Rowayton Library Recommends

The Complete Summer Cookbook

August 1, 2020

America’s Test Kitchen has a new Summer Cookbook called The Complete Summer Cookbook which could quickly become your favorite resource. Covering everything from barbeque to pickling it’s a no-nonsense, lavishly photographed approach to creating memorable meals. Try the nectarines and berries in prosecco! (Cookbook)

Why We Swim

August 1, 2020

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui is perfect for this time of year! According to archeologists who found cave paintings of people happily breast stroking up the walls we have been at this activity for a long time. The author is an avid swimmer who is fascinated by our attachment to the water despite the fact we are not natural swimmers and must be taught. It’s a diverting combination of history and personal reflection from a lifelong swimmer. (Non-Fiction)

Simply Living Well

August 1, 2020

Simply Living Well by Julia Watkins is “a guide to creating a natural, low waste home”. Her DIY tips cover everything from the kitchen, holistic health remedies, to the garden. They are simple to execute. Even if you adapt only some of these ideas you will contribute to less waste in the environment. It’s inspiring to see how easily and quickly little steps can make a difference. (Non-Fiction)

House Lessons

August 1, 2020

House Lessons by Erica Bauermeister reflects on renovating a house, and the bigger picture of family life over the years. It’s a beautifully written memoir about falling hard for a totally impractical old house, that to boot is a money pit. This is not simply about the challenges of renovating but also about building a life and accepting change. There are a number of funny stories that anyone who has gone down this path will recognize. (Non-Fiction)

What You Wish For

August 1, 2020

What You Wish For by Katherine Center has an unforgettable cast of characters. Sam is a school librarian, actively choosing a life full of positives after a tough stretch. You can empathize with the characters as they do their best to create a life that allows for joy. Sam loves her job and must pivot and manage a huge change when someone from her past becomes a big part of her present. You really care about these people.

Utopia Avenue

August 1, 2020

Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell is a feast. It's the saga of a band formed in London at the height of the late 1960s when music was evolving and culture-changing at warp speed. Mitchell's characters are developed realistically. His writing is detailed, with many references to the songs, musicians, and personages of the times. The central theme is the way one changes during the climb to the top via stardom’s ‘wobbly ladder”. It’s a very vivid portrayal of a couple of critical years, populated by flawed but talented characters.

Remain Silent

August 1, 2020

Remain Silent by Susie Steiner is excellent. It centers on an intriguing mystery involving immigrants so it’s topical and bleak. Character development is strong.  Manon Bradshaw is a complex creation--a middle-aged detective, mother of two, working on her marriage--all very relatable challenges, laced with dark humor and interesting secondary characters.

A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth

August 1, 2020

A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth by Daniel Mason is magnificent. These are short but immersive stories with wonderful, original plots. Historical fiction is the basis; the one about the young boy struggling with asthma in polluted London is especially memorable. These are stories with superior character development and spectacular writing. Unusual subjects make reading thrilling, and every word counts. The natural world and the resiliency of the people who are interacting with it are brought to life. Highly recommended.

Mum and Dad

August 1, 2020

Mum and Dad by Joanna Trollope is a family saga that takes place largely in Spain, where the titular parents moved decades ago and bought a vineyard. The children stayed in London, settled down, had children of their own, and rarely visited. That all changes when Gus, the patriarch, has a stroke. Tensions that have always been there erupted as the children and their mother try and figure out how to manage dramatically changed circumstances.

The Mist

August 1, 2020

The Mist by Ragnar Jonasson is a classic Icelandic noir. There is a strong sense of place. Isolation and darkness, of the days and the soul, are the prevailing themes.  A freezing, snowy night brings evil to an isolated farmhouse door. Perfect rendering of the claustrophobic atmosphere in combination with a detective struggling to overcome her past creates a book that is hard to put down.

The Lost and Found Bookshop

August 1, 2020

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs is a sweet romance. Natalie returns to her father’s bookstore to help him as he struggles with memory issues. She hires a contractor to help fix the tumbledown building, business picks up, handsome writers appear, and while it initially seems the challenges are insurmountable there is a resolution that feels real and relevant.

The End of October

August 1, 2020

The End of October by Lawrence Wright is weirdly topical considering it was written over a year ago. A viral pandemic rage across the globe and only a handful of intrepid scientists have a clue what to do. A lot of non-fiction historical information informs the novel, which is a relentlessly scary story of mass pestilence and destruction

The Distant Dead

August 1, 2020

The Distant Dead by Heather Young is truly eerie. It takes place in dirt poor, arid, rural Nevada. The main characters are hopelessly stuck in many ways. A horrific crime opens the book, and the young boy caught in the middle is a memorable creation, wise beyond his years for sad reasons. It’s a real page-turner, with suspense that builds slowly.

All Adults Here

August 1, 2020

All Adults Here by Emma Straub is a multi-generation family saga that touches on a lot of seemingly mundane concerns that drive actions many years later. It's a perfect, well-written beach read as the realistic family dynamics reveal the importance of commitment, even when things don't always go right. There is a lot of wit and wisdom packed into these pages--enjoy!

Trolls World Tour (PG) 91 minutes

July 22, 2020

TROLLS WORLD TOUR – CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG) Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick), Branch (Justin Timberlake), and the rest of your favorite Trolls are back for another musical adventure that's bigger--and louder--than ever before! In Trolls World Tour, Poppy and Branch discover that their kingdom is only one of six musical realms--Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop, and Rock--that were once united in perfect harmony. When the power-hungry ruler of the Rock Trolls threatens to silence all other music so her tribe can reign supreme, Poppy and Branch must embark on an epic quest to unite the realms of Trollkind, before the songs in their hearts are lost forever!

Think Like A Dog (PG) 90 minutes

July 22, 2020

THINK LIKE A DOG – CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG) Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox star in this whimsical family comedy about a boy and his dog, and a science project that will change all of their lives forever. It follows twelve-year-old Oliver, a tech prodigy, whose middle-school science fair experiment goes awry, creating a telepathic connection between him and his furry friend, Henry. The bond brings Oliver and Henry even closer as they join forces to comically overcome complications at school, and help Oliver’s parents rekindle their marriage.

Swift (PG) 88 minutes

July 22, 2020

SWIFT – CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG) Good Family Movie The little orphaned swift Manou stumbles into the seagull side of the island when he gets lost and is adopted by a seagull couple with no young of their own. When Manou’s seagull brother is hatched, he becomes his big brother, though he is smaller and struggles for acceptance in his seagull's colony. Then one day he meets other swifts, and he suddenly finds himself torn between two worlds and must decide where he really belongs.

Scoob! (PG-13) 135 minutes

July 22, 2020

SCOOB! – CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG-13) In Scooby-Doo's greatest adventure yet, see the never-before-told story of how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined forces with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, toughest mystery ever: an evil plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global "dogpocalypse," the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone ever imagined.

Vienna Blood (New) (PG-13) 276 minutes

July 22, 2020

VIENNA BLOOD – NEW SERIES (PG-13) This thrilling crime drama from acclaimed screenwriter Steve Thompson, is set in 1900s Vienna a hotbed of philosophy, science, and art, where a clash of cultures and ideas collide in the city's grand cafes and opera houses. Producers: Stefan Vogel--Rosenberg, Andreas Kamm, Oliver Auspi.

Mystery Road Season 1 (New) (NR) 318 minutes

July 22, 2020

MYSTERY ROAD, Season 1 – NEW SERIES (NR) This Australian outback noir crime thriller stars Judy Davis and Aaron Pedersen. When 2 boys disappear from a remote cattle station, local police sergeant Emma James (Davis) calls in Indigenous detective Jay Swan (Pedersen) to help find out what happened. As Emma and Jay butt heads over their conflicting methods, the unexpected arrival of Jays's troubled daughter (Madeleine Madden) only inflames the tension. But when their investigation uncovers other crimes haunting the backwater town, the detectives must look to the past to get justice in the present. Starring also: Deborah Mailman, Tasia Zalar, John Waters, and Aaron McGrath.

Midsomer Murders Season 21 (NR) 360 minutes

July 22, 2020

MIDSOMER MURDERS, Season 21 - SERIES (NR) Four new feature-length episodes of the beloved British mystery set in England's most murderous county, DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix) investigate the killings of a ballroom dance competitor and a real estate agent, a series of attacks in a village known for its specialty honey, and a violent clash between fishermen and mud runners.

Heart Guy Season 4 (NR) 484 minutes

July 22, 2020

HEART GUY, Season 4 - SERIES (NR) Australian comedy-drama. Return to charming but egotistical heart surgeon Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser) who is flying high.  After completing his probation, he has decided to stay in his rural hometown to raise his one0year-old daughter, Eliza, and the clinic he built with hospital head Penny (Hayley McElhinney), is about to partner with a wealthy sponsor. But the arrival of a beautiful, party-loving doctor threatens to tempt Hugh back to his old ways. Meanwhile, Hugh’s brother Matt (Ryan Johnson) is happily living with his girlfriend (Miranda Tapsell) but things get awkward when his ex-wife returns to town, and his mother interferes.

Detective Montalbano Season 35 and 36 (NR) 211 minutes

July 22, 2020

DETECTIVE MONTALBANO, Season 35 & 36 – SERIES (NR) Murder, Betrayal, Office Politics, Temptation. It's all in a day's work for Detective Salvo Montalbano. With his always loyal and sometimes effective police squad, he solves crimes in Vigata, crossing paths with housewives and priests, liars, saints, and Mafia dons. He also wages a personal war with his own demons, which fight against his professional ideals and personal commitment to beautiful long-distance girlfriend, Livia. Yet there’s always time to indulge a long-standing flirtation with his ultimate temptress, Italian cuisine. The series is filmed in the ancient, sun-washed Sicilian city of Ragusa, and is based on the international best-selling mystery novels by Andrea Camilieri.

The Brokenwood Mysteries Season 6 (NR) 386 minutes

July 22, 2020

THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES, Season 6 - SERIES (NR) Set in the sleepy town of Brokenwood, New Zealand, the affable residents may seem harmless, but killers, blackmailers, and thieves lurk in every picturesque corner. To quell the community’s alarming murder rate, Detective Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) uses an unconventional style that contrasts with the methodical approach of his partner, Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland), and the eager assistance of DC Sam Breen (Nic Sampson). This season sees them facing a deadly explosion at a steampunk festival, the murder of a bestselling crime author killed the same manner as in his latest book, the shooting

Agatha Raisin Season 3 (NR) 467 minutes

July 22, 2020

AGATHA RAISIN, Season 3 - SERIES (NR) Village life can be bloody murder! Still playing the amateur detective in this cozy British mystery series based on M.C.Beaton's best-selling books, Agatha (Ashley Jensen) becomes embroiled in 4 feature-length mysteries: The Haunted House, The Deadly Dance, Love From Hell, and As the Pig Turns. Glamorous PR-executive-turned-sleuth, Agatha opens her own private detective agency in the picturesque Cotswolds. Armed with her trademark tenacity and fashion flair, along with help from her friend Roy (Matthew Horne) and paramour James (Jamie Glover) will Agatha be able to uncover the killer’s lurking in her sleepy village?

Seven Worlds: One Planet (Documentary) (NR) 400 minutes

July 22, 2020

SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET - DOCUMENTARY (NR) FAMILY VIEWING From the depths of the South American jungles to the frozen peaks of Asia and from the cities of Europe to the vast plains of Africa--this film features extraordinary animal behavior and untold wildlife stories form each continent. We discover how our seven worlds gave rise to the great diversity of life on Earth today, and reveal the challenges now faced by animals in a world shaped by us. Also, some great special features.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (PG-13) 141 minutes

July 22, 2020

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – MOVIE (PG-13) Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once more to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Experience the riveting conclusion of the landmark Skywalker saga, in which new legends will be borne and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

The Sonata (NR) 85 minutes

July 22, 2020

THE SONATA – MOVIE (NR) After being informed of the sudden death of her long lost composer father, a young virtuoso violinist, Rose Fisher (Freya TIngley), inherits an old mansion in which he used to live. There, she discovers her father's final work: a mysterious music score marked with strange symbols. With the help of Charles Vernais (Simon Abkarian), her agent and manager, she deciphers the symbols and, little by little starts to unlock secrets concerning her father's past, setting in motion the mechanisms of a somber plan imagined since the very day she was born.

Robert the Bruce (R) 124 minutes

July 22, 2020

ROBERT THE BRUCE – MOVIE (R) He Empowered a People and Defied an Empire! Eight years after the Battle of Falkirk and the fall of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce crowns himself King and takes the cause of Scotland's freedom as his own. But he cannot overcome England's power. Defeated, again and again, his army scatters and The King of England places a bounty on his head. He finds himself alone, wounded and hunted by the very soldiers that he'd once led. Befriended by a young boy, his mother, and 2 orphans who nurse The Bruce back to health and become the first soldiers in the new army-as he sets out to claim the long-awaited freedom of Scotland.

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (R) 101 minutes

July 22, 2020

MISS FISHER AND THE CRYPT OF TEARS – MOVIE (R) A spin-off sequel movie based on the wildly popular and beloved TV series: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries S.1-3. Glamorous lady detective Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) returns in 1929 Jerusalem. Phryne's rescue of a young Bedouin girl leads her on a globe-trotting adventure to uncover priceless treasures, wartime secrets, and an ancient tomb bearing a terrible curse, with the help of handsome detective Jack Robinson (Nathan Page). Including Miriam Margolyes, Rupert Penry-Jones.

The Invisible Man (R) 125 minutes

July 22, 2020

THE INVISIBLE MAN – MOVIE (R) What you can't see can hurt you. Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy scientist, Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding. But when her abusive ex, Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) suddenly dies, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turn lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia's sanity begins to unravel while she desperately tries to prove she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Impractical Jokers (PG-13) 92 minutes

July 22, 2020

IMPRACTICAL JOKERS MOVIE – MOVIE  (PG-13) The story of a humiliating high school mishap from 1992 that sends the Impractical Jokers on the road competing in hidden--camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and redeem three of the four Jokers.

I Still Believe (PG) 116 minutes

July 22, 2020

I STILL BELIEVE – MOVIE (PG) Based on the true story of Christian music mega-star Jeremy Camp and his journey of love and loss that looks to prove there is always hope in midst of tragedy and that faith tested is the only faith worth sharing. Directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin, starring: K J. Apa, Britt Robertson, Melissa Roxburgh, Shania Twain, Gary Sinise.

Extraordinary (R) 94 minutes

July 22, 2020

EXTRAORDINARY – MOVIE (R) Rose (Rose Dooley), a mostly sweet & lonely small-town Irish driving instructor, must use her supernatural talents to save Sarah (Emma Coelman), the daughter of Martin (Barry Ward) (also mostly sweet & lonely) from a washed-up rock star Christian Winter (Will Forte) who is using her in a Satanic pact to reignite his fame.

Emma (PG) 124 minutes

July 22, 2020

EMMA – MOVIE (PG) Jane Austen's beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma. Handsome, clever and rich, Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor--Joy) is a restless "queen bee" without rivals in her sleepy little English town. In this glittering satire of social class, Emma must navigate her way through the challenges of growing up, misguided matches, and romantic missteps to realize the love that has been there all along.

Blumhouse's Fantasy Island (PG-13) 218 minutes

July 22, 2020

BLUMHOUSES FANTASY ISLAND – MOVIE (PG-13) In Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island, the enigmatic Mr. Roarke (Michael Peña) makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island's mystery to escape with their lives. Also starring Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Jimmy O. Yang, and Ryan Hansen.

Bloodshot (PG-13) 109 minutes

July 22, 2020

BLOODSHOT MOVIE (PG-13) Based on the bestselling comic book, Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force--stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn’t know what is real and what’s not--but he’s on a mission to find out.

Ana (NR) 105 minutes

July 22, 2020

ANA – MOVIE NR Good Family Movie With the Puerto Rican recession in full swing post-hurricane, bankrupt second--hand automobile dealer, Rafa (Andy Garcia), can’t imagine life will get much worse that is until he discovers nine-year-old, Ana, sleeping in the back of one of his cars. Ana’s mother has just been imprisoned. With no one else to turn to she latches on to Rafa at the worst possible time in his life. Locating Ana’s father and trying to settle Rafa’s increasingly pressing debts, the unlikely duo embarks on a colorful journey across the island. What follows is an expedition of mystery and danger that pits the fundamentally moral Rafa and the inherently manipulative Ana against violent gangsters, moonshine producing mountain farmers, local superstitions, and a formidable evangelical church group. Starring Dafne Keen, and Luna Lauren Velez.

Abe (PG) 85 minutes

July 22, 2020

 ABE- MOVIE (PG) Good Family Movie Twelve-year-old Abe (Noah Schnapp) is an aspiring chef who wants his cooking to bring people together, but his half-Israeli, half-Palestinian family has never had a meal that didn't end in a fight. Ditching his traditional summer camp, Abe begins working with Chico (Seu Jorge), an adventurous street chef who encourages him to think outside his old cuisines. But when Abe's deceit is uncovered, he must grapple with his family, his background, and his passions to reveal whether even the most lovingly-cooked family dinner can heal old wounds. Starring Noah Schnapp from the Netflix series Stranger Things and Seu Jorge (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, City of God).

Sonic the Hedgehog Children's Movie (PG) 98 minutes

July 10, 2020

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG – CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG) Powered with incredible speed, Sonic The Hedgehog, aka The Blue Blur, embraces his new home on Earth. That is until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of super-uncool evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Now it's super-villain vs. super-sonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using his unique power for world domination. Sonic teams up with The Donut Lord, aka Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to save

DoLittle Children's Movie (PG-13) 102 minutes

July 10, 2020

DOLITTLE – Children’s MOVIE (PG-13) This is a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle. The eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures. Also starring Harry Collett, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Kumail Nanjiani, John Cena, and Emma Thompson, who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.

Beecham House (PG-13) 310 minutes

July 10, 2020

BEECHAM HOUSE – NEW SERIES (PG-13) Delhi 1795: John Beecham, a former soldier in the East India Company, is determined to leave the past behind and start a new life. At the grand house, the staff is shocked that their new master has arrived with his infant son, a baby of mixed parentage. John is determined to reunite his family in Delhi and keep the identity of his child secret, but at what cost to himself and those he loves? Producers: Gurinder Chadha, Sandra Shuttleworth, Rakesh Singh. Authors: Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Shahrukh Husain, Victor Levin

The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Season 3 (NR) 270 minutes

July 10, 2020

THE AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES, Season 3 – SERIES (NR) 1. A Very Foul Play: Regina, the long-lost niece of Aurora's boyfriend, Martin, turns up with a baby. Before Martin has a chance to reconnect with Regina, she disappears leaving a dead husband, Craig, on Aurora's balcony and her baby, Hayden, hidden in Aurora's bathtub. 2. An Inheritance to Die For: Sally Allison's Aunt is poisoned during a family wedding reception and Aurora Teagarden vows to get to the bottom of the crime, especially when her mother, a friend of the dead woman, stands to inherit the bulk of the massive estate. 3. A Game of Cat and Mouse: A Hollywood film crew descends on the town of Lawrence town to produce a film based on a book written by Aurora's onetime boyfriend Robin Crusoe. However, when the lead actress, who is playing Aurora, is killed, the real Aurora and the Murders Club must investigate a long list of suspects.

The Aurora Tegarden Mysteries Season 2 (NR) 270 minutes

July 10, 2020

THE AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES, Season 2 – SERIES (NR)  Librarian Aurora Teagarden is also a member of the Real Murder Bookclub and finds herself involved in movies in her small town: 1. Last Scene Alive: A Hollywood film crew descends on the town of Lawrenceton, GA to produce a film based on a book written by Aurora’s onetime boyfriend Robin Crusoe. However, when the lead actress, who is playing Aurora is killed, the real Aurora and the Murders Club must investigate a long list of suspects.  2. Reap What You Sew: Internet sensation and Aurora’s old family friend, Poppy Wilson, has returned to Lawrenceton to start her new embroidery business. But not everyone is happy with Poppy's success when she turns up dead. 3.The Disappearing Game:  Aurora Teagarden has just recently moved into her new home in Lawrenceton when four students from a nearby college vanish one evening. Unfortunately, Aurora’s cousin, Phillip, is one of them. Then one of the kids shows up dead, Aurora and her new neighbor, a handsome professor named Nick Miller, begin their investigation.

Uncut Gems (R) 134 minutes

July 10, 2020

UNCUT GEMS– MOVIE (R) Set in the diamond district of New York City, Howard Ratner, a jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous, must find a way to pay his debts when his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend. Directors: Benny Safdie, Joshua Safdie. Starring: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield, Judd Hirsch, Eric Bogosian

The Short History of the Long Road (NR) 93 minutes

July 10, 2020

THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE LONG ROAD – MOVIE (NR) For teenage Nola  (Sabrina Carpenter) home is the open road. Her self-reliant father (Steven Ogg) is her anchor in a life of transience. The pair crisscross the United States in a meet through odd jobs while relishing their independence. A shocking rupture, though, casts Nola out on her own. She makes her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico in search of a mother she never knew, only for her motorhome to break down unexpectedly. But after forging a bond with the shop owner (Danny Trejo), Nola senses the possibility of mooring her ship in this storm.

Richard Jewell (PG-13) 130 minutes

July 10, 2020

RICHARD JEWELL – MOVIE (PG-13) A Clint Eastwood film. “There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes.” The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing--his report making him a hero whose swift actions save countless lives. But within days, the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI's number one suspect, vilified by press and public alike, his life ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant, Jewell staunchly professes his innocence. But Bryant finds he is out of his depth as he fights the combined powers of the FBI, GBI, and APD to clear his

1917 (R) 118 minutes Oscar Nominee

July 10, 2020

1917 – BLU RAY & DVD MOVIE (R) OSCAR NOMINEE  At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean--Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers--Blake's brother among them.

Like A Boss (R) 83 minutes

July 10, 2020

LIKE A BOSS – MOVIE (R) Best friends Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives running a cosmetics company they’ve built from the ground up. In over their heads financially, the prospect of a big buyout offers from a notorious cosmetics industry titan, Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel and Mia’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy. The beauty business is about to get ugly. Also starring Billy Porter and Jennifer Coolidge.

Knives Out (PG-13) 130 minutes Oscar Nominee

July 10, 2020

KNIVES OUT – BLU RAY & DVD MOVIE (PG-13) OSCAR NOMINEE  A tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie and a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death.

Just Mercy (PG-13) 137 minutes

July 10, 2020

JUST MERCY –MOVIE (PG-13) Young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds--and the system--stacked against them.

Jumanji: The Next Level (PG-13) 123 minutes

July 10, 2020

JUMANJI, The Next Level –MOVIE (PG-13) In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back (Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan) but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts

The Gentlemen (R) 114 minutes

July 10, 2020

THE GENTLEMEN – MOVIE (R) A talented American graduate of Oxford, using his unique skills, and audacity, create a marijuana empire using the estates of impoverished British aristocrats. However, when he tries to sell his empire to a fellow American billionaire, a chain of events unfolds, involving blackmail, deception, mayhem, and murder between street thugs, Russian oligarchs, Triad gangsters, and gutter journalists. Starring Matthew McConaughey.

Dark Waters (PG-13) 127 minutes

July 10, 2020

DARK WATERS – BLU RAY & DVD MOVIE (PG-13) Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious corporate defense attorney, Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) takes on an environmental lawsuit and uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world's largest corporations, Dupont. In the process, he risks everything--his future, his family, and his own life--to expose the truth. Sarah Bilott (Anne Hathaway), Tom Terp (Tim Robbins) also star. “Erin Brokovich” is a good companion piece

Bombshell (PG-13) 108 minutes

July 10, 2020

BOMBSHELL – MOVIE (R) Based on the real scandal! Academy Award winners (Charlene Theron and Nicole Kidman) and Academy nominees (Margot Robbie and John Lithgow) deliver tour-de-force performances in this provocative real story of three whip-smart, ambitious, strong women who anchored one of America’s most powerful news networks--and risked everything to stand up to the man who made them famous

Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (R) 108 minutes

July 10, 2020

BIRDS OF PREY, and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn MOVIE (R) You ever hear the one about the cop, the blonde, the psycho, and the mafia princess? BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When one of Gotham's most sinister villains, Roman Sionis, and his sadistic right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city's wicked underbelly is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Canary, and Renee Montoya's paths collide and the unlikely foursome has no choice but to team up to take Roman down.

Bad Boys for Life (R) 124 minute

July 10, 2020

BAD BOYS FOR LIFE – MOVIE (R) The original Bad Boys, Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are back. After a string of assassinations and an attempt on Mike’s life, he convinces a hesitant Marcus to hold off retirement and partner one last time. Together, the team up with AMMO, the new hotshot division of the Miami PD, to take down the merciless head of the Aretas Cartel

When Stars Are Scattered

July 2, 2020

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed is a non-fiction graphic novel about the day to day life of refugees. For many years Omar and his younger brother Hassan lived in a camp in Kenya after a harrowing journey from war-torn Somalia, where they were separated from their mother. Omar eventually attends school and miraculously he and his brother are eventually resettled in the US via a United Nations program. The stress and uncertainties of life in limbo are vividly portrayed. (Non-Fiction)

Literally--Amazing Words and Where They Come From

July 2, 2020

Literally--Amazing Words and Where They Come From by Patrick Skipworth is very entertaining. Every word has a story, some come from sounds, others from actions. For example, the origin of caribou is the Mi’kmaq indigenous language and means snow shoveler. Caribou use their large noses to push aside snow to find plants to eat. Read on to learn about the origins of zero, worm, and many others. It’s a ton of fun. (Non-Fiction)

Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter?

July 2, 2020

Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter? By Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig is an entertaining compendium of “amazing sea creature facts”. A variety of leading questions about fish and mammals of the sea are asked and answered. It’s fun to learn about these diverse and fascinating denizens of the deep, and the illustrations by Ellen Shi are colorful and engaging. (Non-Fiction)

Cadi the Farm Dog

July 2, 2020

Cadi the Farm Dog by National Geographic Kids is the latest in this action-packed series about working dogs. Cadi is a border collie who lives on a dairy farm. She herds the cows back and forth between the pasture and the barn and keeps all the animals safe. There are terrific photographs to accompany the warm and informative text about Cadi and the Baker family. (Non-Fiction)

You Are Ready! The World is Waiting

July 2, 2020

You Are Ready! The World is Waiting by Eric Carle is an encouraging, cheering book for any child making tentative steps into the unknown. His trademark colorful artwork enhances the simple message that even though the world can seem like a scary place you are ready!

The Yawns Are Coming!

July 2, 2020

The Yawns are Coming! By Christopher Eliopoulos is a great bedtime story. Two best friends are committed to staying up all night. They had not figured on the arrival of the yawns and as hard as they try to escape them they cannot get away. Yawns are only the humorous beginning of the slippery slope to sleep.

Stepping Stones

July 2, 2020

Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley is a graphic novel about a young girl named Jen who reluctantly moves to a farm with her mother and her mother’s new boyfriend. He has two daughters of his own so the whole set up is extremely anxiety-producing (and often quite humorous). There is a lot of hard, dirty work involved in running a farm and working at the farmers market. Jen finds her way and discovers the upsides of country life in this cute story.

Smug Seagull

July 2, 2020

Smug Seagull by Maddie Frost should be required reading for everyone protecting their food at the beach. The seagull is rightfully proud of his superior snatching technique. His ego is growing by the day until he meets his match with the arrival of a clever crab unwilling to give up his french fry. The seagull tries everything to get his beak on that fry but has to concede the crab may have something to teach him about how to secure snacks. Hilarious and very timely!

Letters from Maisy

July 2, 2020

Letters from Maisy by Lucy Cousins follows our busy mouse on vacation. She is a faithful correspondent and sends letters and presents to all her friends. The layout of the book is perfect for little hands as the letters can actually be pulled out and read.

Don't Worry Little Crab

July 2, 2020

Don’t Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton follows Very Big Crab and Little Crab as they venture out towards the ocean from the safety of their tidal pool. Little Crab is quite tentative as alarming looking waves come whooshing in. Once they make it to the ocean a dazzling world awaits. The illustrations are particularly vibrant and beautiful.

The Cat Man of Aleppo

July 2, 2020

The Cat Man of Aleppo by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha is a true story about Mohammed Alaa Aljaleel, a Syrian ambulance driver who stayed behind in Aleppo as war tore the city apart. His neighborhood is unrecognizable and the suffering extends from the people who have been killed or forced to flee to the cats they have to leave behind. He spends the little money he has on food for the dozen or so cats he sees but shortly there are too many for him to care for. He spreads the word to raise money and a shelter is built that grew to provide care for all kinds of animals. This is an amazing story about a true humanitarian.

Bird & Squirrel All or Nothing

July 2, 2020

Bird & Squirrel All or Nothing by James Burke is a hoot. The latest in this popular graphic novel series of friendship and problem solving finds the friends reluctantly taking place in a 500-mile race across the desert.  They encounter all sorts of perils in their effort to win and continue the bird’s family legacy of victories. The other teams are stiff competition and the course is challenging. May the best team win…

Bernard Makes a Splash

July 2, 2020

Bernard Makes a Splash by Lisa Stickley is absolutely adorable. Bernard the basset hound manages the swimming pool where the annual worldwide diving championships are held. He dives too (and brilliantly), but only at night as he is quite shy. The rhyming text is catchy and the illustrations are priceless. Bernard in his bathing cap is the best. The competition unfolds with a variety of colorful hounds giving it their best shot. It’s very original and sweet.

Pete the Cat (Series)

April 4, 2020

Pete the Cat by James Dean (including an Easter adventure)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Series)

April 4, 2020

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Series)

April 4, 2020

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Big Nate (Series)

April 4, 2020

Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce

Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows

April 4, 2020

Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro is a captivating early reader. The team helps sick magical animals get well. The world’s cutest baby dragon is their big challenge. Lots of science and adventure enliven the story

We Don't Eat Our Classmates

April 4, 2020

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins is a sketch. A young T-Rex needs a lesson in manners. Children will relate to the challenges of adjusting to new circumstances and making friends. The illustrations are adorable.

Stick and Stone

April 4, 2020

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry (also available as an eAudiobook and a movie) is a charming best friend story. The stick and stone may be inanimate objects, but they have whimsical personalities. The story is sweet.

Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie

April 4, 2020

Little House in the Big Woods (also available as an eAudiobook) and The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder are the first two books in this iconic series. The heartwarming story of Laura’s family takes place on the American frontier

Little Blue Truck

April 4, 2020

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle has a catchy rhyming text with lots of animal sounds. The story teaches a nice message about helpfulness as well. The colorful illustrations are a great addition.

 

Harold and the Purple Crayon

April 4, 2020

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, our celebrated Rowayton author. Harold sets out one night accompanied by his extra-large crayon. Children have thrilled to his adventures for generations and it remains fresh and imaginative. Also available as an eAudiobook.

 

Goodnight Already!

April 4, 2020

Goodnight Already! by Jory John and Benjamin Davies (also available as an eAudiobook) introduces the reader to Bear. All he ideas! This also has very cute illustrations; the put-upon bear’s expressions are priceless.

Curious George's Dinosaur Discovery

April 4, 2020

Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery by Margaret and H.A. Rey is for the dino-enthusiast in your home. George gets to visit an actual dinosaur dig! What will he find? This irrepressible, busybody monkey always entertains.

A Bear Sat on My Porch Today

April 4, 2020

A Bear Sat on My Porch Today by Jane Yolen questions whether the porch can survive all the animal visitors who have come over.  This rollicking chant-along is great fun.

The Sacrament

April 3, 2020

The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson (also available as an eBook) is the story of a young Icelandic nun who is asked to investigate possible abuse within the Catholic Church. The book takes place partly in Paris where she studied as a young postulant, and decades later in Iceland when she has to confront both possible evils in the church and her own past mistakes. It’s deeply personal and very affecting.

Motherless Brooklyn

April 3, 2020

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem is highly original and so much better than the widely panned movie. The hero struggles with his ferocious tics while trying to sort through a devastating crime. The writing is excellent and the hero a one of a kind character.

The Lost Man

April 3, 2020

The Lost Man by Jane Harper explores the isolated, arid backcountry of Australia by examining one family’s dysfunction. It’s very atmospheric; she really knows how to create tension and slowly unfold backstories that shine a light on a past full of pain. Highly recommended.

Eight Perfect Murders

April 3, 2020

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson is a terrific thriller. A writer finds himself caught in an intricate web as someone kills according to the murders he wrote about. Swanson is a master at keeping up the suspense. There is also good character development.

The Woman Who Smashed Codes

April 3, 2020

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone (also available as an eAudiobook) is the little-known story of Elizabeth Smith. She was a brilliant cryptologist who began working in 1916 and eventually married another amazing cryptologist. Their work was groundbreaking and the source of many critical code-breaking successes in WWII. This is well written, page-turning, popular history. (Non-Fiction)

News of the World

April 3, 2020

News of the World by Paulette Jilles is a must-read. Tom Hanks stars in the movie version currently being produced. It’s the story of a traveling newsreader in Texas after the Civil War. He accepts a fifty-dollar gold piece to return a young girl who had been kidnapped by the Native Americans to her family. They forge a bond during their journey and he has to decide what the right ending to her story.

The Little Book of Hygge

April 3, 2020

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking (also available as an eAudiobook) is subtitled “Danish Secrets to Happy Living”. The focus on comfort, togetherness, and wellbeing is particularly appropriate given our current shelter in place life. (Non-Fiction)

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

April 3, 2020

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (also available as an eAudiobook) is a historical novel based on the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Service of the 1930s. Cussy Carter believes in the power of books and you will be rooting for her as she works hard to convince the hardscrabble populace she serves of the value of her mission.

And Then There Were None

April 3, 2020

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (also available as an eAudiobook) is one of the original page-turners. Ten guests are brought to a deserted island by an unseen host who never turns up. Things quickly start to go terribly wrong. This is probably her most famous book and deservedly so. It’s very clever!

See You Sunday

March 5, 2020

See You on Sunday by Sam Sifton--Aptly subtitled A Cook Book for Family and Friends this is an excellent resource. The renowned New York Times columnist gives great advice and recipes in this lavishly illustrated cookbook. It's the cooking world's answer to “just do it”. He makes the whole idea of entertaining approachable with practical tips and user-friendly recipes. After paging through the tasty options in this book you will no longer have any excuses for not having friends over! (Cookbook)

Rage Baking

March 5, 2020

Rage Baking by Kathy Gunst and Katherine Alford--Subtitled The Transformative Power of Flour, Fury and Women’s Voices, it posits that baking can reset the anger button, at least for a time. This book of essays and recipes is not shy about mixing politics and baking ingredients. The recipes are well-chosen, user-friendly and practical. In this cookbook, the well-done sheet cake recipe is best used for messaging! Fun photos mix women protesting, the contributors and the beautiful creations. There is some salty language. (Cookbook)

Smacked

March 5, 2020

Smacked by Eilene Zimmerman--This is a brave memoir that provides a window into white-collar drug addiction. The author's husband was a highly successful attorney in San Diego who hid a raging addiction to a variety of drugs until the very end of his life. The book is the story of their marriage and her efforts to contain an escalating crisis. Her shock upon discovering the root of his behavior leads her to research the extent of this problem. It’s a sobering account. (Non-Fiction)

Nature's Best Hope

March 5, 2020

Nature’s Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy--This book offers “A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard.” It’s a wonderful, accessible “how-to” on creating welcoming habitats in your own yard. With little effort, the beleaguered bees can find nourishment and your yard can support untold varieties of insects (aka bird food!). Leave the fertilizer and insecticide behind and become a grassroots conservationist. This is a thoughtful book that is very empowering --you can make a difference! (Non-Fiction)

Last Call

March 5, 2020

Last Call by Daniel Okrent--The history book Club selection for our March 25th meeting is a captivating look at Prohibition, including the circumstances that led to the constitutional amendment, what happened during the period it was the law of the land and the long term implications for the USA even after repeal. Okrent is a great, witty writer who brings the historical figures vividly to life. It’s a fascinating look at a footnote in our history that still impacts us today. Americans were awash in the drink from the start and they proved remarkably adept at the end running the dry legislation. (Non-Fiction)

Inconspicuous Consumption

March 5, 2020

Inconspicuous Consumption by Tatiana Schlossberg--A well-written book that calls attention to "the environmental impact you don't know you have".  Our convenience-driven and interconnected society have made climate change impact a part of our everyday lives. She focuses on four categories: technology and the internet, food, fuel, and fashion and the toll they take on the environment. For starters, we are an astonishingly wasteful society. Small, practical sacrifices can in fact matter and reading this book encourages one to think about how to lessen our impact on the earth. (Non-Fiction)

The Falcon Thief

March 5, 2020

The Falcon Thief by Joshua Hammer--Subtitled A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird this is a fascinating, true account. There is worldwide, underground traffic in rare raptor eggs; the buyers are wealthy Arabs who use the birds for sport hunting. Andy McWilliams, an intrepid detective from Liverpool specifically assigned to a “bird crimes” unit, meets the expert egg thief and proceeds to learn a great deal about a flourishing global trade that is decimating wild falcon populations. (Non-Fiction)

The House of Trelawney

March 5, 2020

The House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild--This book is an Anglophile’s dream. The Trelawney’s have lived at their Cornwall family estate for 800 years. The current owners are literally on their last legs, with a house that is rapidly falling around them. Years of neglect and bad financial decisions have brought them to a new low and the survival of the estate as a family business is now in question. Rothschild has a great ear for family dysfunction at all class levels and the dialogue and observations into their thoughts are priceless. The financial crash of 2008 precipitates a final reckoning that brings out the best and the worst in the family, who complicate their lives with an amazing ability to ignore the obvious. Highly recommended.