No Exit (2022)

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

Fingers white-knuckling the searing wheel in a snowstorm, Darby has hit her rock bottom. A drug addiction has torn her from her family, leaving her to choose between a halfway house and prison. While in the halfway house, she gets a text from her sister; their mom had an aneurism and is dying in the hospital.

Darby has a choice to make. Escape the halfway house knowing it will send her to prison or never say goodbye to her mom. She chooses the former and drives through snaky mountain roads until the storm is so thick she cannot see and forces her to ride out a few hours at a rest stop.

There she accidentally finds a kidnapped girl, tied up and freezing in a van outside the rest stop. The temperature continues to plummet and there’s a medical alert bracelet on the little girl’s arm. Whoever has done this is one of the four people she is stranded with. Darby struggles through truly impossible odds and is faced with her second monumental choice- drugs or, most likely, death?

This movie comes full circle with a heroic protagonist and is well worth the tense, suspense filled ride. Weeks after seeing this film, I’m still astounded and impressed with Darby’s strength.

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True Detective: Season 1

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

As so many have during the past two years, I rediscovered a show I missed upon its release. I had heard the rave reviews of True Detective’s first season but never got around to watching it. I’m so glad we gave it another chance. The absolutely superb acting by the two leads–Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey–is the best of their respective careers. McConaughey’s performance in particular of road weary existential angst driven Louisiana state detective Rustin Cohle is haunting and award worthy. You follow the story anxiously as the looped timelines and storylines unwind themselves along the way. Storytelling at its best!


The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask by Akira Himekawa

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

The moon is falling and only Link can stop calamitous descent!

Like the rest of the Zelda manga series, this truncated version of the Majora’s Mask story is exciting and gives Link a much-needed personality boost. While I wish it received the two-volume treatment like Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask still hits the major plot points and highlights one of the game’s more touching side quests.

The art is dynamic and fun and helps the story move along its three-day time limit to catastrophe at an impressively fast clip.

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Animal Crossing: Deserted Island Diary by Kokonasu Rumba

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

You won’t need to have played Animal Crossing New Horizons to enjoy Deserted Island Diary. These quick, quirky stories perfectly encapsulate the hijinks of playing games with friends and encountering goofy characters.

As an Animal Crossing fan, most of the humor in this book lands. The art is pretty adorable too. If you like cute, quick, funny stories, Deserted Island Diary is a good one to pick up.

Located in Children’s Manga (J MANGA ANIMAL #1)

Scoundrel: How a Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Love Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts to Set Him Free by Sarah Weinman

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

The book starts with Edgar Smith dying of old age in prison. Then it backtracks to 1957 when he murders a young girl and is convicted and sentenced to death in the electric chair.

He starts appealing to the courts, successfully delaying his execution, while gaining the attention of the conservative TV host of Firing Line, William F. Buckley. Buckley is convinced that he is innocent and helps Smith obtain a book editor to publish his account of what Smith says really happened.

The book bogs down in the middle, with endless correspondence with Buckley, court dates, and an unlikely romantic relationship with the book editor.

Ultimately he gets out and Buckley celebrates with him in NYC, but then things go downhill for Smith again, culminating with a kidnapping and attempted murder.

I did not like this book – it dragged, and since the author reveals the conclusion at the start of the book it did not build any momentum. I was just happy to be done with it. I do not recommend it.

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The More the Merrier by David Martin

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Bear starts a dance party that lets all the animals show off their dance moves and even if you don’t move like your friends it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same beat! Fun story with simple pictures and light rhyming, a great read aloud on a rainy day to get your little one to dance like a bear, wiggle like a snake, or stomp like a moose.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E MARTIN)

Beyond the Clouds by Nicke

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

Theo dreams of going on adventures like the ones from his favorite books, but that dream seems distant and unattainable. Until he finds Mia, an angel girl who’s lost a wing and her memories. Together, they’ll find a way to make Mia fly again and return her home.

Beyond the Clouds is a fantastical tale filled to the brim with beautiful artwork and a touching story of friendship. The world building is the best part about this story. Nicke does an excellent job of introducing characters, mysteries, and plot that propels the story forward at an engaging, quick pace.

This is a series I’d recommend to anyone.

Located in Teen Manga (TEEN MANGA NICKE)

Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata

Reviewed by Andrea Bisordi (Library Staff)

Becca would like to be very good at something, but she just can’t seem to find the thing for her. Then a piglet enters her life, and she is sure that saving this little piglet will be the thing for her! The problem is, the pig, whom she names Saucy, is just not cut out to be a house pet. How can she be good at something she might have to give up?

Fans of Mercy Watson who are looking for a longer tale would enjoy this one very much. Saucy gets into all kinds of mischief while still being beloved by the family. I also liked how Becca is trying to understand her place in her family, her school, and life in general. A delightful story.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC KADOHATA)

What’s in Your Pockets? by Heather Montgomery

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

What’s in your Pocket is a collection of snap shots of different scientists when they were just children collecting things that interested them and reminds us that what children collect can grow into a life long love of science and change how we think about peanuts, caterpillars, bones, snails, or even life above the tree tops. I think everyone needs this reminder that curious kids lead to amazing discoveries and we all need to empty our pockets before we do laundry!

Located in Children’s Nonfiction (J 508.092 MON)

Mina by Matthew Forsythe

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

It has been a while since I’ve discovered a picture book so hilarious and heartwarming that I am compelled to read it aloud, unsolicited, to all of my friends, family, and co-workers. Well, I’ve been carrying Mina around for the past week, reading it out loud to everyone, and laughing every single time.

Mina tells the story of the titular bookish mouse who is extremely content with her cozy life until her father brings home a surprise that changes everything. Despite the simplified shapes of the characters, Matthew Forsythe is a master at conveying thoughts and feelings in each facial expression.

As a fan of his previous picture book, Pokko and the Drum, I had an idea of the lush, earthy art style and zany story I was probably getting into, but I did not know that the pacing would be so perfect, the page-turns so dramatic, and the characters quite so brave and loveable.

I brought my copy back today for you to check out but, now that I think of it, I haven’t had a chance to read it to the mailman yet…

Available through the Bridges Library System