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American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis


American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis Thoroughly entertaining, in a delightfully snarky way, Ellis (a native Southerner now living in New York City) conjures up these little short story gems about the different role of housewives in the modern world. From a battle over a co-op common area to an introductory entrée into an established book club, Ellis writes with a vivid and razor ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch


The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch This is part one of Branch’s memoir of growing up in the 1950s and 1960s and her disappointing first marriage. Her broken heart really resonates and I very much look forward to part two (“the best is yet to come”) in Martha’s Vineyard: Isle of Dreams. If you enjoy memoirs, you will will ... Read More »