Seniors Book Club March Selection

Invention of WingsThe Seniors Book Club will be meeting Wednesday, March 11th at 2:00 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

About the book:

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from a young age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.  Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. The story follows their remarkable journeys over the next thirty-five years, as both strive for lives of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

Kidd’s novel is inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, an American feminist, suffragist and abolitionist. (source: http://www.penguin.com)

Visit the Author’s Website

A Conversation with Sue Monk Kidd

Review of the Book

Discussion Questions

About the Grimke Sisters

 

 

Monday Evening Book Club March Selection

 

100 foot journeyThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet March 9th at 7:00 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais.

About the book:

Follows the life journey of chef Hassan Haji, who progresses from his family’s modest restaurant in Mumbai to master haute cuisine in an elegant Parisian restaurant. “That skinny Indian teenager has that mysterious something that come along once a generation. He is one of those rare chefs who is simply born. He is an artist.” And so begins the rise of Hassan Haji, the unlikely gourmand who recounts his life in this novel. Lively and brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the  kitchen, it is a succulent treat about family, nationality and the mysteries of good taste.

(source: http://www.simonandschuster.ca)

Visit Richard C. Morais’s website

New York Times Review of the book

Discussion questions for the book

What are the Michelin Stars?

 

Weekend Picks

This week our picks reflect the final weekend for two yearly events that are of both cultural and historic significance: Black History Month & Freedom to Read Week.

Irréversible

Banned in several countries for its all out attack of the senses, Argentine film director Gasper Noé’s controversial masterpiece tells the story of Alex and Marcus: a couple whose tale is unraveled in reverse-chronological order over the course of a fateful evening in a series of long takes. An emotional odyssey that unspools from gut-wrenching violence to sweetly observed moments of sublime tenderness.

Irréversible Trailer

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

The Radiant Child is an intimate portrait of the artist proclaimed as the First African American Painter of Major Significance – this was just one of the many titles assigned to the artist; most of which he had no use for. Centered on a rare interview that director Tamara Davis shot with Basquiat, this definitive award winning documentary chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist.

Also, if documentary film isn’t your bag, check out the 1996 biopic Basquiat – David Bowie cast as Andy Warhol is worth a peek in itself! Basquiat Trailer

Weekend Picks

Introducing Weekend Picks!

We’re happy to post our very first installment of “Weekend Picks”. Every Friday we’ll select a couple of the best films from our Adult DVD & Blu-Ray collection. Don’t miss these eclectic new releases and forgotten gems of the past!

Our first installment begins with two Oscar nominees that currently  have one or no holds. Pick them up or place a hold on them today, as things are sure to change after this weekend’s Oscar buzz!

Finding Vivian Maier

Nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category

Now considered one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Vivian’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photos, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

Ida
Nominated in the Foreign Language Film & Cinematography categories

Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation

Just look at the Metascore: 90! Wow, this is rare territory – believe us we order lots of movies.

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The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid

Val McDermid returns with another gritty police procedural that will keep you reading late into the night!

In The Skeleton Road, cold case detective DCI Karen Pirie is called in when skeletal remains are found in the high pinnacle of an abandoned Victorian Gothic building. Forensics ultimately identifies the remains as Mitja Petrovic, a former general of the Croatian Army. Not only must Pirie solve the mystery of his death, but now there is a mystery of international significance: Petrovic was believed to have been responsible for murders of 11 Serbian war criminals…except he’s been dead for 8 years!

While you are waiting for your copy of The Skeleton Road to come in, why not try these suspense-filled mysteries, with complex plots and strong characters.

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