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The Four Tendencies

Friday, November 10, 2017
Gretchen Rubin
The Four Tendencies
The four tendencies: the indispensable personality profiles that reveal how to make your life better (and other people’s lives better, too) is by Gretchen Rubin. According to Rubin, there are four different personality types that determine our decisions: upholder, obliger, rebel, and questioner. You can take the test in the book or online to determine how you make your decisions. You may be surprised at your personality outcome. The author has also written other books on the psychology of change, life skills and self- actualization. Check our catalog
 
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This Beautiful Fantastic

Thursday, July 27, 2017
This Beautiful Fantastic
“This beautiful fantastic” is a heartwarming movie. It is about a woman that has OCD, does not like dealing with nature, let alone speaking with anyone. She works in a library shelving books and has a “Shhush” type boss. Bella is challenged with taming the jungle of a backyard into a garden or she will be evicted. She learns that the codger of a man next door is actually her landlord. He eventually helps her transform the space into something comparable to his fantastic garden by giving her plants. They also share the same cook. A blooming romance is also part of the story.
 
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A Man Called Ove (DVD)

Thursday, February 2, 2017
A Man Called Ove

The DVD “A man called Ove” is a foreign film (Swedish with English subtitles) that is based on a novel by Fredrik Backman. Ove is a widower who expresses his loss of his wife by being prickly to everyone he meets. He lives in a small neighborhood that has similar rules to a co-op. He takes a routine walk around the complex every morning to check to make sure gates, etc. are in working order. He also buys fresh flowers daily for his deceased wife’s grave and chats with her about the changes in the neighborhood. A new family with 2 girls and another on the way moves in next door. The family’s activities and his reluctant involvement relaxes his attitude. There are flashbacks of Ove and his wife while they were together. A lighthearted story of a neighborhood that comes together to make their lives nicer.  Check our catalog

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The Durrells in Corfu (DVD)

Monday, December 5, 2016
The Durrells in Corfu (DVD)

I don’t normally watch BBC Masterpiece programs, but I decided to give The Durrells in Corfu a try. I loved the first season so much that I watched the first three episodes in one night. The next morning, I watched the last three. Apparently this series was adapted from Gerald Durrell’s book My Family and Other Animals. The acting of the “family members” and the storylines were superb. The story is about a widowed mother and her four children/young adults with very different personalities that move from Britain to Greece. I hope this series continues!

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Longmire (DVD)

Monday, October 10, 2016
Longmire (DVD)

I’ve gotten hooked on the TV series Longmire, even staying up until 1 am to finish a series. The show is based on a mystery series by Craig Johnson. The series takes place in Wyoming near an Indian reservation. I like the characters of Sherriff Walt Longmire, his deputies, and his best friend who is a Native American. The storylines are very well written. At times justice isn’t always easily served because crimes against the reservation residents are not represented fairly.

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Knight of Cups (DVD)

Monday, August 15, 2016
Knight of Cups (DVD)

Starring Christian Bale, this film has very little dialogue throughout the movie. You would think that a film such as this would be boring, but I was mesmerized while watching it. No violence or bad language. There was a plot that showed vivid imagery and party scenes. It’s almost like reading a picture book that has no words. The special features explained how they filmed the movie. There wasn’t much of a script. Actors were put into a situation/scene and were told to ad lib including body language and facial expressions. I think other films directed by Terrence Malick may be of the same essence.

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The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Michael Punke
The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

I was intrigued when people started talking about the movie The Revenant. Their opinions were that the movie was very gruesome. The movie is based on the book The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke. It is a pioneer story of sorts that takes place during fur trading and struggles with Native Americans. The “gruesome” incident was a man getting attacked by a bear. The fur trader’s back, head, and throat were raked by the bear’s claws. To me, the movie didn’t really show this graphic scene. When reading the book, I felt the injuries that he suffered and how a member of his company tried stitching up his raw skin to cover at least his throat so that he could breathe easier. Two men were assigned to wait until he was dead and bury him so that the rest of the company could complete their mission. The bear-injured man survived after the men deserted him, so thus he wanted revenge for them not helping him. They even took all his weapons. His will to survive compelled him to drag his body until it was healed enough to find sustenance and a way to travel to find the men who deserted him. He was even helped by Native Americans. I loved the survival skills that were mentioned in the book about finding ways to get food without weapons. I preferred the encounter of revenge that took place in the book rather than the movie version.

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Lost in My Own Backyard

Monday, April 25, 2016
Tim Cahill
Lost in My Own Backyard: A Walk in Yellowstone National Park

I would love to live in the vicinity of a national park. Tim Cahill, founding editor of Outside magazine, writes about his experiences in his book, Lost in My Own Backyard: A Walk in Yellowstone National Park. No wonder he might get lost, considering the Yellowstone National Park covers almost 3,500 square miles. He touches on the popular landmarks in the park, but also writes about hiking the backcountry. He stresses paying attention to the fact that wildlife is allowed to run free. You need to know safety tactics when confronting large animals like bison, moose, and especially bear. Bears can smell who may be in their environs from 18 miles away. He also warned about horseflies in July, stating that their bites actually tear bits of flesh off the body. Cahill reminisces about finding out-of-the-way geysers, rainbows shown in waterfalls, and even seeing moonbows in the waterfalls at night. Besides gathering information from Cahill’s encounters, he lists other books to get a better understanding of Yellowstone National Park.

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Geralyn B., Technical Services

 

Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Kathleen Winter
Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage

Kathleen Winter had recently packed a “getaway suitcase” in hopes of traveling when she received an invitation to be a writer on board a ship cruising the “Northwest Passage.” This educational voyage carried other resource staff such as marine biologists, geologists, birdwatchers, and cultural ambassadors (heritage). Kathleen was a long-time resident of Newfoundland, but now she was given the chance to travel closer to the Arctic Circle via Greenland, Baffin Bay, Beechey Island, Prince of Wales Island, King William Island, and Bathurst Inlet. This route was historically unsuccessfully travelled by Sir John Franklin and his entourage of two ships in 1845 in the hopes of finding a northern route “to the Orient.” Kathleen experienced setting foot on “ancient” land that indigenous people inhabited the best way they could, considering glacial melt was making their food sources (polar bears and seals) scarce. Unfortunately, she also experienced a panic when the ship ran aground. This happened because parts of the Northwest Passage were not charted or landmasses had shifted. Her journey's tale is told in Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage.

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Geralyn B., Technical Services

438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Jonathan Franklin
438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

Imagine surviving in the Pacific Ocean for 438 days!

Salvador Alvarenga’s story, 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin, reveals his tale of “resilience, will, ingenuity and determination” to survive drifting west 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Mexico to the Marshall Islands. Alvarenga was a shark fisherman who had to travel over 100 miles from shore to fill a cooler because oceans have been overfished. After setting 2,800 hooks, 4,000 pounds of fish brought a man about $150. Alvarenga, being very experienced, felt more at home on the sea, but gale force winds are never predictable.

Two fishermen left Costa Azul, Mexico on November 18, 2012 and one survivor drifted to shore on Tile Islet on January 29, 2014. Besides catching/storing fresh water and food, Alvarenga had to “survive” seeing & conversing with people after his time at sea. It was especially hard because the inhabitants where he landed didn’t speak Spanish. I felt like I was in his boat with a broken motor, catching and eating raw food, and staying out of the sun.

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Geralyn B., Technical Services

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