Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Morocco in Fiction

Full of mystery and mysticism, here are some reads that take you back to one thousand and one nights!

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
After being robbed of her wallet and passport while on a mysterious trip to Morocco, a woman feels a strange freedom of being stripped of her identity and soon begins pretending to be a well-known film star.

The Blue Hour by Douglas Kennedy
Reluctantly agreeing to accompany her artsy intellectual husband during a month-long trip to Morocco, meticulous accountant Robin delights in regional culture and hopes to become pregnant only to be wrongly implicated in her husband's disappearance.

The Forgiven by Lawrence Osbourne
A couple in a deteriorating relationship are involved in a fatal car accident on their way to an annual wild party at a friend's house deep in the Moroccan desert and must deal with the repercussions.

The Happy Marriage by Tahar Ben Jelloun
The story of one couple - the husband, a painter in Casablanca, has been paralyzed by a stroke at the very height of his career and becomes convinced that his marriage is the sole reason for his decline. Walled up within his illness and desperate to break free of a deeply destructive relationship, he finds escape in writing a secret book about his hellish marriage. When his wife finds it, she responds point by point with her own version of the facts, offering her own striking and incisive reinterpretation of their story.

The Storyteller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
Each year, Hassan, the storyteller, gathers listeners to the city square to explore the mysterious disappearance of a young foreign couple through recollections and witness descriptions in the hope of finding new details that absolve his brother of the crime.

Secret Son by Laila Lalami
Follows Youssef El Mekki's journey from a childhood in poverty with his mother on the streets of Casablanca to a life of luxury with his father and back again.

Monday, November 6, 2017

After THOR: RAGNAROK, Try...

Marvel's latest offering handily dominated the post-Halloween box office this last weekend. If you loved Ragnarok's blend of sci-fi, fantasy, and humor, you may be interested in checking these items out.

Big Trouble in Little China - a clueless trucker finds himself in the middle of an occult ritual and a supernatural battle between good and evil. Plenty of magic and weirdness, and tons of laughs.

Midnight Run - After an accountant steals millions from the mob, he's sent on a cross-country journey to evade the mob, the FBI, and bounty hunters. The director of Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi) listed this buddy crime comedy caper as one of his inspirations for his film.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Another intergalactic road trip full of goofs and gags, this classic book was also turned into a film.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Check out the director of Ragnarok's previous feature film. This coming of age story features a wild chase through the New Zealand bush.

Norse Mythology: Looking for the source of Thor's adventures? Check out Neil Gaiman's latest take on retelling the old Norse myths. This bestseller is a fun, quick way to bring ancient mythology back to the present.

Thor Comics : Or why not check out some actual Thor comics? This series in particular is referenced quite heavily in Ragnarok - especially volume 3.

Stop by the Reader Services or Audiovisual desks for even more suggestions. You might also love our "On the Road" list of films located here.

For Your Sweet Tooth

Candy is Magic: Real Ingredients, Modern Recipes by Jami Curl, the owner of the Quin Candy Company in Portland, Oregon, is passionate on the subject of candy, and her cookbook promises to teach readers the behind-the-scenes sleight of hand necessary to make great candy at home. Curl uses real ingredients (such as fruit flavorings that come from actual fruit) in gumdrops, caramels, and lollipops. People who are timid about candy-making will find Curl’s detailed instructions encouraging. Her lesson on making caramel—a task that can put fear into the heart of even the most stalwart cook. Take a look at Candy is Magic: Real Ingredients, Modern Recipes by Jami Curl

Readers can learn to make lollipops, gumdrops and marshmallows, all using fruit purees made from scratch. And on days when candy making seems like too much, there are simpler recipes, including homemade colored and flavored sugar sprinkles, peanut butter hot fudge sauce, and a pan of s’mores made with homemade marshmallows. Balancing kid-friendly lollipop flavors (peach, caramel) are Pinot Gris and Rosé, ones for those with more mature palates. Unique flavor combinations can be found throughout the book, and include coffee, orange, and smoked salt caramels, and iced tea and lemonade gumdrops. Curl’s enthusiasm for her craft makes this cookbook a pleasure to read; she is the ideal coach for would-be candy makers. These homemade treats would make great gifts. Here is an NPR review of this deliciously sweet book.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Raising Bertie

We're screening the film Raising Bertie this Sunday, November 5 @ 1:30pm. Not only that but we're fortunate to have the film's director, Margaret Byrne, here to introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward. We feel lucky to have this relationship with the outstanding Chicago based Kartemquim Films as Raising Bertie is a powerful documentary that follows three young African-American boys over the course of six years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, North Carolina. The film offers a rare in-depth look at the issues facing America's rural youth and the complex relationships between generational poverty, educational equity and race. The library has a good collection of other Kartemquin films on DVD that you can borrow in the AV ROOM and watch some of these other filmmakers great work:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 

Life Itself 

Trials of Muhammad Ali 

The Homestretch 

The Interrupters 

Prisoner of Her Past 

At the Death House Door


Opera Lecture Series II - Fall/Winter

Glenview Public Library Opera Lecture
Given by the Opera Lovers Lecture Corps
Thursdays 7:00-8:30 pm

Turandot by Giacomo Puccini (November 30) (Community Room East)
The story is set in China and involves Prince Calaf, who falls in love with the cold Princess Turandot. To obtain permission to marry her, a suitor has to solve three riddles; any wrong answer results in death. Calaf passes the test, but Turandot still refuses to marry him.

I Puritani by Vincenzo Bellini (January 18) (Multipurpose Room)
I Puritani takes place in 17th-century England, in which a passionate couple find themselves caught up in a conflict between opposing political factions.

Cosi Fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (February 8) (Multipurpose Room)
Subtitled “The School for Lovers,” it starts out with a cynical philosopher’s (Alfonso) bet with two of his friends (Ferrando and Guglielmo) that their fiances (Dorabella and Fiordiligi) can’t remain faithful for 24 hours.

Faust by Charles Gounod (February 22) (Multipurpose Room)
Bored with life, the aging philosopher Faust would give anything to be young again. Enter the devil’s disciple with the answer to his prayers. He falls in love with the innocent Marguerite, with disastrous consequences.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Lisa Lutz

Looking for something light, humorous, and a little mysterious? Try author Lisa Lutz. Her mystery series, starting with The Spellman Files, features 28-year-old Izzy Spellman, unlucky in love and working for the family detective agency. Izzy wants to strike out on her own, but first must solve a fifteen-year-old cold case. She also must avoid the surveillance from her offbeat and sometimes snoopy family. Fast-paced and zany, these books are just the thing to help lift your mood.

Monday, October 30, 2017

A not so-scary Halloween and fun for the whole family

Having a 19 and 10 year old in the house means never being able to agree on a movie. Here is a list of flicks with fun Halloween scenes and themes. Not too scary and perfect for family movie night. So after trick or treating, sit back with your candy, relax and watch. Enjoy the time together!

Karate Kid
Mean Girls
American Splendor (rated R for language)
Never Been Kissed
Hocus Pocus
Mr. Mom