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Amanda's Pick

The Lady from the Black Lagoon

Author: Mallory O'Meara
Call Number: N/A
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, Women, Entertainment & Performing Arts
Collection: hoopla
Format: ebook

The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick-one of Disney's first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood's classic movie monsters... But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. For, as O'Meara soon discovered, Patrick's contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive... A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O'Meara's The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.

Ashley's Pick

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Call Number: YA FIC Bardu
Genre: Fantasy, Short Stories, Fairy Tales
Collection: Young Adult Fiction, OverDrive
Format: Book, ebook

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns. Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price. Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times—bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Debra's Pick

All the Dirty Secrets

Author: Aggie Blum Thompson
Call Number: FIC Thomp
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Collection: Adult Fiction
Format: Book

One warm summer night twenty-five years ago, Liza Gold and her friends celebrated their high school graduation with a party on the beach. It should have been the best night of their lives, only one of them never came back out of the ocean. The tragedy haunted Liza Gold for years. Now, she's a recently divorced working mom struggling to connect with her standoffish teenager daughter Zoe when history repeats itself. Another young woman has drowned at Beach Week, and this time the victim is Zoe's secret best friend. Liza begins to suspect that the two deaths are somehow related, which causes her to face hard truths and take an unflinching look at the people she's called her closest friends for the past two decades. She must discover what really happened to both women before it's too late.

Larina's Pick

This Side of Murder (Verity Kent Mysteries #1)

Author: Anna Lee Huber
Call Number: FIC Huber
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Collection: Adult Fiction, OverDrive
Format: Book, ebook, audiobook

England, 1919. Verity Kent's grief over the loss of her husband pierces anew when she receives a cryptic letter, suggesting her beloved Sidney may have committed treason before his untimely death. Determined to dull her pain with revelry, Verity's first impulse is to dismiss the derogatory claim. But the mystery sender knows too much--including the fact that during the war, Verity worked for the Secret Service, something not even Sidney knew. Relying on little more than a coded letter, the help of a dashing stranger, and her own sharp instincts, Verity is forced down a path she never imagined--and comes face to face with the shattering possibility that her husband may not have been the man she thought he was.

Mary's Pick

Just Like Home

Author: Sarah Gailey
Call Number: FIC Gaile
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Collection: Adult Fiction
Format: Book

"Come home." Vera's mother called and Vera obeyed. In spite of their long estrangement, in spite of the memories - she's come back to the home of a serial killer. Back to face the love she had for her father and the bodies he buried there, beneath the house he'd built for his family. Coming home is hard enough for Vera, and to make things worse, she and her mother aren't alone. A parasitic artist has moved into the guest house out back and is slowly stripping Vera's childhood for spare parts. He insists that he isn't the one leaving notes around the house in her father's handwriting... but who else could it possibly be? There are secrets yet undiscovered in the foundations of the notorious Crowder House. Vera must face them and find out for herself just how deep the rot goes.

Sherry's Pick

Through Their Eyes: A Graphic History of Hill 70 and Canada's First World War

Author: Matthew Barrett and Robert C. Engen
Call Number: 940.431 Bar
Genre: History, War, Canadian Armed Forces
Collection: Adult Nonfiction
Format: Book (Graphic Novel)

By the summer of 1917, Canadian troops had captured Vimy Ridge, but Allied offensives had stalled across many fronts of the Great War. To help break the stalemate of trench warfare, the Canadian Corps commander, Lieutenant-General Arthur Currie, was tasked with capturing Hill 70, a German stronghold near the French town of Lens... This innovative graphic history invites readers to reimagine the First World War through the eyes of those who lived it and to think more deeply about how we visualize and remember the past. Combining outstanding original art and thought-provoking commentary, Through Their Eyes uncovers the fascinating stories behind this battle while creatively expanding the ways that history is shared and represented.

Other Staff Picks

Overkill

Author: Sandra Brown
Call Number: FIC Brown
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Romance
Collection: Adult Fiction
Format: Book

Former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Zach Bridger hasn’t seen his ex-wife, Rebecca Pratt, for some time—not since their volatile marriage imploded—so he’s shocked to receive a life-altering call about her. Rebecca has been placed on life support after a violent assault, and he—despite their divorce—has medical power-of-attorney. Zach is asked to make an impossible choice: keep her on life support or take her off of it. Buckling under the weight of the responsibility and the glare of public scrutiny, Zach ultimately walks away, letting Rebecca's parents have the final say. Four years later, Rebecca's attacker, Eban—the scion of a wealthy family in Atlanta—gets an early release from prison. The ludicrous miscarriage of justice reeks of favoritism, and Kate Lennon, a brilliant state prosecutor, is determined to put him back behind bars. Rebecca’s parents have kept her alive all these years, but if her condition were to change—if she were to die—Eban could be retried on a new charge: murder.

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