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Staff Reviews - Books, Movies and Music

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Reviewed by Jackie on Friday, April 03
   Lost Children Archive tells the story of an unhappy married couple, the husband’s ten-year-old biological son and the wife’s five-year-old biological daughter as they set forth on a road trip from New York to Arizona.  The purpose of this trip is the parent’s independent work-related projects.  Along the way, the parents grow more distant from each other while the children grow closer together...
Music
Reviewed by Diane on Friday, April 03
  If you like Bon Jovi, you will love this compilation of all their greatest hits. Bon Jovi's style of music is very energetic with great soulful lyrics.  Bon Jovi is a glam rock band from New Jersey that came out in the early 1980's. They have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Over the years they have put out 14 studio albums and 3 live albums. Their most popular songs were Living on...
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The Velvet Underground and Nico
Reviewed by Lou on Friday, April 03
A line from a Robert Christgau review of The Velvet Underground and Nico also summarizes their brief but immeasurable impact on the history of rock music: "It sounds intermittently crude, thin, and pretentious at first, but it never stops getting better."   Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker, and Doug Yule recorded four albums between 1967 and 1970, and the repercussions are...
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Reviewed by Kathleen on Friday, April 03
  I chose this class looking for tips to improve my ability to connect names with faces – a true challenge for me.  I learned several other tools to help, as well as many other tips and methods for other memorization needs, i.e., lists, numbers, etc.  Some systems were familiar, such as mnemonics, and some were new to me.  I learned about the “pegs” system, and the use of “loci” methods. There is...
Music
Reviewed by Lou on Thursday, April 02
The coronavirus is taking its toll on the arts world. In the last 10 days, the disease has claimed the lives of jazz trumpeter Walace Roney and pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr. (father of Wynton and Bradford), country singer Joe Diffie, playwright Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman), and many others. On April 1, my feeds were flooded with tributes to Adam Schlesinger, who died at 52...
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Reviewed by Katie on Thursday, April 02
  This story takes a hard look at a restaurant that has failed, and what happens to its employees.  It is about loyalty and how the kindness of the manager, Manny, matters.  Manny has complicated relationships with his staff.  He has to choose a few of them to bring with him to the next restaurant, and we witness the emotions brought on by that.   Stewart O’Nan brings a feelings front and...
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Reviewed by Niles on Thursday, April 02
  Juxtaposing glittering opulence in the imperial ballrooms and palaces with grinding, inescapable poverty and destitution, prolific author Candace Fleming paints a portrait of Tsar Nicholas II, his German wife Alexandra, and their Russia in the decades leading up to his overthrow and beyond. Oblivious to the plight of his desperate and increasing alienated subjects, Nicholas and Alexandra...
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Reviewed by Kathleen on Wednesday, April 01
  Liam Pennywell is 61.  He has always carefully structured his life, keeping to the familiar, following routines, avoiding both conflict and change.  Having been laid off from his teaching job, Liam decides to retire, moving into a smaller and even more controlled life.  He plans to spend his remaining years reading in his rocking chair.  Then Liam awakens in a hospital bed, with no idea why he...
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Reviewed by Jenn M. on Wednesday, April 01
    I enjoyed this book, I didn’t want to put it down. It flips back and forth between the past and present. About struggles, family and finding the truth. A great read!       This book is available on the Ezone as an ebook or audiobook.
Music
Ella Fitzgerald
Reviewed by Lou on Wednesday, April 01
The Great American Songbook is the umbrella term for the most significant—and truly timeless—popular works from the 1920s through the '50s. And a case can be made that Ella Fitzgerald left the most indelible stamp on those classics on her seminal Song Book sessions, which were released on Verve Records between 1956 and 1964.   The eight volumes include 244 songs by the unparalleled craftsmen of...
Movie
The Bookshop Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Tuesday, March 31
The Bookshop begins as a lighthearted and breezy film. A young widow named Florence Green moves to the small town of Hardborough, Suffolk in 1959 with a plan to start a bookstore.   The town is filled with eccentric and very-British characters who create small obstacles for Florence as she endeavors to establish her shop. It...
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Reviewed by Kristin on Tuesday, March 31
This story kicks off with a literal bang with two shootings and an arson. Still reeling from his role in these tragedies, Moses is sent into the wilderness to complete court-ordered community service at a children's camp.   The flap text pitches a heavy, guilt laden book. And it is has those elements, but Unstoppable Moses is also hilarious. To the point I was taking photos of my kindle screen...
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Reviewed by Kristin on Tuesday, March 31
  Trudchen has survived polio, but life without her sister has ground her belief in magic into dust. Odette carries a bag stuffed equally full of wonders and family secrets. In alternating chapters, the believer and the skeptic share their versions of their history and gradually reach the truth.       Looking at the cover, you'd think this is a predictable paranormal romance where good looking...
Music
Reviewed by Diane on Tuesday, March 31
    If you like listening to or dancing to Salsa music this is a great choice. It is full of energy. This whole CD is sung in Spanish. Even though I don't speak Spanish, the music is so much fun to listen to and ESPECIALLY dance to with its great instrumentals. I felt like I was on a cruise ship or on an island while listening to this enjoyable authentic salsa music.       Hot Latin Salsa Mix is...
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Reviewed by Doreen on Tuesday, March 31
      From the very beginning Lucy knew her mother-in-law, Diana, did not like her. Diana did a lot of charity work so she was very well liked. No matter what Lucy did she could never get Diana’s approval.       That was five years ago. Now Diana is found dead? Who could kill such a kind person? Diana’s will was just changed; she was not leaving anything to her family.       Deep family secrets,...
Music
Reviewed by Diane on Tuesday, March 31
    The production in this album is fantastic. Everything sounds very clear, loud, and drenched in echo and reverb effects that was so common in the 80's era. This whole album is a musical story with a very theatrical style.  Even if you don't understand the story behind the album, you will still love the clear vocal style (Geoff Tate lead singer) and great guitar playing. This is Heavy Rock...
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The Public Movie Poster
Reviewed by Diane on Tuesday, March 31
This story is about homelessness on the streets of Cincinnati, though this could have taken anyplace in America. It deals with what happens at the end of the night when the homeless community has nowhere to sleep at night because there are not enough shelters after the public buildings—such as the libraries—close. It was about standing up and trying to get the authorities to see the problem.   It...
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Talking Heads
Reviewed by Lou on Tuesday, March 31
Art-rockers? Intellectual pop band? New wavers? Experimental funkateers? World-music popularizers? The music of Talking Heads delightfully encompasses those and many other hybrid categorizations.   From their formation in NYC in 1975 to their fractious dissolution in 1991 (three years after the release of their final album, Naked), the band's music was always evolving, bookended by the early...
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Let the Right One In Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Monday, March 30
There’s something tragic about vampires. Even evil vampires are a little bit sad. But the most heartbreaking figures in vampire stories may be the humans who help them.   Eli’s grizzled caretaker Håkan slips up while procuring fresh blood for the vampire and is faced with only awful choices. He remains loyal to Eli and suffers horribly as a result.   12-year-old Oskar has a more complicated...
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