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Staff Picks for September / October 2012

Here are some great titles for your reading and viewing pleasure, selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include some great new rock biographies, downloadable audiobooks that inspired upcoming films, a series of Spanish children's books celebrating famous Hispanic writers, DVDs and CDs to help with your Halloween costume and party planning, and, of course, zombies.

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The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s by Peter Doggett

An acclaimed journalist presents a song-by-song chronicle of David Bowie's most influential decade, detailing the musical, lyrical, conceptual and social impact of this singer, and exploring the development of an artist who profoundly affected pop music and the very concept of stardom. Hardcover & ebook

Biography

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Mick Jagger by Philip Norman

Drawn from exclusive interviews with those closest to Jagger, this in-depth portrait of the deeply serious musician and songwriter paints a vivid and original picture of a man we only thought we knew, from his conservative childhood to his bohemian adulthood.

Biography

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Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand by William J. Mann

Traces the formative years of the Academy Award-winning actress and platinum album music artist, providing coverage of topics including her relationship with her mother, her marriage to Elliott Gould and the making of "Funny Girl" against a backdrop of the birth of off-off-Broadway.

Biography

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Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream by Neil Young

The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee presents the story of his career against a backdrop of forty years of history, discussing such topics as his collaborations with fellow artists, his creative process, and his activist work with Farm Aid and The Bridge School.

Autobiography

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In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran by John Taylor

This personal account by the co-founder of Duran Duran tracing their meteoric rise in the 1980s while evaluating the impact of fame on the author's life is told with humor, honesty and hard-won wisdom. Packed with exclusive pictures, In the Pleasure Groove is a fascinating, irresistible portrait of a man who danced into the fire... and came through the other side.

Autobiography

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Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez

A true account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran, the film adaptation of this story, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, will be released on October 12th.

Non-Fiction/Downloadable Audiobook

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Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles by Paul Lieberman

This true story of a secretive police unit in post-WWII Los Angeles is a harrowing, edge-of-your-seat narrative of murder and secrets, revenge and heroism -- the real events behind the highly-anticipated film starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and Ryan Gosling to be released in January.

Non-Fiction/Downloadable Audiobook

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The Company You Keep by Neil Gordon

This novel combining family drama and political turmoil has recently been adapted into a film directed by and starring Robert Redford.

Fiction/Downloadable Audiobook

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Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Looking for some undead reading with Halloween? Join Ali as she is forced to partner with secretive bad boy Cole Holland to avenge the deaths of her loved ones by returning an undead army to their graves. Hardcover & ebook

Teen Fiction

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Undead by Kirsty McKay

Combining the chill of "The Shining," the thrill ride of "Speed," the humor of "Shaun of the Dead," and the angst of "The Breakfast Club," Kirsty McKay's Undead is a bloody mad mash-up, a school-trip splatter-fest, a funny, gory, frighteningly good debut!

Teen Fiction

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Frozen Heat by Richard Castle

If you're a fan of the TV show "Castle," get ready for the new season with a Castle novel!  NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat discovers a connection between a homicide investigation and the unsolved murder of her mother and must expose her family's painful truths to stop a ruthless killer and solve the dark mystery that has tormented her for years. Hardcover & ebook

Mystery Fiction

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Activity TV: Halloween

The four volumes of this DVD set present a variety of Halloween projects for kids, including costumes, crafts, cooking, and more.

DVD

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Create Faces: Face Painting (Halloween Classics and Halloween Horror)

On each of these DVDs, professional clown and face painter, Sharon Neilson, demonstrates how to paint eight different full-face Halloween designs.

DVD

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Halloween Crafts

Three different DVDs illustrate ideas and instructions for face painting and costumes, carving the perfect pumpkin, and making Halloween party decorations.

DVD

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Halloween Classics

Original Halloween songs by the original artists.

Music CD

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98 Scary Sounds

Set the perfect mood for your Halloween party with this collection of spooky sounds.

Music CD

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José by Georgina Lázaro León

A biographical poem about the childhood of Cuban author and national hero José Martí. Part of the "Cuando los Grandes Eran Pequenos" children's series celebrating famous Hispanics around the world.

Spanish Children's Biography

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Jorge Luis Borges by Georgina Lázaro León

The childhood of the Argentine writer. Part of the "Cuando los Grandes Eran Pequenos" children's series celebrating famous Hispanics around the world.

Spanish Children's Biography

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Federico García Lorca by Georgina Lázaro León

Poetic text recounts the childhood of the noted Spanish poet. Part of the "Cuando los Grandes Eran Pequenos" children's series celebrating famous Hispanics around the world.

Spanish Children's Biography

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Pablo by Georgina Lázaro León

The tale of an imaginative boy who grew up to become Nobel Prize-winning Chilean author and poet Pablo Neruda. Part of the "Cuando los Grandes Eran Pequenos" children's series celebrating famous Hispanics around the world.

Spanish Children's Biography