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Whether you’re a fan of Film Noir, one who would like to learn more about the genre, our “Film Noir & Neo-Noir” display on the 2nd Floor showcases our healthy collection of period films and films inspired by the style. Please read below to learn from our in-house enthusiasts who recommend and explain titles from the display.

Steven explains Film Noir as:

"Deprived of American movies during the Second World War, French audiences and critics discovered Hollywood's crime movi...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Richard Brautigan The Hawkline monster
John Foyt Homeward bound

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Delia Owens Where the crawdads sing
Nancy Tingley A hea...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Máirtín Ó Cadhain Graveyard clay = Cré na cille: a narrative in ten interludes
Todd Rykaczewski Master of revels
Anna Yen Sophia of Silicon Valley

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Lawrence Block...

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First Abraham Flexner revolutionized medical education in the U.S. Then he founded the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. His seminal essay about “useless” knowledge continues to stand as the most eloquent defense of primary research. The companion essay by the Institute’s current director, Robbert Dijkgraaf, provides fascinating historical background on Flexner and his views on the relationship between research and public policy.

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Richard Brautigan spent his most productive years as a writer in San Francisco, although he was born in Tacoma Washington. He once admitted...

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Do you have an idea for a book or story that involves invisibility? Philip Ball wrote the book for you. Invisible : The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen covers nearly everything about the idea of making yourself or other objects invisible throughout history and different cultures: from magic to physics. Would you like to use a historically authentic spell? Perhaps you would like to incorporate "Crooke's dark space" into a novel taking place during the Victorian age? And how do...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Manzoor Ahtesham The tale of the missing man
Patrick deWitt French exit
Jessie Greengrass Sight
Seth Greenland The hazards of good fortune
Randy Kennedy...

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Bob Harris, writer of quirky television shows, decided to learn about all the conflicts in the world, why they started and “who hates whom.”. Although this book is a bit outdated (published in 2007, before ISIS, the fall of Gaddafi or the Syrian Civil War) many of the conflicts described in this book continue to this day. Harris applies a somewhat irreverent sense of h...

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I just read a book that rocked my world, Blazing Guns on the Chisholm Trail. This is the pulp Western by Borden Chase that was the basis for the film Red River, starring John Wayne and a young, chiseled Montgomery Clift.  I am not a fan of the genre, but the cover grabbed my attention and the first paragraph was stunning. With terse yet vivid prose, I was instantly transported to the wide seat of a Conestoga...

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