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Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you’d like the history of the holiday, The History Channel always does a good job.  There are tons of love stories out there, but here’s a small list of non-traditional love stories.

If you’re celebrating Singles Awareness Day, the Funny Valentines’ website is full of fun and funny stuff.  BookRiot also has some great recommendations for anti-love reading, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Our book recommendation for the day is The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan.  This is a fantastic and fast read.  If you’ve ever been in a relationship or want to be, you should read this.  It was our Staff Pick of the Week a couple month’s ago, and is one of our recommending staff member’s favorite books.

Whatever you’re doing today, we hope you have a wonderful day!

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This week’s staff pick is Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid – this updated take on Jane Austen’s classic is sure to please mystery/suspense lovers and Downton Abbey fans.  If you’d rather read the original, we have that too.  You can see what’s available in the catalog.

“Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid has riveted millions of readers worldwide with her acutely suspenseful, psychologically complex, seamlessly plotted thrillers. In Northanger Abbey, she delivers her own, witty, updated take on Austen’s classic novel about a young woman whose visit to the stately home of a well-to-do acquaintance stirs her most macabre imaginings, with an extra frisson of suspense that only McDermid could provide.

Cat Morland is ready to grow up. A homeschooled minister’s daughter in the quaint, sheltered Piddle Valley in Dorset, she loses herself in novels and is sure there is a glamorous adventure awaiting her beyond the valley’s narrow horizon. So imagine her delight when the Allens, neighbors and friends of her parents, invite her to attend the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh as their guest. With a sunny personality, tickets every night and a few key wardrobe additions courtesy of Susie Allen, Cat quickly begins to take Edinburgh by storm and is taken into the bosom of the Thorpe family, particularly by eldest daughter Bella. And then there’s the handsome Henry Tilney, an up-and-coming lawyer whose family home is the beautiful and forbidding Northanger Abbey. Cat is entranced by Henry and his charming sister Eleanor, but she can’t help wondering if everything about them is as perfect as it seems. Or has she just been reading too many novels? A delectable, note-perfect modern update of the Jane Austen classic, Northanger Abbey tells a timeless story of innocence amid cynicism, the exquisite angst of young love, and the value of friendship.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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Acclaimed author Colleen McCullough died recently at the age of 77.  This week’s staff pick is her best known work, The Thorn Birds, and one several staff members have recommended for years.

Powered by the dreams and struggles of three generations, THE THORN BIRDS is the epic saga of a family rooted in the Australian sheep country. At the story’s heart is the love of Meggie Cleary, who can never possess the man she desperately adores, and Ralph de Bricassart, who rises from parish priest to the inner circles of the Vatican…but whose passion for Meggie will follow him all the days of his life.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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Sunshine by Robin McKinley is this week’s Staff Pick.  A refreshing take on vampires, this is a unique fantasy and very well done.  It’s an all time favorite of our staffer.

There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it’s unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while.

Unfortunately, she wasn’t alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don’t, when they’re vampires.

They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion – within easy reach of a figure stirring in the moonlight.

She knows that he is a vampire. She knows that she’s to be his dinner, and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet, as dawn breaks, she finds that he has not attempted to harm her. And now it is he who needs her to help him survive the day…”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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As You Wish is the aptly named part-biography and part behind-the-scenes look at The Princess Bride.  We have several staffers who love the film, and those that have read As You Wish love it.  A must for all Princess Bride fans!

“From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.

Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets, backstage stories, and answers to lingering questions about off-screen romances that have plagued fans for years!”–Taken from Goodreads.com.


As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

Cary Elwes, Joe Layden

Published: Oct 14, 2014 by Touchstone
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