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Popular books and DVDs are located on the 1st floor shelves along the wall past the Reference desk. Select the A - Z list tab to see all our DVDs and Popular Reading books.

Popular Reading Collection

Fortune magazine author's behind-the-scenes story.
Call#  TX911.2 .G35 2017
Watch author's talk on c-span

American Spirit: who we are and what we stand for / speeches by David McCullough book cover

The well-known historian has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume.
Call#  E 169.1 .M1366 2017
Read the NPR book review or read an excerpt from the book

Landmark classic that explores the oddities and complexities of animal cognition.
Call#  QL785 .W33 2016
Read review from Psychology Today

True story of the original American mafia and the Italian-born NYPD cop on their trail.
Call#  HV 6446 .T35 2017
Read Washington Post book review

Non-fiction research-based, and controversial, take on World War II Nazis.
Call#  HV 5840.G3 O3513 2017
Read USA Today review and The New Republic review

Comedian tells the story of his childhood in South Africa.
Call#  PN2287.N557 A3 2016
Read the publisher's promo and watch the trailer for Noah's Afraid of the Dark

David and Goliath book cover

Uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty.
Call#  BF 503 .G53 2013
Watch TED talk of author on the David and Goliath fable

Joyce Meyer combines biblical principles with personal experiences.
Call#  BV4501.3 .M49 2017
Read the reviews on goodreads

Graphic novel.
Call#  PR6123.Y43 Z46 2016
Read the author's blog and the NPR book review

2018 L.A. Times Fiction Book winner
Call#  PS 3558 .A42169 E95 2017
Read an excerpt from the publisher's website

A Field Guide to Lies book cover

It's raining bad data, half-truths, and lies. Author Levitin shows how to distinguish misinformation, pseudo-facts, distortions, and outright lies from reliable information.
Call # BC 177 .L486 2016
Read the Kirkus Review

Filthy Rich book cover

The rise and fall of influential financier and philanthropist Jeffrey Epstein.
Call# HV 6592 .P38 2016
Read the Daily Beast book review

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel.
Call#  PS3602 .A75 F68 2017
Read the Kirkus review

History of discoveries about the role of genes.
Call#  RB 155 .M85 2016b
​Read reviews from The Washington Post newspaper and Time magazine

Portrait of the American Revolution top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring.
Call#  E279 .K55 2013
Read The Washington Times review

Posthumously published reflections by the famous neurologist.
Call#  RC339.52.S23 G73 2015
Read brainpickings review

Life lessons and honest reality from comedian.
Call#  PN 2287.H37 A3 2017
Read and watch the LA Times review

Identical book cover

Author Turow (Presumed Innocent, The Burden of Proof), the much-practiced legal proceduralist, steps onto Joseph Campbell turf in his latest mystery.
Call#  PS 3570 .U754 I34 2013
Read the Los Angeles Times book review

True crime account about the race to catch a 1950's New York serial bomber, which gave birth to a new science called criminal profiling.
Call#  HV 6640 .C36 2017
Read the Publisher's Weekly review

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI book cover

True account of the early 20th-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage citizens, from New York Times best-selling author and staff writer at The New Yorker.
Call# E 99.O8 G675 2017
Read the publisher's description

The Late Show book cover

A new thriller introducing driven young detective Renée Ballard, who works the night shift in Hollywood, trying to prove herself in the LAPD.
Call# PS 3553 .O56 L38 2017
Read the Kirkus Review of this book


Crime novel set in 1950's Atlanta amidst the racial tensions and changing history.
Call#  PS3613 .U447 L54 2017
Read the Huffpost review

Eleven male/female pairings of best-selling "thriller" authors craft stories that star both writers' well-known protagonists.
Call#  PS648.S88 M38 2017

Compulsively readable legal thriller set in the New York County Courthouse.
Call#  PS3605 .G355 M53 2013
Read the fantasticfiction review

An intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent.
Call#  PR9499.3.R59 M56 2017
Read The Atlantic review

The Monuments Men:  Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

WWII Allied division mission to track down European art looted by the Nazis.
Call#  D 810 .A7 E23 2009
Read The Washington Post review and The Smithsonian Magazine true story of the Monuments Men

The Oath: the Obama White House and the Supreme Court book cover

This Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction book combines incisive legal analysis with insider details.
Call#  KF 8742 .T66 2012
Read a DailyBeast post on this book

Family dysfunction at its best —full of heart, humor, and jealous siblings.
Call#  PS3607.I53 P46 2017
Read the Kirkus Review

The Princess Diarist book cover

Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing behind-the-scenes take on the first Star Wars movie.
Call#  PS 3556 .I8115 Z464 2016
Read SyFyWire's book review

The third in Kwan's trilogy, this novel is about the Shang-Young family who are riven by fortune.
Call#  PS 3611.W36 R53 2017
Read The Globe & Mail review and our Instagram post

Astronaut author puts you inside the suit, with all the zip and buoyancy of life in microgravity.
Call#  TL 789.85.M37 A3 2016

New York Times bestseller on leadership.
Call#  HD57.7 .M663 2017
Read an excerpt

Collection of one-liners from host of The Late Show
Call#  PN 6231 .C6142 C65 2017
Read the popmatters book review

Debut novel of suspense about a missing girl in Arizona.
Call#  PS3603.H35 S93 2017
Read or listen to a sample

Wait, What? book cover

New York Times Bestseller based on the Dean of Harvard's Graduate School of Education commencement address, "The Art of Asking (and answering) Good Questions".
Call#  BF 441 .R93 2017
Read Harvard Gazette author interview

Historical mystery that follows a 25-year-old scholar and alchemist through Prague.
Call#  PR6052 .L33 W65 2017
Read The Guardian review

You're the Only One I Can Tell book cover

New York Times best-selling author draws on interviews with eighty women of diverse backgrounds to deconstruct the ways women friends talk.
Call#  BF 575.F66 T36 2017
Read The Guardian book review

Legal Reads (Located on the New Books shelves)


Popular Reading books and DVDs are located along the 1st floor wall past the Reference desk. Bring a DVD cover-case to the Circulation desk and we will retrieve the disc for you to check out.
Legal Reads are on the New Books shelves before the Popular Reading books.

If you cannot locate a book or dvd, please make note of the call# and the Circulation desk will help you.


Films on DVD

12 Angry Men dvd cover

Motion picture release: 1957
Director: Sidney Lumet
Widescreen version
Call#  DVD86

12 Years a Slave dvd cover

Motion picture release: 2013
Director: Steve McQueen
Academy Award Best Picture
Call#  DVD136

Motion picture release: 2013
Director: Brian Helgeland
dvd Special Features
Call#  DVD420

Absence of Malice dvd cover

Motion picture release: 1981
Director: Sydney Pollack
Widescreen version
Call#  DVD169

Adam's Rib dvd cover

Motion picture release: 1949
Director: George Cukor
​Black & White
Call#  DVD123

HBO original release date: 2007
Director: Jon Alpert and 10 more
9-part documentary series
Call#  DVD463

Agora dvd cover

Motion picture release: 2009
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Goya Awards Best Screenplay
Call#  DVD48

Motion picture release: 1979
Director: Ridley Scott
Director's Cut & Commentary
Call#  DVD429

Amistad dvd cover

Motion picture release: 1997
Director: Steven Spielberg
Golden Globe Best Picture
Call# DVD120

Arrival dvd cover

Motion picture release: 2016
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Based on Chiang's "Story of Your Life"
Call#  DVD54

Motion picture release: 1925
Director: Sergei Eisenstein
2-disc Special Edition
Call#  DVD482

Motion picture release: 2017
Director: Bill Condon
MTV Winner, Best Actress
Call#  DVD436

Birdman dvd cover

Motion picture release: 2014
Director: Alejandro Iñárritu
Academy Award Best Picture
Call#  DVD58

Motion picture release: 2006
Director: Brian De Palma
Based on James Ellroy's book
Call#  DVD481

Motion picture release: 1966
Director: Ousmane Sembène
​Criterion Collection 2-disc set
English subtitles
Call#  DVD461

Original BBC broadcast: 2001
5-disc Special Edition set
Emmy Winner, Best Cinematography
Call#  DVD12

Burn After Reading DVD cover

Motion picture release: 2008
Directors: Ethan & Joel Coen
dvd Special Features
Call#  DVD64

Chicago DVD cover

Motion picture release: 2003
Director: Rob Marshall
2-disc "Razzle-Dazzle Edition"
Call#  DVD83

Motion picture release: 2017
Director: James Ponsoldt
​Based on Dave Eggers novel
Call#  DVD408

A Civil Action dvd cover

Motion picture release: 1998
Director: Steven Zaillion
​Based on Jonathan Harr book
​Call#  DVD234

Motion picture release: 2011
Director: Jonathan Silvers
Call#  DVD459

Motion picture release: 2016
Director: Meera Menon
WIN Best Writing
Call#  DVD388

Ex Machina DVD cover

Motion picture release: 2015
Director: Alex Garland
Academy Award Best Screenplay
Call#  DVD75

Motion picture release: 2016
Director: Denzel Washington
Screen Actors Guild double-winner
Call#  DVD390

Motion picture release: 2016
Director: Tom Tykwer
​Based on Dave Eggers novel
Call#  DVD410

The Hurricane dvd cover

Motion picture release: 1999
Director: Norman Jewison
Golden Globe Best Actor
Call# DVD147

Motion picture release: 2014
Director: Morten Tyldum
dvd ​Special Features 
Call#  DVD21

Motion picture release: 2016
Director: Ron Howard
dvd Bonus Features
Call#  DVD 394

Original TV broadcast: 2008
Director: David Wu
Watch behind-the-scenes 
Call#  DVD422

Motion picture release: 2016
Director: Paul Greengrass
dvd Bonus Features​
Call#  DVD 395

Motion picture release: 2016
Director: Damien Chazelle
dvd Special Features
Call#   DVD397

Motion picture release: 2017
Director: James Mangold
dvd Special Features
Call#  DVD938

Motion picture release: 2002
Director: Steven Spielberg
dvd Special Features
Call#  DVD30

Miracle on 34th Street DVD cover

Motion picture release: 1947
Director: George Seaton
Academy Award Best Screenplay
Call#  DVD109

The Monuments Men DVD cover

Motion picture release: 2014
Director: George Clooney
dvd Special Features
Call# DVD31

Motion picture release: 2009
Director: Duncan Jones
dvd Special Features
Call#  DVD33

U.S. release: 2017
César Winner, Animated Film
​Animation Director: Claude Barras
​Call#  DVD401

Motion picture release: 2015
Director: Jonathan Levine
dvd Special Features
Call#  DVD409

The People vs. Larry Flynt dvd cover

Motion picture release: 1996
Director: Milos Forman
Golden Globe Best Director
Call#  DVD143

BBC original airing: 1995
Director: Simon Langton
dvd Special Features
Call#  DVD424

Runaway Jury dvd cover

Motion picture release: 2003
Director: Gary Felder
​Based on Grisham's novel
Call#  DVD82

Motion picture release: 2017
Director: Baran bo Odar
​dvd Special Features
Call#  DVD407

The Social Network dvd cover

Motion picture release: 2010
Director: David Fincher
Academy Award Best Screenplay
Call#  DVD149

Talk of the Town dvd cover

Motion picture release: 1942
Director: George Stevens
Writer: Irwin Shaw
Call#  DVD153

A Time to Kill dvd cover

Motion picture release: 1996
Director: Joel Schumacher
Based on Grisham's novel
Call#  DVD117

Motion picture release: 2017
Director: Anna Chai
Call#  DVD444

Motion picture release: 2017
Director: Niki Caro
​Based on Diane Ackerman's book
Call#  DVD442

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