Artist Jasper Johns on Kanopy

Two Jasper Johns exhibits open this weekend. Mind/Mirror opens this weekend at The Whitney Museum in NYC and also at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. With two full programs reviewers recommend seeing both collections (through February at The Whitney). Before you go, the library’s Kanopy database has several films about the artist you can stream using your library card. Take advantage of the free service by creating a Kanopy account. There is an hour-long documentary about Johns as well as “Decoy – An Artist Re-imagines his Past Work” (19 minutes), and “Jasper Johns: Take an Object – Portrait of an Artist at Work” (26 minutes). After viewing on Kanopy you can be a well-informed visitor to the exhibits!

The Last Flight

If you like suspense novels, this book’s for you. What happens when two women switch plane tickets at an airport? Can they successfully escape the threats in their lives? Claire wants to escape from her abusive, powerful husband and Eva is caught between jail time and fingering a hardened criminal. They decide to switch lives, and can’t imagine the journeys ahead of them. This title definitely earns five stars from me, unfortunately it is the author Julie Clark’s only novel in our library system to date…

Mrs. March

Mrs. March: A Novel by [Virginia Feito]

The latest title with an unreliable female narrator, Mrs. March is a suspenseful thriller with an old-fashioned ‘Hitchcock’ style narrative. A dark study of a woman’s instability and unravelling, Mrs. March is the wife of a successful author who believes everyone is talking about her. Mr. March’s latest book is a popular novel with a prostitute as the main character. When someone casually mentions that her husband based the character on her, Mrs. March grows more paranoid and descends into madness. I enjoyed following how she grows more and more suspicious of everyone around her and her warped reactions to events. The book has already been optioned to be made into a movie starring Elizabeth Moss.

The Women’s March

This latest novel by Jennifer Chiaverini relates the hardships and violence suffered by the women who fought for the voting rights in the early 1900’s. Some of the characters are modeled on real life activists. Alice Paul was a vocal activist for women’s rights, and organized the March, Maud Malone, who was a NYC librarian, and Ida Wells-Barnett, a journalist and researcher as well as an activist, who also had to battle racism. It is thanks to these brave women that the 19th amendment eventually was passed in 1920, giving women the right to vote. Chiaverini describes in riveting details the 1913 women’s long Suffrage March from NYC to Washington, D.C., in March, just before President Wilson was inaugurated. We truly owe a debt of gratitude to these individuals and others who worked tirelessly to achieve the vote. A great piece of historical fiction.

Return To Me

A friend recently recommended this DVD title to me, and I am so glad that I watched it. It’s a wonderful plot where Bob, a young widower (David Duchovny), tired of being set up on dates by good intentioned friends, finally meets someone he really likes. And the young waitress/painter – Grace- is equally enamored with him. However, there is a twist that threatens to end the relationship on the brink of a marriage proposal. The cast is fantastic: Minnie Driver, Bonnie Hunt, Jim Belushi, Carroll O’Connor, Robert Loggia (all veteran comedic actors) and the film is directed by Bonnie Hunt. It’s a real “feel good” movie, with great laughs. I give it 5 stars!