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Celebrate Black History Month with 21 Great Film Adaptations

Celebrate Black History Month with 21 Great Film Adaptations

This year’s pool of Oscar nominees is notably diverse. “In a sharp contrast to the previous two years, when the academy put forward all-white rosters of acting nominees, voters chose the largest number of black candidates ever,” the Times reports, including six films and a record number of black actors and filmmakers. Two of the Best Picture-nominees in […]

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30 Sports Stories for Fans of 30 FOR 30

30 Sports Stories for Fans of 30 FOR 30

ESPN’s award-winning series 30 for 30 is a runaway hit with viewers of all ages and interests. These short documentary films are compelling, sympathetic, and compulsively bingeable. (Thanks, Netflix!) Whether it’s live events like this weekend’s Superbowl or reports of games from years ago, that passionate quest to achieve a goal is the essence of great […]

Sniffles and Snouts: 25 Books for Fans of “A Dog’s Purpose”

Sniffles and Snouts: 25 Books for Fans of “A Dog’s Purpose”

Between the feel-good, viral sensation of “Little Kids and Their Big Dogs” and the film adaptation of the bestselling novel A Dog’s Purpose, be prepared for a run on your books about furry friends and the feels. Here are 25! The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein  A Big Little Life: A Memoir of […]

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Moana Transport Yourself to Hawaii? Try These Novels

Moana Transport Yourself to Hawaii? Try These Novels

The bright, Polynesian setting of Disney’s latest animated feature may have moviegoers eager to escape to sunny shores. Steer them to these books set in the beautiful Hawaii.  Aloha, Mr. Lucky, by Corson Hirschfield   Bird of Another Heaven, by James D. Houston The Curse of Lono, by Hunter S. Thompson The Descendants, by Kaui Hart […]

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13 Espionage Titles for Reacher Creatures

13 Espionage Titles for Reacher Creatures

In Lee Child’s latest bestseller, Night School, we see where ex-MP Jack Reacher cut his cloak-and-dagger teeth alongside FBI and CIA agents. Readers interested in intelligence agency thrillers will snap up these other intriguing tales. The Berlin Game, by Len Deighton The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum The Cairo Affair, by Olen Steinhauer The Company, by […]

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Pride and Poverty: Beyond HILLBILLY ELEGY

Pride and Poverty: Beyond HILLBILLY ELEGY

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy has been on the NYT bestseller list for fifteen weeks. In talking about his Appalachian and Rust Belt youth, Vance—a former Marine and Yale Law School graduate—explores how the bottom rung of middle class always seemed out of reach for so many of his friends and family, how manufacturing jobs disappeared, marriages […]

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Sharing Soldiers’ Stories on Veterans Day

Sharing Soldiers’ Stories on Veterans Day

Today, we honor servicemen and -women for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Tales of battle have been handed down for centuries, and writers of fact and fiction continue to explore not only what soldiers take into battle, but also what follows them home. Some of the best […]

A Different Stage: 13 More Great Plays for Readers

A Different Stage: 13 More Great Plays for Readers

Neil Hollands recently posted an excellent article featuring a baker’s dozen of important plays to get library patrons to the dramatic literature shelf. All are classics. He chose very impressive works of modern theatre. In comparison to Greek, Elizabethan, and Victorian plays, Hollands’ selections are fresh and cutting edge. But that edge gets even sharper! Hundreds […]

Root, Root, Root for the Cubbies: 40 Great Chicago Stories

Root, Root, Root for the Cubbies: 40 Great Chicago Stories

Starting tonight, Wrigley Field will host the World Series for the first time in 71 years. As the Cubs take on the Indians, recommend these Windy City titles to readers who want to know what else makes this toddlin’ town tick. The 42nd Parallel, by John Dos Passos The Adventures of Augie March, by Saul […]

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Going through a Stage: 13 Great Plays for Readers

Going through a Stage: 13 Great Plays for Readers

As I noted in the November entry of my column, Every Book Its Reader, the theater section of most libraries is a neglected source of fast-reading, conflict- and character-driven titles. Many readers encountered Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams in school (or through productions, or filmed adaptations), but there’s a world of theater […]