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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