Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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 popular titles being released today.

Arrival
Starring: Amy Adams
Summary: Denis Villeneuve directed this sci-fi suspense film about Earth's response to a possible alien invasion.  After extraterrestrial spacecraft plant themselves at various locations around the globe, a linguist and a theoretical physicist must find a way to communicate with the mysterious visitors in order to learn what they want and whether they pose a threat to humanity.

Edge of Seventeen
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld
Summary: A precocious, narcissistic high schooler named Nadine is horrified when her best friend starts dating her impossibly perfect brother.  Soon, she falls into a downward spiral that forces her to reflect on her cruel, self-centered behavior.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Starring: Joe Alwyn
Summary: After a video of him saving his sergeant's life during a battle in Iraq goes viral, a 19-year-old U.S. soldier named Billy Lynn is invited, along with his squad mates, to return to the States for a promotional tour involving a military celebration during a Thanksgiving football game.  However, the experience only makes Lynn feel more alienated from a society that doesn't truly understand or appreciate the sacrifices of its soldiers.

Heartbreak Hotel (Alex Delaware #32)
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Summary:  At nearly 100-years-old, Thalia is a far cry from the patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats.  But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history.  What Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questions - about guilt, patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection.  When Alex asks the reason for her morbid fascination, Thalia promises to tell all during their next session.  But when he shows up the following morning, he is met with silence: Thalia is dead in her room.  When questions arise about how she perished, Alex and Detective Sturgis must peel back the layers of a fascinating but elusive woman's life and embark on one of the most baffling investigations either of them has ever experienced.

Gunmetal Gray (Gray Man #6)
Author: Mark Greaney
Summary: After five years on the run, Court Gentry is back on the inside of the CIA.  But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong.  Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eye-only on foreign agents.  So why are they on such high alert?

Racing the Devil
Author: Charles Todd
Summary: On the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers having a last drink before returning to the Front make a promise to each other: if they survive the battle ahead - and make it through the way - they will meet in Paris a year after the fighting ends.  They will celebrate their good fortune by racing motorcars they beg, borrow, or own from Paris to Nice.  In Nov. 1919, the officers all meet as planned, and though their motorcars are not designed for racing, they set out for Nice.  But a serious mishap mars the reunion.  In the mountains just north of their destination, two vehicles are nearly run off the road, and one man is badly injured.  No one knows - or will admit to knowing - which driver was at the wheel of the rogue car.

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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