Avalon Library Staff Picks – June

Probably one of the biggest questions we get asked at the circulation desk is “What do you recommend?” Well, we decided we’d compile a list of everything the staff is reading/watching/listening to so you can enjoy the staff’s recommendations when you’re not in Avalon!

If you’re interested in placing a hold on one of the staffs picks, visit our online catalog. Remember, if you are an AVALON PROPERTY OWNER you are eligible for our Library by Mail program. For more information about our Library by Mail program, visit our website.


 

Heather’s Pick: The Rockford Files

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“Action without all of the gore!”

Series about an ex-convict-turned-private-investigator named Jim Rockford who would rather run away than fight and would rather go fishing than work. He isn’t a coward, and he isn’t lazy — just rather on the cautious side, that’s all. And he bears a very strong resemblance to Western television hero Bret Maverick. Rockford is sometimes assisted (and sometimes deterred) in his cases by friends Dennis Becker (a police detective), Evelyn “Angel” Martin (his cowardly former cellmate) and pretty Beth Davenport (his lawyer).

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Reserve Heather’s Pick:

Season 1 (DVD)

Season 2 (DVD)

Season 3 (DVD)

Season 4 (DVD)

Season 5 (DVD)


 

Shannon’s Pick: Angie Tribeca

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“Modern slapstick at its best!!”

Lone-wolf detective Angie Tribeca and a squad of committed LAPD detectives investigate the most serious cases, from the murder of a ventriloquist to a rash of baker suicides.

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Reserve Shannon’s Pick:

Season 1 (DVD)


Sean’s Pick: The Fold by Peter Clines

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“It’s a smart and scary sci-fi/suspense story.”

The folks in Mike Erikson’s small New England town would say he’s just your average, everyday guy. And that’s exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he’s chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence.

That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step.

The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe.

Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems—and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys…everything.

A cunningly inventive mystery featuring a hero worthy of Sherlock Holmes and a terrifying final twist you’ll never see coming, The Fold is that rarest of things: a genuinely page-turning science-fiction thriller. Step inside its pages and learn why author Peter Clines has already won legions of loyal fans.

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Reserve Sean’s Pick:

Print Book


Michelle’s Pick: The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours

“Based on a true story, this movie sheds light on what it was like to be in the Coast Guard in the 50’s.”

In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel.

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Reserve Michelle’s Pick:

Blu-Ray

DVD

*This title is also available in the “Check it Out NOW” section of the library.


 

Olivia’s Pick: The Preacher

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“Very bizarre, nice change of pace from traditional graphic novels!”

One of the most celebrated comics titles of the late 1990s, PREACHER is a modern American epic of life, death, love and redemption also packed with sex, booze, blood and bullets – not to mention angels, demons, God, vampires and deviants of all stripes.

At first glance, the Reverend Jesse Custer doesn’t look like anyone special-just another small-town minister slowly losing his flock and his faith. But he’s about to come face-to-face with proof that God does indeed exist. Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Jesse now possesses the power of “the Word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters. He begins a violent and riotous journey across the country in search of answers from the elusive deity.

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Reserve Olivia’s Pick:

Print Book


Ryan’s Pick: Inherent Vice

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“Really fun movie! The cinematography is outstanding!”

During the psychedelic 60s and 70s Larry “Doc” Sportello is surprised by his former girlfriend and her plot for her billionaire boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. A plan for kidnapping gets shaken up by the oddball characters entangled in this groovy kidnapping romp based upon the novel by Thomas Pynchon.During the psychedelic 60s and 70s Larry “Doc” Sportello is surprised by his former girlfriend and her plot for her billionaire boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. A plan for kidnapping gets shaken up by the oddball characters entangled in this groovy kidnapping romp based upon the novel by Thomas Pynchon.

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Reserve Ryan’s Pick:

Blu-Ray

DVD

About Avalon Free Public Library

Avalon is a bustling little shore town in southern NJ. Our small population of 1800 expands to about 30,000 at the height of summer. We like to think that we serve them all and then some! Our goal is to make our library available to our patrons wherever they may roam.

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