Monthly Archives: July 2014

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, edited by Steven Jay Schneider

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Want to broaden your cinematic horizons? Or perhaps you just need a recommendation for something to watch tonight? 

One excellent resource is 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, edited by Steven Jay Schneider.  Its new tenth anniversary edition, updated by Ian Haydn Smith, covers movies from the first silents like 1902’s A Trip to the Moon, directed by Georges Méliès, all the way to 2012’s Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee (which is featured on the book’s cover). I’ve been using this book to encourage myself to learn more about movie history and watch movies I otherwise never would have considered.

I’m up to 558 movies on the list.  Two of my new favorites are 1927’s Sunrise, directed by F.W. Murnau, and 1957’s Sweet Smell of Success, directed by Alexander Mackendrick.

How many have you seen?

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 Reviewed by Alex, Middletown

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The Mayor’s Book Club Is Reading “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett

The Mayor’s Book Club 

This book discussion group meets at the Main Library on the third Wednesday of the month, from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Brown-bag lunches are welcome.

The book club’s next reading will be:

AUGUST 20, 2014 – State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

State of Wonder
2012-05 – Paperback
Harper Perennial
9780062049810
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State of Wonder
By Patchett, Ann
Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author returns with a provocative and assured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest.

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Ann Patchett, the best-selling author of the acclaimed Bel Canto and four other novels, returns with a darkly fascinating story about the nature of scientific inquiry. In State of Wonder, pharmaceutical researcher Marina Singh is tasked with finding out what happened to her co-worker, Anders Eckman, who died in the Amazon jungle after joining a research team. Contending with snakes, heat and mosquitoes, Marina connects with the field team, which is led by Annick Swenson, an ambitious gynecologist researching a tribe whose females have remarkable childbearing abilities. Annick was once Marina’s mentor, and encountering her brings back a past Marina is trying hard to escape. Giving readers access to the recondite world of drug research while exploring the impulses that motivate us all, Patchett has crafted an intriguing novel, filled with complex issues that will generate lively book club discussion. © 2011, All rights reserved, BookPage
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In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, State of Wonder presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity.As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest’s jeweled canopy.
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AnimeCon 11

AnimeCon 11 features cultural dance performances, anime-inspired games and activities for teens

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Main Library, August 1, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Get ready for an infusion of Asian culture and Japanese-style animation: AnimeCon returns to the Main Library on August 1!

Teens ages 12-19 are invited to register for this free, day-long celebration.

This year’s event will feature a mix of old favorites and new additions, including:

  • A performance by the Cardinal K-Pop Dance Team
  • Crescent Moon Dancers performing traditional dances from Uzbekistan
  • Annual Ramen Noodle Eating contest
  • Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament
  • Zen Garden
  • Cosplay contest

AnimeCon is part of the Louisville Free Public Library’s annual Teen Summer Reading Program, encouraging teens to read for fun during the summer.

Summer Reading and AnimeCon are made possible through funding from The Library Foundation.

AnimeCon is Friday, August 1, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library (301 York Street).

To register, visit LFPL.org/teen or call (502) 574-1724 for more information.

NOTE:  Photo opportunities include kids and teens dressed in costume as their favorite anime characters and engaged in various conference activities.

 

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Georgie McCool has a lot going for her. She has a job writing for a hit sitcom in Los Angeles, two young daughters, and a stay at home husband who handles the domestic details while Georgie focuses on her career. Landline begins as Georgie is getting the opportunity she’s waited for after years of writing comedy, the chance at having her own television show. So what’s the catch? To get a shot she’ll have to work through Christmas and sacrifice celebrating with her family. Her husband begrudgingly agrees she should go for it, but in Georgie’s mind there’s no debating it. And that’s where the cracks begin to show.

Have you ever accidently left your cell phone at home then it just makes your entire day feel off? Georgie’s cell is broken and being unable to get in touch with her husband causes her wonder not only if her marriage is failing, but maybe her perception of reality is going as well. The latter isn’t helped by the fact that she encounters a telephone that allows callers to time travel. With the help of an old-fashioned landline Georgie begins to explore the state of her marriage taking readers back to when it first began.

Thirty-somethings are the projected audience for Landline, but Rowell’s works Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, both published in 2013, target teens while striking the hearts of a broader swath. Rainbow Rowell romances the underdog in us all by giving her quirky, unpopular characters exactly what they need, each another. Bestseller Eleanor and Park perfectly romanticizes the nature of young love and the rights have been recently been acquired by Dreamworks for a film adaption. Fangirl is a coming-of-age story that starts with two twins going off to college one ready to cannonball into the pool and the other left standing on the diving board.

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To hear about other projects by the author visit her website:  http://rainbowrowell.com/

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 Reviewed by Natalie, Main Children’s