Grey Gardens Redux

It's hard trying to figure out exactly what the Hollywood producers of Grey Gardens--the upcoming dramatization of the Albert and David Maysles' classic 1975 cinéma vérité documentary by the same name--have in mind. This forthcoming 2007 fictional version of the already stranger-than-fiction biography featuring two of Jackie Kennedy's relatives couldn't possibly measure up to the great cult film. For even if Jessica Lange can resist the temptation to over-act as the otherworldly Edith Bouvier Beale, Drew Barrymore is no match for the real "Little Edie." Accept no substitutes--check out the real thing on DVD or VHS.

Better yet, mark your calendar for May 15 when AADL will celebrate Mother's Day with a free screening of the film.

Happy Birthday, Eric Clapton

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Hard to believe but Eric Clapton turns 61 on March 30. Known for his time with Cream and his virtuoso guitar playing, Clapton's latest cd is titled Back Home. Featuring five original songs co-written with Simon Climie, the cd also includes songs by George Harrison, The Spinners and Vince Gill. Special guests appearing on Back Home are Steve Winwood on synthesizer and John Mayer on guitar. [http:/

Spike & Denzel

Director Spike Lee and actor Denzel Washington have teamed up again for The Inside Man, which also stars Clive Owen and Jodie Foster. The movie debuted at the #1 spot this weekend by earning $29 million. Surprisingly, this is the biggest box-office debut for both Lee and Washington.

Previous collaborations between the two include He Got Game, Malcolm X, and Mo' Better Blues.

"American Theocracy"

Kevin Phillips , a former Republican strategist appeared Friday March 24, 2006 on the Diane Rehm show. . In his latest book "American Theocracy" he writes about the intersection of religion, oil, politics and money and what it means for the future of the country. Kevin Phillips has written a number of interesting, insightful books on politics and wealth in the United States. Expect this to be a best seller.

"Philosophy made Simple" an oxymoron?

Robert Hellenga has come out with a new novel, Philosophy Made Simple. If you liked The Sixteen Pleasures, Margot, the book conservator in that story is back but not as the main character. Rudy, her father, a Chicago wholesaler, moves to Texas where he buys an avocado farm. He also reads a book called Philosophy Made Simple and begins to ponder life's big questions. He finds his area of Texas is inhabited by a strange lot of people and other beings including a radio station proclaiming the Second Coming and a painter elephant named Norma Jean.

Buck Owens: 1929-2006

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What country star had a hit record that was later done by the Beatles? Buck Owens. What country star had more than 20 number one hits in the 1960s and 70s? Buck Owens. What rebellious country star played a mean red, white and blue guitar and helped popularize the famous rock 'n roll-tinged, anti-Nashville Bakersfield sound?

You got it.

And you thought he was just that goofy-looking guy who co-hosted "Hee Haw" for twenty years. Check out The Buck Owens Collection or the Buck Owens article on wikipedia.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #11

If you are expecting a pleasant little cozy, well, skip this one.

Part police procedural, part psychological thriller, and part courtroom drama, this dark tale of two missing girls in a well-heeled Duluth suburb is a complicated page-turner by a first-time novelist. In Immoral, Detective Jonathan Stride suspects murder and he is sure he has the culprit; but proving it is another story altogether. Adding to the suspense are plenty of red herring, skeletons in the closet, and the fact that the victims may not all be innocent.

Mystery reviewers everywhere agree that Brian Freeman is a talent to watch. No argument here.

What’s a four-letter word for…?

Do you love crossword puzzles? Well this weekend is the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament – the nation’s oldest and largest crossword competition. Each competitor must solve eight original puzzles, created specifically for this event, and is then scored for accuracy and speed. The contestants all compete for prizes in over 20 categories, the grand prize being $4,000!

While you may not be as good as the masters who enter this tournament, brush up on your skills with the many dictionaries that the library owns that will help you improve.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (3/19/06)

With a hint of Spring in the air, romance veterans Steel and Graham return with their latest releases. In fact all the new entries are by tried and true favorite authors, offering a little whimsey, a lot of Irish history, and one more mystery soaked in the California sun.

At #1 is The House by Danielle Steel: how a mansion in need of tender loving care changes a lawyer's life.

At #9 is Sour Puss by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown: for cat and cozy mystery lovers everywhere, Mrs. Murphy and her cats solve another case of mysterious death.

At #10 is The Rebels of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd: sweeping family saga covering Irish history from 1597 to 1922.

At #15 is The Island by Heather Graham: a woman stumbles into a mystery on vacation which threatens her life back home in Miami.

At #16 is The Fallen by T. Jefferson Parker: this native Californian delivers another
absorbing tale of corruption and death, following in the footsteps of Chandler, Hammett and Macdonald (Ross!).

What Do Your Brackets Look Like?

AND1's, buzzer beaters, and dunks, oh my! How does your bracket look?
If you're following the NCAA and NIT tournaments, we want you to know the library has a lot to offer. Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds and Changed America Forever, and Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four for starters. The season's hoopla wouldn't be complete without hearing from Dick Vitale. Dick Vitale's Living A Dream, or try a few issues of Slam, the magazine, for those endless time-outs.

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