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Monday, November 12, 2018

Hot This Week: November 12

Three new movies break onto this week's list, led by the Mila Kunis/Kate McKinnon comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me. In music, a long-awaited new release by superstar crossover tenor Andrea Bocelli bumps the soundtrack to A Star Is Born from the top spot. Stephen King's new novella, his second release of the year, takes over in fiction. And in non-fiction, a memoir from Abbi Jacobson, the co-star of Broad City, is the sole newcomer of the week.

Movies 
  1. The Spy Who Dumped Me (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Ant-Man and the Wasp (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Skyscraper (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Hotel Transylvania 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Slender Man (Blu-ray)
  6. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (Blu-ray)
  7. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. The First Purge (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Andrea Bocelli, Si
  2. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  3. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V
  4. Drake, Scorpion
  5. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  6. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  7. Ella Mai, Ella Mai
  8. Quavo, Quavo Huncho
  9. XXXTENTACION, ?
  10. Eminem, Kamikaze
Fiction
  1. Elevation, Stephen King
  2. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  3. Dark Sacred Night, Michael Connelly
  4. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  5. Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
  6. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  7. A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult
  8. Ambush, James Patterson and James O. Born
  9. Holy Ghost, John Sandford
  10. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
Non-Fiction
  1. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  2. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  3. Fear, Bob Woodward
  4. Almost Everything, Anne Lamott
  5. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  6. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  7. I Might Regret This, Abbi Jacobson
  8. Educated, Tara Westover
  9. The Coddling of the American Mind, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
  10. Presidents of War, Michael Beschloss

Monday, November 5, 2018

Hot This Week: November 5

Halloween has come and gone, and the first list of November is a slow one for new titles. The lone newcomer to the movie list is the hit musical follow-up to the first Mamma Mia film. In music, the Star Is Born soundtrack holds firm at the top for yet another week, followed by the debut LP from the rock sensation Greta Van Fleet. The fiction list is bookended by new novels, with the latest from bestselling author John Grisham topping the list. There's only one new book in non-fiction: The Library Book, a paean to the institution of libraries.

Movies 
  1. Ant-Man and the Wasp (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Skyscraper (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. The First Purge (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Reprisal (Blu-ray)
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Ocean's 8 (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  2. Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army
  3. Disturbed, Evolution
  4. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V
  5. Drake, Scorpion
  6. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  7. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  8. Quavo, Quavo Huncho
  9. Ella Mai, Ella Mai
  10. Twenty One Pilots, Trench
Fiction
  1. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  2. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  3. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  4. Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
  5. A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult
  6. Ambush, James Patterson and James O. Born
  7. Holy Ghost, John Sandford
  8. The Witch Elm, Tana French
  9. Red War, Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
  10. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
Non-Fiction
  1. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  2. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  3. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  4. Fear, Bob Woodward
  5. Presidents of War, Michael Beschloss
  6. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  7. Educated, Tara Westover
  8. Almost Everything, Anne Lamott
  9. The Library Book, Susan Orlean
  10. In Pieces, Sally Field

Monday, October 29, 2018

Hot This Week: October 29

Movies
  1. Skyscraper (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Hotel Transylvania 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Ant-Man and the Wasp (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Reprisal (Blu-ray)
  5. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. The First Purge (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Ocean's 8 (Blu-ray)
  10. Hotel Artemis (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  2. Quavo, Quavo Huncho
  3. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V
  4. Ella Mai, Ella Mai
  5. Drake, Scorpion
  6. Twenty One Pilots, Trench
  7. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  8. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  9. Eminem, Kamikaze
  10. XXXTENTACTION, ?
Fiction
  1. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  2. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  3. Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
  4. A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult
  5. Ambush, James Patterson and James O. Born
  6. Holy Ghost, John Sandford
  7. The Witch Elm, Tana French
  8. Red War, Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
  9. Winter in Paradise, Elin Hilderbrand
  10. When We Were Young, Karen Kingsbury
Non-Fiction
  1. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  2. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  3. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  4. Fear, Bob Woodward
  5. This Will Only Hurt a Little, Busy Philipps
  6. Presidents of War, Michael Beschloss
  7. Almost Everything, Anne Lamott
  8. In the Hurricane's Eye, Nathaniel Philbrick
  9. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  10. In Pieces, Sally Field

Monday, October 22, 2018

Hot This Week: October 22

We hope you and your patrons like new titles, because this week sees them in spades. Three new movies are led by the Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson action thriller Skyscraper. Fully half of the music chart is new, led by the stunning soundtrack for the hit movie A Star Is Born, and also featuring the first new solo album in 24 years from classic rocker Steve Perry. There are a whopping seven new novels on the fiction list, headed up by the long-anticipated sequel to the beloved The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. There are even two new titles in non-fiction, with the top spot going to the new entry in the bestselling Killing series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard.

Movies
  1. Skyscraper (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Hotel Transylvania 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. The First Purge (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Hotel Artemis (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Ocean's 8 (Blu-ray)
  9. Uncle Drew (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Tag (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  2. Twenty One Pilots, Trench
  3. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V
  4. Eric Church, Desperate Man
  5. Steve Perry, Traces
  6. for KING & COUNTRY, Burn the Ships
  7. Drake, Scorpion
  8. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  9. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  10. Eminem, Kamikaze
Fiction
  1. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  2. Holy Ghost, John Sandford
  3. The Clockmaker's Daughter, Kate Morton
  4. Ambush, James Patterson and James O. Born
  5. Winter in Paradise, Elin Hilderbrand
  6. A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult
  7. The Witch Elm, Tana French
  8. Killing Commendatore, Haruki Murakami
  9. Red War, Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
  10. Alaskan Holiday, Debbie Macomber
Non-Fiction 
  1. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  2. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  3. Presidents of War, Michael Beschloss
  4. Fear, Bob Woodward
  5. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  6. In Pieces, Sally Field
  7. Educated, Tara Westover
  8. Good and Mad, Rebecca Traister
  9. Liars, Leakers, and Liberals, Jeanine Pirro
  10. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Friday, October 19, 2018

Classic Horror Fiction in the Spotlight

Written by Jon Williams

There were no new episodes of Stranger Things this year, with Season 3 of the popular show not coming until 2019. Television lovers looking for their fix of a creepy show to binge watch to get them in the Halloween spirit, however, are in luck anyway. The latest sensation is The Haunting of Hill House, a loose adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 horror novel, bringing it into the modern day and spreading it across ten episodes exploring the lives of a family who spent a fateful summer in the titular house and the rest of their lives dealing with the aftermath. Show creator Mike Flanagan is well known to horror fans, with movies like Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil to his credit. He also recently adapted the Stephen King novel Gerald’s Game, and is working on the author’s Doctor Sleep (coming in 2020) as well.

The show is certain to spur new interest in Shirley Jackson’s novel, and the author’s other works are great for this time of year as well. One such novel is We Have Always Lived in the Castle, a gothic murder mystery from 1962. She also wrote a non-fiction exploration of the Salem Witch Trials, The Witchcraft of Salem Village, in 1956. All of these titles are available in the audio format on hoopla as well, as is a collection of short stories that includes “The Lottery,” perhaps her most famous and chilling work.

This is also a great time to promote other classic horror fiction to your patrons. That begins, of course, with Mary Shelley’s 1823 novel Frankenstein. This story of a creature cobbled together and animated by a young scientist has been adapted any number of times over the years, perhaps most famously in 1931 with Boris Karloff as the monster. The most recent, 2015’s Victor Frankenstein, starred James McAvoy as Dr. Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as his assistant Igor. Starting in 2005, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz (an author whose work horror fans would do well to explore) put out a five-book series bringing Frankenstein and his monster into modern times.

And of course, it’s impossible to mention Frankenstein without also mentioning Dracula, the seminal vampire novel published in 1897 by Bram Stoker. Like Frankenstein, Dracula too received a 1931 adaptation, with Bela Lugosi in the starring role, although an earlier, unlicensed adaptation, Nosferatu, rivals that version as the most famous. The vampire novel is one of the most enduring horror traditions, with iconic tales like Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire just two examples. More recently, Canadian author Dacre Stoker has taken up the tale originated by his ancestor, co-authoring 2009’s Dracula, the Un-Dead, a direct sequel to the original, and the just-released Dracul, a prequel written in part from documents Bram Stoker left behind.

And this is just scratching the surface of classic horror. Other works include the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irvine,  At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft, Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, and The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, to name just a few. And although they’re perhaps more well known for their terrifying movie adaptations, Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby and William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist bear mention as well. There’s a lot to choose from for those who love things that go bump in the night. What are some of your and/or your patrons’ favorites? Let us know!