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The Women In The Castle

by Jessica Shattuck
Friday, July 28, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

“This beautiful fantastic” is a heartwarming movie. It is about a woman that has OCD, does not like dealing with nature, let alone speaking with anyone. She works in a library shelving books and has a “Shhush” type boss. Bella is challenged with taming the jungle of a backyard into a garden or she will be evicted. She learns that the codger of a man next door is actually her landlord. He eventually helps her transform the space into something comparable to his fantastic garden by giving her plants. They also share the same cook. A blooming romance is also part of the story.
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Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jaqueline Woodson
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

 I chose to listen to this book instead of reading it because I wanted to hear it in the authors’ voice. I am so glad I did! The story would not have had the same impact if I had read it in my voice in my head. The story is about an African American girl growing up in the 60's and 70’s.
I usually stick to the Fairy Tale Retelling or Fantasy genres so I was a bit worried that I would not "get into it." Happily, I was wrong! Jaqueline and I had some similar experiences growing up in the south although we had very different childhoods. The way she wrote the story and her voice was very soothing, almost lyrical. Every...

A Fall of Marigolds

by Susan Meissner
Friday, July 14, 2017

A moving time-travel tale that vaccillates between the two most tragic events in the history of New York City. The story begins in September 2011 with Taryn, who has just lost her husband in the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center. It soon interchanges with Clara, who is a nurse at Ellis Island and has lost a potential suitor in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. The two stories are woven together by a sense of love, loss, and hope and are connected physically by a scarf which becomes pivotal in both of women's lives. I found myself fulfilling the author's wish to "keep you up at night" as I stayed up until 3 AM on the night I...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A fitting and poignant ending to the Logan saga.  This movie has a great message about family, friendship and taking a stand.  This movie is very dark and not family friendly.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that because there is a “little girl wolverine” that this movie is appropriate for young children.   The level of violence is needed to make the point of the story and to clearly define the mentality of the characters.  For mature X-men fans, this movie does not disappoint. ...

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