Archive for the ‘Adult Readers Advisory’ Category

All The Wind in the World

April 23, 2018

All the Wind in the World is a touching, dystopian(ish), magical realism (ish) novel about two main characters – Sarah Jac and James. The two of them have been working fields for years now harvesting the plant used to make tequila, trying to save up some money. They run from the last farm where they worked, only to come to another one, and while there, Sarah Jac makes a mistake that could cause them to be killed, so they jump on a train and run – to another farm.

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Sarah Jac and James are in love with each other, but they dare not let anyone know. Not after what they’ve seen happen to other couples who work the fields. So they tell everyone they are cousins, and do what they can to keep their love a secret while working to earn money to get away from all that, someone beautiful and happy, somewhere that will allow them to live together, wrapped in their love for one another, without ever having to stand out in a hot sun and work in a field ever again.

As they go about their days, trying to make things livable for themselves for the time, new obstacles arise -Sarah Jac is told that instead of doing the harvesting, she will be giving riding lessons to the daughter of the owner of the farm. At first, she doesn’t want to, but when she realizes that if she takes the job, it will mean less farming time and maybe even spending more time with James (who is looking into trying to get a job inside the house as well), she decides it might not be so bad.

However, when James starts spending more time with the sickly daughter of the owner, Sarah Jac is left to fend for herself…and it makes her wish they had decided not to keep their love a secret.

 

Filled with beautiful desert descriptions, full-bodied characters, and a complex sense of what is right and wrong in this world make for a wonderful (and unusual) story.

 

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).

I Spy’s Jean Marzollo

April 12, 2018

Jean Marzollo, the author and creator of the popular ‘I Spy’ books, died April 10th at age 75. Ms. Marzollo was a local Hudson Valley resident of Cold Spring, NY. Her books sold over 40 million copies. Cold Spring resident Jean Marzollo was the author of


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