Kathleen Z.

Saving Grace (DVD)

Friday, May 29, 2009

This movie is a laugh-out-loud, silly, light-hearted British comedy.It won the Audience Prize in the World Cinema section at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.Craig Ferguson plays an aimless Scottish gardener who tries to help Grace, the lady of the manor house, when her husband unexpectedly dies and leaves her deep in debt.They use Grace’s green thumb and her green house to grow a crop of marijuana with the intention to sell it to pay off Grace’s debts.Most everything goes awry and that is where the comedy lies.The characters are all likeable if not lovable, even the “bad” guys.It is rated R because of the subject matter and the language, so I would not recommend it for children.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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The Chase

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Clive Cussler

For years I have been a fan of Clive Cussler’s novels with his character of Dirk Pitt. So I thought I would try this novel which is a period piece with the main character, Isaac Bell, as a larger-than-life detective. Set in 1906 in the western U.S. Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency chases down the most ingenious and ruthless bank robber in history. Much like watching an Indiana Jones movie or reading a Dirk Pitt novel, you must suspend your belief about one man not being able to withstand all of the predicaments that confront him – one after the other. Using the setting and time period in the old west this story weaves a tale of fantastic adventure and nonstop action.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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The New Earth

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Eckhart Tolle

Tolle is able to take complex concepts about enlightenment, human nature and behavior and weave in examples from the Bible, Buddhism, Taoism, as well as history’s greatest thinkers and artists. His skill at tying all of this together is very impressive. He thoroughly describes all the facets of living a life with presence and awareness, rather than living out the roles and inner thoughts by which we have come to define ourselves. Some of his terminology can be challenging, but he usually gives clear definitions as he goes along. For example, his explanation of a human being: Human is "...the functions you fulfill, whatever you do--all that belongs to the human dimension". Being is "found in the still, alert presence of Consciousness itself, the Consciousness that you are." "Human is form. Being is formless. Human and Being are not separate but interwoven."

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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Airborn (Book on CD)

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Kenneth Oppel

A creatively original Victorian era fantasy where airships are one of the major modes of transportation.The style has been compared to that of Jules Verne with adventures, storms, pirates, strange creatures and a bit of romance.The descriptions of the airships makes it possible to believe that they really existed.The last 1/3 of the book is a “page-turner’ with non-stop action.A very captivating fantasy written for upper elementary age readers, but also a “great read” for adults, too.

Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director

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A Walk in the Woods

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Bill Bryson

This is a humorous and entertaining descriptive narrative of Bryson’s experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail in the 1990s. It also includes great background about the history, wildlife, and fragile environment of the Appalachian Trail, one of Eastern America’s treasured wilderness areas.

Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director

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Kira-Kira (Book on CD)

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Cynthia Kadohata

This 2005 Newbery Medal winner is written for a middle and high school audience, it will also appeal to adults.The Japanese-American Takeshima family moves from Iowa to Georgia in the 1950s when Katie, the narrator, is in kindergarten.The sense of time and place is vividly portrayed as Katie’s older sister, Lynn, teaches her to have a positive outlook on life no matter what is happening around them.Kira - Kira means shining or glittering in Japanese.Despite the hardships, grief and the prejudice the family experiences, they are able to support each other and maintain a loving and stable home.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (Book on CD)

Friday, December 12, 2008
Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell describes dramatic transformation of changes such as unknown books into bestsellers, as epidemics. In one of his examples, he describes Paul Revere as a “Connector” and a “Maven” who knew almost everyone in the region and had much information about the British.This is why he was able to galvanize the forces of resistance so effectively which may have been a major “tipping point” in the revolutionary war.A few people can make a big difference in the world if certain factors fall in place.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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Traveler (Audiobook)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Ron McLarty
Traveler (Audiobook)

McLarty is able to bring his boyhood hometown of East Providence, RI to life as the main character Jono Reilly, goes back there when he gets notice that his first childhood love, Marie D'Agostino, has died suddenly. 40 years previously she had been shot in the back while walking through a field with Jono. It was a mystery. A motive was never determined and her assailant has never been found. He reopens the investigation with the help of a retired cop. McLarty's characters and settings are vivid and engaging.

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Kathleen Z., Administration

 

My Life as a Fake (Audiobook)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Peter Carey

This award-winning Australian writer spins a tale that feels like it moves you through a surreal labyrinth. He is gifted at making his exotic settings and eccentric characters captivating. The plot around the central theme of a literary hoax jumps back and forth through four time frames 1938, WWII, 1972 and 1983 and in four locations, England, Australia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It’s a bit quirky and disjointed, but a beguiling story.

Kathleen Z, Library Director
 
 
 

The Memory of Running (Audiobook)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Ron McLarty

Smithson Ide is a 43 year-old, 279 pound hard-drinking single man who suddenly finds himself on a cross-country “quest” via bicycle after both of his parents are killed in a car accident. The story of his boyhood and his beloved teenage sister’s descent into mental illness and eventual disappearance unfold as he makes his way from the east coast to the west coast by bicycle. While his many encounters along the way require the reader to believe that Smithy has a superhuman ability to survive, the characters and the stories they weave are worth the journey.

Kathleen Z, Library Director
 

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