Rowayton Library Recommends

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.

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World

October 14, 2017

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World by Laura Spinney is a history of the pandemic that killed between fifty and one hundred million people worldwide from 1918 to 1920. Although overshadowed by WWI, it had an enormous impact on world order. This fascinating medical history shows how the virus spread, the treatment advances that came out of it, the arbitrary nature of the casualties and the true meaning of the “lost generation”.

Trace

October 14, 2017

Trace by Archie Mayor is really excellent. It’s the latest in the Joe Gunther series, but the emphasis is on other team members of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation. As always the character development is superb. There is a strong sense of place, and three separate cases at once keep the clues and questions coming at a relentless pace. Joe appears to bat cleanup but the book is really focused on other characters, allowing it to be a standalone read.

The Ninth Hour

October 14, 2017

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott is mournful and touching at the same time. McDermott’s prose perfectly conjures a world, in this case, Irish American Catholic Brooklyn beginning in the early 20th century. The book begins with a suicide which leaves a young woman and her unborn baby alone and goes through the generations impacted by this act. A group of nuns who minister to the neighborhood figure prominently in the story’s arc. Their individual personalities are sensitively portrayed in this fine novel.

Milk Street

October 14, 2017

Milk Street by Christopher Kimball is the long-awaited cookbook from his new venture. It is classic in the sense the recipes are tested until virtually foolproof, but different in the emphasis on spices, bold flavors and a generally more global approach to cooking. The dishes are nicely photographed. This is a fun book to access for original ideas that can be made with pantry ingredients.

Reservoir 13

October 14, 2017

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor is the story of the disappearance of a teenage girl and the aftermath, which takes place over a number of years. The setting is a small English village. The book opens with the beginnings of the search. Everyone is pulled in in some fashion, at the same time as the rhythms of village life have to go on. Over the years the disappearance has differing impacts on characters, all brilliantly portrayed in this novel. This is a literary thriller from a keen observer.

The Room of White Fire

October 14, 2017

The Room of White Fire by T. Jefferson Parker is a real page-turner. It all starts in a private treatment facility for patients with mental illness. An ex-marine who served in the Iraq war has escaped and Roland Ford, an ex-Marine himself, is hired to find him. The only problem is he is getting a different story on Clay Hickman from everyone involved. What does Clay know that everyone is so anxious to make sure is not revealed? Very topical and current, extremely tense and graphics as torture is a recurring element. This is an excellent thriller.

The Glass Town Game

October 14, 2017

The Glass Town Game by Catherynne Valente is a YA novel for all ages of Bronte fans. The Bronte siblings, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne, invent detailed fantasy lives and adventurous games that are the antithesis of dour parsonage life. Their stories are imaginatively written and illustrated forays into an alternate universe. The author has cleverly constructed a narrative that follows the sisters and brother as they literally travel into the world they created. They face many challenges, as the Glass Town world is a complicated, dangerous place.

American Street {National Book Awards Youth Nominee Long list}

September 26, 2017
American Street by Ibi Zobot
On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie-a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola's mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit's west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Clayton Bird Goes Underground {National Book Awards Youth Nominee Long list}

September 26, 2017
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Clayton feels most alive when he's with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen-he can't wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton's mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that's no way to live. Armed with his grandfather's brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on the journey that takes him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, Clayton learns some things that surprise him.

The Hate U Give {National Book Awards Youth Nominee Long list}

September 26, 2017
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

Orphan Island {National Book Awards Youth Nominee Long list}

September 26, 2017
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts. And only one thing ever changes: on that day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join them--and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again. Today's Changing is no different. The boat arrives, taking away Jinny's best friend, Deen, replacing him with a new little girl named Ess, and leaving Jinny as the new Elder. Jinny knows her responsibility now--to teach Ess everything she needs to know about the island, to keep things as they've always been. But will she be ready for the inevitable day when the boat will come back--and take her away forever from the only home she's known?

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter {National Book Awards Youth Nominee Long list}

September 26, 2017
Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga's role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed. But it's not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out.

Long Way Down {National Book Awards Youth Nominee Long list}

September 26, 2017
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Fifteen-year-old Will's big brother has been shot and killed. According to the rules that Will has been taught, it is now his job to kill the person responsible. He easily finds his brother's gun and gets on the elevator to head down from his eighth-floor apartment. But it's a long way down to the ground floor. At each floor, a different person gets on to tell a story. Each of these people is already dead. As they relate their tales, readers learn about the cycle of violence in which Will is caught up. The protagonist faces a difficult choice, one that is a reality for many young people. Teens are left with an unresolved ending that goes beyond the simple question of whether Will will seek revenge.

You Bring the Distant Near {National Book Awards Youth Nominee Long list}

September 26, 2017
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse. Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve Bengal tigers and her Bengali identity--award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.

All the Wind in the World {National Book Awards Youth Nominee Long list}

September 26, 2017
All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry
Sarah Jac Crow and James Holt have fallen in love working in the endless fields that span a bone-dry Southwest in the near-future-a land that's a little bit magical, deeply dangerous, and bursting with secrets. To protect themselves, they've learned to work hard and-above all-keep their love hidden from the people who might use it against them. Then, just when Sarah Jac and James have settled in and begun saving money for the home they dream of near the coast, a horrible accident sends them on the run. With no choice but to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch, the delicate balance of their lives begins to give way-and they may have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.

Far From the Tree {National Book Awards Youth Nominee Long list}

September 26, 2017
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including-Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she's quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. When her adopted family's long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can't help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs. Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother.

What Girls Are Made Of {National Book Awards Youth Nominee Long list}

September 26, 2017
What Girls Are Made Of -by Elana K. Arnold
When Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now she'll do anything for the boy she loves, to prove she's worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost. What is she if not a girlfriend? What is she made of? Broken--hearted, Nina tries to figure out what the conditions of love are.

The Boss Baby Children's (PG) 98 minutes

September 24, 2017

THE BOSS BABY – Animated Movies--(PG)--A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year old brother, Tim to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. Seven-year-old Tim Templeton (Miles Bakshi) has always been a boy of an overactive imagination, and for the past seven years, life was all peaches for him, getting all the love and affection from his caring parents. However, life will never be the same and Tim won't be the center of attention anymore as the arrival of an improbable new brother named Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin), dressed in a suit complete with accessories, will shortly rob him of all love, as he takes over the whole house. However, soon, Tim and the new Boss in a diaper will need to put differences aside and join forces, as a sneaky scheme threatens to tilt the balance of power towards furry antagonists, and that’s with the next Pet Convention in only two days.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Children's (PG) 92 minutes

September 24, 2017

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: THE LONG HAUL – Children’s Movies--(PG)--A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw's 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg's (Jason Drucker) newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. This family cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget. Mom: Alicia Silverstone, Dad: Tom Everett Scott, Rodrick: Charlie Wright and Rowley Jefferson: Owen Asztalos.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Children's (PG) 90 minutes

September 24, 2017

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: The First Epic Movie - Movies--(PG)--TRA-LA-LAA! DreamWorks Animation presents the year’s most hysterically heroic comedy. George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch) are fourth-grade BFFs who love dreaming up funny pranks. One day, they accidentally hypnotize their principal, Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms) into believing he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. But when the new schoolteacher, Professor P, for Poopypants (Nick Kroll) turns out to be a disgraced scientist bent on ridding the school and the world of laughter, George, Harold and Captain Underpants must band together to stop his evil agenda!

The Great British Baking Show Documentary Series (PG) 600 minutes

September 24, 2017

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, Season 4 - Documentary SERIES--(PG)--Following 12 new amateur bakers as they don their aprons and head for the tent in the British countryside, hoping to be named Britain’s best. Judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have created new challenges to test their baking prowess, creativity, and skill. Season 4 welcomes bakers Andrew, Benjamina, Candice, Jane, Kate, Lee, Louise, Michael, Rav, Tom, Selasi, and Val to the competition tent.

The Vietnam War Documentary Series (NR) 1003 minutes

September 24, 2017

THE VIETNAM WAR- Documentary SERIES--(NR)--The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, that took ten years to make. In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses.

Disparue=The Disappearance Foreign Series (NR) 417 minutes

September 24, 2017

DISPARUE = THE DISAPPEARANCE – FOREIGN SERIES--(NR)--FRENCH with English subtitles: The Morels are a typical family living in Lyon, France. But when their 17-year-old daughter goes missing on the eve of her birthday, while in the company of her friends at a nighttime concert in the park, they are devastated.

Endeavour Series 4 (PG-13) 480 minutes

September 24, 2017

ENDEAVOUR, S.4 - SERIES--(PG-13)--Masterpiece Mystery returns us to Oxford, following the dramatic finale of Season 3, with the finest picking up the pieces of their personal and professional lives. DC Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) awaits the result of his Sergeant’s Exam, while DI Fred Thursday ((Roger Allam) and his wife Win struggle to cope with their children flying the nest; Sam went to the Army and the traumatized Joan, went off to who knows where? But there are even greater challenges still to face. The Summer of Love is emerging, and the Oxford City Police finds itself caught on the frontier of the future--computers, pop music, National Health, nuclear power--as the struggle between old and new plays out on the battleground of Oxford. But with every force for progress, there is one with ill intention; and Endeavour, Thursday, and their colleagues are plunged into their most perilous, baffling and terrifying cases to date.

800 Words, Season 2, Part 2 (NR) 365 minutes

September 24, 2017

800 WORDS, Season 2, Part 2 - SERIES--(NR)--With his family back together, George Turner (Erik Thomson) and his kids, Shay and Arlo (Melina Vidler, Benson Jack Anthony), fall into the comfortable routine of life in the small, quirky New Zealand town of Weld. Arlo prepares for the new school term and tries to maintain a long-distance relationship, while Shay considers becoming an artist. George has a steady job writing for the local newspaper and his budding relationship with Fiona (Michelle Langstone) is the talk of the town. But shocking news from Jan (Bridie Carter) threatens to turn George’s comfortable life upside down. Explicitly heartwarming family tale.

Elementary Season 5 (NR) 948 minutes

September 24, 2017

ELEMENTARY, Season 5 - SERIES--(NR)--Magnify the risks! They say some people are dangerous to know, and that truth has never cut deeper. The erratic, unpredictable, and intellectually incomparable detective Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) cracks case after case for the NYPD with the help of his ever-reliable partner Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu). The balance of this time-tested team shifts as Holmes and Watson face difficult personal choices and impossible crimes. From a murderous drug gang to a rogue intelligence agency, the threats have never been starker. And from snake venom-laced meals, to invisible gunshots, to a superbug in NY’s water supply, the methods have never been a stranger. Wrap your mind around the most puzzling crimes in these new episodes of the fifth season.

Billions Season 2 (NR) 1440 minutes

September 24, 2017

BILLIONS, Season 2 – SERIES NR--the power struggle continues with Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. After being deftly outplayed, brilliant hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod is upping his game and using his considerable resources to exact revenge on ruthless U.S.Attourney Chuck Rhoades. Axe’s aggressive move sends Chuck reeling as he finds himself under investigation, forced to scramble to hang up to the office and his family. But the embattled prosecutor still has some tricks up his sleeve and it’s not long before Saxe learns that money can’t buy everything or everyone.

A Touch of Sin (NR) 133 minutes

September 24, 2017

A TOUCH OF SIN – Foreign Movies--(NR)--Mandarin Chinese with English Subtitles--Starring actor Jiang Wang and writer and director Jia Zhangke. A “brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China” (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic). Inspired by four shockingly true events that forced the world’s fasting growing economy into a period of self-examination. An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. An abusive client pushes a young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, beyond her limits. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.

Pele: The Birth of a Legend (PG) 107 minutes

September 24, 2017

PELE: Birth of a Legend - Movies--(PG)--A boy with nothing who changed everything! Pele, a name known around the world, a sports legend who changed soccer forever, and a national hero who carried the hopes and dreams of a country on his back. But before he was an icon, he was a kid from the slums of Bauru, Brazil, so poor that he couldn’t afford a real soccer ball. Charting his meteoric rise--from scrubbing floors to support his family to honing his electrifying playing style on the streets to leading Brazil’s national team to its first world cup victory at the age of 17--Pele vividly brings to life the greatest sports story of the 20th century. Tribeca Film Festival official selection.

The Comedian (R) 120 minutes

September 24, 2017

THE COMEDIAN - Movies--(R)--An aging comic icon, Jackie (Robert De Niro), has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his sister-in-law (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel), and the two find inspiration in one another, resulting in surprising consequences.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (PG-13) 106 minutes

September 24, 2017

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 - Movies--(PG-13)--Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Guardians continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the out reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies, and characters from the classic comics come to their aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

The Mummy (PG-13) 110 minutes

September 24, 2017

THE MUMMY - Movies--(PG-13)--Tom Cruise stars in this spectacular version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy. Thought safely entombed deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day. Her malevolence has grown over millennia and with it come terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sands of the Middle East through modern-day London, The Mummy balances wonder, thrills, and imagination.

Paris Can Wait (PG) 92 minutes

September 24, 2017

PARIS CAN WAIT - Movies--(PG)--Anne (Diane Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successful, driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she unexpectedly finds herself taking a road trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband, Jacques (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a 2-day adventure complete with picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne’s senses and giving her a new lust for life. Directed by Eleanor Coppola.

The Exception (R) 98 minutes

September 24, 2017

THE EXCEPTION - Movies--(R)--A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage, war drama and romance well-dressed period piece romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country's authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser's life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser's maids whom Brandt soon discovers is secretly Jewish. When Heinrich Himmler (Eddie Marsan), Head of the SS, decides to come for an unexpected visit with a large platoon of Nazis in tow, the stage is set for a breathtaking showdown, as secrets are revealed, allegiances are tested, and Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honoring his country and following his heart.

Beatriz at Dinner (R) 103 minutes

September 24, 2017

BEATRIZ AT DINNER - Movies--(R)--Salma Hayek shines in this provocatively funny fish-out-of-water comedy. Beatriz (Hayek), an immigrant from a poor Mexico town, draws upon her innate kindness as a spiritual health practitioner in LA. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a rich, ruthless billionaire real-estate developer. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, it leads to a culture clash of wildly comic proportions--and a night that will change both their worlds forever. Also starring Chloe Sevigny and Connie Britton

Chuck (R) 98 minutes

September 24, 2017

CHUCK - Movies--(R)--A rollicking, two-fisted true fight story of Chuck Wepner, the “Bayonne Bleeder,” whose title fight against Muhammad Ali became the real-life inspiration for the movie Rocky. Live Scheiber gives a bigger-than-life performance as the New Jersey boxer, whose life is turned upside down when he becomes an unlikely celebrity. It’s the inspiring tale of one man’s rise, fall, and redemption, as he fights his way back from self-destruction to reclaim his life. Naomi Watts, and Elizabeth Moss star as the women in his life.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (PG-13) 135 minutes

September 24, 2017

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD--Movies--(PG-13)--DVD and Blu Ray. Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the classic Excalibur myth that traces Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne. When his father is murdered and his uncle seizes the crown, Arthur (George Hunnam) is robbed of his birthright and must grow up the hard way, in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the sword, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy. Vortigern (Jude Law), The Mage (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), Bedivere (Djimon Hounsou), Uther (Eric Bana)

The Tiny Little Pea

September 20, 2017

The Tiny Tale of Little Pea by Davide Cali and Sebastien Mourrain is very cute. Little Pea is born so small that he can sleep in a matchbox and ride a bug for fun. It’s only once he starts school that he realizes that being small can be difficult. Naturally the story explores this dilemma and the ultimate resolution--a clever and happy ending for Little Pea. The details in the illustrations make his miniature life really come alive.

Crazy about Cats

September 20, 2017

Crazy About Cats by Owen Davey is a Flying Eye book loaded with fascinating facts about felines of all sizes. It covers where they live, what they eat, how they play, with all the sizes and types drawn in pen and ink. There are so many interesting tid bits between the covers of this book, including cats’ role in history. It’s a real page-turner for any reader interested in animals.
(Non-Fiction)

On the Night of the Shooting Star

September 20, 2017

On the Night of the Shooting Star by Amy Hest and Jenni Desmond is the story of Rabbit and Dog, neighbors who have never said hello. They each have a comfy house with lots of cocoa for Rabbit and delicious biscuits for Dog. They are curious about each other until one night when they both see a beautiful surprise in the sky that initiates a warm friendship. The illustrations are beautiful.

Max and Bird

September 20, 2017

Max and Bird by Ed Vere tracks a developing friendship between a bird and a cat, normally a pairing who would avoid each other. They acknowledge the potential tastiness of bird as a snack for cat but decide being friends is more important. The challenge of learning to fly brings them closer, although the path to a successful loop dee loop proves long and a bit frustrating. The illustrations are comical, perfectly capturing the personalities of the characters.

Sergeant Reckless--The True Story of the Little Horse who Became a Hero

September 20, 2017

Sergeant Reckless--The True Story of the Little Horse who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick and Lacopo Bruno is a treasure. It’s the true story of a small chestnut mare adopted by Marines fighting during the Korean War. The platoon gets to work fattening her up on coca cola, eggs, oatmeal and toast. Then her training begins. She quickly becomes indispensable, hauling heavy armaments up the mountains and bravely working under fire. In her off time she enjoyed poker and following the camp cook around. Reckless ultimately retired, and to this day is the only animal with an Army rank and two Purple Hearts. This is an inspiring and fascinating story. (Non-Fiction)

The Bad Guys

September 20, 2017

The Bad Guys is a graphic series by Aaron Blabey populated by very funny characters united in an effort to save the world from a dastardly guinea pig. Honestly, sometimes they cannot get out of their own way so they end up in perilous positions despite the best laid plans. This is a seriously funny adventure that kids are going to love. There are three titles: The Furball Strikes Back, Mission Unpluckable and Attack of the Zittens. (Graphic Novel/Series)

 

All's Faire in Middle School

September 20, 2017

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson is a rollicking graphic novel. Imogene is the heroine of the tale. Her parents work in a permanent Renaissance Faire attraction and she has been home schooled through 5th grade. The introduction to public middle school is fairly fraught, especially in contrast to the magical life she is familiar with. Contrasting chapters underscore the challenges of her transition. There are of course some very funny observations of middle school life. (Graphic Novel)

Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos

September 20, 2017

Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra focuses on the artist’s animals and their presence in her paintings. They clearly influenced her design and color choices and were a source of inspiration throughout her career. From early childhood Frida suffered from a variety of serious illnesses. The wide variety of animalitos gave her great comfort. The beautiful illustrations are evocative of Mexican folk art and Kahlo’s style. (Biography)

Most People

September 20, 2017

Most People by Michael Leannah, illustrated by Jennifer Morris is a subtle lesson in the innate goodness of most people. It gently reinforces the advantages of positive actions and feelings with warm paintings of people of all ages doing good works. The idea there are people who are bad is not ignored, but it is made very clear they are the minority.

Fred and the Lumberjack

September 20, 2017

Fred and the Lumberjack by Steven Weinberg features one of the world’s most adorable beavers. Fred has just finished his dream den, made largely from birch trees and handsome indeed. He feels that something is missing and it nags him he can’t figure out what it could be. Then he hears a roar in the forest and discovers a kindred soul named Sophia. After an inadvertently disastrous effort to impress her they are off and running with plans for a dreamboat and more. The exuberant illustrations are a hoot.

Books! Books! Books!

September 20, 2017

Books Books Books by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom is subtitled Explore the Amazing Collection of the British Library. The library has over 150 million items in its collection; this book can only highlight a handful of treasures. But what a terrific historic overview! It starts with early gospels and illuminated manuscripts, continues through the first works from the printing press, Shakespeare’s folio, the works of the Bronte’s and Jane Austen, scientific treatises from the likes of Darwin, an atlas so big it took 6 people to lift it, and many more. The illustrations are really wonderful. This book is a joy.

Counting with Tiny Cat

September 20, 2017

Counting with Tiny Cat by Viviane Schwarz is sweet. Watch the cat manage various amounts of yarn, from “one” to “too many” to “enough." It’s a simple book with a catchy black and red color scheme and a very expressive feline!

Just Dance

September 20, 2017

Just Dance by Patricia MacLachlan is very likely to become a classic. It’s the story of Sophie Bloom, who lives with her parents and brother Nate on a farm in Wyoming. It takes place over a summer when Sophie starts to question whether her mother made the right decision when she left behind her opera career and married her father. Her mother still sings, to the delight of her family, friends and various animals. The book is a coming of age story with realistic and wise adults and children to round out the subplots that all tie up neatly at the end. There are examples of very good writing of both prose and poetry. You will not want the book to end.

Where's Rodney

September 2, 2017

Where’s Rodney by Carmen Bogan, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, will resonate with all children who would rather be outside than sitting still in a classroom. Rodney is entranced by everything outside, but not by his classwork. The park in his neighborhood is a sad excuse for a place to explore so when the class field trip to “a park” is announced he assumes the worst. What a wonderful surprise awaits him and his classmates. Readers will be as excited as Rodney to discover the wonders of the majestic outdoors.

Emma's Circus

September 2, 2017

Emma’s Circus by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Christine Davenier, begins with a trip to town with Emma’s family. They own a farm and are so busy they cannot go to the circus which is tantalizingly on parade as they finish their shopping. Thanks to a very savvy, bicycle riding bear the circus comes to Emma instead. Exuberant watercolors capture the excitement of performing and the wonder of the unexpected. A numbers lesson is lurking as well!

7 ate 9

September 2, 2017

7 Ate 9 by Tara Lazar, illustrated by Ross Macdonald, is a clever and amusing story about numbers. The author has given each brightly colored digit a distinct personality. It all begins with a very worried number 6 coming to see the “Private I”, concerned that he’s next in line to be eaten by 7. The wordplay going forward is excellent, all ages will enjoy this romp.

The Thumbtack Dancer

September 2, 2017

The Thumbtack Dancer by Lesley Tryon, illustrated by Jan Gilchrist, tells the story of Gus. He’s a young boy with a prodigious talent for energetic dance that finds expression from the minute he wakes up. The quick “tap tap tap” from the thumbtacks in his sneakers announce his presence everywhere he goes. However, he can’t attend dancing school without proper tap shoes he can’t afford. Happily his talent comes to the rescue and readers can celebrate Gus’s triumph.

Dogosaurus Rex

September 2, 2017

Dogosaurus Rex by Anna Staniszewski, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, is a hoot. Ben goes to the shelter looking for a dog. He comes home with a rather oversized pet named Sadie who proceeds to eat them out of house and home, inadvertently wreck cars, fetch mailmen and generally create all kinds of mayhem. It doesn’t take long for Ben’s mother to announce that Sadie must go. Oh no! In fact there is a solution that works for the whole town--read on!

Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Silly School Mystery

September 2, 2017

Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Silly School Mystery is the latest installment in Chris Monroe’s hilarious series. Chico is off to school with his trusty school belt. He is hardly off the bus when he immediately gets busy repairing and fixing things in the classroom. A mysterious rash of disappearances no one can figure out disrupts school. With Chico on the case the culprits are discovered and the problem solved. Wonderful illustrations enhance the reading experience.

Seamus's Short Story

September 2, 2017

Seamus’s Short Story by Heather Hartt-Sussman addresses the down sides of being short. Seamus cannot reach key items like the remote, the chocolate milk, elevator buttons etc. His ingenious solution will bring a smile to everyone’s face as he also learns that being short can be an advantage.

This Way Watson

September 2, 2017

This Way Watson, a board book by Claudia Pearson, is a cheerful and fun way to get a start with maps, directions and opposites. Watson the dog and Scout the pigeon go exploring in their city one day, allowing them to cross streets, find shortcuts and generally have a great time. Their travels take them through interesting and tantalizing places like museums and bakeries. It’s definitely a journey to remember! (a board book)

The Curious Cares of Bears

September 2, 2017

The Curious Cares of Bears by Douglas Florian is very sweet. The habits of bears of all sizes and ages are explored in rhyme. The illustrations by Sonia Sanchez are endearing. The “party hearty” page is the best!

A Pattern for Pepper

September 2, 2017

A Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kraulis charms and educates all at once. This is a book that is also likely to teach adults a thing or two about the provenance of various fabrics. Pepper needs a dress for a special occasion. She visits the local tailor, who tries valiantly to interest her in different fabrics, explaining the origin of each one. Pepper is a bit hard to please but of course eventually finds a beautiful fabric.

The Knish War on Rivington Street

September 2, 2017

The Knish War on Rivington Street by Joanne Oppenheim is loosely based on a real retail competition in NYC that took place in 1916. Two knish sellers almost drive each other out of business by continually lowering their prices in order to steal each other’s customers. The detailed period watercolors really capture the unique streetscape of early 20th century Manhattan. A wise mayor figures out how to broker a compromise with the obstinate bakers which benefits all hungry knish fans.

Masterpiece Mix

September 2, 2017

Masterpiece Mix by Roxie Munro is a tour through painting genres, illustrated with beautiful renditions of works from the National Gallery in Washington. The book shows an artist getting ready to paint. She reviews all the possibilities from landscape, portraits, still lifes and more, eventually following advice she got from her father years ago to “paint what you love." The result is stunning. (Non-Fiction/Informational)

BraveTart

August 23, 2017

BraveTart by Stella Parks is lavishly photographed, with meticulous instructions for intriguing candy, cookies, pies and cakes. From the best oatmeal cookies we’ve ever had to multiple recipes for fun ways to duplicate familiar and loved candies such as Reeses peanut butter cups, this a thoroughly engaging cookbook. There is a lot of history here too, many recipes have an introduction on the sweet’s commercial life. Many of the recipes are on the challenging side but the “how to” element is crystal clear so you will be tempted to try something new. (Cookbook)

Bread, Toast Crumbs

August 23, 2017

Bread, Toast Crumbs by Alexandra Stafford is both a feast for the eyes thanks to the gorgeous photographs, and a feast for the table due to the recipes. Here is the no knead bread recipe you have been waiting for--it doesn’t take all day or use hard to find ingredients and is totally delicious. The book takes off from this recipe and offers a smorgasbord of variations and uses for all kinds of bread. The author has a wonderful way of instructing-she is both enthusiastic and realistic about time constraints. This is a book that makes you want to get into the kitchen and have some fun. (Cookbook)

Holding

August 23, 2017

Holding by Graham Norton is set in a remote Irish village. PJ Collins is the local constable who has never had to solve a serious crime prior to the recent discovery of human remains. Naturally there are secrets from the past that engulf many of the village’s inhabitants as the truth comes to light. This is well done human interest and “whodunit” combined.

South Pole Station

August 23, 2017

South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby is a wonderful read. It’s well written and explores Antarctica, a lesser known corner of the world. Cooper is there as an artist in residence, a designated “polie” for 6 months. She has a bird’s eye view of all the machinations that make life at the pole work, or not. The pole attracts all kinds of personalities, some of them true misfits, some brilliant, and many are funny whether they mean to be or not. It’s a generous, fascinating window into a unique environment where getting along is crucial. The dialogue is witty and the tension that develops among the scientists is well portrayed. Highly recommended.

Devastation Road

August 23, 2017

Devastation Road by Jason Hewitt is an outstanding novel. Set in Europe at the close of WWII it follows a trio of refugees as they make their way East. Owen is suffering from amnesia and injuries he cannot remember receiving. Janek is a Czech on the run from the Russians. They encounter a third--a woman with a child. Fascinating detail about a lesser known period after the camps are liberated and Europe was awash with millions of people trying to get to their homes. It’s really riveting.

The Amber Shadows

August 23, 2017

The Amber Shadows by Lucy Ribchester explores skullduggery at Bletchley Park 1n 1942. The blitz is raging and Honey Deschamps is working hard to crack codes. She starts receiving packages that are seemingly meaningless but may be connected to her family’s past. She ends up enmeshed in her work trying to find the if her past is connected.

Shadow Man

August 23, 2017

Shadow Man by Andrew Drew is an excellent thriller. Wade has returned to the southern CA area where he grew up. A serial killer is on the loose, adding to complications stemming from secrets from the past, a broken marriage, and personalities galore from the local coroner’s office and police force. There is a strong sense of place with a good recent history of the changing environment of the area, which has morphed from ranches to subdivisions in a flash.

American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land

August 23, 2017

American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse is excellent non-fiction reporting about a series of arson fires in isolated Accomack County VA that took place over five months in 2012-2013. The county is in economic decline is rife with abandoned buildings that made easy targets as it is economic decline. There are no twists in this true crime story as the guilty parties are found and punished (although the motives are truly bizarre!). Its strength is her rendition of a community whose heyday has passed but is determined to survive this travesty. It’s excellent. (Non-Fiction)

Stasi Child

August 23, 2017

Stasi Child by David Young takes place in East Germany before the Berlin Wall fell. The pervasive Stasi, who elevated the art of informing to a terrifying level, are the ominous undercurrent of every interaction. The young woman found dead at the foot of the wall poses a problem for Karin Muller, a lieutenant in the East German police. Actually solving the murder becomes the least of her worries. This is a richly atmospheric thriller that brings to life a chilling era in history.

The Captain's Daughter

August 23, 2017

The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Moore. This is a witty, on point novel about family, the pull of coastal Maine, and the ongoing adjustments made when leaving “home” for a life with no anchors you recognize. Featuring a beguiling, believable heroine, who has a husband who is a thoughtful, sympathetic character. The two daughters are a kick. This is a well written beach read with great dialogue.

The Lies We Tell

August 23, 2017

The Lies We Tell by Teresa Schwegel is the story of a Chicago detective with multiple sclerosis. She is keeping her diagnosis a secret to protect the job which enables her to be the sole support of her family. The unraveling of a politically critical case, and the fact that the perpetrator who is on the lam knows she is ill, jeopardizes her efforts to keep her secret. There are multiple twists and turns and questionable judgements by well developed but flawed characters. This is a real page turner that also tugs at your heart.

The Force

August 23, 2017

The Force by Don Winslow is a gritty NYC police drama writ large. Can you be a clean cop and a great one at the same time? It’s a little bit like the TV series The Shield put into print. The characters are realistically drawn, you may not like all of them but you will believe in their lives and the choices they make. Denny Malone is the leader of “Da Force," tasked with the difficult job of policing northern Manhattan. Urban NYC at the height of the drug wars is the backdrop to this extremely realistic and compelling portrayal of cop culture when the lines are crossed.

The Scribe of Siena

August 23, 2017

The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer uses time travel to transport the reader to medieval Siena in this terrific historical fiction. All the Italian city-states are at odds with each other, with the powerful Florentines aggressively seeking to overthrow the local Sienese government. A present day neurosurgeon finds her thrown back in time to the 1340’s, right before the plague wreaks havoc on the city. She has been investigating her brother’s research into an artist and finds her likeness in a painting. The rest, as they say, is history. It’s a fascinating fantasy that will teach the reader a lot about all aspects of life in medieval Italy. It’s a very enjoyable read.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Children's Movie (PG) 92 minutes

August 22, 2017

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: THE LONG HAUL – Children’s Movies--(PG)--A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw's 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg's (Jason Drucker) newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. This family cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget. Mom: Alicia Silverstone, Dad: Tom Everett Scott, Rodrick: Charlie Wright and Rowley Jefferson: Owen Asztalos.

The Boss Baby Children's Movie (PG) 98 minutes

August 22, 2017

THE BOSS BABY – Animated Movies--(PG)--A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year old brother, Tim to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. Seven-year-old Tim Templeton (Miles Bakshi) has always been a boy of an overactive imagination, and for the past seven years, life was all peaches for him, getting all the love and affection from his caring parents. However, life will never be the same and Tim won't be the center of attention anymore as the arrival of an improbable new brother named Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin), dressed in a suit complete with accessories, will shortly rob him of all love, as he takes over the whole house. However, soon, Tim and the new Boss in a diaper will need to put differences aside and join forces, as a sneaky scheme threatens to tilt the balance of power towards furry antagonists, and that’s with the next Pet Convention in only two days

Big Little Lies Season 1 (NR) 375 minutes

August 22, 2017

BIG LITTLE LIES - SERIES--(NR)--A perfect life is a perfect lie. Book to Movie.  This is a subversive, darkly comedic drama that weaves a tale of murder and mischief as it explores society’s myth of perfection, and the contradictions that exist beneath our idealized façade of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship. Starring Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Martha Mackenzie and Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright, Shailene Woodley as Jane Chapman and Alexander Skarsgard as Peter Wright. Also including Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern.

Fortitude Season 2 (NC-17) Adults Only 450 minutes

August 22, 2017

FORTITUDE, Season 2 - SERIES--(NC-17) Adults Only--Welcome Back! After Last year, the remote arctic town of Fortitude will never be the same again. The islanders have overcome the parasite threat, but the mainland is trying to suffocate the town by cutting off its funding and supplies. Some stay because their whole life is there, and they love it, the most thrilling, beautiful place on earth. But out in the wilderness, nature is growing ever more restless, unpredictable, and dangerous. The very sky itself has turned red in a blood aurora-the omens are not good at all for the locals. There is another horrendous death, and the police must solve a barbaric murder. A mysterious stranger has appeared in town, hell-bent on destroying the evil spirit that has descended upon Fortitude and its inhabitants. There’s a demon amongst the herd, and it must be

Suburban Shootout Season 1 (NR) 171 minutes

August 22, 2017

SUBURBAN SHOOTOUT, Season 1 - SERIES--(NR)--Ah, suburbia! The smell of newly mown grass, the colorful blooms in flowerbeds, the clatter of automatic gunfire at least, that’s how it goes in Little Stempington, a posh London ’burb where the ladies care more about turf wars than topsoil. They stash Glocks in Tupperware, extort protection money from the Wicker Barn, and peddle black-market estrogen patches at the local pub. When mild-mannered Joyce Hazledine (Amelia Bullmore) moves to town, she finds herself caught between rival gangs led by Camilla (Anna Chancellor) and Barbara (Felicity Montagu). Joyce soon learns that in this quaint English village, women don’t kill time—they kill each other.

The Great British Baking Show Season 4 (PG) 600 minutes

August 22, 2017

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, S.4 - SERIES--(PG)--Follow 12 amateur bakers as they don aprons and head for the tent in the British countryside, hoping to be named Britain's best. Judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood create challenges to test their baking prowess, creativity, and skill. Joined by hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, they search for the best all-around baker among the contestants.

Lost at Sea (Documentary) (NR) 54 minutes

August 22, 2017

LOST AT SEA – DOCUMENTARY--(NR)--Before GPS, even before modern map-making; the concept of longitude was just a dream. Without its guidance, navigation in the 1700s was both unpredictable and deadly…until a country carpenter called John Harrison. Richard Dreyfuss narrates this dramatic recreation of longitude’s difficult birth and the remarkable history-making life of this humble, ingenious man. With no formal education, Harrison used his boundless imagination to overcome a world of skepticism and best the world’s greatest thinkers. Discovering the secret to navigation lay not just in the stars, but in mastering the power of time, Harrison made longitude as predictable as the sunrise, although it took him 58 years. Watch and marvel and climb aboard an authentic tall ship, go back in time, sees history and longitude in the making! NOVA as seen on Public Television

Disparue=The Disappearance (Foreign) (NR) 417 minutes French with English Subtitles

August 22, 2017

DISPARUE = THE DISAPPEARANCE – FOREIGN Movies--(NR)--FRENCH with English subtitles: The Morels are a typical family living in Lyon, France. But when their 17-year-old daughter, Léa (Camille Razat), fails to return home after a night out celebrating her birthday, the Morels are unexpectedly thrown into their worst nightmare. Mother Florence (Alix Poisson) tries to remain strong for her other children and hopeful that her daughter will return home safely, while father Julien (Pierre François Martin-Laval) begins an investigation of his own.
As the police—led by Commander Bertrand Molina (François-Xavier Demaison) and his lieutenant, Camille Guerin (Alice Pol)—desperately search to find the missing teen, shocking truths begin to come to light, revealing secrets hidden by Léa and those closest to her.

The Circle (PG-13) 110 minutes

August 22, 2017

THE CIRCLE -Movies--(PG-13)--A gripping modern thriller, set in the not-too-distant future, starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks with Bill Paxton as Vinnie and John Boyega as Ty. When Mae (Watson) is hired to work for the world's largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company's founder, Eamon Bailey (Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes, begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

Snatched (R) 91 minutes

August 22, 2017

SNATCHED - Movies--(R)--Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer! After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter - in unpredictable, hilarious fashion - is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

How to be a Latin Lover (PG-13) 115 minutes

August 22, 2017

HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER - Movies--(PG-13)--This is a hilarious English-Spanish comedy, taking place in southern California. Our hero, an aging gigolo named Maximo (Eugenio Derbez) is suddenly dumped by the older woman he married for money. He moves in with his estranged sister Sara (Salma Hayek) and her 10-year-old son, Hugo (Raphael Alejandro), with whom he shares a bedroom. Determined to return to the lap of luxury, Maximo uses Hugo to meet a rich widow – and learns that love and trust must be earned in this hilarious film featuring Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, and Raquel Welch.

Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) 118 minutes

August 22, 2017

KONG: SKULL ISLAND--Movie—(PG-13)--A team of adventurers explores an uncharted island in the Pacific, under the guise of geologic research. A washed up monster chaser has convinced the U.S. Government to fund the trip to the unexplored Skull Island in the South Pacific. But their mission of discovery becomes one of survival when they discover the wildlife that inhabits this remote island, and they discover they have ventured into the domain of the mighty Kong.

Gifted (PG-13) 100 minutes

August 22, 2017

GIFTED - Movies--(PG-13)--Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of her first grade teacher and principal, but then Frank's formidable mother, Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan), also a math prodigy, whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. A movie about love, friends and family conflict.

Their Finest (R) 117 minutes

August 22, 2017

THEIR FINEST--Movies--(PG-13)--1940, London, the Blitz. With England’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Atherton), an untried screenwriter, works under fire with a makeshift cast and crew to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits, and inspire America to join the war. Catrin and a fellow writer, Buckley (Sam Glaflin) reluctantly join forces with leading matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy) on a movie to warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American public. Also starring Richard Grant, Rachael Stirling and Helen McCrory.

Tommy's Honour (PG) 110 minutes

August 22, 2017

TOMMY’S HONOR- -Movies--(PG)--GOLF and it’s early history. Old and Young Tom Morris, two Open Championship legends of the 1800s inspire this true story that gives the chance to feel what golf was like over a century and a half ago. This is about the real-life father-and-son team that revolutionized the modern game of golf. Set against the early days of the sport, the film follows the challenging and complex relationship between the two as they grow into golf legends.

Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine (NR) 90 minutes

August 22, 2017

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SUNSHINE -Movies--(NR)--A quirky, heart-felt romantic comedy, that follows Ben (Kevin Resnick), a stressed-out and lovelorn single father raising a precocious 7-year old daughter, Lilly (Dariana Alvarez) who peppers him with female-related questions he has no clue how to answer. Plus his cantankerous live-in Dad and his maniacal time watching boss. Ben has his life turned upside down when Sunshine (Sarah Navratil), a new-age yogi, mysteriously shoes up in his kitchen. Sunshine breathes new life into Ben’s world, encouraging him to pursue his long-forgotten dreams. Suddenly, Ben finds his newfound happiness in jeopardy when his is forced to confront his past in a way he never imagined.

King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor

July 27, 2017

King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor by Andy Riley introduce Edward, the nine-year-old king of Edwinland. Copiously illustrated with very funny renditions of his empire and the neighboring evil Emperor Nurbison, it has many laugh out loud moments. Readers will relate to the fact the mind wanders when boring topics are raised, and there are plenty of those when you are running a kingdom. Eventually the evil empire rises up and there is a hair-raising battle. This is the first in what will clearly be a memorable series

 

Charlie's Boat

July 27, 2017

Charlie’s Boat by Kit Chase celebrates friendship and water play. Charlie, Lulu and Oliver gather at the river to fish. Everyone catches a fish but Charlie so they move on to boat building. The charming illustrations capture the frustrations of getting objects to cooperate with your plans. Charlie’s losses lead to a cooperative venture that produces fun for everyone.