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  • Posted on 03/17/2012 - 10:57am

    TitleArtistRelease Date
    Wrecking BallSpringsteen, Bruce3/6/2012
    Port of MorrowShins (The)3/20/2012
    Radio Music SocietySpalding, Esperanza3/20/2012
    En Vivo!Iron Maiden3/26/2012
    VulnerableUsed (The)3/26/2012

  • Posted on 03/16/2012 - 1:46pm

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    Codes and Keys (2011), Death Cab's seventh studio album, continues in the same vein previous recent albums Plans (2005) and Narrow Stairs (2008), which is to say: melodic, atmospheric, instantly recognizable tracks. One of the band's major strengths is singer/songwriter Ben Gibbard's lyrics, which tell whole stories within each song. (Gibbard, also of the band The Postal Service, has "a gift for singing like his heart can't quite fit in his chest," according to NPR.) The songs may be sorrowful and occasionally haunting, but they're still catchy enough to become stuck in your head. You may even recognize one or two - "Home Is A Fire" or "You Are A Tourist" - from the radio. Rather than losing steam over time, Death Cab for Cutie's music is as appealing as ever.

  • Posted on 03/14/2012 - 8:45pm

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    Unique in structure, Ursula, Under begins with two-year-old Ursula Wong falling down an abandoned mine shaft in Michigan. While the story of her rescue occurs in the present, the story of her ancestors – her mother’s family is Finnish, and her father’s family is Chinese – is told in alternating chapters, starting as far back as the third century B.C. and continuing forward to the present day. Ursula, Under is a marvel of storytelling; readers will find it nearly impossible to resist empathizing with Ingrid Hill’s characters, diverse as they are. 

  • Posted on 03/13/2012 - 6:11pm

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    Musician Patti Smith evokes the New York City of the late 1960s and ‘70s, when she was just beginning her long career. She writes about her friendship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, the process of creating art and music, and other (now well-known) people she met, including Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol. Her writing is honest, vividly bringing to life the atmosphere of the time and place – you don’t have to be a fan of her music to enjoy the book.

  • Posted on 03/08/2012 - 5:33pm

    TitleRelease Date
    King of Devil's Island3/6/2012
    The Women On The 6th Floor3/13/2012
    Amor En Transito3/20/2012
    The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo3/20/2012
    The Sitter3/20/2012
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy3/20/2012
    A Dangerous Method3/27/2012
    Bicycle Bride3/27/2012
    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close3/27/2012
    Romantics Anonymous3/27/2012

  • Posted on 03/07/2012 - 10:11am

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    What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is a compilation of stories chronicling what it means to be Jewish from both the Orthodox and secular vantage points.  The stories cover a wide range of experiences - from Israeli settlers to Holocaust victims to modern day secularists in southern Florida.  Nathan Englander knows what he's talking about too.  He grew up as a 4th generation modern Orthodox Jewish American  on Long Island.  His mother was stereotypically overprotective, he attended a religious day school, and he experienced anti-Semitism first-hand.  His life experiences, including living in Israel as a young man, color his take on what it means to be Jewish. 

    Nathan Englander is an amazing storyteller and a master at the short story.  Despite their brevity, you'll end each story feeling deeply connected with the characters and invested in their lives.   These stories will entertain you, enrage you, and on occasion, take your breath away. 

    Interested in more?  Check out the Fresh Air interview.

  • Posted on 03/06/2012 - 11:47am

    Tickets are now on sale for the library's next After Hours Concert on Friday, March 30, 7 pm.  If you enjoy Motown to Cole Porter, you’ll love “Four Guys in Tuxes”.  These versatile vocalists and musicians will wow you with a wide range of toe tapping tunes taking requests from the audience to boot.  Take advantage of an opportunity for an inexpenisve evening “out on the town” close to home.  The After Hours Concert is held on the first floor with reserved seating, Starbucks coffee, dessert, and a complimentary glass of wine included. Tickets are $10 Must be 21+.

  • Posted on 03/05/2012 - 10:04am

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    “I imagined everything. I never thought it would happen,” writes Keith Richards in his memoir, Life. And the book is full of life and energy; it may take a few pages to get used to the informal, conversational style, but then the reading becomes effortless as you become absorbed in Richards’ story of his youth and his long life with the Rolling Stones. He writes about songwriting, working with Mick Jagger, touring and recording, and personal stories as well. Richards remembers far more than one might reasonably expect, and has a fresh, humorous, matter-of-fact tone throughout much of the book. At times poetic, at times funny, Life is an excellent read full of new material for Stones fans. The audiobook, narrated by Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley, is also excellent (it won the Audio Publishers Association’s Audiobook of the Year Award in 2011).

  • Posted on 02/29/2012 - 4:41pm

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    There was a lot of buzz about this book, but I heard mixed reviews from other readers, so I went in with an open mind but without high expectations. I found myself tremendously taken with the characters – Celia and Marco, who use the circus as a competition ground as well as a showcase for their talents; Poppet and Widget, twins born on opening night; and Bailey, who becomes enchanted by the circus and leaves his home to follow it. The descriptions of the circus and the illusions within, which Celia and Marco create and sustain, are, in a word, magical. Erin Morgenstern’s imagination is equal to Lev Grossman’s (The Magicians), but The Night Circus is as tightly controlled as The Magicians is sprawling, and unlike The Magicians (and Harry Potter), there is no school of magic where Celia and Marco learn. By the time I finished the book, I was enchanted enough to want to read it again.

  • Posted on 02/29/2012 - 3:14pm

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    You do not have to like football to enjoy this great TV series about a high school football team from the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. Friday Night Lights, which ran for five seasons on NBC, is an adaptation of the book and the film by the same name. Coach Eric Taylor is central to the story, as is his relationship with his wife Tami and his daughter Julie.  This TV series covers gritty, emotional themes (rape, murder, racism, infidelity, steroid use, life-changing injuries, etc.) in a dramatic and effective way.

    After the first episode, I was hooked when the star quarterback gets hurt and the inexperienced shy sophomore backup quarterback has to take his place.  All the characters ring true and feel real as we see them face life’s challenges, make difficult decisions, and deal with the consequences. The superb writing gives these characters some great lines that will make you laugh and cry.   Borrow this TV series from the library, pop the popcorn and get ready to meet Coach Taylor, his family and the people of Dillon, Texas.