Tuesday, November 29, 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 releases today.

Starring: Ruby Barnhill
Summary: Steven Spielberg directed this adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved novel, which centers on the unlikely friendship between a lonely orphan named Sophie and the titular "big friendly giant."  Together, the pair explore Giant Country and collect dreams; later, they try to warn the Queen of England about the threat posed by the other giants, who, unlike the vegetarian BFG, eat children for sustenance.

The Wild Life
Starring: Ben Stassen
Summary: Daniel Defoe's classic tale of survival gets a twist in this family-friendly animated adventure.  Restless parrot Mak and his animal pals are shocked when a ragged human known as Robinson Crusoe washes ashore on their tropical island.  Although they are initially apprehensive of this strange new arrival, they decide to team up with Crusoe to save their home from a pair of conniving cats.

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (Vampire Chronicles #12)
Author: Anne Rice
Summary: At the novel's center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat's undead body and soul.  This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.  It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times: a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent - and how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Whole Town's Talking
Author: Fannie Flagg
Summary: Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening out at the cemetery.  "Still Meadows," as it's called, is anything but still.  Funny and profound, this novel in the tradition of Flagg's Can't Wait to Heaven and Thornton Wilder's Our Town deals with universal themes of heaven and earth and everything in between, as Flagg tells a surprising story of life, afterlife, and the mysterious goings-on of ordinary people.

When All the Girls Have Gone
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Summary: When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one of her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished. She's gone off the grid before, but never like this.  In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames - literally.  Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.  After surviving a near-fatal attack, Charlotte and Max turn to Jocelyn's closest friends, women in a Seattle-based online investment club, for answers.  But what they find is chilling.  When her uneasy alliance with Max turns into a full-blown affair, Charlotte has no choice but to trust him with her life.  For the shadows of Jocelyn's past are threatening to consume her - and anyone else who gets in their way...

The Battle of Hackham Heath
Author: John A. Flanagan
Summary: When the former Baron Morgarath escaped to avoid punishment for treason, an uneasy peace fell on Araluen.  But Morgarath, now in hiding, is already planning the next move, recruiting an army of savage, overpowering beasts known as Wargals.  Newly crowned King Duncan knows he must assemble his troops for battle.  To find out the full extent of his plan of attack, Halt prepares for a seemingly impossible task - climbing the deadly cliffs of the Mountains of Rain and Night and venturing deep into enemy territory to spy.  After all, the winner of this war could be determined by one wrong move.  At the Battle of Hackham Heath, the fate of a Kingdom will be decided.  This origin story of how Halt came to be Araluen's most famous ranger - and how war will decide the future of the next generation - will thrill Ranger's Apprentice fans and new readers alike.

Talking as Fast as I Can
Author: Lauren Graham
Summary: In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood - along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.  In this book, Graham hits pause for a moment and look back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, "Did you, um, make it?"  She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood, the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and more.

Look for these 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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