Staff Picks

July 2019

Zodiac Legacy: Convergence

by Stan Lee

Would you like to be able to disappear in a poof and reappear somewhere else? How about have stupendous strength? A group of kids mysteriously obtain superpowers and band together to fight against the evil Maxwell who wants all the powers for himself. If you’re looking for non-stop action, then this is the book for you!

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Happy Death Day

by Christopher Landon

The sound of clock tower bells, a geeky guy’s friendly greeting, and 9:01 am on her cell phone marks the beginning of Tree’s birthday in Happy Death Day. Unfortunately for Tree, she walks this day again and again, groundhog day style, until her death at days’ end. The list of suspects grows as the movie progresses and Tree tries to figure out what is happening on the last and most special day of her life. Can she figure out who her murderer is or will she live the day over and over? I would recommend this movie for fans of the Scream franchise or even the TV series Scream Queens. It has a witty, sarcastic script, a decent cast of characters, and is not gory like most in the horror genre. Happy Death Day 2U has recently been released as well.

Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Movies/TV


by M. Night Shyamalan

I recommend seeing Unbreakable and Split prior to watching Glass, as the trilogy is severely underrated and deserves more love. It’s a smart action movie full of twists and turns, and Shyamalan includes just the right amount of subdued details to remain true to the genre. This easily could have been a bland, stream-lined superhuman story, but he bends your mind just as much as he makes your heart pump, all the while effectively submersing you in his world without the theatrics required by big-budget superhero franchises.

Rated PG-13 for violence including some bloody images, thematic elements, and language.

Recommended by: Lisa Stemmons, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Movies/TV

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

by Leslye Walton

Ava was born with a sparrow’s wings, but does not fly.  Her twin does not speak and spends his life drawing maps.  Ava initially remains within the house, but soon makes friends with a local girl and her brother.  It is from there that she learns to embrace her identity and begins to understand the trials and values of humanity. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is a difficult book to describe, however Walton’s writing style is so inviting and comfortable that it feels like a warm blanket of words which is reason enough to give it a shot.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

Don’t Wake Up

by Liz Lawler

Dr. Alex Taylor awakens after an assault with no physical proof of the attack and must try to convince everyone of what really happened.

Why I liked it: The tone is disturbing. This is compelling psychological suspense.

Recommended by: Linda Conrath, Adult Services Librarian

Posted in: Adult Fiction

June 2019

Agatha Raisin

I have read many in this mystery series by MC Beaton and was delighted when British television made it a show. Those who enjoy mysteries on PBS/BBC such as Father Brown or Death in Paradise, will also find this an enjoyable series to watch. The main character, Agatha, in this nine episode DVD set, has recently retired to the English countryside but soon finds herself lonely and bored. In the first episode, Agatha enters a quiche cooking contest; there is a murder and Agatha becomes a suspect. In order to clear herself, she becomes an amateur sleuth and finds that she is quite good at it. This is a quick paced series with picturesque views of England that are so lovely that you will want to travel there.

Not Rated

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Movies/TV

Falling Kingdoms

by Morgan Rhodes

Four teenagers hailing for three different kingdoms in the land of Mytica encounter a disruption in the trajectory of their lives after incidents occur connecting them all together. Falling Kingdoms is the first book in a series that is perfect for readers looking for something to dive into after the “Game of Thrones” TV show.  Don’t get too connected to characters because no one is safe in Mytica.  Rhodes constructs a fascinating world that provides you with characters that you want to root for in the beginning and curse at the end.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

All the Wrong Places

by Joy Fielding

Driven to desperation by divorce, boredom, infidelity and loss, four women turn to online dating for companionship, only to find themselves in the crosshairs of a tech-savvy killer. (Novelist)

Give this suspenseful read to friends seeking thrilling new romances.       

Recommended by: Diane Srebro, Assistant Manager Adult Services

Posted in: Adult Fiction

Fighting With My Family

by Stephen Merchant

Based on the true story of WWE Women’s Superstar Paige and her family, this movie was not only funny, but it “wrestled”  with deeper themes that were thoughtfully crafted throughout. Even with all of its predictability, the film still felt uniquely itself and kept me engaged with the authentic nature of the protagonist and the complexity of their family dynamic. Vince Vaughn also continues to shine in more authoritative roles, giving a realistic portrayal of the coach.

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual material, language throughout, some violence and drug content.

Recommended by: Lisa Stemmons, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Movies/TV

The Darkness

by Ragnar Jonasson

A series debut by the author of the Dark Iceland thrillers finds Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik Police targeted by a violent adversary who would prevent her from solving the murder of a Russian asylum seeker.

Why I liked it.  Writing style is compelling and gritty.  The tone is atmospheric, bleak and suspenseful.

Recommended by: Linda Conrath, Adult Services Librarian

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