To help you find what’s new or newly purchased, Great River Regional Library (GRRL) staff regularly update the New and Best lists on the library’s catalog. (The link is in the red bar across the top of the catalog pages.) You’ll find lists for children’s books, audiobooks (called Spoken Word), book club kits, best sellers and more. The DVD, Foreign Film and Music CD lists were just updated, so here’s a quick glimpse of what’s available.
GRRL buys kid’s movies, documentaries, independently produced films, and blockbusters. The new and best list currently has documentaries like “Coal Country,” about Appalachia’s foremost industry (a dark story in more ways than one), “Respect Yourself” about the pioneering southern soul label Stax Records, and “The End Of The Line,” a film about the international crisis caused by overfishing in the world’s oceans. You’ll also find movies such as “The Lovely Bones,” based on the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, and “The Young Victoria,” a historical drama about the early reign of Britain’s monarch and her romance with the German Prince Albert.
You may not find these at your video store, so check out “Jerichow,” a modern, moody drama about a ex-soldier who falls for the wife of his food-stand employer. Or try “Lemon Tree,” an award-winning story that reduces the Israeli Palestinian conflict to a dispute among neighbors over a West Bank lemon grove. For laughs, try Sweden’s “You The Living,” a Cannes selection composed of only loosely related vignettes.
Hipsters, tenors, and classic rockers – where else are you going to find a collection like GRRL’s? If you like classical music, maybe check out a collection of 16th century madrigals called the “Gesualdo Variations” by a baroque vocal ensemble and guitarist David Chevallier. If it’s classic rock you’re after, maybe you’d like to hear previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix on “Valleys Of Neptune.” There are lots of old favorites in here. Country fans might try “The Great Lost Hits” of George Jones, but there are also CDs from K. D. Lang, Ravi Shankar and Peter Gabriel. On the international side, try Canadian folk roots favorites Blue Rodeo and “The Things We Left Behind,” or “Ten Shades of Blue” by Cameroon bassist Richard Bona. And as for “I Speak Fula” by Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba, who’d have thought traditional African instruments and rhythms could sound so, well, hip!