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Monday, April 29, 2024

Hot This Week: April 29

Check out this week's lists!

Video
  1. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Migration (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Lisa Frankenstein (Blu-ray)
  5. Wonka (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Oppenheimer (Blu-ray | 4K)'
  7. Wish (Blu-ray)
  8. The Marvels (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. The Iron Claw (Blu-ray)
Music
  1. Beyonce, Cowboy Carter
  2. Morgan Wallen, One Thing at a Time
  3. Noah Kahan, Stick Season
  4. Linkin Park, Papercuts
  5. Benson Boone, Fireworks & Rollerblades
  6. SZA, SOS
  7. Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album
  8. Ariana Grande, Eternal Sunshine
  9. Taylor Swift, Lover
  10. Olivia Rodrigo, Guts
Fiction
  1. The Women, Kristin Hannah (PAABP | eB24M)
  2. A Calamity of Souls, David Baldacci (AB24M | eB24M)*
  3. Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros (PA | ABP | eB24M)*
  4. The Familiar, Leigh Bardugo (PAABP | eB24M)
  5. Iron Flame, Rebecca Yarros (PA | ABP | eB24M)*
  6. Table for Two, Amor Towles (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  7. Toxic Prey, John Sandford (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  8. James, Percival Everett (PAABP | AB12M | eB12MeB24M)*
  9. Remarkably Bright Creatures, Shelby Van Pelt (PA | ABP | eB26C)
  10. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, James McBride (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
Nonfiction
  1. An Unfinished Love Story, Doris Kearns Goodwin (eB24M)
  2. The Anxious Generation, Jonathan Haidt (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  3. Love, Mom, Nicole Saphier, MD (ABP | eB26C)
  4. Knife, Salman Rushdie (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  5. Somehow, Anne Lamott (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  6. The Wide Wide Sea, Hampton Sides (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  7. Briefly Perfectly Human, Alua Arthur (PA | ABP | eB26C)
  8. My Beloved Monster, Caleb Carr (AB24M | eB24M)*
  9. I'm Glad My Mom Died, Jennette McCurdy (AB24M | eB24M)
  10. The Wager, David Grann (PA | ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
Fiction/Nonfiction Format Key:
PA = Playaway (physical)
ABP = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, perpetual license
AB12M = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, 12-month license
AB24M = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, 24-month license
eB12M = hoopla Flex eBook, 12-month license
eB24M = hoopla Flex eBook, 24-month license
eB26C = hoopla Flex eBook, 26-circulation license
* = CD audiobook currently unavailable

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Monday, April 22, 2024

Hot This Week: April 22

Check out this week's lists!

Video
  1. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Wonka (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Migration (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Oppenheimer (Blu-ray | 4K)'
  6. Wish (Blu-ray)
  7. The Iron Claw (Blu-ray)
  8. Night Swim (Blu-ray)
  9. Anyone but You (Blu-ray)
  10. Dune (Blu-ray | 4K)
Music
  1. Beyonce, Cowboy Carter
  2. Tomorrow X Together, Minisode 3: Tomorrow
  3. Morgan Wallen, One Thing at a Time
  4. Benson Boone, Fireworks & Rollerblades
  5. Ariana Grande, Eternal Sunshine
  6. Noah Kahan, Stick Season
  7. Olivia Rodrigo, Guts
  8. SZA, SOS
  9. Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album
  10. Taylor Swift, Lover
Fiction
  1. The Women, Kristin Hannah (PAABP | eB24M)
  2. The Familiar, Leigh Bardugo (PAABP | eB24M)
  3. Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros (PA | ABP | eB24M)*
  4. Toxic Prey, John Sandford (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  5. Iron Flame, Rebecca Yarros (PA | ABP | eB24M)*
  6. Table for Two, Amor Towles (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  7. James, Percival Everett (PAABP | AB12M | eB12MeB24M)*
  8. A Fate Inked in Blood, Danielle L. Jensen (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  9. The #1 Lawyer, James Patterson and Nancy Allen (AB24MeB24M)*
  10. Remarkably Bright Creatures, Shelby Van Pelt (PA | ABP | eB26C)
Nonfiction
  1. Somehow, Anne Lamott (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  2. The Anxious Generation, Jonathan Haidt (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  3. I'm Glad My Mom Died, Jennette McCurdy (AB24M | eB24M)
  4. The Wide Wide Sea, Hampton Sides (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  5. Age of Revolutions, Fareed Zakaria (AB24M)
  6. The Age of Magical Overthinking, Amanda Montell (AB24M | eB24M)
  7. The Wager, David Grann (PA | ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  8. Outlive, Peter Attia, MD, and Bill Gifford (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  9. The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians, James Patterson and Matt Eversmann (AB24M | eB24M)*
  10. Burn Book, Kara Swisher (AB24M | eB24M)
Fiction/Nonfiction Format Key:
PA = Playaway (physical)
ABP = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, perpetual license
AB12M = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, 12-month license
AB24M = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, 24-month license
eB12M = hoopla Flex eBook, 12-month license
eB24M = hoopla Flex eBook, 24-month license
eB26C = hoopla Flex eBook, 26-circulation license
* = CD audiobook currently unavailable

Contact your sales rep for more information about hoopla Flex.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Hot This Week: March 25

Check out this week's lists!

Video
  1. Wonka (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Oppenheimer (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Migration (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Barbie (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Dune (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Anyone but You (Blu-ray)
  7. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Poor Things (Blu-ray)
  9. The Holdovers (Blu-ray)
  10. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
Music
  1. Ariana Grande, Eternal Sunshine
  2. Morgan Wallen, One Thing at a Time
  3. Noah Kahan, Stick Season
  4. SZA, SOS
  5. Zach Bryan, Zach Bryan
  6. Taylor Swift, 1989
  7. Taylor Swift, Lover
  8. Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album
  9. Taylor Swift, Midnights
  10. 21 Savage, American Dream
Fiction
  1. The Women, Kristin Hannah (PAABP | eB24M)
  2. Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros (PA | ABP | eB24M)*
  3. Iron Flame, Rebecca Yarros (PA | ABP | eB24M)*
  4. Empire of the Damned, Jay Kristoff (PA)
  5. A Fate Inked in Blood, Danielle L. Jensen (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  6. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, James McBride (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  7. The Hunter, Tana French (PA | ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  8. Three-Inch Teeth, C.J. Box (ABP | eB12M | eB24M)
  9. Never Too Late, Danielle Steel (ABP | eB12M | eB24M)
  10. Remarkably Bright Creatures, Shelby Van Pelt (PA | ABP | eB26C)
Nonfiction
  1. Blood Money, Peter Schweizer (ABP)
  2. Outlive, Peter Attia, MD, and Bill Gifford (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  3. The House of Hidden Meanings, RuPaul (PA | ABP | eB26C)
  4. The Wager, David Grann (PA | ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  5. Reading Genesis, Marilynne Robinson (ABP | eB24M)
  6. Oath and Honor, Liz Cheney (AB24M | eB24M)
  7. Burn Book, Kara Swisher (AB24M | eB24M)
  8. The Return of Great Powers, Jim Sciutto (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  9. Bad Therapy, Abigail Shrier (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  10. Attack from Within, Barbara McQuade (ABP | eBP)*
Fiction/Nonfiction Format Key:
PA = Playaway (physical)
ABP = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, perpetual license
AB12M = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, 12-month license
AB24M = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, 24-month license
eB12M = hoopla Flex eBook, 12-month license
eB24M = hoopla Flex eBook, 24-month license
eB26C = hoopla Flex eBook, 26-circulation license
* = CD audiobook currently unavailable

Contact your sales rep for more information about hoopla Flex.

Monday, March 18, 2024

Hot This Week: March 18

Check out this week's lists!

Video
  1. Wonka (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Migration (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Dune (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Anyone but You (Blu-ray)
  5. Poor Things (Blu-ray)
  6. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Oppenheimer (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Barbie (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Priscilla (Blu-ray)
  10. Wish (Blu-ray)
Music
  1. Morgan Wallen, One Thing at a Time
  2. Noah Kahan, Stick Season
  3. SZA, SOS
  4. Taylor Swift, 1989
  5. Taylor Swift, Lover
  6. Zach Bryan, Zach Bryan
  7. Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album
  8. 21 Savage, American Dream
  9. Taylor Swift, Midnights
  10. Olivia Rodrigo, Guts
Fiction
  1. The Women, Kristin Hannah (PAABP | eB24M)
  2. Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros (PA | ABP | eB24M)*
  3. Iron Flame, Rebecca Yarros (PA | ABP | eB24M)*
  4. Never Too Late, Danielle Steel (ABP | eB12M | eB24M)
  5. The Hunter, Tana French (PAABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  6. A Fate Inked in Blood, Danielle L. Jensen (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  7. Three-Inch Teeth, C.J. Box (ABP | eB12M | eB24M)
  8. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, James McBride (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  9. First Lie Wins, Ashley Elston (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  10. Remarkably Bright Creatures, Shelby Van Pelt (PA | ABP | eB26C)
Nonfiction
  1. The House of Hidden Meanings, RuPaul (PA | ABP | eB26C)
  2. Blood Money, Peter Schweizer (ABP)
  3. The Wager, David Grann (PA | ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  4. Outlive, Peter Attia, MD, and Bill Gifford (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  5. Oath and Honor, Liz Cheney (AB24M | eB24M)
  6. Burn Book, Kara Swisher (AB24M | eB24M)
  7. Bad Therapy, Abigail Shrier (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  8. Attack from Within, Barbara McQuade (ABP | eBP)*
  9. White Rural Rage, Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  10. Elon Musk, Walter Isaacson (AB24M | eB24M)
Fiction/Nonfiction Format Key:
PA = Playaway (physical)
ABP = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, perpetual license
AB12M = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, 12-month license
AB24M = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, 24-month license
eB12M = hoopla Flex eBook, 12-month license
eB24M = hoopla Flex eBook, 24-month license
eB26C = hoopla Flex eBook, 26-circulation license
* = CD audiobook currently unavailable

Contact your sales rep for more information about hoopla Flex.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Classic Artists Back in the Spotlight

Written by Jon Williams

Occasionally some new music surfaces that is a pleasant surprise coming from an artist that hasn’t been heard from in a long time. Recently there have been two such examples from beloved icons that have brought their names back to the forefront of pop culture conversation.
 
On February 1, Billy Joel dropped a new single, “Turn the Lights Back On.” Other than a couple of singles and a collection of classical piano pieces, this is the first new pop music from Joel since 1993’s River of Dreams, which he intended as his final album—the last song, “Famous Last Words,” includes the lyrics “These are the last words I have to say / Before another age goes by.” While it’s just a single for now, Joel has not closed the door on another album being on the horizon.
 
Joel released 11 albums prior to River of Dreams, starting his solo career with Cold Spring Harbor in 1971. While the album was not particularly successful, at least in part due to a mastering error (which has since been rectified with a remaster), it did include the classic Joel hit “She’s Got a Way.”  He followed it up with 1973’s Piano Man, the album (and title track) that would inspire his lifelong nickname. He won the first of his five Grammy Awards for the hit single “Just the Way You Are” off of 1975’s The Stranger, and he won Album of the Year for 1978’s 52nd Street. SmartBrowse his name on our website for all of his studio albums, live performances on both CD and video, and compilations showcasing his wealth of hits.
 
One of Joel’s earliest and strongest influences was the music of the Beatles, who have also recently released a new track. Released on November 2, “Now and Then” is hailed as the last Beatles song. Like “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love,” it started life as a demo recording made by John Lennon, to which Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr added parts to in order to fill out as a Beatles song. While working on updating these songs for the Anthology release, the remaining Beatles abandoned “Now and Then” as the original recording was too hard to use at the time. But the fact that they had started working on it meant, fortunately, that George Harrison had put together some guitar parts they could add when technological advancements made the recording viable at long last.
 
“Now and Then” is included on the updated 1967-1970 compilation, which, along with its counterpart, 1962-1966, has been rereleased with additional tracks and several incredible remasters. These collections are a great way to sample or revisit the Beatles’ classic catalog, and of course their full albums (like Please Please Me, A Hard Day’s Night, Revolver, the White Album, and Abbey Road) are always popular with library patrons. Those looking for an even deeper dive may be interested in the individual members’ solo albums, such as John’s Imagine and George’s Cloud Nine. The surviving members continue to write and record to this day—Paul’s latest album is McCartney III from 2020, while Ringo just put out the EP Rewind Forward in October 2023.
 
These classic artists have been hugely popular for decades, and these new tracks will help to introduce their music to yet another generation of listeners. Make sure your collections are complete with their albums, compilations, videos, and more.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Hot This Week: March 11

Check out this week's lists!

Video
  1. Wonka (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Dune (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Oppenheimer (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Thanksgiving (Blu-ray)
  6. The Marvels (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Barbie (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Trolls Band Together (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Priscilla (Blu-ray)
  10. The Holdovers (Blu-ray)
Music
  1. Twice, With You-th
  2. Morgan Wallen, One Thing at a Time
  3. Noah Kahan, Stick Season
  4. SZA, SOS
  5. Taylor Swift, 1989
  6. Taylor Swift, Lover
  7. 21 Savage, American Dream
  8. Zach Bryan, Zach Bryan
  9. Taylor Swift, Midnights
  10. Olivia Rodrigo, Guts
Fiction
  1. The Women, Kristin Hannah (PAABP | eB24M)
  2. Three-Inch Teeth, C.J. Box (ABP | eB12M | eB24M)
  3. A Fate Inked in Blood, Danielle L. Jensen (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  4. Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros (PA | ABP | eB24M)*
  5. Iron Flame, Rebecca Yarros (PA | ABP | eB24M)*
  6. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, James McBride (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  7. Wandering Stars, Tommy Orange (PAABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  8. First Lie Wins, Ashley Elston (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  9. Lessons in Chemistry, Bonnie Garmus (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  10. After Annie, Anna Quindlen (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
Nonfiction
  1. Blood Money, Peter Schweizer (ABP)
  2. Burn Book, Kara Swisher (AB24M | eB24M)
  3. Attack from Within, Barbara McQuade (ABP | eBP)*
  4. The Wager, David Grann (PA | ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)
  5. Outlive, Peter Attia, MD, and Bill Gifford (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  6. Grief Is for People, Sloane Crosley (PA | ABP | eB24M)*
  7. White Rural Rage, Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  8. Oath and Honor, Liz Cheney (AB24M | eB24M)
  9. Why We Remember, Charan Ranganath (ABP | AB12M | eB12M | eB24M)*
  10. The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, Tim Alberta (ABP | eB26C)
Fiction/Nonfiction Format Key:
PA = Playaway (physical)
ABP = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, perpetual license
AB12M = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, 12-month license
AB24M = hoopla Flex digital audiobook, 24-month license
eB12M = hoopla Flex eBook, 12-month license
eB24M = hoopla Flex eBook, 24-month license
eB26C = hoopla Flex eBook, 26-circulation license
* = CD audiobook currently unavailable

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Friday, May 5, 2023

The National Continues to Push the Envelope

Written by Jon Williams

Last week the indie rock band the National thrilled fans worldwide with the release of their ninth full-length album, First Two Pages of Frankenstein. The title was created by frontman Matt Berninger. Struggling to write lyrics for a new album, he turned to his bookshelf for inspiration and found a handful of words and phrases that spoke to him in Mary Shelley’s classic novel. It was the breakthrough he needed. The result is an 11-track disc that features contributions from Sufjan Stevens, Phoebe Bridgers, and Taylor Swift.
 
Although the members (Berninger [vocals], brothers Scott [bass] and Bryan Devendorf [drums], and twin brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner [guitar/piano]) all grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, the band formed in Brooklyn in 1999. They released two albums (The National and Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers) and an EP (Cherry Tree) as they honed their craft and refined their sound.
 
After signing with Beggars Banquet Records in 2004, the National hit their stride. In 2005, Alligator raised their profile by appearing on several publications’ lists of albums of the year (and eventually the decade). They saw similar critical acclaim from the breakout album Boxer in 2007, and skyrocketed into the public consciousness when an instrumental version of “Fake Empire” was used in Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign for the presidency. They followed that up in 2010 with High Violet, and their tour in support of that album was chronicled in the 2013 documentary Mistaken for Strangers (currently unavailable) made by Tom Berninger, Matt’s brother.
 
Now bona fide indie darlings, their music began to show up in more and more places, including over the closing credits of an episode of Game of Thrones, the Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, and on The Bob’s Burgers Music Album. They scored their first Grammy nomination for 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me, and won Best Alternative Music Album for the 2017 follow-up, Sleep Well Beast. Then, instead of taking a break as they had planned, they came back quickly, in 2019, with I Am Easy to Find, a collaboration with director Mike Mills, who used the album’s soundscape as the background for a short film of the same name.
 
The band hasn’t been idle since. They wrote the music for the 2021 film Cyrano, which features their single “Somebody Desperate.” They’ve also kept busy individually with side projects, some of which have been quite notable. In 2020 Matt Berninger released a solo album, Serpentine Prison. Aaron’s high-profile projects included cowriting and coproducing Taylor Swift’s Grammy-winning album folklore and its follow-up, evermore (which featured the National on the track “Coney Island”), as well as Ed Sheeran’s latest, among several others. He also recorded an album (also featuring a Taylor Swift appearance) with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon as Big Red Machine, How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?
 
And we may hear more from the National as they kick off a world tour this month. Members of the band have said they wrote a lot of good songs that didn’t make the new album, and hinted that it may be released soon in some form. In the meantime, fans new and old have plenty of music to dig into. Click the links above for their albums, or SmartBrowse on our website for more.
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