NPR Bestsellers: Non-Fiction

NPR Nonfiction Bestsellers for the week of March 24th.

Endless Bummer

Love & Mercy, on DVD Sept. 15
Love & Mercy, on DVD Sept. 15

If you Google "Brian Wilson" and "tortured genius," you'll get over 300,000 hits. The man behind one of America's most beloved pop groups, the Beach Boys, is the very definition of a tormented soul, even as he wrote some of the happiest, sun-drenched songs in music history: "California Girls," "Good Vibrations," "Fun Fun Fun," "I Get Around," "Don't Worry Baby," and more.

There's a disturbing story behind the hits, though. The Beach Boys' manager also happened to be the Wilson brothers' father, and he pushed Brian to the limit and beyond. Brian's artistic vision often clashed with the other band members' ambitions, and he struggled to put the sounds in his head onto vinyl.

After the Beach Boys' heyday, Brian fell under the manipulative "therapeutic" care of a psychologist, who alienated him from his family and friends...how he managed to extract himself from the depths of mental illness and abusive co-dependency is the story told by Love & Mercy. It's a tour de force performance, with two actors portraying Brian (Paul Dano covers the early era and John Cusack plays Brian in the later years). The DVD was released today -- place a hold here to catch this excellent new bio-pic of an American legend.

 

 

 

 

The Inside Man

I Am Big Bird
I Am Big Bird

For almost 50 years, Carroll Spinney has brought a roller-skating, alphabet-singing, beloved eight-foot bird to life on "Sesame Street" -- he's the man inside the costume. Spinney is also the talent behind Oscar the Grouch, known for his wisecracks and garbage-can home. You could hardly imagine two characters with less in common, but Spinney brings both to life. Now, we get to peek beneath the yellow feathers and garbage can lid to meet the man himself in the new documentary, I Am Big Bird.

How does Spinney control Big Bird's face and arms? What color was Oscar originally? What does Big Bird have to do with a presidential election, and the opening of Red China? How did a little boy, bullied at school and raised in a violent household, grow up to create such universally-adored characters?

Spinney's stories range from devastating (Big Bird sing "Bein' Green" at Jim Henson's memorial service) to laugh-out-loud funny (how he met his current wife). He's a shy man who never sought the spotlight, but spending an hour and a half getting to know Carrol Spinney is time well spent.

The Wrecking...Who?

The Wrecking Crew
The Wrecking Crew

"California Dreaming." "Good Vibrations." "La Bamba." "These Boots Are Made For Walking." "Mr. Tambourine Man." "Bridge Over Troubled Water." "Strangers in the Night." What do all of these iconic songs from rock's classic era have in common? 

They -- and many, many others -- were performed by a group of California studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. Finally, a DVD of a 2008 documentary about the group is available, and it's a must-see for music fans. The Monkees and the Partridge Family weren't the only ones who didn't play the instruments on all of their records -- you'll be amazed at how many timeless songs were actually played by this talented group, which included musicians Carol Kaye and Glen Campbell.

If you enjoyed 20 Feet from Stardom, you'll love the story behind the Wrecking Crew..."You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." "Never My Love," "Last Train to Clarksville." "The Beat Goes On," and on...

 

 

Zinio

Zinio

Zinio for Libraries gives you at-home access to eMagazines. You can check out eMagazines on your PC or Mac as well as your Android and Apple smartphones and tablets.

 


Get Started

You will need your Darien Library card number and an email account that you can access to access Zinio eMagazines.

Use the Mobile App

You can download the Zinio app to your Android or Apple mobile device. Just visit the app store on your device and search for Zinio.

On Your Computer

You can read eMagazines on your home computer. Use the latest version of your preferred browser for the best experience.

 

Eligibility

Downloadable eMagazines, are available to Darien residents, those who work full-time in Darien, and Friends of the Library who have donated $300 or more.

For assistance, please contact the Help Desk at 203-669-5238.

 

Museum Passes

NYC and Connecticut are home to some of the greatest museums in the country. Renaissance masterpieces, visionary modern art, and celebrations of great historical figures are an easy train or car ride away. As part of our continuing dedication to enriching the lives of our patrons, Darien Library is pleased to provide a variety of museum passes that will engage, excite, and inform you in a cultural learning experience.

Spotlight On

The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection is currently hosting Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture. Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), one of the most celebrated and influential portraitists of all time, enjoyed an international career that took him from his native Flanders to Italy, France, and, ultimately, the court of Charles I in London. Van Dyck’s supremely elegant manner and convincing evocation of a sitter’s inner life — whether real or imagined — made him the favorite portraitist of many of the most powerful and interesting figures of the seventeenth century. The show runs from March 2, 2016 through June 5, 2016.

To Check Out a Library Pass
  • You need to live in Darien, work full-time in Darien, or be a Friend at the $300 level
  • Passes may be picked up after 3 p.m. the day before your museum visit and then returned by 10 a.m. the day after. They are not renewable. 
  • Late fines are $10 per day. If a pass is lost, you will need to pay the full replacement cost.
  • Museum passes are very popular, so please cancel your reservation if you can't make it so that another patron can enjoy a visit to the museum. Otherwise, after not picking up two passes, you'll be unable to reserve any museum pass for six months. After that, you'll be able to reserve passes again. 
  • Some passes may not be valid to attend special events at that museum. If you have questions, contact that museum directly.
  • All passes are to picked up and returned to the Welcome Desk.
  • Please call or visit the website of the museum to verify their hours of operation.
  • You may reserve a pass online or call the Welcome Desk at 203-669-5239. Passes may be reserved up to 90 days in advance.
  • You may reserve two passes per month and no more than one at a time per household.

 

Five Minutes with Alan: July 31, 2014

This month, Alan, our Library Director and a Vietnam Conflict Marine Corps veteran, joined Marianne to talk about his five favorite World War II novels. Our theme is "Book Groups Read About War" for August to commemorate the many battles that are reaching a milestone this year. For example, this August is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

To reserve any of these books for your book group, please use the "Request a Book in a Bag" button at darienlibrary.org/bookgroups

Freeze Your Holds While You're On Vacation

Have a great trip this summer!
Have a great trip this summer!

Are you going away on vacation this summer? Lucky you!

Fortunately, just because you're out of town does not mean that you'll miss the item you placed on hold. Just click on My Account then check off the box to the right of your requested item. Then click Update Holds

When you're back, just uncheck the Freeze!

If you need to get your Library fix while you're away, you can pick up an eBook, eMagazine, and movies online!

Jen's Book Recommendations

Jen Dayton

Jen Dayton is our Collection Development Manager (AKA she oversees and plans the direction of our book purchases). Jen is tireless in her search for great  new books which maybe initially flying under your radar. A voracious reader, Jen, has the power to tell you what your next favorite book will be.

 

 

 


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New Books December 2015!

On the hunt for something new and exciting?

Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series?

Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the eleventh month of 2015.

For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar!

Click to view the full list

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