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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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        Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 2014 National Book Award Finalist, A New York Times Bestseller,  Best Books of 2014 One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress ... Read More »

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald Helen Macdonald wins The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction , the UK’s premier prize for non-fiction books. “H is For Hawk tells the story of how the death of Helen’s father triggered her to follow a childhood dream and become a falconer, obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. The book is an unflinchingly ... Read More »

Classic Films featuring Lauren Bacall

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Midwest Tape, the library’s source for films, audiobooks and music, has a lovely tribute to the late Lauren Bacall.  For the full article click here. It was on the set of To Have and Have Not that Bacall met Bogie. The two married in 1945 and remained so until Bogart’s death in 1957. In addition to being husband and wife, ... Read More »

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me A ferocious, funny, and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend.  This documentary tribute showcases the brash, uncompromising Tony and Emmy winner both on stage and off. The film captures her immeasurable charm, acerbic wit, and impressive accomplishments with candid footage and interviews with friends and collaborators, including Sondheim, Tina Fey, and Nathan Lane. Read More »

From the Recommended Reading Shelf

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Astonish Me by Maggie ShipsteadHelping a world-famous dancer to defect from the Soviet Union to the United States, ballerina Joan watches her friend’s career soar while her own declines in the wake of her pregnancy and marriage, a situation that eventually exposes difficult secrets. Cartwheel by Jennifer DeBoisWhen Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is ... Read More »

I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place by Howard Norman

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I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place A most unusual memoir written by novelist Howard Norman, in five essays, he recalls his connection to “place” in relation to his own personal development and “place” at that particular period of his life. Reviews describe this book as both “luminous” and “strange”, but also, decidedly disquieting,  haunting, and lovely. Youth in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ... Read More »

Murder and Mayhem

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   Murder in the Palais Royal  is set in Paris of the 1990s  and features Aimée Leduc, owner of a detective agency specializing in corporate security.                         First in the series: Murder in the Marias    Drawing Conclusions by Dona Leon is set in Venice and features Commisario Guido Brunetti along with Sergente Vianello and the well-connected Signorina Elettra. First in the series: Death at La ... Read More »