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If You Like “Downton Abbey,” Try These…

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016


As the Downton Abbey series finale approaches, (the very last episode is only a month away!) you may want to prepare yourself and your library card. KDL has just the medicine for some serious Downton Abbey withdrawal. Check out these other British series for more scheming villains and suspenseful family drama. As the Dowager Countess of Grantham says, “Stop whining and find something to do.”


The Forsyte SagaForsyte Saga

Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novels by John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga is an epic and highly praised series spanning three generations of the powerful Forsyte family at the turn of the 20th century. Beneath the family’s imposing veneer lies a festering core of unhappy and brutal relationships.

Indian Summersindian summers

Set against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, this epic drama tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, from both sides of the experience.

Mr. SelfridgeMr Selfridge

Pioneering and reckless, with an almost manic energy, Harry Selfridge created a theater of retail for early 1900s Londoners where any topic or trend that was new, exciting, entertaining-or sometimes just eccentric-was showcased. Based on the book Shopping, Seduction and Mr. Selfridge by author Lindy Woodhead.


Ross Poldark rides again in a swashbuckling new adaptation of the hit series that helped launch Masterpiece in the 1970s. Captain Poldark is a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolution and finds that his fighting days are far from over.

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This satire of Victorian society in London, shows the trials and tribulations of young love, the pettiness of upper class life, the raw energy and excitement of the most powerful city the world had ever seen, and the greed and corruption that lay just below its glittering surface.

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Books with Extras

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Two recent bestsellers have been released with extra-textual gimmicks that just might draw you right in. Documents, pictures, letters and more function as a driving force in the plot of these novels.

0316201642_01_mZZZZZZZS. (Ship of Theseus) by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
A work from famed director J.J. Abrams and noted novelist Doug Dorst combines a traditional narrative with a second story in the form of notes scribbled in the margins by two readers of the main narrative, in a story that also features clues online and in real life.




140006788X_01_MZZZZZZZNight Film by Marisha Pessl
When the daughter of an enigmatic cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman’s death while being drawn into the director’s eerie world.
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If you enjoy this type of book, you may also enjoy the authors A.S. Byatt, Nick Bantock or Mark Z. Danielewski.


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Can’t Wait for that Oscar Nominated Movie?

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Looking forward to the Oscars this coming Sunday? You can check out some of the films already out on DVD that KDL staff recommend.

While you wait for the other 2013 Oscar nominated films not yet released on DVD, check out these Oscar-nominated films from previous years that are based on great books!


An Education based on the book by Lynn Barber

In the early 1960s, 16-year-old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in a London suburb. She is smart, pretty, and working toward her goal of being accepted into Oxford. Her life will take a big turn when she meets David, a man twice her age. Now she must decide if she will pursue an education at Oxford, or if she will choose to learn all that a charismatic, older man can teach her. Rated PG-13



Fantastic Mr. Fox based on the book by Roald Dahl

Mr. and Mrs. Fox live a happy home life underground with their eccentric son Ash. Mr. Fox works as a journalist, but against the advice of Badger, his attorney, he moves his family into a larger and finer home inside a tree on a hill. The treehouse has an excellent view of the nearby farms of Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Ash becomes hostile when his cousin, Kristofferson, joins the family for an extended stay. Mr. Fox decides to raid the farms, but this leads the farmers to stakeout the treehouse. The farmers try to dig the Fox family out, but they dig even faster. Mr. Fox organizes a tunneling project to burrow under all three farms and steal all the chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. Rated PG


Cold Mountain based on the book by Charles Frazier

Inman, a young Confederate soldier, who is injured during the explosive 1864 battle of Petersburg, Virginia, is struggling to make his way home to Cold Mountain, NC, where his beloved Ada awaits him. In Inman’s absence, Ada befriends Ruby, who helps her keep up her late father’s farm. Meanwhile, in his travels, Inman encounters a menagerie of interesting and colorful characters. Rated R



Winter’s Bone based on the book by Daniel Woodrell

Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails to find him, she and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin’s code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions, and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth. Rated R




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Halloween DVDs

Friday, October 21st, 2011

KDL has a great selection of scary movies to get you into the Halloween spirit. We have the truly spooky, the ridiculously funny and many great classics to choose from. Check them out!




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Back to School DVDs

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Back in school, but rather be watching DVDs? Check out these “Back to School” DVD lists.

Back to School DVDs

Back to School DVDs for Kids

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‘The Help’ Readalikes!

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Have you read The Help and are looking for more books like it?  Or perhaps you watched the movie and are waiting to get your hands on a copy of the book?

KDL has a list of The Help Readalikes!

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