A lot of popular authors have new releases to grab your interest. Remember, there is now a list of all the new additions at the new book shelf in the library. If the book isn’t available on the shelf, ask the staffer at the circulation desk to put it on hold for you. You’ll get a phone call when your turn comes up.
James Patterson has teamed up with David Ellis to pen “Guilty Wives.” Four best friends and four days in the presidential suite of a luxurious hotel overlooking Monte Carlo turns from a vacation of a lifetime to the fight of a lifetime as the four are arrested, accused of the foulest crime imaginable. This is a read that only Patterson can create. Harlan Coben’s thriller, “Stay Close” is another new release and has a higher rating than the Patterson book. Coben can pen the darkest shadows into even the happiest communities as he has successfully done with Megan, the suburban soccer mom with a wild side from the past deeply hidden, Ray, a documentary photographer in a dead-end job, and Jack, a detective who can’t let go of a cold case. All three people are living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets of the past that you will discover in this page-turner of thrills.
More dark family secrets are exposed in bestselling author, Richard North Patterson’s 20th novel, “Fall From Grace.” When Adam arrives to attend his father’s funeral, he discovers that his family has been disinherited if favor of the beautiful mistress. Adam begins to wonder if his father’s fall from a cliff might be murder. Things become riskier as Adam unearths disturbing family secrets. This one will keep you guessing until the very last page. C. J. Box has a new Joe Pickett novel, “Force of Nature.” The entire Pickett family will be a target due to trouble coming out of the past. The only way to fight back is outside the law. But, will Joe Pickett do it?
We’re getting lots of new movies in right now, many of which were nominated for Academy Awards– more that can be featured each week. If you want to know if the latest release is in, you can check the card catalog from the library’s website, or subscribe to our free weekly DVD newsletter, which gives you the latest info on what’s in and what’s on order. Just email SolonLibrFriends@aol.com  and ask to be signed up.
“My Week with Marilyn” (2011, R, Bio/Drama) In the summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark worked as a lowly assistant on the set of “The Prince and the Showgirl,” the film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams). When his diary account was published, one week was missing. This is the story of that week: an idyll in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work. Branagh and Williams both received Academy Award nominations for their work in this film.
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011, R, Crime Drama) The wait is over for fans of the popular series of books– the English language film version is finally available. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for 40 years by Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a young computer hacker. This film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Mara’s performance, and won the award for Best Film Editing.
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011, R, Mystery/Drama) In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. Oldman’s performance received one of the three Academy Award nominations for this film, based on the John le Carre novel.
“The Muppets” (2011, PG, Family Comedy) Jason Siegel and Amy Adams star as fans who must reunite the Muppets to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon (Chris Cooper). This movie features the Academy Award winning Best Song, “Man or Muppet.”
“Mildred Pierce” (2011, TV-MA) This five-part HBO mini-series is an intimate portrait of a uniquely independent woman, played by Kate Winslet, who finds herself newly divorced during the Depression years, as she struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family. The story explores Mildred’s unreasonable devotion to her insatiable daughter Veda, as well as the complex relationship she shares with the indolent men in her life, including her polo-playing lover Monty Beragon and ex-husband Bert Pierce. It is based on the 1941 novel by John M. Cain as was the 1945 film which starred Joan Crawford in her Academy Award winning performance.