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At this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the field of finalists was crowded with favorites. But a fancy Wire Fox Terrier named King reigned supreme. The 7-year old took the top Best in Show prize at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held in New York City's Madison Square Garden. King's handler had nothing but praise for the pooch saying, "he's the whole package." King is the 15th Wire Fox Terrier to win Best in Show, more than any other breed. Want to know more? Check out some of our Best in Show inspired selections! 

Journalist Josh Dean tells the story of a loveable Australian Shepherd, Jack, on his novice tour through the exciting world of professional dog showing, following Jack from his first competitions in local school gymnasiums all the way to the great granddaddy of them all, the Westminster Dog Show. A veteran journalist, Dean shines a warm, steady light on the trials that Jack and his plucky, dedicated owners come to face, and uses their story to explore the larger histories of dog shows themselves; the fascinating and sometimes bizarre history of purebred dogs; and our complex, heartfelt relationships to the pets we grow to love. For dog lovers, readers of Marley & Me, Merle's Door, and Oogy, and fans of Best in Show, Dean's Show Dog is an irresistible instant classic.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America, and our nation as a whole.

When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on a peaceful fall morning, it takes the lives of four young girls; Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. This racially motivated crime, taking place at a time when the civil rights movement is burning with a new flame, could have doused that flame forever. Instead it fuels a nation's outrage and brings Birmingham, Alabama to the forefront of America's concern.

The history of blacks in the South as seen through the eyes of a 110-year-old former slave. Based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines.

The story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used in the 1950s to create the first immortal human cell line resulting in medical breakthroughs.

Director Spike Lee fashions a bold, flavorful picture of family life in a crowded but cozy Brooklyn neighborhood nicknamed "Crooklyn" by the Carmichaels, who experience one very special summer in their hometown under difficult but often wonderful circumstances.

From the Royal Shakespeare Company and on the big screen, British actor Albert Finney delighted audiences on both sides of the pond. His lovable gruffness was perfect for roles like Daddy Warbucks in "Annie" and the indomitable Winston Churchill in "The Gathering Storm." Check out the range of his work with DVDs from our collection. 

A few years ago, local author Josh Malerman brought the story of "Bird Box" to life. Now it's traveled from Michigan suburbs and backwoods to the small screen and folks can't get enough! So take off your blindfold for these other books and films that will have you shutting your blinds...

 

Bird box by Josh Malerman

Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world--a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.

Black mad wheel by Josh Malerman

 From the author of the hit literary horror debut Bird Box comes a chilling novel about a group of musicians conscripted by the US government to track down the source of a strange and debilitating sound.

The Danes--the band known as the "Darlings of Detroit"--are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is, until an agent from the US Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound?

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress recently announced its list of inductees for 2018. Established in 1989, the films are selected for their enduring importance to United States culture. For a history of the Film Registry you can watch the fascinating documentary These amazing shadows: the movies that made America. Titles available in the Library's collection can be found below. The entire list — complete with film history — can be found here.

Penny Marshall brought joy and tears to American screens big and small over the past 40 years. Marshall first broke out as Laverne on "Laverne & Shirley" and went on to direct "BIG" and "A League of Their Own" to name a few. Join us in celebrating her life with some materials from our library collection. 

This year has been great for adaptations. Check out this list of new and upcoming movies and TV shows based on books, then grab one and get reading! 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

May 20, 2018 (HBO)

Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Davis, Sofia Boutella

August 10, 2018

Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay, Michiel Huisman

If you're looking to fill the long wait until the next Star Wars movie is released, check out some of these great stories from the Star Wars Universe.

Last shot by Daniel José Older
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