Doris M.

Noah (DVD)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Called a blockbuster, this Russell Crowe movie is just a bust. Yes, it has a larger-than-life feel, but unfortunately the story is too fantastic and fantastical (rock creatures help build the ark!). And worse, the movie doesn’t follow the traditional Bible story. Noah director and writer Darren Aronofsky told The New Yorker magazine that his movie is “the least biblical biblical film ever made." I couldn’t agree more, and I couldn’t be more disappointed.  I expected a retelling of the Genesis tale. Instead, I and other viewers meet a deranged Noah who is determined to end humankind. My advice: don’t waste your time. Check our catalog

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Runner's World

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Magazine
Runner's World

There I was in the lounge waiting for my car's oil-change and needing something to kill time. Runner's World, the top magazine on the end table, had the same eye-catching headline found on lots of magazines: "Lose 10 Pounds". So naturally I picked it up (who doesn't want to lose 10 pounds?). I never did find the article about losing weight, but I did happen across a wonderful article about two little people, one 3 ft 9 inch and the other 4 ft 4 inch, who qualified for the 2013 Boston Marathon. As a short person who does some road races, I was awestruck reading about their drive and accomplishments. But as often happens in waiting rooms, I didn't have quite enough time to finish the article. Thank goodness the library had a copy of the issue I was reading and I was able to finish the article. Next time you can't finish a current year's magazine article in a waiting room, come to the library, chances are you'll find it here. Check our Catalog

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Breaking Bad

Monday, May 19, 2014
TV Series DVD
Breaking Bad

Don’t have cable or satellite TV at home? Then you might want to check the library’s catalog for the shows your friends are talking about. One I’d heard buzz about was Breaking Bad, and I wasn’t disappointed with either finding it at the library—or the show itself. Walter White is a well-liked, mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher. He leads a typical suburban lifestyle. He has a wife, teenage son, and baby on the way. Then comes a cancer diagnosis, and Walter wonders how his son will be able to go to college, let alone his family live comfortably without his salary. What does a decent man who’s dying do? He makes a plan. Only in this situation the plan is indecent. The acting and writing are so spot-on in this drama series you can’t help but empathize with Walter. But beware—aberrant and fantastic circumstances abound in every episode! Check our Catalog

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Sharp Objects

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects

Does bad parenting produce bad results? Just read a Gillian Flynn novel and you’ll find the answer is a resounding yes! In Gone Girl parents too wrapped up in their relationship produce a daughter who is an expert at manipulating situations. In Sharp Objects bad parenting (and bad behavior) spans two generations producing horrific results in a third.  When two young girls are murdered and their teeth pulled out, journalist Camille Preaker is sent by her Chicago newspaper to her Missouri hometown to cover the story. The assignment thrusts her into a homecoming she doesn’t want and reveals truths no one would want to know. 

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Ultimate Kettlebell: Workouts for Beginners

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Ultimate Kettlebell: Workouts for Beginners

This DVD is a great introduction to using kettlebells to sculpt your body. The exercises in the step-by-step workouts are largely familiar moves but with the added benefit of handheld weight. Instruction is clear and at a comfortable pace. Even long-time kettlebell lifters will find this DVD useful. Check our catalog.

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Our Hospitality (DVD)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Our Hospitality

Buster Keaton stars in this silent movie from 1923. It has drama. It has suspense. It has romance. And it has the funniest train and railroad I've ever seen. It's a wonder the passengers ever made it to their destination. But there's more! A harrowing waterfall scene where the hero is trying to save himself, and then sees the fair maiden being swept down the river toward him. I highly recommend this movie, which may be the best silent movie I've seen. Check our catalog.

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Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murders, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Dr. Bill Bass & Jon Jefferson
Beyond the body farm

Fans of forensic thrillers and mysteries and true crime will like this book that gives background on forensic science. Dr. Bass started the first "body farm" that gauges how and how fast bodies decompose when exposed to different conditions. At first bodies for the farm were scarce; now people gladly will their bodies to be skeletonized. That's fascinating, but what's really interesting are the cases the authors discuss. With each case they present, they tell a little more about forensic techniques and their development--and the comfort forensic specialists sometimes bring to families wondering what happened to a loved one.  Don't miss the chapter about the Big Bopper!  Check our catalog

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Dogwood

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Chris Fabry
Dogwood

Is Will obsessed with a life that can never be? After all he is an ex-con, hated in his hometown, and Karin, the woman he loves, is married to a minister and has three small children. As the story unfolds, we're given glimpses of how intertwined their lives are but are not truly prepared for all the revelations. Each of the four narrators add to the drama.  Check our catalog for the audiobook or check our catalog for the book

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Tears of the Black Tiger (DVD)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

HA! HA! HA! (Diabolical laughter!) Gunslinger cowboys (in a modern setting)! Revenge killing! Killing for killing's sake?! A police lieutenant sworn to get the evil Black Tiger. The forbidden love between the governor's daughter and the handsome Black Tiger, who by chance fell in with the gang of gunslinger cowboys--and seems to have found his calling. He's a darn good shot and has no qualms about killing. (Yes, there's lots of spurting blood.) And then the complication . . . the arranged marriage of the lieutenant and governor's daughter.  Now guess which country this movie was made in. That'd be Thailand!

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A Soldier's Story (DVD)

Friday, July 29, 2011
In 1944, when a black sergeant is murdered off-base in Louisiana, the Klan is quickly blamed. But could someone else have killed this unlikeable fellow? True to the jacket copy, the story "is both a spellbinding mystery and a superb drama that transcends race."
 

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