Cindy A.

Heart and soul : the story of America and African Americans

Monday, March 12, 2012
Kadir Nelson
Heart and soul : the story of America and African Americans

This is a true jewel.  The oil paintings that illustrate this chronology are stunning.  Nelson spends only a few pages on each chapter of our history, but does so eloquently.  He tells the history from the point of view of an old granny telling stories.  He starts with the first Africans that came to this land in the mid 1500's and ends with an African American becoming President.  Many chapters, including the one on reconstruction deal with parts of our history that we don't speak about much, while others deal with those most of us are quite familiar with.  This is a wonderful introduction for anyone interested in learning about how our country has been shaped over the past 500 years.  Check our catalog

Cindy A. Circ. 

Thurgood

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Thurgood

Thurgood is a one man play about the life journey of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  Laurence Fishburne gives a captivating performance.  Thurgood takes us on his journey from boyhood to retirement and all the battles in between.  Because he was so integral to so many major law cases that shaped our society we are given a history lesson as to how our society moved into and then out again of segregation.  His story, and more importantly, our story is told with grace and humor..  The movie being filmed at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater brings the story full circle.   Even if you are not looking for a biography or a history lesson you will enjoy Thurgood as it is told in the old tradition of magical storytelling.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ. 

Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Michael Martin

 

My boys have been reading quite a number of graphic novels of late.  Some quite good.  As my oldest was studying the underground railroad at school we stumbled onto Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad a Graphic History in the Graphic Library by Capstone Press.  WOW!!  We scooped up a few more; Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion, John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry, and The Brave Escape of Ellen and William Craft.  These are really well done.  Each includes quotes from primary sources, has wonderful graphics, provides plenty of detail, and are "action-packed" as true graphic novels should be. I found these books wonderful supplements for my boys in helping to picture something they have never seen or can even fathom.  We are definitely going to be looking for other titles.  Check Our Catalog.

Cindy A., Circulation

Amistad

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Alexs Pate
Amistad

Recently, my son checked out library materials regarding slavery as they were studying it in school. It brought to mind Amistad, which I had watched years ago. While I waited to get the movie thru MeL, I read the book by Alexs Pate that was based on the movie. At first, I was disappointed because I didn't feel like I was getting my normal reading enjoyment as the book was based on the movie vs. the other way around. I thought the author was taking short cuts in the imagery. The movie arrived; I love the performances of these powerhouse actors bringing this story to life. Having now read the book and watched the movie, I can tell you they are both worth your time. They tell the same story, but each in a different way using the strength of its medium. They tell the true story of a group of enslaved Africans that gain control of their ship and try to return home. This is the beginning of the tale; the other part is the political and legal maneuvering for justice and how it was instrumental in bringing us closer to civil war.

Cindy A., Circulation

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A Northern Light

Friday, February 3, 2012
Jennifer Donnelly
A Northern Light

This is a book to savor,  Narrated by a young girl in 1906, set in the north woods. It tells the story of yearnings for more.  Sixteen year old Mattie wants to read and write, wants to go to school than college.  Her life dictates that she work the farm with her father then marry the local boy and have babies..  She is blessed with a wonderful teacher that helps expand her possibilities and a dear friend that stands up for himself against his constraints.  If you've heard stories from your grandparents about the early 1900's you will feel like you're at their feet hearing the stories again as you read Mattie's story.  Mattie chooses a new word from the dictionary everyday to expand her vocabulary, the story is made all the richer for it.  Check our catalog

Cindy A. Circ.

This is also available as a Book on CD and is a great listen.  Check our catalog for the audio.

Warehouse 13

Friday, February 3, 2012
Warehouse 13

This is a fun, light hearted series.  A secret department of the secret service snags, bags, and tags powerful artifacts found through- out the world and time.  It's a very tame version of the X-files.  Instead of aliens and other paranormal reasons, artifacts have taken on personalities and characteristics from their original owners.  If you are tired of lawyers and crime scenes and vulgarity and too much DRAMA, Warehouse 13 is a cute escape.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ.

A Secret Kept

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Tatiana de Rosnay
A Secret Kept

 

I enjoyed Sarah's Key so much I had to read something else by Rosnay. I was rewarded with this beautifully written story. Old family secrets and sadness of a mothers death that was never comforted are the crux of the story.  How the past effects our present relationships and healing can come is portrayed eloquently.   The setting of Paris and Noimoutier Island add a richness to the story that otherwise might seem like any other.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ.

You Kill Me

Saturday, January 14, 2012
You Kill Me

This is a great pairing of Tea Leoni and Ben Kingsley.  Kingsley is a Buffalo hit man that is sent to rehab in San Francisco by his mob family because his drinking problem is getting in the way of his work.  Leoni meets him over the dead body of her stepfather at the funeral home Kingsley works at part time while going to AA.  She encourages him to get back to work, with a few fun scenes of her learning the ropes.  This was a fun movie that really let these two actors play.  Check our catalog

Cindy A,. Circulation

Boys Should Be Boys

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Meg Meeker M.D.
Boys Should Be Boys

 

I didn't expect to cry, but there I was reading various passages and getting all emotional.  My boys are pre-teen and the book is definitely geared towards parents of teenagers.  Though, I think being prepared ahead of time, maybe we can avoid some of the pitfalls.  The book is very loosely structured, it actually rambles through anecdotes to keep reiterating it's point.  If you need to be reminded why you should let the boys in your life be themselves read this book.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circulation

Lunch Money

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Andrew Clements
Lunch Money
I think Andrew Clements is one of those must read authors for kids.  Lunch Money doesn't disappoint.  This is a hilarious look at money and friendship from sixth grader Greg's perspective.  He wants to sell comic books that he writes and illustrates at school.  You can imagine the pitfalls.  I love how Greg is determined and finds solutions to his problems with classmates, school staff and a school board.  An added joy is that Lunch Money is illustrated by Brian Selznick.  This is a great read aloud, especially a this time of year when kids are anxious to make more spending cash.  Check our catalog
 
Cindy A., Circ.

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