Friday, August 26, 2016

"Dog" days of Summer

August 26 is National Dog Day! Here are some titles to get you through these 'Dog Days' of Summer. 

Live and Let Growl by Laurien Berenson
Embarking on a road trip when Aunt Peg is appointed a judge at a Kentucky dog show, Melanie is horrified when a family friend, a former poodle exhibitor, suffers a fatal accident after old rivalries resurface at the expo center.

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff
Struggling with an unhinged boss, a girlfriend who wants someone better and an apartment that should be condemned, Jonathan agrees to look after his brother's dogs, who become his companions during perspective-changing daily walks to visit an alluring vet.

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Rowley has lovingly captured what it is like to be totally invested in caring for another life, another heart. This book is a true gift for anyone who has experienced the loss of a dog, but especially for those of us who have nursed a beloved dog through an illness even though you both knew it was going to be a losing battle.

Just Life by Neil Abramson
A NYC veterinarian operating a no-kill rescue shelter must keep her wits about her after a deadly, sweeping virus is believed to be carried and spread by dogs.

The Dog Who Saved Me by Susan Wilson
A grief-stricken Boston K-9 unit policeman turned animal-control officer struggles to rescue a traumatized dog gone feral at the same time he is challenged to prove that his delinquent older brother has returned to the drug business.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fall Glenviewings Film Series

With our summer film season now behind us, here's a LOOK ahead at what's coming this fall in our Glenviewings film series.

Sing Street (106min/PG-13/2016)

Sunday, September 11, 1:30 PM

An irresistible musical about a boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s. Through the power of music, he escapes his strained family life and starts a band to impress and win the heart of a mysterious and beautiful girl.

Born to Be Blue (97min/R/2016)
Friday, September 16, 2 & 6:30 PM

 The tumultuous life of trumpeter Chet Baker, often called the “James Dean of Jazz,” is reimagined with wit, verve, and plenty of rhythm. In this weaving of fact and fiction, Ethan Hawke illuminates the screen with the improvisational genius of a great jazz riff. Come for the story, stay for the music.

Maggie’s Plan (98min/R/2016)
Sunday, October 16, 1:30 PM

In this terrifically fun, sophisticated urban drama, a young woman (Greta Gerwig) is longing to start a family. She falls in love with a married man (Ethan Hawke), then devises a strategy to reunite him with his former wife (Julianne Moore) three years later.

The Meddler (100min/PG-13/2016)
Friday, October 21, 2 & 6:30 PM

Lonely and heartbroken, an aging widow from New York City (Susan Sarandon) follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after the death of her husband. She begins interfering with her daughter’s life, but soon meets other people who are more in need of her assistance, giving her a new purpose in life.

Theeb  (100min/2015)
Sunday, November 13, 1:30 PM

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age. He embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to a secret destination. Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Eye in the Sky (102min/R/2015)
Friday, November 18, 2 & 6:30 PM

Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone. An international dispute is triggered over the moral implications of modern warfare.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Love + Bugs + Coyotes = Strong Women

When people come to the Reader's Services desk and give me carte blanche to pick out a good book for them, my go-to book is Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.  Why?  Because the story is beautifully written and intertwined with the lives of four brave and strong females.  Taking place in Appalachia, Deanna is a forest ranger who hasn't had much human contact in the last two years.  She is surprised one day when she discovers a den of coyotes and a couple of days later encounters a man who comes knocking on her cabin door.  He's there to hunt the coyotes and in the process steals Deanna's heart.  Just down the mountain Lusa is desperately trying to acclimate to her new role as the widow of a farmer.  Having found herself in unfamiliar territory of all kinds, this New York entomologist is suddenly faced with having to defend her land claim for the farm against her sisters-in-law.  Just down the road a little further, elderly Nannie is feuding with the old man next door about everything from God, pesticides, and how complicated the world has become around them.

Prodigal Summer is rich in flora and fauna, placing us in the midst of these women who take on challenges, strive to mend their broken hearts, and stand for what they believe in.  The strength of the female characters is extraordinary as their stories unfold.  Even the insects remind us that without strong females, there is no existence.  Join Deanna, Lusa, and Nannie as their lives come together in an end that will not disappoint you.  Oh, and the fourth strong and persevering female that brings the story together?  That would be the female coyote -- who is the matriarch of her pack -- as she brings coyotes back to the region after they had been hunted out of existence.

Definitely a book to read when the heat of summer leaves with the need to read.  It'll also fulfill these Bingo squares: Good for a Book Discussion, Recommended By a Friend (me), or Romance.

For other outstanding Barbara Kingsolver books, check out The Bean Trees, The Poisonwood Bible, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

-- KF

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Check out what's new in Spanish

For those of us who like to read in a second language or maybe it is your first, here is a short list of some new titles in our Spanish collection.  Ask at the desk where they are and check one out today. Not sure what to read, we can recommend something.

En la toscana te espero by Olivia Ardey

El milagro probiótico: la guía definitiva para restaurar tu salud de adentro hacia afuera by Michelle Schoffro Cook

Mujeres fuertes y los hombres que las aman by Tom Lane

Mejora tu salud de poquito a poco by Juan Rivera

El tiempo entre suturas by Saturnina Gallardo

Gesell dome by Guillermo Saccomanno

Sunday, August 14, 2016

While You're Waiting for "The Nest" by Cynthia D'aprix Sweeney...

The Nest by Cynthia D'aprix Sweeney is currently one of the hottest titles at the library. Not only is it a New York Times bestseller, but many book clubs seem to be choosing this title for their discussions.

The Nest is the story of the spectacularly dysfunctional Plumb family. Suddenly faced with the dismantling of a long-awaited trust fund (“The Nest”), Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with years of old resentments and present-day truths as they come together to try and untangle the messes they have made in their lives.

For more books that deal with the interaction of families under pressure, you might try one of the following fiction titles:

Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian

After a decade of spending a delightful summer week at their country house in New Hampshire, the members of the extended Seton family are confronted by a terrible accident, testing the values and relationships that hold them together.

When their younger sibling returns, the three oldest Blair children find their lives disrupted in ways they could have never imagined as they each tell their story that is interwoven with portraits of their family at crucial points in their history.

The Vacationers  by Emma Staub
Celebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary and their daughter's high-school graduation during a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts, and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they try to conceal.

The Red House by Mark Haddon
Eight members of a family gather in the English countryside where fading dreams, rising hopes and tightly guarded secrets are all brought to light.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Go for the Gold!

With the Olympics now in full swing, there's plenty of fiction novels about the games (or Olympians in the games). Here's a list of some the latest ones available. Bonus: also stop in the library and look for our latest 'Timely Topics' display on Brazilian Fiction - books set in Brazil - just to get in your in the spirit of the Rio games!

The Games by James Patterson
Two years ago Jack Morgan--the head of the renowned worldwide investigation firm Private--was in charge of security for the World Cup. During the championship match, the action nearly spilled from the field into the stands. Fortunately, Jack and his Private team averted disaster on soccer's biggest stage. Now he has returned to Rio to secure the Olympics. But before the torch is lit, the threats come fast and furious when Jack discovers that someone in Brazil will stop at nothing to sabotage the games. As the opening ceremonies near, Jack must sprint to the finish line to defuse a lethal plot set in motion during the World Cup that could decimate Rio, and turn the Olympics from a worldwide celebration into a deadly spectacle.

Don't Tell Me You're Afraid by Giuseppe Catozzella
A U.S. release of a best-selling tale from Italy, based on a remarkable true story, follows the experiences of a heroic Somali girl who trains to become a world-class runner in her war-stricken country and risks her life on a migrant journey to Europe so that she can compete in the Olympic Games.

You Will Know Me by Megan E. Abbott
When a violent death rocks her close-knit gymnastics community weeks before an important competition, the mother of an Olympic hopeful works frantically to hold her family together in spite of being irresistibly drawn to the crime.

Last Chance Llama Ranch by Hilary Fields
When a close encounter with an eighty-foot spruce steals Merry Manning's dreams of Olympic gold, the former ski champ finds herself falling into a career she never expected -- the life of a travel writer. Picturing glamorous trips to exotic places, Merry is speechless when her boss assigns her to the blog, "Don't Do What I Did," and sends her to a middle-of-nowhere llama ranch with instructions to "fall on her fanny" as often as possible. Soon she's eyeball-deep in alpacas, llamas, goats, and all the mess that comes with them. But when the Last Chance Llama Ranch -- and a certain gruff cowboy-- start to grow on her, Merry finds that each life might actually be just what she's been missing.

The Peerless Four by Victoria Patterson
The Canadian women's track and field team meets many challenges at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, the first games in which women were allowed to compete in track and field.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Gramophone Hall of Fame - 2016

The following artists have been chosen to join the Gramophone Hall of Fame for the year 2016 because of their influence on the classical music recording industry.

Friedrich Gulda (Pianist)
Born on May 16, 1930 in Vienna, Austria.
Died on January 27, 2000 Steinbach am Attersee, Austria.
Guilda worked in both classical and jazz music.

Gundula Janowitz (Soprano)
Born on August 2, 1937 in Berlin, Germany.
Grew up in Granz, Austria and became a naturalized Austrian.
She is a lyric soprano singer of opera, oratorios and concert recitals.

Dame Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Born on February 26, 1949 in Camberley, Surry, England, UK.
She is an English soprano who specializes in early music.  She was appointed Dame in 2007.

Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichordist and Conductor)
Born on May 30, 1928 in 's-Graveland, North Holland.
Died on January 16, 2012 in Amsterdam.
He was a renowned keyboard player, conductor, musicologist, teach and editor.  He was instrumental in the movement to perform music on period instruments.

Yevgeny Mravinsky (Conductor)
Born in 1903.
Died in 1988.
He conducted the Leningrad Philharmonic from 1938-88.

Eugene Ormandy (Conductor)
Born Jeno Blau on November 18, 1899 in Budapest, Austria-Hungry.
Died on March 12, 1985 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He was a conductor and violinist who became the music director and conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 44 years.  The Philadelphia Orchestra had three gold records and won two Grammy Awards during his time with them.

Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo-Soprano)
Born on May 9, 1955 in Stockholm, Sweden.
She made her professional operatic debut in 1983 at the Basel Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1985, La Scale in 1987 and Metropolitan Opera in December 1988.  Her recording of Grieg songs won the 1993 Gramophone Record of the Year.

Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichordist and Conductor)
Born on December 16, 1946 in England.
He was associated with The English Concert, former artistic director of Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra and founded The Classical Band in New York.  He won a Gramophone Award for his recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos with the European Brandenburg Ensemble.

Grigory Sokolov (Pianist)
Born in 1950 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
He won the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Jon Vickers (Tenor)
Born Jonathan Stewart Vickers on October 29, 1926 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Died on July 10, 2015 in Ontario, Canada.
In 1960 he joined the Metropolitan Opera.  In 1968 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada and received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 1998.