New Media for January 2024

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MOVIES & TELEVISION [DVDS]

 

DVD Documentary Cover Art for Evolution Earth by PBSEvolution Earth ~ Evolution determines who lives, who dies, and who passes traits on to the next generation. The process plays a critical role in our daily lives, yet it is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood concepts ever described The Evolution Project’s eight-hour television miniseries travels the world to examine evolutionary science and the profound effect it has had on society and culture. From the genius and torment of Charles Darwin to the scientific revolution that spawned the Tree of Life, from the power of sex to drive evolutionary change to the importance of mass extinctions in the birth of new species, the Evolution series brings this fascinating process to life. The series also explores the emergence of consciousness, the origin and success of humans, and the perceived conflict between science and religion in understanding life on Earth. The Evolution series’ goals are to heighten public understanding of evolution and how it works, to dispel common misunderstandings about the process, and to illuminate why it is relevant to all of us.

 

DVD Movie Cover Art for The Retirement PlanThe Retirement Plan ~ Caught up in a criminal enterprise, Ashley and her young daughter turn to her estranged father, Matt, for help. Retired and living a beach bum’s life in The Caymans, her dad’s secret past is revealed as the Mob tracks them down on the island.

 

 

 

 

 

DVD Movie Cover art for What Happens LaterWhat Happens Later ~ Ex-lovers reunite when they both become stranded in an airport overnight. They find themselves drawn together to revisit their past to discuss what could have been and what may happen in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

DVD Movie Cover Art for The HoldoversThe Holdovers ~ A curmudgeonly instructor at a New England prep school is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually, he forms an unlikely bond with one of them a damaged, brainy troublemaker, and with the school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam.

 

 

 

 

AUDIO BOOKS [CD]

 

Audiobook Cover Art of We Must Not Think of Ourselves by Lauren GrodsteinWe Must Not Think of Ourselves by Lauren Grodstein ~ On a November day in 1940, Adam Paskow becomes a prisoner in the Warsaw Ghetto, where the Jews of the city are cut off from their former lives and held captive by Nazi guards to await an uncertain fate. Weeks later, he is approached by a mysterious figure with a surprising request: Would he join a secret group of archivists working to preserve the truth of what is happening inside these walls? Adam agrees and begins taking testimonies from his students, friends, and neighbors. He learns about their childhoods and their daydreams, their passions and their fears, their desperate strategies for safety and survival. The stories form a portrait of endurance in a world where no choices are good ones. One of the people Adam interviews is his flatmate Sala Wiskoff, who is stoic, determined, and funny—and married with two children. Over the months of their confinement, in the presence of her family, Adam and Sala fall in love. As they desperately carve out intimacy, their relationship feels both impossible and vital, their connection keeping them alive. But when Adam discovers a possible escape from the Ghetto, he is faced with an unbearable choice: whom can he save, and at what cost ? Inspired by the testimony-gathering project with the code name Oneg Shabbat, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Grodstein draws readers into the lives of people living on the edge. Told with immediacy and heart, We Must Not Think of Ourselves is a piercing story of love, determination, and sacrifice.

 

Audiobook Cover Art for The Mystery Guest; A Maid Novel by Nita ProseThe Mystery Guest by Nita Prose ~ With her flair for cleaning and proper etiquette, Molly Gray has risen through the ranks of the glorious five-star Regency Grand Hotel to become the esteemed Head Maid. When J. D. Grimthorpe, the world-renowned mystery author, drops dead on the hotel’s tearoom floor, it’s up to Molly to uncover the truth.

 

 

Audio Book Cover Art of Tom Clancy's Command and Control by Marc CameronCommand and Control by Marc Cameron ~ President Jack Ryan travels to Colombia to support the president who is facing a challenge from autocratic forces. What seems like an ordinary opportunity to preach the values of democracy quickly turns into a nightmare when a full-blown military coup erupts. President Ryan and his Secret Service team are cut off and out of communication. In Washington, the Vice President is coordinating a military response, but there’s still one more obstacle. The Russians recognize an opportunity when one presents itself. They’ve hired a private military contractor to do the unthinkable, use the cover of the coup to assassinate President Jack Ryan.

 

Audiobook Cover Art for Manner of Death by Robin CookManner of Death by Robin Cook ~ After Dr. Jack Stapleton’s near-death confrontation with a medical serial killer, his wife, NYC Chief Medical Examiner Laurie Montgomery, is carrying the load both at work and at home. When Laurie insists that Dr. Ryan Sullivan—an underperforming senior pathology resident who is spending his required month at the medical examiner’s office but who truly detests doing forensic autopsies—assist her on a suicide autopsy in hopes of stimulating his interest in the field, the last thing she expects is to be unwittingly drawn into a major conspiracy that puts her own life in jeopardy.  Desperate to avoid performing as many forensic autopsies as possible, Dr. Ryan Sullivan offers to participate in a research project on a series of suicides put together by one of the medical legal investigators. These suicides, like the case Ryan analyzes with Laurie, hint at some bothersome questions about their “manner of death.” Although the project was more of a ruse than a serious study, Ryan surprises himself by immediately uncovering unexpected shared commonalities. Most astonishing of all, Ryan’s inquiries eventually put him and Laurie at risk by leading to a nefarious cancer diagnostics company that promotes the very latest, groundbreaking cancer screening technology in a shockingly self-serving and fraudulent fashion.

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