiction)

Obie is Man Enough

October 10, 2021

Obie is Man Enough by Schuyler Bailar is a beautifully honest, often heartbreaking portrait of a transgender boy and the challenges he faces during his transition. Obie is a great swimmer, but when his old coach drops him as an athlete after he begins transitioning, he has to find a new pool, a new coach, and a new social circle. Old friendships shift and change, and Obie deals with some devastating transphobia from both peers and adults in his life. But, Obie’s story is also powerful and redemptive, about fighting for yourself in a world that’s telling you that you don’t belong. Bailar, the first transgender athlete to compete on an NCAA Division I team, has written an empathic, inclusive novel. (Tween)

A Soft Place to Land

October 10, 2021

by Janae Marks is the latest novel from the author of From the Desk of Zoe Washington.  Twelve-year-old Joy lives for her piano lessons and dreams of being a composer for film scores when she grows up. But, when her dad gets laid off, her family has to downsize from her childhood home to a tiny apartment, and, worst of all, her music lessons have to be cut. Anxious about all these changes and growing tensions at home, Joy finds refuge in a friendship with Nora, another kid in her apartment building. Together, they discover the Hideout, a space in the apartment building created by kids for kids, a sanctuary from adult problems. This is a bittersweet story ab (Chapter Books)

Pax Journey Home

October 10, 2021

Pax Journey Home by Sara Pennypacker is the sequel to Pax, Pennypacker’s first book about a 12-year-old boy, Peter, and his friendship with Pax, a red fox cub, set against the backdrop of a war-torn landscape. Pax Journey Home picks up after Peter and Pax have separated; Peter is preparing to return to his childhood home and join the Water Warriors, veterans of the conflict who are working to heal the rivers poisoned, literally, by war. Meanwhile, Pax is raising a family of cubs with his mate, Bristle. When one of Pax’s babies becomes dangerously ill, he and Peter are drawn together once more. A vibrant, emotional story of resilience, survival, and the deep connection between humans and animals. (Chapter Books)

Loteria

October 10, 2021

Loteria by Karla Arenas Valenti is a fantastical gem, drawing on the magical realist tradition of fiction to craft a compelling world. Every year in Oaxaca, Mexico, Life and Lady Death breeze into town to play a high-stakes card game that will determine the fate of one chosen person. This year, that person is Clara, an 11-year-old to whom fate has already dealt unlucky cards: her aunt is dead and her cousin soon disappears. To get him back, Clara must journey into Aztlán, a mythical realm that’s equal parts Narnia and the ancestral home of the Aztecs. The book’s gorgeous language and philosophical meditation about fate vs. free will set this novel apart. (Chapter Books)

Vampenguin

October 10, 2021

by Lucy Ruth Cummins is a clever, seasonal book that will still make for a wonderful year-round read. When the Dracula family goes to the zoo, the littlest vampire switches places with a tiny penguin--and the Draculas don’t notice! Playfulness and hilarity ensue as the penguin and the vampire (who do look very much alike) hide in plain sight. The text combined with witty visual cues makes this book especially charming to read.

Hardly Haunted

October 10, 2021

Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima is about an anthropomorphized house that suspects she might be haunted. Her pipes rattle, her stairs creak, and the wind just howls through her. Plus, no one lives in her: who wants to live in a haunted house? But, as the wind rattles and blows autumn leaves, the house begins to realize that she likes being haunted! All she needs is to find some friends to make “this haunted house a haunted home.” The house’s cute facial features and the atmospheric colors give this book a spooky Halloween feeling without being scary.

Happy Meow-loween Little Pumpkin

October 10, 2021

by Rose Rossner is an adorable seasonal board book that’s a perfect (and definitely non-scary) introduction to Halloween fun. Filled with cute illustrations and puns--“You are so fantastic that no one can compare!”--this book makes for a great read-aloud experience to get you in the mood for trick-or-treating.

The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky

October 10, 2021

by Jory John and Pete Oswald shows readers how the Bad Seed, the beloved sunflower seed with a grumpy temperament, deals with a disappointing Halloween. Halloween is normally the Bad Seed’s favorite holiday, but this year, he’s feeling uninspired and is worried that everyone else will have a cooler costume than he does. Will the Bad Seed play a trick on everyone so that he can have the best costume? Or can Mr. Seed learn the true meaning of Halloween (hint: it’s not a competition!) before it’s too late?

When Grandfather Flew

October 10, 2021

by Patricia MacLachlan and Chris Sheban is a poignant but gentle introduction to death and loss. A grandfather shares his hobby of birdwatching with his three grandchildren, particularly the youngest, Milo, who is a “listener”. When their grandfather’s health declines, the three grandchildren find a lasting connection with him through the shared love of birds. Veteran children’s author MacLachlan handles the subject with beautiful delicacy and Sheban’s fluid watercolor illustrations saturate the book’s pages with color and light.

Norman Didn't Do It! (Yes, he did.)

October 10, 2021

by Ryan T. Higgins tells a redemptive story of friendship between Norman, a porcupine, and his best pal Mildred, a tree. Norman and Mildred have a wonderful time together, but when a new sapling sprouts up next to Mildred, Norman becomes convinced he’s being replaced in his best friend’s affections. He impulsively digs up the new sapling and deposits it far away from Mildred, but feels guilty almost immediately (“I have hit rock bottom!” he says). What Norman decides to do next to salvage the situation is a sweet lesson in how to deal gracefully with change.

My First Day

October 10, 2021

My First Day by Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huỳnh Kim Liên is a visual feast, with sweeping illustrations that match the emotional mood of the story. My First Day chronicles An, a young Vietnamese child living in the Mekong Delta, as he navigates his commute to school by himself for the first time. An’s journey is by wooden boat, through the darkness of the jungle and under the brightness of the sky, and his travels are both literal and figurative, fantastical and ordinary. This is a gorgeous book, with additional information at the end about life in the Mekong delta.

I Love You with All of My Hearts

October 10, 2021

by Lindsay Bonilla and Eleanora Pace has a simple, charming message: love is universal, even in the animal kingdom. “I love you with all of my ears” the book begins, showing an African elephant and a fennec fox--both of whom sport impressively sized ears--cuddling together. From there, it’s a roll call of different animals and their unique qualities, unified by their capacity to love. A glossary at the end of the book contains cool facts about each animal mentioned in the book.

Clovis Keep His Cool

October 10, 2021

Clovis Keeps His Cool by Katelyn Aronson is an earnest, clever story that takes the old adage of “a bull in a china shop” and runs with it. Clovis is a bull, and a former football player, who now works in--you guessed it--his grandmother Grace’s china shop. When a crowd of hecklers from his old football days arrives to make fun of Clovis, he feels his old temper rising again and he uses many techniques--meditation, drinking tea, petting a cat, lighting candles--to “keep his cool”. The book is a refreshing, funny take on managing emotions, with some valuable lessons to impart.

Cat Problems

October 10, 2021

Cat Problems by Jory John is a hilarious cat’s-eye-view of the world. A curmudgeonly cat grumbles about the daily indignities of being a feline: no one is feeding him! Another cat has taken his napping spot! And what is that horrible monster that’s loud and picks up dust? Maybe he’ll just nap and meow to pass the time. And yet, being a cat who’s cozy indoors all the time isn’t so bad after all. Lane Smith’s cuddly illustrations make this delightful character come to life.

I Can Make a Train Noise

October 10, 2021

by Michael Emberly and Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick is a story with rich details that benefit from rereading--you’ll notice something different each time! In a crowded café, a little girl starts to shout “I can make a train noise!” and, repeating the phrase, soon takes everyone in the coffee shop with her on a dreamy fantasy train journey. The little girl’s voice mimics the various motions of trains, and subtle visual clues show how her fellow passengers’ moods shift in response to her joyful outburst. This is a fun read-aloud.

Bright Star

October 10, 2021

Bright Star by Yuyi Morales is a bilingual tale told in English and Spanish about a baby fawn adjusting to life in a border landscape of peachy sands, cactus flowers, and dark, bat-filled nights, all beautifully rendered in Morales’s illustrations. “You are a bright star inside our hearts”, the gentle narrator says to fawn, encouraging the baby to explore both her own feelings and the world around her. Morales’s combination of art and text weave together subtle meditations on the role of community, immigration, and connection to the natural world.

Spirit Untamed Children's Movie (PG) 88 minutes

October 8, 2021
SPIRIT UNTAMED – (PG) Animated--Spirit Untamed

is the next chapter in the beloved franchise full of adventure, family, and friendship.  Free-spirited young Lucky Prescott moves to a sleepy little town called Miradero to join her estranged father. She is decidedly unimpressed until she discovers a unique tie to her late mother, who was a fearless horse-riding stunt performer. She quickly befriends and bonds with a wild mustang named Spirit, who shares her rebellious spirit. When a heartless wrangler plans to capture Spirit and his herd, Lucky and her new friends embark on the adventure of a lifetime to rescue the horse that forever changed her life.

Boss Baby: Family Business Children's Movie (PG) 107 minutes

October 8, 2021

Animated--How many Boss Babies can one family hold? He may be a big-shot moneyman now, but Ted Templeton flashes back to his Boss Baby past when he and his brother Tim renew their rivalry and make a shocking discovery! Turns out, Tim's infant daughter Tina inherited Uncle Ted's job as an undercover Baby Corp agent. She's on a secret mission to stop an evil plan to turn babies into brats, and she needs both brothers to help! Ted and Tim now have to turn back into kids for a hilariously outrageous adventure that reminds them of the true power of family!

Call The Midwife Season 9 (NR) 480 minutes

October 8, 2021

Opening with the funeral of Winston Churchill in January 1965, series nine continues with Nonnatus House entering a bold and innovative era. As the tower blocks multiply, and a new East End rises from the ashes of the old, society becomes more prosperous, but more complex. Our familiar team of medics and midwives face unexpected challenges as the population shifts, rules change, and old diseases come back to haunt them. Meanwhile, their own experiences are fueled by love, loss, and doubt, and the very fabric of their lives is jeopardized when Nonnatus itself comes under threat of demolition.

Mare of Easttown Season 1 (NR) 434 minutes approximately

October 8, 2021

Kate Winslet stars in this limited series as a small-town Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan, who investigates a local murder of a teen as her own life crumbles around her. Riveting and suspenseful with Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Evan Peters, Cailee Spaeny, David Denman, John Douglas Thompson, Patrick Murney, Ben Miles, James McArdle, Sosie Bacon, Joe Tippett, and Neal Huff.

The Equalizer Season 1 (NR) 430 minutes

October 8, 2021
THE EQUALIZER Season 1NEW (NR)

QUEEN LATIFAH!  Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah), an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background, uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall comes across as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter, but to a trusted few, she is “The Equalizer”--an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption.

The Water Man (PG) 92 minutes

October 8, 2021
THE WATER MAN – (PG) For Family Audiences 

Adolescent Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) sets out on a quest to save his ill mother (Rosario Dawson) by searching for a mythic figure who possesses the secret to immortality, The Water Man. After enlisting the help of a mysterious local girl, Jo (Amiah Miller), they journey together into the remote Wild Horse Forest--but the deeper they venture, the stranger and more dangerous the forest becomes. Their only hope for rescue is Gunner’s father (David Oyelowo), who will stop at nothing to find them.

12 Mighty Orphans (R) 118 minutes

October 8, 2021

Based on the true story of the Mighty Mites, a Fort Worth orphanage football team. During the Great Depression, playing without shoes, or even a football, They went on to play for the Texas state championships. Over the course of their winning season, these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state, and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Few knew Rusty's secret: that he himself was an orphan. Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football.

Seriously Funny Standup Comedy Kevin Hart (NR) 67 minutes

October 8, 2021

SERIOUSLY FUNNY – STANDUP COMEDY (NR) Laugh Out Loud Funny! KEVIN HART Voted the top comedian of 2009 by Humor Mill Magazine, Kevin Hart stars in his second solo stand-up performance live from Cleveland, Ohio. Features Kevin Hart performing in front of a sold-out crowd at the Allen Theater--where he delivers his hilarious and unique brand of comedy. In this unforgettable night of comedy, Kevin Hart is in rare form and funny as ever!

Queen Bees (PG-13) 102 minutes

October 8, 2021
QUEEN BEES – (PG-13)

While her house undergoes repairs, a fiercely independent widow (Ellen Burstyn) stays at the nearby retirement community and realizes it is like high school all over again: full of flirting, mean girls, and maybe another chance at love in this comedy about second chances and staying young at heart.

Never Scared StandUp Comedy Chris Rock (NR) 76 minutes

October 8, 2021
NEVER SCARED – STANDUP COMEDY CHRIS ROCK (NR) 

Stand-up has never been this dangerous. Named the #1 Comic by Entertainment Weekly for 2004, Chris Rock, 3 time Emmy Award winner, stars in his fourth solo stand-up special for HBO. Featuring his unique, insightful, and hilarious views on a host of social, political, and celebrity issues, Rock confirms his stature as the leading comic of our time. Filmed at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., this is a must-have for any fan of great comedy.

In The Heights (PG-13) 142 minutes

October 8, 2021
IN THE HEIGHTS – (PG-13)

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Musical of Brooklyn’s Washington Heights:  Summer, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big lights up Washington Heights.  The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines, and sings about a better life. A fusion of Lin-Manuel Miranda's kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu's lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (R) 100 minutes

October 8, 2021

Action & Comedy--The world’s most lethal odd couple, bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson)--are back. Still unlicensed, Bryce is forced into action by Darius’s wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek). As Bryce is driven over the edge by the volatile spouses, the trio gets in over their heads in a global plot and soon finds that they are all that stands between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman (Antonio Banderas). Joining in the fun and deadly mayhem is Morgan Freeman as…well, you’ll just have to see…

Finding You (PG) 115 minutes

October 8, 2021
FINDING YOU – (PG) 

Romance, Comedy-An inspirational romantic drama full of heart and humor about finding the strength to be true to oneself. Finley (Rose Reid), a talented aspiring violinist, meets Beckett Rush (Jedidiah Goodacre), a famous young movie star, on the way to her college semester abroad program in a small coastal village in Ireland. An unexpected romance emerges as the heartthrob Beckett leads the uptight Finley on an adventurous reawakening, and she emboldens him to take charge of his future until the pressures of his stardom get in the way.

A Dark Foe (R) 113 minutes

October 8, 2021

Crime/Drama/Horror/Mystery/Thriller with violent content. A guilt-ridden FBI agent, Tony Cruz (Oscar Cardenas) stranded in the painful memory of the abduction of his sister, will have to face--off with the cunning serial killer, The Cradle who took her away. Watch with care.

La Vita e Dolce

October 5, 2021

La Vita e Dolce by Letitia Clark is an ode to Italian sweets, from biscuits to serve with coffee to rustic cakes that would grace any nonna’s repertoire (there’s also plenty of gelato and sorbetto). Clark, who is English but lives in Sardinia, writes that her idea for a dessert-focused book rose out of a need for comfort during the pandemic. Flipping the pastel, sun-dappled pages of La Vita e Dolce feels like taking a mini-vacation in Italy. This is a treat. (Cookbook)

Chetna's 30 Minute Indian

October 5, 2021

Chetna’s 30 Minute Indian by Chetna Makan is a cookbook that wants to dispel the idea that classic Indian cooking needs hours of preparation. Makan, a former contestant on The Great British Baking Show, presents a book full of staples that can be whipped up on a weeknight: mixed vegetable curry, butter chicken, and paneer onion masala rolls. To keep things fast, Makan focuses on dals made with quick-cooking legumes like red lentils (masoor dal), encourages readers to used canned beans, and provides an array of flavorful sauces, like coriander peanut chutney, to spice up just about anything. (Cookbook)

Pastoral Song

October 5, 2021

by James, Rebanks is an ode to small farms and a Silent Spring-like warning about the toll that industrial farming is taking on the environment. Rebanks is both a writer and a farmer, tending land his family has worked on for generations in England’s Lake District. In his previous book, The Shepherd’s Life, he chronicled his fraught relationship with farm life as a boy, his education at Oxford University, and his return to farming. In Pastoral Song, he muses on the difference between his grandfather’s methods of farming and the industrialized, profit-driven ways that his father’s generation was pushed toward. Rebanks’ writing about the landscape and animals he loves is poetic and evocative; fans of James Herriot will find much to love. (Non-Fiction)

Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America

October 5, 2021

Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America by Eyal Press is an eye-opening examination of the jobs that society would rather not think about: prison guards, workers on the kill floor of a slaughterhouse, pilots targeting drone assassinations. “Dirty work”, as Press defines it, is work that’s harmful to animals and the environment, work that is considered morally compromised by society, and work that is dangerous to the people who do it. It’s easy as a society to both claim this kind of work as necessary and yet ignore the people who do it, Dirty Work argues. This is an illuminating read, especially amid a renewed focus on the role of essential workers during the pandemic. (Non-Fiction)

Artemeisia

October 5, 2021

Artemesia by Nathalie Ferlut is a graphic novel biography of the 17th-century female artist Artemisia Gentileschi, whose extraordinary life is beautifully represented on these pages. Narrated in flashbacks by Artemesia’s daughter, Prudenzia, the book details Artemesia’s rise as an artist, her travels around Italy, and her marriage to a fellow artist, arranged by her father. But, the book also deals with an event that had a deep impact on both her life and her art: Artemesia’s rape at 18 by her tutor, and the subsequent public trial. Artemesia’s life is fascinating and her Caravaggio-like paintings are mirrored by the novel’s jewel-toned illustrations. (Non-Fiction)

The Women of Troy

October 5, 2021

by Pat Barker, like its predecessor The Silence of the Girls, takes the male-dominated events of the Trojan War and retells them through the eyes of the women who watch the city of Troy crumble under the force of the Greeks. The effect is a visceral story, told in spare, modern language that strips away the glory and prestige of myth to reveal a deeply human experience. Barker, who has written extensively about World War I in previous novels, does an excellent job showing the physical, psychological and emotional toll of war.

Velvet Was the Night

October 5, 2021

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a character-driven mystery set in Mexico City in the 1970s, amid student protests and cold war espionage. Maite, a self-described spinster at age 30, is intrigued by the disappearance of her glamorous neighbor, Leonora, and begins to investigate. Elvis, a gangster who hates violence, is also searching for Leonora, for mysterious reasons, and gets caught up in observing Maite’s life. The plot is as intriguing as the two main characters are compelling.

The Turnout

October 5, 2021

by Megan Abbott is a dark thriller set amid the high drama and artistry of the ballet world. Dara and Marie Durant are sisters who run a ballet school along with Dara’s husband Charlie, an ex-dancer whose career was cut short by injury and is now in constant pain. When an accidental fire breaks out in the school’s best dance studio just as Nutcracker season is in full swing, the chaos and loss are only worsened by Derek, a shady contractor who will shake the crumbling foundations of their dance studio, and the lives they have built around it. The book skillfully juxtaposes the beauty and delicacy of ballet with the pain often required to achieve such poise.

Matrix

October 5, 2021

Matrix by Lauren Groff is an unusual novel about a shadowy figure in history, Marie de France, a 12th-century poet and mystic who spent much of her life in an abbey in France. At age 17, Marie is exiled from the court of her half-sister, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and sent to a moldering convent, where she quickly takes control. While the subject is something of a departure from Groff’s last book, her lucid writing gives the book a strong sense of place without losing its modern pace. Groff fills in the gaps in the historical record of this extraordinary woman and weaves together a story of female power and desire.

The Guide

October 5, 2021

by Peter Heller imagines a near-future world in which the wealthy have chosen to wall themselves off from the ever-multiplying Covid-19 variants. Kingfisher Lodge offers clients the exclusive opportunity to get away to a protected corner of the most pristine Colorado landscape, where the fishing is among the best in the world. Jack is a 25-year-old fishing guide hired by the lodge of escort Alison, a famous country singer, through the wilderness, but both of them become increasingly aware that the lodge may also have more sinister operations. A dark, twisty thriller, the book also revels in Heller’s descriptions of the landscape and muses about the cost of abusing it.

The Coldest Case

October 5, 2021

by Martin Walker is the latest mystery featuring Bruno Courreges, chief of police of St. Denis, a quiet village in France. Bruno has a breakthrough in a thirty-year-old murder case when he visits a museum exhibit featuring the facial reconstruction of Neanderthal skulls and applies the same technique to the cold case’s mystery victim. The ensuing investigation takes Bruno and his mentor, Chief Detective Jalipeau, on a winding journey through Bergerac vineyards, the history of Parisian communists’ possible collaboration with the Stasi, and the onset of wildfire season in the Dordogne. This is quite a ride!

The April Dead

October 5, 2021
The April Dead

by Alan, Parks is a police procedural that takes readers into the gritty world of Glasgow in the 1970s, where detective Harry McCoy and Douglas Watson investigate a series of bombings in the city that might have links to Northern Ireland and the IRA. McCoy also struggles to juggle his family life with a newborn, a missing person’s case that might be linked to the bombings, and the potential conviction of one of his key connections with the Glasgow underworld. Parks, who lives in Glasgow, does a fantastic job conjuring the city’s past and bringing it to life.

Another Kind of Eden

October 5, 2021

Another Kind of Eden by James Lee Burke continues his saga of the Holland family in the mid-20th century American West. The novel picks up in 1962 with the story of Aaron Holland Broussard, a drifter with an unpublished novel in his back pocket and PTSD from his time in the Korean War. Aaron jumps off a freight train in Colorado and takes a job working on a farm, where the work is honest and the landscape is rough and gorgeous. But, labor union disputes and the ghosts of a nearby massacre spark violence and darken Aaron’s horizon, even complicating his attraction to Jo Anne, a beautiful art student. Burke’s writing is stark and deftly taps into the dark undercurrent that runs through the history of the 1960s.

Afterparties

October 5, 2021

by Anthony Veasna So is a collection of short stories centered on the lives of Cambodian Americans living in California’s Central Valley. Each story is both funny and heartbreaking, an honest portrait of first-generation immigrants, who survived the Cambodian Genocide, and their children, who deal with the emotional aftermath of this history and grapple with the complexity of their cultural identity. So, who died at age 28 in 2020, wrote with a fresh, insightful clarity; these stories show the scope of his talent.

The Lost Boys of Montauk

September 10, 2021

by Amanda M. Fairbanks is a page-turning, painstakingly researched true narrative. In the early spring of 1984, the commercial fishing boat Wind Blown set out with a four-man crew for a routine trip from Montauk. About 100 miles from land, they ran into a nor’easter and were never seen again. Fairbanks dives into the unsolved mystery of their disappearance but focuses more intimately on the effect it had on the families and community the fishermen left behind. A gripping, deeply moving read. (Non-Fiction)

While We Were Dating

September 10, 2021

by Jasmine Guillory is a breezy romance set against a glittery Hollywood background. When advertising executive Ben Stephens and major movie star Anna Gardiner meet while working on an ad campaign together, a little casual flirting ensues, though both know it’s risky to mix the personal with the professional. But, when Anna must suddenly deal with a family crisis and Ben steps up to help out, their connection deepens. Can it withstand the pressures of Hollywood scrutiny? This is a modern, sexy romance with a lot of heart.

The Stranger in the Mirror

September 10, 2021

by Liv Constantine is a domestic thriller with a classic premise: a young woman who can’t remember who she is. Addison Hope is about to get married to the man she thinks is the love of her life but, the trouble is, she’s not sure of anything about her life before two years ago when she was found bloodied and alone on the side of a highway in New Jersey. In the meantime, Julian Hunter is living with his young daughter in Boston and mourning the loss of his wife Cassandra, who disappeared two years before. Are Addison and Cassandra the same person? And if so, what made Cassandra leave her apparently happy family?

Lorna Mott Comes Home

September 10, 2021

by Diane, Johnson is a comedy about family, marriage, divorce, and fresh starts. Lorna Mott is an American who has lived in France for the 20 years she’s been married to Armand-Loup, her philandering second husband. Almost on a whim, Lorna decides to leave him and return home to America and to her roots. “Home”, however, is different from when she last saw it, and once in America, Lorna must deal with her anxiety at being back in the States and her involvement in the messy lives of her three grown children, with comic results. Johnson’s wit is sharp and her prose is sparkling.

The Great Mistake

September 10, 2021

by Jonathan Lee is a rich novel based on the real-life and death of Andrew Haswell Green, a forgotten but important figure in the development of modern New York City. In 1903, Green was shot dead in front of his home on Park Avenue at age 83. Lee skillfully traces two storylines in the book: the police investigation into his death and the engaging story of Green’s life, from an ill-suited Massachusetts farm boy to a self-made man. This is a fascinating look at Gilded Age New York and the extraordinary man who shaped much of it.

Falling

September 10, 2021

Falling by T. J. Newman is a wild thriller that asks a terrifying question: what would you sacrifice to save your family? Airline pilot Bill Hoffman is steering a commercial plane to New York with one hundred and forty-three passengers on board. Midflight, he gets a message that his wife and children have been kidnapped and the only way to keep them alive is for Bill to crash the plane. From its heart-stopping opening line, the book’s plot speeds along and readers will find themselves breathless as they are caught up in the chase.

Embassy Wife

September 10, 2021

by Katie Crouch focuses on the world of white expatriates in Namibia, where the social politics are complicated and the sense of privilege is ugly. The elegant Persephone Wilder functions as the de facto leader of the “embassy wives”, but she suspects that her husband’s role may be less diplomacy and more espionage. Meanwhile, Amanda Evans, a recent transplant from the States, has given up a high-powered Silicon Valley career to follow her husband, Mark, to Namibia, where he is trying to come to terms with his secret past. Crouch weaves a suspenseful, plot-driven tale while skewering the latent racism, imperialism, and cluelessness of the embassy scene.

Blind Tiger

September 10, 2021

Blind Tiger by Sandra Brown is a historical thriller anchored in Prohibition-era Texas. Laurel Plummer is expecting a fresh start when, in 1920, her ex-soldier husband uproots their young family and moves to Foley, Texas. But, when tragedy blindsides Laurel, she gets involved with her father-in-law’s moonshine operation. Meanwhile, Thatcher Hutton, another veteran of WWI, arrives jumps into Foley from a moving freight train and is quickly caught up in the investigation of a missing woman, and in Laurel’s new world of rival bootleggers, corruption, and violence.

Billy Summers

September 10, 2021

by Stephen King is the latest novel from the master of spine-tingling suspense. Billy Summers is a hitman with a slightly crooked moral compass, an ex-Army sniper who is talented at killing but will only take a job if the target is really evil. Billy’s latest job requires him to go undercover and pose as a writer, which gives King an opportunity to provide some rich, wonderful details about Billy’s past and the small town he finds himself in. But, make no mistake: King’s slow-building suspense will pay off, as it usually does.

All the Lonely People

September 10, 2021

by Mike, Gayle centers around Hubert Bird, an 84-year-old Jamaican man who strives to find a connection and a cure for his loneliness. Hubert has lived in the UK for nearly 60 years, but recently he has retreated from the world and lives in isolation with his cat, much to the concern of his daughter, Rose, a professor living in Australia. To keep her from worrying, Hubert has invented a rich and varied social life for himself that he reports to her faithfully. When Rose plans a visit, however, Hubert realizes he must find a way to make his made-up friendships a reality. This is a sweet, comforting story.

Wild Style: Amazing Animal Adornments

September 8, 2021
Wild Style: Amazing Animal Adornments

by Jenna Grodzicki is a clever, colorful book that teaches kids some little-known facts about animals. The book shows all the cool, creative ways that animals “dress up” and why these adaptations help them to survive. For example, flamingos dab themselves in oil, like makeup, to make their pink feathers more waterproof (and more attractive), while California ground squirrels wear “perfume” borrowed from rattlesnakes so that their snake predators can’t sniff out their scent. A fascinating and fun read with great pictures. (Non-Fiction)

I Love Insects

September 8, 2021

by Lizzy Rockwell shows readers two opinions about insects: are they cool creatures or creepy crawlies? Two curious children seek out pests and pollinators alike, looking at both the upsides and downsides of some of the insects in our world. Fleas might be ugly, but butterflies are beautiful, and bees and ants help plants to grow. With bright, colorful pictures of bugs and text tailor-made for first readers, this is a good primer for new readers to help them appreciate the natural world around them. (Non-Fiction)

We're Not From Here

September 8, 2021

by Geoff Rodkey imagines what it would be like to be the new kid at school…on another planet! The book’s narrator, Lan Mifune, and their family are refugees from a now-uninhabitable Earth, searching for a new home. The Planet Choom initially agrees to take them but, during the Mifune family’s years-long journey, Choom’s political winds shift, and the refugees arrive only to find they are no longer welcome. Lan’s mom engages in skillful negotiating to ensure that the family can stay for a trial period. But, it also means that the fate of humanity might rest on the family’s ability to survive in a community that doesn’t want them. A fascinating read, particularly for budding sci-fi lovers. (Chapter Books)

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

September 8, 2021

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart opens with a great line: “There were big days and there were small days and there were bad days and there were good days and I suppose I could pick any of ‘em for my ‘once upon a time.” And just like that, the reader is in the mind of 12-year-old Coyote, who has lived with her father in a traveling school bus ever since her mother and sister died 5 years before. When Coyote learns from her grandmother that the park in her hometown where she, her mother, and her sister once buried a treasure of memories is about to be demolished, Coyote embarks on a stealthy campaign to literally steer her father on a road trip back to their hometown--without him realizing it. (Chapter Books)

Fitz and Cleo

September 8, 2021

Fitz and Cleo by Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox follow the adventures of two little sibling ghosts. They investigate a mysterious thump in the attic that seems spooky at first but turns out to be a lovable gray cat, Mister Boo, whose favorite activity is sleeping on Fitz’s head. The three of them go to the beach, have an ice cream eating contest, make paper planes, look at the stars, and contemplate the universe. Fitz, Cleo, and Mister Boo are a cheerful company, with bright pictures and simple dialogue that’s perfect for new graphic novel readers. (Graphic Novel)

Do You See My Tail?

September 8, 2021

by Anita, Bijsterbosch plays an adorable game of hide-and-seek with furry woodland animals, from foxes to beavers to rabbits. Readers are invited to identify which animal is hiding by its fluffy, bushy, or feathery tail. Then, as they turn the page, the full animal is revealed, along with its nest or burrow of young babies. The flora showed in the background and the subtle shifts in colors suggest the changing of seasons from spring to summer to fall as the animal's frolic. This is a sweet read-aloud introduction to cute animals and their natural habitats. (Board Book)

What I Am

September 8, 2021

by Divya Srinivasan is an expansive, empowering response to a question that Srinivasan’s sister once got from a stranger: “What are you?” While the question may have been racially motivated, Srinivasan’s answer is inclusive, thought-provoking, and joyous. The young Indian American narrator describes herself in honest, often contradictory ways: “I am a scaredy-cat. I am brave.” She is also a vegetarian, an artist, occasionally mischievous, and above all, “a human”. Srinivasan’s words and illustrations invite readers to think about the things that define them, and the ways in which we are all “more than words can say”.

Terrific!

September 8, 2021

Terrific! By Sophie Gilmore features five animal friends--an owl, a badger, a mandrill, a turtle, and an anteater--who are looking for something fun to do together. There’s just one problem: none of them can agree on something they all find “terrific”! Anteater loves to climb, but owl and turtle find it difficult and, while turtle loves to swim, the other animals have a very hard time in the water. A threat from a snake brings them all together and gives them an idea of how they can find a collectively joyous experience. This is a gentle book about considering the needs of others, while still managing to have fun!

On the Day the Horse Got Out

September 8, 2021

by Audrey Helen Weber is a beautifully illustrated, nonsensical tale about a white horse that has gotten loose and the joyful chaos that ensues. The mood of the book is both celebratory and watchful as the white horse gambols through the countryside. Bells ring, clouds “cry”, kids dance, lost dogs are found, and frogs have doubts. The vivid colors and the whimsical wordplay give the book a delightfully daffy, Sgt. Pepper-like feeling to the story. A joy to read aloud!

The Night is Yours

September 8, 2021

The Night is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah is a message of love from a parent to a young daughter, a celebration of her Blackness, her strength, and her imagination. It’s a hot summer night and Amani runs out into the courtyard of her apartment building to play with her friends, while her parent and other adults watch lovingly from the window. The narration revels in the beauty of the night, the way the moon gleams on the children’s dark skin, the balance of freedom and safety that the children feel as they play. This is a beautiful book.

I Am the Subway

September 8, 2021

I am the Subway by Kim Hyo-eun is a gorgeous tribute to the Seoul subway network, one of the longest in the world. Readers are taken along for the ride from the perspective of the train as it goes “ba-dum, ba-dum”, circling through the city. As passengers get on, we see glimpses of their lives: a grandmother bringing fresh fish home, the shoe repairman with impeccably shined shoes, the sleepy schoolgirl with her heavy bag. The beauty of the watercolor artwork and the poetic descriptions are both specific and universal, giving readers a valuable glimpse into everyday life in Seoul, and celebrating the familiar rhythm of riding public transit.

The Capybaras

September 8, 2021

The Capybaras by Alfredo Soderguit is a story of friendship against the odds. A group of hens is content in their safe, comfortable home,  when suddenly a group of capybaras--large, furry rodents--appear, seeking refuge from hunting season. At first, the hens only grudgingly accept the capybaras and impose all kinds of rules to keep them separate from the cozy coop. As the book progresses, time and mutual need break down the barriers between the two groups of animals, and friendship blossoms. Soderguit’s clean-lined drawings with bold pops of color accentuate the deeper message of the story.

Raya and the Last Dragon Children's Movie (PG) 117 minutes

September 1, 2021

A long time ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans, and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it's up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she'll learn that it'll take more than dragon magic to save the world--it's going to take trust as well.

Peter Rabbit 2 Children's Movie (PG) 187 minutes

September 1, 2021
PETER RABBIT 2 – (PG) 

The lovable rogue is back. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in the mean streets of the city where his mischief is appreciated. But when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.

A Discovery of Witches Season 2 (NR) 464 minutes

September 1, 2021

Diana (Teresa Palmer) and Matthew  (Matthew Goode)  are hiding in time in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London. Here, they must find a powerful witch teacher to help Diana control her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life.  Enemies are everywhere. The threat to witches is growing and Diana and Matthew’s romance faces a barrage of new threats--from within as much as without. They must overcome deep personal fears and jealousies, bearing their darkest secrets to one another if they are to stay alive, stay together, and find a way back to the present day.

Traces Season 1 (NR) 260 minutes

September 1, 2021

TRACES, Season 1 NEW (NR) A body buried in Dundee 18 years ago, a daughter left behind, a murder unsolved.  Emma Hedges (Molly Windsor) needs to find out what happened to her mum. With help from colleagues at the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy, she follows the trail of evidence. It leads her to a new love, old friends, and plunges her into a police investigation, a world of danger and deceit. Will Emma have the nerve to follow the evidence no matter where it takes her?

Masterpiece: US (PG-13) 230 minutes

September 1, 2021
MASTERPIECE: US NEW (PG-13)

The Petersen family (Hollander, Reeves, Taylor), are about to embark on their long-planned grand three-week summer vacation traveling through the continent. Connie has just told Douglas that she believes their marriage is over after twenty-four years as a couple as their son goes off to college. Douglas and Connie had always been a classic case of opposites attracting--with Connie wanting the trip to be one last bonding exercise for Douglas and Albie, Albie sees the trip as trying to do what he wants despite his father had planned it to the nth degree, Douglas sees it like three weeks to win Connie back, which he may or may not be aware also means finding that bond with Albie.

Defending Jacob Season 1 (NR) 400 minutes

September 1, 2021

DEFENDING JACOB, Season 1 NEW (NR) A gripping, character-driven thriller based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, and starring Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel, and Sakina Jaffrey. The limited drama series unfolds around a shocking crime that rocks a small Massachusetts town and one family in particular, forcing an assistant district attorney to choose between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.

Wisting Season 1 Foreign Language (NR) 452 minutes

September 1, 2021
WISTING, Season 1 NEW FOREIGN LANGUAGE (NR) NORWEGIAN & ENGLISH with English Subtitles 

Sundance Series--Set in Norway this acclaimed mystery series about William Wisting (Sven Nordin) wrestles with the most challenging and shocking case of his career: a wanted American serial killer living among them. Wisting teams up with FBI agent Maggie Griffin (Carrie-Anne Moss) to track him down, but her brash methods clash with the local officers. Meanwhile, Wisting’s intrepid journalist daughter chases headlines, leading her down a dangerous path that could compromise her father’s investigation. When an old case comes back to haunt Wisting. How will he save other lives when he finds himself fighting for his own reputation, career, and life?

Shadow Lines Season 1 Foreign Language (NR) 436 minutes

September 1, 2021
SHADOW LINES, Season 1 NEW (NR) Foreign Language-FINNISH with English Subtitles 

In the 1950s, the hottest spot in the Cold War wasn’t Washington or Moscow. In the wake of World War II, the tiny Nordic nation of Finland found itself on the front lines of the world’s latest conflict. This dazzling international thriller is about a secret intelligence team called The Fist whose mission is to defend Finland’s independence, no matter the cost. This multilingual series follows Finnish student Helena (Emmi Parviainen), as she is plunged headfirst into the dangerous world of espionage by her enigmatic godfather, leader of The Fist (Olavi Uusivirta). A Sundance production.

Wrath of Man (R) 121 minutes

September 1, 2021

WRATH OF MAN – (R)  Jason Stratham is a mysterious and wild-eyed, new security guard for a cash truck who surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during a heist. The crew is left wondering who he is and where he came from. Soon, the marksman's ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle a score.

Those Who Wish Me Dead (R) 99 minutes

September 1, 2021
THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD – (R) A smokejumper,

Hannah (Angelina Josie), reeling from the loss of three young lives she failed to save from a fire, comes across a bloodied and traumatized 12-year old boy. The two set out together to cross miles of thick forest. Braving deadly lightning storms that challenge even Hannah’s well-honed survival skills, they’re unaware of the true dangers they face. Hunted by two killers, they must fight for their lives through a raging fire in the Montana wilderness.

Here Today (PG-13) 117 minutes

September 1, 2021
HERE TODAY– (PG-13)

Here Today is a May-September romantic comedy--but without the romance. Veteran comedy writer Charlie Berns (Billy Crystal), who is slowly but surely losing his grip on reality, befriends a talented young New York street singer Emma Payge (Tiffany Haddish). Together, they form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust.

Hallmark: Paris, Wine & Romance and Love in Rome (NR) 168 minutes

September 1, 2021
Hallmark: PARIS, WINE & ROMANCE and ROME IN LOVE – (NR) Paris, Wine & Romance:

Isabella (Jen Lilley), the owner of her family’s Oregon winery, takes a big step forward when she enters a prestigious wine competition in Paris. There she meets her biggest competitor, Jacques from one of the world’s foremost winemaking families. Impressed by Isabella and her expertise in wine, a budding romance develops between them.  Rome in Love:  An unknown actress lands the role of a lifetime after being cast in a remake of Roman Holiday. Once in Rome, she meets a reporter/porter/waiter/aspiring novelist, who gets the exclusive story on her. In the eternal city, she discovers the surprises of love and life.

55 Steps (PG-13) 114 minutes

September 1, 2021
55 STEPS –(PG-13)  The inspiring true story

of an outrageous and smart Eleanor Riese (Helena Bonham Carter), a patient in a psychiatric hospital where she has been mistreated, and her attorney, a workaholic patient’s rights lawyer, Colette Hughes (Hilary Swank). In this heartfelt tale told with humor and emotion, Colette takes on the uphill battle of representing Eleanor against the psychiatric establishment while the spirited Eleanor makes it her mission to mentor Colette whether she likes it or not! Based on the 1987 SF court case brought by the ACLU.

Dream Horse (PG) 114 minutes

September 1, 2021
DREAM HORSE – (PG) A Feel Good Family Film.

Experience the inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely racehorse bred by the small-town bartender, Jan Vokes (Toni Collette). With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbors to chip in their meager earnings to help raise Dream and compete with the racing elites. Their investment pays off as Dream rises through the ranks and becomes a beacon of hope in their struggling community.

The Shark Book

August 7, 2021

The Shark Book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page is an informative and beautifully illustrated guide to one of the ocean’s most feared and mysterious predators. Did you know that a group of sharks is called a shiver? Or that the gentle giants, whale sharks, can live to be over 100 years old? The Shark Book is full of facts about these fascinating creatures and shows that there’s much more to learn. This is an excellent introduction for a budding shark enthusiast, or for anyone who loves the ocean. (Non-Fiction)

The Legend of Auntie Po

August 7, 2021

by Shing Yin Khor is a beautiful graphic novel that tells the story of Chinese Americans in the old West. In 1885 in a logging camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 13-year-old Mei works with her father to feed the hungry lumberjacks and Chinese workers who labor all day at the camp. Mei loves to bake pies and also loves to tell stories about Auntie Po, the “mother of all loggers”, whose legendary prowess could have given Paul Bunyan a run for his money. To Mei’s surprise, Auntie Po springs to life from her imagination when she needs her most. This is a deeply engaging story that illustrates the history of Chinese Americans during the racial upheaval following the Chinese Exclusion Act. (Non-Fiction)

Lifeboat 12

August 7, 2021

Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood is based on a true story of survival at sea. In 1940, 13-year-old Kenneth Sparks is sent away from bomb-threatened London to stay with his aunt in Canada. At first, the luxurious ocean liner he’s traveling on, the City of Benares, makes the journey seem like a fun adventure. But, when the ship is hit by German torpedoes, Ken, a handful of other passengers, and a group of sailors are stranded in a lifeboat at sea. The novel is told in verse, which is an unusual choice, but the writing’s propulsive, staccato rhythm, the built-in suspense, and Ken’s compelling voice as a narrator make this a wonderful read. (Chapter Book)

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!

August 7, 2021
Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!

by Sarah, Kapit is a novel-in-letters, reminiscent of the Beverly Cleary classic Dear Mr. Henshaw. Vivy Cohen has high aspirations: she wants to be a knuckleball pitcher, maybe even the first female player in major league baseball. But, in the meantime, she’ll settle for convincing her parents to let her play on a local baseball team, even if it means she’s the only girl and the only autistic kid on the team. When her teacher gives her class an assignment to write letters to a personal hero, Vivy writes to VJ Capello, the major league pitcher she idolizes. When VJ starts writing back, his advice helps Vivy deal with sexism, bullying, and boosts her confidence as she chases her dream. (Chapter Book)

Black Brother, Black Brother

August 7, 2021

by Jewell Parker Rhodes begins with the protagonist, Donte Ellison, wishing for invisibility, a nod to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Donte is the only visibly Black student at Middlefield Prep and, unlike his lighter-skinned brother, Trey gets treated unfairly. When the fencing team bully frames Donte for something he’s innocent of, and the police get involved, Donte takes it upon himself to address the injustice he faces and take back his dignity. At the Boys and Girls Club, he meets a former professional fencer who becomes his mentor. As he struggles to speak out against the discrimination he faces at school, Donte also reaches toward a deeper self-discovery. (Chapter Book)

Maria Had a Little Llama/Maria Tenia unia Llamita

August 7, 2021

Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía una Llamita by Angela Dominguez is a playful revisioning of the classic nursery rhyme: instead of a lamb, Maria has a llama! Set in the Andes mountains and told in both English and Spanish, the tale of Maria and her snow-white pet is illustrated in vibrant illustrations that leap off the page. Readers will delight in the fresh twist on familiar rhymes and the characters, particularly the adorable llama.

Grandfather's Journey

August 7, 2021

by Allen Say is an enduring classic about a Japanese family’s journeys between Japan and America. At the beginning of the 20thcentury, Say’s grandfather set out from Japan for America, fell in love with California, and eventually returned home to Japan as an old man. Say’s poetic words and his stunning watercolors convey the beauty of both Japan and America and show his grandfather’s longing for both countries. This is a beautiful, timeless story.

Faraway Things

August 7, 2021

by Dave Eggers is a fairytale-like story about a young boy who lives with his mother by the sea. The boy loves to collect what his absent father called “faraway things”, the debris of shipwrecks. One day he finds a cutlass ( a type of sword) and lets his imagination run wild. But, when the ship’s captain who owns the cutlass shows up on the boy’s beach, the young boy must make a responsible choice. This is a dreamy book.

Dogs at Work: Good Dogs, Real Jobs

August 7, 2021

Dogs at Work: Good Dogs, Real Jobs by Margaret Cardillo imagines a world in which dogs go to work and their humans stay home and wait for them. “What do they do all day?” the children at a home wonder as their dogs are shown getting on the bus to go off to work. In sweet illustrations by Zachariah Ohora, the book shows dogs diving for lobsters, riding in a fire truck, rounding up sheep, entertaining patients in a hospital, and various other important tasks that keep them very busy!

The Boy Who Loved Everyone

August 7, 2021

by Jane Porter shares the story of Dmitri, a little boy who goes around the world saying, “I love you” to everything and everyone: his classmates at preschool, an old man on a park bench, ants in the schoolyard, trees, and of course, his mom. In a sweet, caring lesson, Dmitri’s mom shows him that even though people might not say “I love you” back to him, there are so many unique ways that humans can show love. The book’s message about kindness, plus the cheerful, color-saturated illustrations, make this a pleasure to read.

A Boy Named Isamu

August 7, 2021

by James Yang captures the wondering imagination of a child who grew up to create art. Inspired by the life and art of Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi, A Boy Named Isamu explores the world through the young Isamu’s eyes, tracing his influences in everyday life. “If you are Isamu, you find a secret place so you can look at the ocean and see the shapes of things,” Yang writes. This is a lyrical and inspiring look through the development of creativity, complete with gorgeous illustrations.

It Began with Lemonade

August 7, 2021

by Gideon Sterer and Lian Cho is a whimsical summer story about a young girl who excitedly prepares a lemonade stand for her front stoop--only to find that the rest of the neighborhood kids have the same idea. A few twists of fate take her out of the city to the edge of a wide river, where she finds all sorts of unexpected--and very thirsty--customers. It Began with Lemonade basks in the joys of hot days, cold lemonade, and friendship.

Keeping Faith Season 3 (NR) 365 minutes

August 5, 2021
KEEPING FAITH Season 3 (NR)

In the final season of this “irresistibly wild” (Telegraph) Welsh drama starring Eve Myles, Faith and Evan’s divorce descends into a custody battle, while her new love, Steve, tries to stay out of trouble but is drawn back to crime. And as Faith contends with one of the most complicated legal cases of her career, her mother (Celia Imrie) suddenly arrives, threatening to expose long\-buried secrets. BONUS: Behind the Scenes Part 1, Behind the Scenes Part 2, Welsh Words and Phrases

Brokenwood Season 7 (NR) 576 minutes

August 5, 2021
BROKENWOOD Season 7 (NR)

The small New Zealand town of Brokenwood has charming landscapes, quirky inhabitants – and an alarming murder rate. Eccentric Detective Senior Sargeant Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) is on the case, along with smart, straitlaced Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) and young, ambitious DC Sam Breen (Nic Sampson). They are joined by newcomer DC Daniel Chalmers (Jarod Rawin), who gets a crash course in the town’s lethal idiosyncrasies. 6 new episodes: the murder of a superstar TV host, a death in the sauna at a health retreat, a fatal bank robbery, a stabbing with a pitchfork at a farmers market, a deadly fire at the cinema, and a ‘70’s-themed party gone wrong, all filled with droll humor and intriguing whodunits.

The Sounds Season 1 New (NR) 398 minutes

August 5, 2021
THE SOUNDS Season 1 NEW (NR)

You can bury a secret, but the truth will always surface. Set in New Zealand against the backdrop of the stunning Marlborough Sounds, this twisty thriller follows a married couple yearning to escape their oppressive family and start a new life in the perfect place. Maggie Cabbott (Rachelle Lefevre) flies halfway around the world to join her husband, Tom (Matt Whelan), in the idyllic small town where he has been setting up a business venture. Their reunion is short-lived, however, when Tom goes kayaking and doesn’t return. Local cop Jack (Matt Nable) warns that Tom could not survive long at sea, but Maggie refuses to give up hope, but the deeper she goes, the more she suspects and must plumb the depths of paradise.

Professor T Season 1 New (NR) 275 minutes

August 5, 2021
PROFESSOR T  Season 1 NEW (NR)

Professor Jasper Tempest (Ben Miller) precisely calibrates and structures every aspect of his life. Impeccably dressed and meticulously punctual, he lectures daily at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, teaching students imaginatively, if pedantically, about the science of crime. And each evening, he returns home to his apartment, which is as sterile and systematically ordered as a science lab. With this strictly regimented approach, his OCD and germophobia are under control. But, his buttoned-down world is slowly undone when he is persuaded by one of his former students to assist in investigating a serial rapist. While his encyclopedic knowledge of criminal psychology and his brilliant mind prove invaluable to the team, the cracks in his carefully constructed emotionless exterior begin to show.

Spiral Season 8 Foreign Language Series (NR) 615 minutes

August 5, 2021
SPIRAL Season 8 (NR) In French with English Subtitles FINALE 

In the FINAL season, Laure and Gilou are brought back together by a double homicide in a Chinese restaurant and the tragic loss of one of their own. Meanwhile, Josephine struggles with life in prison as she awaits trial and Judge Roban faces forced retirement. All of them will have to deal with unexpected hurdles and the ultimate dilemma: give up the truth, or betray the institution they have each faithfully served. In the 8thhour, Gilou finds himself on his own, infiltrated into a ruthless criminal gang as Laure’s team is sidelined. Josephine, back on her feet, defends a murder suspect and develops a close bond with him. Complications ensue when Laure and Gilou’s cases turn out to have a connection with Josephine’s client. They join forces again to see their investigations through all kinds of danger in a tense and shocking climax.

Spiral Season 7 Foreign Language Series (NR) 615 minutes

August 5, 2021
SPIRAL Season 7 (NR) French with English Subtitles 

Acclaimed Parisian cop thriller about the lawyers, judges, prosecutors, and detectives at the heart of the French judicial system. When the mutilated body of a young woman is found on a disused railway track near La Villette, Captain Laure Berthaud believes the murderer could be a serial killer. Confirmed a few days later, when another woman’s body is found. Time is running out, and Berthaud and her men make mistakes. Losing the confidence of the prestigious Brigade criminelle, led by Commissioner Vincent Brémont, now wants to get back the case. Meanwhile at the Palais de Justice Judge Roban discovers that the mayor may be involved in a bribery scandal. Prosecutor Machard immediately asks Pierre Clément to spy on the judge discreetly, to divert a political scandal: the mayor is a personal friend of the President of France. But Clément refuses, and Machard is determined to get rid of this subordinate. Meanwhile, Joséphine Karlsson and Szabo are shot at in the street by two gangsters.

Balthazar Season 3 Foreing Language Series (NR) 396 minutes

August 5, 2021
BALTHAZAR Season 3 (NR) French with English Subtitles 

Devastated by his friend’s death, Raphael Balthazar (Tomer Sisley) has vowed never to touch a corpse again. But his resolve wavers when he discovers a dead body while sailing, and soon he’s working once more with no-nonsense Chief Inspector Helene Bach (Helene de Fougerolles). Together they face a murder linked to a secret martial arts club, a double homicide committed by a killer clown, and a high-speed chase through a restricted military zone. As Balthazar tries to put his personal life back together after tragedy, Bach is closing in on their most elusive suspect: his wife’s killer!