Rowayton Library Recommends

The Perfect Pie

September 14, 2019

The Perfect Pie by America's Test Kitchen has arrived just in time for the holidays. If you ever hesitated to make your crust this is the book for you. The instructions are clear and there is a real comfort in knowing the recipes are on the page only after having been tested hundreds of times. All the classic pies are here, as well as more unusual ones and pies for the more advanced cook. Handsome photographs and a great layout make the recipes easy to follow. (Cookbook)

Canal House Cook Something--Recipes to Rely on

September 14, 2019

Canal House Cook Something--Recipes to Rely On by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer is a total delight! Full of delightful photographs, their admonition is made approachable by their straightforward, cheerful advice and accessible recipes. These two have been cooking together for years; their joy in the process is evident and their enthusiasm contagious. The tutorials, such as “how we build flavor in stews” are terrific. (Cookbook)

The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

September 14, 2019

The Years That Matter Most--How College Makes or Breaks Us by Paul Tough pulls back the curtain on the college admissions process. Enrollment management, yield, financial aid “optimization” and athletic scholarships are only some of the areas covered. He includes lots of intriguing general info, in-depth studies (like Trinity College), the role of community colleges and finally the pivotal relationship between higher education and social mobility. This is a fascinating look at a critical element of our society that asks some important questions about how well it is working for everyone. (Non-Fiction)

When the Sky Fell: Hurricane Maria and the United States in Puerto Rico

September 14, 2019

When the Sky Fell: Hurricane Maria and the United States in Puerto Rico by Michael Deibert is both an account of the months after the huge category 5 hurricane hit in September 2017, and a history of Puerto Rico and its peculiar relationship with the United States. The book takes a hard look at why Puerto Rico was so unprepared that over 3,000 people died as a result of the storm. The long term implications for the island’s status as a commonwealth of the United States are examined in light of the response of the US to the devastation. (Non-Fiction)

Call Sign Chaos--Learning to Lead

September 14, 2019

Call Sign Chaos--Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis and Bing West is his story--from early days as a Marine recruit to his ultimate leadership role as a four-star general in charge of 250,000 troops in the Middle East. He is best known to the public for his two-year stint as Secretary of Defense under President Trump. The book is not about that period in his life, other than to comment that when his strategic advice wasn’t heeded he knew it was time to resign. (Non-Fiction--Biography)

But Where Do I Put the Couch?

September 14, 2019

But Where do I Put the Couch? by Melissa Michaels and KariAnne Wood is chock full of common sense decorating ideas. It's well organized by subject matter and room and is especially sharp on space management and functionality. You will find ideas here and the tone is welcoming and practical. Lots and lots of photographs make the ideas come alive. And nothing breaks the bank! They are excellent at the art of repurposing found objects or things you already have. (Non-Fiction)

The Wolf Wants In

September 14, 2019

The Wolf Wants In by Laura McHugh is a tense tale of an extended family in Kansas whose criminal tendencies are well known. Sadie Keller comes home to Blackwater hoping to understand how her brother died. He had married into the Petit family and his sketchy wife’s stories about what happened do not inspire Sadie’s confidence. She starts to dig deeper and the plot grows more complex. Henley Petit, a young girl hoping to escape her family’s clutches, is the other narrator. Opioid trafficking, past crimes and an atmosphere of malice create an exhilarating page-turner.

This Tender Land

September 14, 2019

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger is a coming of age novel that takes place in the early 1930’s Minnesota. The Lincoln School is a cruel institution filled with Native American children and a few orphans, ostensibly there to be educated. Four of the “students” escape in a canoe, headed for the Mississippi.  Their odyssey is punctuated by meetings with helpful, ordinary people facing the hardships of the Depression. The children’s circumstances have made them older than their years. The strong sense of place and finely drawn characterizations will keep readers riveted.

The Substitution Order

September 14, 2019

The Substitution Order by Martin Clark is a legal thriller written with both humor and heart. Kevin Moore is the unlucky hero currently working in a sandwich shop as a result of a big, stupid mistake that cost him his legal career, but not his smarts. One day a malignant stranger shows up at the shop with an “invitation” to join a scam. Moore subsequently finds himself needing all his wits to stay alive and free from imprisonment. He has only a mutt puppy and a few human sidekicks to help turn around what looks like a sure-fire disaster. The c

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

September 14, 2019

Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah is a marvel. The novel is a “faithful account of the final years and earthly days of Dr. David Livingstone…” Narrated by two of the attendants on his final 1500 mile journey from the interior to the Western coast of Africa, it is both the story of his obsession with finding the source of the Nile and a telling of pre-colonial Africa’s story. It is heartbreaking, sometimes funny, and beautifully written about unforgettable characters. Highly recommended.

The Last Good Guy

September 14, 2019

The Last Good Guy by T. Jefferson Parker finds Private Investigator Roland Ford up to his eyeballs in trouble, his specialty. The PI is called on by a beautiful young woman to find her teenage sister, for whom she is the official guardian. Something is clearly off right from the start and he has few people outside the small inner circle he can trust--and that includes his client. As the search begins a conspiracy starts to take shape that is more evil than even this Iraq war veteran can comprehend. Very atmospheric, with punchy dialogue and believable circumstances that hold your interest

The Grammarians

September 14, 2019

The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine is wonderfully original and wry.  Language obsessed twins Daphne and Laurel Wolfe grow up in NYC speaking a special twin language and falling in love with anything on the pages of Webster's New International (Second Edition) Dictionary. They slowly begin to separate as adults, taking different professional paths in the world of the English language. Life gets complicated and the twins and their families have to navigate, not always with aplomb, the stresses of life. The author takes full advantage of the opportunities to be clever with language and grammar, but in the end, this is a celebration of relationships. Highly recommended.

Mia and the White Lion (PG) 98 minutes

September 11, 2019

MIA AND THE WHITE LION – CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) GOOD FAMILY VIEWING--Independent ten-year-old Mia Owen (Dania De Villiers) has her life turned upside down when her family decides to leave their home in London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia develops a close attachment to the wild cub. After three years, Mia's life is rocked once again when she uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father, John Owen (Langley Kirkwood). Distraught by the thought that Charlie could be in harm, Mia decides to run away. The two set off on an epic adventure across the wild African savanna in search of another land where Charlie can live out his life safe and free.

Descendants 3 (G) 106 minutes

September 11, 2019

DESCENDANTS 3 – CHILDREN’S MOVIE (G) IT’s GOOD TO BE BAD! This highly anticipated threequel continues the contemporary saga of good vs evil as the teenage daughters and sons of Disney's most infamous villains--Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay--return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new batch of villainous offspring to join them at Auradon Prep. When a barrier breach jeopardizes the safety of Aurado during their departure of the isle, Mal resolves to permanently close the barrier, fearing that nemeses Uma and Hades will wreak vengeance on the kingdom.

Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators Season 1 (NR) 600 minutes

September 11, 2019

Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators Season 1 (NR) 600 minutes  Private Investigator Frank Hathaway has always worked alone, but he isn’t doing so well at the moment. Frank is off his game and lows on cash--he needs a partner. Enter ex-hairdresser Luella Shakespeare who will turn his world around--he just doesn’t know it yet. When the two join forces to investigate the criminals and surprisingly high drama in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the two quickly discover that all is not as peaceful as it seems in their pretty theatre town.

The Sandhamn Murders Season 1 (NR) 512 minutes

September 11, 2019

THE SANDHAMN MURDERS, Season 1NEW FOREIGN LANGUAGE SERIES (NR) SWEDISH with English Subtitles. Sparkling sea, sunny beaches, ferryboat commuting, but bodies keep cropping up. Homemaker and mother of two, Nora Linde (Alexandra Rapaport) never intends to get involved, but she often has a connection to the victim or discovers the body or knows the culprit. She also knows police investigator Thomas Andreasson (Jakob Cedergren) from their school days. Theirs is a love affair that keeps not happening: they're each attracted to the other, but Nora no sooner separates from her husband than he goes back to his wife. Based on Viveca Sten’s popular crime novels, a perfect mix of Nordic crime and the beautiful surroundings

Echo in the Canyon (PG-13) 82 minutes

September 11, 2019

ECHO IN THE CANYON NEW DOCUMENTARY (PG-13) Celebratesthe explosion of popular music that came out of LA's Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music. Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene. Dylan uncovers never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today.Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne as well as contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview), Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor, and Norah Jones.

The Biggest Little Farm (PG) 92 minutes

September 11, 2019

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM NEW DOCUMENTARY (PG) Chronicling the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farmprovides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

Amazing Grace: Aretha Franklin (G) 89 minutes

September 11, 2019

AMAZING GRACE: ARETHA FRANKLIN – DOCUMENTARY MOVIE (G) A documentary presenting the live recording of Aretha Franklin's album "Amazing Grace" at The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles on January 1972.

The Sun is Also a Star (PG-13) 100 minutes

September 11, 2019

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR – MOVIE (PG-13) College-bound romantic Daniel Bae (Charles Melton) and Jamaican born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi) meet--and fall in love--over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting her budding feelings for Daniel, who is working just as hard to convince her they are destined to be together.

Rocketman (R) 121 minutes

September 11, 2019

ROCKETMAN – MOVIE (R) Taron Egerton IS Elton John, Jamie Bell IS Bernie Taupin. This is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story--set to Elton John's most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton--tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell as Elton's longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton's first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's mother Sheila Farebrother.

MIB: International (PG-13) 105 minutes

September 11, 2019

Men in Black: INTERNATIONAL – MOVIE (PG-13) The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. Agent M (Tessa Thompson) and Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) take the action globally, from New York to London to Morocco to Naples.

MA (R) 99 minutes

September 11, 2019

MA – MOVIE (R) Everybody's welcome at Ma's. But good luck getting home safe. Sue Ann (Oscar winner Octavia Spencer) is a lonely woman who keeps to herself in a quiet Ohio town. When a local teenage girl asks Sue Ann to buy some booze for her group of friends, she decides to make some new friends of her own and offers her basement for the kids to the party. They just have to follow a few simple house rules: Someone has to stay sober. Don't curse. Never go upstairs. And call her "Ma." As Ma's hospitality curdles into obsession, which began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma's place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (R) 120 minutes

September 11, 2019

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO – MOVIE (R) Jimmie Fails (Jimmy Fails) dreams of reclaiming theVictorian home his grandfather built intheheart of SanFrancisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont (Jonathan Majors), Jimmie searches for belonging ina rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct thecommunity he longs for, his hopes blind him to thereality of his situation.

Josie (NR) 87 minutes

September 11, 2019

JOSIE – BLU RAY MOVIE (NR) Secrets Will Come To Light! Sophie Turner and Dylan McDermott in a movie of drama, mystery, and suspense! Residents of a small, southern town are forever changed when tattooed, sweet-talking stranger Josie (Sophie Turner) struts into town. Striking up relationships with a local young punk Marcus (Jack Kilmer) and her loner neighbor Hank (Dylan McDermott), she quickly becomes a hot topic of local gossip. But her true intentions for arriving in town are far more sinister when her dark past comes to light.

The Hustle (PG-13) 94 minutes

September 11, 2019

HUSTLE MOVIE (PG-13)A COMEDY ABOUT THE ART OF THE CON! Josephine Chesterfield (Anne Hathaway) is a glamorous, seductive Brit who defrauds gullible wealthy men. Penny (Rebel Wilson) amasses wads of cash by ripping off her marks in neighborhood bars. Despite their different methods, both are masters of the art of the fleece, so they con the men that have wronged women. Wilson’s talent for physicality and Hathaway’s withering wit are a combustible combination as the pair of scammers pull out all the stops to swindle a naïve tech billionaire (Alex Sharp) in this hilarious comedy.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters SE (PG-13) 131 minutes

September 11, 2019

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS SE MOVIE (PG-13) The story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species--thought to be mere myths--rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

A Dog's Journey (PG) 109 minutes

September 11, 2019

A DOG’S JOURNEY – MOVIE (PG) RECOMMENDED FOR DOG LOVERS EVERYWHERE! Picking up where A Dog’s Purpose left off, Ethan’s (Dennis Quaid) beloved dog Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) finds a new destiny. Protect Ethan’s granddaughter CJ (Kathryn Prescott) at any cost. Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives is filled with love, friendship and devotion as he and CJ experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and a few really good belly rubs.

Booksmart (R) 102 minutes

September 11, 2019

BOOKSMART – MOVIE (R) Fast-paced. Funny, fresh, and unfiltered, the story follows Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein), two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, they set out on a mission on the eve of their graduation, to make up for the lost time and to cram four years of fun into one night. Also starring Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis.

Avengers: Endgame (PG-13) 181 minutes

September 11, 2019

AVENGERS ENDGAME – BLU RAY MOVIE (PG-13)The fourth installment of the Avengers series is the once-in-a-lifetime culmination of 22 interconnected films and the climax of an epic journey. Earth's heroes will finally understand how fragile our reality is--and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it--in a story of friendship, teamwork and setting aside differences to overcome an impossible obstacle.

A Place to Land (Non-Fiction/Informational)

August 31, 2019

A Place to Land by Barry Wittenstein, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney is the story of Martin Luther King’s famous I Have a Dream speech. It had not been written by the night before the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights. He spent time listening to advise from colleagues and other preachers but ultimately retreated to his hotel room to craft his most memorable speech. All 250,000 people that were there that day heard his plea for black and white Americans to walk arm in arm to save America. Pinkney's amazing watercolors perfectly capture this moment in history.

(Non-Fiction/Biography)

Follow Your Stuff--Who Makes it, Where Does it Come From, How Does it Get to You? (Non-Fiction/Informational)

August 31, 2019

Follow Your Stuff--Who Makes It, Where Does it Come From, How Does it Get to You? by Kevin Sylvester and Michael Hlinka covers a lot of ground. It addresses the whole chain of materials and people required from beginning to end for manufacturing a diverse array of products from t-shirts to medicines. The giant, complex, global economy is clearly explained. As the book states, it's never too early to think about the people in the sequence that produced whatever item you are buying.

(Non-Fiction/Informational)

Dancing Hands (Non-Fiction/Informational)

August 31, 2019

Dancing Hands by Margarita Engle, vividly illustrated by Rafael Lopez, is a historical account of a young girl named Teresa Careno who played the piano for President Lincoln. Her family emigrated to the USA from Venezuela when she was six years old. She was a gifted musician at a young age and played concerts at major symphony halls. She received an invitation to play for President Lincoln in 1863, right after the Battle of Gettysburg and the death of his son Willie. She was a bright note in a very difficult time of war and grieving.

(Non-Fiction/Biography)

The Best Seat in Kindergarten (Early Readers)

August 31, 2019

The Best Seat in Kindergarten by Katherine Kenah is an early reader charmer. It’s Sam’s first day of school and he’s unsure of where to sit. His teacher has a plan for a class outing so everyone can get to know each other. Sam discovers that finding friends is easy!

(Early Reader)

The Piano Recital

August 31, 2019

The Piano Recital by Akiko Miyakoshi addresses first recital jitters in an imaginative, gorgeously illustrated book. Momo keeps telling herself she will be OK but she is nervous. A small mouse urges her to come through a small stage door to their recital. On the other side is a magical performance of mouse theatrics and music. Momo is drawn in as an accompanist and plays the piano perfectly, only to find herself on her stage at the end of her piece. But she hears the mice clapping too.

Noodleheads Fortress of Doom

August 31, 2019

Noodleheads Fortress of Doom by Todd Arnold is a must-read. Any book with a good joke about libraries is worth your time. The two Mac's are inspired by their books to build the fortress of doom. After lots of effort and some good-natured quarreling they succeed. More antics with their friend Meatball ensue before their mother steps in to create her masterpiece. The dialogue is laughing out loud.

Oscar the Octopus--A Book About Months of the Year

August 31, 2019

Oscar the Octopus--A Book About Months of the Year by Matthew Van Fleet is adorable. Every month Oscar catches a different sea creature that is identified by lifting the board book flap. Bright colors and a rhyming text make this a wonderful read-aloud, especially when you get to the feel-good ending.

Llama, Llama, Mess, Mess, Mess

August 31, 2019

Llama, llama, mess, mess, mess continues the legacy of Anna Dewdney. It’s written by her partner Reed Duncan. Llama llama naturally has no interest in neatening his room; he would rather play. Mama Llama demonstrates rather dramatically what would happen if she decided not to clean anything. As their house descends into chaos llama llama realizes there is a huge upside to putting things away. Then there is space to play!

Duck

August 31, 2019

Duck by Meg McKinlay finds a duck with a very important message who is not getting through to the other barnyard denizens. Sporting a tell-tale bucket on his head, he runs up to each animal yelling “Duck!”. They scoff at what they see as his inability to distinguish one animal from another, totally missing his frantic efforts to tell them his news. The ending is certainly not a surprise considering the farm is in Kansas. The illustrations of the loveable duck and his pals are endearing.

The Couch Potato

August 31, 2019

The Couch Potato by Kerry Lyn Sparrow and Yinfan Huang is very funny. An uninvited potato plunks down on the couch in the Russett house. Mr. Russett does not see the humor in the situation and refuses to tidy it up. Everyone else in the family has fun with the potato as it handily morphs into a doll, a ball, a boulder--basically whatever anyone needs at the time. The illustrations are lively and the end is great.

This Book of Mine

August 31, 2019

This Book of Mine by Sarah Stewart explores the pleasure of books. Whimsically illustrated by David Small, the books are chewed, treasured, grabbed when needed or otherwise loved. Most of all they are your friends. Beach lovers will appreciate the final drawing of the pleasure of reading on the beach.

As Warm as the Sun

August 31, 2019

As Warm as the Sun by Kate and Jim McMullan is heartwarming. Toby the French bulldog is always looking for a warm spot to flop on. Sun puddles, laps and fires are favorites but don’t stick around forever, which makes him a bit cranky. One astonishing day another pup named Pinkie shows up to compete for the warm spots and he retreats to the cold basement in a huff. That is when he discovers that permanent warmth is here to stay. It’s a very sweet story!

Monster High: Boo York, Boo York (NR) 111 minutes

August 19, 2019

MONSTER HIGH: BOO YORK, BOO YORK–CHILDREN’S MOVIE (NR) An It's fright lights, big city when the Monster High ghouls head to Boo York! Cleo de Nile is invited to attend a fancy gala celebrating the return of a magical comet and, of course, she brings along her best friends. But their trip isn't all fun and fright seeing because Nefera, Cleo's sister, uses the comet's powers for her own spooktacularly sneaky plans. Can the monsters unwrap the mystery of the comet in time to stop Nefera? Find out in Boo York, Boo York, the first-ever Monster High musical, featuring eight original songs.

Echo in the Canyon Documentary (PG-13) 82 minutes

August 19, 2019

ECHO IN THE CANYON– DOCUMENTARY (PG-13) Celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA's Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music. Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene. Dylan uncovers never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today.Echo in the Canyoncontains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne as well as contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview), Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor, and Norah Jones.

Narcos Season 3 (NR) 529 minutes

August 19, 2019

NARCOS Season 3SERIES (NR) Cocaine and the War on Drugs are closer to home as the Cali cartel, emboldened by the fall of Pablo Escobar, looks to expand its operations inside America's borders. Cali Godfather Gilberto Rodriguez designs an exit strategy that will allow cartel leaders to live happily ever after--but his plans are threatened when someone within his organization teams up with DEA agent Pena in this thrilling third season of this acclaimed series.

Jamestown Season 3 (PG-13) 360 minutes

August 19, 2019

JAMESTOWN Season 3– SERIES (PG-13) It’s boom time in Jamestown, the 17th-century English settlement on the very edge of the breathtaking Virginian wilderness. But success brings scrutiny and intrigue and there are few in the settlement who have nothing to hide. Unlikely alliances have been formed; some provide friendship, some offer love, and some lead to great peril. Relations with the Native Peoples offer hope of advancement for the settlers until greed for land and power corrupts those with influence in the colony. Devastating conflict ensues, the fallout of which will shape the New World for centuries to come.

Inspector Manara Season 2 (NR) 631 minutes

August 19, 2019

INSPECTOR MANARA Season 2– SERIES (NR) The dazzling Guido Caprino stars as Inspector Luca Manara, a dreamy man, and a supervisor's worst nightmare. He dismisses procedure and refuses to kowtow to local power players. But he's also without ego and a gifted investigator. When Manara arrives on a motorcycle to head up the police department, his offbeat methods endear him to colleagues and guild spirit de corps. He prefers to be called by his first name, doesn't see the need for a warrant and arrives at crime scenes via motorcycle rather than a police car. Luca must learn to work without his colleague Lara after she's sent to the police academy for intelligence training. She's replaced by Inspector Marta Rivera who brings a secret past and hides some mystery that Manara can't get a handle on. In addition, Sardi and Toscani's newborn baby manages to complicate Manara's life as well as his two parents. It is murder, love, and suspense in Tuscany, in this lighthearted mystery series.

Homeland Season 7 (NR) 108 minutes

August 19, 2019

HOMELAND Season 7 SERIES (NR) With a paranoid president facing investigation and the country tearing itself apart, Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) must determine who they can trust in the gripping seventh season of Homeland. As President Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) finds herself under threat from forces outside the government and within, Carrie embarks 

Grantchester Season 4 (PG-13) 360 minutes

August 19, 2019

GRANTCHESTER, Season 4 SERIES (PG-13) It’s 1956--a year since Amanda (Morven Christie) left Grantchester and the post-war rulebookis being torn up. Sidney Chambers (James Norton) is feeling adrift, a man without a cause--until American civil rights activist Violet Todd (Simona Brown) arrives and fires up his need for social justice. But with a cause, this dangerous, Sidney might not be around forever. Soon there's a new Vicar of Grantchester, firebrand Will Davenport (Tom Brittney). Idealistic and energetic, Will embraces the change sweeping the nation and wants to make the parish his own. He finds himself drawn into Inspector Geordie Keating's (Robson Green) world of murderous plots and crimes of passion that unearth his troubled past.  And while Will embraces the future, Geordie is left entirely baffled by it. Navigating a world without Sidney, where does he fit in?

Acquitted Season 1 (NR) 449 minutes

August 19, 2019

ACQUITTED, Season 1–NEW FOREIGN SERIES (NR) In English--Aksel Borgen is a Norwegian businessman who has worked his way to the top during his 20 years in Asia, having left his native town after being acquitted of the murder of his high school sweetheart. When his home town's cornerstone business is threatened by bankruptcy, Aksel returns to save the place that one turned its back on him. The past has not been forgotten. His arrival tears old wounds apart and new conflicts arise as the past meets the present. Shadowing a battle of guilt, revenge, and hope of reconciliation, the man who pleaded not guilty is still judged by society.

Tolkien (PG-13) 101 minutes

August 19, 2019

TOLKIEN-MOVIE (PG-13) A Life of Love, Courage, and Fellowship. Exploring the formative years of renowned author J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) as he finds friendship, courage, and motivation among a group of fellow outcasts at school. Their band strengthens as they mature, until the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the fellowship apart. Tolkien's early life experiences would later inspire him to write his famous Middle-earth novels.

The Public (PG-13) 120 minutes

August 19, 2019

THE PUBLIC– MOVIE (PG-13) A film by Emilio Estevez. Downtown Cincinnati is suffering an unusual Arctic blast that has made its way to the Public Library doors. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's happening. This David-versus-Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness, and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.

The Professor (R) 91 minutes

August 19, 2019

THE PROFESSOR MOVIE (R) SAVE YOUR BEST LESSON FOR LAST. Johnny Depp delivers a wickedly funny performance as Richard, a buttoned-down college lecturer who, after learning he has six months to live, transforms into a rebellious party animal. To the shock of his wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) and school chancellor (Ron Livingston)--and the delight of his students--Richard leads a hilarious crusade against authority and hypocrisy in this dark comedy costarring Zoey Deutch.

Poms (PG-13) 92 minutes

August 19, 2019

POMS– MOVIE (PG-13) An uplifting comedy about a woman, Martha (Diane Keaton), who forms a cheerleading squad at a retirement community.  Sheryl (Jacki Weaver), Vicki (Celia Weston), Olive (Pam Grier), and Alice (Rhea Perlman) help her to prove it is never too late to “Bring It!” The perfect blend of heart and comedy.

Fast Color (PG-13) 101 minutes

August 19, 2019

FAST COLORMOVIE (PG-13) Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) with supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local sheriff (David Strathairn), she begins to mend the broken relationships with her mother (Lorraine Toussaint) and daughter (Saniya Sidney) and unearths the depths of the power within her.

The Curse of La Llorona (R) 93 minutes

August 19, 2019

THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA– MOVIE (R) The timeless Hispanic legend comes to terrifying life in The Curse of La Llorona. She is The Weeping Woman and those who hear her death call in the night are doomed. She creeps in the shadows and preys on the children, desperate to replace her own. In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night--and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona's deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.

The Best of Enemies (PG-13) 133 minutes

August 19, 2019

THE BEST OF ENEMIESMOVIE (PG-13) A timely drama that centers on an unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever. Critics claim, "Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell star in this riveting true story" (Pete Hammond, Deadline).

Beautiful Boy (R) 120 minutes

August 19, 2019

BEAUTIFUL BOY BLU RAY MOVIE (R) Starring Steve Carell and  Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Based on the best-selling memoirs from David and Nic Sheff.

All is True (PG-13) 101 minutes

August 19, 2019

ALL IS TRUE MOVIE (PG-13) “ALoving Tribute to Shakespeare.”The Independent Explore the human story behind a dark and little-known period in the life of William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh). The year is 1613 and Shakespeare is the greatest writer of the age. When his beloved Globe Theater is burned to the ground, he decides to return to his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. There, he faces his neglected family. Still haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to mend broken relationships with his wife, Anne (Judi Dench) and daughters. In doing so, he is forced to examine his failings as an absent husband and father. In the search for peace, he must also finally confront the dark heart of his family's secrets and lies.

After (PG-13) 106 minutes

August 19, 2019

AFTER MOVIE (PG-13) Based on Anna Todd's novel which became a publishing sensation on social storytelling platform Wattpad, After follows Tess (Josephine Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life.

Dappled--Baking Recipes For Fruit Lovers

August 10, 2019

Dappled--Baking Recipes for Fruit Lovers by Nicole Rucker is a timely addition to our cookbook collection. With peaches and blueberries, blackberries and plums in piles wherever you look, it is wonderful to have some imaginative options for using this bounty. It has a broad range of recipes for both skilled bakers and novices and ravishing photographs. Take a look! (Cookbook)

Working

August 10, 2019

Working by Robert Caro is part memoir, part writing seminar and all-absorbing The renowned author of the biographies of Robert Moses and LBJ decodes his style and purpose in this short (amazing considering the length of his books!) treatise on how he worked. He goes into the methodology of his research in-depth. To say his subjects were complex public figures is an understatement. These books illuminated the way their professional lives were ultimately about the accumulation and use of power and the impact that had on legislation, public works, and people's lives. The daunting amount of material he worked through to write these acknowledged masterpieces is astounding. (Non-Fiction)

In Pain

August 10, 2019

In Pain by Travis Rieder is harrowing. It is subtitled A Bio Ethicist’s Personal Struggle With Opioids. Surgeries after a serious motorcycle accident catapulted the author into the nightmare cycle of pain treatment with opioids and subsequent, torturous withdrawal. This book was written to help call attention to a system that does not effectively manage these powerful drugs, even when they’re prescribed. (Non-Fiction)

Brunelleschi's Dome--How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

August 10, 2019

Brunelleschi’s Dome--How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King is the History Book Club selection for September. It is a fascinating look at the construction of one of the world’s iconic buildings---the cathedral in Florence, Italy. It was an opportunity to try new designs and engineering tactics. Amazingly the dome took only 25 years to build. The great leap of creating a supporting dome built over thin air vs. using flying buttresses was a huge achievement. The author has written a highly readable book about an exhilarating period in history. (Non-Fiction)

The Nickel Boys

August 10, 2019

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead is an unforgettable read. Set in Florida’s rigidly racist Jim Crow era, the very different characters of Turner and Elroy try and survive in a juvenile detention facility of unimaginable cruelty. It is based on the real story of an FL reform school. It is a sobering, brilliantly written book that shines a light on the racist world where so many struggled to survive. The things that happened to the nickel boys tragically echo down the generations as they struggle to come to terms with their horrific past.

The New Girl

August 10, 2019

The New Girl by Daniel Silva has Gabriel Arron deeply, albeit reluctantly, involved with the Saudis. He finds himself working with the newly powerful Saudi prince who will probably be the next king. The prince’s daughter has been kidnapped and the byzantine politics of the Saudi royal family make it next to impossible to negotiate her release. A ripped from the headlines plot keeps the pages turning as Gabriel tries to singlehandedly right the wrongs of the Middle East.

The Moonstone

August 10, 2019

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins is an outstanding read if you are a fan of detective novels but a bit tired of the tropes of the last few years. Originally published in 1868 it’s the story of a cursed diamond from India that is stolen from the young girl who inherits it. It is told from the multiple perspectives of richly drawn characters. It is widely considered to be the first detective novel. It’s a bit long as it was originally serialized, but has plenty of twists and keeps you guessing. Highly recommended.

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

August 10, 2019

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal is the heartwarming story of Helen and Edith, sisters raised on a farm in MN and currently living very different adult lives. Craft beer making and the Midwestern food world are the backgrounds for the warring sisters’ lives. The characters are very relatable, with hopes, dreams, and setbacks ending with a resolution that feels authentic. It’s a great summer read with a sophisticated prose style and exceptional character development. These are people you want to spend time with, root for, and yes, have a beer with!

Deep River

August 10, 2019

Deep River by Karl Marlantes is a sprawling family epic about Finnish immigrants in the early 1900's Washington state, where the old-growth forests supported a burgeoning logging industry.  It’s full of fascinating history. The novel is well-written entertainment focusing on three siblings. It paints a picture of the settlement of the area and the development of the Pacific Northwest.

A Dangerous Man

August 10, 2019

A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais delivers a welcome addition to the popular Joe Pike/Elvis Cole series. Car chases and skullduggery galore all start with a foiled kidnapping. Or was it? Bodies start piling up and the questions keep on coming. A family history that bites the next generation, corporate hijinks, truly nasty bad guys, a rollicking southern CA vibe all come together in short chapters that are like eating candy. Pike is his laconic and deadly self--an irresistible combination. Perfect for the hammock!

Big Sky

August 10, 2019

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson brings the welcome return of Jackson Brodie, originally from the Case Histories series. There is a staggeringly huge cast of characters and interlaced stories to keep track of. It’s beautifully told and despite some serious doings, there are also interjections of humor. Brodie is trying to figure out the dark undercurrent in his seemingly picturesque and peaceful village. The routine life of a PI chasing down unfaithful spouses quickly morphs into a sinister case that requires all his talent to unravel.

Almost Midnight

August 10, 2019

Almost Midnight by Paul Doiron continues the adventures of Mike Bowditch, a Maine game warden. A crime from the past that landed his close friend in jail circles back with the arrival of a new warden. The attention to detail in the description of the settings creates a very strong sense of place, ME is not just the beautiful coastline most tourists see. Mike has to figure out how to keep family and friends safe as the violence escalates.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Season 1 Childrens' Series (NR) 870 minutes

July 21, 2019

MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD, Season 1NEW SERIES CHILDREN’S SERIES Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Please, won't you be my neighbor? Stroll down memory lane with this four-disc set featuring 30 iconic episodes from the beloved children's series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, hand-selected by Fred Rogers Productions. Mr. Rogers was a calm and gentle man who taught children about the world around them and guided them reassuringly through a man of the experiences of growing up and getting along with others.

The Hidden World: How to Train Your Dragon Children's Movie (PG) 105 minutes

July 21, 2019

THE HIDDEN WORLD: How To Train Your Dragon  – CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) DreamWorks Animation brings a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic trilogy spanning their lives. When the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. In this last chapter, Hiccup and Toothless will finally discover their true destinies, and dragon and rider will fight together to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

Dumbo Childrens' Movie (PG) 111 minutes

July 21, 2019

DUMBO– CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) A Disney legend returns for a whole new generation. Acclaimed director Tim Burton presents the reimagined CGI Dumbo. Dreams soar to the Big Top when a baby elephant that can fly saves the day! Starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin.

Patrick Melrose (NR) 302 minutes

July 21, 2019

PATRICK MELROSE -NEW SERIES (NR) Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a powerhouse performance as English aristocrat Patrick Melrose in this “devastating and brilliant adaptation” (The Economist) of the novels by Edward St Aubyn. Chronicling the hilarious highs and devastating lows of his tumultuous life, this blackly humorous drama follows Patrick from his childhood trauma at the hands of an abusive father (Hugo Weaving) and neglectful mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh), to the peak of his heroin addiction, and his attempts to stay sober and support his family. “Beautifully acted by an exceptional cast” CNN

Marcella Season 2 (NR) 379 minutes

July 21, 2019

MARCELLA, Season 2– SERIES (NR) DC Marcella Backland (Anna Friel) is a London police detective haunted by violent blackouts. When a body is found inside a wall, Marcella is horrified to discover that she knew the victim: a young boy who went missing years ago while walking home with her son. As more corpses turn up, Marcella wades through a complex web to catch a serial killer, but her deteriorating mental state threatens to derail the investigation. Also starring Jason Hughes, Victoria Smurfit, Ray Panthaki, Jamie Bamber and Peter Sullivan.

Killing Eve Season 2 (NR 360 minutes

July 21, 2019

KILLING EVE, Season 2(NR) SERIES Picking up where season one left off, we follow Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh)as she navigates the fallout of stabbing love-drunk psychopath and career assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). The series asks, who is killing Eve? Is it Villanelle, intent on revenge, Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) willing to put anyone in danger if it means justifying the ends, Eve’s husband, Niko (Owen McDonnell), protecting the woman he married even if it means stopping her from living her life fully, or is it Eve herself, who is drawn so deep into the darkness that there is no return? Just as twisted and glorious as ever, surely it can’t be long before both Eve and Villanelle are circling ever closer to one another--no matter how toxic that relationship is.

Kidding Season 1 (NR) 242 minutes

July 21, 2019

KIDDING, Season 1(NR) NEW SERIES  Jim Carrey stars as Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, an icon of children's television, who for the last three decades has been a beacon of kindness and optimism to both children and adults alike. But when his family life starts to unravel, Jeff discovers that keeping it all together isn't as easy as 1-2-3. The result: a kind man in a cruel world facing a slow leak of sanity that begs the question--how can you be good, when everything has gone so bad? Frank Langella, Judy Greer, and Catherine Keener also star in this dark comedy from executive producer Michel Gondry.

Endeavour Season 6 (NR) 360 minutes

July 21, 2019

Endeavour, Season 6(NR) SERIES It’s 1969, and things have taken a darker turn for the old Cowley team. With Endeavour (Shaun Evans), Thursday (Roger Allam) and the gang now scattered across Oxfordshire, it takes a series of brutal crimes--including the death of a young schoolgirl, a fatal act of sabotage, a deadly campaign of gossip and rumor in a picturesque village and a murder at the Bodleian Library--to reunite them. Now joined by former adversary DCI Ronnie Box (Simon Harrison) and his sidekick DS Alan Jago (Richard Riddell), the gang must battle crime and corruption to finally solve their greatest challenge--the truth behind George Fancy’s death.

Detective Montalbano Seasons 33-34 (NR) 216 minutes

July 21, 2019

DETECTIVE MONTALBANO, Seasons 33-34– FOREIGN SERIES (NR) Italian with English Subtitles: Murder, betrayal, office politics, temptation. Filmed in Ragusa, Sicily and based on the international best-selling mystery novels by Andrea Camilleri. THE OTHER END OF THE LINE:The Vigata police are working exhausting nights assisting immigrants arriving by boat to Sicily. Just as they get a break, a terrible local crime also comes to their attention: a tailor Montalbano recently hired to make a suit has been found slaughtered in her shop. The woman appears to have been well-liked by her staff and the community, and her death leaves Montalbano reeling. A DIARY FROM 1943: A long-hidden diary opens a window to tragic events from the Allies' occupation of Sicily during WWII. While Montalbano tries to decipher the diary's references, a 90-year-old businessman is murdered in his home. It’s up to Montalbano to figure out if there's any connection between the diary, the murder, and another 90-year-old (Dominic Chianese) who’s come home to Vigata from America.

Us (R) 117 minutes

July 21, 2019

US MOVIE (R) A New Nightmare from Jordan Peele, director of Get Out. Another original nightmare, starring Lupita Nyongo and Winston Duke as Adelaide and Gabe Winton. An endearing American family pitted against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgangers of themselves. To get away from their busy lives, the Winston family takes a vacation to Santa Cruz, CA with the plan of spending time with their friends, the Tyler’s. One day at the beach, their young son, Jason, almost wanders off, causing his mother Adelaide to become protective of her family. That night, four mysterious people break into Adelaide's childhood home where they're staying and the intruders look like them, only with grotesque appearances.

Little (PG-13) 109 minutes

July 21, 2019

LITTLE – MOVIE (PG-13) Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall), a take-no-prisoners tech mogul, wakes up one morning in the body of her 13-year old self (Marsai Martin) right before a do-or-die presentation. Her beleaguered assistant April (Issa Roe) is the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body, just as everything is on the line.

Hotel Mumbai (R) 124 minutes

July 21, 2019

HOTEL MUMBAIMOVIE (R) A true story of humanity and heroism, vividly recounting the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff are the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Dev Patel) who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi) is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child. Critics are hailing this film.

Crypto (R) 122 minutes

July 21, 2019

CRYPTO– MOVIE (R) Follow the money. Until it follows you!  A gripping, timeless cyber-thriller, with Kurt Russell and Alexis Bledel. When Wall Street banker Martin (Beau Knapp) is sent back to his hometown bank branch in upstate New York, he uncovers suspicious cash flow through a local gallery selling million-dollar paintings. As Martin traces links to a violent global mob, he realizes he’s put his nearby family in grave danger. This searing action tale also stars Luke Hemsworth (Caleb) and Vincent Kartheiser (Ted). Fear is the ultimate currency!

The Magnificent Migration--On Safari with Africa's Last Great Herds

July 12, 2019

The Magnificent Migration--On Safari with Africa’s Last Great Herds by Sy Montgomery focuses on the great wildebeest migration on the Serengeti. This massive migration maintains the African savannah ecosystem, which supports innumerable types of wildlife. The author, with the aid of magnificent photos, shows how the team tracked the animals as they follow the grasslands, invariably arriving at a spot when the grass is the most nutritious. The book also includes accounts of other impressive migratory feats (our favorite is the arctic tern; they live 30 years or more and fly the equivalent of three round trips to the moon during their lifetime). (Non-Fiction: Informational)

Liberty Arrives--How America's Grandest Statue Found Her Home

July 12, 2019

Liberty Arrives--How America’s Grandest Statue Found Her Home by Robert Byrd is the story of the statue’s design, execution, shipment and final placement in New York Harbor, where she has greeted millions of immigrants since her dedication in 1886. When she first arrived she remained in crates while money was raised for her pedestal. That effort was essentially the first crowdfunding campaign, spearheaded by Joseph Pulitzer in his newspaper The World. Fascinating historical details are cleverly integrated with illustrations of the whole process.

(Non-Fiction: Informational)

Exploring According to Og the Frog

July 12, 2019

Exploring According to Og the Frog by Betty G. Birney continues the adventures of  Humphrey the Hamster’s best friend. He’s in a tank at Longfellow School where all his needs are taken care of but where he is quite honestly a bit bored. He learns a lot listening to the children’s lessons and has his share of exciting journeys to places like Planet Sofa. Og loves to sing and there is a helpful sing along key in the back of the book so everyone can join in. This is a very funny book with a frog’s eye view of the classroom world. (Early Reader)

Truman

July 12, 2019

Truman by Jean Reidy is the story of an intrepid tortoise who lives in New York City, right above the honking, noisy No. 11 bus line. He leads a peaceful existence with his devoted owner Sarah until one day enough different things happen in his routine that he realizes life has changed. Sure enough, Sarah gets on the bus and leaves. Yikes! He is determined to find her.  A sweet resolution ensures Truman and Sarah will begin sharing adventures in the bigger world.

Puppy Truck

July 12, 2019

Puppy Truck by Brian Pinkney is a vibrant, imaginative look at pets. A young boy wants a puppy but only has a truck. That doesn't stop him from having great adventures with his puppy truck. This is a perfect read-aloud since you can be the vrooming voice of a truck and the barking noise of a dog all at once. The bright paintings perfectly capture the high energy of a young child and a playful puppy/truck.

Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas

July 12, 2019

Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey is comical. Brian the piranha is trying to convince a school of piranhas that eating fruit is a good plan. They vehemently disagree, despite his best efforts to extol the virtues of melons, bananas, and peas. They finally chew up a fruit bowl but are unmoved; bums are still best!

The Pawed Piper

July 12, 2019

The Pawed Piper by Michelle Robinson is so adorable. A little girl pines for a cat; she visits her grandmother’s cat Hector but longs for one of her own. She comes up with what looks like a grand idea to lure a cat to her home, but it backfires rather spectacularly. All ends well in this endearing story with lovely illustrations. Not just for cat lovers!

A Normal Pig

July 12, 2019

A Normal Pig by K-Fai Steele celebrates the big umbrella covering "normal". Pip the spotted pig revels in art, playground time, lunch and varied home life. All is well until one day a new pig arrives and loudly points out how she is different. Naturally, this is upsetting, and she begs her parents to at least make her a “normal” lunch. They realize it’s time for a family trip to the big city where Pip can see there are a dizzying variety of pigs in the world. This gives her the courage to be proud of her differences, and share her delicious lunch!

Max Attacks

July 12, 2019

Max Attacks by Kathi Appelt is a hoot. Max the cat is intrigued by the swishy fishes in the bowl on the table and dreams of fish stew. Easily distracted by attack opportunities represented by the resident dog, a catnip bird, a shoelace, a basket of dirty socks, (just to name a few) he ultimately makes one last soggy effort. At the end of the day a happy, tired Max is content to dream of fishes in their waterbed. The characters expressions are priceless.

Hold Hands

July 12, 2019

Hold Hands by Sara Varon is a rhyming ode to the joy of hand holding. Lively, colorful graphic art supports the premise that everything is better when you hold hands. All circumstances are safer, less scary, more fun, more interesting--in short holding hands is where it’s at. The connection is clearly demonstrated in a variety of familiar situations, and some unusual ones as well. Enjoy this imaginative tour of the benefits of a special connection we often take for granted.

The Hidden Alphabet

July 12, 2019

The Hidden Alphabet by Laura Vaccaro Seeger is whimsical and unique. It's a lift the flap alphabet book that illustrates each letter with an object, animal or bird while hiding the actual letter behind the image. It’s a beautiful and educational book that is guaranteed to engage younger readers.

Can I Keep It?

July 12, 2019

Can I Keep It? by Lisa Jobe has exceptional illustrations. A young boy is in search of the perfect pet. His mother patiently explains why animals like to live in their natural environments, not in their house. After successive attempts to entrap the perfect pet one follows him home, much to the relief of a certain mouse. Very enjoyable!

The Superpower Field Guide to Moles

July 1, 2019

The Superpower Field Guide to Moles by Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Nicholas Frith, features Rosalie the bionic burrower. Her arms are miraculously strong and you can't be impressed at the amount of dirt a mole can move. They create side tunnels for dirt storage, are prodigious worm eaters (thus the pantry tunnels) who have figured out how to store them through winter. It's a bit gross but fascinating, read on! Moles have never been so interesting.

(Non-Fiction/Informational)

Moon! Earth's Best Friend

July 1, 2019

Moon! Earth’s Best Friend by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Stevie Lewis, continues her rollicking, educational series on various planets. Full of fascinating facts--did you know the moon was formed from crash trash after a meteorite hit earth? They're cousins! Other moons in the solar system get their due. The tides that are pulled twice a day due to the moon's gravity remind us it is always there, even when we can't see it. There is a detailed appendix full of information about our best friend in the sky.

(Non-Fiction/Informational)

Homes in the Wild, Where Baby Animals and Their Parents Live

July 1, 2019

Homes in the Wild, Where Baby Animals and Their Parents Live by Lita Judge is charming. Her gorgeous, heartwarming illustrations support many examples of different types of homes. Some are hidden, some can be over miles of country, some are nests in trees, some are built by the animal architects, and some are borrowed. When the animal family is safe and sheltered it’s a home! Highly recommended.

(Non-Fiction/Informational)