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Captain Fantastic

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Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a ... Read More »

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard

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Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard. Millard, an author who has distinguished herself with previous works on Theodore Roosevelt’s ill-fated Amazon journey and James A. Garfield’s doomed presidency, focuses her newest work on Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of England. From his upper class upbringing to his quest ... Read More »

The Trouble with Lexie by Jessica Anya Blau

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The Trouble with Lexie by Jessica Anya Blau Lexie James comes from a humble background and has made a bright and promising new life for herself as a counselor at an elite private school. But decisions she makes have an astounding ripple effect that is completely engrossing, real, and, at times, pitiful. She’s a lot like a train wreck you cannot ... Read More »

Land Grab

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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 »

The Arab of the Future: A Graphic Memoir: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984 by Riad Sattouf

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The Arab of the Future: A  Graphic Memoir: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984 by Riad Sattouf The author recounts his childhood in Syria, Libya, and France with his French mother and Syrian father. Sattouf writes of primitive conditions, cultural assimilation, and his very unique family dynamic. A compelling vignette about recent Middle Eastern history.   Read More »

American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis

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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

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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

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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

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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 »