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In a Lonely Place

Do you have a penchant for desperate men who chain smoke and wear fedoras while they cling to hopeless lives? The library has black and white noir classics full those colorful characters.

"In a Lonely Place" stars Humphrey Bogart as a screenwriter. You may think a Bogie film you haven't heard of is a dud, but this has fine acting and a non-formulaic plot. Bogart's character is plagued by alcohol and uncontrollable rage. The femme fatale...

Win Win

 

There were no Oscar nods to this offbeat, funny and touching film yet it in every way "Win Win" should have won won. Struggling attorney and part-time high school wrestling coach, Mike, ( Paul Giamatti)  comes up with a strategy to solve his financial woes and benefit all...or does he? A simple story, super sound track and stellar cast make for one good movie night. And family, we learn,...

Sherlock

 

Enjoy a good mystery? Find that a British accent really adds credence to a detective? Then try these in your DVD player.
SLCL carries several different versions of this books-into-TV series. No matter which actress plays her, Miss Marple is always pretending to be a bird-witted old lady, when in fact there's a very sharp mind behind the white hair and...
Wild Flag

 

It seems that everybody's jibber-jabbering about this Adele lady. Oh, Adele won 6 Grammy awards, oh Adele has the voice of an angel. OK, I'll concede that Adele is a gifted female vocalist, but where are the gifted female rockers? Where are the ladies kicking out the jams? Pop music as a whole seems somewhat diluted, softer and safer; are we reverting to the pre-punk 70s?

Hey, wait. Did you hear the new CD by...

The Beginner's GoodbyeThe Beginner's Goodbye

 

Anne Tyler is known for her novels featuring quirky characters struggling with close relationships. She writes with humor and sympathy about imperfect people making tentative steps towards their goals. Her novels are primarily set in Baltimore and focus on the everyday lives of people experiencing challenges in dealing with friends and family. Tyler won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for "Breathing Lessons." Some of her other...

[Nightwoods

 

Fans of Charles Frazier will be pleased to know his latest novel, Nightwoods, contains many of the features that made his previous bestseller, Cold Mountain, such a hit: epic landscapes, a perilous journey and, of course, a love story.

Frazier returns to the mountains...

The Dog Ate It

 

Our family dog, Sophie, is a yellow lab mix who loves food of all kinds but oddly enough, not dog bones. I decided that if I could buy treats from a store for her instead, why couldn't I make them at home? That way I know exactly what's in them and I can make sure they're both good and good for her. Here are four books that can start you off right down the road of delightful dog food at home.

Bringing up Bebe

 

Contrasting parenting styles is a hot topic in recent books. The latest of these is "Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting." Author Pamela Druckerman writes about raising a baby in Paris. She is astonished to observe how well-behaved French children are in restaurants. She does not see children interrupting their parents or refusing to eat, and she...

 

 

It's getting time for me to think about buying my next car. This one is 13-years-old. It has served me well, but if I want to get anything for it in trade, I need to act. Unfortunately, I still have books to read.

I shouldn't say read, I should say, I still have books to listen to. On tape. My car has a tape player which a new car will not have because the medium is quite obsolete.

Why do I have books on tape? Well, since the medium is obsolete, books on tape are easy to obtain! At garage sales and estate sales they are very inexpensive. In fact, I...

Justinian's Flea

 

Justinian's Flea by William Rosen chronicles the Byzantine Empire under Emperor Justinian. From his collection of law into the Justinian Code to the military victories under his general Belisarius, the author gives a detailed history of an era under one of the few...

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