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Monday, April 24, 2017

Hot This Week: April 24

Five new movies crack this week's hot list, led by the first standalone Star Wars film in the top spot. In music, the Chainsmokers' new release bumps Ed Sheeran from the top spot, with three other albums also debuting. Star Wars shows up again on the fiction list, with the long-awaited backstory of Grand Admiral Thrawn placing author Timothy Zahn at #2. In non-fiction, two new titles explore the divinity of Jesus Christ and the state of the American healthcare system.

DVD
  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  2. Collateral Beauty
  3. Office Christmas Party
  4. Monster Trucks
  5. Lion
  6. Patriots Day
  7. Moana
  8. Passengers 
  9. War on Everyone
  10. Trolls
CD
  1. The Chainsmokers, Memories...Do Not Open
  2. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  3. Pentatonix, PTX Vol. IV
  4. Joey Bada$$, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$
  5. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  6. Moana Soundtrack
  7. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy
  8. Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
  9. Migos, Culture
  10. The Weeknd, Starboy
Fiction
  1. The Black Book, James Patterson and David Ellis
  2. Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn
  3. All by Myself, Alone, Mary Higgins Clark
  4. One Perfect Lie, Lisa Scottoline
  5. The Burial Hour, Jeffery Deaver
  6. Two from the Heart, James Patterson, Frank Constantini, Emily Raymond, and Brian Sitts
  7. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  8. Song of the Lion, Anne Hillerman
  9. The Lost Order, Steve Berry
  10. Mississippi Blood, Greg Iles
Non-Fiction
  1. Old School, Bill O'Reilly and Bruce Feirstein
  2. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  3. Hallelujah Anyway, Anne Lamott
  4. The True Jesus, David Limbaugh
  5. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  6. An American Sickness, Elisabeth Rosenthal
  7. The Most Beautiful, Mayte Garcia
  8. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  9. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  10. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hot This Week: April 17

We may have just passed the Easter weekend, but it's a Christmas-themed movie atop this week's movie list with the ensemble comedy Office Christmas Party. Heavy metal masters Mastodon land their new album at #5 on the music chart while Ed Sheeran spends another week at #1. Four new novels debut this week in fiction, and that number is topped by the five new titles in non-fiction.

DVD
  1. Office Christmas Party
  2. Patriots Day
  3. Moana
  4. Passengers
  5. Trolls
  6. Doctor Strange
  7. Jackie
  8. Hacksaw Ridge
  9. Fences
  10. Shut In
CD
  1. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  2. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  3. Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
  4. Moana Soundtrack
  5. Mastodon, Emperor of Sand
  6. Migos, Culture
  7. MercyMe, Lifer
  8. The Weeknd, Starboy
  9. Miranda Lambert, The Weight of These Wings
  10. Keith Urban, Ripcord
Fiction
  1. The Black Book, James Patterson and David Ellis
  2. All by Myself, Alone, Mary Higgins Clark
  3. The Chosen, J.R. Ward
  4. The Lost Order, Steve Berry
  5. Mississippi Blood, Greg Iles
  6. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  7. The Women in the Castle, Jessica Shattuck
  8. If Not for You, Debbie Macomber
  9. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  10. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Lisa See
Non-Fiction
  1. Old School, Bill O'Reilly and Bruce Feirstein
  2. Hallelujah Anyway, Anne Lamott
  3. The Most Beautiful, Mayte Garcia
  4. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  5. Nevertheless, Alec Baldwin
  6. Ballplayer, Chipper Jones and Carroll R. Walton
  7. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  8. Prince Charles, Sally Bedell Smith
  9. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  10. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hot This Week: April 10

Two new movies make this week's list, led by the Peter Berg-directed depiction of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Trey Songz brings his latest album to the music chart, where it debuts at #2. Perennial bestseller James Patterson's latest collaborative novel tops the fiction list, while in non-fiction, a new title from Fox News host Bill O'Reilly claims the top spot.

DVD
  1. Patriots Day
  2. Passengers
  3. Moana
  4. Trolls
  5. Doctor Strange
  6. Shut In
  7. Hacksaw Ridge
  8. Fences
  9. Nocturnal Animals
  10. Masterminds
CD
  1. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  2. Trey Songz, Tremaine the Album
  3. Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
  4. Metallica, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
  5. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  6. Moana Soundtrack
  7. Rick Ross, Rather You Than Me
  8. The Weeknd, Starboy
  9. Migos, Culture
  10. Khalid, American Teen
Fiction
  1. The Black Book, James Patterson and David Ellis
  2. Mississippi Blood, Greg Iles
  3. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  4. Vicious Circle, C.J. Box
  5. If Not for You, Debbie Macomber
  6. The Women in the Castle, Jessica Shattuck
  7. Dangerous Games, Danielle Steel
  8. The Cutthroat, Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
  9. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  10. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
Non-Fiction
  1. Old School, Bill O'Reilly and Bruce Feirstein
  2. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  3. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. A Colony in a Nation, Chris Hayes
  5. The Cubs Way, Tom Verducci
  6. Portraits of Courage, George W. Bush
  7. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  8. Big Agenda, David Horowitz
  9. Trump's War, Michael Savage
  10. Born a Crime, Trevor Noah

Monday, April 3, 2017

Hot This Week: April 3

Two new movies make this week's list, led by Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in Passengers, which can't quite overtake Moana for #1. It's another week for Ed Sheeran atop the music chart, where he's followed by the new release from Rick Ross. There's a lot for audiobook lovers to be excited about as six new novels make their debuts on the fiction list, and two fascinating accounts make the list in non-fiction.

DVD
  1. Moana
  2. Passengers
  3. Trolls
  4. Doctor Strange
  5. Nocturnal Animals
  6. Solace
  7. Hacksaw Ridge
  8. Fences
  9. Masterminds
  10. Arrival
CD
  1. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  2. Rick Ross, Rather You Than Me
  3. Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
  4. Depeche Mode, Spirit
  5. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  6. Moana Soundtrack
  7. The Weeknd, Starboy
  8. Elevation Worship, There Is a Cloud
  9. Trolls Soundtrack
  10. Big Sean, I Decided.
Fiction
  1. Mississippi Blood, Greg Iles
  2. Vicious Circle, C.J. Box
  3. If Not for You, Debbie Macomber
  4. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  5. The Cutthroat, Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
  6. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Lisa See
  7. Dangerous Games, Danielle Steel
  8. Mangrove Lightning, Randy Wayne White
  9. The Devil's Triangle, Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison
  10. Man Overboard, J.A. Jance
Non-Fiction
  1. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  2. A Colony in a Nation, Chris Hayes
  3. Trump's War, Michael Savage
  4. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  5. Portraits of Courage, George W. Bush
  6. Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari
  7. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  8. The Stranger in the Woods, Michael Finkel
  9. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  10. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

Thursday, March 30, 2017

What’s the Deal with James Patterson?

Written by Jon Williams

First off, a happy belated birthday to the author, who turned 70 last week.  As a librarian, you are no doubt aware of Patterson’s prolific nature and his constant presence on the bestseller lists. Have you ever wondered, though, exactly how he manages to put out so many books?

Patterson published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, in 1976, before he turned 30, but it wasn’t an easy road. He had a full-time job in advertising as he wrote it, and the novel was rejected 31 times before it finally found a home. It won the 1977 Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author, but did not sell many copies. Nevertheless, his career path was set. For the next twenty years, he continued to work in advertising as he wrote novels, including two of his best known: Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls.

Those two novels introduced detective Alex Cross, one of Patterson’s most lucrative creations. As of now, there are 25 Cross novels, the most recent of which, Cross the Line, was published in November. The character has also made the jump to the big screen: Kiss the Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001) starred Morgan Freeman; then, in 2013, the character was rebooted in Alex Cross, with Tyler Perry in the title role. That movie was based on Patterson’s 2006 novel Cross, and a second movie starring Perry is in production based on 2007’s Double Cross.

For twenty years after The Thomas Berryman Number was published, Patterson continued to work full-time as he wrote. He retired from advertising in 1996 (although he continues to be involved in campaigns for his own work). In those twenty years, he published eight novels. Following his retirement, his publication pace really picked up. In 1996 alone, he released three novels: Hide & Seek, Miracle on the 17th Green, and Jack & Jill. Since then, not a year has passed without the publication of at least one Patterson book, and most years have featured several.

How does he do it? For one thing, the writing in Patterson’s books is relatively simple, streamlined for maximum readability. Secondly, he has turned his books into a cottage industry, collaborating with a number of other writers to produce many of them. This 2015 article in Vanity Fair describes the process, in which Patterson provides his collaborator with an extensive outline that details the plot from beginning to end, and then revises and rewrites the manuscript to his specifications once it is fleshed out. Some of his collaborators have included Richard DiLallo, Mark Sullivan, Michael Ledwidge, Liza Marklund, and Maxine Paetro. Patterson’s most recent novel, Black Book, published earlier this week, is a collaboration with David Ellis.

Part of the strategy behind Patterson’s writing style is his intention to appeal to an audience that may not otherwise be interested in reading, as a way of promoting literacy. When he noticed that his own son Jack was a reluctant reader, Patterson decided to jump into the arena of young adult literature. Thus, in 2005, the Maximum Ride series was born with the first book, The Angel Experiment. Now his involvement in the genre has grown to include seven more series (including Middle School, which led to the recent feature film) as well as quite a few standalones. Lately, Patterson has turned his attention to adults as well, launching a series of Bookshots: short, exciting reads that can be easily consumed in one sitting (and although he’s not as involved in the writing process, there’s also a line of Bookshots Flames aimed at romance readers).

So that’s the “secret” behind how James Patterson writes to many books. Needless to say, such a large share of the market has made him quite a wealthy man, and he has put a substantial amount of that money where his mouth is, donating large sums to fund scholarships and literacy programs, in addition to launching ReadKiddoRead, a website devoted to providing resources to parents in the effort to pass the joy of reading to their kids. That being the case, there’s really not much else to say, other than: Go, James, go! To share more of his impressive oeuvre with your patrons, SmartBrowse his name on our website, and point them toward our collection of his audiobooks on hoopla digital.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hot This Week: March 27

There's something for everyone on this week's movie list, which sees four new titles make their debuts. Ed Sheeran holds onto the coveted #1 slot in music, while the soundtrack for the box office smash Beauty and the Beast shows up at #3. Four new novels on the fiction list are led by the latest thrilling collaboration between Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, while titles from Michael Savage and Rod Dreher break onto the non-fiction list.

DVD
  1. Moana
  2. Trolls
  3. Doctor Strange
  4. Solace
  5. Hacksaw Ridge
  6. Fences
  7. Masterminds
  8. Arrival
  9. The Edge of Seventeen
  10. The Accountant
CD
  1. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  2. Metallica, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
  3. Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
  4. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  5. Moana Soundtrack
  6. The Weeknd, Starboy
  7. Trolls Soundtrack
  8. Big Sean, I Decided
  9. Post Malone, Stoney
  10. Khalid, American Teen
Fiction
  1. The Cutthroat, Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
  2. Dangerous Games, Danielle Steel
  3. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  4. The Devil's Triangle, Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison
  5. In This Gave Hour, Jacqueline Winspear
  6. Without Warning, Joel C. Rosenberg
  7. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  8. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  9. Silence Fallen, Patricia Briggs
  10. The Whistler, John Grisham
Non-Fiction
  1. Trump's War, Michael Savage
  2. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  3. Portraits of Courage, George W. Bush
  4. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  5. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  6. Big Agenda, David Horowitz
  7. The Benedict Option, Rod Dreher
  8. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  9. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  10. Dear Ijeawele, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Two Classic Albums Reissued

Written by Jon Williams

Classic rock fans are in for a treat—or, more accurately, two treats—over the course of the next two New Music Fridays. Two rock legends are releasing remastered and expanded versions of albums that came out in the 1980s.

First up, available tomorrow, is Paul McCartney’s Flowers in the Dirt. Originally released in 1989, it was McCartney’s eighth solo album (or fifteenth, if you include his Wings outings) after the dissolution of the Beatles. Ever the collaborator, Sir Paul enlisted the help of Elvis Costello for this album, and together the two co-wrote four tracks. The special edition reissue features a second disc comprising nine demos, five of which are songs that were not originally included.

This is also the tenth installment of the McCartney Archive Collection, which are classic album reissues supervised by Sir Paul himself. It follows the Wings classic Band on the Run, the solo albums McCartney, McCartney II, Ram, the live album Wings Over America, Venus and Mars, Wings at the Speed of Sound, Tug of War, and Pipes of Peace. Each of these contains a treasure trove of extra songs not found on the original release. The first release in the collection came out in 2010, and McCartney has continued to put them out while also maintaining a full worldwide touring schedule and releasing two new albums: Kisses on the Bottom, a collection of covers with two original songs, and NEW, containing all-new material.

Next week offers a similar treat when Fleetwood Mac reissues their 1987 album Tango in the Night in honor of its 30th anniversary. The standard edition is a remaster of the original album, while the expanded edition will include a second disc that offers a number of outtakes and rarities from the recording sessions. The album is notable for being the last to feature Fleetwood Mac’s “classic” lineup of Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John and Christine McVie. It also experienced a resurgence in 2014 after the song “Seven Wonders” was featured in the season finale of American Horror Story: Coven, a season in which Stevie Nicks appeared as herself on the show.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of their iconic album Rumours, which was released in February of 1977. One of the bestselling albums of all time, it received the reissue treatment in 2013, an expanded three-disc edition that includes live tracks as well as early takes of the album’s songs. The band’s other albums to feature their most well-known lineup are Fleetwood Mac (1975), Tusk (1979), and Mirage (1982). Although Tango in the Night was their last album together, they do still perform live.

Paul McCartney and Fleetwood Mac are stellar artists who have been making outstanding rock music for decades. These new reissues of classic albums are the perfect opportunity to share their work with your music-loving patrons.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hot This Week: March 20

The first Hot This Week of the newly minted spring season sees two new movies at the very top of the list. The new album from multiplatinum singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran tops the music chart, along with new R&B sensation Khalid at #6. New novels from Danielle Steel and Patricia Briggs lead the way in fiction, while Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Joan Didion break onto the non-fiction list.

DVD
  1. Trolls
  2. Doctor Strange
  3. Hacksaw Ridge
  4. Masterminds
  5. Arrival
  6. The Accountant
  7. The Girl on the Train
  8. Allied
  9. Moonlight
  10. Manchester by the Sea
CD
  1. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  2. Metallica, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
  3. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  4. The Weeknd, Starboy
  5. Moana Soundtrack
  6. Khalid, American Teen
  7. Trolls Soundtrack
  8. Big Sean, I Decided
  9. Post Malone, Stoney
  10. Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack
Fiction
  1. Dangerous Games, Danielle Steel
  2. Silence Fallen, Patricia Briggs
  3. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  4. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  5. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  6. Heartbreak Hotel, Jonathan Kellerman
  7. The Whistler, John Grisham 
  8. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  9. A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline
  10. Echoes in Death, J.D. Robb
Non-Fiction
  1. Portraits of Courage, George W. Bush
  2. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  3. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. Dear Ijeawele, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  5. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  6. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  7. Big Agenda, David Horowitz
  8. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  9. South and West, Joan Didion
  10. Thank You for Being Late, Thomas L. Friedman

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hot This Week: March 13

Three new movies make this week's list, including Moonlight, this year's Academy Award winner for Best Picture. Speaking of the Academy Awards, La La Land's near miss that night propelled its soundtrack back onto the music chart, where it's joined by a pair of new country albums. Joanne Fluke's latest murder mystery makes its debut on the fiction list, while former president George W. Bush's collection of military tributes joins the non-fiction list at #1.

DVD
  1. Hacksaw Ridge
  2. Masterminds
  3. Arrival
  4. Moonlight
  5. Manchester by the Sea
  6. Allied
  7. The Girl on the Train
  8. The Accountant
  9. Keeping Up with the Joneses
  10. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
CD
  1. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  2. Little Big Town, The Breaker
  3. Trolls Soundtrack
  4. The Weeknd, Starboy
  5. Moana Soundtrack
  6. Big Sean, I Decided
  7. Aaron Watson, Vaquero
  8. La La Land Soundtrack
  9. Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack
  10. Metallica, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
Fiction
  1. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  2. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  3. Banana Cream Pie Murder, Joanne Fluke
  4. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  5. Echoes in Death, J.D. Robb
  6. Heartbreak Hotel, Jonathan Kellerman
  7. Humans, Bow Down, James Patterson and Emily Raymond
  8. A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline
  9. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles 
  10. The Whistler, John Grisham
Non-Fiction
  1. Portraits of Courage, George W. Bush
  2. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  3. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  5. Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari
  6. Big Agenda, David Horowitz
  7. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  8. This Life I Live, Rory Feek
  9. Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari
  10. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

Monday, March 6, 2017

Hot This Week: March 6

Two Academy Award winners, Hacksaw Ridge and Manchester by the Sea, make their way onto this week's movie listing. A trio of newcomers graces the middle of the music chart. Four new titles on the fiction list are led by the conclusion to Chuck Wendig's Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy detailing the events following Return of the Jedi. In non-fiction, a pair of titles by Yuval Noah Harari make the list in tandem.

DVD
  1. Hacksaw Ridge
  2. Arrival
  3. The Girl on the Train
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. The Accountant
  6. Keeping Up with the Joneses
  7. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  8. Bad Santa 2
  9. The Secret Life of Pets
  10. Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween
CD
  1. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  2. Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack
  3. The Weeknd, Starboy
  4. Big Sean, I Decided
  5. Charlie Wilson, In It to Win It
  6. Ryan Adams, Prisoner
  7. Alison Krauss, Windy City
  8. Trolls Soundtrack
  9. Adele, 25
  10. Post Malone, Stoney
Fiction
  1. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  2. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  3. Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End, Chuck Wendig
  4. Echoes in Death, J.D. Robb
  5. Heartbreak Hotel, Jonathan Kellerman
  6. A Conjuring of Light, V.E. Schwab
  7. A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline
  8. Humans, Bow Down, James Patterson and Emily Raymond
  9. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  10. The Girl Before, JP Delaney
Non-Fiction
  1. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  2. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  3. Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari
  4. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  5. Big Agenda, David Horowitz
  6. This Life I Live, Rory Feek
  7. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  8. Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
  9. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  10. Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hot This Week: February 27

We bid adieu to the month of February with four new movies, led by the acclaimed Arrival and followed by the adaptation of Paula Hawkins's incredibly popular novel. In music, the soundtrack to the second Fifty Shades movie lands at #1. George Saunders's historical novel focusing on President Lincoln's deceased son climbs to the top of the fiction list, while country star Rory Feek's new memoir is the top non-fiction debut.

DVD
  1. Arrival
  2. The Girl on the Train
  3. The Accountant
  4. Keeping Up with the Joneses
  5. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  6. Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween
  7. The Secret Life of Pets
  8. Inferno
  9. Deepwater Horizon
  10. Ouija: Origin of Evil
CD
  1. Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack
  2. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  3. Big Sean, I Decided
  4. The Weeknd, Starboy
  5. Adele, 25
  6. Trolls Soundtrack
  7. Lady Gaga, Joanne
  8. Beyonce, Lemonade
  9. La La Land Soundtrack
  10. Post Malone, Stoney
Fiction
  1. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  2. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  3. Echoes in Death, J.D. Robb
  4. Heartbreak Hotel, Jonathan Kellerman
  5. Never Never, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  6. Two by Two, Nicholas Sparks
  7. The Whistler, John Grisham
  8. The Girl Before, JP Delaney
  9. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  10. Right Behind You, Lisa Gardner
Non-Fiction
  1. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  2. This Life I Live, Rory Feek
  3. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  5. Big Agenda, David Horowitz
  6. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  7. Three Days in January, Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney
  8. Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
  9. Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly
  10. You Are the Universe, Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hot This Week: February 20

Happy Presidents' Day! Ben Affleck's The Accountant leads four new titles onto this week's movie listing. There's a lot of hot new music, and Lady Gaga's recent Super Bowl and Grammy performances have propelled two of her albums back onto the chart as well. Four new novels break onto the fiction list, headlined by Neil Gaiman and J.D. Robb. Two new titles in non-fiction include an overview of Donald Trump's plan for his presidency.

DVD
  1. The Accountant
  2. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  3. Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween
  4. Deepwater Horizon
  5. Kevin Hart: What Now?
  6. Inferno
  7. The Secret Life of Pets
  8. Life on the Line
  9. The Take
  10. Storks
CD
  1. Big Sean, I Decided
  2. Lady Gaga, Joanne
  3. Reba McEntire, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope
  4. The Weeknd, Starboy
  5. Lady Gaga, The Fame
  6. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  7. Dear Evan Hansen Original Broadway Cast Recording
  8. Post Malone, Stoney
  9. La La Land Soundtrack
  10. Brantley Gilbert, The Devil Don't Sleep
Fiction
  1. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  2. Echoes in Death, J.D. Robb
  3. Never Never, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  4. The Whistler, John Grisham
  5. Right Behind You, Lisa Gardner
  6. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  7. Two by Two, Nicholas Sparks
  8. The Girl Before, JP Delaney
  9. My Not So Perfect Life, Sophie Kinsella 
  10. Universal Harvester, John Darnielle
Non-Fiction
  1. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  2. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  3. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  4. Three Days in January, Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney
  5. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  6. Big Agenda, David Horowitz
  7. You Are the Universe, Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos
  8. Tears We Cannot Stop, Michael Eric Dyson
  9. Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly
  10. The Undoing Project, Michael Lewis

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hot This Week: February 13

This Valentine's week, here are the titles your patrons are loving. Some heavy hitters join the movie list: Tom Cruise, Tyler Perry, and Tom Hanks. Country singer Brantley Gilbert and R&B star Kehlani take over the top two spots on the music chart with their respective new releases. And new thrillers from Lisa Gardner and Alex Berenson are sure to get everyone's hearts racing.

DVD
  1. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  2. Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween
  3. Deepwater Horizon
  4. Inferno
  5. Snowden
  6. The Secret Life of Pets
  7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  8. Storks
  9. The Magnificent Seven
  10. Jason Bourne
CD
  1. Brantley Gilbert, The Devil Don't Sleep
  2. Kehlani, SweetSexySavage
  3. The Weeknd, Starboy
  4. NOW That's What I Call Music 61
  5. La La Land Soundtrack
  6. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  7. Train, A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat
  8. Post Malone, Stoney
  9. Moana Soundtrack
  10. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording
Fiction
  1. Right Behind You, Lisa Gardner
  2. Never Never, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  3. The Girl Before, JP Delaney
  4. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  5. The Whistler, John Grisham
  6. Two by Two, Nicholas Sparks
  7. Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult
  8. The Prisoner, Alex Berenson
  9. The Mistress, Danielle Steel
  10. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
Non-Fiction
  1. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  2. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  3. Three Days in January, Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney
  4. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  5. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  6. Tears We Cannot Stop, Michael Eric Dyson
  7. Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly
  8. The Lost City of the Monkey God, Douglas Preston
  9. Thank You for Being Late, Thomas L. Friedman
  10. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

Monday, February 6, 2017

Hot This Week: February 6

True-to-life depictions win the week, with Deepwater Horizon holding the top spot and Snowden coming in just behind. A couple of rock acts, AFI and Starset, bring new discs to the music chart. The fiction list includes new novels from JP Delaney, Christine Feehan, and Terry Goodkind, while a couple of favorites return to the non-fiction list.

DVD
  1. Deepwater Horizon
  2. Snowden
  3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  4. The Secret Life of Pets
  5. Jason Bourne
  6. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
  7. The Magnificent Seven
  8. Storks
  9. Sully
  10. War Dogs
CD
  1. The Weeknd, Starboy
  2. La La Land Soundtrack
  3. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  4. AFI, AFI (The Blood Album)
  5. Moana Soundtrack
  6. Post Malone, Stoney
  7. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording
  8. Drake, Views
  9. J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
  10. Starset, Vessels
Fiction
  1. Never Never, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  2. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  3. The Whistler, John Grisham
  4. Two by Two, Nicholas Sparks
  5. The Girl Before, JP Delaney
  6. The Mistress, Danielle Steel
  7. The Chemist, Stephenie Meyer
  8. Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult
  9. Power Game, Christine Feehan
  10. Death's Mistress, Terry Goodkind
Non-Fiction
  1. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  2. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  3. Three Days in January, Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney
  4. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  5. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  6. The Undoing Project, Michael Lewis
  7. The Lost City of the Monkey God, Douglas Preston
  8. Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly
  9. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi 
  10. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Monday, January 30, 2017

Hot This Week: January 30

Most of last week's movies remain on the list, including Deepwater Horizon at the top, joined only by the legal thriller The Whole Truth. It's a similar story in music, where the only newcomer to the chart is the new disc from indie rockers the xx. James Patterson's latest collaborative novel takes over the top spot in fiction, while Michael Eric Dyson's treatise on race relations joins the list in non-fiction.

DVD
  1. Deepwater Horizon
  2. The Secret Life of Pets
  3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  4. Jason Bourne
  5. The Magnificent Seven
  6. Storks
  7. Sully
  8. The Whole Truth
  9. War Dogs
  10. Suicide Squad
CD
  1. The Weeknd, Starboy
  2. The xx, I See You
  3. La La Land Soundtrack
  4. Moana Soundtrack
  5. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  6. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording
  7. J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
  8. Drake, Views
  9. Post Malone, Stoney
  10. Trolls Soundtrack
Fiction
  1. Never Never, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  2. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  3. Two by Two, Nicholas Sparks
  4. The Whistler, John Grisham
  5. The Mistress, Danielle Steel
  6. Feversong, Karen Marie Moning
  7. Cross the Line, James Patterson
  8. Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult
  9. Below the Belt, Stuart Woods 
  10. The Chemist, Stephenie Meyer
Non-Fiction
  1. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  2. Three Days in January, Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney
  3. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  5. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  6. The Undoing Project, Michael Lewis
  7. The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher
  8. Tears We Cannot Stop, Michael Eric Dyson
  9. The Lost City of the Monkey God, Douglas Preston 
  10. Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hot This Week: January 23

Three new movies make their way onto this week's list, led by the thrilling true-life tale of Deepwater Horizon. The soundtrack to the Golden Globe darling film La La Land storms all the way up to #2 on the music chart. All of last week's fiction titles hold strong, while in non-fiction, a timely new title looks at the transition from the Eisenhower to the Kennedy administration.

DVD
  1. Deepwater Horizon
  2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  3. The Secret Life of Pets
  4. Jason Bourne
  5. The Magnificent Seven
  6. Sully
  7. Storks
  8. War Dogs
  9. Bridget Jones's Baby
  10. Suicide Squad
CD
  1. The Weeknd, Starboy
  2. La La Land Soundtrack
  3. Moana Soundtrack
  4. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  5. J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
  6. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording
  7. Drake, Views
  8. Dropkick Murphys, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory
  9. Post Malone, Stoney
  10. Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Fiction
  1. The Mistress, Danielle Steel
  2. The Whistler, John Grisham
  3. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  4. Two by Two, Nicholas Sparks
  5. Cross the Line, James Patterson
  6. Below the Belt, Stuart Woods 
  7. Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult
  8. The Chemist, Stephenie Meyer
  9. No Man's Land, David Baldacci
  10. Tom Clancy: True Faith and Allegiance, Mark Greaney
Non-Fiction
  1. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  2. Three Days in January, Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney
  3. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher
  5. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  6. The Undoing Project, Michael Lewis
  7. The Lost City of the Monkey God, Douglas Preston
  8. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  9. Thank You for Being Late, Thomas L. Friedman
  10. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hot This Week: January 16

There's something for just about everyone on the movie list, as both the top two and the bottom two are new this week. With the holidays now firmly behind us, Pentatonix has vacated the music chart, making way for the soundtrack to the animated musical Sing. In fiction, Danielle Steel's latest novel debuts at the top of the list, while new books from Douglas Preston and Gary Taubes make their way onto the non-fiction list.

DVD
  1. Jason Bourne
  2. The Secret Life of Pets
  3. Sully
  4. The Magnificent Seven
  5. Storks
  6. Suicide Squad
  7. War Dogs
  8. Bad Moms
  9. Blair Witch
  10. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
CD
  1. The Weeknd, Starboy
  2. Moana Soundtrack
  3. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  4. Drake, Views
  5. J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
  6. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording
  7. twenty one pilots, Blurryface
  8. Sing Soundtrack
  9. Suicide Squad: The Album
  10. Trolls Soundtrack
Fiction
  1. The Mistress, Danielle Steel
  2. Two by Two, Nicholas Sparks
  3. Below the Belt, Stuart Woods
  4. The Whistler, John Grisham
  5. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  6. Cross the Line, James Patterson
  7. No Man's Land, David Baldacci
  8. Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult
  9. The Chemist, Stephenie Meyer
  10. Tom Clancy: True Faith and Allegiance, Mark Greaney
Non-Fiction
  1. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  2. The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher
  3. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  5. The Undoing Project, Michael Lewis
  6. The Lost City of the Monkey God, Douglas Preston
  7. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  8. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  9. Settle for More, Megyn Kelly
  10. The Case Against Sugar, Gary Taubes