The Wild Truth; the untold story behind Into the Wild

Many of us are familiar with the fascinating story of Chris McCandless, told so fantastically by Jon Krakauer in 1996’s Into the Wild. Krakauer reports the true story of Chris’s desertion of his wealthy family, abandonment of his car and other possessions, donation of the $25,000 he had to his name to charity and ensuing adventures hitchhiking to Alaska and his life completely off the grid there. Months after his departure, his emaciated body was found in the Alaskan wilderness by a moose hunter.

Chris’s story was a controversial one, as many readers wondered how he could justify deserting his family and friends, leaving them to worry and wonder for months, and ultimately mourn his death. Other readers admired and often envied him for his courage and dedication to following his own path. The book enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the late 2000s, when it was made into a movie by the same title.

Now, Chris’s beloved sister Carine McCandless has written a revealing new book about her brother and about their childhood that offers vast amounts of insight into the reasoning behind Chris’s decision to leave his loved ones. In The Wild Truth: The Untold Story of Sibling Survival, Carine describes in vivid detail the realities of McCandless family life when she and Chris were growing up. “Carine was Chris's best friend, the person with whom he had the closest bond, and who witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska,” reads the book jacket. “In the many years since the tragedy of Chris's death, Carine has searched for some kind of redemption. In this touching and deeply personal memoir, she reveals how she has learned that real redemption can only come from speaking the truth.” Fans of Into the Wild will surely be interested in reading this insightful look into the nuances of Chris’s story.

TV Spotlight: The Following

In the television drama The Following, serial killer Joe Carroll escapes from death row and starts a new murderous rampage, and the FBI calls the reluctant Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) back into service to help find him. Hardy was the was the one who locked up Carroll nine years ago, and is tied up psychologically with both Carroll and Carroll's ex-wife. The FBI soon discovers that Carroll had been communicating with his “followers” while he was in prison, setting up a network of cult-like serial killers ready to do anything Carroll desires.

The Following is an intense and suspenseful show that has you wanting to watch another episode immediately. It’s also a total mind game that has you questioning everyone on the show, for it seems like all the good guys are doing Carroll’s dirty work. I watched all of season 2 last weekend and was not disappointed. But talk about a cliff hanger! The show has been renewed for another season.

Check out season 1 and 2 now at the library!

New TV Shows on DVD @ AADL

Another stack of new TV shows on DVD hit the catalog! This batch features nurses, cops, vikings, psychopaths, monsters, and Dracula. The library is always acquiring additional TV shows and new seasons of them, be they hot and new, or oldies but goodies. Good news comes with these particular new DVDs! You can now get the entire season in one check-out! Hello, binge watching! All the discs are in one case with an extended check-out period. Here are some new series on their way to AADL:

The Wonder Years, Season 1
The series depicts the social and family life of a boy in a typical American suburb from 1968 to 1973, covering his ages of 12 through 17.

Getting On, Season 1
Set in a women's extended-care unit of a California hospital, the story follows the daily lives of a ragtag staff assigned to care for elderly patients who are, well, getting on.

Extant, Season 1
An astronaut with International Space-Exploration Agency (ISEA) is assigned a 13-month solo mission aboard space station Seraphim. She returns home to her husband, a robotics engineer who created their son Ethan, a prototype android called a "humanich". When she mysteriously becomes pregnant, she begins a search for answers.

Dracula, Season 1
Centuries after the Order of the Dragon cursed him with immortality and murdered his wife, Dracula arrives in Victorian London to wreak his revenge. Posing as an American industrialist who intends to bring modern science to England, Dracula sets out to destroy the sect, only to fall in love with a woman who strongly resembles his dead wife, an obsession that threatens to thwart all his plans.

Blue Bloods, Seasons 1-4
Follows a multi-generational family of cops who are dedicated to New York City law enforcement.

Vikings, Season 1 and 2
An epic new series about history's bravest and most brutally fearsome warriors; Vikings. Ragnar, a would-be Viking chieftain, longs to fulfill his destiny as an explorer and conqueror, alongside his ambitious brother Rollo and loyal wife Lagertha. But as Ragnar leads daring raids in distant realms across the ocean, treacherous forces in his Norse homeland conspire against him.

Fargo, Season 1
The Coen Brothers Best Picture Oscar Nominee transforms into the season's most talked about TV debut. It features a new "true crime" story and new characters, all chilled in the trademark dry wit, murderous mayhem and "Minnesota nice" of the original classic film. Lorne Malvo, is a manipulative master criminal who changes the life of insurance salesmen Lester Nygaard. Gus Grimly and Molly Solverson are the small-town police officers who join forces to uncover Lester's secrets.

Hemlock Grove, Season 1
In the shadows of a rusted Pennsylvania steel town, the mangled body of a teenage girl is discovered. As they hunt for a monster among them, rumors mount and many of the eccentric residents become suspects, from the newly-arrived gypsy family to the wealthy Godfrey clan.

In the Flesh, Season 1 and 2
Zombie teenager Kieren Walker isn't comfortable in his 'undead' state. He didn't want to come back, he wanted to be dead. After his suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they'd never see him again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands rose from the dead; and after a catastrophic war, imprisonment, months of rehabilitation and medication, the zombies are gradually being returned to their homes.

Bates Motel, Season 1 and 2
A modern day re-imagining of, and prequel to, the classic film Psycho. The story follows Norman Bates' teenage years, delving into his intricate relationship with his mother, and how she helped forge the most infamous serial killer of them all.

Penny Dreadful, Season 1
An erotically charged, profoundly unsettling new saga that completely reinvents literature's most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein, and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul, even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.

Broad City, Season 1
The show follows two best friends in their twenties navigating their way through everyday life in New York City. The show is centered around the lives of low income, struggling women and their friendships.

Fore more TV shows, be sure to check out AADL’s lists for HOT TV shows, as well as NEW TV shows.

New TV Shows @ AADL

More new TV shows have hit the catalog! This variety features a judge, cops, doctors, Reagan, a headless horsemen, and even Detroit. The library is always acquiring additional TV shows, be they hot and new, or oldies but goodies. We also often get the new seasons of shows already available at AADL! Good news comes with these particular new DVDs! You can now get the ENTIRE season in one check-out! (Hello, binge watching!) So if you notice this in the catalog, it’s not an error. All the discs are in one case with an extended check-out period. Here are some new-to-AADL series on their way:

Chicago P.D., Season 1
At the helm of the Intelligence Unit is Sergeant Hank Voight, a man not against crossing legal and ethical lines to ensure the safety of the men and women of the Chicago Police Department's District 21 who put it all on the line to serve and protect the security of the city he loves.

Cedar Cove, Season 1
Judge Olivia Lockhart who is considered the community's guiding light in the picturesque, coastal town of Cedar Cove, Washington. But like everyone else, Olivia fights the uphill battle of balancing career with family and finding love, all while doing her best to care for the township she calls home.

Low winter sun, The complete series
A contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. Set in Detroit, this gritty, edgy and provocative crime drama begins with an act of retribution: the murder of a dirty cop by two fellow Detroit detectives, Frank Agnew and Joe Geddes. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever later Agnew's life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. Filmed in Detroit!

Arrow, Season 1 and 2
After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series. After suffering unimaginable ordeals on the island, Oliver returns to Starling City a new man, determined to right the wrongs of his father and sworn to bring justice to those who've corrupted his city.

The Goldbergs, Season 1
Reagan was in the White House, the malls were filled with New Wave fashionistas, and the Goldbergs were living large in the '80s. Documenting his hilariously combative, yet loving family with a video camera nearly as big as he is, eleven-year-old geek Adam is witness to all kinds of insanity from his over-protective, over-the-top mom, quick-tempered dad, rebellious sister, high-strung brother, and super suave grandfather.

Sleepy Hollow, Season 1
Ichabod Crane, a British expatriate who dies in the American Revolution, is revived in upstate New York during the time of the cell phone - as is the evil Headless Horseman, who plans to annihilate mankind! Teaming with a feisty police lieutenant, Crane races to vanquish the newly unearthed dark forces - or face the impending apocalypse.

Death in paradise, Season 1 and 2
British cop Richard Poole is a fish out of water when he is sent to the tiny island of Sainte Marie to solve a mysterious murder. Awaiting Richard is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing.

Childrens hospital, Seasons 1 – 4
Comedy television series that parodies the medical dramas that occur in a children's hospital featuring a group of self-absorbed doctors.

About a boy, Season 1
Successful songwriter and bachelor Will Freeman lives a carefree life as the 'ultimate man-child.' His perfect world is turned upside down when single mom Fiona and her eleven-year-old son Marcus move in next door.

Scott and Bailey, Season 1 and 2
A thrilling investigative drama series exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives. Despite their differences, impulsive, funny and single Rachel and reflective, married mother-of-two Janet, have a great partnership. Thrown together in the toughest of murder cases, they have become the best of friends, ready to support each other both in and away from the incident room. An honest and powerful crime drama series.

Fore more TV shows, be sure to check out AADL’s lists for HOT TV shows, as well as NEW TV shows.

New Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album: Hypnotic Eye

Did you know that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers came out with their 13th studio album just a couple of months ago? Titled Hypnotic Eye, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. You may have heard some of the singles from the album on the radio over the past couple of months; “American Dream Plan B,” “Red River,” and “U Get Me High” have all had their share of time on the airwaves. Hypnotic Eye shows that age has far from deterred Tom Petty and his crew from making great music. The AADL just added the album to our collection, and you can join the hold list of eager fans waiting to give it a listen!

Of course, Hypnotic Eye isn’t the extent of our Tom Petty collection. We have nearly all of the other Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers albums, including 1994’s Wildflowers, 1979’s Damn the Torpedoes, 2006’s Highway Companion, and their 1993 Greatest Hits album. Interested in learning some Tom Petty music of your own? We have the sheet music and lyrics for his entire solo album, Full Moon Fever.

We also have the fascinating movie Runnin’ Down a Dream, which follows Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from their early beginnings in Gainesville through their 30th anniversary celebration. The DVD features lots of amazing footage and information from over three decades of the experiences of this wonderful band.

Legendary Washington Post Editor, Ben Bradlee, Dies at 93

Legendary editor Bill Bradlee, who took over the Washington Post in 1965 and served as its executive editor during the Watergate Era, died yesterday of natural causes. Best remembered by many of us in the guise of a wily Jason Robards in All the President's Men, Bradlee was known for his leadership style: recruiting talent and encouraging aggressive investigative journalism. We have a few books by and about Bradlee, including 2012's Yours in Truth: A Personal Portrait of Ben Bradlee, and his work is featured in Katherine Graham's Washington.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #490

Librarian (Louisiana) Ashley Weaver's stylish and charming debut Murder at the Brightwell features "a spunky heroine, a tense romance and red herrings galore" that would bring to mind Agatha Christie who created some of the most endearing and enduring amateur sleuths.

1932 England. Young Amory Ames, on impulse, accepts an invitation from her former fiance Gil Trent to vacation at the Brightwell, a luxurious seaside resort catering to the society set. The express purpose is for Amory to intervene in the forthcoming marriage of Gil's sister Emmeline to Rupert Howe, a disreputable ladies' man. No one sees the sharp prick of the irony more then Amory whose floundering marriage to the notoriously charming playboy Milo is a constant source of sorrow.

But when Rupert is found murdered and Gil is arrested for the crime, Amory must set aside their marital ennui, and reluctantly enlists Milo's help in finding the killer and clearing Trent's name. Soon, the pair's sleuthing puts them at the scene of a second murder, and in harm's way.

"A pleasant debut novel, nicely evoking the 1930s with strong atmosphere and the beginnings of some intriguing characters."

Readers eagerly anticipating a follow-up might want to get cozy with Dashiell Hammett's Nick and Nora Charles of The Thin Man series (and the 1934 film adaptation that is now a classic); the Australian Miss Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood (adapted into an exquisitely-costumed period television series); and the Dandy Gilver series by Catriona McPherson, set in Scotland.

New TV Shows on DVD @ AADL

A giant stack of new TV shows have hit the catalog! It's a broad range of shows featuring pirates, queens, senators, single moms, fire fighters, and detectives. The library is always acquiring additional TV shows, be they hot and new, or oldies but goodies. We also often get the new seasons of shows already available at AADL! Good news comes with these particular new DVDs! You can now get the ENTIRE season in one check-out! (Hello, binge watching!) So if you notice this in the catalog, it’s not an error. All the discs are in one case with an extended check-out period for select new items. Here are some new series on their way to AADL:

Brooklyn nine-nine, Season 1
Jake Peralta is a Brooklyn detective with a gift for closing cases and little respect for authority. When no-nonsense commanding officer Raymond Holt joins the 99th precinct with something to prove, the two go head-to-head.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Season 1
After the battle of New York, the world has changed. It now knows not only about the avengers, but also the powerful menaces that require those superheroes and more to face them. An elite covert team has been formed to find and deal with these threats wherever they are found.

The 100, Season 1
Ninety-seven years after nuclear Armageddon destroyed the planet, humanity's sole survivors live on the Ark, an aging space station experiencing overpopulation and inadequate resources. When faced with difficult choices, the Ark leaders decide to send 100 juvenile prisoners back to Earth to test its living conditions.

The musketeers, Season 1
On the streets of seventeenth century Paris, law and order is an idea more than a reality. In addition to being King Louis XIII's personal bodyguards, Athos, Aramis, Porthos, and their new friend D'Artagnan, stand resolutely for social justice, honor, valor, love, and for the thrill of it all. They must fight to maintain order and protect their King and Queen against the worst intentions of the ruthless Cardinal Richelieu and his secret weapon, Milady.

Alpha house, Season 1
Four Republican senators share the same D.C. house rental, and face re-election battles, looming indictments, and parties, all with a sense of humor.

Reign, Season 1
Ever since Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, was a little girl, the English have wanted her country and her crown. As a teenager, Mary is sent to France to wed its next king to save herself and her people. Waiting at the French Court is the gorgeous Prince Francis, his illegitimate half-brother Sebastian, a king on the brink of madness, a scheming queen, and the seer Nostradamus with a devastating prophecy.

Line of duty, Series 1 and Series 2
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates is an exemplary cop. He's got the best crime stats on the force and a loyal team working under him. But the head of the police anticorruption unit, Superintendent Ted Hastings, has his doubts about Gates. Is he really that good? And more importantly, is he really that clean? Hastings decides to find out and all on a new arrival to his department, Detective Sergeant Steven Arnott to help him do it. As the net tightens around Gates, reputations are on the line and lives are at risk.

Chicago fire, Season 1 and 2
An up-close and personal view into the lives of everyday heroes. Watch this gripping 24-episode first season back-to-back and uninterrupted as it follows the adventures of the men and women of Chicago Firehouse 51, the courageous firefighter, rescue squad, and paramedics whose actions make the difference between life and death.

Mom, Season 1
Christy is a single mom whose newly found sobriety has given her the ability to see her life clearly, and she does not like the view. Now she must untangle years of reckless decisions to make a better life for her and her kids. She has many challenges: stop drinking in wine country; a romance with her unavailable boss, raise her young son and troubled teenage daughter to make smart choices; and forgive her estranged mother, Bonnie, for her lack of parenting skills that got her in this mess.

Crossbones, Season 1
It's 1715 on the island of Santa Campana and the diabolical pirate Blackbeard reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. An extraordinary action adventure where one can't be sure whether the pirates or the British crown are the villains.

Fore more TV shows, be sure to check out AADL’s lists for HOT TV shows, as well as NEW TV shows.

Ann Arbor Film Festival's DVD Release Party

Looking for something to do tonight? Catch the premiere of the AAFF Volume 7 DVD at the launch party on Tuesday, October 14 at 9pm at Arbor Brewing Company. As part of WCBN's monthly movie night series, WCBN and AAFF will co-present the first peek at the Volume 7 DVD featuring award-winning films and other works of interest from the 52nd AAFF. Doors open at 8:30pm and the movie begins at 9pm.

Can't make it tonight? AADL has DVDs from past festivals that you can check out. You can also explore the Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive featuring photos, interviews, posters, articles, and programs from the history of the fabulous film festival.

Anne of Green Gables

The Anne of Green Gables books have been a staple in my life for as long as I could remember. The first book opens with a brother and sister who are getting on in years deciding that adopting a boy will be a practical step for them instead of hiring help. What they get however, is a very impractical Anne Shirley. Anne is a scrawny little girl with spirit and energy in abundance. Despite her being a girl, she quickly wiggles her way into everyone's hearts and is allowed to stay for a probationary period. I spent my childhood wishing I was as creative as Anne with her red hair and spunk. She is the epitome of delight with her flowery language and dramatic ways. Even though such traits could quickly become irritating, she manages to be one of the most endearing characters in literature. She is no stranger to making mistakes and yet she has a resiliency that is at times superhuman.

If you are the sort who enjoys movies based on great books you should also check out the movies based on Anne of Green Gables staring Megan Follows. She will forever be the version of Anne that I picture whenever I reread the books.

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