All Staff Picks

The Dark Side of the Moon
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Pink Floyd's 1973 album has remained one of the truest examples of classic rock for decades. Roger Waters' lyrics are keenly heartfelt and his vocals deliver them with emotion and an earnestness that captivates. All the great hits can be found in this collection, from Money to Time to Us and Them. And don't miss the outstanding vocals of Clare Torry on The Great Gig in the Sky.
Human Clay
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Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti wrote all the songs on this second album of the band Creed. Songs include: What If, Higher, and With Arms Wide Open.
Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake
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This fantastically written autobiography follows Frank William Abagnale, Jr. as he evades the police, eludes the FBI, becomes wanted in several countries, and steals billions of dollars in forged checks. Along the way, he impersonates a doctor, a lawyer, and an airline pilot - all before his 21st birthday. Frank delivers a truly magnificent piece of prose, giving the reader an introspective look at how he became the most successful con in history, as well as how he turned it all around.
Day & Age
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The Killers indie, new age sound drives their third album. Lead vocalist and frontman Brandon Flowers has a good set of pipes and wonderfully delivers the funky, upbeat songs.
Babymouse: Queen of the World
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Babymouse is funny, klutzy, and lovable. She's constantly daydreaming and trying to be cool. And she loves cupcakes. A great read for boys and girls of all ages.
This is a Book
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An offbeat and original collection of jokes, drawings, lists, and mini-essays by one of today’s funniest young comedians.
Pieces of You
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Jewel's first studio album showcases her top-notch vocals as well as her breezy, folky sound. Songs include: Who Will Save Your Soul, Foolish Games, You Were Meant For Me, Angel Standing By, Adrian, and I'm Sensitive.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, this wonderful movie reminds all of us of what you can do with a little imagination. Gene Wilder is Willy Wonka, the eccentric candymaker who places 5 golden tickets into his Wonka bars so that 5 lucky children can win a tour of his factory as well as a lifetime supply of chocolate. Charlie Bucket manages to claim a ticket for himself and gets a chance to live out his dreams.
Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects
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From the disgusting to the destructive to the downright deadly, Wicked Bugs tells the stories behind the creepiest of the world’s creepy-crawlies. By the author of Wicked Plants.
Whoa, Nelly!
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Nelly Furtado has an amazing voice, as showcased by the songs on her debut album. Such titles as I'm Like a Bird and Turn Off the Light will take you back to the beginning of the new millenium.
Anne of Green Gables
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Megan Follows is Anne Shirley in this made-for-tv movie. Anne is a very intelligent, but rather unusual, 12-year-old girl. She spends most of her time with only an imaginary friend for company until she gets adopted by Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. Lively and adventurous, she manages to charm everyone she meets, even those she doesn't mean to. Megan Follows delivers a terrific performance from start to finish and is considered the quintessential Anne Shirley by generations of viewers.
The Future of Us
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It’s 1996 and Emma is loading her first AOL disc into her first computer. When the modem connects though she finds herself on something called Facebook. Emma can see her future self and she doesn’t like what she sees. What happens next are Emma’s funny and often selfish attempts to get her future self the life that she wants. This book is a hilarious contemporary work with a splash of sci fi!
Stand Up
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Dave Matthews delivers another hit with his sixth studio album. With a mellow sound and heartfelt lyrics, Stand Up is a must-have for any Dave Matthews fan. Songs include: Stand Up (For It), American Baby, and Dreamgirl.
We Are In a Book
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Elephant and Piggie discover that they are in a book. They discover that whatever they say or do will be recorded on the pages, but Gerald the Elephant is afraid of what will happen when the book ends.
Anna Dressed in Blood
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Cas Lowood has an unusual job for a 16 year old. He dispatches murderous ghosts and sends them to their demise. When he heads to Thunder Bay to dispatch the particularly violent ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, a standard job turns into much more than Cas bargained for. Great for horror fans, but be warned there are gruesome and violent scenes in this book that are not for everyone.
Codes and Keys
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DeathCab for Cutie's seventh studio album introduces a nearly brand-new sound. Lyricist Ben Gibbard has moved away from the dark feel of past albums. This one contains a quieter, happier mood. DeathCab fans will love this album, as it retains the overall sound and quality that made them fans in the first place. And if you're not a DeathCab fan yet, Codes and Keys will change your mind.
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
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This wonderfully read story follows Harry Potter through his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Read by Jim Dale.
Divergent
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In a futuristic Chicago, society is broken up into factions. Beatrice Prior was born in to abnegation, the selfless, but after the choosing ceremony becomes a member of dauntless, the brave. However, Beatrice has a secret - one that could be lethal if discovered. Fast paced and full of action, Divergent is a must read for Hunger Games fans!

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