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Monday, January 22, 2018

Hot This Week: January 22

The movie list heats up this week with three new titles storming to the top, led by the Tom Cruise adventure American Made. The music chart, on the other hand, sees no new titles make the list, but another strong week for the Greatest Showman soundtrack. Two new titles break onto the fiction list, with The Wife Between Us making it all the way to #2, while Kelly Corrigan's Tell Me More is the only new title in non-fiction.

Movies
  1. American Made (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Despicable Me 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. The Mountain Between Us (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Dunkirk (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Flatliners (Blu-ray)
  7. The Hitman's Bodyguard (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Atomic Blonde (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. The Lego Ninjago Movie (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Kidnap (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  2. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  3. G-Eazy, The Beautiful & Damned
  4. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  5. Post Malone, Stoney
  6. Taylor Swift, Reputation
  7. Eminem, Revival
  8. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  9. Sam Smith, The Thrill of It All
  10. Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
Fiction
  1. The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn
  2. The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  3. Origin, Dan Brown
  4. The Rooster Bar, John Grisham
  5. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  6. Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
  7. Blood Fury, J.R. Ward
  8. Robicheaux, James Lee Burke
  9. The People vs. Alex Cross, James Patterson
  10. End Game, David Baldacci
Non-Fiction
  1. Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff
  2. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  3. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson
  4. The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish
  5. Grant, Ron Chernow
  6. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
  7. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  8. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  9. Tell Me More, Kelly Corrigan
  10. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

Friday, January 19, 2018

Classic Novels Come to the Screen

Written by Jon Williams

Recently it was announced that the streaming service Hulu had picked up rights to a new six-episode adaptation of Joseph Heller’s classic Catch-22, starring and directed by George Clooney. First published in 1961, the novel is considered one of the most significant and influential literary works of the 20th century. About a group of United States airmen during World War II and their darkly humorous attempts to maintain their sanity (or prove their insanity), the novel was previously adapted into a 1970 feature film starring Alan Arkin as the main character, Yossarian, along with other such notable names as Art Garfunkel, Martin Sheen, Bob Newhart, Jon Voight, and Orson Welles.

Hulu, of course, has gained much acclaim lately for another series adaptation of a classic novel. Earlier this month, The Handmaid’s Tale won a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series, and Elisabeth Moss took home the award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, and it fared even better at last fall’s Emmy Awards, where it won those same two awards and six more. The show is based on Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s dystopian 1985 novel about a near-future society where declining birth rates have led to fertile women being indentured to powerful men as “handmaids” for procreation. Like Catch-22, The Handmaid’s Tale was previously adapted into a movie, released in 1990 and starring Natasha Richardson, Robert Duvall, and Faye Dunaway. The show’s second season will debut in April.

HBO has a knack for bringing books to life—their Big Little Lies series, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty was a big winner in the miniseries category at this year’s Golden Globes, not to mention the runaway success of Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, among other examples. Their latest attempt will come this spring, with Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Referring to the temperature at which paper burns, the story deals with “firemen” who are tasked with burning any books they find, and one who goes rogue in hopes of reviving the wisdom of the past. A 1966 adaptation was directed by the legendary Francois Truffaut.

Since its initial publication in the late 1860s, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has always been a popular target for adaptation, with several movies and TV miniseries to its name already. This year, those totals will both go up by one, as the March sisters are coming to both the big and small screens. The film version, starring Lea Thompson as Marmee, the girls’ mother, does not have a firm release date yet. The three-part miniseries, on the other hand, is expected to air on PBS and the BBC during the Christmas season. Starring Emily Watson and Angela Lansbury, it will follow in a tradition of PBS/BBC period dramas, and as such, is highly anticipated.

Last year, Moonlight won Academy Awards for Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay. This year, the writer and director of that film, Barry Jenkins, is bringing to the screen James Baldwin’s 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk. It’s the gripping story of a man unjustly accused of a horrific crime just after he and his fiancée learn she is pregnant, and their fight to prove his innocence. Despite being more than forty years old, it’s a tale with a great deal of resonance today. Another recent film based on a work by Baldwin, the 2016 documentary I Am Not Your Negro, has garnered much acclaim.

Of course, all of these adaptations are still a ways off. Much closer on the horizon is Disney’s movie version of A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay. Author Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel won the prestigious Newbery Medal for children’s literature, among other awards, and has been a beloved classic ever since. It follows the young Meg Murry as she searches for her father, a brilliant scientist who has discovered a method of traveling through both space and time. The movie, which hits theaters on March 9, is sure to reignite interest in L’Engle’s book, as well as further titles in the series, such as A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

Be sure you have these classic novels on your shelves for patrons as their adaptations come out, as they will surely be in demand even more than usual. Use the links above, or SmartBrowse on our website for other adaptations, more works by the authors, and plenty of other related materials.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hot This Week: January 15

Two new movies sneak onto the back half of this week's movie list. There's not much change on the music chart, while the fiction list sees the most movement, with new titles led by the thriller by A.J. Finn, The Woman in the Window. In non-fiction, the only one new addition is the much-discussed new book on the Trump presidency by Michael Wolff.

Movies
  1. Dunkirk (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Atomic Blonde (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. The Hitman's Bodyguard (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. American Assassin (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Kidnap (Blu-ray)
  7. Girls Trip (Blu-ray)
  8. Logan Lucky (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Flatliners (Blu-ray)
  10. The Lego Ninjago Movie (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  2. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  3. Taylor Swift, Reputation
  4. G-Eazy, The Beautiful & Damned
  5. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  6. Eminem, Revival
  7. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
  8. Post Malone, Stoney
  9. Khalid, American Teen
  10. Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
Fiction
  1. The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn
  2. Origin, Dan Brown
  3. The Rooster Bar, John Grisham
  4. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  5. Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
  6. Robicheaux, James Lee Burke
  7. Unbound, Stuart Woods
  8. The People vs. Alex Cross, James Patterson
  9. The Midnight Line, Lee Child
  10. Year One, Nora Roberts
Non-Fiction
  1. Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff
  2. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  3. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson
  4. Grant, Ron Chernow
  5. Let Trump Be Trump, Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie
  6. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
  7. The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish 
  8. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  9. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  10. Killing England, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Preview: Audiobooks and Music

Written by Jon Williams

Last week we looked at some of the great movies coming our way in 2018, but that’s not all there is to look forward to. Here are some other great media titles the coming year has in store for us.

In publishing, the big question to start the year is the same as it has been for the past several years: will we finally see The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series? There’s no definitive word on that as of now (and we already know the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones isn’t coming until 2019), so all we can do is keep our fingers crossed. We do know, though, that Stephen King will follow up his packed 2017 with a new novel, The Outsider, coming in May. Other fiction titles for the year include Force of Nature by Jane Harper and Sunburn by Laura Lippman in February, Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion in April, and Lauren Groff’s Florida in June. Also, the Hogarth Shakespeare series, which sees popular contemporary authors update classic Bard tales, will have a new addition with Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth in April.

While her next novel isn’t coming until next year, a book of essays (including one on our collective love for public libraries) entitled Feel Free from Zadie Smith is part of a monumental year in non-fiction. A couple of social movements that gained steam as 2017 progressed will continue to demand attention and consideration. One is #MeToo and Time’s Up, highlighted at the recent Golden Globes ceremony. Rose McGowan’s Brave details her experience as an actress in Hollywood, while acclaimed author Roxane Gay compiles a series of essays by a number of women in Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. A co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, brings her struggle to light next week in When They Call You a Terrorist. In a related vein, a previously unpublished work from the late Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon, looks at slavery’s effect on one man and the enduring legacy of the institution. But there are some books on less weighty topics as well, such as See What Can Be Done, a collection of cultural and media criticism from Lorrie Moore, and Creative Quest, a guide to creativity and inspiration from Questlove.

The world of music is already abuzz with the recent announcement of a new album forthcoming from Justin Timberlake. Man of the Woods comes out February 2, just two days before his performance at halftime of the Super Bowl. There’s plenty of other good music on tap, including a new album from platinum rockers Fall Out Boy, M A N I A, out a week from today. The anticipated Marvel movie Black Panther has an equally anticipated soundtrack that was curated and produced by Kendrick Lamar, who also performs on it, available February 9, a week before the movie debuts in theaters. An album featuring unheard recordings from the late Jimi Hendrix, Both Sides of the Sky, comes out March 9. Because of the nature of the music industry, nailing down future releases can be an inexact science, to say the least, but there’s a good chance of new album releases this year from such names as Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Tool, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Migos.

As we said on last week’s movie preview, this is just scratching the surface of all the great content we can expect to see in 2018. Is there anything in particular you and your patrons are looking forward to? Let us know, and stay tuned to Midwest Tape here on our blog as well as our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information on exciting new releases as they become available.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Hot This Week: January 8

The first hot list of 2018 sees not much movement from the end of last year. In movies, the Christopher Nolan WWII blockbuster Dunkirk makes its debut. The music chart sees the most movement, with three new titles led by the latest album from rap superstar Eminem. The audiobooks lists contain one new addition each: a new thriller from bestseller Robert Crais in fiction, and a memoir from comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish in non-fiction.

Movies
  1. Atomic Blonde (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. The Hitman's Bodyguard (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. American Assassin (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Dunkirk (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Kidnap (Blu-ray)
  7. Logan Lucky (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Girls Trip (Blu-ray)
  9. The Dark Tower (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Taylor Swift, Reputation
  2. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  3. Eminem, Revival
  4. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  5. Pentatonix, A Pentatonix Christmas
  6. Sam Smith, The Thrill of It All
  7. G-Eazy, The Beautiful & Damned
  8. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  9. Post Malone, Stoney
  10. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
Fiction
  1. Origin, Dan Brown
  2. The Rooster Bar, John Grisham
  3. The People vs. Alex Cross, James Patterson
  4. The Midnight Line, Lee Child
  5. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  6. Artemis, Andy Weir
  7. Year One, Nora Roberts
  8. End Game, David Baldacci
  9. The Wanted, Robert Crais
  10. Tom Clancy's Power and Empire, Marc Cameron
Non-Fiction
  1. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson
  2. Grant, Ron Chernow
  3. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  4. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
  5. Killing England, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  6. Let Trump Be Trump, Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie
  7. Bobby Kennedy, Chris Matthews
  8. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  9. The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish
  10. What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton