Cindy A.

Vanishing Acts

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Jodi Picoult

What do you know and remember? How does that shape your present and choices you make in your relationships? Delia knows who she is until she finds out her father kidnapped her. The story is told by the four main characters which makes it more interesting as you see events from varied perspectives. It is a compelling read. What would you do for your child? What wouldn't you do?

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Charming Billy

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Alice McDermott
This is a wonderfully layered story. It begins with the gathering of friends and relatives after the funeral of Billy. I loved how McDermott captured the conversation, in fits and starts, the interruption to address the wait staff, the back story to a comment made. The story weaves thru time and place to tell Billy's story and how he touched them all. This one you'll want to read slowly and savor the poetry.
 
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The Adventures of Wishbone Be a Wolf!

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Brad Strickland
The Adventures of Wishbone Be a Wolf!
My seven year old has been collecting this series and setting it aside for over a year. This week we dived in with this re-telling, a modern, canine adaptation of Beowulf. Wow, was I ever surprised! I loved it! It pulled him into a story that was fun and then went to a depth that I would not expect of a book for youth. My seven year old now has a decent understanding of Beowulf. There were a couple stories going on and asides to the reader to explain words and events. We can't wait to read to more of this wonderful series.
 
Cindy A., Circulation

Flush

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Carl Hiaasen
I read this aloud to my boys. I was a little hesitant at first at it seemed too mature to me, but they insisted we continue. This is a great book for adolescents and adults. It's a great story about a family trying to protect a basin of the Florida Keys that is being polluted. The story is told with great humor. I loved the family dynamics.
 
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One Summer

Thursday, July 28, 2011
David Baldacci

David Baldacci is one of my favorite thriller authors but this is a very different sort of book. Jack is terminally ill but it is his wife who dies in a car accident. I don't want to tell too much so as not to spoil the story but Jack and his three children are on a roller coaster ride as a family. A very emotional book but a real winner and a hard to put down book.
Sue N., Youth Services

One Summer is a departure from the typical Baldacci book. It will make you cry. The father is terminally ill, but miraculously recovers and regains his children who were sent to live with various relatives. He was never close to his children as he let his work keep him detached. Now, with his wife dead he needs to become a father to his children. The plot is predictable, but the characters will move the reader. A good summer read that help one rethink and reevaluate our work/family priorities.
Cindy A. Circulation

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The Warriors Way (DVD)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

This is not a movie I would normally choose. I went through the new acquisitions list, read the description and said why not? My tax dollars have already purchased it, if we don't like it after 20 minutes we'll turn it off. After 5 minutes I was ready to be done, but... it actually was quite good. The visual style was quite unique and stunning-a blade slicing thru rain drops. Suspend reality a bit, and enjoy. If you enjoy martial arts you are probably on the hold list already. If you aren't a big fan of that genre I still recommend seeing this very particular love story wrapped inside the martial arts. One scene involves the love interest in a beautiful dance of swords.

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All that is Bitter and Sweet

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd's memoir is a slow painful read. Do not pick it up thinking oh-I love her movies, let me get the inside scoop on her wonderful childhood and breaking into the business. It is heart wrenching. She shares the pain of being neglected and unloved as a child and how this has shaped her adult life. She intertwines this very personal experience with the lives she encounters in her work abroad with Population Services International. She is an advocate for women and children all over the world suffering in poverty. She tells their stories, particularly the stories of prostitutes. She was an empathetic listener and she shares their stories with grace.

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The Dilemma (DVD)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I like very few Vince Vaughn movies and even fewer of Kevin James-this one was excellent. Vaughn's character catches his best friend's wife cheating. The dilemma is if, how, and when to tell his best friend. Standing in line at the bank he engages others in the hypothetical of it happening to professional team mates, do you tell-yes, well.... is it before a big game? Jenifer Connelly and Winona Ryder make the movie work. It would be a great movie to see with your favorite couple!

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The Help

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Kathryn Stockett

This is a beautifully written story of three women and those in their lives during the early '60's in Jackson, Mississippi. They struggle with their role and place in society, acceptance and working for change. The story is told by three main characters, two of which are the nigra domestic help. They work together to tell their story and see it become realized as a published book. I truly enjoyed this book as it provided a jump start at looking at race relations for me. This book balances out some of the other stories that have come out of Jackson. This one shows the love/ hate relationship the domestic help had with the white families that employed them.  In the book the characters are telling their story to a white woman who can get it published and out to the world to hear. The frustration I had with reading this book-it is 2011, and this story still wasn't told by the help. I will be looking thru our collection to find other voices on the topic.

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The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Christopher Paul Curtis
I pre-read for my 9 year old, looking for material that is engaging, but suitable content. Trying to balance out what I call junk food for the brain. The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963 won many awards, including -Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Honor. It is wonderfully written. Completely irreverent in the humor of a boy faced with bullies, including his own brother and the craziness of his family. His dad hides his toothbrush because he was a boy once and knows a toothbrush; especially someone else's is the best thing for cleaning stuff. It concludes with the trip to Birmingham where they plan to leave the older brother with strict Grandma Sands after too much nonsense. The conclusion of the story is multi- layered as it occurs with the family in Birmingham at the time of the bombing. This brings another layer about hate and bullying.
 
Cindy A., Circulation
 

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