Rowayton Library Recommends

Who Am I?--An Animal Guessing Game

November 25, 2017

Who Am I?--An Animal Guessing Game by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page is another winner from this team. Descriptions of each animal/insect characteristic allow the reader to guess which creature is being described before turning the page for the reveal. The illustrations are gorgeous and the end pages provide lots of additional animal facts. (Non-Fiction)

Before She Was Harriet

November 25, 2017

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome, begins with an elderly Harriet Tubman thinking back over a life filled with heroic and varying roles, all under different names. She was a nurse, spy, Underground Railroad guide, suffragist and leader of slaves struggling to find freedom. The watercolors that accompany the spare but powerful text bring her to life exquisitely. Highly recommended. (Non-Fiction) Biography

What a Wonderful World

November 25, 2017

What a Wonderful World, the song was written by Bob Thiele and George Weiss, is also illustrated by Tim Hopgood. The vibrant colors and frolicking young children celebrate the optimistic lyrics. This is another wonderful read/sing aloud.

Welcome Home Beaver

November 25, 2017

Welcome Home Beaver by Magnus Weightman features a hot air balloon riding beaver wending his way back to his dam after a long paddle. Many spectacular and varied homes are visited as he circles the globe looking for his house. This is an educational tour of animal habitats with fabulous illustrations and a sweet backstory.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

November 25, 2017

Walking in a Winter Wonderland is based on the beloved song by Felix Bernard and Richard Smith, and illustrated by Tim Hopgood. The whimsical, brightly colored illustrations capture the joy of a perfect snowy winter day. After all “When it snows, ain’t it thrilling?” This is a great seasonal read/sing aloud.

Town is by the Sea

November 25, 2017

The Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith is the story of a coal miner’s young son and his family. Every day has a certain rhythm, and the contrast between the boy’s routines and his father’s work below ground in the coal mine is the heart of the story. The family lives by the sea, which glitters with a light on beautiful days. The pages describing the boy's day alternate with darker depictions of below ground tunnels where his father is digging. This is a realistic depiction of life in the 1950's in a miner's family.

Three Little Monkeys

November 25, 2017

Three Little Monkeys by Quentin Blake and Emma Chichester Clark is the story of Tim, Sam, and Lulu, three mischievous monkeys who live with Hilda Snibbs. Every time she goes out the monkeys get bored and wreck havoc in the house in the most entertaining (for the reader) way. She is remarkably patient through several very funny episodes, clearly loves her monkeys but she is sorely tested. Children will especially appreciate the lively monkey escapades, which are brilliantly illustrated.

Read the Book Lemmings

November 25, 2017

Read the Book Lemmings by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora is hysterical. Foxy is aboard the ship trying to supervise three lemmings who persist in jumping in the water despite his best efforts. Foxy is reading a book that says lemmings don't jump off cliffs, but since the lemmings don't know how to read they keep leaping overboard--trying everyone's patience. After multiple rescues, the lemmings get the message but it doesn't slow them down! All the characters have terrifically expressive faces.

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day

November 25, 2017

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna follows a spirited young girl as she tries to amuse herself on a rainy day. She has been glued to the game on her device, but her mother has sent her outside. She, of course, discovers a whole world waiting to entrance her with sights, smells, and feelings she is not familiar with. Her explorations are beautifully shown in the original paintings--her distinctive red coat brightens every page.

King of the Sky

November 25, 2017

King of the Sky by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin, is about a relationship between a young, homesick boy and an older gentleman who races pigeons. The title refers to the pigeon the older gentleman is confident will win the race even though others are not so sure. There is a lot of neat background about how racing pigeons are trained and the heroic roles they played during wartime. The concluding pages are slightly tense as the outcome of the big race is uncertain. Eventually, the pigeon earns his title! The illustrations are stunning.

Book or Bell

November 25, 2017

Book or Bell by Chris Barton, illustrated by Ashley Spires is "the story of a boy, a great book, and a loud bell". The repercussions of Henry's decision to stay put and keep reading through the school's bells unleashes chaos. No one seems to be able to adjust to the fact he is not in the lunch line, in art class or any number of “expected” places. This is all because he has found a fascinating book! The increasingly frantic efforts to turn up the volume of the bells are comical.

Bear and Chicken

November 25, 2017

Bear and Chicken by Jannie Ho play on the chicken's traditional role as bear lunch food. A bear on a winter walk finds a frozen chicken and brings it back to his den. Once defrosted, the chicken observes lunch preparations that look suspiciously like a soup where chicken is the key ingredient. This is a charming, humorous tale with a happy, yummy ending (with a recipe!).

Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey

November 19, 2017

Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey by Robyn Eckhardt is a comprehensive cookbook covering one of the world’s first fusion cuisines. By virtue of its location between Europe and Asia Turkey’s cuisine is rich in spices and varying influences. Arranged regionally with gorgeous photographs, it is as much a fascinating cultural travelogue as a cookbook. We suggest starting with the lovely and user-friendly Green Rice Pilaf. The sky's the limit from there! (Cookbook)

Dining In

November 19, 2017

Dining In by Alison Roman is an enviable combination of flavorful and original recipes. The food seems to jump off the pages thanks to the brilliant photographs. She is especially good at creating combinations you may not have thought of. We can particularly recommend the “Caramelized Winter Squash with Toasted Coconut Gremolata”. This is a great book to have on hand for delicious meals that do not take all day to prepare. (Cookbook)

Lagom--The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life

November 19, 2017

Lagom--The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life by Niki Brantmark is the latest entry into the Scandinavian “how to have a happy and relaxed life” sweepstakes. Lagom translates into “not too little, not too much--just right”. The emphasis on moderation extends to all aspects of work, play, and relationships. The book abounds in common sense advice that is timely considering the coming rush of the holidays. Much of it is common sense but the tips on employing nature in your surroundings, using smart lighting and making time for what’s important ring true. (Non-Fiction)

The Inviting Life

November 19, 2017

The Inviting Life by Laura Calder is an inspirational guide to valuing and enjoying the ordinary homemaking and hosting activities that we do. This is also a great book to read before the holiday onslaught of guests. The author reminds us that having an open door is a gift and being a good host should be, and can be, comfortable and effortless. As a bonus on top of all the practical tips and tricks, there is a wonderful granola cracker recipe. (Non-Fiction)

Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York

November 19, 2017

Going Into Town; A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast will melt even a hardened commuter’s heart. The author says it best when she states "This book is a sort of guide and also a thank you letter…" Her whimsical, trademark cartoons illuminate a tour of all that is great about the Big Apple, along with humorously tart observations about Manhattan wildlife, herds of buses, tourist traps, and devil may care subway schedules. This is a terrific affirmation of the fact you will never be without something fascinating to do in New York. (Non-Fiction)

We Were Strangers Once

November 19, 2017

We Were Strangers Once by Betsy Carter is compelling. Many novels with WWII back stories focus on survivors of the horrors of the war. This book looks at the lives of a lucky group of young people who escape Germany before the Nazis are fully in power. Their adjustment to life in New York is not simple or easy as they struggle with work that is beneath their education, worry about those left behind and try to forge meaningful relationships under duress. Believable characters and a strong sense of place make this a page-turner.

Two Kinds of Truth

November 19, 2017

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly is like having a welcome best (detective) friend return for a visit. Some of the best police procedurals being written today feature Harry Bosch up against the LAPD establishment and nefarious criminals. It’s highly topical, as the opioid crisis is a plot engine for one of the cases he tackles. The tension that develops as he fights for his reputation on another case is palpable. An excellent read!

Seven Days of Us

November 19, 2017

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak takes place over Christmas week--one that feels particularly long to the Birch family. They are in quarantine at their country house as a result of their older daughter’s stint as a doctor in Liberia during an epidemic. Parents Emma and Andrew, affianced daughter Phoebe and doctor daughter Olivia coexist in a pressure cooker environment where secrets threaten to become public at inopportune times. Coincidences, complications, and happenstance play roles and there is lots of clever humor. It’s an Anglophile’s dream read.

Little Fires Everywhere

November 19, 2017

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is a very compelling book. Her character development is among the best of any writer working today. It takes place in 1997 largely in Shaker Heights. The parents and four children of the Richardson family interact with their somewhat elusive new tenants Pearl and Mia in varying ways. The subtle tensions and developing complications make the book difficult to put down. It’s a sensitive look at what makes people human and the mistakes they can make as a result. Highly recommended for the stellar writing as well.

The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs

November 19, 2017

The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs by Janet Peery is a beautifully written examination of a large family that has been in crisis mode for so long they really don’t know how to deal with each other any other way. The Campbell’s live at a high emotional pitch due to decades of misunderstandings, addictions, and a general inability to forgive. Set largely in the small town of Amicus, Kansas it is very atmospheric, with seven separate characters lending their voices in describing complicated relationships that turn on a dime. At the end of the day the strong bonds of family trump all and there is a measure of peace.

Dying to Live

November 19, 2017

Dying to Live by Michael Stanley continues the story of Detective Kubu Bengu of the Gaborone, Botswana police force. This excellent installment has a fascinating plot involving the Kalahari bushmen. Witch doctors have always played a role in traditional healing; the disappearance of one of the most exalted is one of the central mysteries.

The Blind

November 19, 2017

The Blind by A.F. Brady is a very accomplished debut. It’s a thriller set in a private mental hospital. The author is a practicing psychologist so the atmosphere feels very realistic. Samantha is treating a variety of patients, some of whom have seemingly intractable problems. It’s quickly obvious that she herself is a mess. Can she get to the bottom of her own serious issues in time to save others, and herself?

Best Day Ever

November 19, 2017

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda is a good page-turner. It's a "type" of a book--the domestic thriller with an unreliable narrator (this is not a spoiler; it’s quickly obvious). It’s well written with good pacing. If you need to kick back over the holidays this would be a good choice.

Vera Season 7 (NR) 373 minutes

November 17, 2017

VERA, Series 7 –Series—(NR)—Brenda Blethyn returns and continues to captivate as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in this acclaimed mystery series inspired by the novels of Ann Cleeves. Against the stunning backdrop of rural Northumberland, Vera, and her assistant, Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty), strives to solve vicious crimes that menace their community. This season they investigate deaths of a park ranger found washed up on the shores of a remote wildlife reserve, a drug addict, a promising young journalism student, and a young woman who had disappeared six weeks earlier.

Midsomer Murders Series 19, Part 2 (NR) 186 minutes

November 17, 2017

MIDSOMER MURDERS, Series 19, part 2 –Series—(NR)--The English village mystery gets a contemporary spin in this hit British television series that has earned a worldwide following. Bucolic settings harbor macabre crimes and eccentric characters that are no match for DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and his assistant, DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix). Death By Persuasion, a murder during an Austen re-enactment and The Curse of the Ninth death by violin string before the performance!

Marcella Season 1 (NR) 378 minutes

November 17, 2017

MARCELLA, Season 1 –Series—(NR)--After taking a career break to raise her children, Detective Sergeant Marcella Backland (Anna Friel) rejoins London Metropolitan Police following the abrupt end of her marriage. She jumps right into one of her old cases when a serial murderer was known as the Grove Park Killer seemingly resurfaces. But as Marcella dives deeper into the case, the devastating changes to her personal life leave her in a fragile state. Struggling to cope, she experiences blackouts and extreme rage. When some close to her estranged husband (Nichols Pinnock) is murdered, Marcella fears she may have been involved.

Longmire Season 5 (NR) 618 minutes

November 17, 2017

LONGMIRE, Season 5 –Series–(NR)--Saddle up for more Absaroka County intrigue as Sherriff Walk Longmire (Robert Taylor) returns, recovering from a vicious attack only to find himself in the crosshairs of a wrongful-death civil suit. His best friend, Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips), and daughter, Cady (Cassidy Freeman), are now working for his nemesis, Jacob Nighthorse (A. Martinez). With new mysteries and cases weighing down Walt and his deputies- Victoria "Vic" Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) and The Ferg (Adam Bartley)--the noble but stubborn sheriff doubles down on his own self-reliance, which just might be the worst thing, he could do. Based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by Craig Johnson. 110 perfectly wrought episodes of mystery, drama, and action set in Wyoming.

Graves Season 1 (NR) 300 minutes

November 17, 2017

GRAVES, Season 1 –Series—(NR)--Graves tells the story of President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte), a former two-term POTUS, as he embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaims his legacy 25 years after leaving the White House.

The Durrells in Corfu Season 2 (PG) 280 minutes

November 17, 2017

THE DURRELS IN CORFU, Season 2 –Series—(PG)--This charming and hugely popular series returns to follow the further adventures of the eccentric Durrell family saga they embrace life on the gorgeous Greek island of Corfu. Based on Gerald Durrell's trilogy of Corfu novels, this latest series sees sparkly English widow Louisa Durrell (Keeley Hawes) and her brood continue to put down roots in their dilapidated rented house, alongside an ever-increasing menagerie of animals brought home by youngest son Gerry (Milo Parker). Doing their best to settle into the community, they must earn enough money to pay their aggressive new landlady Vasilia (Errika Bigiou), who sees Louisa as a love rival for charming playboy Hugh (Daniel Lapane). With the help of Spiro (Alexis Georgulis) and Theo (Yorgos Karamihos), the Durrells resort to selling typical British produce at the market. But accidentally poisoning the locals might not be the best way to start a new business.

Decline and Fall Miniseries (NR) 182 minutes

November 17, 2017

DECLINE AND FALL –Miniseries—(NR)--Based on the classic novel by Evelyn Waugh, starring Jack Whitehall, David Suchet, and Eva Longoria. Paul is a quiet and unassuming theology student at Oxford.

The Crown Season 1 (NR) 600 minutes

November 17, 2017

THE CROWN Season 1 –Series—(NR)--This winner of the Golden Globe Best TV Drama Series, shows us the British Empire in decline, the political world in disarray, and a young woman taking the throne of England…a new era is dawning. Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) is a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Created by Peter Morgan, this series explores the Queen’s private journey behind the public façade with daring frankness. Matt Smith as Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Victoria Hamilton as Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and John Lithgow as Churchill.

The Code of a Killer Miniseries (NR) 135 minutes

November 17, 2017

CODE OF A KILLER--Miniseries—(NR)--Gripping drama with the remarkable history of DNA fingerprinting, giving an interesting insight into one of the most important true stories of the scientific breakthroughs in recent history and its introductory use by police to catch a double murderer in the 1980s. A cold homicide trial of two teenage girls leads Detective David Baker (David Threlfall) to contact Dr. Alec Jeffreys (John Simm), who has made headlines with his groundbreaking DNA research. Together they attempt what has never been done before-to solve a crime through DNA profiling, to find the girls' murderer and stop a serial killer in his tracks.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Animated Children's Movie (PG) 92 minutes

November 17, 2017

THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE Children’s Movies –(PG)—Animated--Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where evil, greedy mayor Muldoon (Bobby Moynihan) has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of critter friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.

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Wind River (R) 107 minutes

November 17, 2017

WIND RIVER – Movies—(R)--A chilling thriller set in Wyoming in winter. Veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service, Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) helps a rookie FBI Agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen), to find investigate the mysterious killing of a young local Native American woman, Natalie Hanson (Kelsey Asbille) on a remote Native American reservation. Cory has deep community ties and a haunted past and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.

War For The Planet of the Apes (PG-13) 140 minutes

November 17, 2017

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES – Movies—(PG-13)--In this thrilling, climactic chapter of the Planet of the Apes saga, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). But after suffering unimaginable losses, Caesar resolves to avenge his kind pitting him against the Colonel for a final showdown that will determine the future of the planet.

Swades: We the People Foreign Language DVD (NR) 196 minutes

November 17, 2017

SWADES: We The People – Foreign Language DVD—(NR)–Hindi with English Subtitles--Set in modern day India, Swades is a film that tackles the issues that development throws up on a grassroots level. It is to this India, which is colorful, heterogeneous and complex, that Mohan Bhargava (Shah Rukh Khan), a bright young scientist working as a project manager in NASA, returns to on a quest to find his childhood nanny, Kaveriamma (Kishori Ballal). The Film uses the contrast between the highly developed world of NASA, which has been at the forefront of advances in space research, and this world back home in India, which is at the crossroads of development. Mohan's simple quest becomes the journey that every one of us goes through in search of that metaphysical and elusive place called home.

The Salesman Foreign Language DVD Iranian (PG-13) 124 minutes

November 17, 2017

THE SALESMAN – Foreign Language DVD—(PG-13)—Iranian--Farsi Language film winner of 2016 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. After their old apartment becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. However, once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.

Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery (NR) 84 minutes

November 17, 2017

MURDER, SHE BAKED: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery - Movies–(NR)--Hallmark brings beloved author, Joanna Fluke and her free-spirited cookie baker heroine, Hannah Swensen (Allison Sweeney) to the screen. In this small Minnesota town, we meet Hannah, her bakery and staff, her mother and sister and the two men who are interested in dating her, as well as the murder of her best friend since school and local milk delivery person Ron LaSalle (Jason Cermak). Jumping in to help solve the murder, she runs into a handsome new detective Mike Kingston (Cameron Mathison) who is skeptical of her offers to help track down the culprit and uncover the mystery. And Delores (Barbara Niven), Hannah's own mother, deviously sets her up at dinner with the good looking and available new dentist in town. Are sparks flying now?

Murder on the Orient Express (NR) 100 minutes

November 17, 2017

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Movies –(NR)--From ITV. While traveling on the luxurious Orient Express, Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) meets Samuel Ratchett (Toby Jones), an unsavory businessman who fears for his life. Not caring for the man or his money. Poirot declines his demand for professional protection. But when Ratchett is stabbed to death, the detective is determined to find the culprit. Did an assassin sneak aboard in the night-or is there a killer hiding on the snowbound train? Is it the meek governess, the dead man’s servant, an imperious princess, an army colonel or the pushy American?

The Limehouse Golem (NR) 109 minutes

November 17, 2017

THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM- Movies—(NR)--The city of London is gripped with fear as a serial killer--dubbed the Limehouse Golem--is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victim’s blood. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy)--a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail. Faced with a long list of suspects, including music hall star Dan Leno (Douglas Booth), Kildare must get help from a witness who has legal troubles of her own, Lizzie Cree (Olivia Cooke), so he can stop the murders and bring the killer to justice.

The Glass Castle (PG-13) 127 minutes

November 17, 2017

THE GLASS CASTLE – Movies—(PG-13)--An all-star cast shines in this inspiring film based on the New York Times best-selling memoir, Jeannette (Brie Larson) had a poor but wildly adventurous childhood, raised by her free-spirited father (Woody Harrelson) and her mother (Naomi Watts), an eccentric artist. But when her father’s behavior becomes erratic, Jeannette must find the courage to live on her own terms in this uplifting story of unconditional love.

Girls Trip (R) 122 minutes

November 17, 2017

GIRLS TRIP– Movies—(R)--When four lifelong friends (Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah) travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery (NR) 86 minutes

November 17, 2017

A BONE TO PICK: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery Movies—(NR)--Hallmark brings another beloved author to the screen, Charlaine Harris and her Librarian murder mystery solver, Aurora Teagarden (Candace Cameron Bure). When Aurora, or Roe, Teagarden’s acquaintance from the hobby group, “Real Murders”, dies, Roe is bequeathed a big old house and a small fortune. Roe soon discovers that her generous...See full summary at imdb. (Internet movie database).

Atomic Blonde (R) 115 minutes

November 17, 2017

ATOMIC BLONDE – Movies—(R)--This is a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is equal parts spy-craft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone to Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. Based graphic novel series The Coldest City, by Antony Johnston & Sam Hart.

Feather--NY Times Book Review, NYPL Best Illustrated Childrens' Books 2017

November 14, 2017

Feather by Remi Courgeon-Feather is about a musical girl who is also tenacious, tough, and a real fighter. Living in a household consisting of her father and three brothers, Feather often gets the short end of the stick, meaning the laundry, cooking, and grocery shopping. One afternoon, she gets a black eye and all her plans change. This is a great book about being a girl, taking charge, and realizing your dreams!

The Way Home in the Night--NY Times Book Review, NYPL Best Illustrated Childrens Books 2017

November 14, 2017

The Way Home in the Night by Akiko Miyakoshi-This beautiful picture book captures the magical wonder a child feels at being outside in the night. The book is intriguing in that it contains twice-told stories, once as they are observed and second as the bunny imagines them. This offers a perfect prompt for young children to create extensions of other stories they have read or heard.

Town is by the Sea--NY Times Book Review, NYPL Best Illustrated Childrens' Books 2017

November 14, 2017

Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz--With curriculum connections to communities and the history of mining, this beautifully understated and haunting story brings a piece of history to life. The ever-present ocean and inevitable pattern of life in a maritime mining town will enthrall children and move adult readers.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality--NY Times Book Review, NYPL Best Ilustrated Childrens Books of 2017

November 14, 2017

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality--Structured as a court case in which the reader is presented with evidence of the injustice that Ginsburg faced, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the true story of how one of America's most "notorious" women bravely persevered to become the remarkable symbol of justice she is today.

A River-NY Times Book Review, NYPL Best Illustrated Childrens Books 2017

November 14, 2017

A River by Marc Martin-So begins the imaginary journey of a child inspired by the view outside her bedroom window: a vast river winding through a towering city. A small boat with a single white sail floats down the river and takes her from factories to farmlands, freeways to forests, out to the stormy and teeming depths of the ocean, and finally back to the comforts-and inspirations-of home.

Plume--NY Times Book Review, NYPL Best Illustrated Childrens Books 2017

November 14, 2017

Plume by Isabelle Simler--In this lovely book, young readers are introduced to a variety of beautiful birds, from the familiar chicken to the exotic ibis. But lurking in the background of every page is a cat, who also seems very interested in the birds.

On a Magical, Do-Nothing Day--NY Times Book Review, NYPL Best Illustrated Childrens' Books 2017

November 14, 2017

On a Magical, Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna-All I want to do on a rainy day like today is play my game. My mom says it's a waste of time, but without my game, nothing is fun! On the other hand, maybe I'm wrong about that...

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters-NY Time Book Review, NYPL Best Illustrated Childrens' Books 2017

November 14, 2017

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahin-Muddy Waters was never good at doing what he was told. Grandma Della said the blues wouldn't put food on the table, Muddy didn't listen. When record producers told him no one wanted to listen to a country boy playing country blues, Muddy ignored them too. This tenacious streak carried Muddy from the hardscrabble fields of Mississippi to the smoky juke joints of Chicago and to a recording studio where a landmark record was made.

King of the Sky--NY Time Book Review, NYPL Best Illustrated Childrens' Books 2017

November 14, 2017

King of the Sky by Nicola Davies-A young Italian boy has moved to the Welsh hills with his family. He feels isolated and unhappy, a stranger in a strange land. It is only when he makes an unlikely friend, an old man who lets him fly one of his pigeons in a race, that he learns how he can belong. Nicola Davies's beautiful story--an immigrant's tale with powerful resonance in our troubled times

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos-NY Times Book Review, NYPL Best Ilustrated Childrens Books 2017

November 14, 2017

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown--Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra, is based on the life of one of the world's most influential painters, Frida Kahlo, and the animals that inspired her art and life.

Wild Animals (Touch, Think and Learn Series) Board Book

October 30, 2017

Wild Animals by Xavier Deneux is the latest entry in the touch, think and learn series. This sturdy, tactile board book has cutouts, which babies will love. The suggestive words for each African animal are the perfect match for the bright illustrations. This is one that will be looked at over and over. (Non-Fiction)

Chef Gino's Taste Test Challenge (Non-Fiction)

October 30, 2017

Chef Gino’s Taste Test Challenge by Gino Campagna contains “100 winning recipes any kid can cook”. It’s cheerful, colorful and clever. His pasta sauce and pizza toppings matrices are great guidelines for budding chefs. His enthusiasm is infectious and the recipe directions are excellent. All ages will want to experiment with these dishes. We particularly liked the emphasis on hearty flavors and lots of veggies. (Non-Fiction/Cookbook)

A Boy, A Mouse and a Spider--The Story of E.B. White (Biography)

October 30, 2017

A Boy, a Mouse and a Spider--The Story of E.B. White by Barbara Herkert, illustrated by Lauren Castillo is charming. The biography of the beloved author of children's classics such as Stuart Little and Charlotte's Webb loved animals and nature from the time he was a young boy. He never really took to school but loved writing and telling stories. After years of writing for the New Yorker, he made his dream come true, moving to a farm in Maine and writing children’s books. The paintings perfectly capture the beauty of the natural world that inspired him. (Non-Fiction)

The Amazing Animal (Non-Fiction)

October 30, 2017

The Amazing Animal Atlas by Dr. Nick Crumpton and Gaia Bordicchia is a feast for both the eyes and the inquiring mind. It's organized regionally with foldout maps and encyclopedic information about the animals and birds on each continent. You will find the expected examples in this collection, but also a series of marvelously unique and little-known species. The excitement of literally learning something every time you turn the page cannot be underestimated. (Non-Fiction)

Pup and Bear

October 30, 2017

Pup and Bear by Kate Banks and Naoko Stoop is an original version of the circle of life, taking place in the Arctic. A polar bear finds a lost wolf cub and cares for it through its vulnerable growing up years, teaching it valuable survival skills and protecting it from harm. The adult wolf is able to return the kindness when he finds a lost polar bear cub, and so the wheel of life keeps turning.

Polar Bear Postman

October 30, 2017

Polar Bear Postman by Seigo Kijima is the story of Milk, the postmaster in District 1 of the Arctic. One day he gets a postcard with a call for help from some red-crowned cranes who have lost their chick. He goes to all his animal friends looking for help, including a few who may have had the chick for a tasty meal. All is happily resolved through the mail at the conclusion. The illustrations are gorgeous and expressive.

Max and Ruby! Max at School

October 30, 2017

Max & Ruby! Max at School by Rosemary Wells is the new young reader book in this beloved series. It takes place on the first day of school. A spirit of playfulness and optimism permeates the simple storyline. The rhythmic text makes it easy for early readers to sound out the words and the accompanying illustrations are as whimsical and vibrant as ever.

The King of Too Many Things

October 30, 2017

The King of Too Many Things by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Aurore Damant is a witty take on what can happen when you “solve” a problem. A young king can have whatever he wishes via his personal wizard. One fine day he decides what he really needs is a dragon, and “poof” one arrives! That’s when the trouble starts; the acceleration of catastrophes is exuberantly portrayed in the brightly colored illustrations. All is of course happily and humorously resolved.

I Want that Nut!

October 30, 2017

I Want that Nut! by Madeline Valentine perfectly captures the joy of discovery in the lovely, expressive drawings. It all starts with a faultless acorn landing with a thunk. Best buddies Chipmunk and Mouse both want the nut, which goes to Chipmunk after some negotiation. Much to Mouse's chagrin, they become inseparable despite the fact the acorn is inanimate. The mouse is pretty shrewd and quick-witted; readers will definitely laugh at his solution. The end reunites the true friends reunited with a perfect playmate.

City Mouse, Country Mouse

October 30, 2017

City Mouse, Country Mouse by Maggie Rudy is populated by the author’s adorable, original felted creatures. Tansy the country mouse and Will the city mouse “meet cute” and become the best of friends. Will stays in the country with his new friend but misses the city. He convinces Tansy to come to the city and she has a good time but eventually, leaves. Their dilemma is essentially resolved by a compromise move to the suburbs!

A Book for Benny

October 30, 2017

A Book for Benny by Judith Koppens and Marja Meijer is an endearing winner. Anyone who has contended with a puppy can relate to Benny’s strong desire to go for a walk. Sam decides to take him to the library so he can have his own book to read. Since the puppy has to stay outside a humorous interlude of book viewings ensues, with a perfect choice at the conclusion.

After the Fall, How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again

October 30, 2017

After the Fall, How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat is fantastic. It starts off with a very straightforward explanation of his famous fall and the enduring legacy--a fear of heights. He decides to approach reaching the sky in a different way and makes a paper airplane. His prized plane has a mind of its own and lands on top of a very tall wall. Humpty must conquer his fear to rescue his plane, and he is very glad he does! One of the best endings ever awaits the reader.

Alfie

October 30, 2017

Alfie by Thyra Heder is the tale of a pet turtle that disappeared. He is a beloved 6th birthday present, but eventually, he is basically forgotten about, as he doesn’t do much that’s very interesting. And then he’s gone--oh no! Flash to “Nia/Alfie” who takes over as the narrator, with a turtle’s perspective on life. His adventures are all about finding the perfect present, which makes for a very touching ending. Based on real-life events, this story is a page-turner. The illustrations are beautiful and realistic. We loved the present suggestion from the household hound.

Vikings Season 4, Part 2 Series (NR) 442 minutes

October 29, 2017

VIKINGS, Season 4, Part 2 –SERIES--(NR)--Battles, treachery, and high-stakes power grab rage on in volume 2 of Vikings. Ragnar's return to Kattegat following his shameful defeat in Paris escalates tension among his sons. Determined to save what remains of his legacy, Ragnar recruits Ivar for a perilous voyage to England, where he plans to attack the Saxons. Meanwhile, a prophecy that a woman will one-day rule Kattegat deepens Aslaug and Lagertha's feud. With its fascinating plot twists, seething emotions and spectacular effects, this breathtaking series continues to conquer. Go behind the scenes on for more action, more lust, and more excitement!

Silent Witness Season 4 (NR) 348 minutes

October 29, 2017

SILENT WITNESS, Season 4 –SERIES-(NR)--Pathologist Dr. Sam Ryan (Amanda Burton) has forged a career as a London University professor. Still, she can’t resist consulting on three cases that draw her into a web of intrigue, half-truths, and dangerous liaisons. First, did drugs, alcohol, or a heart attack cause a helicopter pilot to crash, or is there something darker afoot? Next, can a long-buried body pulled form bog help her crack a modern gangland murder? Finally, is the unidentified victim of a cinema fire connected to a years-old murder case? As passion and professionalism blur, Sam finds herself drawn both to ex-flame DCI Michael Connor and convicted killer Chris Caldwell, but with what consequences?

Murder She Baked Collection Series (NR) 240 minutes

October 29, 2017

MURDER, SHE BAKED Collection–SERIES--(NR)--Three mysteries from Hallmark Movie & Mysteries based on Joanne Flukes’ beloved series with Hannah Swenson (Alison Sweeney). A Plum Pudding Murder; A Peach Cobbler Mystery and A Deadly Recipe. Fun, well done in the Hallmark style, and faithful to the books.

Loch Ness Series 1 (NR) 268 minutes

October 29, 2017

LOCH NESS, Series 1 - SERIES--(NR)--A village drowned in secrets! Set against Scotland’s hauntingly beautiful landscapes, this tense thriller follows Annie Redford (Laura Fraser), a small-town detective thrown into her first murder case. When a man is found dead at the bottom of a cliff, DCI Lauren Quigley (Siobhan Finneran) arrives to lead the inquiry, along with forensic psychologist Blake Albrighton (Don Gilet). The local police clash with these outsiders, but when more bodies turn up, the team theorizes that a serial killer is stalking the shores of Loch Ness. As the case swells to engulf the whole town, Annie becomes immersed in the investigation, unintentionally pushing away her husband (Gray O’Brien) and teenage daughter (Shona McHugh). With grief, terror, and suspicion shattering her community, Annie strives to expose the monster hiding in plain sight. Tightly Plotted and suspenseful.

Line of Duty Series 4 (NR) 347 minutes

October 29, 2017

LINE OF DUTY, Series 4 –SERIES--(NR)--Thandie Newton (Westworld, Crash) stars as DCI Roz Huntley, AC-12’s most devious opponent yet, in the new season of Jed Mercurio’s critically-acclaimed police corruption drama. In a career-defining case, Roz is under intense pressure from her superiors to apprehend a serial murderer after months of fruitless investigation. When another young woman is abducted, Roz is on the scene to track down and charge a 24-year-old man. But doubts about the young man's guilt lead the chief forensic investigator (Jason Watkins, W1A) to AC-12.

Janet King: Playing Advantage Series 3 (NR) 466 minutes

October 29, 2017

JANET KING, PLAYING ADVANTAGE, Series 3 –SERIES--(NR)--Returning for the 3rd season and as gripping as ever! Senior crown prosecutor Janet King (Marta Dusseldorp) for the Australian legal system is seconded to the National Crime Commission and tasked with investigating the links between gambling, professional sports, and organized crime, after a rising young cricket player's suicide. The shocking death of a key witness further complicates the already tangled web of intrigue, and Janet faces an ethical dilemma when an estranged family member becomes a person of interest to the commission. As the mystery unfolds, Janet and her team uncover a high-stakes world of match-fixing, performance-enhancing drugs, money laundering, and murder. Also starring Don Hany, Damian Walshe-Howling, and Christopher Morris.

Delicious Season 1 (NR) 185 minutes

October 29, 2017

DELICIOUS: Series 1 - SERIES--(NR)--Professional chef Leo Vincent (Iain Glen) has everything he ever wanted: a prosperous hotel business, a beautiful family, and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife, Gina (Dawn French) to whom he owes much of his success. But when Leo's glamorous current wife, Sam (Emilia Fox), starts to suspect that he is having an affair, she asks Gina for advice, believing that Gina would recognize the signs of infidelity as Leo has cheated before. But none of them could anticipate the disastrous chain of events that follows, revealing unsavory secrets and juicy scandals. As the two women try to mend their broken families, will a friendship rise from the ashes of betrayal, or will they tear each other apart?

The Emoji Movie (PG) 173 minutes (Childrens' Movie)

October 29, 2017

THE EMOJI MOVIE - Movies--(PG)--Take an adventure to the secret world inside your Smartphone to Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression--except for Gene (T.J. Miller), who is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal”, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris). Together, these unlikely heroes embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the code that will fix Gene!

Descendants 2 (PG) 90 minutes (Childrens' Movie)

October 29, 2017

DESCENDANTS 2 - Movies--(PG)--The Villain Kids are back in a high-stakes adventure that's bigger, bolder and worse than before! When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal (Dove Cameron), she flees Auradon and returns to her roots on the Isle of the Lost. Hoping to retrieve her, Evie (Sofia Carson) and the rest of the gang sneak onto the Isle. But Mal's former archenemy Uma (China Anne McClain), daughter of Ursula, has seized power. And together with her pirate crew, Uma prepares to unleash havoc on the VKs and Auradon! With swashbuckling action, amazing song & dance numbers and must-see bonus features, Descendants 2 rocks all-new ways to be W-I-C-K-E-D!

Score: A Film Music Documentary (NR) 92 minutes

October 29, 2017

SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY – Film Music Documentary--(NR)--What Makes a film score unforgettable? SCORE: A Film Music Documentary offers a candid look into how composers developed, and continue to develop some of the most iconic scores in history. Featuring Hans Zimmer, James Cameron, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Quincy Jones, Trent Reznor, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Thomas Newman, Randy Newman, Leonard Maltin, and the late James Horner and Garry Marshall

Wonder Woman (PG-13) 133 minutes

October 29, 2017

WONDER WOMAN - Movies--(PG-13)--DVD & Blu-Ray - Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be a unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside a man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

The Wizard of Lies (R) 133 minutes

October 29, 2017

THE WIZARD OF LIES - Movies--(R)--Bernie Madoff (Robert De Niro) and his wife, Ruth (Michelle Pfeiffer) star in this dramatic dissection of the events that led to the Wall Street financier’s stunning downfall in December 2008 for defrauding investors of over $65 billion in the most infamous Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. Directed by Bernie Levinson the film vividly recounts Madoff’s audacious deceptions that culminated in his vilification while catapulting his wife and two sons into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight, with tragic consequences.

Transformer: The Last Knight (PG-13) 154 minutes

October 29, 2017

TRANSFORMERS, The Last Knight - Movies--(PG-13)--From Director Michael Bay and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg comes the best Transformers yet”. Our world’s greatest hero becomes our fiercest enemy when Optimus Prime launches a mission to save Cybertron by destroying Earth. Now Bumblebee and Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) must lead the Auto bots against their former ally in the ultimate battle to save mankind from annihilation.

Toni Erdmann Foreign Language DVD (R) 163 minutes

October 29, 2017

TONI ERDMANN – Foreign Language DVD--(R)--German film considered the best German film of 2016, and nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Winfried rarely sees his daughter Ines since she left for a high-powered corporate job. So when he drops by to visit, the two quickly find themselves at odds as his quirky antics clash with her slick lifestyle. Determined to be part of her world, Winfried reappears as alter ego “Toni Erdmann,” an outrageous life coach who turns his daughter’s career plans upside-down. In the course of all the madness, the two discover that maybe they have more in common than they imagined. Subtitles in French, Portuguese, Spanish, English.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13) 133 minutes

October 29, 2017

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING - Movies--(PG-13)--A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine--distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man--but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG-13) 129 minutes

October 29, 2017

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Dead Men Tell No Tales- Movies--(PG-13)--The final adventure begins. From Disney and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes the harrowing and thrilling PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES. Set sail with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea--notably Jack--in an epic story packed with humor, suspense and amazing special effects!

Megan Leavey (PG-13) 117 minutes

October 29, 2017

MEGAN LEAVEY - Movies--(PG-13)--Megan Leavey is based on the true-life story of a young Marine Corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.

Maudie (PG-13) 115 minutes

October 29, 2017

MAUDIE - Movies--(PG-13)--Maud (Sally Hawkins), a bright-eyed, intelligent woman, hunched and with hands disabled by arthritis, yearns to be independent of her overly protective family. She answers an advertisement for a housekeeper by a 40-year-old bachelor, Everett (Ethan Hawke), who owes nothing to anyone. She is a terrible housekeeper and spends most of her time painting. But over time, she wins his heart. When they realize people will actually buy her cards and paintings, he supports and encourages her. Maud’s determination for her art, along with her partnership with Everett, blossoms into a career as a famous folk artist.

Fun Mom Dinner (R) 81 minutes

October 29, 2017

FUN MOM DINNER - Movies--(R)--Every Mom needs a time out! Four moms, whose only common ground is their kids; preschool class, decide to get together for a harmless “fun mom dinner”. The night begins as a disaster, but the combination of alcohol, karaoke, and a cute bartender, leads to an unforgettable night where these seemingly different women realize they have more in common than motherhood and men. Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, Molly Shannon.

Churchill: The Untold Story of D-Day (PG) 105 minutes

October 29, 2017

CHURCHILL, The Untold Story of D-Day – Movies--(PG)--Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) in the days leading up to the Allied invasion of Normandy, France on D-Day, June 6, 1944, a pivotal turning point in World War II. Exhausted by years of war and careful not to repeat the tragic mistakes that lead to defeat at the battle of Gallipoli in World War I, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign. Clashing with Allied leaders, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery) and British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (Julian Wadham), Winston finds support from his wife, Clementine Churchill (Miranda Richardson). With her strength, Clementine helps to allay his doubts and inspires him on to greatness.

The Book of Henry (PG-13) 105 minutes

October 29, 2017

THE BOOK OF HENRY - Movies--(PG-13)--Naomi Watts stars as Susan Carpenter, a single mother of two, working as a waitress in a small town. Her son, Henry (Jaeden Lieberthal), is an 11-year old genius who not only manages the family finances but also acts as an emotional support for his mother and younger brother Peter (Jacob Tremblay). When Henry discovers that Christina (Maddie Ziegler), the girl next door, has a terrible secret, he implores Susan to take matters into her own hands in this imaginative and emotional drama from the director of Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow.

The Big Sick (R) 120 minutes

October 29, 2017

THE BIG SICK - Movies --(R)--Acclaimed filmmaker Guy and acclaimed producer Judd Apatow. This acclaimed comedy is based on the real-life relationship and culture clash between comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his future wife, Emily Gordon (Zoe Kazan). When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail has to force himself to face her feisty parents (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano), temper his family's expectations to change his career and marry a nice Pakistani girl and to trust and follow his own heart. ''The funniest date movie of 2017!'' (ROLLING STONE)

The Beguiled (R) 94 minutes

October 29, 2017

THE BEGUILED - Movies--(R)--Writer/director Sofia Coppola’s atmospheric thriller that unfolds at a secluded girls' boarding school in Civil War-era Virginia. When a wounded Union soldier, Corporal McBurney (Colin Farrell), is found near the school, he's taken in by its headmistress, Miss Martha (Nicole Kidman). As the young women provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries when McBurney seduces several of the girls. Taboos are broken and events take an unexpected turn in this gripping and haunting thriller also starring Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Baby Driver (R) 113 minutes

October 29, 2017

BABY DRIVER - Movies--(R)--Baby (Ansel Elgort), a talented, young getaway driver, relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love, and freedom. Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.

Nomadland--Surviving America in the 21st Century

October 14, 2017

Nomadland--Surviving American in the 21st Century by Jessica Bruder is an eye-opener. The author spent three years following "workampers”--older people who are living in various forms of vehicles/vans/campers and are basically itinerant labor. The financial collapse of 2008 was the initial disruptor for many, who subsequently found themselves without adequate retirement savings or the means to keep up a permanent residence. Working for minimum wage at everything from the annual beetroot harvest to seasonal stock picking at Amazon fulfillment warehouses, the workampers are a growing phenomenon. This is a sobering examination of life in the margins.

Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon

October 14, 2017

Admissions: Life As a Brain Surgeon by Dr. Henry Marsh is a thoughtful, beautifully written collection of essays from this well-known neurosurgeon. Following the success of his first book Do No Harm, Dr. Marsh began working full time in the Ukraine and Nepal. Much of this book is about his experiences in these countries, interspersed with stories about his family, regrets, retirement and the difficulties of a profession where failure can mean someone's death. He is an excellent writer.

A Legacy of Spies

October 14, 2017

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre is a sly and clever novel that brings many of his past characters back to center stage. Without spoiling the plot, suffice it to say this book will make more sense to readers who have been with the author since The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. His writing is a delight, there is humor in the wry observations of life in The Circus and the character development is terrific. This is an espionage thriller with twists--enjoy!

Make Your Bed--Little Things That Can Change Your Life, and Maybe the World

October 14, 2017

Make Your Bed--Little Things That Can Change Your Life, and Maybe the World by William McRaven is an original approach to tackling the inevitable challenges of life. He was a Navy Seal, eventually rising to Admiral, and took the lessons he learned during training and from the circumstances of people he worked with along the way to form a concise message of courage and optimism in the face of adversity. There is a succinct takeaway here for everyone.

City Farmhouse Style--Designs for a Modern Country Life

October 14, 2017

City Farmhouse Style--Designs for a Modern Country Life by Kim Leggett is a design book that won’t make you feel like you can never duplicate the ideas between the book covers. It’s a cost-effective, clean look that uses items that have often been repurposed. The author has a great imagination and the “look” is bound to spark ideas. Lots of photographs help bring the warm interiors to life.

Basics to Brilliance

October 14, 2017

Basics to Brilliance by Donna Hays are a lavishly photographed collection of easy to make recipes packed with flavor. She starts with a “basic” like roast lamb shoulder and then shows where you can take it, ie. lamb and pea fritters, with the addition of different flavors or techniques. It’s a neat way to organize a cookbook and ensures you will not be left wondering what to do with your leftovers.

Jane

October 14, 2017

Jane by Aline McKenna and Ramon Perez is an updated, graphic novel version of Jane Eyre. The setting has moved to Manhattan where Jane works for the mysterious Mr. Rochester, a billionaire hedge fund executive. His charming daughter and redoubtable housekeeper also have key roles that echo the classic Bronte novel. This is a great introductory sojourn into graphic novels as the cartoons are expressive and add to the retelling of this classic. This is an entertaining diversion.