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10/30/2017 - 2:33pm
If you like the Netflix series Stranger Things

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Stranger Things is an American science fiction-horror web television series created, written, directed and co-executive produced by the Duffer Brothers, as well as co-executive produced by Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, the first season focuses on the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy amid supernatural events occurring around the town including the appearance of a psychokinetic girl who helps the missing boy's friends in their own search. The second season is set a year after the first, and deals with attempts of the characters to return to normal and consequences from that season.

02/23/2018 - 1:20pm
If you like Stephen King's It

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10/25/2017 - 1:49am
Cover to What the Dead Leave Behind

March 12, 1888

She was waiting for her fiancé.

In the fine house on Fifth Avenue, Prudence MacKenzie wrapped her shawl a little tighter around her and looked out onto piles of snow that blanketed everything in glittering cold and listened to the wind howl as it paralyzed the city.

New Yorkers were used to dealing with snow, but the blizzard that struck on that late winter day was one for the history books. Surely her fiancé Charles wasn’t out in it. Surely. He was a sensible man, after all.

10/20/2017 - 1:45am
If you like The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

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The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
In Oslo, Norway, after the first snow of the season has fallen, a woman disappears, and a sinister snowman is left in her wake. As irascible detective Harry Hole realizes that this is only one of multiple disappearances, he begins to think a serial killer may be at work—and may be drawing in Hole personally and intentionally. (catalog summary)

The Snowman is an upcoming British crime thriller horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson and written by Hossein Amini and Peter Straughan, based on the novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer and J. K. Simmons. The film will be released by Universal Pictures on October 20, 2017.
 

If you like books by Jo Nesbø, check out these other similar, suspenseful titles . . .

The Abominable Man: A Martin Beck Mystery by Maj Sjöwall

The Abominable Man: A Martin Beck Mystery
by Maj Sjöwall

The gruesome murder of a police captain in his hospital room reveals the unsavory history of a man who spent forty years practicing a horrible blend of strong-arm police work and sheer brutality. Martin Beck and his colleagues feverishly comb Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman, who has plans for even more chaos. As the tension builds and a feeling of imminent danger grips Bec, his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption. (catalog summary)


 

10/19/2017 - 3:52pm
Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani

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Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
Lucia Sartori is the beautiful twenty-five-year-old daughter of a prosperous Italian grocer in Greenwich Village. The postwar boom is ripe with opportunities for talented girls with ambition, and Lucia becomes an apprentice to an up-and-coming designer at chic B. Altman's department store on Fifth Avenue. Engaged to her childhood sweetheart, the steadfast Dante DeMartino, Lucia is torn when she meets a handsome stranger who promises a life of uptown luxury that career girls like her only read about in the society pages. Forced to choose between duty to her family and her own dreams, Lucia finds herself in the midst of a sizzling scandal in which secrets are revealed, her beloved career is jeopardized, and the Sartoris' honor is tested. (catalog summary)

Liked Lucia, Lucia? Here's a list of books that are about Italian-Americans and/or hopefully capture the feel of Adriana Trigiani’s books.  
10/18/2017 - 1:43am
The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke

Because sometimes the truth, is stranger than fiction.

They live under your bed and in your closet. They are subjects of campfire stories and old wives' tales. They love to live in the shadows and the deep recesses of your mind. And, their favorite time of year is now, when seasons change and the dead leaves fall. Who or what, you may ask? Vampires, witches, goblins, and werewolves. Elves, poltergeists, banshees, and skinwalkers.

Folklore. Legends. Myths. Whatever you wish to call them, they continue to dwell within our society today, passed through generations upon generations.

10/10/2017 - 1:37am
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King

Sleeping Beauties begins in a small Appalachian town where the main source of income for households is working at the women's prison. Doctor Clint Norcross works tirelessly as a psychologist for the prison, trying to create a better environment for the disturbed prisoners. His wife, Sheriff Lila Norcross, takes care of things in the sleepy town smoothly, and always without a hitch. 

But, things begin to change. When Lila gets word that a large meth lab has blown up in the hills and there are two dead bodies, not killed by the blast, but instead murdered—the little town begins to fall apart into a strange decedent of madness. Apparently, the devastating fire and murders have been caused by a newcomer: a woman who goes by the name of Evie Black, and who's walking around in a t-shirt, with no pants or undergarments.

10/06/2017 - 10:00am
If you like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep . . . They even built humans. Emigrees to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in. Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results. (catalog summary)
 

Blade Runner 2049 is an upcoming American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. The sequel to Blade Runner (1982), it stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, who reprises his role as Rick Deckard, with Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto in supporting roles. A new Blade Runner, LAPD Officer K, discovers a dark secret that could bring an end to humanity. The discovery leads him to Rick Deckard, a former blade runner who disappeared thirty years ago. The film will be released globally October 6, 2017, in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.¹ See the trailer below.
 

10/04/2017 - 1:28am
Cover to Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread, & Scuppernong Wine: The Folklore and Art of Southern Appalachian Cooking

Some people hike through the Appalachian Trail as quickly as they can, trying to set speed records. Some people spend hours in the car each autumn, looking at the bursts of colorful leaves on mountainsides, before heading back to their homes on flatter ground. They get something out of their journeys, sure, but they are missing a whole way of life.

Living in the Appalachians can be hardscrabble. Many of the people there are poor in material things. Why don’t more of them leave for better jobs? Some do. But many prefer to stay, and the answer lies in the strength of their families and communities. For hundreds of years, descendants of mainly Scots-Irish, English, and German immigrants, as well as members of the Cherokee Nation, lived in a culture that is self-reliant, and, yes, hospitable—assuming their visitors remain well-mannered.

Foodways are a big part of that culture. In his James Beard Award-winning Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread, and Scuppernong Wine, Joseph E. Dabney delves into those delicious delights, while including enough personal notes that you’ll feel you’ve spent some time chatting on screened porches.

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