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Movies & Books

So many films are made from books these days! Come enjoy the movie and, if you wish, check out a copy of the corresponding book. Seating at the movie screening is limited to 125.

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On Saturday, August 5th at 1:00pm we will be screening The Zookeepers Wife. Jessica Chastain stars in the real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. This movie runs 126 minutes and is rated PG-13.


Tinley Tomes

Tinley Tomes comprises two groups that discuss a variety of fiction and nonfiction. One group meets at 1:30 pm on the second Wednesday of the month and the other at 7:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday. Selections are available at the Adult Reference Desk in hardcover, large print, and audio formats one month before the discussion date. Discussions are held in Meeting Room A unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday Tomes Selections for Fall 2017

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November 28thThe Observations by Jane Harris
"The Observations is a hugely assured and darkly funny debut set in nineteenth-century Scotland. Bessy Buckley, the novel's heroine, is a cynical, wide-eyed, and tender fifteen-year-old Irish girl who takes a job as a maid in a once-grand country house outside Edinburgh, where all is not as it seems. Asked by her employer, the beautiful Arabella, to keep a journal of her most intimate thoughts, Bessy soon makes a troubling discovery and realizes that she has fled her difficult past only to arrive in an even more disturbing present."--Amazon.com

Tuesday Tomes Selections for Winter 2018

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January 23rdRoad Ends by Mary Lawson
"Set in a backwoods village in northern Canada, this is the story of a young woman who leaves her dysfunctional, male-dominated family to make a new life in London. With her dreamy mother abed upstairs, and her father passive in a house full of rambunctious, out of control male children from the age of 4-14, Megan has become the defacto mother, housekeeper, nurse, and lynchpin of her household. Wholly dependable, intelligent, lovely, they depend on her completely-- until one day she has had enough. She packs her bags and leaves for London knowing virtually no one. As she did in her previous two books, Mary Lawson flawlessly weaves the narration of Megan's life and love with the consequences of her departure at home, particularly for her youngest brother Adam, age 4, who has retreated into himself out of insecurity and neglect. Lawson is particularly fine in calibrating the emotional core of her characters, and the choice Megan must make, which, while poignant, in Lawson's hands is also an affirmation of what is, finally, universally important"-- Provided by publisher.

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February 27thHeat and Light by Jennifer Haigh
"Bestselling author Jennifer Haigh returns to the Pennsylvania town and the conflicting forces at its heart - hope and desperation, greed and power, big business and small-town families. Forty years ago, Bakerton coal fueled the country. Then the mines closed, and the town wore away. Now Bakerton has been granted a surprise third act: it sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas. Told through a cast of characters whose lives are increasingly bound by the opposing interests that underpin the national debate, this novel depicts a community blessed and cursed by its natural resources."-- Provided by publisher.

 

Wednesday Tomes Selections for Winter 2018

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January 10thA Legacy of Spies by John le Carré
"The undisputed master returns with a riveting new book--his first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carre has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back:The Spy Who Came in from the ColdandTinker Tailor Soldier Spy. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carre and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new"-- Provided by publisher.

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February 14thDays Without End by Sebastian Barry
"Entering the U.S. army after fleeing the Great Famine in Ireland, seventeen-year-old Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, experience the harrowing realities of the Indian wars and the American Civil War between the Wyoming plains and Tennessee."-- Provided by publisher.

 

Books with Buzz

Are you looking for a forum for discussing bestsellers? Come to Books with Buzz which meets on the third Thursday of every other month at 7:30 pm in the Young Adult Program Room. Each selection will be announced at the preceding discussion. Join the Buzz!

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November 16thUncommon Type by Tom Hanks
Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks takes a break from acting and tries his hand at writing with this collection of 17 short stories. Surprising, intelligent, and heartwarming, these tales evoke memories of the many appealing roles Hanks has played. The title is a play on Hanks’ passion for typewriters, which find their way into every story.
Copies of the book will be available at the Adult Reference Desk starting October 17, while supplies last.