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10/02/2017 - 1:36pm
Séance Infernale: A Novel by John Skariton

A missing French inventor and his lost feature film take center stage with this dark debut of a novel by Jonathan Skariton.

The early history of motion pictures is plagued with controversy, including vicious patent wars between the United States and Europe. 

In 1888, French inventor Louis Le Prince was granted an American patent on a 16-lens camera that combined motion picture with a projector. Although Le Prince mostly wanted a single-lens patent, he was not granted one. In October of the same year, Le Prince filmed Roundhay Garden Scene, which is known today as one of the only surviving pieces of the earliest production of a film. Le Prince planned to present his successful invention in Manhattan at a public exposition, and he is considered by many to be the true father of motion pictures.

10/02/2017 - 1:37pm
Final Girls: A Novel by Riley Sager

The Camp Crystal Lake murders of Friday the 13th. Michael Myers' small-town homicidal spree in Halloween. The frightening Leatherface of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. These are prime examples of classic horror movies depicting maniacs chasing down innocent teenagers. In the end, there's always one survivor. Friday the 13th had Alice; Halloween had Laurie; Texas Chainsaw had Sally. These individuals are commonly known to horror movie fans as the Final Girls. But these examples are from Hollywood. What if it happened in real life?

10/02/2017 - 1:38pm
Imagine a Forest: Designs and Inspirations for Enchanting Folk Art

There’s something about folk art that brings a touch of warmth and whimsy to a home. The elements of designs are simple yet used imaginatively, and the overall effect is extremely pleasing. In Imagine a Forest: Designs and Inspirations for Enchanting Folk Art, Dinara Mirtalipova shares her creative methods and designs with you.

10/02/2017 - 1:38pm
If you like Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

 

Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley
A 28-year-old recluse with a unique allergy to physical contact with other people is forced to reenter the world after her mother's death, finding friendship with a 10-year-old troubled boy, and love with his adoptive father. (catalog summary)

If you like the family drama and love story intertwined with Close Enough to Touch, check out these book titles.

10/02/2017 - 1:38pm
It by Stephen King

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small town with plenty of big secrets . . . and its own dancing clown.

Derry is situated along Interstate 95, to the south of Dexter, Maine, and to the west of bigger cities, such as Bangor and Haven. The town has a long history of human settlement, stretching back to the early days of America in the 18th century. Derry also has a history of unspeakable tragedy, including strange disappearances of settlers, and the mysterious explosion of Kitchener Ironworks in 1906, which killed a group of 88 children and 42 adults who were participating in an Easter egg hunt.

Then, in the 1950s, the disappearances start again.

09/05/2017 - 11:29am
CRRL Guest Picks: Daniel Wallace--Engineer, STEM Teacher, and Musician

Dr. Daniel Wallace is a human factors engineer for the U.S. Navy. He is active in teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to children through demonstrations and teaches a science camp for a week every year at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Colonial Beach, VA. He is now in his 14th year as a member of the Westmoreland County Public School Board. He is also a musician, playing violin in the praise and worship band at his church.

We are very happy that he has agreed to share some of his favorite books with CRRL readers. To begin, here are favorites from his childhood:

10/02/2017 - 1:39pm
If you like FX's American Horror Story

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

American Horror Story is an American anthology horror series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a different set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own "beginning, middle, and end." Some plot elements of each season are loosely inspired by true events.¹

American Horror Story: Cult is the seventh season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story. The season premieres on September 5, 2017. Returning cast members from previous seasons include Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Adina Porter, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, Emma Roberts, and Chaz Bono. Joining them are new cast members Billie Lourd, Alison Pill, Colton Haynes, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, and Lena Dunham.² 

Looking forward to season 7 of American Horror Story? Check out these book titles similar to each theme of all 7 seasons.

08/31/2017 - 3:52pm
RBDigital eMagazines Presents Bookazines

Bookazines have become a popular publication format on newsstands, combining aspects of books and magazines. Usually, they focus on one subject and may present a unique way of exploring topics such as pop culture, history, and cooking. RBDigital, our eMagazine vendor, offers a selection of bookazines from popular magazines such as Time, People, and Southern Living, and includes titles like:

Cooking Light, "Best-Ever Recipe Makeovers"

Life, "The King Lives On: Remembering Elvis Presley"

People Magazine, "True Crime Stories: 35 Real Cases that Inspired the Show Law & Order"

Southern Living, "Make-Ahead Meals"

Time, "Beautiful Phenomena: Discovering Nature's Most Exotic Wonders"

Time Life, "The Golden Age of Pirates"

Interested in checking out one of these titles? Visit the RBDigital Gateway, and get reading now!

10/02/2017 - 1:40pm
Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

Thirty-something Billie Flanagan is the perfect mother and wife. She's agile and free-spirited, embracing her attraction to nature and hiking. Her husband Jonathan is the senior editor of a popular science magazine Decode, while her teenage daughter Olive attends a prestigious all-girls private school in their little coastal California town. The domestic bliss between the three of them is perfect—or so it seems.

10/02/2017 - 1:40pm
Cover to George Washington’s Virginia by John R. Maass

Virginia has long held the nickname of “the mother of presidents,” and surely its most famous native son was the first president, George Washington. His birthplace in Westmoreland County, now a national monument, can be visited today and often features living history performers demonstrating what life was like in the times he knew. George Washington’s Virginia, by John R.

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