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Posted by Uncle Will on 12/04/15
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Wayward Pines is a suspense/thriller mini-series based on a 3-book series by Blake Crouch. I watched the DVD before I realized that the show was based on the books. The show was a little confusing and left me wanting more. Imagine my delight when I found that our library owned all 3 books. Needless to say, I checked them all out on 
the same day and read them with the speed of Flash, trying to get to the studio in time to make a cameo appearance on the set of Arrow.
Wayward Pines has a very good cast which includes two Academy Award winners (Melissa Leo and Terrence Howard) along with Matt Dillon, Juliette Lewis, Carla Gugino, and veteran character actor Toby Jones. The setting is a small town in Idaho that was "created" by a billionaire genius. Won't tell you any more. Don't want to spoil the surprises.  Won't even suggest what you should do first - read the books or view the DVD.
This mini-series has been compared to Twin Peaks (1990-1991). Both are quirky.  It basically comes down to what do you prefer:  a fine cup of coffee and a damn good piece of cheery pie or a double-scoop of rum raisin ice cream?
Posted by BARB W on 12/03/15
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Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of the famed American author Ernest Hemingway, has created a profoundly personal account of life in this famous family in her memoir, Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family.

Mariel’s life was an odd seesaw of entitlement and dysfunction. Her famous grandfather killed himself only months before she was born, yet there were expectations placed on her as a “Hemingway.” Everyone in her family suffered from something: alcoholism, depression, mental illness.

Mariel became the superficial functional member of this very dysfunctional group. But being the peacemaker in a family like this was costly, and she developed her own set of problems; obsessive compulsive disorder that spawned numerous eating disorders.

The problems around her intensified, and as Mariel tried to build a film career, she also struggled to assist her family and buttress a difficult marriage. The beauty of this book is in the revelation that fame and fortune do not exclude people from pain and tragedy. The real story is how you rebuild your life and choose to live. This is an eloquently told story of survival and strength. Narrated by the author.
Posted by jdunc on 11/25/15
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In the follow-up to her 2011 bestseller Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns), Mindy Kaling returns with insights into her life, career, and just being awesome. Why Not Me? is a collection of essays that provide a funny and honest look at life as a woman in the entertainment industry.

Kaling spends a significant portion of the book discussing her body image. She is often praised in the media for being a confident curvy woman. She tells a story of one journalist who comments over breakfast “don’t worry about the calories much, do you Mindy?”. She is baffled at why people are so surprised to see someone who looks like her on TV or why it is so shocking that she would put jam on her toast.

She also dishes on the men in her life and her working struggles. She reflects on her rise through the industry and gaining confidence as a writer and actress. The last essay of the audiobook discusses how to be a confident woman. She provides very smart, witty comments and to her it comes down to hard work.

The book is like an honest conversation with a friend. While she is funny, she is also really smart and insightful. One of the final chapters discusses the things she worries about. The list reveals an emotional side with worries like “will I forget my mother’s voice”. Kaling lost her mother to pancreatic cancer in 2012.

Fans of other funny women, like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, will love this book. I highly recommend the audiobook version so you can hear it read by Mindy.
essays, humor
Posted by Uncle Will on 11/18/15
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I've been a composer for greater than 50 years. Over that time I've been asked a lot about my influences and what songs inspire me. Henry Mancini is probably my favorite composer and this song, Moon Dance, is quite inspirational.
It can be found on the CD, Down To The Moon, that won the Grammy in 1987. It was written by Andreas Vollenweider who is a Swiss harpist that's recorded 14 albums. Down To The Moon was his 5th album and it was re-released in 2005 and again in 2006. It's been written that his music ". . . evokes nature, magic and fairy tales. . . "
AHML will be hosting a library-wide exhibit on Fairy Tales (January-March 2016). Check this out if you want a head start getting into the mood.
Posted by Lucy S on 11/14/15
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Before she was Beryl Markham the first woman pilot to fly across the Atlantic from east to west and the first licensed horse trainer at the age of 18, she was Beryl Clutterbuck. Born in England, her family moved to Kenya to farm and train racehorses around 1906. Her mother could not adapt so she returned to England leaving her husband and five-year-old Beryl behind. Left to her own devices she grew up a wild child in the Kenyan countryside, survived a lion attack and sought the company of the farm worker’s families. Without the usual social conventions to shape her upbringing, Beryl grew up very strong minded and thought that women should have the same privileges as men.  Her unconventional ideas also spilled over into her mostly unsuccessful love life. 

I enjoyed reading Paula McClain’s historical fiction novel, Circling the Sun, about an adventurous woman who fought against stereotypes and worked hard at her endeavors. It was also eye-opening to read about a time of European settlers in Africa. Those who read Out of Africa or saw the movie will recognize this storyline as Beryl had a long-term complicated friendship with the author Isak Dinesen (Baroness Karen Blixen in the book).

I listened to this story in audiobook format and appreciated hearing this narrator’s voice with the added important element of proper pronunciations for unfamiliar names and places.
Posted by jonf on 11/12/15
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After a showdown with the Yemeni terrorist known as the Panther, John Corey returns to New York City to take a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. John is expecting this to be a quiet job but after being assigned to follow Russian diplomats he discovers a whole new threat.
John is covering a party for Russian oligarchs when Vasily Petrov, a Russian diplomat is taken from the party. John finds out there is a plan for the Russians to plant a dirty bomb on a Saudi Prince's yacht and have it blow up in New York harbor.
The story is the 6th in the John Corey series and is typical fast paced writing by Nelson DeMille.
Spy Suspense
Posted by annetteb on 11/11/15
Do you enjoy graphic design? If so, consider trying out Adobe Creative Cloud in one of our studio suites
In addition to CS5 and CS6, our studio now features Adobe Creative Cloud. Included in this collection are popular programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Adobe Premiere Pro. If you are unfamiliar with Adobe Creative Cloud, consider booking a 1:1 appointment or attending our tech classes, as you learn about the wonderful new assets to this update. 
For more information, contact the Tech Help Desk.
Posted by annetteb on 11/08/15
Do you have multiple photos and slides that you'd like to digitize? If so, consider using one of our studio spaces as you take on your next digitization project.
The batch scanner is an excellent tool that will allow you to scan multiple photos at once, rather than having to scan each one individually. Your scans can also be touched up nicely with the photo editing software installed on the Mac in Studio A.
Learn more about the studios by contacting the library or stopping by the Tech Help Desk.
Posted by annetteb on 11/08/15
If you've used the GoPro 3, you'll love the GoPro 4! This latest edition of the GoPro features a viewmaster, so that you'll be able to capture video from a unique perspective in the best possible way. 
The camera supports 2.7K30, 1080p, 1440p, Video, captures 12MP Photos at 30 fps and possesses an Ultra Wide Angle Glass Lens + SuperView. Additional features include Camera Housing Waterproof to 131' ; Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity ; Video and Photo Time-Lapse ; Protune Mode for Video and Photo ; One-Button Operation with QuikCapture ; Auto Low Light and Night Photo Modes. Flat and curved adhesive mounts are included.
For additional instruction, stop by the Tech Help Desk!
Posted by BARB W on 10/29/15
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There is a good chance that we may all know someone with obsessive compulsive disorder, commonly known as OCD. A new book, The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought peels back the layers of this often baffling disorder with honesty, careful research and abundant humor.

Author David Adam is intimately knowledgeable about OCD as he has experienced it for twenty years.  He weaves many narratives into this story about his personal obsessions and compulsions, and will win over readers with the candid retrospect of his experiences.

But it is more than just a journey into the complicated tangle of ideas in his head. Adam also details the psychological, social and scientific aspects and reveals the research and treatments that have been used and are currently used for sufferers of this condition. He also speaks to the historical struggle to classify OCD; there was often conflict over its origin as a behavioral or mental disorder.

Insightful and absorbing, this book will enlighten with its fresh perspective.
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