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Monday, November 11, 2019

Hot This Week: November 11

The hot Disney movies atop last week's list hold strong at their positions, while one new entry, the Bruce Willis heist flick 10 Minutes Gone, makes the list. In music, new albums from Rex Orange County and Old Dominion take their places on the chart. Lee Child's new Reacher novel debuts at the #1 spot in fiction, while a new political examination by Lee Smith is the only newcomer in nonfiction.

Movies
  1. The Lion King (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Toy Story 4 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Stuber (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Aladdin (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Crawl (Blu-ray)
  6. Spider-Man: Far from Home (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. 10 Minutes Gone (Blu-ray)
  8. Annabelle Comes Home (Blu-ray)
  9. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Men in Black: International (Blu-ray | 4K)
Music
  1. Post Malone, Hollywood's Bleeding
  2. Rex Orange County, Pony
  3. Taylor Swift, Lover
  4. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  5. Old Dominion, Old Dominion
  6. Chris Brown, Indigo
  7. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  8. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  9. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  10. Travis Scott, Astroworld
Fiction
  1. Blue Moon, Lee Child
  2. The Guardians, John Grisham
  3. The Night Fire, Michael Connelly
  4. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  5. Find Me, Andre Aciman
  6. The Dutch House, Ann Patchett
  7. The Giver of Stars, Jojo Moyes
  8. The Institute, Stephen King
  9. The 19th Christmas, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  10. The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Nonfiction 
  1. Me, Elton John
  2. Blowout, Rachel Maddow
  3. Catch and Kill, Ronan Farrow
  4. Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell
  5. The Plot Against the President, Lee Smith
  6. Three Days at the Brink, Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney
  7. Educated, Tara Westover
  8. Permanent Record, Edward Snowden
  9. The Book of Gutsy Women, Hillary Rodham and Chelsea Clinton
  10. The Body, Bill Bryson

Monday, November 4, 2019

Hot This Week: November 4

We kick off November with just one new movie, but it's a big one: the blockbuster live-action adaption of Disney's The Lion King. The albums on the music chart are largely holding strong, with the only new addition being the new disc from rockers Alter Bridge. The most movement occurred on the fiction list, which sees new novels from Michael Connelly, Nelson and Alex DeMille, and John le Carre. In nonfiction, an examination of a historic meeting of world leaders during World War II is the week's only addition.

Movies
  1. The Lion King (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Toy Story 4 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Stuber (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Crawl (Blu-ray)
  5. Spider-Man: Far from Home (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Aladdin (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Annabelle Comes Home (Blu-ray)
  8. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Men in Black: International (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. 3 from Hell (Blu-ray | 4K)
Music
  1. Post Malone, Hollywood's Bleeding
  2. Taylor Swift, Lover
  3. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  4. Chris Brown, Indigo
  5. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  6. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  7. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  8. Alter Bridge, Walk the Sky
  9. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  10. Luke Combs, This One's for You
Fiction
  1. The Night Fire, Michael Connelly
  2. The Guardians, John Grisham
  3. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  4. The Deserter, Nelson and Alex DeMille
  5. Agent Running in the Field, John le Carre
  6. The 19th Christmas, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  7. The Dutch House, Ann Patchett
  8. The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  9. The Institute, Stephen King
  10. The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
Nonfiction 
  1. Me, Elton John
  2. Catch and Kill, Ronan Farrow
  3. Blowout, Rachel Maddow
  4. Three Days at the Brink, Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney
  5. Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell
  6. Permanent Record, Edward Snowden
  7. Educated, Tara Westover
  8. The Way I Heard It, Mike Rowe
  9. The Body, Bill Bryson
  10. The United States of Trump, Bill O'Reilly

Monday, October 28, 2019

Hot This Week: October 28

We close out October with another impressive batch of new titles. In movies, three new titles come in behind Toy Story 4, led by the Kumail Nanjiani/Dave Bautista comedy Stuber. The music chart sees new additions from rapper Wale and Japanese metal band Babymetal. John Grisham takes over the fiction list, with Elizabeth Strout's follow-up to Olive Kitteridge joining as well. In nonfiction, an unprecedented five new titles are led by a long-awaited memoir from musical superstar Elton John.

Movies
  1. Toy Story 4 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Stuber (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Crawl (Blu-ray)
  4. Spider-Man: Far from Home (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Aladdin (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Annabelle Comes Home (Blu-ray)
  7. 3 from Hell (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Men in Black: International (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Blu-ray | 4K)
Music
  1. Post Malone, Hollywood's Bleeding
  2. Taylor Swift, Lover
  3. Wale, Wow...That's Crazy
  4. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  5. Chris Brown, Indigo
  6. SuperM, SuperM: The 1st Mini Album
  7. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  8. Babymetal, Metal Galaxy
  9. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  10. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
Fiction
  1. The Guardians, John Grisham
  2. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  3. The 19th Christmas, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  4. The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  5. The Institute, Stephen King
  6. Olive, Again, Elizabeth Strout
  7. The Dutch House, Ann Patchett
  8. The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
  9. Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo
  10. The Giver of Stars, Jojo Moyes
Nonfiction 
  1. Me, Elton John
  2. Catch and Kill, Ronan Farrow
  3. Blowout, Rachel Maddow
  4. The Way I Heard It, Mike Rowe
  5. Home Work, Julie Andrews
  6. Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell
  7. The Body, Bill Bryson
  8. Educated, Tara Westover
  9. The United States of Trump, Bill O'Reilly
  10. The Book of Gutsy Women, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

Monday, October 21, 2019

Hot This Week: October 21

We're back to help wind down October with plenty of new titles. Four new movies are led by the latest Spider-Man/MCU blockbuster. K-pop group SuperM leads the way in music, which sees the Beatles land their reissue of the classic album Abbey Road on the chart as well. James Patterson presages the holiday season with his latest collaborative novel, while the nonfiction list sees an influx of political titles.

Movies
  1. Spider-Man: Far from Home (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Toy Story 4 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Annabelle Comes Home (Blu-ray)
  4. Aladdin (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Men in Black: International (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Midsommar (Blu-ray)
  9. Anna (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Yesterday (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. SuperM, SuperM: The 1st Mini Album
  2. Post Malone, Hollywood's Bleeding
  3. Taylor Swift, Lover
  4. Chris Brown, Indigo
  5. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  6. Brantley Gilbert, Fire & Brimstone
  7. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  8. The Beatles, Abbey Road
  9. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  10. Travis Scott, Astroworld
Fiction
  1. The 19th Christmas, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  2. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  3. What Happens in Paradise, Elin Hilderbrand
  4. Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo
  5. The Institute, Stephen King
  6. The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  7. The Dutch House, Ann Patchett
  8. The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
  9. Child's Play, Danielle Steel
  10. The Giver of Stars, Jojo Moyes
Nonfiction 
  1. Blowout, Rachel Maddow
  2. Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell
  3. Witch Hunt, Gregg Jarrett
  4. The United States of Trump, Bill O'Reilly
  5. The Book of Gutsy Women, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton
  6. Tough Love, Susan Rice
  7. Educated, Tara Westover
  8. Inside Out, Demi Moore
  9. Call Sign Chaos, Jim Mattis and Bing West
  10. Over the Top, Jonathan Van Ness

Monday, October 7, 2019

Hot This Week: October 7

We head into October with a plethora of hot new titles your patrons will be looking for. The live-action version of Aladdin moves to the top of the movie list, where four new entries are led by the latest take on Shaft. Post Malone holds onto music's #1 slot, while Zac Brown Band, Blink-182, and Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard land new albums. Ta-Nehisi Coates takes over the fiction list with his new novel, and the nonfiction list includes new books from Demi Moore, Bill O'Reilly, and Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness.

Movies
  1. Aladdin (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Shaft (Blu-ray)
  4. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Anna (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Yesterday (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Child's Play (Blu-ray)
  8. Men in Black: International (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Ma (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Post Malone, Hollywood's Bleeding
  2. Zac Brown Band, The Owl
  3. Blink-182, Nine
  4. Taylor Swift, Lover
  5. Chris Brown, Indigo
  6. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  7. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  8. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  9. Quality Control: Control the Streets, Volume 2
  10. Brittany Howard, Jaime
Fiction
  1. The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. The Institute, Stephen King
  3. The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
  4. Lethal Agent, Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills
  5. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  6. The Dutch House, Ann Patchett
  7. The Girl Who Lived Twice, David Lagercrantz
  8. Killer Instinct, James Patterson and Howard Roughan
  9. Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson
  10. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
Nonfiction 
  1. Inside Out, Demi Moore
  2. Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell
  3. The United States of Trump, Bill O'Reilly
  4. Over the Top, Jonathan Van Ness
  5. Permanent Record, Edward Snowden
  6. Educated, Tara Westover
  7. Call Sign Chaos, Jim Mattis and Bing West
  8. The Only Plane in the Sky, Garrett M. Graff
  9. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  10. The Education of an Idealist, Samantha Power

Friday, October 4, 2019

Get Ready for Joker

Written by Jon Williams

Batman is one of the oldest and most beloved superheroes, having now been around for 80 years. Now, though, his most famous nemesis is stepping into the spotlight. Joker launches into theaters this weekend with plenty of buzz, looking to thrill audiences and break box office records. Here is a look at how the character has evolved throughout its various iterations over the years.

The Joker is nearly as old as the Caped Crusader himself. He made his first appearance in the premiere issue of Batman early in 1940, and the two have been fighting ever since. The original origin story holds that he fell into a vat of chemical waste, altering his appearance and driving him insane. This has changed often, due ostensibly to the mercurial nature of the character. In the comics he has been by turns a vicious murderer and a mischievous prankster. Patrons interested in these exploits will find a wide range of classic and contemporary comics from DC on hoopla digital.

This iconic villain remained a page-only creation for more than two and a half decades. He came to the screen for the first time when he was played by Cesar Romero in the classic television show that began in 1966, as well as the movie that accompanied it. The series featured camp over grit, and the Joker in this version was impish rather than violent. He came to animation in 1968 in The Adventures of Batman, voiced by Ted Knight, who reprised the role in 1972 when Batman teamed up with the Mystery, Inc. crew for The New Scooby-Doo Movies. In 1977, The New Adventures of Batman saw the Joker voiced by Lennie Weinrib, and in 1985 he was voiced for one episode of The Super Powers Team by legendary voice actor Frank Welker.

Being aimed more or less at kids, those iterations of the Joker were generally lighthearted in nature. Things began taking a darker turn with Tim Burton’s 1989 take on Batman, which saw Jack Nicholson portray the Joker as a twisted gangster intent on taking out the population of Gotham City. Mark Hamill provided what many consider the definitive voice of the animated Joker beginning in 1992 with Batman: The Animated Series and continuing for years through several animated projects and video games, including the movies Mask of the Phantasm (1993) and Return of the Joker (2000), and even up through recent outings like The Killing Joke.

After Nicholson’s incredible performance and with Hamill holding down the fort on the animated side, the Joker wasn’t seen again in live-action form until 2008. In The Dark Knight, the middle film of Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Batman trilogy, Heath Ledger made it worth the wait with a powerhouse performance that earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Unfortunately, it was a posthumous award, as the actor tragically passed away shortly before the film’s release.

Since then, however, focus has returned to the Joker, with a variety of big names playing him. He was portrayed by Jared Leto in 2016’s Suicide Squad along a team of super villains, with Harley Quinn and Deadshot among them. This movie has a sequel in development as well as several planned spinoffs, so fans will be seeing this version of the Joker again. In 2017’s animated Lego Batman Movie, he was voiced by comic actor Zach Galifianakis. And now, in Joker, he’s played by Joaquin Phoenix in an unhinged performance that is already drawing raves.

Batman vs. the Joker is a rivalry that has stood the test of time. Visit our website for plenty of Batman media across all our formats, and point your patrons toward hoopla for comics and more they can enjoy immediately on all their devices.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Hot This Week: September 30

As we prepare to leave September behind, our Hot This Week list has the random symmetry of exactly two new titles in each category. In movies, the latest X-Men flick takes the top spot. In music, a new album from the Lumineers makes its debut while Post Malone holds strong at the top. The fiction list has new novels from Craig Johnson and Jacqueline Woodson, while nonfiction is joined by a memoir from Edward Snowden at #2.

Movies
  1. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Aladdin (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Men in Black: International (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Ma (Blu-ray)
  6. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. The Hustle (Blu-ray)
  8. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. A Score to Settle (Blu-ray)
  10. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Post Malone, Hollywood's Bleeding
  2. The Lumineers, III
  3. Taylor Swift, Lover
  4. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  5. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  6. Korn, The Nothing
  7. Chris Brown, Indigo
  8. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  9. Melanie Martinez, K-12
  10. Quality Control: Control the Streets, Volume 2
Fiction
  1. The Institute, Stephen King
  2. The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
  3. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  4. Land of Wolves, Craig Johnson
  5. The Girl Who Lived Twice, David Lagercrantz
  6. Killer Instinct, James Patterson and Howard Roughan
  7. Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson
  8. The Titanic Secret, Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul
  9. A Better Man, Louise Penny
  10. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
Nonfiction 
  1. Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell
  2. Permanent Record, Edward Snowden
  3. Call Sign Chaos, Jim Mattis and Bing West
  4. Educated, Tara Westover
  5. The Only Plane in the Sky, Garrett M. Graff
  6. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  7. The Education of an Idealist, Samantha Power
  8. Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge, Jeanine Pirro
  9. Lifespan, David A. Sinclair and Matthew D. LaPlante
  10. On Fire, Naomi Klein

Monday, September 23, 2019

Hot This Week: September 23

We start the fall season with some great new titles on our weekly list, including the top spot in each category. The new installment in the John Wick saga debuts in movies, along with the live-action adaptation of Aladdin. A new album from Post Malone tops the music chart with new discs from Melanie Martinez and new country supergroup the Highwomen coming along for the ride. Margaret Atwood's long-awaited follow-up to The Handmaid's Tale edges out Stephen King for #1 in fiction, while the latest from Malcolm Gladwell leads four new titles in nonfiction.

Movies
  1. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Men in Black: International (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Aladdin (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Ma (Blu-ray)
  5. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. The Hustle (Blu-ray)
  7. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Marvel's Avengers: Endgame (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Rocketman (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Post Malone, Hollywood's Bleeding
  2. Taylor Swift, Lover
  3. Melanie Martinez, K-12
  4. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  5. Tool, Fear Inoculum
  6. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  7. Lana Del Rey, NFR!
  8. The Highwomen, The Highwomen
  9. Chris Brown, Indigo
  10. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
Fiction
  1. The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
  2. The Institute, Stephen King
  3. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  4. Killer Instinct, James Patterson and Howard Roughan
  5. The Girl Who Lived Twice, David Lagercrantz
  6. The Titanic Secret, Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul
  7. Vendetta in Death, J.D. Robb
  8. A Better Man, Louise Penny
  9. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
  10. This Tender Land, William Kent Krueger
Nonfiction 
  1. Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell
  2. Call Sign Chaos, Jim Mattis and Bing West
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. The Education of an Idealist, Samantha Power
  5. The Only Plane in the Sky, Garrett M. Graff
  6. Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge, Jeanine Pirro
  7. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  8. Lifespan, David A. Sinclair and Matthew D. LaPlante
  9. Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
  10. The Pioneers, David McCullough

Friday, September 20, 2019

Remembering Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek

Written by Jon Williams

The music world is in mourning this week after the recent passing of two popular figures: singer-songwriter Eddie Money and multitalented musician Ric Ocasek, best known as a member of the band the Cars.

Edward Mahoney took the stage name Eddie Money in 1968 when he moved from New York to California to pursue a career in music following a short stint as a trainee with the NYPD. Performing in clubs around San Francisco allowed him to steadily grow a fanbase and eventually secure a recording contract. He started with a bang; his self-titled debut album, released in 1977, contained “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise,” two big hits that are still in frequent rotation on classic rock stations. After a second album, Life for the Taking, in 1979, he hit his stride in the 1980s, releasing five albums that spawned hits like “Think I’m in Love,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “I Wanna Go Back,” and “Walk on Water.” His album production dipped after that, with just three released in the 1990s, followed by Wanna Go Back, an album covering hits from the 1960s, in 2007. A new album release was planned for July of this year, but was put on hold due to Money’s health issues.

Unfortunately, most of Money’s individual albums are currently out of print on CD, with the exceptions of Playing for Keeps (1980) and Where’s the Party? (1983). However, SmartBrowsing his name on our website will give you a choice of two greatest hits compilations and a live album. In addition, his 2007 covers album, Wanna Go Back, is available for patrons to borrow from hoopla digital.

Like Money, Ric Ocasek began his musical journey in the 1960s but saw his greatest success in the 1970s and ‘80s. He was one of the founding members of the Cars, who released their debut album in 1978. In their ten initial years together, they would release six albums and such timeless hits as “Just What I Needed,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Shake It Up,” and “Drive.” After a 23-year breakup, the band reunited for a final album, Move Like This, in 2011, and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Ocasek also released seven albums as a solo artist. He was also a noted musical producer, both for the Cars and his own solo work in addition to bands like Weezer, No Doubt, and Bad Religion, among others.

Of the Cars’ albums, only Panorama (1980) and Heartbeat City (1984) are currently available on CD, but a SmartBrowse will show a number of compilations and soundtracks their music appears on. Luckily, all of their albums (and more) are available on hoopla digital for patrons to explore and enjoy, as are four of Ocasek’s solo albums.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Hot This Week: September 16

This week brings a slew of new titles your patrons will be looking for. The latest installment in the Men in Black franchise leads three new movie titles. Tool bumps Taylor Swift from the top spot in music, where a new album from Lana Del Rey also makes its debut. The fiction list sees new additions from J.D. Robb, William Kent Krueger, and Christine Feehan, while nonfiction is joined by a new memoir from Jim Mattis as well as one from rapper Rick Ross.

Movies
  1. Men in Black: International (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Ma (Blu-ray)
  3. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. The Hustle (Blu-ray)
  6. Marvel's Avengers: Endgame (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Rocketman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Booksmart (Blu-ray)
  10. A Dog's Journey (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Tool, Fear Inoculum
  2. Taylor Swift, Lover
  3. Lana Del Rey, NFR!
  4. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  5. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  6. Chris Brown, Indigo
  7. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  8. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  9. Quality Control: Control the Streets, Volume 2
  10. Khalid, Free Spirit
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Vendetta in Death, J.D. Robb
  3. This Tender Land, William Kent Krueger
  4. A Better Man, Louise Penny
  5. The Girl Who Lived Twice, David Lagercrantz
  6. The Inn, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  7. The Dark Side, Danielle Steel
  8. The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware
  9. Dark Illusion, Christine Feehan
  10. One Good Deed, David Baldacci
Nonfiction 
  1. Call Sign Chaos, Jim Mattis and Bing West
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge, Jeanine Pirro
  4. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  5. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  6. Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
  7. Hurricanes, Rick Ross and Neil Martinez-Belkin
  8. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  9. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  10. Bad Blood, John Carreyrou

Monday, September 9, 2019

Hot This Week: September 9

New movies dominate the top half of this week's list, with the latest Godzilla monster flick taking top honors. In music, Taylor Swift's new album makes its first appearance at #1. Louise Penny nudges Delia Owens from the top spot in fiction this week, while Fox News commentator Jeanine Pirro's new book is the sole new entry for the week in nonfiction.

Movies
  1. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. The Hustle (Blu-ray)
  4. Rocketman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Marvel's Avengers: Endgame (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. A Dog's Journey (Blu-ray)
  8. Brightburn (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Long Shot (Blu-ray)
  10. The Curse of La Llorona (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Taylor Swift, Lover
  2. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  3. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  4. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  5. Chris Brown, Indigo
  6. Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
  7. Khalid, Free Spirit
  8. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  9. NF, The Search
  10. Midland, Let It Roll
Fiction
  1. A Better Man, Louise Penny
  2. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  3. The Girl Who Lived Twice, David Lagercrantz
  4. The Dark Side, Danielle Steel
  5. The Inn, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  6. One Good Deed, David Baldacci
  7. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
  8. The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware
  9. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  10. Old Bones, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Nonfiction 
  1. Educated, Tara Westover
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge, Jeanine Pirro
  4. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  5. Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
  6. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  7. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  8. Bad Blood, John Carreyrou
  9. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  10. Kochland, Christopher Leonard

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Hot This Week: September 3

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! Labor Day may have signaled the unofficial end of summer, but the summer blockbuster Avengers: Endgame reigns supreme on our movie list. Lionel Richie takes over the music chart for the week. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have the highest rated new title on the fiction list, while the nonfiction selection remains largely the same.

Movies
  1. Marvel's Avengers: Endgame (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. The Hustle (Blu-ray)
  3. A Dog's Journey (Blu-ray)
  4. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Brightburn (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Long Shot (Blu-ray)
  7. The Curse of La Llorona (Blu-ray)
  8. Shazam! (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. UglyDolls (Blu-ray)
  10. The Sun Is Also a Star
CD
  1. Lionel Richie, Hello from Las Vegas
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  4. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  5. Chris Brown, Indigo
  6. Rick Ross, Port of Miami 2
  7. Khalid, Free Spirit
  8. Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
  9. Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind
  10. Killswitch Engage, Atonement
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Old Bones, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  3. The Inn, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  4. One Good Deed, David Baldacci
  5. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
  6. The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware
  7. The Last Widow, Karin Slaughter
  8. The Bitterroots, C.J. Box
  9. Inland, Téa Obreht
  10. The Whisper Man, Alex North
Nonfiction 
  1. Educated, Tara Westover
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  4. Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
  5. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  6. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  7. Kochland, Christopher Leonard
  8. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  9. Texas Flood, Alan Paul and Andy Aledort
  10. The Source of Self-Regard, Toni Morrison

Monday, August 26, 2019

Hot This Week: August 27

We go into the last week of August with the new Avengers movie making the list, and bringing its predecessor along for the ride. Heavy metal band Slipknot takes over the week's music chart, with new music from rapper Rick Ross debuting as well. New novels from C.J. Box, Stuart Woods, and Téa Obreht join the fiction list, while a book on power and politics and a biography of guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan do so in non-fiction.

Movies 
  1. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Marvel's Avengers: Endgame (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Long Shot (Blu-ray)
  4. The Curse of La Llorona (Blu-ray)
  5. The Intruder (Blu-ray)
  6. Shazam! (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. UglyDolls (Blu-ray)
  9. Alita: Battle Angel (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Hellboy (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind
  2. Rick Ross, Port of Miami 2
  3. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  4. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  5. Chris Brown, Indigo
  6. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  7. Khalid, Free Spirit
  8. Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
  9. NF, The Search
  10. Descendants 3 Soundtrack
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The Inn, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  3. The Bitterroots, C.J. Box
  4. One Good Deed, David Baldacci
  5. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
  6. The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware
  7. Outfox, Sandra Brown
  8. Chances Are..., Richard Russo
  9. Contraband, Stuart Woods
  10. Inland, Téa Obreht
Non-Fiction 
  1. Educated, Tara Westover
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
  4. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  5. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  6. Kochland, Christopher Leonard
  7. Texas Flood, Alan Paul and Andy Aledort
  8. The Source of Self-Regard, Toni Morrison
  9. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  10. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates

Monday, August 19, 2019

Hot This Week: August 19

As the kids get ready to head back to school, the live-action Pokemon movie takes top honors on this week's movie list. The soundtrack to the latest Descendants movie is the top debut in music, and a new single propels Tool's classic album Aenima onto the chart 23 years after its release. New novels from James Patterson and Ruth Ware are the top debuts in fiction, while Toni Morrison's passing spurs interest in her recent essay collection.

Movies 
  1. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. The Curse of La Llorona (Blu-ray)
  3. Long Shot (Blu-ray)
  4. The Intruder (Blu-ray)
  5. Shazam! (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Alita: Battle Angel (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. UglyDolls (Blu-ray)
  8. Hellboy (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Breakthrough (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Pet Sematary (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Chris Brown, Indigo
  4. NF, The Search
  5. Descendants 3 Soundtrack
  6. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  7. Tool, Aenima
  8. Tyler Childers, Country Squire
  9. Khalid, Free Spirit
  10. Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The Inn, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  3. The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware
  4. One Good Deed, David Baldacci
  5. Outfox, Sandra Brown
  6. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
  7. A Dangerous Man, Robert Crais
  8. Summer of '69, Elin Hilderbrand
  9. Chances Are..., Richard Russo
  10. City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert
Non-Fiction 
  1. Educated, Tara Westover
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
  4. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  5. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  6. The Source of Self-Regard, Toni Morrison
  7. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  8. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  9. Bad Blood, John Carreyrou
  10. American Carnage, Tim Alberta