Archive for April, 2013

This morning we added to our shelves:

We will be adding later this week:

  • Promised Land
  • A Haunted House



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It is not that odd to have books with identical titles. For example, there is the….

Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston
Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell
Book of the Dead by Tanith Lee
Book of the Dead by Robert Richardson
Book of the Dead by Ashley McConnell

What is  unusual is to have two books with identical titles come out on the same day.

Earlier this month Life After Life was published. One by Jill McCorkle and one by Kate Atkinson. Despite the same name, the books are very different.life 2


McCorkle’s Life After Life The Pine Haven retirement center is home to a collection of uniquely different characters.  There’s retired third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, a prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town’s self-appointed conveyor of social status, who keeps a scrapbook of every local murder and heinous crime; Rachel Silverman, recently widowed, whose decision to leave her Massachusetts home and settle at Pine Haven is a puzzle to everyone but her; C.J., the pierced and tattooed young mother who runs the beauty shop; and Joanna Lamb, the hospice volunteer who discovers that her path to a good life lies in helping people achieve good deaths.  Each character 
begins to connect with another, they explore the various events in the lives and their experiences of death. Life After Life is a testament to life, and death, and especially the ways others touch our lives and live on in our hearts and memories long after they have passed on.

Atkinson’s Life After Life(Life After Life, large print)  The tag line is “What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? ” The book opens on a cold and snowy night in 1910. Ursula Todd is born dead, the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.  Chapter two opens with Ursula Todd born again, same time, same place , but this time the doctor arrives in time and she is saved. And so it goes. Ursula lives and dies and lives and dies, sometimes with vague memories of past lives, sometimes a lot more.  All this is set in England during the two World Wars. We see how Ursula’s choices affect her, those around her, and–so boldly–the fate of the 20th-century world.   Kate Atkinson is also the author of the Jackson Brodie mysteries (Case Histories).

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Available for checkout today:

Django Unchained 

A Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

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Hyde-Park-on-Hudson-poster-imageOne of our new feature films here at the library is Hyde Park on the Hudson starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney.

When Franklin Roosevelt invited England’s King George VI for a visit to the United States, the significance of the invitation did not go unnoticed. No reigning British Monarch had ever set foot on American soil, not even in colonial times.  This movie is an engaging and romantic look at that visit in 1939.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor hosted the King and Queen of England for a weekend at their home in upstate New York.  This visit had to be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal trip an unforgettable one. Hyde Park of Hudson is a charming and fresh look at true events and the mysteries of love and friendship, from the acclaimed director of Notting Hill.

I had read years ago that Eleanor served hot dogs to the King and Queen of England on the front porch of the cottage. The press made a great deal about the hotdogs and the picnic made the front page of the New York Times.  I wonder if the picnic made it into the movie!  –  Laura

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This DVD set is the 10-hour, five-part miniseries that was shown on the History Channel, portraying some of the best-known stories from Noah’s Ark and the Exodus to Daniel in the Lion’s Den to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

As one reviewer wrote if you are looking for an objective, history-oriented discussion of the Bible and its overall impact on humanity, that is not what this is.  However, as a interesting and/or entertaining Judeo-Christian themed interpretation of Bible stories, you might find this worth watching.

A word of caution.  There is a lot in the Bible that is simply unsuitable for small children: rape, torture, genocide, graphic battle scenes.  Some of that is shown here.  Some reviewers are giving this DVD set a PG-14 rating.

The most common criticism I have seen about this DVD set is that so much of the Bible is left out, but overall, the reviews are been very favorable.  Here’s a link to place a hold. Bible

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We’ve added lots of  new DVDs to the shelves today. A mix of nonfiction, TV series and a feature film.So rather than give you a long list,  I’ll highlight some of them over the coming week.

There are four new PBS DVDs available.

American Experience: Death and the Civil War.   Based on the best-selling book by Drew Gilpin Faust, this film explores how the American Civil War created a “republic of suffering” and the far-reaching social, political, and social changes brought about by the pervasive presence and fear of death during the Civil War.

Orangutan Diaries.  Deep in the Borneo rainforest, a dedicated team of vets and caretakers have a massive and emotional task ahead of them: to rescue and nurse back to health the jungle’s 600 vulnerable orangutans. Presented by Steve Leonard and Michaela Strachan, this is an emotional rollercoaster ride through the lives of both the humans and the animals of the orangutan orphanage.

Secrets of Highclere Castle. This is the real setting of the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey.” See how life was – and is – lived in Highclere Castle. It may be more famous now than any time in its 1,300-year history.

The Complete Inspector Lewis  Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.  Unbelievably complicated plots filmed in beautiful Oxford, England.

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We added one new movie today:   Hemingway

Place a hold here.

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