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Why Not Me?

Mindy Kaling’s much-anticipated follow-up to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) was released in September to much fanfare, and a spot on the bestseller list right away.

Why Not Me? will appeal to fans of the author and comedienne’s first book, and shows like The Office and The Mindy Project. Kaling talks about her experiences dating, meeting other celebrities, being a celebrity, acting and writing for TV, and what it’s like to create, write and star in your own show.

The book is funny, charming and relatable. I recommend it to fans of pop culture and entertainment memoirs like Yes, Please by Amy Poehler and Bossypants by Tina Fey. 

-Rebecca, Answers

October Recommendations

In the mood to watch something dark? Check out a scary movie that you might have missed.

The Descent - A group of women friends go on a caving expedition and encounter some unexpected inhabitants. Be prepared for some genuinely startling moments in this underground adventure tale gone awry. 

Warm Bodies - For the zombie aficionado that also enjoys a good romance movie, Warm Bodies blends horror and comedy into a witty modern take on the undead apocalypse. 
Battle Royale - This brutal take on the concept of a televised cage match between teenagers was surely an inspiration for The (much tamer) Hunger Games. In Japanese with subtitles.
The Babadook - This Australian film centers on a struggling single mom and her troubled son. Horror is mixed with grief and childhood fears in an emotional and unique tale. 
You're Next - A home invasion thriller with a twist, You're Next includes some dark laughs alongside its terrifying moments.
Need more suggestions? Visit the Answers desk for a recommendation, or check out Fangoria's 101 Best Horror Movie's You've Never Seen for some creepy inspiration. 
-Hadley, Answers<--break->

Suspect Cinema

Celebrate Banned Books Week with our series of banned books adapted for the big screen. Join us every day this week for a screening of a controversial classic movie.

Fahrenheit 451
Monday, September 28th, 1:00 pm
In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task. Starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie. Directed by Francois Truffaut from the classic novel by Ray Bradbury.

In Cold Blood
Tuesday, September 29th, 1:00 pm
After the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters come to terms with the repercussions of their actions. Starring Robert Blake and Scott Wilson. Directed by Richard Brooks from the novel by Truman Capote.

The Outsiders
Wednesday, September 30th, 1:00 pm
Rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, heats up when one gang member kills a rival. Starring Matt Dillon and Ralph Macchio. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola from the novel by S.E. Hinton.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Thursday, October 1st, 1:00 pm
As seen through the eyes of his daughter, a lawyer in the Depression-era South defends a black man against a charge of rape. Starring Gregory Peck. Directed by John Mulligan from the classic novel by Harper Lee.

Nineteen Eighty-Four
Friday, October 2nd, 1:00 pm
In a totalitarian future society, a man whose daily work is rewriting history rebels by falling in love. Starring Richard Burton and John Hurt. Directed by Michael Radford from the novel by George Orwell.

Books For Fashion Week

It's September, and to some that signifies the height of fashion season. This fashion week, check out some titles Eisenhower has recently added to the collection and get motivated to try a new look! If you sew your own clothes and like modern, edgy design, try She Wears the Pants by designer Yuko Takada. For men needing a basic set of tips, try How to Tie a Tie: a Gentleman's Guide to Getting Dressed by Tristan Ryan Jin. If you are expecting, and feeling limited by the racks in the maternity aisles, check out Bump It Up by Amy Tara Koch for some inspiration. Just need a general primer? Costume designer Alison Freer's How to Get Dressed might be of interest. For more specific help finding books about fashion, sewing, or anything else this fall, visit the Answers Desk and we'll be happy to point you in the right direction. 


Images Comics Added to Hoopla Digital

Cover of The Walking Dead Volume One, Days Gone ByWe're super excited that titles from Image Comics are now available for our patrons to access instantly on their smartphones, tablets, and computers using our digital media service, Hoopla Digital!

The addition of Image titles broadens Hoopla's catalog of more than 350,000 movies, TV shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks, and comics to include Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' space opera, Saga, Nick Spencer's Morning Glories, and more. Plus, new comics are beig added to Hoopla every week.

To celebrate the addition of these great comics, we've increased the monthly borrowing limit from seven items to ten! Eisenhower Library Card holders can get started enjoying these comics and more by visiting or downloading the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device.

-Chris, Marketing

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari probably isn’t the first person you’d go to for dating advice, unless you’ve read this book. Unlike the usual books written by comedians, Modern Romance tells the statistical tale of mostly heterosexual relationships, specifically those of middle-class, university-educated people in their 20s and 30s, dating in the modern world. Inspired by his stand-up work, Ansari teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klineberg and created a research project including interviews and focus groups from Wichita to Tokyo.  It analyzes how people begin and end relationships in the modern world, and compares it to the experiences of older generations.

“Oddly, 73 percent of those young adults—the very same ones who said they had broken up with other people via text or social media—said they would be upset if someone broke up with them that way,” is one of many statistics and facts that may shine a light on people and their actions and behavior toward each other in relationships big and small.

I think any single people in the world today could stand to read this book and learn a little about what they might be doing wrong, and any person in a relationship can read this fascinating book and appreciate that they aren’t single right now.  He writes that the possibilities of finding a mate in this day and age are endless, but it’s not necessarily any easier.

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in sociology with a splash of comedy. It’s done very well, and is very entertaining and fun. Find Modern Romance in the library.

-Rebecca, Answers

Story that promises to send your kids to sleep

The author of the self-published picture bookThe Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep promises that it will put your children to sleep, and many tired parents are willing to try anything. Swedish psychologist Carol-Johan Frossen Ehrlin wrote The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep using psychological techniques to help children focus and relax. The reviews have been positive from critics and overwhelmingly positive from parents trying to get their kids to sleep.

Parents desperate to cut the bedtime ritual down from two hours to 26 pages should check this out. It's beat out The Girl on the Train and Go Set a Watchman as the number one bestseller on Amazon. Find it in the library.

- Dan, Answers

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

You're never weird on the internetFelicia Day has made a name for herself within "geek" culture as an actress on favorite TV shows like Buffy and Supernatural​, as well as lesser known cult favorites like The Guild and Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog. ​This week she debuts a memoir that is sure to be entertaining for fans of her irreverent humor. You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost) is out August 11th and you can place a hold via the library catalog now.

-Hadley, Answers 

Music and the Movies

Music and the Movies Logo featuring Chuck BerryCool off every Friday afternoon this August with rock, jazz, funk, and soul music projected on our big screen.

Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll
Friday, August 7th, 1:00 pm

For his 60th birthday, musicians including Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Linda Rondstadt, Etta James, and more celebrate the life of Chuck Berry with a once-in-a-lifetime concert.

Straight, No Chaser
Friday, August 14th, 1:00 pm

The life of seminal pianist and jazz composer Thelonious Monk is profiled through live performances by Monk and his band, interviews with friends and family, and vintage footage documenting Monk in the studio, on tour, and
off stage.

Friday, August 21st, 1:00 pm

In 1972, Stax Records staged a concert in Los Angeles with Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, the Staple Singers, and other greats of soul and R&B to commemorate the anniversary of the Watts Riots and to celebrate a renewed hope in the future.

Thunder Soul
Friday, August 28th, 1:00 pm

Alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Band return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the beloved band teacher who turned their struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s.