Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

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Reviewed by Jen Bremer (Library Staff)

I loved this film! It was sweet and funny with just the right amount of self-deprecation and situational humor. Bridget, played by the ever delightful, Renee Zellweger, is celebrating her 43rd birthday, and feeling a bit low and, well, old, decides to live a little…or a lot. And finds herself stuck between two potential papas for her surprise baby on board. Colin Firth is just as hunky as ever in his reprisal of Mr. Mark Fitzwilliam Darcy. If you’re looking for a lighthearted film about aging, babies, and love – Bridget Jones’s Baby really can’t be beat.

Located in DVDs (DVD BRIDGET)

Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult

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Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

With a story ripped from the headlines, Jodi Picoult stuns with a story of family, tragedy, and ultimately, the inherent racism in society. Ruth Jefferson is an African American woman who has worked hard all her life to be where she is: a successful labor and delivery nurse. Turk Bauer is the opposite: a violent, vehement white supremacist who believes in “white power” and the ascension of the Aryan race. When Turk’s young son dies under Ruth’s watch, Ruth suddenly finds herself on trial for murder and the center of a national debate. Excellent, taut storytelling makes this one a must-read!

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC PICCOULT)

The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines

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Reviewed by Jennifer Klett (Library Staff)

If you are a fan of the television show, “Fixer Upper,” you will love this short but inspiring read. Find out how hard this Waco, Texas home renovating team worked to achieve their dreams and help others by transforming homes. This couple is definitely not an overnight success. An uplifting story; read it soon!

Located in Nonfiction (791.45 GAI)

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

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Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

Belgravia is a serial novel by Julian Fellowes, the writer and creator of Downton Abbey. I was not sure how Mr. Fellowes has time to write novels on top of his work with the Downton juggernaut, as well as other theater and TV writing, but after reading Belgravia I have my suspicions.

He has a big decorative Ming vase in his office, and he has filled it with slips of paper with plot elements written on them. There are characters: “Inept social climber,” “plotting countess,” “headstrong daughter of a wealthy family,” “scheming servant.” There are events: “Meet-cute on a chilly balcony,” “neglected wife begins love affair,” “upstanding youth framed as a libertine,” “failed murder attempt.” And there are twists: “Long-lost servant returns with a bunch of old letters,” “unintended pregnancy brings husband and wife back together,” “nice average guy turns out to be the heir to a great title.”

Then old Julian just reaches his chubby paw into the vase, grabs a handful of papers, and arranges them on his desk. Voila–another bone to throw to the ravening pack of Downton-aholics. So no, Belgravia isn’t great. But it has all of those upstairs/downstairs soap-opera-in-a-corset elements that we have come to expect from a Julian Fellowes production. And if you are like me, you need a Fellowes fix now and then.

Available through BRIDGES Library System

Snow White by Matt Phelan

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Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

This Snow White is a beautifully executed graphic novel of the traditional Snow White story, modernized to the 1920’s. Samantha White, nicknamed Snow, has her life drastically changed when her widowed father remarries the “Queen of the Follies,” an egotistical dancer who is obsessed with the need to get Snow out of the picture. The story is based in New York City, and the illustrations in this graphic novel bring out the darkness surrounding Snow, with touches of color adding a beautiful counterpoint. A great read for a cold and snowy night.

Located in Children’s Graphic Novels (J GRAPHIC PHELAN)

 

The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

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Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot is a quick, light, enjoyable romance. Told in emails, letters, texts, etc. the story follows pro golfer Reed Stewart and his journey to his hometown after his parents are caught in a scandal. His old girlfriend, Becky Flowers, is the only one who can help his parents, but Reed left her ten years ago without a word, so it might be a little awkward asking for her help. But he needs to help his family, so he is willing to bury the hatchet if Becky will as well.

I really enjoyed this book because it was fun to read. Personally, I love when books are written in different formats, like letters or text messages. I find it faster to read and it just gives something different than the typical novel. Meg Cabot has written four novels in this format now, and I have loved all of them. If you are looking for a light, fun read, this is the book for you.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC CABOT)

Mr. Robot (2015)

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Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

This inventive, thrilling new(ish) show grabs you from the moment you first hear our main character great you with “Hello, friend.” Elliot is a corporate security expert by day and a vigilante hacker by night. He is a paranoid, lonely individual who believes shadow organizations are running, and destroying, the world. When Mr. Robot approaches him with the opportunity of his lifetime–take down the large corporations plaguing society–Elliot is faced with a moral conundrum. Does he go along with the nefarious scheme even if it means prosecuting innocent people and hurting his friend? Or does he allow corporate corruption to continue?

Available through BRIDGES Library System