All Staff Picks

This Is Not My Hat
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Another great story from Jon Klassen (the genius behind "I Want My Hat Back") involving hats and the people they belong to. In this wonderful read, a tiny fish has stolen the hat of a much larger fish while he was sleeping. He's pretty sure that the fish won't notice and definitely won't come after him, but the hat didn't really fit that other fish as well as it does him. The other fish has different ideas.
Divergent
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Set in a futuristic Chicago in a society where people are forced to choose between their family and their faction, a young Tris must decide where she belongs. To the delight of fans of the book, this movie stays true to the book with only minor deviations and the leads played the characters well.
Catch Me If You Can
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The story of an imposter who swindled his way into being a millionaire by the time he was 21 and spent it on extravagances. He manages to elude authorities worldwide while posing as a pilot, lawyer, doctor and professor. Definitely a captivating tale to follow and see what he manages to do with his life.
The Super Hungry Dinosaur
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When a super hungry dinosaur shows up in Hal's backyard, he must find a way to keep him happy. But what will he do when the dinosaur threatens to eat Hal, his parents, and his dog Billy? Find out in this thoroughly hilarious read with fun and clever illustrations.
The Lego Movie
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Be prepared to both love and hate the featured song, “Everything is Awesome”, after watching this non-stop hilarious movie that both kids and adults can enjoy.
FastExercise
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Dr. Mosely presents the latest research showing the benefits of shorter, more intense bursts of exercise that should motivate anyone to give high intensity training a try.
Turn Blue
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On their 8th album, The Black Keys have managed to put together another great collection of songs. Especially good are Weight of Love, Fever, and the title track Turn Blue
Hyperbole And A Half
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Not for the faint of heart, this is a biography of sorts compiled from well-loved blog posts on the author’s website as well as some brand new stories. Allie Brosh is brilliant at relating complex emotions with simple and hilarious words and drawings. Best known for her insightful and profound telling of her own lengthy battle with depression.
You Should Have Known
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A compelling literary mystery about the very public implosion of an outwardly successful couple’s marriage and family life; it’s also an entertaining story that highlights our contemporary societal mores.
A Few Good Men
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A young Marine dies. A hotshot Navy lawyer known for settling out of court gets the job of defending the killers. But what seems like an open-and-shut case quickly turns into a conspiracy to hide the truth. With the help of his colleagues, Lt. Cmr. Galloway (Demi Moore) and Lt. Weinberg (Kevin Pollak), Lt. Kaffee (Tom Cruise) must battle a couple of hardheaded marines and his own ghosts to give his clients the defense they deserve.
Thirteen Reasons Why
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On a series of tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, Clay Jensen must listen to all the reasons she decided to end her life. The tapes were sent to him because something he did, or didn't do, was one of them. Afraid of what he’ll hear, he begins to listen. Told from dual narratives, this story will keep you intrigued from start to finish.
Much Loved
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If you've ever known the love of a teddy bear or other soft friend, you'll enjoy this collection of photographs. Each picture of a well-loved stuffed animal is accompanied by a short bio, including the animal's name and age. Adorable!
The Big Bang Theory, Season One
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Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj are your stereotypical nerds: they read comic books, they play video games and D&D, and they have better luck with science than they do with women. But an aspiring actress named Penny just moved in across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon and life as they know it is about to change.
Enclave
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Set in an underground society by people who were driven underground when the surface of the earth destructed, survival is simply a way of life. Deuce is one of the lucky ones that have survived their first fifteen years and earns the right to be named and to be appointed a profession. As a huntress, she trains constantly in order to ward off the ever-impending attacks of the mutated monsters known as freaks.
Frozen
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The Frozen movie soundtrack is full of all the amazing songs from the beloved movie. As many times as I have heard it and replayed it in my head, the songs still don't get old. Favorite tracks: “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” And “In Summer”
Love Life
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Rob Lowe's second autobiography somehow manages to surpass his first in excellence. Rather than a (relatively) chronological story of his life (like Stories I Only Tell My Friends), this book is a collection of stories about the mysteries of life, love and parenthood. From accounts of sending his oldest son off to college, to tales from his wild years, to his honest portrayal of the ever-present threat of falling off the wagon, Rob Lowe manages to make his readers feel like they're experiencing it all right along with him.
Meat Eater
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“Meat Eater” is a collection of stories from Steve Rinella’s life spent hunting and fishing, choosing colleges to attend based on their proximity to good places to hunt and fish, and feeding himself from what he has brought home from hunting and fishing trips. He could come across as a simple man, but is actually uncommonly thoughtful with particularly good insight into human nature.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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Catching Fire is the second film in the Hunger Games series and is even better than the first. The Quarter Quell marks the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games, and Katniss is once again called up to compete. Full of great performances by an amazing cast, Catching Fire is a great movie and, most importantly, stays fairly true to the beloved book series.

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