New DVDs

Ocean of Grass: Discover the unforgettable beauty of Nebraska’s Sandhills region as seen through the eyes of a 130 year old McGinn family ranch. Moving into its 5th generation, the ranch encompasses all that makes America great: an appreciation of heroic effort, the love of family, friends, and country, and doing whatever is required to survive. It is a landscape of individuals with unique personalities.

Toy Story 4: When Woddy, Buzz, and the gang join Bonnie on a road trip with her new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky, the innocent little spork’s hilarious antics launch Woody on a wild quest filled with unexpected new characters – and one long-lost friend.

The Lion King: In this “live-action” remake of the classic animated film, a young lion prince named Simba flees after being framed for the murder of his father by Scar, his power hungry uncle. After learning of his kingdom’s ruin, Simba returns home to face his past and take his rightful place and king.

The Art of Racing in the Rain: Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a heartwarming tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo. Through his unique insight into the human condition, Enzo helps his owners – racecar driver Denny Swift, his wife Eve, and daughter Zoe – navigate life with a refreshing perspective on friendship, family, and unconditional love.

Yesterday: Jack Malik was just another struggling songwriter . . . but that was yesterday. After a mysterious blackout, Jack discovers he is the only person on the planet who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off The Fab Four’s songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie – the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start. Before the door to his old life closes forever, Jack must decide if all he needs is love, after all.

A Discovery of Witches: Brilliant historian Diana Bishop is a witch denying her heritage. But when she unexpectedly calls up an ancient, bewitched manuscript from Oxford’s Bodleian Library, she finds herself thrown into the heart of a dangerous mystery – and into the path of enigmatic geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont.

The Mustang: Robert Coleman, a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his past, rediscovers his own humanity in a social rehabilitation program. There he must gentle an especially unbreakable mustang named Marcus, a journey that inspires a heartfelt connection and challenges him to be a better person.

Fast and Furious presents Hobbs and Shaw: For years hulking lawman Luke Hobbs and lawless outcast Deckard Shaw have traded smack talk and body blows. But when cyber-genetically enhance anarchist Brixton gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever, Hobbs and Shaw partner up to bring down the only guy who might be more bad than themselves.

The Kitchen: Melissa Mccarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss star as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but an ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish Mafia’s matters into their own hands – proving unexpectedly adept at everything, from running the rackets to taking out the competition.

New Fiction Titles

December 18 Bookworm

New Fiction Titles

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Richardson: 1936, Kentucky. Blue-skinned nineteen-year-old Cussy Carter, the last female of the Blue People ancestry, has just given up on marriage and joined the Kentucky Pack Horse library service.

Chances Are… by Richard Russo: Three sixty-six-year old men convene on Martha’s Vineyard. Each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since a Memorial Day weekend right here on the Vineyard in 1971. Now, forty-four years later, as this new weekend unfolds, three lives and that of a significant other are displayed in their entirety while the distant past confounds the present like a relentless squall of surprise and discovery.

The Institute by Stephen King: “In the middle of the night, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. He will wake up at The Institute. Outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents–telekinesis and telepathy–and as each new victim disappears Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped.

Quantum by Patricia Cornell: On the eve of a top secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. A NASA pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator, Calli knows that a looming blizzard and government shutdown could provide the perfect cover for sabotage, with deadly consequences. As it turns out, the danger is worse than she thought — not just for the space program but for the safety of the whole nation.

Opioid, Indiana by Brian Carr: Seventeen-year-old Riggle is living in rural Indiana with his uncle and uncle’s girlfriend after the death of both of his parents. Now his uncle has gone missing, probably on a drug binge. It’s Monday, and $800 in rent is due Friday. Riggle, who’s been suspended from school, has to either find his uncle or get the money together himself. His mission exposes him to a motley group of Opioid locals–encounters by turns perplexing, harrowing, and heartening.

The Deserter by Nelson DeMille: A taut, psychologically suspenseful military thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille–writing with his son, screenwriter Alex DeMille–about two army investigators on the hunt in Venezuela for an army deserter who might know too much about a secret Pentagon operation.

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes: Alice Wright feels claustrophobic in small-town Kentucky, so she enthusiastically signs up to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. With four other women, they become the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they’re committed to their job–bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives.

Bloody Genius by John Sandford: “At the local state university, two feuding departments have faced off on the battleground of PC culture. Then someone winds up dead, and Virgil Flowers is brought in to investigate…and he soon comes to realize he’s dealing with people who, on this one particular issue, are functionally crazy.

The Dutch House by Ann Pratchett: At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.

Season’s Readings at Alliance Public Library

The Christmas Boutique by Jennifer Chiaverini: Just weeks before Christmas, severe wintry weather damages the church hall hosting the Christmas Boutique–an annual sale of handcrafted gifts and baked goods that supports the county food pantry. Sylvia Bergstrom Compson offers to hold the event at Elm Creek Manor, but it may take a holiday miracle to make it the smashing success they want it to be.

The 19th Christmas by James Patterson: A fearsome criminal known only as ‘Loman’ seizes control of the headlines with a deadly surprise for Christmas morning. Solving crimes never happens on schedule, but as this criminal mastermind unleashes credible threats by the hour, the month of December is upended for the Women’s Murder Club. Avoiding tragedy is the only holiday miracle they seek.

Dachshund through the Snow by David Rosenfelt: This Christmas, lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever, Tara, decide to help Danny and his dachshund, Murphy. Danny asked Santa for a coat for his mother, a sweater for his dachshund, Murphy, and for the safe return of his missing father. It turns out Danny’s father doesn’t want to be found. Now Andy and his eccentric crew dash to reunite a family in time for Christmas.

A Mrs. Miracle Christmas: As the holiday season begins, Laurel McCullough could use some good news. She and her husband, Zach, have been praying for a baby that seems more and more like an impossible dream, and they’ve had to move in with her grandmother, Helen, who’s having trouble taking care of herself. Then Mrs. Miracle appears at the door and reveals herself to be nothing short of a godsend.

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella: Things are looking cheerier than ever this Christmas, until Becky’s parents ask if she’ll host this year. What could possibly go wrong? Her sister demands a vegan turkey, her husband insists that he just wants aftershave–again, and little Minnie demands a very specific picnic hamper: Surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old-boyfriend-turned-rock-star and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear.

Noel Street by Richard Paul Evans: The year is 1975. Elle Sheen–a single mother who is supporting herself and her six-year-old, African-American son, Dylan, as a waitress at the Noel Street Diner–isn’t sure what to make of William Smith when his appearance creates a stir in the small town of Mistletoe, Utah. As their lives unexpectedly entwine, Elle learns that William, a recently returned Vietnam POW, is not only fighting demons from his past, but may also have the answer to her own secret pain.

Let it Snow by Nancy Thayer: Christina is preparing for the holidays at her Nantucket toy shop when her landlord, Oscar Bittlesman, raises her rent. When Christina bonds with Wink, his sweet, young granddaughter who frequents the shop, it becomes clear that perhaps he isn’t so cold after all. And with the help of Wink’s uncle, who happens to be a charming and very handsome bachelor, this may be the best Christmas any of them could have ever imagined.

Spirit of the Season by Fern Michaels: At the request of her late grandmother, Joy temporarily takes over a bed and breakfast in North Carolina. Rumor has it that, during holiday season, guests can be reunited with the spirit of a loved one who’s passed on. Joy’s skeptical, yet she feels her beloved Nana’s influence all around her … perhaps even indulging in a little matchmaking between Joy and handsome estate attorney Will Drake.

 

 

New DVDs

Unplanned: All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. She believed in a woman’s right to choose, and was one of the youngest Planned Parenthood directors in the nation. Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby Johnson to join her former enemies at 40 days for life and become one of the most ardent pro-life advocates in America.

Breakthrough: When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost as John lies lifeless. In the face of every bleak medical case history and dire scientific prediction, Joyce’s belief inspires her community to pray for John’s recovery. Based on a true story, Breakthrough is a reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.

Tolkien: Tolkien explores the formative years of renowned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, courage and motivation among a group of fellow outcasts at school. Their bond strengthens as they mature, until the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the fellowship apart. Tolkien’s early life experiences would later inspire him to write his famous Middle-earth novels.

Armstrong: Dramatic, moving and insightful, Armstrong tells the definitive life story of Neil Armstrong. From his childhood in rural Ohio, through aerial combat in Korea, to his first steps on the Moon and the unwanted celebrity status that ensued.

Country Music: Ken Burns’ eight-part, 16-hour documentary series chronicles the history of a uniquely American art form, focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created it. The film follows the evolution of country music from its diverse and humble origins as it emerged, by the end of the twentieth century, into a worldwide phenomenon.

Deadwood: the movie: David Milch’s unforgettably profane characters reunite in the wake of South Dakota’s statehood. Sins of the past return with a vengeance, old feuds are revived, and allegiances are tested as modernity stakes its claim on this remote and dangerous town.

John Wick Chapter 3: Super assassin John Wick has a $14 million price tag on his head after killing a member of the High Table, the shadowy international assassins’ guild. Now excommunicado, and with an army of the world’s most ruthless hit men and women on his trail, John must find a way to survive in this third chapter of the adrenaline-fueled action series.

Shaft: Shaft agrees to help his estranged son, JJ, uncover the truth behind his friend’s suspicious death. If flying fists and bullets weren’t enough of a challenge, JJ finds his political correctness clashes wildly with Shaft’s “shut your mouth” style in this nonstop action- comedy that proves the name Shaft is still the ultimate cool.

Spider-man: Far From Home: Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks is quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks. Spider-Man and Mysterio join forces to fight the havoc unleashed across the continent, but all is not as it seems.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix: During a rescue mission in space, Jean Grey is transformed into the infinitely powerful and dangerous Dark Phoenix. As Jean spirals out of control, the X-Men must unite to face their most devastating enemy yet – one of their own.

Aladdin: When a homeless boy names Aladdin finds a Gjinni in a lamp, he uses his wishes to try and impress the kingdom’s princess.