Super Manny Stands Up! by Kelly DiPucchio

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

Author DiPucchio (of Gaston, Zombies in Love, and Grace for President fame) delivers another charming addition to her oeuvre with Super Manny. Manny, a raccoon with an active imagination, believes himself to be a superhero and fights everything from sea creatures to robots with laser-beam eyes. But what will he do when he faces his biggest villain of all, the school bully? Parents will love this lesson in kindness and won’t mind when kids want to read again and again.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Spotlight on: CDs (Adult)

CDs: Our CD collection for adults is located in the two brown shelving units that are in the middle of the main foyer, once you walk in past the main circulation desk. Our CDs check out for 3 weeks. We have 13 different categories of CDs: Pop/Rock, Classical, Christian, Folk, Meditation, Musical, New Age, World, Soundtracks, Rap/Hip-Hop, Country, Holiday, and Jazz/Blues. New CDs to the library are located at the front of each individual section, and they have a red New sticker on their front cover.

Divide / Ed Sheeran

Divide is the third studio album by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was released on 3 March 2017 through Asylum Records and Atlantic Records. “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You” were released as the album’s lead singles on 6 January 2017. (CD POP/ROCK SHEERAN #3)

Appassionato / Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma – Appassionato reflects an extraordinary range of collaborators and includes so many of the most important musical relationships of Yo-Yo’s life. The works selected here have never before been available on one single compilation. The album also represents the entire span of Yo-Yo’s recording career, beginning with his first recordings for the label (Saint-Saens’ The Swan) and culminating with three new tracks recorded this past fall especially for the collection. the most admired and beloved classical artist of his generation, cellist Yo-Yo Ma delivers an album of romance and passion, featuring some of the most beautiful music he has ever recorded. (CD CLASSICAL MA #2)

Welcome to the New / MercyMe

Welcome to the New is the eighth studio album from contemporary Christian music band MercyMe, which was released on April 8, 2014 by Fair Trade Services and Columbia Records, and the producers are David Garcia and Ben Glover. (CD CHRISTIAN MERCYME #5)

The Lumineers / The Lumineers

In 2011, an eponymous, self-recorded EP led to touring, and before long The Lumineers started attracting devout fans. They’re drawn by songs like “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love,” Americana-inflected barn burners in the vein of the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons. The roots revival has primed listeners for a new generation of rustic, heart-on-the-sleeve music. The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics. (CD FOLK LUMINEERS #1)

Mozart for Meditation / Mozart

Quiet music for quiet times, this Mozart sampler is the classical approach to stress reduction. (CD MEDITATION MOZART #1)

 

Dear Evan Hansen

Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is a new American musical about life and the way we live it. Dear Evan Hansen had its world premiere at Arena Stage, Washington D.C. and played a record-breaking New York debut at Off-Broadway’s Second Stage. The musical recently won ‘Best Musical’ prizes from the Obie Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards and Helen Hayes Awards. (CD MUSICAL DEAR)

The Memory of Trees / Enya

The Memory of Trees is the fourth studio album by the Irish singer, songwriter, and musician Enya, released on 20 November 1995 by Warner Music internationally and on 5 December 1995 by Reprise Records in the United States. (CD NEW AGE ENYA #3)

 

Legacy: Volume 1 / Celtic Thunder

Legacy is an exciting new live show that celebrates the influence of Irish and Celtic music around the world and the imprint that such music has made. (CD WORLD CELTIC THUNDER #1)

 

The Hamilton Mixtape

The Hamilton Mixtape is a 2016 mixtape album featuring assorted songs from the 2015 Broadway musical Hamilton performed by various artists. (CD SDTK HAMILTON #1)

 

Hard II Love / Usher

Hard II Love is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Usher. It was released on September 16, 2016, by RCA Records. (CD RAP/HIP HOP USHER # 4)

 

Blown Away / Carrie Underwood

Blown Away is the fourth studio album by American singer and songwriter Carrie Underwood. It was released in the United States and Canada on May 1, 2012 by Arista Nashville. (CD COUNTRY UNDERWOOD #3)

 

That’s Christmas to Me / Pentatonix

That’s Christmas to Me is the third studio album by a cappella group Pentatonix. It is their sixth release overall and their second holiday release following their 2012 EP PTXmas. It only features previously unreleased material. (CD HOLIDAY PENTATONIX #1)

 

Jazz Loves Disney

Jazz Loves Disney was recorded between Paris, London and Los Angeles by a dream cast. It is incredibly coherent, as if all participants had agreed to pay a rightful tribute to the most beautiful and symbolic tunes of Walt Disneys magic world, as if nothing was too good for the stars when they revisited the classics and the sweet childhood memories connected to them. (CD JAZZ/BLUES DISNEY #1)

“She sounds like someone who spends a lot of time in libraries, which are the best sorts of people.” ~Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

Most of this story takes place in an elevator.

It follows a kid named Will who lives in a neighborhood with three rules: 1. No crying 2. No snitching 3. Always get revenge. Will’s brother has just been shot and Will is riding the elevator down with a gun in his waistband, set on following Rule 3. However, at each floor, Will is joined by the ghost of someone he knows. The closer Will gets to the bottom floor, the more he questions his decision and the more we understand his compulsion to follow these rules that seem to cause nothing but an infinite loop of pain and loss.

The time it takes to read this book is short, but the emotional impact is long and strong. At its core, this story is a lesson in empathy–understanding that everyone makes decisions that they feel are the right ones.

In an interview following the author’s (fabulous) performance narrating the audiobook, Jason Reynolds explains his choice to convey Will’s story in verse. He says that within an elevator, there is a shortage of both space and time and poetry lends itself to that degree of urgency. It makes each page feel like an elevator that you step onto and your eyes ride the poem all the way to the bottom. Elevating the format even more is Reynolds’s impressive verse, in which the words dance to their own rhythm, interacting in surprising ways.

I think a real home run book is one that perfectly matches a particular story with its soulmate of writing style and format and Jason Reynolds knocked it out of the park with this one.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC REYNOLDS)

Black Mirror

Reviewed by Zach S (Library Staff)

Considered by many to be the modern day representation of “The Twilight Zone”, “Black Mirror” is an anthology series taking place in the all too near future with technology and the effects it has on our lives being the only constant element through out the series. To say the series can be dark and unsettling is an understatement, every episode is packed with twists and turns that constantly raise the stakes for the characters and push them to the edge of of their sanity. Part of the stain power of the series lays within it’s anthology format, we are only given one hour to learn and grow with each episodes characters and it is only in that hour that they get to exist. We are never given the opportunity to see what has or will become of them after the credits roll, so whatever is presented as their ending is truly their definitive end. Not many television programs have the guts to get the audience invested into richly envisioned characters and worlds only to never visit them again. It’s bold to say the least. The show also benefits from a lush production design that presents a world with eerily accurate modern technology that could easily exist in our world within the next ten years (something the creators of the show have strived for since the show’s inception). The show is almost the “anti binge watch” show, as it challenges you at the end of each emotionally taxing episode to build up your emotional walls once more to brace for a brand new journey, only to have them ripped down again by the time the screen fades to black within an hour ,as another story, another world, for better but more often for worse, comes to an end.

*Currently this show is only available on Netflix, so if you have a Netflix subscription, try it*

If you like Nicholas Sparks…

Then try one of these authors!

Mitch Albom

Popular books: Tuesdays with Morrie; The Five People You Meet in Heaven; For One More Day; The Time Keeper; The First Phone Call from Heaven; The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

 

Richard Paul Evans

Popular books: The Broken Road; The Christmas Box; The Last Promise; The Mistletoe Inn; The Walk; A Winter Dream

 

Kristin Hannah

Popular books: Firefly Lane; The Great Alone; Night Road; The Nightingale; Summer Island; True Colors; Winter Garden

 

Elin Hilderbrand

Popular books: Beautiful Day; Here’s to Us; The Identicals; The Matchmaker; The Rumour; Summer People; Winter Street

 

Karen Kingsbury

Popular books: The Bridge; Chasing Sunsets; Fifteen Minutes; In This Moment; Love Story; Take One; A Thousand Tomorrows

 

Liane Moriarty

Popular books: Big Little Lies; The Husband’s Secret; The Hypnotist’s Love Story; Truly Madly Guilty; What Alice Forgot

 

Jojo Moyes

Popular books: The Girl You Left Behind; The Horse Dancer; Me Before You; One Plus One; Paris for One; Sheltering Rain; Silver Bay

 

Jodi Picoult

Popular books: Change of Heart; Handle with Care; House Rules; Keeping Faith; Leaving Time; My Sister’s Keeper; Nineteen Minutes; Plain Truth

 

Danielle Steel

Popular books: The Apartment; Dangerous Games; The Duchess; Fall from Grace; Magic; The Mistress; Past Perfect; Precious Gifts; Rushing Waters; Until the End of Time

 

 

Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein

Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

Janesville: An American Story should be required reading for everyone who lives in Wisconsin. Or, at least, anyone who wishes to vote in Wisconsin.

Let’s back up. I moved to Wisconsin in 2011, two years after Janesville’s General Motors plant shut down, and a year before the gubernatorial recall election. I was coming into a political and electoral situation that I didn’t understand, and I found frankly bewildering. I wish I had had this book to help me figure out what the heck was going on, so I could be a more informed voter than I was in 2012.

Janesville: An American Story chronicles the fallout from General Motors’ 2008 announcement that it would shutter the Janesville plant that had been in operation since 1923, and had afforded generations of Janesville residents a middle-class life. The author, Amy Goldstein, followed several families affected by the shutdown for five years. Their experiences–some positive, too many negative–demonstrate how devastating the loss of a good-paying job can be, for a person, a family, and a community.

The author also does an excellent job of relating these families’ personal stories to the economic and political struggles of Wisconsin as a whole. When I was a new Wisconsin voter, I had no idea why Governor Walker had it in for the unions, and vice versa. Goldstein covers (and clarifies!) this issue and more by explaining the differing responses of the Democratic-leaning UAW union and the area’s powerful Republican influences to the closure. Her exploration of the role of Janesville’s Congressman (and now Speaker of the House) Paul Ryan in the events is particularly interesting.

I would recommend Janesville: An American Story to any Wisconsinite who is interested in jobs and politics, and who–like I–aspires to be an informed voter.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (330.97 GOL)

Spotlight On: Teen Short Story

Teen Short Story: This is a collection full of short story compilations from some of the most popular teen authors. If you are looking in to the Teen area, these books are located on the right hand side bookshelf right when  you enter the area.

The Wrong Train

A treasury of scary stories by the author of The Toymaker envisions the experiences of a train passenger who becomes subject to the nightmarish elements in stories told by a mysterious stranger, who demands a terrible price to make the stories end. (TEEN SHORT DE QUIDT)

 

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd

Whether they’re obsessing over pop culture, vying for the best grades, or hunching over a computer screen, nerds are passionate about their interests — sometimes for better and other times for worse. Celebrate all things nerdy with this sometimes funny, sometimes thought-provoking collection of short stories from an array of bestselling YA authors (and probable nerds themselves), including John Green, M.T. Anderson, Garth Nix, and Cassandra Clare. (TEEN SHORT GEEKTASTIC)

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town. (TEEN SHORT LET IT SNOW)

 

M is for Magic

Eleven stories that involve strange and fantastical events. (TEEN SHORT M IS FOR MAGIC)

 

 

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Years, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love. (TEEN SHORT MY TRUE)

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

A collection of short stories and illustrations by some of today’s best-selling authors and trend-setting artists commemorates the Star Wars franchise’s 40th anniversary and includes contributions by such notables as Meg Cabot, John Jackson Miller and Nnedi Okorafor. (TEEN SHORT STAR WARS)

 

Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

A collection of fourteen fantasy stories by well-known authors, set in the age of steam engines and featuring automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never existed. (TEEN SHORT STEAMPUNK)

 

Truth & Dare: 20 Tales of Heartbreak and Happiness 

Collects twenty short stories about the trials of high school, featuring tales from Saundra Mitchell, Jennifer R. Hubbard, and Liz Miles. (TEEN SHORT TRUTH)

 

21 Proms

A full spectrum of good dates, bad dates, unexpected dates, and more is covered in 21 stories from today’s best-selling and up-and-coming YA authors. (TEEN SHORT TWENTY-ONE)

 

Who Done It?: An Investigation of Murder Most Foul

When over eighty prominent children’s authors learn they are suspects in the murder of despicable book editor Herman Mildew, they provide less-than-credible alibis. (TEEN SHORT WHO)

 

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~Charles William Eliot

 

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

Rita Williams Garcia has done it again! She’s written an exquisite story to add to her award winning booklist. Clayton Byrd plays the harmonica, the “blues harp” and wants more than anything to be one of the Bluesmen like his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd. His mother, though, has other ideas, and refuses to allow him to play the blues anymore. When something terrible happens, Clayton’s solution is to take matters into his own hands and do what he needs to do. This is an edge-of-your-seat story, and a great one.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC WILLIAMS-GARCIA)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

For those of you who have seen ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ you will find that the sequel follows in its footsteps. With Taron Egerton reprising his role as Eggsy, he finds himself once again racing to save the world from a villain that is all kinds of crazy. While there are some cliched moments and plenty of swearing, I couldn’t help but enjoy the action and laughs the cast brought to the film.
Full of violence, humor, and spy action, ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is as fun and entertaining as its predecessor and is a must watch for anyone who enjoys Bond style movies.

Located in DVDs (DVD KINGSMAN)

If you like the TV show Modern Family

…then try one of these TV series

30 Rock

Liz Lemon, head writer of the sketch comedy show “TGS with Tracy Jordan”, must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful television show without losing her mind.

 

The Big Bang Theory

A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

 

Cougar Town

A recently divorced woman decides to find some excitement in her dating life.

 

 

The Goldbergs

This ABC show takes place in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania in the 1980s and follows the lives of a family named The Goldbergs.

 

How I Met Your Mother

A father recounts to his children, through a series of flashbacks, the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother.

 

The Middle

The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the town of Orson, Indiana.

 

New Girl

After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her – most of the time.

 

The Office

A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.

 

Parks and Recreation

The absurd antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

 

Two and a Half Men

A hedonistic jingle writer’s free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house.