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Shall We Dance?

April 22, 2018

dvdI’ve viewed this movie in the past, but decided to watch it again recently. It’s a feel-good movie, starring Richard Gere (in his younger days, the film was released in 2005), Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon. Gere plays an estate attorney who leads an uneventful life, and upon spying a lone figure at the window of Miss Mitzi’s Dance Studio night after night, decides to take dancing lessons. Jlo is the face at the window/ pretty young dance instructor, and Sarandon plays John’s ( Gere’s) wife who has a very hectic life juggling job and family. The film has some great musical tracks, and superb dancing moves. I recognized one of Dancing With the Stars dance pros in several scenes as well. A good choice for a lighthearted movie night. Just add some popcorn!

Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories

April 21, 2018

bookFor anyone looking for a comprehensive guide to the history of art for children, this title will certainly fit the bill. Beginning with the “Lion-Man”, a prehistoric piece of sculpture dating back 40,000 years ago, found in a German cave, Michael Bird explores the history of art in story form right up to present day in an ambitious undertaking. Beautifully illustrated by Kate Evans with watercolor reprints from her Art Folio, Vincent’s Starry Night is a true work of art in itself. Its 336 pages ensure a thorough treatment, and it contains a timeline, list of artworks, glossary and index.It is recommended for children in grades 4 to 7.

2018 Teens Top Ten Nominees…

April 18, 2018

TeensTopTen_logo_web… have just been announced for the best teen books of the previous year. The list contains 25 titles nominated by teen book groups across the US. Teens are invited to apply to join one of 20 book groups nationwide, although no NY libraries are participating this year. Advance copies are sent to the groups from publishers and the teens must then submit reviews of the titles and can keep the books. All teens can then vote  for their favorite book on the list, beginning in August, and the 10 titles with the most votes will comprise the final list. This initiative is sponsored by YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of ALA (American Libraries Association).

Now That You Mention It

April 11, 2018

bookNora never would have thought that she would return to her hometown after fleeing it for college and med school. But after being hit by a car and breaking up with her boyfriend, she finds herself moving back into her mother’s house on Scupper Island in Maine. Nora’s younger sister Lily is in jail in Seattle for selling drugs, so Nora’s teenage niece Poe is living in the house as well. Even as Nora tries to befriend Poe, her niece wants no part of her, her mother is not the sympathetic type, and Nora fights desperately to avoid backsliding into her childhood role of feeling like a loser. Kristina Higgins injects the novel with some great moments of humor, and Nora’s struggles are very relatable. The plot includes a love story as well and is a light read for anyone who craves a little escapism.

Let Me Lie

April 4, 2018

bookClare Mackintosh is the queen of the psychological thriller. She has penned another very suspenseful mystery centered around the protagonist Anna Johnson, who has lost both her parents to suicide. Or so she believes, until a note is left in her mailbox telling her to rethink that verdict. Clare takes the note seriously, relating her story to a front desk retired detective at the local police station. Murray the retired detective begins to quietly dig into the files of Clare’s parents, bouncing his ideas off his wife, who has mental issues of her own. The further he delves, the more he discovers that the note may have been correct. The twists and turns of the novel will keep you hooked, right up to the finish line. Another winner by Mackintosh.

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