Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Today's Top Book & DVD Releases

Everyone loves staying on top of the latest in books and 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.

Hidden Figures
Starring: Taraji P. Henson
Summary: As the U.S. raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.  Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers," we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return.  Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

Starring: Dev Patel
Summary: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the street of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home.  He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.  This film is based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, adapted from the book "A Long Way Home."

The Bye Bye Man
Starring: Douglas Smith
Summary: When three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as the Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name.  The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping the Bye Bye Man's existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.

Monster Trucks
Starring: Lucas Till
Summary: Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, high school senior Tripp builds a pickup truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars.  After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed whom he names Creech, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

Two from the Heart
Author: James Patterson
Summary: Anne McWilliams has lost everything.  After her marriage falls apart and a hurricane destroys her home she realizes that her life has fallen out of focus.  So she takes to the road to ask long lost friends and strangers a simple question: "What's your best story?"  Can the funny, tragic, inspirational tales she hears on her journey help Anne see what she's been missing?  Tyler Bron seemingly has it all - a successful company and more money than he knows how to spend.  But he has no life.  So he hires a struggling novelist to write one for him.  There are no limits to the fictional world that Bron's money can transform into a reality, and he soon becomes the protagonist of a love story beyond his wildest imagination.  But will Tyler be able to write the happy ending himself?

The Burial Hour (Lincoln Rhymes #13)
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Summary: A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight.  A miniature hangman's noose left at the scene.  A 9-year-old girl, the only witness to the crime.  With a crime scene this puzzling, forensic expertise of the highest order is absolutely essential.  Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate.  Soon the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music.  The video is marked as the work of The Composer.  Despite their best efforts, the suspect gets away.  So when a similar kidnapping occurs on a dusty road outside Naples, Italy, Rhyme and Sachs don't hesitate to rejoin the hunt.

One Perfect Lie
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Summary: A handsome stranger moves to the small Pennsylvania town of Central Valley, and his name is Chris Brennan.  He's applying for a job as a teacher and varsity baseball coach at the high school, and he looks perfect, on paper.  But his name is an alias, his resume is false, and everything about him is a lie.  And he has a secret plan - for which he needs a pawn on the baseball team.  Susan Sematov loves her younger son Raz, the quirky and free-spirited pitcher of the team.  But Raz's adored father died only a few months ago, and the family is grief-stricken.  Secretly, Raz is looking to fill the Daddy-shaped hole in his heart.  With more families entering the mix, the lives of them all revolve around the baseball team - and Chris Brennan.  What does he really want?  How far will he go to get it?  Who among them will survive the lethal jeopardy threatening them, from the shadows?

Song of the Lion
Author: Anne Hillerman
Summary: When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon.  But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex.  Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes.  Retire Lt. Joe Leaphorn has seen just about everything in his long career.  As the tribal police's investigation unfolds, he begins to suspect that the bombing may be linked to a cold case he handled years ago.  As he, Bernadette, and Chee carefully pull away the layers behind the crime, they make a disturbing discovery: a meticulous and very patient killer with a long-simmering plan of revenge.

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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