New DVDs

Bombshell: Academy Award winners Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman and nominees Margot Robbie and John Lithgow deliver tour-de-force performances in this provocative real story of three whip-smart, ambitious, strong women who anchored one of America’s most powerful news networks – and risked everything to stand up to the man who made them famous.

Jojo Rabbit: This World War II satire follows a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. In spite of his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo confronts his blind nationalism.

1917: At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake, are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers – Blake’s own brother among them.  

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Visit 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing. TV star Rick Dalton and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. This ninth film by writer-director Quentin Terantino features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

Knives Out: The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there’s only one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure – everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through the web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth.

Little Women: Writer-director Greta Gerwig has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on their own terms – is both timeless and timely.

Midway: Midway centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this historic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude, and bravery to overcome the odds.

Dolittle: Robert Downey Jr. electrifies as the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle. After losing his wife, he hermits himself away behind the high wall of his manor, but is forced to set sail on an epic adventure when the queen falls gravely ill.

I See You: When a twelve-year-old boy goes missing, lead investigator Greg Harper struggles to balance pressure of the investigation and troubles with his wife, Jackie. Facing a recent affair, great strain is put on the family and slowly gnaws away at Jackie’s grip on reality. The cold hard truth about evil in the Harper household is finally uncovered after a malicious presence manifests itself in their home and puts their son, Connor, in mortal danger.

Patrons wishing to pick up materials may login at https://alliancelibrary.org using their patron number and phone number to browse our collection online and electronically place holds on items. Patrons will be notified by staff when their items are ready, after which they may be picked up inside the West entrance during the following times: Monday-Friday: 10:00 to 10:15; 12:00 to 12:15; 2:00 to 2:15; 4:00 to 4:15; 5:00 to 5:15; and Saturday: 10:00 to 10:15. Items placed on hold after 4 p.m. will not be available for pick up until the next business day, and items placed on hold on Fridays after 4 p.m. will not be available for pick up until Monday.

New Fiction Titles

Heart of Black Ice by Terry Goodkind: In the wake of the brutal war that swept the Old World in Siege of Stone, a new danger is forming along the coast. Taken captive by their enemies, King Grieve, along with Lila and Bannon are about to discover the terrifying force that threatens to bring destruction to the Old World. With numbers greater than anyone could have imagined, the Norukai are poised to launch their final and most deadly war.

Into the Fire by Gregg Hurwitz: Evan Smoak lives by his own code. Once he was known as Orphan X, and then reinvented himself as The Nowhere Man, a figure shrouded in mystery, known for helping the truly desperate. What seems like a simple job for The Nowhere Man turns out to be anything but. Behind every threat he takes out, a deadlier one emerges and Evan Smoak must put himself in greater danger than ever before.

The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz: Decades ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, “The Incident” occurred: an explosion in the cave system that released unknown gases. The residents slept for two days. When they woke up they discovered that things had changed-they had changed. Some started having visions. Others heard ominous voices. And then the scientists from a mysterious government agency arrived. Determined not to become research subjects of strange experiments, the residents of Fogg Lake blamed the “hallucinations” on food poisoning, and the story worked. But now it has become apparent that the eerie effects of The Incident are showing up in the descendants of Fogg Lake…

Exhalation by Ted Chiang: In this much anticipated collection of stories, Ted Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth–What is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human?–and ones that no one else has even imagined. And, each in its own way, the stories prove that complex and thoughtful science fiction can rise to new heights of beauty, meaning, and compassion.

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty: Daevabad is entrenched in the dark aftermath of a devastating battle, and Nahri knows she’s being watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family. Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father and relies on the abilities which unpredictable water spirits gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister: Erica Bauermeister presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives. The Scent Keeper explores the beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir:  The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword. Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free, and without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips: Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Russia, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty — densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska — and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused.

Patrons wishing to pick up materials may login at https://alliancelibrary.org using their patron number and phone number to browse our collection online and electronically place holds on items. Patrons will be notified by staff when their items are ready, after which they may be picked up inside the West entrance during the following times: Monday-Friday: 10:00 to 10:15; 12:00 to 12:15; 2:00 to 2:15; 4:00 to 4:15; 5:00 to 5:15; and Saturday: 10:00 to 10:15. Items placed on hold after 4 p.m. will not be available for pick up until the next business day, and items placed on hold on Fridays after 4 p.m. will not be available for pick up until Monday.

New RBDigital Audiobooks

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Waterman of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift: A brilliant, soulful, and timely portrait of a two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction.

In Dark Towers by David Enrich: In Dark Towers, David Enrich tells the story of how one of the world’s mightiest banks careened off the rails, threatening everything from our financial system to our democracy through its reckless entanglement with Donald Trump. Darkly fascinating and yet all too real, it’s a tale that will keep you up at night. It is also the story of a man who was consumed by fear of what he’d seen at the bank and his son’s obsessive search for the secrets he kept.

The Great Influenza by John M. Barry: In the winter of 1918, at the height of World War I, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. Ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, this crisis provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon.

Apeirogon by Colum McCann: An epic novel rooted in the unlikely real-life friendship between two fathers and their stories that begin another—one that crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. The result is an ambitious novel, crafted out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material, with these fathers’ moving story at its heart.

Food Fix by Mark Hyman: Pairing the latest developments in nutritional and environmental science with an unflinching look at the dark realities of the global food system and the policies that make it possible, Food Fix is a hard-hitting manifesto that will change the way you think about — and eat — food forever, and will provide solutions for citizens, businesses, and policy makers to create a healthier world, society, and planet.

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn: This groundbreaking debut novel folds the legends of Hawai’ian gods into an engrossing family saga. When seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific, a shiver of sharks appears and everyone fears the worst. But instead, Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark, marking his story as the stuff of legends. Many years later, when supernatural events revisit the Flores family in Hawai’i, they are all forced to reckon with the bonds of family, the meaning of heritage, and the cost of survival.

Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson:  Attempting to recover from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, Walt Longmire is neck deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd. With unsettling connections to a Basque family with a reputation for removing the legs of Absaroka County sheriffs, matters become even more complicated with the appearance of an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains to which Walt finds himself feeling more and more empathetic.

Long Range by C.J. Box: When the wife of a prominent local judge is wounded on Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett’s turf, all signs point to the shot having been taken from an impossible distance. Just as he’s adjusting to the arrival of his first child–Joe’s best friend is suspected of being the assassin. All this happens while Joe is attempting to decipher a startling grizzly attack. Beset by threats both man-made and natural, the two men must go to great lengths to keep their loved ones safe.

The Alliance Public Library RB Digital Audiobook collection can be accessed at https://centralnebraskane.rbdigital.com where patrons may use their patron number found on the back of their card (ie: P54896) and their personal email to register for an account. An RB Digital mobile app is also available to download for most devices. For help with accessing Alliance Public Library’s digital services, please call the library at 308-762-1387 or visit our website at https://libraries.ne.gov/alliance.

RB Digital Magazines

Backyard and Garden Design Ideas: Backyard & Garden Design Ideas is designed to provide information and inspiration for people who are embarking on major backyard and garden makeovers. As a result we devote more space to garden design, layout, furniture, products, plants, pools, structures and maintenance than any other publication on the market.

National Geographic: The latest news in science, exploration, and culture will open your eyes to the world’s many wonders. Get a National Geographic digital magazine subscription today and experience the same high-quality articles and breathtaking photography contained in the print edit.

Minecraft World Magazine: Minecraft World is the essential four-weekly guide to the planet’s best videogame: Minecraft! In each issue, we’ll be keeping you bang up to date with what’s happening in Minecraft, as well as sharing secrets, essential tips, advice and the very latest news.

Highlights for Children: The experts at Highlights know how to keep kids motivated while they learn. Filled with fiction, nonfiction, Hidden Pictures, skill-building puzzles, science experiments and more, this read-only digital version of Highlights magazine strengthens reading abilities, promotes creativity, sharpens thinking skills, and helps build confidence. Visit Highlights.com to learn more. Ages 6-12.  

Food Network Magazine: Food Network Magazine is America’s best-selling food magazine on newsstands—and every food lover’s essential handbook: Each issue is packed with star recipes and tips, behind-the-scenes scoops and fun, creative ideas for home cooks.

Newsweek: Newsweek magazine has a long-standing tradition of providing readers with the most updated information on the most pressing issues affecting our nation and world today. Topics regularly covered include politics and government, business and entertainment, health and nutrition, science and technology, money and culture.

Vogue: Setting the standard for over 100 years has made Vogue the bestselling fashion magazine in the world.

Rolling Stone: Get Rolling Stone digital magazine subscription today for cutting-edge reporting, provocative photos and raw interviews with the people who shape the scene and rock the world.

Outdoor Life: Our readers’ hands-on spirit is reflected in the magazine’s comprehensive gear tests and personal adventure stories. Whether shopping for a new rifle, searching for the hottest fishing holes this weekend or thirsting for exciting adventure tales, Outdoor Life is the ultimate resource.

The Alliance Public Library RB Digital Magazine collection can be accessed at https://centralnebraskane.rbdigital.com where patrons may use their patron number found on the back of their card (ie: P54896) and their personal email to register for an account. An RB Digital mobile app is also available to download for most devices. For help with accessing Alliance Public Library’s digital services, please call the library at 308-762-1387 or visit our website at https://libraries.ne.gov/alliance.