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Amesse Leisure Reading Collection: New Arrivals

Amesse Leisure Reading Collection

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Amesse Collection of Popular & Leisure Reading



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New Arrivals: Fiction


    Washington Black - Edugyan, Esi           Washington Black by Esi Edugyan


    Asymmetry - Halliday, Lisa           Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday


     Sunburn - Lippman, Laura           Sunburn by Laura Lippman


     Fire and Blood: 300 Years Before a Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) - Martin, George R. R.           Fire & blood by George R.R. Martin


      Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore - Sullivan, Matthew            Midnight at the Bright Ideas bookstore



New Arrivals: Nonfiction


      The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers - King, Maxwell        The good neighbor by Maxwell King


     Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame - Kodas, Michael        Megafire by Michael Kodas


     Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious - Kugel, Seth         Rediscovering travel by Seth Kugel


     The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in America - Thorpe, Helen        The newcomers by Helen Thorpe


      Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Tyson, Neil DeGrasse, Professor       Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson


      The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy - Williams, Paige        The dinosaur artist by Paige Williams

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Featured Items

      Featured New Book
           Tell the Machine Goodnight - Williams, Katie
           Katie Williams


NAMED ONE OF THE "BEST LITERARY FICTION OF 2018' BY KIRKUS REVIEWS : Pearl's job is to make people happy. As a technician for the Apricity Corporation, with its patented happiness machine, she provides customers with personalized recommendations for greater contentment. She's good at her job, her office manager tells her, successful. But how does one measure an emotion?

Told from an alternating cast of characters from within Pearl world, Tell the Machine Goodnight delivers a smartly moving and entertaining story about the advance of technology and the ways that it can most surprise and define us. Along the way, Katie Williams playfully illuminates our national obsession with positive psychology, our reliance on quick fixes. What happens when these obsessions begin to overlap? With warmth, humor, and a clever touch, Williams taps into our collective unease about the modern world and allows us to see it a little more clearly. -- review

       Featured New DVD

            Death of Mr. Lazarescu Moartea domnului Lazarescu

     The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, set in Romania, is a sad yet funny film that tells the story of an old man whom no one really knows or cares about. When he falls ill and needs medical treatment, he faces a team of busy doctors who are concerned because they have to be, not because they really care. We see how suffocatingly slow time must seem for Lazarescu (Ion Fiscuteanu), who isn't expecting the best treatment--just any treatment would be nice. With the exception of a conscientious paramedic, there doesn't seem to be much concern whether he lives or dies.

While noble and entertaining, series like ER & Chicago Hope offer less realism than The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, in which lack of funds and staff don't allow time for a suitable bedside manner. No one is vilified, not even some of the hospital staff that are disgusted by the side effects of their patients' illnesses. The story is told in a humane and mesmerizing manner that yanks at the heartstrings while still eliciting a laugh or two. --Jae-Ha Kim, Amazon review