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Archived Staff Picks - Jan Feb 2016


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Archive Staff Picks January / February 2016

By Dan Brown
Recommended by Robert

As I was reading Dan Brown's "Inferno", I could not get Tom Hanks out of my mind.  Robert Langdon, the professor of symbology we got to know in the "Da Vinci Code" awakens in a Florence hospital with a head wound and suffering from amnesia.  It soon appears that someone still wants Robert dead and accompanied by a very intelligent female doctor, Robert is forced to flee through the streets of this city of the Renaissance.  Eventually, Robert finds hidden in his clothing a macabre object that is somehow tied to Dante's Inferno.  A persistant assassin, government organizations and the Italian police are now all after Dr. Langdon.  Meanwhile, Robert and his doctor friend are trying to make sense of what did happen to him during his missing 36 hours before he was wounded.
Langdon discovers that a learned, but disturbed geneticist has planned a catastophic event that will forever change mankind.  The search for clues hidden in passages from the Inferno takes our duet to Venice and then to Istanbul to find the location of and prevent the event.  As Dr. Langdon's mind gradually clears, it becomes apparent that all is not as it seems and that the line between good and evil blurs.
If you like action-filled conspiracy stories with great locations and an appreciation of Dante, you will enjoy this novel.  There are enough sudden turns to satisfy that reader who enjoys a complicated story.  Not great literature, but good escapist fare.

This title is available in Regular Print, Large Print, Audiobook and Downloadable Audiobook and eBook formats.

The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square
By Rosina Lippi
Recommended by Pauline

"A bird may love a fish, but where will they build a home together?" (Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof)

He's claustophobic.  She's agoraphobic.  He's a rover, moving from town to town rescuing small businesses on the brink of disaster.  She couldn't be more settled in her apartment in Lambert Square.  John Dodge and Julia Darrow both have secrets.  They have problems.  The have pasts.  But can they have a future together?  All of Lambert Square is watching and waiting, and from the first page to the last, you will be too.
The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square is a romantic comedy, full of smart, funny characters oozing Southern hospitality, compassion and kindness.

This title is available in Regular Print, Downloadable Audiobook and eBook formats.

Age of Adaline - DVD
Recommended by Kathy

This is powerful film, often in spite of itself.  You want it to break your heart, and it does."  Matt Zoller Seitz -

After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret.  but a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance.  When a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.

This title is availalbe in DVD format.
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Secondhand Souls
By Christopher Moore
Recommended by Rachel

Finally the newest fix for Christopher Moore fans has arrived.  Secondhand Souls is the wacky sequel to "A Dirty Job", in which archetypal beta-male Charlie Asher becomes a Death Merchant.

In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing - and you know that can't be good.
Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay.  People are dying, but their souls are not being collected.  someone - or something - is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge.  Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else.  He's trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall "meat puppet" waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host.
To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motely crew of heroes will band together:  the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh; retired policeman turned bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; and Lily, the former Goth girl.  Now if they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind.

This title is available in Regular Print, Audiobook and Downloadable eBook formats.
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Mrs. Brown's Boys - Season One - DVD
Recommended by Krista

Mrs. Brown's Boys is a wonderful comedy about an Irish matriarch who has raised six kids on her own for along time and continues to meddle in their adult lives.  The star of the show is Agnes Brown, written by Brendan O'Carroll who brings a lot of heart and wit to the role.  Her family is a wonderful cast of characters with many of the actors being from O'Carroll's own family so they have great chemistry.  The show uses old school comedy with physical humour, bad language, and crude jokes not to mention the odd musical number to keep the audience engaged.  Filmed in front of a live studio audience the improv, laughts and breaks out of character to talk to the audience give the show an interactive feel.
One reviewer on called it Rude, Crude and Hopelessly Brilliant.  If you like that sort of thing; this show is for you.

This title is available on DVD.  We have Season Three as well.

100 Foot Journey - DVD
Recommended by Kim

Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is an extraordinarily talented and largely self-taught culinary novice.  When he and his family are displaced from their native India and settle in a quaint French village, they decide to open an Indian eatery.  However, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the proprietress of an acclaimed restaurant just 100 feet away, strongly objects.  War erupts between the two establishments, until Mallory recognizes Kadam's impressive epicurean gifts and takes him under her wing.

This title is available is available in DVD, Regular Print and Large Print formats.
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