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Chronicle

 

 In the midst of all the summer blockbuster superhero movies, "Chronicle" may just slip under your radar. I can assure you that it is not to be missed if you are a fan, obsessed or casual, of the superhero and/or sci-fi genre.  

The movie centers around three characters: loner Andrew, his cousin Matt, and a fellow student and popular football star, Steve. The three bond...

Titanic, First Accounts

 

The 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking rekindled my captivation with the tragedy. I watched a lot of the TV specials, and read one book: "Titanic, First Accounts" edited with an introduction by Tim...

Adult Reading Club

 

Summer reading clubs aren't just for kids! The library offers an Adult Reading Club too, which means the whole family can read together this summer.

The Adult Reading Club kicks-off on May 29 with an outer space theme: "Step Into New Worlds." Reading logs with lots of great sci-fi reading suggestions will be given to participants at sign-up. Individuals who complete the club will be entered into a drawing to win gift cards from Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks and the St. Louis Bread Company. Other prizes include Mary Engelbreit tote bags, signed first editions...

Teens at the Jamestown Bluffs branch created poetry for National Poetry Month in April. At a "poetry station" they shared their words, rhymes and thoughts. Here are some of the fabulous words they left behind:

Come darkness, Come light
Thou both mark day and night, life and death
Here and now.
______

Life may only seem and
Look as a dream. But you
Have the faith to know
It's all real. Go for any and
...

Remembering MCA (Adam Yauch)

 

I would be remiss in not mentioning the passing of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys who died on May 4 of throat cancer at the age of 47. The Beast Boys were a band I knew since the release of "License to Ill" in 1987, but I wasn't into rap, so I discounted the value of the music they made.  It wasn't until the mid-1990s that I actually started listening to their music and I quickly regretted not taking them seriously from the beginning. I guess it was easy to dismiss them since their first hit was titled "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)" They struck me as...

How Do You Do by Mayer Hawthorne

 

Mayer Hawthorne, a 33-year-old singer from Ann Arbor, MI, started off as a rapper and was toying with the Motown Sound when a  record producer heard him and immediately signed him to a contract. Hawthorne has released two albums, "A Strange Arrangement" in 2009 and "...

Wild Child by TC Boyle

 

I picked up Wild Child and other stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle from the Playaway display, not even noticing that it was a collection of short stories. I just saw the author's name and figured it would be...

Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak

 

Growing up in the rural Midwest, my family had to pay the yearly membership fee to use the local library and man, did we all get our money's worth!  While I found our library to be a great place to find books and movies, my ravenous appetite for books had not yet been developed. That all changed when I randomly added "Outside Over There" by Maurice Sendak to my basket.

I...

Wild Nights by Joyce Carol Oates

 

When you encounter the obsessions of an aged, fictional Mark Twain, you realize you've entered the unsettling twilight zone of Joyce Carol Oates. Frightening danger lurks throughout her novel, "Wild Nights," subtitled as "stories about the last days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James and Hemingway."

However, she isn't recreating the last days of their historic lives; instead, she's imagining a...

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

Charlotte Rogan's debut novel "The Lifeboat" is a good bet for readers who enjoy psychological drama. As the book opens Grace Winter is on trial for murder. Readers learn how she arrived in this situation from her recollections and her trial.

Newlyweds Grace and Henry were crossing the Atlantic on a luxury ocean liner....

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