We all seem to be a little on the quiet side this week. It could be we are just making preparations for the Impending Doom. Or it could be that we are just feeling beat up by this winter in general. Whatever it is, we are hopeful that the PA rodent’s prediction will come through for us and we will see an early Spring. In the meantime, this week we have some unrequited love, gossip of the librarian kind, knife skills, computer science, some Rez, and another masterpiece.
Let us begin!
Here is Erin’s weekly film pick! “This weekend I watched 10 Years, a movie about a group of friends reuniting for their 10-Year High School Reunion. Admittedly, I picked it up because it stars Channing Tatum. The film is sweet and will perhaps make you a bit nostalgic for your own hometown and high school friends. There are several storylines that deal with unrequited love, lost love, and people trying to appear as someone they are not. Ultimately, I thought the film dragged in the middle but I still enjoyed its saccharine ending.”
Elizabeth, who can sometimes be found on the Reference Desk, reports in with this, “Ok, I had to check out the book that just won the 2013 Printz Award: In Darkness by Nick Lake. This is historical fiction set in Haiti about a young boy trapped by the recent earthquake. There is also a parallel story about the slave who liberated Haiti from France. This book beat out The Fault in Our Stars and there is lots of librarian gossip about that decision.”
Jeanne is distracted. Look-out! “The narrator of Kathleen Flinn's, The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks is keeping my mind off the road this week. The author has a lot to share with people who don't (yet) cook and people who already do. There's plenty to learn from Flinn's knife skills tips, simple soup ideas and meal planning. It made me feel virtuous about what I do know in the kitchen and humble about what I don't.”
Sweet Ann is reading Bend Not Break a Life in Two Worlds by Ping Fu. “Ping Fu wrote this memoir to bring to light her childhood during the Cultural Revolution in China during the 1960's and 70's, and her booming career in the United States. As a young child she was taken from her family to be re-educated by the communists. People were cruelly murdered and tortured during this time period. She was one of the lucky ones to survive. When the universities opened years later she was able to attend. She became part of a group that condemned the government. She was arrested and forced to leave China. She came to the United States where she struggled with language but enrolled in college and was able to eventually get her degree in computer science. She is now the CEO of Geomagic, a 3D digital reality solution company. This is a story of family, survival, determination and one woman's drive to succeed. “
Pat T. has just finished a book that is on everyone’s best of from last year; The Round House by Louise Erdrich. “The life of the Coutts’ family irrevocably changes for the worse when Geraldine Coutts is brutally attacked near the Round House on their reservation in North Dakota. Geraldine’s husband, Bazil, and her thirteen-year-old son Joe watch on helplessly, as Geraldine isolates herself from everyone. Joe frustrated by the injustice of the laws of the land, tribal, federal and state, takes action into his own hands and seeks to find his mother’s attacker. There are many layers to dissect in this wonderful novel: Joe’s coming-of-age story when his secure family life is turned upside down and he is reluctantly thrust into an adult world; the racial tensions; land title laws; and moral and legal implications of justice.”
I am about half way through Transatlantic by Colum McCann. Anyone who knows me knows what an evangelist I am for Let the Great World Spin. Well, LTGWS as it is known in Jen-Land is going to have to learn to share the love. Transatlantic which is out in June is another marvel from McCann. These interconnected short stories span 150 years and two continents. This is a novel worth waiting for and when you get it in your hands it is worth savoring. I for one am looking forward to have weather excuse to do nothing but read this gem of a book. For the rest of you it comes out in June. Get excited. You have more than sunshine and roses to get excited about. You have Transatlantic.