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Archive for May, 2011

Colleen’s Pick: 7 Deadly Wonders

Colleen staff picks photoIf you’re a fan of Dan Brown, you will also enjoy Australian author, Matthew Reilly. Pick up the first book in his series featuring Jack West, Jr., entitled 7 Deadly Wonders. In this action-packed novel, West’s team must travel around the world to each of the seven wonders to recover pieces of an ancient weapon.

By MPPL on May 31, 2011 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Picks by Colleen, Staff Picks

Neither Here Nor There

Neverwhere audiobook coverEver wonder what really happens to those people who slip between the cracks?  In the genius twisted mind of Neil Gaiman, there are actually two Londons.  London Above is the world of Richard Mayhew and his rather uneventful life — uneventful, that is, until he stops to help a girl who is bleeding on the pavement.  Soon after, ominous men appear at his door, he becomes invisible to his friends, and he discovers an underworld known as London Below.  Neverwhere, read masterfully by the Audie Award-winning author himself, is a story of a mysterious quest, strange alliances, and characters both funny and creepy.  Lose yourself in the dark imagination of spaces in-between.

By MPPL on May 30, 2011 Categories: Audiobooks, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

LISTS: Christian Albums with Energy

Five Score and Seven Years Ago album coverDoes your faith need a pick-me-up?  Not all Christian music is meditative.  You’ll also find albums that pump up the excitement via rock, rap, indie, and pop.  The lyrics are still thoughtful – some even have humor – but the tempo is much more fun.

To turn up the volume and start living out loud, click here!

By MPPL on May 27, 2011 Categories: Lists, Music

The Choice of How You Age

Younger Next Year for Women book cover Younger Next Year for Women is a common sense, motivational approach to living stronger, longer and getting your sexy back . Take control of how you age through the outspoken advice of Chris Crowley, a seventy-three-year-old man in better shape now than he was in his fifties, and Henry S. Lodge, his M.D. Crowley is your humorous, tell-it-like-it-is coach and Lodge brings the facts. Which are these – no, you can’t make your skin and hair look like they were in your twenties, but if you put in the effort of eating right and exercising, you can certainly have an active life much longer than society has led women to believe.

By MPPL on May 26, 2011 Categories: Books, Nonfiction

Renee's Pick: Wild China

Renee Staff Picks photo Wild China, a Planet Earth-like series, focuses on the relationship between humans and the environment. See how people adapt to the nature surrounding them in China, from the deserts beyond the great wall, to the green rice paddies of Southern China to the vast bamboo forests where pandas hang out.

By MPPL on May 24, 2011 Categories: Movies and TV, Nonfiction, Staff Picks

The Times They Are a-Changin'

Miss New IndiaAnjali Bose (call her Angie, please) has “it”, that indefinable quality that makes an impression.  She may not be the prettiest or the smartest, but she isn’t ordinary.  Born into a traditional lower-middle class family in Gauripur and facing an arranged marriage, she longs for more than what she sees around her but doesn’t really see a choice.  When fate gives her a terrible push, she turns to her teacher for help in getting to Bangalore where a different life awaits.  In Miss New India, a thought-provoking new work by Bharati Mukherjee, we are introduced to an India both blessed and cursed by change.  As for Angie, opportunity and trouble have ways of finding her.  Which will win out?

By MPPL on May 23, 2011 Categories: Books

LISTS: The Best Worst Movies

Troll DVD cover There are many ways a movie can entertain us, but some abandon traditional standards of quality with such lunatic gusto that they offer their own unique pleasures. Often best viewed with a group of friends, these are the cream of the crop of the rarified so-bad-it’s-good category.

To find out how awesomely awful a movie can get, click here.

By MPPL on May 20, 2011 Categories: Horror, Lists, Movies and TV

Honest, Stripped Down Music

Barton Hollow album cover You may have heard of The Civil Wars when their song “Poison and Wine” played on Grey’s Anatomy. Then there was the time they took the stage at A Prairie Home Companion. Oh, and Taylor Swift has been tweeting about how much she loves them for a year now. Not a bad start for a country/folk duo that have only been around since 2008. Barton Hollow, The Civil Wars’ debut album, showcases the Appalachian vocal styling of Joy Williams and John Paul White by surrounding them with a laid back latticework of guitar picking and piano. If you are tired of busy, over-dramatic, pop music, try out The Civil Wars.

By MPPL on May 19, 2011 Categories: Music

Joyce’s Pick: Little Princes

Joyce staff picks photoWhen Conor Grennan volunteers at the Little Princes Children’s Home in Nepal, it changes his life forever. As he falls in love with the children he discovers the orphans might be trafficked. Can Conor possibly reunite the children with their families? Come along on Conor’s uplifting and dangerous adventure in Little Princes.

By MPPL on May 17, 2011 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Wackiness Ensues

MicmacsFrom the creator of Amélie comes another step into the fanciful, big-hearted, and odd.  Micmacs (2009) is the story of a video-store clerk who takes a stray bullet to the head.  With no place to go, Bazil (Danny Boon) finds himself adopted by a motley crew of lovable eccentrics who live in a secret self-made junkyard treasure trove.  When he decides to strike back at the city’s weapons manufacturers, his new friends offer their unique talents (including physical contortion and Rube Goldberg-like contraptions) to give the heartless profiteers their comeuppance.  Written and directed by the imaginative Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Micmacs is a trip into the strange and wonderful.

By MPPL on May 16, 2011 Categories: Humor, Movies and TV