Staff Recommendations


May We Suggest...

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May We Suggest (BOOKS) May We Suggest (MOVIES) May We Suggest (MUSIC)

Books

The setting for City of the Sun is Cairo during World War II. A Jewish refugee family has left France and temporarily settled in this exotic city. The son, a nuclear scientist who could hold the key to America's secret weapons program, is being hunted by a Nazi spy and an American journalist. The race is on to see who will be the first to find him.



Author Carol Cassella, M.D. offers a medical mystery that drives an ICU doctor to confront ethical dilemmas with her science journalist boyfriend. Gemini is captivating, heartbreaking, and unforgettable.

 



Debut author Pierce Brown brings an immersive dystopia to life in Red Rising where one young man struggles to ascend the ranks of his color-oriented caste society, by any means necessary. Particularly recommended for fans of Ender's Game and The Hunger Games trilogy.

 



In The Missing Dough, the latest in the Pizza Lover Mystery series by Chris Cavender, Eleanor Swift is searching for clues in her brother-in-law's death while running her pizzeria as well as preparing for the big Founders' Day Festival. This book, as well as other titles in this series, is available at Rolling Meadows Library and on My Media Mall.

 

Movies

Inside Llewyn Davis is the story of a hapless, struggling folk singer trying to make a go of it in NYC. Lovers of 1960s era folk music will enjoy this movie. The story is interesting but the true gem of this Coen Brothers film is the music.




American Hustle is a dramatic, sometimes surprisingly funny look at con artists who are forced to work for a wild FBI agent in a sting operation to take down corrupt politicians.

 

 

Stephen Sondheim's Company is chock full of familiar faces in this powerhouse performance. Neil Patrick Harris shines as Bobby and Patti LuPone is exceptional in the roll of Joanne. This revival is Broadway at its best.

 


Finally, Instructions Not Included is a poignant and humorous film about a single man trying to navigate the minefields of raising a child on his own. (English/Spanish subtitles).

 


Music

Although High Hopes, the latest album by Bruce Springsteen, is a reworking of tracks that were on previous albums, it still holds the attention with Springsteen's distinctive poetic lyrics and roots rock sound. A great album to listen to on the open road.

Right Place, Right Time, the US debut of international pop star Olly Murs, is filled with catchy tunes that will keep your toes tapping long after you're finished listening to this British hit maker.

A little rock, a little blues and a lot of country, The River & The Thread, the newest CD by Rosanne Cash is all of this and more. It's a love song to the South and her heritage. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Enjoy the sweet and tangy voice of country singer Jennifer Nettles as she resonates about the strength and power of womanhood in That Girl.