Monday, April 25, 2011
Unstoppable is a suspenseful thriller that transforms a freight train into a thunderous villain, with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine as unique supporting characters along for the ride. From the first minutes, our “bad guy” train is moving and is not going to stop for anything. As the uncontrollable behemoth barrels down rural Pennsylvania track, we learn the engineers’ back stories, while the train creates havoc for the station house and corporate executives responsible for this mammoth monster’s destruction. Director Tony Scott includes a comprehensive documentary on the making of the film that is not to be missed. Using real, life-size trains for all stunts and action sequences is what makes Unstoppable not only believable but fun to watch. This film is rated PG-13 for intense scenes and language. - Kathy (Downtown)
Monday, April 18, 2011
Whether you're planning a vacation or you're just an armchair traveler, you'll love Insight Guides. Much more than just a list of destinations, Insight Guides include background information about a country's culture and history, a fascinating addition for the educated traveler, besides being useful for students doing country reports. Insight guides are also beautifully illustrated with full-color photos on nearly every page. Interspersed throughout each guide are recommended hotels, restaurants, and other attractions.
Monday, April 11, 2011
The last frontier of relationships? A review of Caribou Island, by David Vann, read by Bronson Pinchot, and reviewed by Star Lawrence (also available as a book) In the interest of TMI, let me reveal that I spent a decade of my life with a man who was a “dreamer” with limited follow-though. I also tended to martyr out from time to time and still do. Maybe this is why I can’t get David Vann’s Caribou Island out of my mind, but I tend to think it’s more because this is good storytelling—if you define that as making the reader always wonder what comes next, what will happen, then what. But by good storytelling, I don’t mean it's easy to take. In loosely wandering between the stories of a couple who had settled into the icy wilds of Alaska decades before and now are picking at the remains of their relationship, along with their two grown children and two tourists—Caribou Island is a study in endurance, missed connections, stunted emotional growth, and escapism. A friend once chided me for recommending a book in which animals suffered, so fair warning—the people do most of the suffering in this one, but there is mention of a starved dog and many, many salmon have a bad time of it. Did I “enjoy” this book? I can’t get it out of my mind. Is that the same? One more thing. I can’t read novels anymore, so I listened to Bronson Pinchot read this. He does a perfect job—perfect! You might want to take a flyer on audio with this one. Star Lawrence owns two blogs— http://healthsass.blogspot.com/ and a recession site called http://dothehopeycopey.blogspot.com/. She is a long-time reporter.
Monday, April 4, 2011
New this week at the Chandler Library are several food-related books:
There are many diabetes cookbooks, but few so gorgeously illustrated with such indulgent-looking, gourmet-style food. Flavors from around the world come together to make healthy recipes including Curried Pickled Eggs, New Potatoes with Marckerel, Spice and Rice, and Citrus and Honey Cheesecake. While some of the ingredient lists can be long, most of the preparation instructions are suprisingly simple.