• Another excellent Titanic movie

    April 15th, 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the famed ocean liner Titanic and interest in this disaster has never waned. Most of us are familiar with the 1997 epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Long before this movie, however, the excellent British 1959 release "A Night to Remember", based on the well
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by lit.fic.reader@evpl on 04-07-2012
  • Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French

    "Eleven elephants. One plane. Hurtling together across the sky." From these opening sentences, I was captivated by this account of the inner workings of zoos, in particular Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. The author is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and currently a professor of journalism at Indiana University. There are many elements that combine
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by lit.fic.reader@evpl on 08-09-2010
  • United 93 a haunting memorial to September 11th passengers

    As yet another September 11th anniversary comes and goes, I thought I'd suggest a film I watched several years ago about United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed into a farm field in Pennsylvania, killing all aboard. At the time, I hesitated to check it out, knowing the awful outcome; but on the basis of a number of favorable reviews, I felt almost
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by lit.fic.reader@evpl on 09-11-2009
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

    I rarely read novels in which an animal is a significant character, but the companionship of my two cats over the past twelve years has made me a bit more aware of this type of fiction. I recently enjoyed a touching new novel , The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, a Seattle-area author. In part, I was intrigued by the title, which I assumed
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by lit.fic.reader@evpl on 04-28-2009
  • Defending the Written Word: The Book Thief

    The third and final selection in McCollough's Defending the Written Word book discussion series is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. An award-winning and best-selling novel, it is a searing and moving work set in Nazi Germany. The main character is a young German girl who finds that reading helps to sustain her in an increasingly brutal world, and
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by lit.fic.reader@evpl on 03-02-2009
  • "The Squid and the Whale": absorbing family drama (not a science documentary)

    After seeing it mentioned on one or two best movie lists, I decided to check out this 2005 film although I wondered if I would enjoy its story about a 1980s Brooklyn couple's decision to divorce and the resulting damage to their two sons. I was swayed by the casting of Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney as the parents and they are indeed both excellent
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by lit.fic.reader@evpl on 12-30-2008
  • A Life in Movies

    Although it appears less frequently than the companion "A Life in Books" feature (see Books Blog), Newsweek's " A Life in Movies" is an enjoyable glimpse into the cinematic likes and dislikes of well-known American and international film directors. The format is very similar to that used for the books: it asks directors to name
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by lit.fic.reader@evpl on 11-26-2008
  • What do writers read?

    It's always intriguing to find out what famous and newly acclaimed authors recommend from their current or past reading. Parade, the Sunday magazine that is distributed by many newspapers (including the Evansville Courier & Press ), publishes an occasional column, "Parade Picks", that features the recommendations of popular authors
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by lit.fic.reader@evpl on 11-25-2008
  • a superb history for lovers of "John Adams"

    If you're one of the many viewers captivated by the HBO minisieries "John Adams", it's quite possible you would also enjoy a 2007 highly praised history of this era , The Great Upheaval, by Jay Winik, a scholar and historian who also wrote another acclaimed and bestselling history about the last month of the Civil War, April 1865
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by lit.fic.reader@evpl on 10-08-2008
  • online book club

    Does everyone know about this online book club? If not, it's a convenient way to sample new books: Dear Reader, Join a book club and every morning I'll send you a portion of a book in your email. After you've read two or three chapters from a book, I'll start sending a new book. It's free and you can read at more than one club. Join
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by lit.fic.reader@evpl on 07-29-2008
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