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Land Grab

If you missed the library’s screening of the documentary Land Grab in September, it is now available on DVD at the library.  This story of  the world’s largest urban tree farm in Detroit is fascinating and the movie is well done.  So check it out!   Read More »

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly, thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four ... Read More »

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies University of Michigan professor Peter Ho Davies has a new novel, published this month.  According to Publishers Weekly, Davies (The Welsh Girl) has created a brilliant, absorbing masterpiece. It explores the Chinese American experience in four parts, weaving story lines over hundreds of years. Read More »

Book Before Movie

There’s an impressive list of upcoming movies based on books. We will get the dvds once they are available to libraries but in the meantime why not read the book first?  Click here for the list, with links to the books in our library catalog. Let’s hope the movies do justice to the books!   Read More »

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead A Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellow, Whitehead goes all out in this imaginative reconstruction of the antebellum South. Here, the Underground Railroad is not metaphorical but real, a welter of tracks and tunnels hidden beneath the soil. A slave named Cora, brutalized by her Georgia master yet shunned by her own, determines to escape ... Read More »

21st Century’s Greatest Films

BBC Culture surveyed film critics from around the world for their lists of the century’s greatest films since 2000.  Here’s the top 35, just about all available at GPPL.  How many have you seen?  Click here to see the full list and commentary.       Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001) In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000) There Will ... Read More »

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance A Yale Law School graduate’s account of his traumatic hillbilly childhood and the plight of America’s angry white working class. “Americans call them hillbillies, rednecks, or white trash,” writes Vance, a biotech executive and National Review contributor. “I call them neighbors, friends, and family.” In ... Read More »

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gym community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other ... Read More »

Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham New York New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham died this week at age 87.  He was famous for pedaling around the streets of New York on his bicycle and capturing fashion on the street. This documentary of his life and work is well worth watching.   Read More »

Britt-Marie Was Here

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman Walking away from her loveless marriage and taking a job in a derelict, financially devastated town, sixty-three-year-old Britt-Marie uses her fierce organizational skills to become a local soccer coach to a group of lost children.  From the author of A Man Called Ove. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman” target=”blank” ]Peggy’s Picks[/button] Read More »