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Set to star in Beetlejuice 2, Winona Ryder was welcomed back by the media this week… but when exactly did she ever leave?

Girl, Interrupted

Based on Susanna Kaysen’s best-selling memoir about her 18 month stay as an adolescent girl in a New England psychiatric hospital in the 1960’s.


Reality Bites

The irreverent portrayal of the harsh realities of life after college captures the misadventures of Lelaina, an ambitious TV production assistant, and her relationships with her sarcastic roommate, Vickie, friends Sammy and Troy, and an ambitious video executive, Michael.


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Book Reviews to Inspire You for the Last Week of the Reading Game!

The last day to spin the Summer Reading Game wheel is Sunday August 16, and the last day to get your entries in is Tuesday August 18! Get those entries in for the Grand Prize of a Kobo Aura eReader.

To help with your final reading choices, here are a couple patron book reviews:

RuRu by Kim Thúy

“An autobiographical story of a Vietnamese Canadian, told in ultra-short scenes (vignettes), using poetic language. I can’t decide if I like this book or not. Maybe I read this book too fast, as the language sometimes felt choppy and the scenes too scattered. I may need to give it another try.”  ~Patron review, August 2015

Category: Fiction in Translation

**Kim Thúy will be coming to St. Albert Library on October 28 as part of STARFest 2015**

6257535New York by Edward Rutherfurd

“As the characters develop I found it interesting to grow with them and learn how history impacted them. I appreciated how the author introduced different characters, different cultures and tied them to a significant historical event. I did find it tough to remember all the linkages and felt it sometimes digresses. Overall enjoyed it.” ~Patron review, August 2015

Category: Historical Fiction

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With the first leader’s debate done, one can’t help but to have caught a political fever. Want our cure? Then check out this installment of Weekend Picks.

All of the President’s Men

Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon’s resignation.


Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Nicholas Wrathall’s documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining tribute to the iconic Vidal, diving into his years on the page, the screen, and the scene. With commentary by those who knew him best, including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the late Christopher Hitchens, plus loads of footage from his legendary on-air career, Wrathall reminds us why Vidal will forever stand as one of the most dazzling and fearless critics of our time.


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A Bevvy of Book Reviews

More reviews from the readers in our Adult Summer REading Game: The Library, and Back Again!  There is still time to spin and read.  The game ends August 18.

longrunThe Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback From Crash Victim to Elite Athlete by Matt Long with Charles Butler

“Firefighters can ba a sarcastic, full-of-themselves bunch. I should know since I’m one of them. Most of this book is written this way. Matt Long calls himself a regular guy, a “dirty firefighter”. His words, however, describe something else. His vanity and ego are wide open for everyone to see as he describbes himself: ladies’-man, amazing firefighter, best friend, world-class runner and athlete.  I felt it took him going through his ordeal to learn humilty and class. The time jumps and flashbacks are occasionally confusing. A fairly easy read overall. His triumph in the end, plus learning about teh support he had from everybody, is heartwarming and salvages the rest of the book.”  ~Patron review, July 2015

Category: Bios & Memoirs

A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean by Tori Murden McClure

“The only word to describe this novel about the first woman to row alone across an ocean is “RAW”–this novel is full of raw courage–in not only confronting adverse weather conditions (hurricanes) but also her own personal hurricanes: her senses of helplessness, self-worth and failure.” ~Patron review by Kari M., July 2015  Category: Travel & Adventure

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

“Funny, funny, funny! Poehler writes as she speaks, with a mix of wry humour and quick wit. I laughed and I cried throughout.”  ~Patron review, July 2015  Category: Humour

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

“A beautiful and haunting love story about the sacrifices we make for those we love and the inevitability of the passage of time. A powerful lesson to live in and appreciate the moments we share with others. This book was captivating form start to finish.”  ~Patron review, July 2015  Category: Award Winners

Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll

“This book started well and then became very strange. I was disappointed with it. The author’s concept was interesting if you like aliens but it wasn’t my cup of tea.”  ~Patron review, July 2015  Category: Science Fiction

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

“I really enjoyed this book–I was hooked a few pages in. This thriller goes deeply into character development, making you think of people in a different way.  Very good read!”  ~Patron review, July 2015  Category: Thriller

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel


“A collection of excellent short stories, by an author who I just discovered (she won the Booker Prize–twice!). The story “Long QT” is one of the best short stories I’ve ever read: precise, surprising, perfectly written.”  ~Patron review, August 2015  Category: Short Stories

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This long weekend we feature a couple of Lawrence/Laurence, long playing films (each over 140 min. running time). Both are epics in their own right. One is amongst the greatest movies every screened, and the other is quite possibly Xavier Dolan’s opus. Both are brilliant, enjoy!

Lawrence of Arabia

Stationed in Cairo in 1916, Lawrence languished in the mapmaking department of British Intelligence until he was asked to find and gather information on Prince Feisal, leader of the Arab Allied forces in World War I. Lawrence of Arabia movie His desert journey inspired his first military success when he led a small contingent of Arabs against the Turkish stronghold of Aqaba.


Laurence Anyways

In the ’90s, Laurence tells his girlfriend Fred that he wants to become a woman. In spite of the odds, they confront the prejudices of their friends, ignore the counsel of their families, and brave the phobias of the society they offend. For ten years, they try to live through this transition, and embark on an epic journey which, unbeknownst to them, may cost Fred and Laurence their love.


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