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Monday, October 15, 2018

Hot This Week: October 15

There's a whole lot of new music on this week's list, from the highly anticipated new Carter installment from Lil Wayne to a posthumous collection from Tom Petty's acclaimed career. Four new fiction titles are led by the latest from Jodi Picoult, while non-fiction sees new additions from famous personalities Tucker Carlson, Stormy Daniels, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and Monty Python's Eric Idle.

Movies
  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Uncle Drew (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Ocean's 8 (Blu-ray)
  5. Tag (Blu-ray)
  6. Deadpool 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Gotti (Blu-ray)
  8. Siberia (Blu-ray)
  9. Hereditary (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Adrift (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V
  2. Cher, Dancing Queen
  3. Drake, Scorpion
  4. Eminem, Kamikaze
  5. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  6. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  7. Tom Petty, An American Treasure
  8. XXXTENTACION, ?
  9. Ariana Grande, Sweetener
  10. Nicki Minaj, Queen
Fiction
  1. A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult
  2. Red War, Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
  3. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Hank Green
  4. Alaskan Holiday, Debbie Macomber
  5. Blood Communion, Anne Rice
  6. Juror #3, James Patterson and Nancy Allen
  7. Lethal White, Robert Galbraith
  8. War of the Wolf, Bernard Cornwell
  9. Transcription, Kate Atkinson
  10. Shadow Tyrants, Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
Non-Fiction 
  1. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  2. Fear, Bob Woodward
  3. In Pieces, Sally Field
  4. Good and Mad, Rebecca Traister
  5. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  6. Educated, Tara Westover
  7. Full Disclosure, Stormy Daniels
  8. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
  9. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Eric Idle
  10. Liars, Leakers, and Liberals, Jeanine Pirro

Monday, October 8, 2018

Hot This Week: October 8

The latest installment in the Jurassic Park franchise stands strong, while the new Star Wars standalone featuring the youthful adventures of Han Solo breaks onto the movie list. Multiplatinum singer Josh Groban's anticipated new album tops the chart in music, where a posthumous release from Prince shows up as well. Hank Green's debut novel tops the list in fiction, and two new titles break onto the list in non-fiction.

Movies
  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Uncle Drew (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Ocean's 8 (Blu-ray)
  5. Tag (Blu-ray)
  6. Deadpool 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Gotti (Blu-ray)
  8. Siberia (Blu-ray)
  9. Hereditary (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Adrift (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Josh Groban, Bridges
  2. Eminem, Kamikaze
  3. Drake, Scorpion
  4. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  5. Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty
  6. Lauren Daigle, Look Up Child
  7. Ariana Grande, Sweetener
  8. Prince, Piano & a Microphone 1983
  9. Nicki Minaj, Queen
  10. XXXTENTACION, ?
Fiction
  1. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Hank Green
  2. Red War, Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
  3. Juror #3, James Patterson and Nancy Allen
  4. Transcription, Kate Atkinson
  5. Lethal White, Robert Galbraith
  6. Shadow Tyrants, Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
  7. In His Father's Footsteps, Danielle Steel
  8. Leverage in Death, J.D. Robb
  9. The Outsider, Stephen King
  10. The President Is Missing, James Patterson and Bill Clinton
Non-Fiction 
  1. Fear, Bob Woodward
  2. In Pieces, Sally Field
  3. The Dichotomy of Leadership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  4. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  5. Educated, Tara Westover
  6. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari
  7. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  8. How to Be a Good Creature, Sy Montgomery
  9. The Deep State, Jason Chaffetz
  10. The Russia Hoax, Gregg Jarrett

Friday, October 5, 2018

Celebrate 15 Years of The Walking Dead

Written by Jon Williams

On October 8, 2003, The Walking Dead issue #1 hit comic shops everywhere. Coming right on the heels of the acclaimed movie 28 Days Later, it helped start a snowball effect to begin the zombie craze that is still building to this day. Now, The Walking Dead is still going strong as a comic series, with issue #184 coming out earlier this week, and creator Robert Kirkman saying the end is still “far away off.” In conjunction with the fifteenth anniversary of the first issue’s release, October 13 has been designated as Walking Dead Day. To help your library celebrate with your patrons, here’s a look at the pop culture phenomenon that The Walking Dead has become.

The namesake television series The Walking Dead premiered, fittingly enough, on Halloween, October 31, 2010. Like the comic, it centered on Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), a small-town sheriff who awakes from a coma to find the hospital he is in, as well as the world outside, overrun by zombies. His life becomes a fight for survival as he struggles to figure out what’s going on and search for other survivors, particularly his family. The show has been a sensation, breaking viewership records for a cable series, and has gone on through its various seasons to explore the threat posed by other human survivors, personified by such memorable villains as the Governor (David Morrissey) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), as well as the ever-present zombie menace. This Sunday, October 7, the ninth season debuts, with this being notable as Andrew Lincoln’s last, as the show will shift its focus to Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) as they attempt to lead the survivors.

With the show’s success, it’s no surprise that it has spawned a spinoff of its own. Unlike The Walking Dead, which began more or less with the zombie apocalypse already underway, Fear the Walking Dead explores what it was like to experience the world descending into chaos. Debuting in August of 2015, it follows Madison (Kim Dickens) and Travis (Cliff Curtis) as they try desperately to keep their family alive and together. The fourth season, which just concluded on September 30, brought the two shows together with the introduction of Morgan, a character originated by Lennie James in the first season of The Walking Dead and brought back in season 5. Fear the Walking Dead has been picked up for its own fifth season, as it and the original show seem poised to continue far into the future.

The Walking Dead began its life in the comic format, but it has expanded into other areas of publishing as well. In 2011, the novel Rise of the Governor brought the backstory of that intriguing villain to life, and it was followed by The Road to Woodbury and The Fall of the Governor Parts 1 and 2 to round out the story arc. Series creator Robert Kirkman teamed up with writer Jay Bonansinga to tell the Governor’s story, and then Bonansinga continued on with four more novels: Descent, Invasion, Search and Destroy, and Return to Woodbury. Fans of the comic series and the show won’t want to miss these stories that delve into the niches of beloved characters and settings.

With so much content available, and plenty more on the way, fans of The Walking Dead are everywhere, and they’ll be looking for ways to celebrate on October 13. Make sure you have plenty of zombie-related media on your shelves for them to check out. And for those who just can’t wait, point them toward hoopla, where they can find Jay Bonansinga’s audiobooks, as well as the entire comic series, available with no holds and no waiting.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Hot This Week: October 1

Movies
  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Ocean's 8 (Blu-ray)
  3. Tag (Blu-ray)
  4. Deadpool 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Siberia (Blu-ray)
  6. Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Adrift (Blu-ray)
  8. Superfly (Blu-ray)
  9. Hereditary (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Life of the Party (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty
  2. Eminem, Kamikaze
  3. Drake, Scorpion
  4. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  5. Ariana Grande, Sweetener
  6. Paul McCartney, Egypt Station
  7. Nicki Minaj, Queen
  8. Tony Bennett & Diana Krall, Love Is Here to Stay
  9. Mac Miller, Swimming
  10. XXXTENTACION, ?
Fiction
  1. Lethal White, Robert Galbraith
  2. Juror #3, James Patterson and Nancy Allen
  3. Shadow Tyrants, Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
  4. Leverage in Death, J.D. Robb
  5. In His Father's Footsteps, Danielle Steel
  6. The President Is Missing, James Patterson and Bill Clinton
  7. Texas Ranger, James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle
  8. The Outsider, Stephen King
  9. The Forbidden Door, Dean Koontz
  10. The Labyrinth of the Spirits, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Non-Fiction 
  1. Fear, Bob Woodward
  2. In Pieces, Sally Field
  3. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  4. Educated, Tara Westover
  5. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari
  6. The Deep State, Jason Chaffetz
  7. The Russia Hoax, Gregg Jarrett
  8. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  9. Accessory to War, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang
  10. Addicted to Outrage, Glenn Beck

Friday, September 28, 2018

Plenty for Beatles Fans to Be Excited About

Written by Jon Williams

Paul McCartney’s latest album, Egypt Station, came out on September 7. It was his first release of new material since 2013’s NEW. As hard as it may be to believe, based on his iconic career, Egypt Station was Sir Paul’s first solo release to debut at #1 on Billboard’s album chart, and the first to attain that position at all in 36 years, since 1982’s Tug of War got there more than a month after its release.

Although this is his first new album in five years, he has been anything but idle in the meantime. In that span he released remastered editions of his classic albums Venus and Mars and Wings’ At the Speed of Sound (2014), Pipes of Peace and the aforementioned Tug of War (2015), and Flowers in the Dirt (2017), as well as putting together the post-Beatles career-spanning hits collection Pure McCartney. All of this on top of his constant tour schedule, and it’s hard to believe this man is 76 years old.

Another project McCartney had a hand in is the upcoming 50th anniversary re-release of the Beatles’ seminal self-titled ninth album, familiarly known as “The White Album” due to its plain white album cover with just the band’s name embossed on it. Originally released as a double album on November 22, 1968, the new edition will be available on November 9 in two configurations. A 3-disc set will include the original album plus the “Esher Demos,” a set of 27 songs recorded acoustically at George Harrison’s home (some of which were included on Anthology 3). The 6-disc deluxe edition includes all of that as well as outtakes and demos from the album’s recording sessions, plus a Blu-ray featuring the original mono mix of the album, the new stereo mix, and a 5.1 surround-sound mix. This comes on the heels of last year’s similar anniversary release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

And that’s not all that’s on the horizon for fans of the Beatles and their solo careers. Coming next week, in celebration of what would have been his 78th birthday on October 9, are new Ultimate Editions of John Lennon’s classic 1971 album Imagine. On the strength of its title track, it has proved to be his most popular solo album. The reissue will include a remastered standard edition, a 2-disc edition that includes B-sides and outtakes, and a Super Deluxe version that explores the evolution of each song through four CDs and bonus Blu-ray content. In addition, the films Imagine and Gimme Some Truth have been restored and are being re-released on DVD and Blu-ray at the same time. The project was overseen by Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow and creative partner.

The Beatles’ popularity continues unabated more than 48 years after they broke up, and their music, both as a band and from their individual solo careers, truly is a gift that keeps on giving. Your patrons will be clamoring for the new album from Paul McCartney, as well as these explorations of the Beatles’ and John Lennon’s classic albums. You can get them from the links above, and you can SmartBrowse on our website for more timeless music from these artists (and don’t forget George Harrison and Ringo Starr, who also have plenty of celebrated solo work).