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February 13

DVDS:

  • Bohemian Rhapsody– Queen, and lead singer Freddie Mercury, defied stereotypes and become one of the iconic rock bands of all time. Bohemian Rhapsody charts the rise of Queen, the lows suffered by Mercury as fame takes it toll – all leading to their legendary performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert – and a legacy that lives on today.
  • At Eternity’s Gate– Troubled, ridiculed, brilliant – Vincent Van Gogh was labeled many things throughout his chaotic, artistic career, and while At Eternity’s Gate isn’t a traditional biopic, it give us a look inside the mind of one of the most celebrated artists of our times.
  • The Front Runner– Based on the true story of Gary Hart’s 1988 presidential campaign, which fell apart after a scandalous love
  • affair came to light.

February 6

DVDs:

  • A Private War-Celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin is a woman who is as comfortable downing martinis with high society’s elite as she is brazenly staring down warlords and fleeing from gunfire. Driven by an enduring desire to bear witness and give voice to the voiceless, Colvin charges into danger, constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado.
  • Widows– A police shootout leaves four thieves dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their have nothing in common except a debt left behind by their spouses’ criminal activities. Hoping to forge a future on their own terms, the widows joins forces to pull off a heist that one’s husband was planning.
  • The Sisters Brothers– It’s 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. The Sisters brothers find themselves on a journey through the Northwest, bringing them to the mountains of Oregon, a dangerous brothel in the small town of Mayfield, and eventually, the gold rush land of California — an adventure that tests the deadly family ties that bind.
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web– Fired from the National Security Agency, Frans Balder recruits hacker Lisbeth Salander to steal FireWall, a computer program that can access codes for nuclear weapons worldwide. The download soon draws attention from an NSA agent who traces the activity to Stockholm. Further problems arise when Russian thugs take Lisbeth’s laptop and kidnap a math whiz who can make FireWall work. Now, Lisbeth and an unlikely ally must race against time to save the boy and recover the codes to avert disaster.
  • The Grinch– The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realizes there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all.

Books:

  • Connections in Death: an Eve Dallas novel by J.D. Robb– When recovering drug addict Lyle Pickering is found dead of an overdose, it looks like a tragic accident. But his sister Rochelle knows better, and so does Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Lyle was murdered, and the evidence points to his old street gang. As Eve and husband Roarke track the killer through the city’s seedy underbelly, another body is found.
  • The Wedding Guest: an Alex Delaware novel by Jonathan Kellerman– Psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis unravel a shocking crime at a raucous wedding reception in this gripping psychological thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.
  • I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella– Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will?
  • The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer– She went to Paris to start over, to make art instead of being made into it. The Age of Light tells the story of Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her search to forge a new identity as an artist after a life spent as a muse.
  • Merchants of Truth by Jill Abramson– The definitive report on the disruption of the news media over the last decade. With the expert guidance of Jill Abramson, we follow two legacy ( The New York Times and The Washington Post ) and two upstart ( BuzzFeed and VICE ) companies as they plow through a revolution in technology, economics, standards, commitment, and endurance that pits old vs. new media.
  • Stalin’s Scribe by Brian J. Boeck– Stalin’s Scribe is the first biography of a man who was once one of the Soviet Union’s most prominent political figures. Thanks to the opening of Russia’s archives, Brian Boeck discovers that Sholokhov’s official Soviet biography is actually a tangled web of legends, half-truths, and contradictions. Boeck examines the complex connection between an author and a dictator.
  • This Is Not a Love Song by Brendan Mathews– This engrossing first story collection by rising star Brendan Mathews is packed with compelling tales such as “My Last Attempt to Explain to You What Happened with the Lion Tamer.” Mathews effortlessly weaves irresistible stories from a wide array of situations.
  • The Story of Britain by Roy Strong– An accessible one-volume history that clearly depict Britain’s origins–and explain how the past shaped the nation’s current identity. It begins with the story of Britain from the very earliest recorded Celtic times, and with this new edition has now brought it up to date via the Blair years and into the present day of Brexit Britain.
  • The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden– In the ancient world, one army was feared above all others. The Persian king Artaxerxes rules an empire stretching from the Aegean to northern India. His rule is absolute. Though the sons of Sparta are eager to play the game of thrones.
  • Zaitoun by Yasmin Khan– Palestinian food is winningly fresh and bright, centered around colorful mezze dishes that feature the region’s bountiful eggplants, peppers, artichokes, and green beans; slow-cooked stews of chicken and lamb flavored with Palestinian barahat spice blends; and the marriage of local olive oil with earthy za’atar, served in small bowls to accompany toasted breads.

 

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