Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Today's Top Book & DVD Releases

Everyone loves staying on top of the latest in books & DVDs and we receive them on a regular basis at your library.  Join us as we hit the highlights of some of the more popular titles being released today.

The Last Witch Hunter
Starring: Vin Diesel
Summary: Kaulder, a witch hunter, is cursed with immortality by the Witch Queen right before she dies at his hand.  As a result, he has been tracking down evil witches for centuries while leading a lonely existence separated from his wife and daughter.  When the Witch Queen returns from the dead seeking retribution, a battle ensues and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. 

Our Brand is Crisis
Starring: Sandra Bullock
Summary: This satirical comedy starring Sandra Bullock as a political consultant gives viewers an inside look at the high-stakes, win-at-all costs world of politics.  Bullock stars as "Calamity" Jane Bodine, who is hired to work on the campaign of a Bolivian presidential candidate who has fallen behind in the polls.  She faces off against her rival Pat Candy, who is working on the opponent's campaign and is also looking for every opportunity to antagonize Jane.  This film is loosely based on the 2005 documentary of the same name by Rachel Boynton. 

Starring: Casey Mulligan
Summary: Inspired by true events, a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of the women who risked everything in their fight for equality in early 20th century Britain.  The story centers on Maud, a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.'s growing suffragette movement.  Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst, Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. 

Big Stone Gap
Starring: Ashley Judd
Summary: Set in a coal mining town near the Appalachian Mountains in 1978, Ava Maria runs a pharmacy and leads a quiet life; however, a series of events incite a mid-life crisis.  Movie star Elizabeth Taylor comes to town and shakes things up in the sleepy village as a secret in Ava Maria's family emerges.  As a result, Ava starts to re-evaluate the choices in her life and decides to trade safety and security for a life of adventure.  This film was directed and written by Adriana Trigiani, based on her own bestselling novel. 

Brotherhood in Death (In Death Series #42)
Author: J.D. Robb
Summary: Dennis Mira just has two unpleasant surprises.  First he learned his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather's West Village brownstone, despite the promise that they both keep it in the family.  Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.  Luckily, Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD's top profiler and good friend of Lt. Eve Dallas.  Then when the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody.  When he came to, his cousin was gone.  With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there's nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze...in a case no one will see coming. 

Robert B. Parker's Blackjack (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch Series #4)
Author: Robert Knott
Summary: Appaloosa, the hometown of Territorial Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, continues to prosper, but with prosperity comes a slew of new trouble: carpetbaggers, gamblers, migrants, peddlers, drifters, thieves, and more all boiling in a cauldron of excess and greed.  And there's a new menace in town: a wealthy, handsome easterner - and the owner of Appaloosa's new casino - Boston Bill Black.  Boston Bill is flashy and bigger than life.  He's a prankster and womanizer and rumored to be quick on the draw.  When he finds himself wanted for a series of murders, he vanishes.  Cole and Hitch locate and arrest him, but he escapes once again.  When another murder sets the duo on his trail, they eventually take him back to Appaloosa - where one woman in particular may, or may not, prove to be the apple of Boston Bill's eye. 

Breakdown (Alex Delaware Series #31)
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Summary: Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware meets beautiful and emotionally fragile TV actress Zelda Chase when called upon to evaluate her 5-year-old son, Ovid.  Years later, Alex is unexpectedly reunited with Zelda when she is involuntarily committed after a bizarre psychotic episode.  Shortly after her release, things turn worse when she is discovered dead on the grounds of a palatial Bel Air estate.  Having experiences more than enough of L.A.'s dark side to recognize the scent of evil, Alex turns to his friend, LAPD Lt. Milo Sturgis, for help in finding out who ended Zelda's broken life, and why. 

Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection
Author: Marissa Meyer
Summary: The enchantment continues.  The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories - and secrets - that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic.  How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing?  How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer?  When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?  With nine stories - five of which have never before been published - and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Meyer's upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Star Above is essential for fans of the bestselling series.

Look for these great titles at your Abilene Public Library and get yourselves on the reserve lists so you're certain to keep up with some of the popular releases of the week.

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