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Latest Additions -Labor Day Weekend Edition September 1, 2014

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I hope you have something special to do with your extra day off! Not only am I hoping to eat my own weight in deep fried Swiss cheese presented to me on a stick -yum!- and at *least* one deep fried Snickers bar plus maybe an elephant ear and -oops! thinking about food distracted me! let me get back on track… but I am also hoping to get lots of reading, weeding -oh the size of those weeds!, and general cavorting smashed into my long weekend! I hope everyone else has a lovely list of things they’d like to do as well! Hey, if you’re going to a picnic today -might you like some fun Labor Day facts to share? Hmm?

Like -Did you know that the first Labor Day was celebrated on December 28, 1869? Or that President Grover Cleveland made it into a federal holiday in 1894? But the first time workers marched to protest labor conditions was on September 5, 1882, when a group of 10,000 (more or less) took an unpaid day to make their feelings known! These fun facts -and more!- can all be found on History.com.

Have a wonderful -and safe!- holiday!

— Stacey

A Day at the Movies August 29, 2014

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imagesEvery fall, I get excited about the new crop of movies – this is when a lot of the heavy hitters and potential award winners come out. This year it’s no different – from the highly anticipated Gone Girl to the weirdly intriguing Birdman (featuring Michael Keaton’s comeback performance) to Steve Carrell’s serious turn in Foxcatcher; I want to see them all!  There’ve been plenty of lists published, but I really enjoy reading Indiewire’s take.

MOVIE SHOWING: Stop in at noon and head to the auditorium for our Lunch and a Movie series – we’re showing the The Amazing Spider-man 2 starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. And if that’s not enticing enough, we’ll have popcorn and lemonade!

On to recent DVD releases:

Feature Films:
Muppets Most Wanted
The Railway Man
Locke
Sabotage
The Quiet Ones
The Amazing Spider-man 2
Fading Gigolo
Only Lovers Left Alive
Blended
Frankie & Alice
Filth
Breathe In
Rage
The Cold Lands
Go For Sisters
Rosemary’s Baby
The Love Punch
The Normal Heart
The Empty Hours

Foreign Films:
Grigris
The Auction

Documentary Films:
Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Dancing in Jaffa

TV Series:
The Blacklist
Boardwalk Empire, the Complete 4th Season
14 War Stories
The Mindy Project, Season 2
Parks & Recreation, Season 6
Once Upon a Time, the Complete Third Season
Revolution, the Complete Second Season
The Walking Dead, Season 4
Portlandia, Season 4
Elementary, the Second Season
The Musketeers, Season One
Breathless
Revenge, the Complete Third Season

Happy Watching!

~ Dori

To sit or not to sit? August 26, 2014

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We’ve all been hearing that sitting is bad for us, but would you go so far as to commit to standing for an entire month? One New Yorker did. Dan Kois stood for an entire month (except for driving, sleeping and sitting on the toilet). You can read all about it in New York Magazine’s special Health Issue that came out on June 9th. Was he any healthier? Well, he lost some weight and walked much more than before. He even wasted less time, what with standing at all those meetings, taking shorter phone calls, etc. But he came to find out that just as too much sitting is bad for us, so is too much standing. There’s back pain, the risk of stroke, varicose veins and more. Maybe it’s the up-and-down thing we all need to do more of?

~Chris

Latest Additions August 25, 2014

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No. No. No. Nope. I don’t like it. I don’t like it at all… How can Labor Day be next weekend? Already?! Heck, even the Dog Days of Summer are over already! So while I’m all kinds of psyched for my fried county fair foods coming up, I am *not* psyched at how fast time whizzing past. Hrumph!

While I wallow in a little bit of sad-sackishness -would you like to see some of the titles that have recently been added to The Reading Room? Of course you would!

Chose the Wrong Guy, Game Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison
The Johnstown Flood by David G. McCullough
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Dead Giveaway by Charles Ramsey
Murder and Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood

And if you want to anticipate some deliciously tasty fair food with me, you can try searching The Reading Room with the keyword fair. Bam! There’s twenty more titles for you to consider! Or feel free to try out your own keyword and how long a list you can build!

Enjoy!

—Stacey

Latest Additions August 18, 2014

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You know how there are certain chores that you do so often you stop thinking about the process? I mention this as it’s completely on my mind after doing laundry yesterday -can you guess what happened?- and I found little bits of paper all over the clothes in one load. Hunh. How did I not check the pockets? This is not my first load of laundry, nor the first time I’ve found something other that fabric made it through the wash, so why is it still surprising when it happens? You think about it and let me know if you come up with ideas, okay? Thanks!

While I ponder this non-dilemma, maybe you’d like to take a look at some of the books that have recently been added to The Reading Room?
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
The Untold by Courtney Collins
Euphoria by Lily King
I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

As long as not still picking schmutz off myself… See you soon!

— Stacey

So what. I think. August 12, 2014

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One of the things I like best about Arianna Huffington’s new book Thrive is the quotes. Permit me:

Sometimes people let the same problems make them miserable for years when they could just say “so what.” That’s one of my favorite things to say.—Andy Warhol

Oh, how I wish I could be more like Andy.

~Chris

 

Latest Additions August 11, 2014

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I am having a complete Monday Episode! This is the third start of the Latest Additions -and I’m not confident it will be the last… The only thing saving me from a mini-meltdown is that today is Monday and so the Episode is at least happening on the proper day! In order to save my sanity (the little that is left) I’m getting right to the good stuff:

The Big Bam by Leigh Montville
Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
Morning Glory by Sarah Jio

Okay -now I have to hurry away before tragedy strikes again… Enjoy the reading!

— Stacey

 

A Day at the Movies August 8, 2014

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imagesOh yes, I am a wee bit behind on the movie blogging, but I’m here to play a little catch up! See below for new DVD releases.

MOVIE REVIEW: The Invisible Woman didn’t get a lot of notice and came and quickly disappeared from local theaters, but it deserved more attention. Directed by Ralph Fiennes, he also stars as the writer Charles Dickens, though the movie is really from the perspective of a young woman who had an affair with Dickens, the then father of 10 children. The young woman, Nell, is from a family of actresses and she hopes to enter the profession; they meet at a practice for a play and become enthralled with one another. Their age differences and the conventions of the time lead to a secret, passionate relationship. It’s a beautifully acted, subtle film, with insight into women’s roles in Victorian society and the allure of Dickens, a man of energy, intelligence and wit. A most worthwhile checkout.

MOVIE SHOWING: On Monday, August 11, we’ll be showing Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow as part of the Indie Int’l Film willSeries.  6:30 p.m., Auditorium.

The Single Moms ClubDVD and Blu-Ray
Cesar ChavezDVD and Blu-Ray
Heaven is for RealDVD and Blu-Ray
TranscendenceDVD and Blu-Ray
NoahDVD and Blu-Ray
The Other Woman - DVD and Blu-Ray
Need for Speed - DVD and Blu-Ray
DivergentDVD and Blu-Ray
Bad Words - DVD and Blu-Ray
OculusDVD and Blu-Ray
Finding Vivan Maier - DVD
Blue Ruin - DVD
All Cheerleaders Die - DVD
It Felt LIke Love - DVD
Cuban Fury - DVD
This Ain’t CaliforniaDVD
The Amazing Catfish - DVD
On My WayDVD
The Trip to Bountiful – DVD
Ping Pong Summer - DVD
Bicycling with Moliere - DVD
Next Goal Wins - DVD
GMO OMG - DVD
United States of SecretsDVD
Secret State - DVD
12 O’clock Boys - DVD
More Than the Rainbow - DVD
Last Tango in Halifax, Season 2 - DVD
Californication, the Final Season - DVD
Community, Season 5 - DVD

Happy Watching!

~ Dori

Give This Book an Award! August 6, 2014

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Such an easy category to define: Award Winners! It could be any award, in any year, in any format, or in any age range, all the book needs is to have won some sort of prize by a recognized organization. Really this includes an almost endless array of possibilities: Hugo Awards, Edgar Award, RITA, Macavity, Nobel Prize in Literature, Newbery, Alex, Caldecott and -of course- Notable Books for Adults, just as a few places to consider starting your own search.

Megan: The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker is an international bestselling mystery and the recipient of two French literature awards. Marcus Goldman is a young novelist suffering from a severe case of writer’s block. He seeks solace and inspiration at the isolated beach house of his friend and mentor, renowned author Harry Quebert. His plans for a second novel are derailed when the sleepy town of Somerset is rocked by the discovery of the body of 15-year old Nola Kellergan, a girl who disappeared in 1975. Even more disturbing is the fact that Harry, who had an affair with the girl, is implicated in her murder. Marcus’s publisher is clamoring for the inside scoop, but Marcus is only interested in clearing Harry’s name. To that end, he sets about writing his book, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair and in the process learns what really happened to Nola Kellergan. This book about a book is full of multiple timelines, plenty of suspects, and red herrings on every page. Readers will find themselves engrossed in the small town secrets, the suspicious locals and their contradicting stories.

Carol: In Homeless Bird, Gloria Whelan’s 2000 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature winner, Koly is a 13-year-old Indian girl whose arranged marriage to a sickly boy leaves her a young widow. Facing a lifetime of servitude in her in-law’s home, Koly thinks that her chances at happiness are over until quite unexpectedly, she finds herself in the Indian holy city of Vrindavan. There on her own, Koly must rely on the sewing and embroidery skills she learned from her own mother to eke out a living. This is moving young adult novel that blends modern culture with ages-old Indian traditions and makes for a compelling and inspirational read.

Emma: There had been warnings before, and the dam always held. Sadly on May 31, 1889, 2,209 people died when an immense rainstorm forced a neglected dam near Johnstown, Pennsylvania to break away. This is the story of before, during, and after the flood. It’s an amazing tale of an awful tragedy never to be forgotten. David G. McCullough, author of The Johnstown Flood, received the Outstanding Achievement Award for his role in preserving Johnstown history by The Johnstown Area Heritage Association.

Chris: Toms River by journalist and professor Dan Fagin won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and the 2014 NY Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award and we still have five months to go. What happens when the CIBA chemical company moves into the quiet New Jersey community of Toms River in 1960 and begins pumping its wastewater onto the land and dumping its waste product into its makeshift landfill? One of the largest residential cancer cluster cases in history. Sure there was that initial rise in employment and a big boost to the local the economy, but after numerous deaths and horrific tragedies, the community rises up against the company and all the politicians who supported it and succeeds in closing down the company, embarrassing those politicians, and getting the wells cleaned and regularly checked. This is a story about real people, corporate greed, and concerned citizens. Toms River is well-researched non-fiction that reads like a novel with a cast of characters you’ll love or hate and surprises you like a mystery with its fascinating twists and turns.

Steve: Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb, by Herschel Cobb, is the story of Herschel and his grandfather and their relationship that blossomed during Ty’s retirement and after the death of Ty’s two adult sons, who he never fully reconciled with.  Young Herschel and his siblings were the brunt of horrible abuses by their bullying father and alcoholic mother, and grandfather Ty was the welcome comfort in their lives.  Herschel offers another side to the often vilified Ty Cobb, as we witness Cobb showering affection on the grandchildren and him helping struggling ex-ballplayers who didn’t have the great fortunes that he amassed.

Ann: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King won the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel. It continues the story of Danny Torrance, the young boy from The Shining, who is now an adult with lots of problems in his life. Dan still has “the shining,” the ability to know things, sometimes of the future, but the special gift hasn’t always served him well. He’s drifted through life relying on alcohol and often resorting to violence. When he gets off a bus in the small town of Frazier, New Hampshire, something there feels like home. He settles in, taking a job at a hospice, where with his special “shining,” aided by an all-knowing cat called Azzie, he is able to provide comfort to those patients at the end of life. The staff calls him Doctor Sleep. Little does Dan Torrance know that soon he and his special abilities will be called upon to help a young girl with powers of her own. Author Peter Straub, says of Doctor Sleep- “Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years.”

Julie: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson was named to the ALA Best Books for Young Adults 2010 with good reason. The story is about Lia, an 18 year old dealing with the usual problems – school, fitting in, parents – and who now has to contend with her (former) best friend being found alone in a hotel room, dead. All of this while trying to convince everyone she is recovering from anorexia (she’s not) and no longer cutting herself (she is). Lia’s voice is believable and lyrical, and her story is heartbreaking but not without hope.

Dori: In The Guards, by Ken Bruen, private detective Jack Taylor, fired from the Irish police force for punching a superior, spends most of his time on a barstool in Galway, waxing eloquently about books and music. When a beautiful woman asks him to investigate the supposed suicide of her daughter, he discovers, suspiciously, that more young woman have committed suicide at the same spot. Beatings, blackouts and a stint at a mental asylum follow. Spare and poetic, Bruen’s writing is funny and original, with the focus less on plot than writing and character. The first of a 10 book series and winner of the 2004 Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America.

Stacey: Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See by Juliann Garey is one of those unforgettable books that readers will want all their friends to read -mostly so they can discuss each and every detail! Readers learn about Greyson Todd and his mental health issues short episodes of his life are revealed in-between electroshock treatments. It’s easy to feel a connection with Greyson, even when he’s being despicable, but his story also provides an interesting, insight into how difficult it is for individuals and their families to live with bipolar disorder.  This is one of the books I read for the Notable Books Council last year -and it absolutely earned it’s place on the Notable Books for Adults list!

Next time we’re going to head into uncharted territory -the bold new world of Science Fiction! Now’s the time to let your inner geek select a book about alternate worlds and scientific ideas are still exist mostly in the imagination. You can lean toward “hard” science fiction which focuses on the technology and machines or you might want to try something that could be considered “soft” science fiction which focuses primarily on the human element and the societies people construct for themselves. I can’t wait to see what people pick! -Including you!

— Stacey

Latest Additions August 4, 2014

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What in the world..? How did it get to be August?! I just don’t think that’s right… Nope, I’m wrong -I just checked the calendar and it’s truly August. Bleck. I guess if I need to see the glass half full, I’ll focus on two things: 1) the end of Adult Summer Reading Program Party is this coming Saturday, August 9th, here in the library’s Community Room from 3:30 -4:30 p.m. at which there will be snacks, prizes, and good times, 2) county fairs will be offering me a lovely selection of fried snack foods soon!! Sweet stuff ahead! And while we wait, how about some sweet new reads?

The Originals by Cat Patrick
Cradle to Grave by Eleanor Kuhns
Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Enjoy!

— Stacey

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