Finally available on DVD...

...a little something for everyone: Civilisation (1969), Sir Kenneth Clark's landmark 13-part examination of Western culture, is finally here to replace our dusty, damaged VHS set. Or maybe your taste runs more along the lines of Gilmore Girls? If you want local events and politics, we have plenty, including several Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads Events, two public lectures on urban development in Ann Arbor sponsored by the Downtown Development Strategy Steering Committee. And finally, there's Zingerman's February demonstration and tasting program for Chocolate Lovers!

Animanga This Fall

Anime Full Metal Alchemist Ed

Planning Animanga Club for this fall is underway. I know everyone said they liked meeting on the Weekends but there are many football Saturdays to compete with in the fall. What about meeting Friday nights? Also, what do you think about doing Full Metal Alchemist in the fall? I also have a call for a Vintage Night.

Mickey Spillane, pulp crime fiction giant, is dead

Mickey Spillane, pulp crime fiction giant, is dead

Mickey Spillane, creator of the Mike Hammer private eye novels, has died.

Mike Hammer, crime fiction’s politically correct nightmare, captured the attention of Spillane fans for decades. Brutal, violent, murderous toward women, and shaky on the subtle nuances of the law, Hammer kept readers demanding more for decades.

Spillane, a former Jehovah’s Witness, laughed at the scorn critics heaped upon his novels, such as Murder Is My Business, The Snake and Kiss Me, Deadly, one of several Spillane titles turned into a movie. He referred to his books as “the chewing gum of American literaure” and precious few reviewers disagreed.

Fresh Air Picks from the Week of July 10th, 2006

Publishers Weekly calls Edmund White "a prolific essayist, novelist, biographer (of Proust and Genet), travel writer, critic and all-around man of letters." On Tuesday, White discussed his new autobiography My Lives, described by PW as a collection of "…gracefully written pieces...[that] engage the intellect, the emotions and even that part of us that responds to name-dropping." Click here to listen to the piece.

Maureen Corrigan, an author on the subject of books and reading, reviewed Elisabeth Hyde’s new title The Abortionist’s Daughter on Wednesday’s show. Anita Shreve, reviewing this title for Publishers Weekly, wrote "Were it not for its fully realized characters and crisp prose, one might be tempted to see The Abortionist's Daughter as just another legal thriller for the beach. The elements are all there…[y]et it is precisely Elisabeth Hyde's arresting prose and astute observations about family life that elevate her fourth novel to domestic tragedy." Listen to Corrigan's review on Fresh Air here.

On Thursday, philanthropist and investor George Soros discussed his new book, The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of The War on Terror. Fresh Air describes Soros this way: “Soros, whose worth has been estimated at over $7 billion, has directed his philanthropic efforts toward defeating George W. Bush in 2004, overthrowing communism in Eastern Europe, helping black students attend university in apartheid South Africa and repealing drug prohibition laws internationally.” In his new book, Soros - “legendary financier-and founder of the Open Society Institute - offers crucial insight into the real meaning of freedom, and how societies can best promote it” (publisher comments). Click here to hear the piece on Fresh Air.

Pre-Season is Here!

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Start practicing for the AADL-GT Super Smash Double Dash Championship Series on Sunday, July 23, from 12-5pm downtown in the multipurpose room. Size up your opponents and get your clan together for some hard core practice playing Super Smash and Mario Kart. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in Super Smash, Mario Kart single-player and team events. If nothing else, stop by for some pizza and a little single player Mario Kart. Let the trash talking begin!

Go Berserk!

We want you and your children to "Go Berserk!" over the Sandra Boynton books we have at our libraries. Sandra Boynton writes and illustrates hilarious children's books that are enjoyed by all ages. Check out some of the great titles we have, such as ...
Hippos Go Berserk!
Moo, baa, la la la!
Opposites
Barnyard dance!
...just to name a few!

Eat Your Peas

Eat Your Peas by Kes Gray
It starts off pretty normal. You don't have to go to bed early. You don't have to take a bath. There is a point midway through this book however where the mother offers her daughter 100 desserts, 10 new bikes, 2 elephants, 3 zebras, a penguin and a chocolate factory if she will only please eat her peas. You know it is only going to get more ridiculous from there. That's the point I realized I really liked this picture book.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #28

It sneaked in under the media radar…

Before Chocolat and Five Quarters of the Orange, there was Sleep, Pale Sister.

It was Joanne Harris’ debut novel, originally published in 1993 in England but never before available in the U.S.

This haunting gothic romance is set in 19th century London. Middle-aged Henry Chester, an artist of independent means has an unhealthy interest in virginal young girls. Beautiful, fatherless Effie - his model/wife is kept drugged with laudanum so as to remain his vision of feminine perfection — passive, docile, innocent, unsullied. That is, until a roguish fellow artist awakes her passion.

Multiple plot twists complete with ghosts, illicit sex and murder make for a page-turner. Harris' sensual, elegant style and atmospheric prose admired in her subsequent works, is very much evident here. You will love this one.

Think "Food" - then watch

Perhaps you viewed them. Perhaps not. Have you viewed them lately? ...Think "Food"... The Big Night; Tampopo; Eat, Drink, Man, Woman; Chocolat.

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