The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

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Reviewed by Judy B (Library Staff)

A romantic, lushly poetic wander along the rivers of southern France by the lovesick Literary Apothecary Perdu. He dispenses his wisdom and his books to a myriad of strangers who never seem to work more than a few hours a day. Instead, they sit around chatting, drinking wine or coffee, eat French cuisine and watch the world flow poetically by. A literary journey to heal one’s over-stresses soul.
Beautifully narrated by Steve West, Emma Bering and Cassandra Campbell.

Located in Adult Fiction Audiobook (CDBOOK GEORGE)

The Pathfinder by James Fenimore Cooper

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Reviewed by Jennifer Rude Klett (Library Staff)

A sequel to The Last Of The Mohicans, The Pathfinder brings us another adventurous tale of frontier and pioneer life with Nathaniel Bumppo and his iconic long rifle. Set in 1757, The Pathfinder is one of five books by Cooper known as The Leatherstocking Tales, all featuring Bumppo and the Mohican Chingachgook. Cooper is one of the great American writers. I have read this book several times; I highly recommend it.

Available through the BRIDGES Library System

Zero Day: A John Puller novel by David Baldacci

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Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

It’s a fast paced read that borders on the incredulous but is definitely worth staying up all night to finish. Postmen Howard Reed sets out to deliver a package but stumble into a crime scene. One of the people in the house was military with top secret clearance, and with national security at risk, John Puller is sent in to investigate. The local deputy knows she needs help and reluctantly lets Puller into the investigation once he singlehandedly disables a meth lab they discover across from their crime scene. Together they race against time and deceptions to discover what secrets this seemingly innocent town could be hiding that would warrant killing two entire families and a police officer.
What makes this story so engrossing is John Puller; he is a combat veteran with medals, accommodations, and the background training to have become a general but decided to turn all of that training towards investigating military crimes. Criminal Investigations Department Agent John Puller is the best of the best. He finds himself in harrowing positions facing off against seemingly impossible odds and yet with a garbage bag, an old telephone, and nerves of steel he saves the world.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC BALDACCI)

Brooklyn (2015)

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Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

I have a confession to make: I didn’t read the book Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin, before I saw the movie. But now I want to. The movie was so good I can’t wait to reacquaint myself with the characters on the page.

Saoirse Ronan portrays a young Irish woman named Eilis Lacey who immigrates to Brooklyn in the early 1950s. The setting was one of the first things that struck me about the film–most stories about Irish immigration to America deal with the Famine period of the 1840s and 1850s. So I was immediately intrigued to find out more about post-WWII immigrant life.

Eilis struggles at first to overcome her crippling homesickness and fit in at work, night school, and her boardinghouse (with a great performance by Julie Walters as her garrulous landlady, Mrs. Kehoe). Then she meets Tony Fiorello (Emory Cohen), a young plumber with big dreams, and she starts to envision a future in America.

But when tragedy strikes her family, Eilis has to return to Ireland, and she finds herself drawn back into her life there. The attentions of an eminently eligible young man named Jim Farrell, played by rising star Domhnall Gleeson, make it even harder for her to decide whether Ireland or Brooklyn will be her destiny. One thing is for sure: with a compelling story line and superb acting, Brooklyn should definitely be your destiny on a Friday night.

Located in Adult DVDs (DVD BROOKLYN)

American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson (2016)

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Reviewed by Stephanie R. (Library Staff)

I must admit, I am a bit of a true crime nut. And no other “true crime story” has been more visible in recent years than the infamous OJ Simpson trial during the 1990s. Ryan Murphy (of “Glee” and “American Horror Story” fame) has crafted a genius rendition of all the drama surrounding the trial in the show “American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson.” Even though I lived through the trial and remember it well (I remember my middle school virtually shutting down when the verdict was going to be read), I eagerly await each chapter in this saga. Murphy touches not only on the facts of the case, which are well known, but also the societal forces behind it as well: racism, sexism, and the culture of fame. The actors, particularly Sarah Paulsen’s Marcia Clark and Courtney B. Vance’s Johnnie Cochran, give tour-de-force performances. The material is based on the book “The Run of His Life: The People vs OJ Simpson” by Jeffrey Toobin and I have eagerly started reading this as well. Given its place in history and relevance even today, I highly recommend adding this to you DVR or Netflix queue.

Not out on DVD yet, check back soon!

We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

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Reviewed by Lily R (Library Patron)

Stewart is a 13 year old who is very smart (but not when it comes to social stuff) and has always wanted a sister. His wish comes true when he and his dad move in with a new family. But, Ashley is NOT excited at all. She is the “it” girl at her school (the top of the social ladder, as she would put it). When their worlds meet, their lives change. Will Ashley’s social ranking go down now that the freakazoid brother? Will Stewart find his place at his new High School? Find out what happens in We are all made of Molecules.

Located in Teen Fiction (Teen Fic NIELSEN)

Paddington (2014)

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Reviewed by Melissa Rader (Library Staff)

“”Please look after this bear.” When Paddington shows up in London bearing that tag, he is taken in by the Brown family who help him acclimate to English life. Retaining the sweetness of the original Michael Bond stories from the 1950s, this Paddington is updated and brought to life via beautiful animation and gorgeous sets and costuming.

There is not a single person I know to whom I would not recommend this unbelievably charming family-friendly film–even my death metal music-loving best friend was begrudgingly charmed by Paddington.

Located in Adult DVD (DVD PADDINGTON)

Just Friends (2005)

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Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

Make sure you find the time this holiday season to watch a seldom mentioned Christmas movie starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, and Amy Smart. Reynolds plays Chris Brander, a man whose life was shaped by the ridicule he suffered in high school and rejection by the woman he loved. After fleeing to L.A. Brander returns to his home town years later a wealthy, attractive, womanizing, music manager. Here he gets a second change at making a new impression on everyone he left behind and may just have an opportunity to get himself out of the “friend zone” at long last.

Available through the BRIDGES Library System

Bridge of Spies (2015)

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Reviewed by Jennifer Rude Klett (Library Staff)

Bridge of Spies is an outstanding but underrated film by director Steven Spielberg that is based on true events during the Cold War in 1957. Even though the events in this movie took place before I was born, I am old enough to remember plenty of fallout shelter signs, scary atomic blast footage, and pre-glasnost Soviet Union tensions. If you are under 30, view this movie as an extremely-entertaining lesson of history. I LOVED this movie. Tom Hanks is perfectly cast as James Donovan, the quietly-astute but intrepid Brooklyn attorney who finds himself defending a Soviet spy at the request of the CIA. He then travels behind the Iron Curtain into East Germany to demonstrate his mastery in the art of negotiation. This somewhat obscure story needed to be told; luckily it was done brilliantly in Bridge of Spies.

Located in Adult DVDs (DVD BRIDGE)

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