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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Well HERE's a little surprise for you...!

According to British publication, The Independent:

"The next book in the acclaimed ‘Millennium’ series by the late Stieg Larsson will be called ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web,’ and will continue the story of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist.  The book, written by Swedish author and journalist David Lagercrantz, is now complete and will be released worldwide on 27 August, and is expected to be published in 38 different languages."  Click here to read the link!  

This is great news on a wintry spring day!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

New DVDs out 3/31/15...

"The Imitation Game" - the tumultuous true story of how Alan Turing 
and his team cracked the Nazi Enigma code during the Second World War and the chaos that followed Turing in peacetime - Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay - stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Charles Dance (TV's "Game of Thrones")

"Interstellar" - the spaceship Endurance must travel past the known universe to find a habitable planet to house a dying Earth - Oscar winner for Best Visual Special Effects - Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway head an all-star cast that includes Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon and John Lithgow

"Out of the Dark" - the Harrimans have inherited a house and manufacturing plant in South America - they soon find the former is haunted by ghosts of young children - what is the plant's secret history? - stars Julia Stiles ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Scott Speedman ("The Vow")

"The Rewrite" - Keith (Hugh Grant) has been in a slump since winning an Oscar, so he travels east to teach screenwriting at a college and finds romance in the bargain - also starring Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney (TV's "Mom") and J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash")

"Veep: The Complete Third Season"  from HBO- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky and Tony Hale all won Primetime Emmys for their work in this continuing comedic saga of Selina Meyer, first female Vice President of the United States

"Wild" - based on a remarkable true story - Reese Witherspoon portrays Cheryl Strayed in this film adaptation of her bestselling memoir of how Strayed dealt with tragedy via hiking 1100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail - also starring Laura Dern and Gaby Hoffmann (TV's "Girls") - Note: The book "Wild" can be found in Merrick Library's Biography section

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Author you shouldn't miss...

“Hanya Yanagihara’s second book announces her as a major American novelist,” wrote the usually reserved critic Sam Sacks of The Wall Street Journal.  If that isn't high praise, I don't know what is.  I've read "The People in the Trees" and have repeatedly recommended it. It's not an easy read but completely worth the effort. 
Yanagihara's newest is such an exciting prospect my full concentration is needed. 
I cannot wait to dive in.  Please let me know your thoughts on either title. 
Until then, happy reading!

Monday, March 23, 2015

New DVDs out the week of 3/23/15!

Image result for dear white people dvd cover"Dear White People" - A campus culture war between blacks and whites at a predominantly white school comes to a head when the staff of a humor magazine stages an offensive Halloween party.  Starring Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Denis Haysbert and Brandon Bell

Image result for the hobbit battle of the five armies dvd cover"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" - Smaug the dragon is gone from Lonely Mountain but the residents of Lake-town may face an even greater danger that Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the newly freed wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) must forestall! - final chapter of the trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tale - also starring Richard Armitage as Thorin the dwarf king

"Into the Woods" -  As the result of the curse of a once-beautiful witch (Meryl Streep), a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are childless. Three days before the rise of a blue moon, they venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell and restore the witch's beauty: a milk-white cow, hair as yellow as corn, a blood-red cape, and a slipper of gold. During their journey, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill a wish.

Image result for son of a gun dvd cover"Son of a Gun" - JR busts out of prison with Brendan Lynch, Australia's most notorious criminal, and joins Lynch's gang for a gold heist that soon pits the two men against one another.  Starring Ewan McGregor, Brendan Kervliet, Brenton Thwaites

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"Song One" - enter Brooklyn's music world and meet Franny, her comatose musician brother Henry and the charismatic local star who she soon loves and he idolizes - stars Anne Hathaway, Ben Rosenfield (TV's "Boardwalk Empire") and Johnny Flynn (whose album "Been Listening" can be found in Merrick Library's CD collection

"Zen" - Premiering on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery, the best-selling novels of Michael Dibdin come to life in these breathtaking new adaptations from PBS and the BBC. Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell, John Adams) is a formidable detective, but he's always put honesty before advancement. The arrival of clever and ambitious Tania (Caterina Murino, Casino Royale) to the team sees Zen's vigor reawakened. Driven by romance, re-energized and armed with a new confidence, Zen's investigations take him from crowded Rome to the spectacular Italian countryside, as he negotiates a complex string of murder cases, never afraid to question authority or use a few unorthodox methods to see justice done. Rufus Sewell brings passion, intrigue and humor to author Michael Dibdin's character in this series set against a visually rich backdrop of Rome at its most stunning.