New French books at the library

Look for new French books on the shelf at all branches very soon marked with "NEW" stickers. The library just received many new French books. The selection includes:

Books by Francophone African authors:
Kiffe Kiffe Demain by Faiza Guene
La Retournee by Fawzia Zouari
Les Sirenes de Bagdad by Yasmina Khadra

Books translated from other languages:
La Maison aux esprits by Isabel Allende
Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Le Zahir by Paulo Coelho

Other new French books include:
Impuretes by Philippe Djian
Plateforme by Michel Houellebecq
La ligne noire by Jean-Christophe Grange

City of God

City Of God is a very interesting title for a movie that gives us a glimpse into a world of hell on earth. What I found most disturbing about this movie is that it is based on a true story. While I loved this movie for showing me a world I never knew existed, I simultaneously found myself in a state of agitation throughout the film. Watching this film was like watching a train wreck. I wanted to cover my eyes, but I could not turn them away. The setting for this film is a Brazilian ghetto filled with poverty, anarchy, crime, violence, and drug dealing. The youth running wild in the streets brought to mind the William Golding masterpiece "Lord of the Flies". Watch this movie for a jarring dose of reality, but be prepared for a raw shot of cinematography served straight up. The official FFG rating of this movie is a 10.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

When you are a French Film luvr, as I am, you are usually an Audrey Tautou luvr as well. Audrey is a wonderful actress that posts high in my "A2-C2" actress list. This "A2-C2" categorization means Audrey embodies the characteristics of being attractive, adorable, charming, and classic. In the movie, He Loves Me, He loves me not Tatou plays a character, Angelique, that is reminiscent of Glenn Close's character, Alex, in Fatal Attration. Instead of one climactic rabbit boiling scene in this film, the climax unfolds slowly as a series of seemingly innocent events. What REALLY is, is not what you were lead to think it was. Yes, it is all very sneaky, sneaky...but, we are misled so well. Misled so cleverly actually, that I had to go back into the film to verify that I saw what I actually thought I saw. Let's just say the love affair in this film between the two main characters is not based in reality, but pure fantasy. Feel the chill when you notice the pharmaceutical collage in the shape of Angelique's love interest in the final scene! The official FFG rating of this movie is a 9.

Farsi/Persian books at the Ann Arbor Library

Have you read or checked out Farsi books from the library? Are you interested in checking out Farsi books from the library? Do you have any suggestions or comments regarding the Farsi collection here?
The library is considering discontinuing the Farsi collection at the library because it is not often used. I would like to have your opinions, suggestions, comments etc. about the Farsi language collection and whether you have or would use it.
Please feel free to e-mail me, Tara, at stantont@aadl.org. I would love to have patron input on whether or not to continue offering Farsi books in the foreign language collection. Thanks!

New Spanish books at all branches!

The library has just received many new Spanish books, including more copies of the Harry Potter books and the Chronicles of Narnia. We also have new original Spanish titles in both fiction and non-fiction. Additionally we have many new children's books including picture books and books for older kids.
Various new books are at all the branches in the foreign language section and you can easily find these books by the call number "FLC SPA" and the "New 5/07" or "New 6/07" stickers on the books. You can also search the catalog by call number "FLC SPA" and reserve books at any branch to be picked up at the branch location of your choice.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org. Your suggestions for materials are always welcome.

Arabic books at the Ann Arbor Library!

At all of the Ann Arbor Library's branches, we have Arabic books available for checkout. The library has a growing collection, from contemporary authors such as Najib Mahfouz and Elias Khoury to Arabic translations of novels from other languages. Arabic books are available at every branch in the "Foreign language collection" under the call numbers FLC ARA. You can also search the catalog by call number "FLC ARA". Please check these books out and if you have any suggestions, comments or questions about Arabic books (or any other foreign language materials) at the library, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org. We welcome any book suggestions and comments.

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth is now available at AADL. Although not a children's movie, the "fairy tale" part of this movie could be cauterized, fed, and made into a movie all its own. If the director had chosen that route, this would be a wonderful cinematic experience for children as well as adults. The fairy tale aspect of this movie is wonderful, beautiful, and imaginative. There just wasn't enough of it for my liking. Instead of more magic and labyrinth adventure, Director Guillermo Del Toro gives us graphic details about the 1940's fascist movement in Spain. His choice to share insights into the fascist torture methods popular during that time period, which include the trifecta of pinchers, poker, and hammer, make this movie non-family friendly. The official FFG rating for this movie is 7.

The Best Of Youth

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Best Of Youth is a wonderful Italian film that tells the tale of two Italian brothers' lives. The film setting starts out in the 1960s and follows the brothers through the next 40 years of their lives. This film encompasses every aspect of themselves and the world they live in including; politics, love, passion, family, hope, regret, death, loss, and searching. This movie is particularly wonderful because the characters could be us or anyone we know. The sincerity of this film is brought even more to heart via the wonderful acting performances throughout the movie. This movie begs the question, "Why isn't anyone in America making films like this???"
The official FFG rating for this movie is an 8.

New Children's books in German!

We have several new children's books in German which will be available soon. They will be distributed between the branches and you can find them on the foreign language shelves. You can also put a hold on the books through the on-line catalog and have them delivered to the branch of your choice. Remember that new foreign language books now have "NEW" stickers on them to distinguish them from other books in the collection. If you have any questions or comments about the foreign language collections, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

Follow the links to see the record for these new German books:

Piro auf Schatzsuche: eine abenteuerliche Geschichte / von Kurt Baumann
Der kleine Bär / von Else Holmelund Minarik. Bilder von Maurice Sendak
Regenbogenfisch komm hilf mir! / von Marcus Pfister
Der regenbogenfisch / von Marcus Pfister
Kleiner Eisbär wohin fährst du? / von Hans de Beer

"New" stickers on foreign language books make browsing easier!

Effective immediately, all new foreign language books at all branches will have "NEW" stickers on them. These stickers are the same as the "NEW" stickers on other books with new and the month/year it was received. These "NEW" stickers are put on to make browsing the foreign language collection easier and make locating new titles easier. If you have any suggestions or comments on the foreign language collection, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

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