Send Your Kids to Sleep

The author of the self-published picture book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep promises that it will put your children to sleep, and many tired parents are willing to try anything. Swedish psychologist Carol-Johan Frossen Ehrlin wrote The Rabbit


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Refused: The Shape of Punk to Come

Like last week’s recommended band, Veruca Salt, this week’s band released a new record after nearly 20 years apart. The members of the Swedish hard-core quartet Refused put aside their differences for a reunion tour, ultimately leading to the …


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Arms and the Dudes by Guy Lawson

Check out Arms and the Dudes and learn about a stoner trio’s unlikely success with foreign arms dealing before it comes to the big screen next spring. Arms and the Dudes is based on Rolling Stone reporter Guy Lawson’s research …


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Veruca Salt – Ghost Notes

After about 17 years of changing line-ups, the original members of mid-90’s, Chicago rockers, Veruca Salt have come together with “hatchets buried, axes exhumed” to release a new album. Called “unabashedly decade-specific” by NPR’s Katie Presley, Ghost Notes sound like …


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Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Recording the life and career of perhaps our finest documentary photographer, the latest entry in PBS’ American Masters series is a fascinating documentary. In it, we see Lange develop from a portrait artist to someone on the road photographing the


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Juan Felipe Herrera Named Poet Laureate

The Library of Congress has appointed Juan Felipe Herrera as the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States. Herrera is the son of migrant farm workers from Mexico, and has a wide range of poetry from his reflections on his …


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27 Seriously Underrated Books

Recently, the online magazine, BuzzFeed asked its readers to offer suggestion of great, underrated books. The list contains many international best sellers, a couple of books adapted into movies, and even a Nobel Prize winner or two, so I’m not …


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The Room by Jonas Karlsson

Poor Bjorn, all he wants is a little peace and quiet. All he wants is to be as productive as possible. Why do his co-workers at The Authority have to be so messy and chatty? Then one day Bjorn discovers


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The Theory of Everything

This Oscar-nominated biopic brings us inside the life of Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist and cosmologist.

While a graduate student at Cambridge University, Hawking begins to experience difficulty controlling his extremities before ultimately being diagnosed with ALS, the motor-neuron disease commonly


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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

“Did anyone really know their child? Your child was a little stranger, constantly changing, disappearing and reintroducing himself to you. New personality traits could appear overnight.”

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty takes place on the Pirriwee Peninsula in Australia …


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The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

Rear Window meets Gone Girl. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is voyeuristic like Rear Window, with an unreliable narrator like Gone Girl; this psychological thriller is a page turner!

Every day, as Rachel takes …


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Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Amid the gritty decay of modern Detroit, reality falls away as grotesque half-human bodies and dream-like street art consume the city. While Detective Gabrielle Versado tries to contain the chaos, her personal life comes undone as her daughter flirts with


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Academy Awards Contest 2015

Look for Academy Award Contest entry forms at the Answers Desk. Check off your selections from this year’s nominees. Entries with the most correct answers will be eligible to win prizes. In the event of a tie, prizes will be …


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Shadow Puppets of Siew Lian Lim

When at the library this month, be sure to stop in the lobby for a few moments to take in the display of Southeast Asian shadow puppets created by artist Siew Lian Lim. With her use of recycled materials such …


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2014 Additions to the National Film Registry

Today the Librarian of Congress announced the 2014 additions to the National Film Registry, a list of films deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” that are earmarked for preservation by the Library of Congress. These films are not selected as …


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The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

This fantasy tale is filled with literary and poetic references.

Grad student Nora stumbles through a gateway to another world and is trapped by a race of people called the Faitoren. Magician Aruendiel rescues he and becomes her protector and


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This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein has a fresh take on climate change that doesn’t have anything to do with switching out your light bulbs. Klein is changing the nature of the conversation by arguing that capitalism is to blame for climate change, not


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