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Monday, September 28, 2020

Hot This Week: September 28

We wind down the month of September with a slew of new titles, including two in movies. Music superstars Alicia Keys and Keith Urban debut new albums on the music chart, which is still topped by Taylor Swift's ultra-popular Folklore album. A whopping six new novels make the list in fiction, including the latest addition to Ken Follett's Kingsbridge series. The latest book on the Trump presidency by award-winning journalist Bob Woodward leads six new titles in nonfiction.

Movies

  1. Irresistible (Blu-ray)
  2. Rogue (Blu-ray)
  3. The King of Staten Island (Blu-ray)
  4. Scoob! (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. The Bay of Silence
  6. Z (Blu-ray)
  7. The Outpost (Blu-ray)
  8. You Should Have Left
  9. Jumanji: The Next Level (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. The Invisible Man (Blu-ray | 4K)
Music
  1. Taylor Swift, Folklore
  2. Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon
  3. Alicia Keys, Alicia
  4. Keith Urban, The Speed of Now, Part 1
  5. Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording
  6. Lil Baby, My Turn
  7. Post Malone, Hollywood's Bleeding
  8. Luke Combs, What You See Is What You Get
  9. Harry Styles, Fine Line
  10. The Weeknd, After Hours
Fiction
  1. The Evening and the Morning, Ken Follett
  2. Vince Flynn: Total Power, Kyle Mills
  3. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, Christopher Paolini
  4. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  5. Shadows in Death, J.D. Robb
  6. One by One, Ruth Ware
  7. All the Devils Are Here, Louise Penny
  8. Anxious People, Fredrik Backman
  9. Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi
  10. The Guest List, Lucy Foley
Nonfiction
  1. Rage, Bob Woodward
  2. Blackout, Candace Owens
  3. Killing Crazy Horse, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. Caste, Isabel Wilkerson
  5. Compromised, Peter Strzok
  6. Untamed, Glennon Doyle
  7. Live Free or Die, Sean Hannity
  8. Speaking for Myself, Sarah Huckabee Sanders
  9. Everything Beautiful in Its Time, Jenna Bush Hager
  10. Too Much and Never Enough, Mary L. Trump

Monday, September 14, 2020

Hot This Week: September 14

We have plenty of new titles for you this week! There are three new movies on the list, including the top two, plus the movie 21 Bridges as viewers celebrate the life and work of Chadwick Boseman. Metallica's follow-up of their popular collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony debuts on the music chart, as does the new album from Katy Perry. Five new fiction titles include new novels from Louise Penny and Elena Ferrante, as well as a Star Wars novel from fan favorite author Timothy Zahn. And in nonfiction, three additions are led by a look at the First Lady from someone who knows her well.

Movies

  1. Irresistible (Blu-ray)
  2. Rogue (Blu-ray)
  3. The King of Staten Island (Blu-ray)
  4. The Outpost (Blu-ray)
  5. Scoob! (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. You Should Have Left
  7. Trolls World Tour (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. 21 Bridges (Blu-ray)
  9. Blood Quantum (Blu-ray)
  10. The Invisible Man (Blu-ray | 4K)
Music
  1. Taylor Swift, Folklore
  2. Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon
  3. Metallica, S&M2
  4. Katy Perry, Smile
  5. Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording
  6. Lil Baby, My Turn
  7. Post Malone, Hollywood's Bleeding
  8. Harry Styles, Fine Line
  9. The Weeknd, After Hours
  10. Luke Combs, What You See Is What You Get
Fiction
  1. All the Devils Are Here, Louise Penny
  2. The Lying Life of Adults, Elena Ferrante
  3. Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi
  4. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  5. Squeeze Me, Carl Hiaasen
  6. The Guest List, Lucy Foley
  7. Thrawn Ascendency: Chaos Rising, Timothy Zahn
  8. Royal, Danielle Steel
  9. American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins
  10. The Last Story of Mina Lee, Nancy Jooyoun Kim
Nonfiction
  1. Melania and Me, Stephanie Winston Walkoff
  2. Caste, Isabel Wilkerson
  3. Untamed, Glennon Doyle
  4. Too Much and Never Enough, Mary L. Trump
  5. How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
  6. Live Free or Die, Sean Hannity
  7. Hoax, Brian Stelter
  8. The Dynasty, Jeff Benedict
  9. I Have Something to Tell You, Chasten Buttigieg
  10. Blitz, David Horowitz

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Hot This Week: September 7

We hope everyone had a safe and happy Labor Day weekend! The King of Staten Island leads two new movies on this week's list. Three new albums on the music chart include additions from the Killers, Tim McGraw, and blackbear, while both audiobook lists hold steady from last week.

Movies

  1. The King of Staten Island (Blu-ray)
  2. The Outpost (Blu-ray)
  3. Scoob! (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. You Should Have Left
  5. Trolls World Tour (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. One Night in Bangkok
  7. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Blu-ray)
  8. The Invisible Man (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Emperor
  10. Jumanji: The Next Level (Blu-ray | 4K)
Music
  1. Taylor Swift, Folklore
  2. Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon
  3. Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording
  4. Lil Baby, My Turn
  5. The Killers, Imploding the Mirage
  6. Post Malone, Hollywood's Bleeding
  7. Harry Styles, Fine Line
  8. Tim McGraw, Here on Earth
  9. blackbear, Everything Means Nothing
  10. The Weeknd, After Hours
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Squeeze Me, Carl Hiaasen
  3. Royal, Danielle Steel
  4. The Guest List, Lucy Foley
  5. American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins
  6. 28 Summers, Elin Hilderbrand
  7. 1st Case, James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
  8. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  9. The Order, Daniel Silva
  10. Near Dark, Brad Thor
Nonfiction
  1. Live Free or Die, Sean Hannity
  2. Caste, Isabel Wilkerson
  3. Untamed, Glennon Doyle
  4. Too Much and Never Enough, Mary L. Trump
  5. Hoax, Brian Stelter
  6. How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
  7. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehesi Coates
  8. Educated, Tara Westover
  9. Blitz, David Horowitz
  10. The Answer Is..., Alex Trebek

Friday, September 4, 2020

In Memoriam: Chadwick Boseman

Written by Jon Williams

The entertainment world was stunned last weekend by the passing of actor Chadwick Boseman after a long private battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

Boseman got an early start on a career in film and television. He got a degree in directing from Howard University, where Phylicia Rashad was one of his teachers and Denzel Washington was a benefactor. He began on the small screen with bit parts in shows like Law & Order, CSI:NY, and ER. In 2008 he appeared in his first big-screen role in The Express. However, he stayed mostly on television for the next few years, landing recurring and regular roles on the shows Lincoln Heights and Persons Unknown (both currently unavailable), one more one-shots on shows like Castle and Justified (Season 2 unavailable).

His star rocketed to the top for good with his first starring role. In 2013, he played Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in Major League Baseball, in 42. (Coincidentally, the day he passed, August 28, was the date MLB celebrated Jackie Robinson Day this year.) He then went on to play other Black icons: James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up, and Thurgood Marshall, the first Black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, in 2017’s Marshall.

While Boseman achieved praise for portraying each of those larger-than-life, real figures from American history, the greatest portion of his fame came from his role as a fictional king. T’Challa, the superhero Black Panther, was created by Marvel Comics in 1966; Boseman brought him to the silver screen in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. The character got his own standalone adventure in 2018’s Black Panther, detailing T’Challa’s coronation as King of Wakanda and the first threat to his rule. Boseman played him again in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Black Panther (#4), Infinity War (#5), and Endgame (#2) are currently three of the top five grossing films of all time at the domestic box office.

Chadwick Boseman’s final film role was in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, based on a play detailing a recording session for blues musician Ma Rainey; release plans for the movie are still up in the air. In the meantime, make sure to have his work available for patrons who want to celebrate this phenomenally talented actor. Click on the links above, or SmartBrowse his name on our website to find more.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Hot This Week: August 31

We bid August a fond farewell with a lineup of five new movies led by The Outpost, starring Orlando Bloom and based on a true story of the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Taylor Swift's juggernaut new album holds onto the top spot in music. New novels from Carl Hiaasen and Danielle Steel crack the list in fiction, while Isabel Wilkerson's examination of division in America leads two newcomers in nonfiction.

Movies

  1. The Outpost (Blu-ray)
  2. Scoob! (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. You Should Have Left
  4. Trolls World Tour (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Blu-ray)
  6. Emperor
  7. Open 24 Hours (Blu-ray)
  8. Survive the Night (Blu-ray)
  9. Archive
  10. The Wretched (Blu-ray)
Music
  1. Taylor Swift, Folklore
  2. Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon
  3. Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording
  4. Lil Baby, My Turn
  5. Harry Styles, Fine Line
  6. Post Malone, Hollywood's Bleeding
  7. Morgan Wallen, If I Know Me
  8. The Weeknd, After Hours
  9. Luke Combs, What You See Is What You Get
  10. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Squeeze Me, Carl Hiaasen
  3. Royal, Danielle Steel
  4. The Guest List, Lucy Foley
  5. American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins
  6. 28 Summers, Elin Hilderbrand
  7. 1st Case, James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
  8. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  9. The Order, Daniel Silva
  10. Near Dark, Brad Thor
Nonfiction
  1. Live Free or Die, Sean Hannity
  2. Caste, Isabel Wilkerson
  3. Untamed, Glennon Doyle
  4. Too Much and Never Enough, Mary L. Trump
  5. Hoax, Brian Stelter
  6. How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
  7. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehesi Coates
  8. Educated, Tara Westover
  9. Blitz, David Horowitz
  10. The Answer Is..., Alex Trebek