Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Mary Shelley

Starring: Elle Fanning

We all know the story of Frankenstein, even if we haven’t seen the movie or read Mary Shelley’s book, we all have at least an understanding. But have you ever considered the origins of the book? It was written by a young woman in 1818! First of all, there were few women authors during that time and even fewer woman authors that were only 21 years old!

This movie will open your eyes to the lifestyles in London during the 1800s. To me, it seems a lot like the 1960s in America and Europe. Mary’s life was not easy then, but it was also on the wild side. This move was very well done and Elle Fanning does a great job as Mary Shelley. The move inspired me to do some research on Mary Shelley and to finally read Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus.

Beckie H.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

44 Charles Street


The plumbing was prone to leaks, the furniture rescued from garage sales. Now Francesca, newly separated from her lawyer boyfriend Todd, is desperate. The owner of a struggling art gallery, and suddenly the sole mortgage payer on her Greenwich Village townhouse, Francesca does the math and then the unimaginable. She puts out an advertisement for boarders.

First comes Eileen, a New York City schoolteacher. Then there’s Chris, a young father struggling with a troubled ex-wife and the challenge of parenting a seven-year-old son who visits every other weekend. The final tenant is Marya, a celebrated cookbook author hoping to start a new chapter in her life after the death of her husband. As Francesca’s art gallery begins to find its footing and Todd moves on to another woman, she discovers that her accidental tenants have become the most important people in her life. 

~Crystal

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

The Best of Us

by Robyn Carr

Followers of this blog will know that I am a huge Robyn Carr fan. I devour every book she writes.

Her latest book “The Best of Us” is just as engrossing as all her other books. In this book the main character, Dr. Leigh Culver falls in love with a wonderful guy and they run into a predicament. She hopes her aunt (who is more like her mother) will help her with this issue but she declines. Carr continues to incorporate characters from her previous books into her new books and the books always have a great ending.

Beckie H.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

God Bless The Broken Road

from the director of "God's Not Dead" - Rated PG

A young woman, Amber,  loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to meet her financial obligations and raise their daughter.  While Amber’s faith falters, the daughter’s  faith stays strong.

Amber won’t accept help or advice from her church, her mother-in-law or anyone else. Things finally get to a critical point and she reaches out to the only one who can help her.

Dixie

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Eighth Grave After Dark

by Darynda Jones

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick.


~Crystal

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Friday, January 18, 2019

What Was That All About? : 20 Years Of Strips And Stories

by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

I’m a big fan of ZITS (the comic strip not the skin condition) and I’ve never read a ZITS book I didn’t like. 

This is the newest in a long line of ZITS collections. Jeremy is one of the most loveable teenagers ever. 

The antics of he and his friends and family never fail to crack me up.

Dixie

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Apartment

by Danielle Steel

They come together by chance in the heart of New York City, four young women at turning points in their lives. Their shared life in the apartment turns them into a family of beloved friends.

But as unexpected opportunities and challenges alter the course of each of their lives, they face the bittersweet reality that in time, they will inevitably move away from the place where their dreams began.

~Crystal

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Egypt's Sister

by Angela Hunt

I love historical fiction by Angela Hunt.  This one involves the real historical characters of Cleopatra, Caesar, and Mark Anthony.

Told from the perspective of Chava, a Jewish girl who is best friends with the girl who will one day become Cleopatra. Their friendship is strong and Chava believes God has ordained this friendship to last a lifetime. She finds out however, that once her friend becomes royalty, things change in ways she would never have imagined.

Dixie

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Monday, January 14, 2019

The Martian

By Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive. 

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit — he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next.

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Witches: Salem 1692

By Stacy Schiff

In 1692, at the edge of the New England wilderness, an entire village went insane.

Everyone knows the story: The pre-teen daughters of the local minister are mysteriously overcome by convulsions, their uncontrollable screaming sending the superstitious community into fear and confusion. Lacking other explanations, Satanic influence is suspected, and accusations of witchcraft soon fly. The town is pitted against itself, and by the time the hysteria fades, 19 men and women are hanged.

But what actually happened? The Witches: Salem, 1692 steps back from more than three centuries of hyperbole and supposition, giving us our most complete account yet.

Mike

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Craft-A-Day

by Sarah Goldschadt

These are very simple crafts that would be great for younger kids.

Each week of the year has a theme ie: fox, whale, bunny, clouds. These are affordable, scissors and glue crafts.

Basics like gift tags, ornaments, finger puppets and garlands.

Dixie


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Friday, December 21, 2018

Wishful Drinking


by Carrie Fisher

In honor of the 2 year anniversary of her passing, I'm recommending you read one of my favorite memoirs, "Wishful Drinking" by Carrie Fisher. I've loved Carrie over the years more for her wit and humor than for her roles in Star Wars, and I find this book to be a perfect summary of her personality.

Filled with her trademark sardonic humor as well as personal photographs and stories, this book is the perfect mix of humble, heart-warming, and hilarious. If you've never looked past Star Wars and given Carrie's writing a chance, this is the perfect place to start.

Mike

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Book Club


Directed by: Bill Holderman

With: Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenbergen, Diane Keaton

Of course, working in a library, I would be attracted to a movie titled “Book Club”. This movie is full of big name actors and a comedy that does not disappoint. Four women have been holding a book club in each of their homes for 40 years. They each in turn choose the book to be read that month. One book changes all their lives, in a positive way that you might not expect if I were to tell you the title. This is a feel good movie, not necessarily a “chick flick” (my husband liked it too) that I think you will also enjoy.

Beckie

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Man Who Invented Christmas

With: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce

This movie is based on the actual events that influenced and shaped the Charles Dickens story “A Christmas Carol”. Dickens inspiration for character names, events and the ever elusive ending to the tale. There are some surprising details that I haven’t fact checked but seem entirely possible for the time the story was written, which make this movie even more fascinating. This movie was excellently executed in very way and anyone that has ever seen or read “A Christmas Carol” will thoroughly enjoy this movie.

Beckie H.