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Sunset Boulevard [videorecording]
Sunset Boulevard is not a book. But it is available at the library, so I feel it is worthy to add to the list. Sunset Boulevard is about Joe Gillis, a man who goes to Hollywood trying to make it as a screen-writer. We start out with some people trying to reposess his car. To escape them, he pulls into the driveway of a crumbling mansion to find the equally crumbling Norma Desmond, star of the silent films. She coerces Joe to edit a film she has written, which promises to be her grand return to film. Joe, short on cash and options, stays on. The story is both darkly comical and deeply tragic. Norma Desmond has cracked in her stardom and then her isolation. Joe struggles underneath the weight of Hollywood indifference. Great movie, classic of the time and well worth watching.
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This is how you die : stories of the inscrutable, infallible, inescapable machin
There's a machine. You put your finger underneath, it takes some blood, and a little slip of paper comes out. On that little slip of paper, it tells you how you die. The machine is never wrong. Sometimes it's less than forthright, but the machine is never wrong. Would you look? How would this change society? Could we handle it? This book is a series a short stories set up to answer that very question. Some stories are funny, some tragic, some peaceful but none boring. This book is a fascinating exploration of our own mortality.
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Cover Art: The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy /
The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
Adams, Douglas, 1952-2001
Arthur Dent is having a bad day. He woke up, groggy like normal, and his brain registered "yellow". A few minutes later, and a good cup of tea, and he realized that "yellow" was a bunch of bulldozers come to destroy his house to build a bypass. From that pleasant start, his life gets worse. Oh, and then then the planet gets blown up by interstellar bureaucrats called the Vogons. The first book in a five novel trilogy, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is probably the funniest thing science fiction has to offer. Offering a sharp look at the universe Adams shows us a fun-house mirror of our own little planet swirling about in an unfashionable arm of the Milky Way. Read and enjoy!
Adult Fiction ADAMS
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Cover Art: Moon called /
Moon called
Briggs, Patricia
I'm on the fence on this one. On the one hand, I really like the main character, Mercy Thompson. She is kind, compassionate, dedicated, smart and more importantly than some other characters I could mention in other series *cough Dresden cough* she actually knows when NOT to taunt the all-powerful vampire. Patricia Briggs accomplishes the fundamental goal of all writers- I wanted to turn the page to see what would happen next. I was invested in the characters. The stakes seemed real, and I even found myself caring about some of the tertiary characters and interested in their backstory. But, the story is a little forgettable. So of the story points (all female werewolves hate me because I can have children and they can't!) were tired and obnoxious. It wasn't so bad that I lost interest, and I am excited to read the book, but it did grate me the wrong way from time to time. Read it, and make your own decision- content warning for sexual assualt, death, and kidnapping.
Adult Fiction BRIGGS
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Cover Art: World War Z : an oral history of the zombie war /
World War Z : an oral history of the zombie war
Brooks, Max.
If you like books that keep you up at night, this is definitely a book you'll want to pick up. The world has been overwhelmed by a plague that causes dead bodies to re-animate and attack. Only direct shots to the head can kill them, and a single bite causes infection. Humanity barely survived, and our narrator is tasked with writing up how it happened in hopes of preventing it from happening again. Told in a semi-documentary style, our narrator travels across the globe, from China to the United States, Ecuador to the Artic, telling the tale of how the virus started and spread. The zombies are described in vivid detail but the real scare is the all-too-plausible failures of multiple governments and human beings.
Adult Fiction BROOKS
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Cover Art: Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem,
Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem,
Brosh, Allie
At some point past the age of 18, we are supposed to be adults. We are supposed to know how to feed ourselves, pay our bills, clean things, and take care of pets. We should know how to fend off a vicious goose that has wandered into our house. Allie Brosh talks about the trials and tribulations of mastering this whole "Grown up" thing with a healthy dose of reminiscing about her less-than-saintlike childhood. Based on her popular blog, Hyperbole and Half is a hilarious book that will have your eyes watering and your sides hurting. Laugh at her trying to raise the simple dog. Enjoy her tormenting her mother with a repeating parrot doll. And see yourself when she talks about the secret feeling that adulthood should come with a trophy. Read this book and then “Clean ALL the things”.
Adult Nonfiction Book PN2287.B6955 A3 2013
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Cover Art: Storm front /
Storm front
Butcher, Jim, 1971-
Not going to lie to you, this book is awful. It's one of Butcher's earlier works, and it shows. The story is a little clunky, the main character, Harry Dresden, is unlikeable and the rest of the characters come off as one-note. The only exceptions are Mister, Dresden's cat whom cat owners will very well recognize, and Bob, a spirit of intellect with a taste for lusty novels trapped in a skull. But if you hold on this series gets better fast. The Dresden Files series ends up being one of the most engaging works of urban fantasy of all time. A cross between a film noir PI and Merlin, Dresden fights the creatures that go bump in the night for very little pay and for a lot of heartache. Later books get fun, fast-paced, and very addicting. This book unfortunately just needs to be read to get an introduction to the world and the characters. But get past this and enjoy fireballs galore.
Adult Fiction BUTCHER
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Cover Art: Size 12 is not fat : a Heather Wells mystery /
Size 12 is not fat : a Heather Wells mystery
Cabot, Meg
"The average American woman is a size 12" insists our protagonist, Heather Wells, to defend her own size. A former pop star, Heather Wells's mother rushed off with her money and her dad's in jail. She's living with her ex-fiancée’s brother, and working semi-incognito at a dorm in downtown New York. Life isn't that great, but it gets a whole lot worse when someone turns up dead at her dorm. Will Heather be able to figure out who the murderer is? Smart, and relatable, you will enjoy following along with Heather Wells as she deals with the every-day bizarre. The book is always witty, and at turns laugh out loud funny and edge of the seat tense. A quick read, but well worth the time. WARNING This is book one is a series of books. You may find yourself wanting to plow through the other 5.
Adult Fiction CABOT
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Cover Art: Etiquette & espionage /
Etiquette & espionage
Carriger, Gail
Gail Carriger fleshes out the world of Steampunk London in this semi-prequel to the Soulless Series. Etiquette and Espionage is book one in the Finishing School Series, and we follow around 14-year-old Sophronia as she learns how to sneak, poison, faint, and above all execute a proper curtsy. At the Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality Sophorinia uses all of her wits to find her place and the tangled web of conspiracies and gossip while still getting along with her new classmates. Fans of the Soulless series will appreciate the glimpses of well-beloved characters, and new readers will enjoy the introduction to a fabulous world. This book is aimed at a teen audience, but could easily be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Teen Fiction CARRIGE
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Cover Art: Soulless /
Carriger, Gail
Fantasy, steampunk, and London all come together in this, the first book in the Parasol Protectorate. In a world of vampires and werewolves, Alexia Tarabotti is a preternatural Soulless- a being who can turn supernatural human again as long as she is touching them. When she accidentally kills a vampire, she is thrust into the middle of an investagation (for Queen and Country, of course) with gruff but handsome Lord Maccoon, who just happens to be the local werewolf Alpha. Together they run afoul of mad scientists, vampire hives, and bad fashion. Can Alexia find who's making these rogue vampires without falling a foul of fiendish fashionistas? Will Lord Maccoon and Alexia realize their love when everyone else (in book and out) realized it on page 12? And can Alexia convince her friend Ivy Hisselpenny to give up her fondness for hideous hats? Read on to discover. If you like Pythonesque humor and steampunk, this is a book for you.
Adult Fiction CARRIGE
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Cover Art: The Eyre affair : a novel /
The Eyre affair : a novel
Fforde, Jasper.
I don't like postmodern, highly metatextual novels. The occasional lampshade* is fine, but yell at me "This is a novel! See how this is a novel!" can get grating. However, there are always exceptions, and this book marks a great exception. Follow Thursday Next, a SpecOps officer in a world that is close, but not quite, entirely unlike ours, as she maintains the intengrity of great literature and thwarts the evil Archades Hades. Hades has gotten his hands on the Prose Portal (and Thursday's aunt and uncle) and is threatning to go into novels and start killing main characters if people do not bow to his demands. Will Jane Eyre be safe? Is the Prose Portal safe in anyone's hands? And should England still be fighting Russia in the Crimera? Read to find out. Fans of literature and history will find the in-jokes hilarious. Keep a sharp watch for fun Easter eggs!** * **
Adult Fiction FFORDE
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Cover Art: The fault in our stars /
The fault in our stars
Green, John, 1977-
Are you a fan of bawling your eyes out? Then this is absolutely a book for you. The Fault in our Stars follows 16-year-old Hazel Grace and her trials and tribulations as a cancer patient. She meets cute Augustus, who lost his leg to cancer, and the two fall in love. Despite being about teenagers with cancer, and it never flinches away from how much it sucks for our protaganist to have cancer, the book is surprisingly upbeat. Hazel Grace has a wry, sometimes sarcastic sense of humor and the book never feels treacly or preachy.
Teen Fiction GREEN
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Cover Art: Let's pretend this never happened : (a mostly true memoir) /
Let's pretend this never happened : (a mostly true memoir)
Lawson, Jenny, 1979-
This book is laugh-out loud hilarious. Who among us have never had to deal with a turkey following us to school? Who hasn't worried about scaring off a new boyfriend because your father has dropped a mountain lion in his lap? Even if you haven't had the same experiences as our author, you can still laugh and sympathize with her joys and sorrows. I highly recommend for a good, snarky time.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 L439 2012
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Cover Art: Fairest /
Levine, Gail Carson.
Gail Levine is a master mistress at being able to twist and reinvent fairy tales to make a supremely entertaining read appropriate for children. Aza exists in the same universe as "Ella Enchanted". She is an excellent singer, but far out of step with the culture's beauty standards. When she is asked/ blackmailed by the new princess (who cannot sing) to sing for her, Aza does her best. But when she is found out, keeping her head attached to her neck is going to take some doing. Somewhat based on the story of Snow White, audiences will enjoy this story of prejudice, choice and redemption.
Children's Fiction LEVINE
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Cover Art: This is your brain on music : the science of a human obsession /
This is your brain on music : the science of a human obsession
Levitin, Daniel J.
Adult Nonfiction Book 781.11 L
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Cover Art: Lamb : the gospel according to Biff, Christ's childhood pal /
Lamb : the gospel according to Biff, Christ's childhood pal
Moore, Christopher, 1957-
“If you have come to these pages for laughter, may you find it. If you are here to be offended, may your ire rise and your blood boil. If you seek an adventure, may this song sing you away to blissful escape. If you need to test or confirm your beliefs, may you reach comfortable conclusions. All books reveal perfection, by what they are or what they are not. May you find that which you seek, in these pages or outside them. May you find perfection, and know it by name.” This is how Christopher Moore begins Lamb, foreshadowing the book ahead. It follows Levi Bar Alpheas, called Biff, as he learns and grows with Joshua bar Joseph, called the Christ. Sometimes pensive, sometimes baffling, but always hilarious, Lamb is perfect for people just looking to laugh OR looking to test their faith.
Adult Fiction MOORE
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Cover Art: Trickster's choice /
Trickster's choice
Pierce, Tamora
Tammy writes against type in this book, which follows after the "Lioness" and "Protector of the Small" series. Alianne is Alana's daughter, and she is looking to DO something with her life, and not be forever in the shadow of her famous mother. Her father is the king's Spymaster, and she thinks she would make an excellent spy but her parents think it is too dangerous. Fate interferes in the form of a Trickster God and Alianne is literally blown into harm's way. Can she prove that she is the spy she always thought herself to be? A story of gods, mad kings, racism, slavery, classism, and magic Trickster's Choice is a fascinating novel set in the Tortal world. Fans of Pierce will enjoy the continuing series, and those brand- new will enjoy the well-developed characters and fascinating locals.
Teen Fiction PIERCE
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Cover Art: Going postal : a novel of Discworld /
Going postal : a novel of Discworld
Pratchett, Terry.
Moist Van Lipwig is a con man that has been going by the name of Albert Spangler. He's also going to be hanged by the name Albert Spangler. But when Lord Ventanari offers him the choice to run the antiquated, run-down post office civic duty (and a desire to keep breathing) compels Moist to leap at the opportunity. Of course, he didn't know that the Post office has been reduced to 2 people. And that there are letters everywhere. And Vetanari has given him a golem as a parole officer. And that the new clacks are trying to permanently disable the old post office. Will charm, a smooth tongue, and stamps be enough to save the day? Fans of Terry Pratchett will enjoy this story of the Discworld immensely, and new people will be brought into a fascinating world of magic and mayhem.
Adult Fiction PRATCHE
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Cover Art: Holes /
Sachar, Louis, 1954-
Stanley Yelnats the Third is in trouble and it's all the fault of his no-good, pig-stealing great-great grandfather. He has to dig holes in the desert for "his character" for stealing shoes that fell out of the sky. Also, this story involves gypsy curses, Kissing Kate Barlow, and stinky sneakers. Confused? Any plot synopsis would be confusing, but the book itself is one of those rare, but fantastic books that combines lots of plot elements together in a way that is facsinating, unexpected, and tight. No detail is actually wasted, the characters and the story suck you right in, and the ending is emotionally satisfying. Great for children, or the child-at-heart.
Children's Fiction SACHAR
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Cover Art: Dealing with dragons /
Dealing with dragons
Wrede, Patricia C., 1953-
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Children's Nonfiction BookPZ8.W92De 1990
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