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  • <h3>Homefront</h3>An action-packed thriller about how far one man will go to protect his family. Widowed ex-DEA agent Phil Broker retires to a quiet Southern town with his ten-year-old daughter and discovers that the idyllic setting is riddled with drugs and violence. When a riveting chain of events forces him to face off with psychotic local drug lord Gator Bodine, Broker must retaliate using the fearsome skills he hoped to keep in his past.
  • <h3>The Venture Bros. The complete season five </h3>Released with all eight episodes from Season five and packed with special features, fans will be thrilled when they watch Hank, Dean, Doctor Venture, and Brock as they are pushed in fun and unpredictable new directions.
  • <h3>Gravity</h3>Watch a heart-pounding thriller that will draw viewers into the infinite and merciless realm of deep space. A brilliant medical engineer, Dr. Ryan Stone, is on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut and acting space commander Matt Kowalski. Then disaster strikes the shuttle, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely out of touch with Earth. With little oxygen and energy left, how will they survive?
  • <h3>Oldboy</h3>Kidnapped and kept in solitary confinement for 20 years, Joe Doucett has suddenly been set free without a word of explanation. Obsessed with finding those who imprisoned him, Doucett wreaks havoc upon his captors, unaware his freedom is part of a plan and his true punishment\'s about to begin.
  • <h3>The Mindy project. Season one</h3>Meet Mindy, a single OB/GYN who wants her life to be like a romantic comedy but just can\'t find the right leading man. As she attempts to balance her unpredictable workplace with some truly offbeat dating situations, Mindy soon discovers that the prescription for happiness is filled with comical side effects.
  • <h3>Californication. The sixth season</h3>Hank tries to collaborate on a rock opera based on his book with a famous rock star while taking up with his beautiful muse; Charlie and Stu compete for the affections of Marcy; Marcy falls under the spell of a seriously radical feminist; Becca drops out of college to become a writer.
  • <h3>Veep. The complete second season</h3>Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns for a second season in her Emmy winning role as Vice President Selina Meyer in VEEP. As midterm elections loom, Vice President Meyer is scoring higher ratings than the President in several popularity polls, which she hopes will boost her influence and help her curry favor with the chief executive. But despite her best intentions, even the most banal actions can set off unexpected and often disastrous consequences. Her staff is close at hand with a laugh-out-loud combination of personal problems and government-insider antics.
  • <h3>The rooftop</h3>Gao and his friends are the happiest kids in the city of Galilee. Living on the rooftops of this bustling metropolis, sometimes life can be tough, but they still churn out songs all day, and dance under the stars at night. But when Gao meets his dream girl, a billboard beauty named Sian, fate takes him on a wild ride through the high and low parts of the town he loves.
  • <h3>Odd Thomas</h3>Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows up with an entourage of ghostly \"bodachs\"- predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction- Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart, Stormy, and the local sheriff, Odd will plunge into an epic battle of good vs evil to try and stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas is a supernatural action thrill-ride from the acclaimed director of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.
  • <h3>Wadjda</h3>Wadjda, a fun-loving 10-year-old girl living in Saudi Arabia, has her heart set on a beautiful new bicycle. However, her mother won\'t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl\'s virtue. Determined to turn her dreams into reality and buy the bike on her own, Wadjda uncovers the contradictions and opportunities ingrained in her world. Hilarious, heartbreaking and inspiring all at once, this groundbreaking film has charmed critics and audiences all over the globe.
  • <h3>12 years a slave </h3>Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive. Filled with powerful performances by an astonishing cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and newcomer Lupita Nyong\'o, 12 Years a Slave is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history and a celebration of the indomitable power of hope.
  • <h3>Ninja II</h3>After his pregnant wife is murdered, Ninjitsu master Casey is out for revenge.
  • <h3>The patience stone</h3>Adapted from the best-selling novel by Atiq Rahimi. It tells a story of a young woman watching over her older husband, in a country torn apart by war.
  • <h3>The hunger games. Catching fire</h3>Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a Victor\'s Tour of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, The Quarter Quell, and announces a competition that could change Panem forever.
  • <h3>Goliyon ki raasleela Ram-Leela</h3>The film is an adaptation of Shakespeare\'s Romeo and Juliet, set in violent times. Boy and girl from warring factions love one another. Do they live happily ever after?
  • <h3>American hustle</h3>A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle is the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that\'s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Carmine Polito is the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the cons and Feds. Irving\'s unpredictable wife Rosalyn could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.
  • <h3>Mr. Nobody</h3>The life story of Nemo Nobody, a 118 year-old man who is the last mortal on Earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. On his deathbed, Nemo shares his life story with a reporter and reviews the choices he made along the way. Yet even with his last breath, a pivotal decision awaits to conclude his destiny.
  • <h3>Delivery man </h3>The story of friendly underachiever David Wozniak, whose ordinary life gets twisted in a knot when he finds out that he has fathered 533 children via sperm donations he made twenty years earlier.
  • <h3>Mandela, long walk to freedom</h3>Based on South African President Nelson Mandela\'s autobiography of the same name, it chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country\'s once segregated society.
  • <h3>Kill your darlings</h3>A story of friendship, love, and murder in the early 1940s. The story recounts the pivotal year that changed Allen Ginsberg\'s life forever and provided the spark for him to start his creative revolution. Based on true events and characters.
  • <h3>Thor: the dark world</h3>Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos, but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
  • <h3>Nebraska</h3>After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he\'s struck it rich, and wrangles his estranged son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Getting waylaid in the father\'s hometown in Nebraska, the son tries to reconnect with his impenetrable father.
  • <h3>The book thief</h3>Based upon the best-selling novel. The profoundly moving story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany. Although Liesel is illiterate when she is adopted by a German couple, her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read. Ultimately, the power of words helps Liesel and Max, a Jew hiding in the family\'s home, escape from the events unfolding around them.
  • <h3>Pulling strings</h3>After his daughter\'s Visa request to visit her grandparents in America is rejected, a single father and his loyal best friend do everything it takes to win over the Embassy worker who turned her down.
  • <h3>You will be my son</h3>Paul de Marseul is the passionate, demanding proprietor of his prestigious family wine estate. But he has no faith in his son, Martin, who works at the vineyard. Paul dreams of a harder-working, successful son. A dream that one day seemingly materializes when he meets Philip, the son of his dying estate manager. Can Paul turn against his own blood and turn Philip into the rightful heir of his family estate?
  • <h3>Above suspicion. Set 3</h3>When the brutal murder of a famous young actress brings DI Anna Travis face-to-face with her old boss, DCS James Langton, the two must find a killer and deal with their own sexually charged relationship. She\'s determined to get ahead; he\'s angry about being passed over for promotion and obsessed with finding the person on his team who betrayed him. Meanwhile, there are too many suspects, and the body count is rising.
  • <h3>Inside Llewyn Davis</h3>Follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Issac) is at a crossroads and struggling to make is as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles--some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, Llewyn\'s misadventures take him from the baskethouses of Greenwich Village to an empty Chicago club--on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul--and back again. Brimming with music performed by Issac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan, as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis is an epic on an intimate scale.
  • <h3>Saving Mr. Banks</h3>When P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Walt Disney\'s desire to bring her beloved character Mary Poppins to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario\'s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers reflects back on her difficult childhood in 1906 Australia.
  • <h3>Yaariyan</h3>Set in a boarding school of Sikkim, \'Yaariyan\" is a story of close knit 5 friends who are exploring the best moments of their lives in college, experiencing different relationships and learning new values everyday.
  • <h3>Śudhda desī romance</h3>The film set in Jaipur, Rajasthan, explores the views of the young generation on commitment, live-in relationships and arranged marriages as compared to love marriages in small town India.
  • <h3>Out of the furnace</h3>Russell Baz leads a dead-end life. He works a meaningless steel mill job all day, and cares for his terminally ill father at night. When Russell\'s brother Rodney returns home from Iraq, he is lured into one of the Northeast\'s most ruthless crime rings and mysteriously disappears. When the police fail to solve the case, Russell puts his life at risk in order to seek justice for his brother.
  • <h3>The lady vanishes</h3>Iris Carr is traveling across Europe by train when she unwittingly becomes embroiled in a sinister Balkan plot. Feeling disoriented after a fall, Iris is befriended by Miss Froy, an elderly English woman sharing her carriage. But when she wakes up from a few hours\' sleep, Miss Froy has vanished without a trace. As fellow passengers claim the lady never existed, Iris faces danger and intrigue as she fights to discover the fate of Miss Froy-- and prove that she\'s not going crazy. Or is she?
  • <h3>The great beauty</h3>For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city\'s literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries.
  • <h3>In fear</h3>Young couple Tom and Lucy on one of their first dates is driving to a festival in the remote Irish countryside. But when they leave the main road to look for their hotel, they will quickly become hopelessly lost. Now the night is coming. The fear is growing. And they are not alone.
  • <h3>The grandmaster</h3>Watch an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man, who mentored Bruce Lee. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China\'s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division, and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts.
  • <h3>Jai ho</h3>A braveheart commoner stands up against injustice and spreads a life-changing mantra of the circle of goodness, giving and generosity.
  • <h3>Doctor Who. The time of the Doctor</h3>Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe\'s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them, The Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.
  • <h3>Mr. & Mrs. Murder. Series 1</h3>Charlie and Nicola Buchanan are a pair of crime-scene cleaners with a knack for solving mysteries. As they go about their work, they discover clues the police overlook. This warm and witty whodunit from Down Under is sure to please mystery and comedy fans alike.

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Staff Pick: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Cathleen Staff Picks photoNeed a vacation?  Let the honeyed voice of Edoardo Ballerini whisk you to a remote Italian villa in Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.  Entwining the past story of a bewitching extra on the set of Cleopatra with that of contemporary film production team, this Audie Award-winner offers a fascinating mental getaway.

Movies and TV: The Garden of Words

Garden of Words DVD coverA chance encounter in a lush public garden brings two misunderstood souls together, and silent companionship becomes a refuge for both.  Takao is a teenage student eager to escape the classroom and begin a creative career.  Whenever it rains, he skips his morning class in order to sketch in a small botanic shelter.  It is there he meets Yukino, a young professional woman who cannot bear to go to work and who soon finds herself looking forward to their unplanned meetings.  In The Garden of Words, filmmaker Makoto Shinkai calls on a symphony of intense colors, stuttered time, and simple but expressive gestures to create an ode to unconventional friendship.

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Audiobooks

Black-Eyed Blonde audiobook cover

Talk Like Ted audiobook cover

Empress of the Night audiobook cover

  – The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black

  – Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo

  – Empress of the Night by Eva Stachniak  

  – You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty by Dave Barry

  – Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

  – And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass

  – My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

  – All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi

Waking Engine book cover

Flight of the Silvers book cover

Wild Things book cover 

  – Waking Engine by David Edison

  – Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price

  – Wild Things by Chloe Neill

  – Conquest by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard

  – The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

  – Up from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

  – Dreams of the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

  – Like a Mighty Army by David Weber

Nonfiction: Gluten-free Breakfast, Brunch, and Beyond by Linda J. Amendt

Gluten Free Breakfast, Brunch and Beyond book coverLiving a gluten-free lifestyle does not mean that you have to forgo the loveliness of waffles, pancakes, and other scrumptious breakfast stuff. In Gluten-free Breakfast, Brunch, and Beyond Linda J. Amendt showcases short, simple-to-follow recipes with full-color photography. In addition to recipes, Amendt gives tips and lists on what everyday ingredients can have hidden gluten. Your mouth will water over the cinnamon pecan bread, cranberry orange scones, and sour cream coffeecake. With 100 recipes that range from kid-friendly French toast to savory stratas, Gluten-free Breakfast, Brunch, and Beyond will be a hit with everyone in your home.

Book Discussion Questions: My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor

My Stroke of Insight book cover

SPOILER WARNING: These book discussion questions are highly detailed and will ruin plot points, if you have not read the book.

 

Title: My Stroke of Insight
Author: Jill Bolte Taylor
Page Count: 183
Genre: Medical Memoir
Tone: Fast-paced, popular science

 

1. Why did the Jill Bolte Taylor want to write My Stroke of Insight? What response do you think Taylor wants out of her readers?

2. Who can benefit from reading this memoir (or other medical memoirs)? Do you think medical memoirs are important, why or why not?

3. What are other must-read medical memoirs?

4. What was the most surprising thing you learned about having a stroke in My Stroke of Insight?

5. Do strokes only affect the elderly? How old was Taylor when she had her stroke?

6. What made Taylor want to go into brain science? How did she continue her brain science career after her stroke?

7. What did you think of the pace of this book? Was it a fast read for you?

8. Were there any chapters you would cut? Was there anything about Taylor’s stroke or recovery you wanted to hear more on?

9. Have any of you seen Jill BolteTaylor’s Ted Talk? How was hearing her story live a different experience than reading it?

10. What are the warning signs of having a stroke? (p. 26)

11. When and how did Taylor realize she was having a stroke? (p. 37) How big did her blood clot end up being? (p. 35)

12. At one point, Taylor talks about her thinking process like this:

“…I visualize myself sitting in the middle of my brain, which is completely lined with filing cabinets. When I am looking for a thought or an idea or a memory, I scan the cabinets and identify the correct drawer. Once I find the appropriate file, I then have access to all of the information in that file.”  (p. 48)

Do you have a similar thought process? How does your thought process differ from Taylor’s?

13. Taylor sometimes refers to thoughts as “brain chatter”. How do you calm your mind when your brain chatter is going in overdrive? Has My Stroke of Insight given you any techniques to quiet brain chatter?

14. How long did it take Taylor to call for help, once she realized that she was in physical harm? Why did it take her so long to call for help? Who does she end up calling?

15. When Steve and Taylor arrived at Mount Auburn Hospital, staff put Taylor in a wheelchair and then put her in the waiting room. Were you surprised by this? Did Taylor have to wait long, why or why not?

16. Taylor says, “Despite the overwhelming presence of the engulfing bliss of my right mind, I fought desperately to hold on to whatever conscious connections I still retained in my left mind.” It is a striking realization, that something that feels beautiful and light could be so harmful. Were there any other passages in this book that felt powerful to you?

17. What does the right brain mainly control? What does the left brain mainly control? How are they different?

18. How many years did it take for Taylor to recover from her stroke? (8 years – p. 35)

19. Who helps Jill Bolte Taylor recover from her stroke? Does this person live-in with her? How would Taylor’s outcome been different if she did not have a support system?

20. What other lucky breaks did Taylor have in her recovery? (Rose Hulman Institute of Technology hired her to teach anatomy in her 2nd year of recovery, p. 126)

21. What are a few of the 40 things Jill Bolte Taylor said she needed most when she was recovering from her stroke? (Appendix B)

22. Taylor said, “…I learned that I had the power to choose whether to hook into a feeling and prolong its presence in my body, or just let it quickly flow right out of me.” (p. 120)  and then goes on to explain that it takes 90 seconds for a feeling to physically run through your body, causing a negative or positive response. If it takes only 90 seconds for a first wave of anger to exit the body, why do so many people stay angry for years?

23. Does Jill Bolte Taylor see herself as completely recovered? (p. 131)

24. Have you ever felt a deep inner peace like Taylor talked about? What helps you get to that mindspace?

25. Did Jill Bolte Taylor have a typical stroke experience? Does a typical stroke exist? Do you think this book will help stroke victims and their friends/families?

26. Are you an organ donor? Would you consider donating your brain?

 

Other Resources

My Stroke of Insight website
Jill Bolte Taylor’s TedTalk
Oprah interview
RealitySandwich interview
Jill Bolte Taylor’s list of 40 Things Need for her Recovery

 

If you liked My Stroke of Insight, try…

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

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