My Favourite Things on Hoopla

Since most of us (assumedly) are home more than usual lately, I thought that it would be useful to recommend some free digital content. I’ve chosen 2 each of my favourite audiobooks, ebooks, television shows and movies available to library members through Hoopla. Check out my picks below!

 

Audiobooks

Opiod, Indiana by Brian Allen Carr
During a week-long suspension from school, a teenage transplant to impoverished rural Indiana searches for a job, the whereabouts of his vanished drug-addicted guardian, and meaning in Trump’s America. Carr insightfully explores what it’s like to be a high school kid in the age of Trump, a time of economic inequality, addiction, confederate flags, and mass shootings. A work of empathy and insight, Opioid, Indiana pierces to the heart of a moment through an unforgettable protagonist

 

 

 

Last Night At The Lobster by Stewart O’Nan
Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, the Red Lobster hasn’t been making its numbers and headquarters has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift. With four shopping days left until Christmas, Manny must convince his near-mutinous staff to hunker down and serve the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics, and holiday office parties. All the while, he’s wondering how to handle the waitress he’s still in love with, his pregnant girlfriend at home, and where to find the present that will make everything better. 

 

 

Ebooks

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
Baking a multitude of tartes tatins for local restaurants, an Ohio housewife contemplates her four kids, husband, cats and chickens. Also, America’s ignoble past, and her own regrets. But what do you do when you keep stepping on your son’s toy tractors, your life depends on stolen land and broken treaties, and nobody helps you when you get a flat tire on the interstate, not even the Abominable Snowman? When are you allowed to start swearing? 

 

 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
William Goldman’s timeless and beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers. A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts. If you liked the movie then you’ll love the book!

 

 

 

 

Television

The Civil War
An epic nine-episode series by my favourite documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. The series first aired in 1990 and is a comprehensive and definitive history of the American Civil War. It is the recipient of 40 major film and television awards, including two Emmys and two Grammys.

 

 

Detectorists
The lives of two eccentric metal detectorists, who spend their days plodding along ploughed tracks and open fields, hoping to disturb the tedium by unearthing the fortune of a lifetime. The cast strikes comedic gold in this critically adored series about two oddballs scouring the English countryside for treasure. 

 

 

 

 

Movies

Hunt For The Wilderpeople
A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle. A manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together.

 

 

 

Fruitvale Station
A moving film centered on the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant, a vibrant 22-year-old Bay Area father who was senselessly gunned down by officers on New Year’s Day in 2009, and whose murder sent shockwaves through the nation after being captured on camera by his fellow passengers.