Lost Book Club

My mother is a huge fan of the television series, "Lost," and loves to discuss her theories about what is happening or will happen next. Unfortunately, I have only seen the show sporadically (someday when I have the time I'll borrow them, starting with the first season and catch up), so it's hard for me to understand the complexities of the plot. Finally, though, we have a point of mutual reference for the show! The show producers have started a Lost Book Club over on the official show website, which features books referenced in the show.

I checked out the list and found several of my old favorites, and I think that even non-fans will enjoy many of their selections. For instance, if you enjoy excellent humor carved out of serious situations, the list includes Joseph Heller's Catch-22, as well as Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five. If classics are more your style, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens made the list, as did The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Even young fans can get in on the book club, with selections like William Golding's classic tale of schoolboys surviving on an island, Lord of the Flies, and even (no kidding) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which apparently got referenced in episode #117.

So, if you are a Lost fan, or if you are just in the mood for an eclectic book list, you can read them by season, or pick and choose from the entire list. Have a look at the list, and then head over to your local branch to check some of these out!

Sex and the City

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The new movie due out tonight is getting mixed reviews but I’ve got to believe it’s going to be hot. There is a good review of the movie on Fresh Air.

Remember that if you didn’t watch the original viewing on HBO - TV come to the Library. We own all 6 seasons on DVD. Take a look at for our holdings.

Discovering More Heroes

Unfortunately, Heroes won’t start airing new episodes until next fall, but luckily, fans have materials to keep them busy. First, catch up on season one and the first five episodes of season two online. Then, read the “back story” of Charlie and Hiro’s relationship in Heroes: Saving Charlie. Finally, enjoy the extra details found in Heroes: Volume One. This is a collection of short comics originally published on NBC’s website. One can find out more on characters such as Wireless and Eden. While fans may enjoy them, those not familiar with the television series best catch up on that first and see what they are missing.

Westminster Update

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You'll need your clicker tonight to see the entire Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. USA Network, Channel 51 in AA, will host the show from 8 - 9 p.m. and then CNBC, Channel 39 in AA, will take over from 9 - 11 p.m. Bertie gives the show a two-paws up rating.

Books for the President

Bill Moyers on his PBS program, Bill Moyers Journal asked viewers to submit titles of books they would like the next president to read and take to the White House with him/her. Moyers discussed a few of the titles on his program which airs on PBS stations Friday nights including his own recommendation of Command of Office: How War, Secrecy and Deception Transformed the Presidency From Theodore Roosevelt to George W. Bush by Stephen Graubard. Some other suggested titles are All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum and the recently published Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen. Readers' comments on why they chose each book are interesting as well.

TV shows on DVD

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Many of us have favorite TV shows that we are watching on DVD for the first time or are perhaps watching for the third time. In January the AADL added many more seasons to our ever-growing collection of shows. Some newer ones are The L Word Season 4, Big Love Season 2, Oz Season 6, Taxi Season 3, and Nip/Tuck Season 4. There are many other new series seasons as well. Check out our new DVD list for more!

The Wire

If you haven’t watched The Wire, what are you missing?

For one thing, a series that that’s been called one of the best on TV.

Don’t write this off as just another run-of-the-mill cop show. The series starts by exploring both sides of the Baltimore drug war, and expands its focus from there. Great writing and characters make this a compelling show.

This HBO series started its fifth – and sadly, last - season on January 6th. Catch up on the first three seasons here at the library.

Santa Claus is Coming to CTN Town

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CTN Channel 17 will broadcast the Santa Satellite Network LIVE from Santa's workshop on Thursday, December 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. Mrs. Claus and Elf Mindy will help Santa take your calls at 734.997.1050. So make that list, check it twice and give Santa a ring!

Comcast To Change CTN Service

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On Jan. 15, 2008, Comcast will move the four Ann Arbor CTN Community Access channels to digital service only stations. This will require all viewers accessing CTN to watch city council meetings as well as school and community programming to have a digital convertor box. CTN's press release gives full details on the changes and their response to the decision by Comcast.

Happy Birthday, Alistair and Dick

November 20 is the birthday of two unlikely bedfellows, Alistair Cooke and Chester Gould. Cooke, broadcast journalist and author, was born in 1908 in Salford, England but moved to the U.S. in the 1930's. His program, "Letter from America" on BBC radio was broadcast in more than fifty countries. He is perhaps best known to Americans for his eloquence as a host of PBS's Masterpiece Theatre.

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