New DVDs

Big Little Lies Season 1: Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated. Starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.

The Circle: When Mae is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey, to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.

A Cure for Wellness: An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious ‘wellness center’ at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness.

Ghost in the Shell: In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. Starring Scarlet Johansson.

Power Ranger: Five ordinary teens must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove, and the world, is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet.

The Fate of the Furious: When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before. Starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson.

Life: The six-member crew of the International Space Station is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds.

Gifted: Frank Adler is a single man raising a child prodigy, his spirited young niece Mary, in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn, whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.

The Shack: After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer.

New Fiction

Price of Duty by Dale Brown: In a top-secret location, Russian President Gennadiy Gryzlov has built his nation’s most dangerous weapon since the atomic bomb. From inside Perun Aerie—an intricate network of underground tunnels and chambers that is the heart of the Russian cyber warfare program—he is launching a carefully plotted series of attacks on an unsuspecting U.S. and its European allies.

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child: Logan travels the Adirondacks to finally work on his book when the remote community is rocked by the grisly discovery of a dead hiker on Desolation Mountain. When Logan is asked to help investigate, he discovers no shortage of suspects capable of such an attack–and no shortage of locals willing to point the finger and spread incredible rumors.

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton: Among the warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns of America’s western territories, two paleontologists pillage the Wild West of eastern Wyoming and the Black Hills. They are hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

Same Beach Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank: A chance meeting on the Isle of Palms brings former sweethearts Adam Stanley and Eve Landers together again. Their respective spouses, Eliza and Carl, fight sparks of jealousy flaring from their imagined rekindling of old flames. As Adam and Eve get caught up on their lives, their partners strike up a deep friendship–and flirt with an unexpected attraction.

A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham: Someone is murdering young women in the New York area and displaying them in mausoleums and underground tombs. The FBI is handling the case, with Special Agent Craig Frasier and Kieran Finnegan, forensic psychologist.

Walking on My Grave by Carolyn Hart: Annie’s friend and fellow shop owner Ves Roundtree is a very wealthy woman. Her rich brother entrusted her with his estate, and upon her death, his fortune is to be divided. Several cash-strapped islanders are in line to collect life-changing inheritances. The problem is, Ves is very much alive.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan: Having collected a lifetime of lost objects in order to deal with the loss of his fiancee, Anthony Peardew bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and all its lost treasures–and the responsibility to return each one to its owner.

Take Out by Margaret Maron: Sigrid is still reeling from the untimely death of her lover, acclaimed painter Oscar Nauman, when she is called to investigate the deaths of two homeless men in the West Village. As Sigrid investigates, she uncovers an intriguing neighborhood history: a haughty mafia widow and her disgraced godson, a retired opera star with dark secrets, an unsolved hit-and-run, and the possible discovery of a long-missing painting that will rock the art world.

New Eclipse Materials

The library has added a number of eclipse related materials to our collections. For a complete list of eclipse books, please visit our online catalog at www.alliancelibrary.org :

Eclipse Chasers (DVD): Video journalist Mike Rubens has always dreamed of seeing a total eclipse – and on March 29, 2006, he finally had his chance. To be there, he had to travel to Ghana. We view the eclipse from the beach in Cape Coast, surrounded by local people and eclipse chasers from around the world.

What is an Eclipse? (DVD): Using telescopic and time-lapse photography, animation, and three-dimensional modeling, this updated version of “What is an eclipse?” illustrated how the motion of the moon around the earth causes both solar and lunar eclipses.

Eclipse Bulletin by Fred Espenak: For 15 years, the authors have published more than a dozen eclipse bulletins for NASA, each on covering a major solar eclipse. Prepared in cooperation with the IAU, the bulletins were internationally recognized as the most authoritative reference for each eclipse. The team has reunited to produce this new bulletin on the 2017 total eclipse through the USA.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 by Mark Nussbaum: Includes everything needed to plan a successful viewing experience of the 2017 total solar eclipse, including where to view, weather charts, and instructions for safe viewing.

Mask of the Sun by John Donovan: Both entertaining and authoritative, Mask of the Sun reveals the humanism behind the science of both lunar and solar eclipses. With insightful detail and vividly accessible prose, Dvorak provides explanations as to how and why eclipses occuras well as insight into the forthcoming eclipse of 2017 that will be visible across North America.

Totality by Mark Littmann: Focuses on the eclipses of August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024 that pass across the United States.

Solar Science by Dennis Schatz: Solar Science offers more than three dozen hands-on, inquiry-based activities on many fascinating aspects of solar astronomy. The activities cover the Sun’s motions, the space weather it causes, the measures of time and seasons in our daily lives, and much more.

Chasing Shadows by Clemency Montelle: Lunar and solar eclipses have always fascinated human beings. Digging deep into history, Clemency Montelle examines the ways in which theoretical understanding of eclipses originated and how ancient and medieval cultures shared, developed, and preserved their knowledge of these awe-inspiring events.

Sun, Moon, Earth: the history of solar eclipses by Tyler Nordgren: In Sun Moon Earth, astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most seemingly unnatural of natural phenomena was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun Moon Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events.

New Nonfiction

The Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse: Citing how over-protected youth are ill-equipped to handle the demands of the real world, a guide to raising self-reliant young adults explains how to revive core formative experiences to create responsible, active, and engaged citizens.

Evicted by Matthew Desmond: Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

Rediscovering Americanism by Mark Levin: Revisits the founders’ warnings about the perils of overreach by the federal government and concludes that the men who created our country would be outraged and disappointed to see where we’ve ended up.

The Wonder of Birds by Jim Robbins: Exploring both cutting-edge scientific research and our oldest cultural beliefs, Robbins moves these astonishing creatures from the background of our lives to the foreground, from the quotidian to the miraculous, showing us that we must fight to save imperiled bird populations and the places they live, for the sake of both the planet and humankind.

Beach Cocktails: Contains recipes for more than 125 refreshing cocktails tailor-made for sipping by the sea, including Hawaiian Mai tais, Cuban daiquiris, Key West rum runners, and Brazilian caipirinhas.

Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kay Andrews: You don’t have to own a beach house to enjoy Mary Kay Andrews’ recipes. All you need is an appetite for delicious, casual dishes, cooked with the best fresh, local ingredients and presented with the breezy flair that make Mary Kay Andrews novels a summertime favorite at the beach.

Bohemian Macrame by Gwenael Petiot: From colorful statement necklaces and bracelets to anklets and cuffs adorned with beautiful beads and stones, the 20 stunning pieces in Bohemian Macra‌me may look complicated but they actually have a surprisingly simple construction.

Understanding Trump by Newt Gingrich: Newt Gingrich says President Trump should begin every day by reviewing his campaign promises. Trump owes his presidency to the people who believed in him, not to the courtiers and schmoozers who had contempt for him as candidate but adore him now that he is president.

Teammate by David Ross: Discusses the author’s life and career, including his role as “Grandpa Rossy” on the Chicago Cubs 2016 championship-winning team.