Movie Bits - 1950s Hollywood

Do you like mystery? Do you like noir? Do you like stories perfectly set in history? Two excellent movies in the Library Collections, are based on true stories. Both stories happened in 1950s Hollywood, and both are unsolved cases. The Black Dahlia is pitch-perfect film noir, based on the unsolved murder of a young actress. Imagine Guy Noir, no humor, just serious fedora, shadows and cigarette smoke. A great companion piece is Hollywoodland which is the mystery surrounding the death of the original TV Superman, George Reeves.

The Braid

When their family is evicted from the Western Isles of Scotland in 1850, teenage sisters Jeannie and Sarah are torn apart. Jeannie goes with her parents and younger siblings to Cape Breton, Canada. Her older sister, Sarah, hides so she can stay behind with Grandma. Before they separate, the sisters braid their hair together, and cut it off, each taking half of the braid.

Though likely separated for life Sarah and Jeannie each tell their stories through poems that are knitted together and resonate with those things most important to both sisters, home, security, and heritage. The Braid made the 2007 Best Books for Young Adults list.

Hot Vegetarian Cookbooks, For Everyone!

The AADL has many cookbooks to browse through. If you’re looking for something different, or something yummy, why not check out some tried and true vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. They are sure to please both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Vegan With a Vengeance has simple and delicious recipes. By the same author is Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. The book is just that; all cupcake recipes that are sure to make any dessert lover’s hot list. Fresh From The Vegetarian Slow Cooker is packed with many easy recipes that require staples you’re sure to have around the house. Throw them in the slow cooker and come home to a tasty meal. Last but not least, The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen is full of authentic recipes rich in flavor. These books definitely make cooking fun, and even healthy.

Inventor? Entrepreneur? Investor? Check out the New Enterprise Forum


If you have an invention you are trying to market you might consider connecting with the New Enterprise Forum to network with other inventors, investors and entrepreneurs. The Forum will be hosting an event on Thursday, March 15 at 5:45 at the Holiday Inn North Campus (3600 Plymouth Rd.)The featured speakers, Hugo Braun, of North Coast Technology Investors, and Rajesh Kothari of Seneca Partners, will discuss "Perspectives on the Investor/Entrepreneur Relationship." The program is free to members and $20.00 for non-members. The organization's mission is "to link entrepreneurs with management expertise, joint venture partners, business services, capital and other critical resources."

National Book Critics Circle Awards Announced

The National Book Critics Circle has a blog, Critical Mass. Since the announcement of the nominees in January most of the nominated titles have been written up on the blog. The write-ups are well worth reading.

The winners are:

Fiction: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
The NBCC write-up

Autobiography: The Lost: a Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn
The NBCC write-up

Nonfiction: Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution by Simon Schama

Many "Curious Incidents"

Mark Haddon, author of the wildly popular Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has written a second book, A Spot of Bother about a family in the midst of chaos. Haddon, however, manages to make their trials quite funny even while dealing with serious subjects like cancer, extra-marital affairs and homosexuality. George Hall, father of the on-again, off-again future bride, Katie, is convinced he has cancer when he discovers a skin irritation, the "spot of bother" on his hip. He plummets into a deep depression characterized by cowering on the floor or hiding in the "loo." Jean, meanwhile, is having an affair with one of George's former business partners. And Jamie, George's gay son, is pining away for lost love, Tony. Nearly farcical, Haddon's novel manages to make all these bumbling characters look all too human. Not as insightful as his first, this story may either strike you as fluff or a comic riff on family dynamics.

What NOT to do on Shore Leave...

1) Get into a bar fight with Klingons.
2) Buy a cute, fuzzy Tribble for a space merchant.

I've rediscovered ST:TOS and am having a ball. Actually, my kids have started watching it with me which has been a lot of fun. We especially enjoyed The Trouble with Tribbles, likely the most popular of all the original episodes. So sit back, relax and enjoy this classic Star Trek show.

Live Long and Prosper.

A Walk in the (Cherry Hill) Woods

With the time changing this coming Sunday, it feels like there is a "spring" in the air. Why not celebrate with a walk in the woods? Have you ever hiked the nine trails on 160 acres of Superior Township's Cherry Hills Nature Preserve? It can be a wonderful place to get away from it all and enjoy the changing seasons.

This magical place honors former Superior Township clerk Colleen O'Neal. Before her death in 2001 she campaigned to protect natural spaces in the township and opposed the paving of Cherry Hill Road.

You can reach the trail head on the north side of Cherry Hill Road about a mile east of Plymouth Road.

Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake" in theaters today!

Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake has being turned into a feature film and is in theaters today. It will begin playing at the Michigan Theater March 30th. This article on NPR provides an excerpt from the book and insight into the movie. Check out Fox Searchlight's official movie page for reviews, video excerpts and trailers.

Daughtry is No Fluke

Daughtry by Daughtry has reclaimed the number one position on the Billboard 200 Chart. Maybe Chris Daughtry should have won the recent competition over Taylor Hicks whose cd Taylor Hicks has not reached one million in sales and not done as well on the Billboard Chart.

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