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  • Recent Chick Lit Reads

    In the past few weeks since my last blog post, I have been on a chick-lit rampage. I have been speed-reading through recent releases like I don't have a hundred other things to do. Laundry piled up, kitchen didn't get cleaned, and packing for my move didn't happen. These three books are part...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by KickinLibrarian@evpl on 10-14-2009
  • Sunshine Cleaning

    Rose and Norah were little girls when their little mother died. They both came in from playing in the yard to find their mom dead in the bathroom, an apparent suicide. As the two girls grow up, that day shapes their lives. Rose is a single mother working hard as a house cleaner to raise her son, while...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by KickinLibrarian@evpl on 09-16-2009
  • "Hot Fuzz" a modern spoof film worth watching

    While channel surfing several weekends ago, I happened upon Naked Gun 33 1/3 airing on Comedy Central. I used to love the Naked Gun series, with Leslie Nielsen portraying a bumbling Lieutenant Frank Drebin. It made me recall some of the other "classic" (I use that word subjectively) spoof films...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by professor.knowsitall@evpl on 09-15-2009
  • Who Is Mark Twain? by Mark Twain

    When he died in 1910, Samuel Langhorne Clemens - better known by the nom de plume Mark Twain - left behind the largest trove of literary papers of any nineteenth-century American author. Included were letters diaries, travelogues, a huge autobiography, notebooks, literary manuscripts, "easily half...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 08-24-2009
  • Remarkable Story of an Owl and His Girl

    Yes, that's the subtitle of the book I just finished. Wesley the Owl is a must for anyone who has ever been in love with an animal. The story is written by Stacey O'Brien, who was a lab assistant at Cal Tech when she adopted a 4-day-old barn owl after he suffered permanent nerve damage and could...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by wag.mado@evpl on 08-07-2009
  • "Chuck" is about a nerd that becomes a spy...essentially my life story

    In the television show Chuck , Charles "Chuck" Bartowski plays your typical 20-something computer-geek, stuck in a dead-end job at Buy More's Nerd Herd (a less-than-subtle parody of Best Buy's Geek Squad). He lives an uneventful life with his sister Ellie, until one day when he receives...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by professor.knowsitall@evpl on 12-15-2008
  • "Air Guitar Nation" cranks the make-believe volume up to 11

    How many times has this happened to you...you're listening to music and an epic guitar solo comes on. What do you do?!? You bust out the air guitar, showing onlookers the musical virtuoso you are. Apparently, air guitar is bigger than I realized. Since 1996, Oulu, Finland has been the home of the...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by professor.knowsitall@evpl on 11-28-2008
  • "Run Fatboy, Run" limps to the finish line

    I've always been a fan of Simon Pegg's work. In his previous efforts ( Shaun of the Dead , Hot Fuzz , & Spaced ), Pegg & co-star Nick Frost teamed up with absolutely hilarious results! Run Fatboy, Run is Pegg's latest film...and unfortunately it doesn't live up to its predecessors...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by professor.knowsitall@evpl on 11-26-2008
  • "Spaced" a short-lived, hilarious TV comedy

    I'm a fan of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. In the States, this comedic duo is best known for Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (both of which I highly recommend!). They got their start in a British television comedy called Spaced ; it ran for two seasons (14 episodes total) during 1999-2001. It finally...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by professor.knowsitall@evpl on 10-27-2008
  • Thurber Prize for American Humor

    The 2008 Thurber Prize for American humor has been awarded to Larry Doyle for his first novel, I Love You, Beth Cooper. Runners up for the prize were Patricia Marx for Him, Her, Him Again, the End of Him and Simon Rich for Ant Farm: and other desperate situations. So if you are in the mood for some well...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Meditatinglibrarian@evpl on 10-07-2008
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