New Titles

New Titles – June 2017

New Non-Fiction

Ginsburg, Ruth Bader – My Own Words
Her first book since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993, this witty and engaging collection of writings shows the powerful and enduring influence Justice Ginsberg has had on law, women’s rights and popular culture.  Her observations include musings on such wide-ranging topics as gender equality, law and lawyers in opera, being Jewish, and the workways of the Supreme Court.
 
Rachman, Gideon – Easternization:  Asia’s rise and America’s decline from Obama to Trump and beyond
A new era of global instability has begun, as the flow of wealth and power turns from West to East (Easternization).  The growing wealth of Asian nations is transforming the international balance of power.  A troubled but rising China is now challenging America’s supremacy, and the ambitions of other Asian powers — including Japan, North Korea, India, and Pakistan — have the potential to shake the whole world. Meanwhile the West is struggling with political and economic malaise, the Arab world is in turmoil, and Russia longs to reclaim its status as a great power.  As it becomes clear that the West’s historic power and influence is receding, the author offers a road map to the turbulent process that will define the international politics of the twenty-first century.  In memory of Chris Kennedy.
 
Uwiringiyimana, Sandra – How Dare the Sun Rise:  Memoirs of a war child
A girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo recounts how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism.  Just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head, she had watched as rebels gunned down her mother and six-year-old sister in a refugee camp. Remarkably, she escaped, and, with no home and no money, she and her remaining relatives had a mighty struggle to stay alive. Eventually, through a United Nations refugee program, they moved to America, only to face yet another ethnic disconnect.  She would find her place in a new country, regain her hope for the future, and give voice to her people.
 
Franken, Al – Al Franken: Giant of the Senate
This is the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. Franken’s unlikely campaign had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga.  Surprising even himself, he turned out to be good at being a Senator.  In this candid personal memoir, Franken takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.
 
Grann, David – Killers of the Flower Moon:  The Osage Murders and the birth of the FBI
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off– shot and poisoned. Those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered, and a fledgling FBI took up, and bungled, the case.  In desperation, young director J. Edgar Hoover turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery, who put together an undercover team including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau.  The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. 
 
Aldridge, John – A Speck in the Sea:  A story of survival and rescue
This harrowing adventure-at-sea memoir recounts the 2013 search-and-rescue mission for Montauk fisherman John Aldridge, lost in the dead of night on July 24, 2013 when he was thrown off the back of the Anna Mary while his fishing partner slept below. As desperate hours ticked by, the families, the local fishing community, and the U.S. Coast Guard in three states mobilized in an unprecedented and massive search effort that culminated in a rare, exhilarating success.

Buhner, Stephen – Healing Lyme: Natural healing of Lyme Borreliosis and the coinfections Chlamydia and Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis
This examination of the leading scientific research on Lyme infection and its tests and treatments outlines the most potent natural medicines that offer help, either alone or in combination with antibiotics, for prevention and healing. Based on his contact with over 25,000 people who have used some form of these protocols, the author explains what Lyme bacteria do in the body and how natural approaches can heal the disease.
 
Rawls, William, MD – Unlocking Lyme:  Myths, truths and practical solutions for Chronic Lyme Disease
Many sufferers of Lyme disease, one of the most puzzling illnesses on the planet, drag themselves from one doctor or alternative practitioner to the next, getting lost in a maze of lab tests, prescription drugs, and treatments. Thousands of dollars and months (or years) later, they realize they are no better off than when they started. In Unlocking Lyme, the author, a physician who overcame Lyme disease himself, presents a comprehensive, practical resource full of solutions that work.

 

New Fiction

King, Stephen – Gwendy’s Button Box

On a midsummer afternoon in a small Maine town, a twelve-year-old climbs a set of rusty iron stairs up a cliffside, just as she does every day, to see and hear the kids on the nearby playground.  But on this day a stranger calls to her, a man seated on a bench, who is dressed in black, wearing a small black hat.  Soon she will be seeing that hat in her nightmares.
 
Gordon, Mary – There Your Heart Lies
Cutting herself off from her wealthy, conservative Irish Catholic family by volunteering during the Spanish Civil War, a young woman experienced many things she never spoke of.  Now in her nineties, sharing a Rhode Island cottage with her granddaughter and facing a cancer diagnosis, she lets slip the stories of her secret past: the shocking brutalities she witnessed on both sides of Franco’s war, the romance that left her trapped in Spain in perilous circumstances for nearly a decade, and the unexpected gifts of true love and true friendship.  She doesn’t know that her granddaughter, inspired, will eventually make her own way to Spain.
 
Khadivi, Laleh – A Good Country
In Laguna Beach, CA, a 14-year-old straight-A student and chemistry wiz takes his first hit of pot, and soon is transformed from the high-achieving son of Iranian immigrants into a happy-go-lucky stoner.  He loses his virginity, takes up surfing, and sneaks away to all-night raves, for the first time feeling like an American teen. Life is smooth; even lying to his strict parents comes easily. But then he changes again, falling out with the bad-boy surfers and in with a group of kids more awake to the world around them, who share his background, and whose ideas fill him with a very different sense of purpose. Within a year, he and his girlfriend are radicalized, then make their way to Syria to be part of a Muslim nation as it rises from the ashes of a civil war.
 
Vidich, Paul – An Honorable Man
Leaving Yale early to join the OSS, a man is parachuted into occupied France to help partisans sabotage the Nazis.  After the war he enlists with the CIA, working in ravaged, starving Vienna, and is persuaded, in the midst of the turmoil in Moscow caused by Stalin’s death, to search for a Russian mole within his agency. The Director trusts him, but the agent has secrets of his own, and as he digs into the case, making contact with the Soviets, suspicion begins to fall on him as well.
 
Petrie, Nicolas – Burning Bright
A war veteran hoping for peace and quiet among the towering redwoods of northern California finds instead that the dense forest and close fog cause his claustrophobia to buzz and spark. When he stumbles upon a grizzly, animals long thought to have vanished from his woods, he calculates his odds, makes a strategic retreat up a nearby tree, and climbing it is surprised to find a rope, affixed to a distant branch above. It leads to another, and another, up through the giant tree canopy, ending at a hanging platform upon which is huddled a woman, an investigative journalist, who is on the run. From below them come the sounds of men and gunshots. Pursuing her are men who are after something belonging to her mother, a prominent software designer who recently died in an accident. They move to keep ahead of her pursuers, and what they find leads them to an eccentric recluse, a shadowy pseudo-military organization, and an extraordinary tool that may change the modern world forever.

Hunter, Stephen – G-Man
In the depths of the Depression, during an epidemic of bank robberies and gun-toting outlaws, a fledgling FBI took aim at the nation’s most dangerous gangster, Baby Face Nelson, recruiting for the task the most talented gunman of the time, a WWI hero, now the sheriff of a county in Arkansas.  Eighty years later, as the sheriff’s grandson prepares to sell the family homestead, he uncovers a strongbox hidden in the foundation, containing an array of memorabilia dating back to 1934, including a lawman’s badge, a .45 automatic, a mysterious gun part, and a cryptic diagram.  He will determine to find out what happened to his grandfather, of whom his own father, whom he worshipped, never spoke.
 
Benton, Janet – Lilli de Jong
Pregnant, left behind by her lover, and banished from her Quaker family and teaching position, a young woman enters a home for wronged women to deliver her child. After the birth, she is stunned at how much her infant needs her and at how quickly their bond consumes her heart. She will brave moral condemnation and financial ruin in a quest to keep her baby and herself alive.

Crichton, Michael – Dragon Teeth
In 1876, warring Indian tribes still populate America’s western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape.  In much of the country it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges an arrogant and entitled Yale student who, on a bet, joins a world-renowned but paranoid and secretive paleontologist on his latest expedition.  When the student stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions, he puts himself in exceptional danger, and pits himself against some of the West’s most notorious characters.
 
Cohen, Julia – After the Fall
When an unfortunate accident forces an aged woman back into the lives of her widowed daughter-in-law and her only granddaughter, she cannot wait to be well enough to get back to her own home. But the longer she stays with them, the more they start to feel like a real family, although of the three women is keeping secrets from the others that threaten to destroy the lives they’ve come to know. The 80-year-old’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for decades. The daughter-in-law’s secret could destroy the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build and maintain.
The granddaughter’s secret could bring her love―or the loss of everything that matters most to her. On the day when the secrets of the grandmother, mother and daughter are forced out into the open in a single dramatic moment, they will all be asking: is there such a thing as a second chance?
 
Bijan, Donia – Last Days of Café Leila
A woman living in San Francisco misses her beloved father in Iran, especially as she is seeking support and solace from him following a marital breakup. Now, dragging her stubborn teenage daughter with her, she returns to post-revolutionary Tehran and to the café, the restaurant her family has been running for three generations.  Iran may have changed, but the café, still run by her father, has stayed blessedly the same, a refuge of laughter and solace for its makeshift family of staff and regulars.
As she revisits her Persian childhood, she must rethink her roles as mother, daughter, and woman estranged from her marriage and from her life in California, just as she and her daughter get swept up in the beauty and brutality of Tehran.

Lively, Penelope – The Purple Swamp Hen
Told with wisdom, elegance and humor, these stories take up themes of history, family and relationships across varied and vividly rendered settings.  In the title story, a Mediterranean purple swamp hen chronicles the secrets and scandals of Quintus Pompeius’s villa, culminating with his narrow escape from the lava and ash of Vesuvius.  Another captures the low point of an artist couple’s tumultuous European road trip, when trapped in a remote Spanish farmhouse they are forced to paint a family mural and pitch in with chores to pay for repairs to their broken-down car. Other stories reveal friends and lovers in fateful moments of indiscretion, discovery, and retribution.
 
Theroux, Paul – Mother Land
In a Cape Cod town, the mother of seven is a selfish, petty tyrant who excels at playing her offspring against each other.  She tells them often that her favorite child died in childbirth.  One son grows up to be an officious lawyer, another an uproarious professor.  A pair of inseparable sisters let their devotion to their mother consume their lives.  And the narrator is a successful writer whose work she constantly disparages.  As she lives well past the age of 100, her brood struggles with and among themselves to shed her viselike hold on them all.
 
Shaara, Jeff – The Frozen Hours
In this novel of the Korean War, the Americans and the Chinese square off in 1950 in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat:  the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Several hundred thousand Chinese troops have entered Korea, laying massive traps for the Allies.  Allied forces, already battling stunningly cold weather, find themselves caught completely off guard as the Chinese advance around the Reservoir in North Korea.  Assured by General MacArthur that they would be home by Christmas, the soldiers and Marines fight for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable – and an enemy who outnumbers them six to one.
 
Doyle, Brian – The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World
In this enchanting reimagining of a few months in the life of the famous Scottish writer, young Robert Louis Stevenson lives in a boardinghouse in San Francisco while waiting for his beloved’s divorce from her feckless husband. When he hears the story of his landlady’s adventurous and globe-trotting husband, he decides to write about him, but in his real life never gets around to it, as he soon marries, returns to Scotland, and begins writing his own novels.  This story braids the imagined adventures of the seaman with those of the young writer, as they wander the streets of San Francisco, and time-travel into the City by the Bay’s early days.
 
Mustafa, Khalifa – The Shell
A Syrian political prisoner of conscience mistaken for a radical Islamist has been locked up for 13 years without a trial in one of the most notorious prisons in the Middle East. He keeps a diary in his head, and upon his release, writes it all down, revealing his defiant and stoical character, a victim who is somehow able to pick out humor and irony in the shocking events and characters he describes.

Emmich, Val – The Reminders
Grief-stricken over his partner’s death, a man sets fire to every reminder in the couple’s home before fleeing Los Angeles for New Jersey, where he hopes to find peace with the family of an old friend.  There he meets the family’s ten-year-old daughter, who was born with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, or HSAM: the rare ability to recall every day of her life in cinematic detail.  The child knew his partner, and waiting inside her uncanny mind are startlingly vivid memories to prove it. In return for sharing her memories of his partner, he will help her win a songwriting contest she’s convinced will make her unforgettable. The unlikely duo set off on their quest until she reveals unexpected details about the partner’s final months, forcing him to question not only the purity of his past with his partner, but the course of his own immediate future.

New Mysteries

Nesbo, Jo – The Thirst
When two women of the same age, both users of a certain internet meeting/dating site, are murdered within two days, the Swedish chief of police knows there’s only one man for this case. But his best detective is no longer with the force. He has promised the woman he loves, and himself, that he’ll never go back, after his last case put the people closest to him in grave danger.  But these murders catch his attention: he feels like he’s hearing the voice of a man he was trying not to remember. So despite his promises, he throws himself back into the hunt for a figure who haunts him, the monster who got away.
 
Greenlaw, Linda – Shiver Hitch
A former Miami homicide detective now back in an idyllic Maine town is working as a marine insurance investigator, but somehow still finds herself involved in murder cases.  When she is called to Acadia Island to assess the damages from a house fire, she finds a badly burned body in the rubble.  The victim is the owner of the house, the most hated woman in town, and it’s clear that someone went to a lot of trouble to orchestrate this murder to make it look like an accident.  The investigator has other challenges weighing on her:  her octogenarian landlords, determined to write the best, and only, all-mussel cookbook, are nosy, and her brother is planning to move to Maine after losing his assisted-living arrangement in Florida.  And there’s that vicious nor’easter moving up the coast.
 
Mina, Denise – The Long Drop
In 1950s Glasgow, a household of women were found slaughtered in their beds. Although the father had a cast iron alibi, police were convinced he was guilty. Determined to clear his name, he let it be known that he would pay for information, and a career criminal came forward with compelling details only the murderer could know. The men agree to meet, spent twelve hours together, driving and drinking in Glasgow pubs and clubs. It’s all a blur to the father, until he is called to the High Court to serve as a witness: the criminal is defending himself against the murder charges.  Based on a real case.
 
Barnes, Emily – Death in the Abstract
A retired police chief who moved away from Minnesota to feed her artistic soul in New Mexico finds her serenity shattered when she receives urgent news that her best friend and former police colleague is missing. She flies home to track him down, and finds the city reeling from the murder of a local woman, a case that looks connected to her friend’s disappearance.  She locates his abandoned car, compiles a list of potential kidnappers, but when another body is found, she fears her time is running out.
 
Laukkanen, Owen – The Forgotten Girls
She was a forgotten girl, a runaway found murdered on the High Line train through the northern Rocky Mountains and, with little local interest, put into a dead file. But she was not alone. When two investigators in the violent crime task force stumble upon the case, they discover a horror far greater than anyone expected—a string of murders on the High Line, all of them young women drifters whom no one would notice. Through the bleak midwinter, across a frontier land of forbidding geography, they follow a frustratingly light trail of clues—and where it ends will shock even them.
 
Friis, Agnete – What My Body Remembers
A ward of the state since age seven after her father murdered her mother, a young Danish woman doesn’t remember anything about that night or her childhood before it—but her body remembers. The PTSD-induced panic attacks she now suffers incapacitate her for hours at a time, sometimes days.  When after one particularly bad episode she lands in a psych ward, she learns her son has been taken from her by the state and placed with a foster family. Desperate, she kidnaps him and flees to the seaside town in northern Denmark where she was born. Her grandmother’s abandoned house is in grave disrepair, but she can live there for free until she can figure out how to convince social services that despite everything, she is the best parent for her child. But first, she will have to confront the demons of her childhood—the monsters her memory has tried so hard to obscure.
 
Malliet, G.M. – Devil’s Breath    
In an English village, a priest/sometimes MI5 agent feels his former life threatens his newfound happiness with his wife and baby son. Nevertheless, when the body of a glamorous film star washes ashore from a luxury yacht and the priest’s former colleague wants his help in finding the murderer, he agrees.  The victim had to have been killed by one of the actors, stylists, screenwriters, or second-tier royalty aboard the vessel. The colleague suspects the yacht’s owner, a playboy film director alleged to be a smuggler, but the priest isn’t so sure – the film star’s lurid past could have generated a host of motives.  Nor was she the only person on board with a secret they’d kill to keep.  In memory of Parker Carey.
 
Donlea, Charlie – The Girl Who Was Taken
When two high school seniors in a small North Carolina town disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until one of the girls miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal has turned her from local hero to national celebrity, a triumphant story, except that the other student is still missing. When the body of a young man connected to the girls’ past is found, the survivor is grilled for information about the night of their disappearance. Flashes of memory come together, pointing to something darker and more monstrous than her chilling memoir describes.
 
Bourland, Barbara – I’ll Eat When I’m Dead
When a stylish editor dies alone in a locked, windowless conference room at the offices of a fashion publication, her death is initially ruled an unfortunate side effect of the unrelenting pressure to be thin. But her best friend and fellow editor knows her friend’s dieting wasn’t the cause. Two months later, a cryptic note in the dead woman’s handwriting ends up in the office of the NYPD, causing the case to be reopened. A detective will be led straight into the glamorous world of style and into the circle of the hot-headed friend, who insists on joining the investigation, surrounded by a supporting cast of party girls, Type A narcissists and half- dead socialites. Their amateur detective work will have disastrous results, and trap them in a web of drugs, sex, lies and moisturizer that will change their lives forever.

 

New Fantasy/Science Fiction

Kroese, Robert – The Last Iota
It’s 2039, and Los Angeles is poised between order and chaos. A vast section of the city, now known as the Disincorporated Zone, has been disowned by the civil authorities and become a de facto third world country within the borders of LA.  Navigating the boundaries between DZ and LA proper is a tricky task, and there’s no one better suited than an eccentric private investigator. So when a movie mogul decides to get her hands on a rare coin lost somewhere in the city, she knows the investigator is the man for the job.  While the investigator and his partner struggle to unravel the mystery of the elusive coins, the mogul turns up murdered.  The crime seem linked to the coins―and to an untraceable virtual currency called iotas, used by drug dealers and terrorist networks.  Soon the clues point to a conspiracy at the highest levels of government, and to a mysterious trickster who has orchestrated it all.

 

New in Large Print

Wingate. Lisa – Before We Were Yours
In Memphis, in 1939 a twelve-year-old and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, she is left in charge — until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee orphanage, the children are assured by the cruel director that they will soon be returned to their parents.  Quickly they realize the dark truth. Now, in present day South Carolina, a wealthy and successful federal prosecutor with a handsome fiancé and a lavish wedding approaching returns home to help her father weather a health crisis.  A chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions about her past and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.  (This novel is based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals, in which the director of a Memphis-based adoption organization kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country.)
 
Godwin, Gail – Grief Cottage
After his mother’s death, an eleven-year-old is sent to live on a small South Carolina island with his great aunt, a reclusive painter with a haunted past, a woman of few words who points out a ruined cottage, telling the boy that it matches the ruin of her own life, and that she paints in order to capture its utter desolation. Fifty years earlier, during a hurricane, a boy and his parents had disappeared from the cottage, their bodies never found and the cottage empty ever since. During his lonely hours while his aunt is painting and keeping her demons at bay, he visits the cottage daily, building up his courage by coming ever closer, even after the ghost of the boy who died seems to reveal himself.

 

New Audiobooks

Lepucki, Edan – Woman No. 17
High in the Hollywood Hills, a writer taking a break from her husband is alone with her children, aware that she will need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to her Craigslist ad, a magnetic young artist arrives to live in the secluded guest house out back, care for the toddler, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenaged son. The artist performs beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for the writer.  But in the heat of the summer, the artist’s connection to the older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn.  The glossy veneer of the author’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, the artist is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. They are engaged in a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear.
 
Mina, Denise – The Long Drop
In 1950s Glasgow, a household of women were found slaughtered in their beds. Although the father had a cast iron alibi, police were convinced he was guilty. Determined to clear his name, he let it be known that he would pay for information, and a career criminal came forward with compelling details only the murderer could know. The men agree to meet, spent twelve hours together, driving and drinking in Glasgow pubs and clubs. It’s all a blur to the father, until he is called to the High Court to serve as a witness: the criminal is defending himself against the murder charges.  Based on a real case.
 
Caputo, Philip – Some Rise by Sin
The townspeople in a Mexican village menaced by a bizarre, cultish drug cartel infamous for its brutality try to defend themselves by forming a vigilante group, but their ways are not the ways of the Mexican army or.  Into this volatile mix of forces for good and evil steps an unlikely broker for peace — an American missionary priest who must decide whether to betray his vows in order to stop the unspeakable violence and help the people he has pledged to protect. Another, a doctor who makes house calls to the area’s impoverished, advocates modern medicine to a traditional society wary of outsiders. To gain acceptance, she must keep secret her rocky love affair with another woman. Together, the two outsiders tend to their community, but when the priest oversteps the bounds of his position, his personal crisis echoes the impossible choices facing a nation beset by instability and bloodshed. Based on actual events.
 
Quirk, Matthew – Dead Man Switch
Someone is hunting down America’s most elite special ops soldiers–in their homes. One is killed in a deadly fall on a rugged stretch of California coast, another in a burglary gone wrong in Virginia. These incidents seem unrelated, but the victims were living undercover, their true identities closely held secrets. They are members of a classified team, the last line of defense against foreign threats. Now, someone is assassinating them, one by one, taking out family members and innocent bystanders to make the deaths seem like accidents.  When a very effective special operations agent who has left the military to settle down with his family pieces together a pattern behind the murders and discovers that his protégée, a brilliant assassin, is the prime suspect, he returns to duty to unmask the attackers, unaware that they are luring him and his remaining fellow soldiers to Manhattan, to eliminate them all in a single devastating strike.
 
Chancellor, Bryn – Sycamore
Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Arizona, a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine. As news of the discovery makes its way around town, longtime residents fear the bones may belong to a teenaged girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier, an unsolved mystery that has haunted the town ever since. In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumors, and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit the victim’s troubled history, searching for clarity, opportunity, and a way forward for their lives.
 
Sullivan, J. Courtney – Saints for All Occasions
Two young women leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America. One is the responsible sister, shy and serious and engaged to a man whom she isn’t sure she loves. The other is gregarious, thrilled by their new life in Boston and besotted with fashionable dresses and neighborhood dance halls.  When the younger sibling becomes pregnant, the sisters are forced to come up with a plan—a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand. Fifty years later, the elder is the matriarch of a big Catholic family with four grown children. Estranged from her sister, the younger is a cloistered nun, living in an abbey in rural Vermont. After decades of silence, a sudden death will force the sisters to confront the choices they made so long ago.

New Films

Dark Angel  
This is the story of a troubled woman drawn deep into a career of casual murder, while her loved ones and friends, who were also her victims, never suspected a thing. Golden Globe-winner Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) portrays the notorious Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, a child of the northeast England coal fields who dreamed of escaping the hard life of a miner’s family. At any cost.

 
The Great War          
In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into WWI in April 1917, this documentary explores how the war transformed every aspect of American life and changed the world. Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs, and letters, the complex story is told through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators, African-American soldiers, feminist activists, Native-American code talkers and others whose participation in the war to make the world safe for democracy has been largely forgotten. The film explores the costs and challenges of bringing America into WWI.  In memory of Parker Carey.
 
The Brand New Testament           
The God in this film lives in a high-rise apartment in Brussels and never gets out of His pajamas. He takes sadistic delight in dreaming up new laws to torment humanity, and He is a petty tyrant to his wife and ten year-old daughter. Like her brother before her, she has had enough of her Father’s abuse and when she spies the right opportunity, she hacks into His computer and leaks to the entire world by text message the only thing He has over them: their inevitable dates of death. Escaping, with her Father in pursuit, she gathers apostles and writes her own New Testament to try to fix the mess her Father has made of humanity. Her six apostles (a one-armed woman, a sex maniac, a killer, a woman who has been left by her husband, an office worker, and a gender-questioning child) learn to celebrate life and love, providing us with a dark, witty and eccentric answer to the loaded question: what would you do if you knew exactly how much time you had left to live?
 
Happy People          
An unforgettable journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes, this visually stunning documentary focuses on the life of indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. Deep in the wilderness, far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia on the river Yenisei, an outpost reachable only by helicopter or boat. Without phones, running water or medical aid, the locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions. The four seasons in the village are depicted through the eyes of a Siberian trapper.
 
The Innocents          
Warsaw, December 1945: the second World War is finally over and a female French Red Cross doctor is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging the doctor to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and six more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, the doctor enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Mother Superior. Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the occupying Soviet troops and local Polish communists, and while facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns, who are survivors of rape by Soviet soldiers, increasingly turn to the doctor as their beliefs and traditions clash with harsh realities.
 
Hell or High Water          
Down-on-their-luck brothers rob a series of small banks in order to keep their family farm from foreclosure, putting them on a collision course with a grizzled sheriff. Unless the two brothers can come up with the money needed to pay back the reverse mortgage their mother (recently deceased) took out on the property, they will lose everything. One brother, the divorced father of two boys, is grimly determined to pay off that mortgage because oil has recently been discovered on the land. The rights to that oil can guarantee a future for his estranged sons, who will never have to experience the poverty that he and his brother had to grow up with. Two Texas Rangers are soon on their trail, one of whom has decades of experience, giving him an instinctive insight into the brothers’ thinking and the ability to guess what they’ll do next.