Monday, September 25, 2017

Mix-It Up, Romance-Style

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Check out these romance titles, great for every romantic taste!

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas
Returning to town two years after marrying a man of whom her family disapproves, rebellious heiress Haven Travis is determined to never again fall for the wrong man, until she meets Hardy Cates, a sexy Texan who is an enemy of her family.

The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas
Louisa Cantwell, who must marry a wealthy man in order to support her sisters, is drawn to Felix Rivendale, the mysterious Marquess of Wrenworth, but resists because she knows that he cannot be trusted.
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
When Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, tries thwart his mother's attempts to get him to marry by paying Spindle Cove barmaid Pauline Simms to fail duchess training, the unexpected result is a burning desire in the duke's heart to truly make her his wife.

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
While searching for a mysterious beauty he met at a masquerade party, Benedict Bridgerton meets Sophie Beckett, a servant in need of his help, and as passion flares between them, he must choose between Sophie and the woman of his dreams.
The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan
Oliver wants desperately to use the political system to make poor people's lives better, but is at risk of compromising his ideals to do so. A steamy and engaging read, multicultural elements.

Banned Books Turned into Movies

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It's Banned Books Week! Celebrate your right to read - or in this case, watch! The following list contains movies adapted from frequently challenged or banned books.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, it runs through Oct. 15th. Here are some books, music and movies you can check out, if you want to get in on the celebration. Or stop by the library to see what else we have.

Mis Planes Son Amarte (CD) – Juanes
Cugie a-go-go (CD) – Xavier Cugat
On Your Feet! : The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Mondays in the Sun
Under the Same Moon
Y Tú Mamá También

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruíz Zafón
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (YA) by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
How to Be a Chicana Role Model by Michelle Serros
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman by Mamen Sánchez
The Weight of Feathers (YA) by Anna-Marie McLemore


Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 Emmy Winners

Time to check out the Emmy-winning shows you may have missed - don't forget, you can even catch those Netflix exclusives on our new ROKU devices.

Outstanding Series - Veep
Outstanding Lead Actor - Donald Glover, Atlanta
Outstanding Lead Actress - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actor - Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Supporting Actress - Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Directing - Atlanta
Outstanding Writing - Master of None

Outstanding Series - The Handmaid's Tale (check out the novel)
Outstanding Lead Actor - Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Outstanding Lead Actress - Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale
Outstanding Supporting Actor - John Lithgow, The Crown
Outstanding Supporting Actress - Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale
Outstanding Directing - The Handmaid's Tale
Outstanding Writing - The Handmaid's Tale

Outstanding Limited Series - Big Little Lies
Outstanding Television Movie - San Junipero, Black Mirror
Outstanding Lead Actor - Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Outstanding Lead Actress - Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Outstanding Supporting Actor - Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies
Outstanding Supporting Actress - Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Outstanding Directing - Big Little Lies 
Outstanding Writing - Black Mirror

Outstanding Variety Talk Series - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series - Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Reality Competition Program - The Voice
Outstanding Directing - Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Writing - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Remembering 9/11

Amid the chaos surrounding Hurricane Irma over the past several days, the 16th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 seems to have been somewhat obscured. To mark that anniversary, here are some excellent fiction titles written in response to the 9/11 attacks.
The Falling Man by Don DeLillo
Escaping from the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks, Keith makes his way to the uptown apartment where his ex-wife and young son are living and considers how the day's events have irrevocably changed his perception of the world.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center attacks, searches the five boroughs of New York City for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind.
A young Muslim American, Changez is living the American dream, with an education at an Ivy League college, high-paying job, and romance with Erica, a member of the elite New York social circles, until the events of September 11th turn his life upside down and force him to confront his personal allegiances.
The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
Three friends on the verge of their thirties--beautiful, sophisticated Marina Thwaite, daughter of a noted journalist; Danielle, a quiet TV producer; and Julius, a cash-poor freelance writer--make their way through New York City, until Marina's idealistic, college-dropout cousin, Bootie, arrives to complicate all of their lives.
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
A New York career woman faces a life-altering choice a year after agreeing with a fellow Columbia graduate that they will pursue meaningful lives through each other before he is assigned to do photojournalism in the Middle East, launching a 13-year journey of dreams, betrayals and love.
The Submission by Amy Waldman
Selected for a jury that must choose an appropriate memorial for September 11 victims, Claire Burwell struggles to navigate a media firestorm when the winning designer is revealed as an enigmatic Muslim-American.

by BF

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ngaio Marsh

Once you’ve read all of Agatha Christie (not a quick undertaking), what next? Consider Ngaio Marsh. Her series featuring Inspector Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard starts in 1934 and continues on through the eighties. From country homes in England to New Zealand (Marsh’s home country), join Alleyn, his wife, the artist Agatha Troy, and his second-in-command, Inspector Fox as they always solve the crime. Start with A Man Lay Dead.
A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
At Sir Hubert Handesley's country house party, five guests have gathered for the uproarious parlor game of "Murder." Yet no one is laughing when the lights come up on an actual corpse, the good-looking and mysterious Charles Rankin. Scotland Yard's Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives to find a complete collection of alibis, a missing butler, and an intricate puzzle of betrayal and sedition in the search for the key player in this deadly game. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Glenview Public Library Opera Lecture Series 2017/18 Season

All lectures are on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 PM

Orphee et Eurydice – Christoph Willibald Gluck

Orphee, refusing to admit that his love Eurydice is dead, journeys to the Underworld to bring her back to life.  The Paris version includes ballet sequences.
Rigoletto - Giuseppe Verdi
The Duke of Mantua seduces anyone in skirts from servant girls to the wives and daughters of his friends.  Cheering him on is Rigoletto, the detested court jester.  Only the Duke’s daughter Gilda brings him joy and he guards her with his life.
Die Walkure – Richard Wagner
This is the most deeply moving and romantic of the Ring cycle.  It involves complex relationships between brother and sister, husband and wife, father and daughter.  The characters include valiant Siegmund and Sieglindee, headstrong Brunnhilde and mighty, tortured Wotan and determined Fricka and vengeful Hunding.

The Pearl Fishers – Georges Bizet
Two fishermen swear to put friendship first by forgetting the alluring priestress with whom they both fell in love, and the alluring priestess swears to uphold her vow of chastity so she can protect the pearl divers from storms.

by KB