Top Picks: Hollywood History

Hollywood sign

The Oscars are upon us once again, so pop some popcorn and get ready to read. We recommend our top picks for Hollywood history. Wow your friends at the next Oscar party or water cooler chat with your extensive knowledge of Tinseltown lore. Climb aboard. Your tour bus is about to depart. Folks always ask […]

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CPL’s Most Popular Books of 2016

The Girls book cover, The Nest book cover

What were our most popular books in 2016? We've crunched the numbers and we're ready to share. Keep in mind that books published in late 2015 and early 2016 have an advantage, and you may see some of fall 2016's biggest blockbusters on next year's report. You might also compare our lists with Publishers Weekly's report […]

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Farewell, Carrie Fisher

Book cover for The Princess Diarist

Beloved actress and author Carrie Fisher has died at age 60. She will be greatly missed by her legions of fans and admirers. Let's take a brief look back at her career highlights for those still catching up with her or wanting to revisit her work. Fame came to this daughter of Hollywood legend Debbie […]

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Top Picks: 5 Robert Redford Movies

All the President's Men DVD cover

Happy birthday to a true star, Robert Redford, who turns 80 on August 18 with a film career going stronger than ever. In fact, he's starred in more movies in the past few years than he had in the whole previous decade. It's a challenge to select just five key films for a star like Redford, so […]

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Shakespeare?

drawing of William Shakespeare

“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”—Hamlet While Hamlet had only one question, we have 13 for you: See how well you know William Shakespeare with our quiz created by bloggers B. Bruins, Jeff, Mara, Michelle, MsCaroline, Sarah and Stephen.  

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Oscar Trivia?

Oscar statue

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be presenting the 88th Oscars ceremony on February 28. The Big Short is widely predicted to take the top prize, although Spotlight and The Revenant are also considered big contenders. Although there were some disappointing omissions (I'm personally most disappointed about Michael B. Jordan not being nominated […]

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CPL’s Most Popular Books of 2015

The Girl on the Train, Dead Wake book covers

Before we completely shift our focus to the new books coming in 2016, let's take a look back at our most checked out and requested books of 2015. For comparison's sake, you may want to also look at Publishers Weekly's national statistics for 2015, as well as our most popular books of 2014. Are you surprised to learn […]

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Musicals Based on Books

While Broadway these days often seems to be stuck in a rut, the Off-Broadway scene has given birth to some new works that are injecting the scene with new energy. These brainy, youthful, exuberant musicals are all based on books that, at first glance, would seem to be very unlikely subjects for a hit show, yet that's ultimately […]

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A Guide to Oliver Sacks

Book cover, Awakenings by Oliver Sacks

Neurologist Oliver Sacks passed away last month at the age of 82, leaving behind a tremendous and inspirational body of work. Announcing the return of his cancer in the New York Times earlier this year, Sacks expressed his gratitude for the life he'd been able to live. We're grateful for the wonderful publications he gave us. Sacks was a superb […]

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The Creeping Influence of John Carpenter

The Thing DVD cover

Nostalgia is a major force in pop culture, and when it comes to movies and music these days, the 1980s loom large. The movies of directors like Steven Spielberg and John Hughes have received a lot of attention (JJ Abrams's use of lens flare as homage to Spielberg has practically worn out the Internet with commentary.), […]

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